Archives for May 2017

Two rescued from Lake Champlain overnight

Two people were rescued from Lake Champlain last last night. Firefighters and rescue crews found two people clinging to an overturned pontoon boat around midnight. They’d been in the water for about an hour and half, and were cold and tired when firefighters pulled them to safety. One was taken to the hospital with hypothermia. Lake Champlain was a chilly 54 degrees last night.

Red Cross partners with Stewart’s Shops for ice cream giveaway

Stewart’s Shops are going to be giving away free pints of ice cream or gelato all June. They’re partnering with the Red Cross for the “Give A Pint, Get a Pint” promotion. Anyone who donates blood during a drive between June 1-30 will get a voucher for a free pint of ice cream. The Red Cross says they often see a drop in donations from new donors during the summer months. Last year, about 1/3 fewer new donors turned out to give blood during the summer.

You Can “Bank” On This New Business Idea

There’s a new business in town and you can “bank on it”. Karen Johnson has details.

Champlain National Bank will soon open a new branch in Saranac Lake. Champlain National President and CEO Steven Cacchio says work is underway to renovate the space, which is in the Saranac Lake Shopping Center. If all goes according to schedule, the bank’s 10th location will open by the end of June. Cacchio says in response to changing banking needs the layout will do away with the traditional teller counters. It’ll be more desk oriented, with customer service representatives who can handle any of their customers’ banking needs from their station. They are also introducing a new enhanced deposit-capable ATM that scans checks instead requiring they be submitted in an envelope. I’m Karen Johnson.

Lawmakers looking at clean air and water amendment to state Bill of Rights

The New York State Bill of Rights doesn’t protect clean water. And that’s got environmental activists pushing to add the amendment. The state assembly approved the change in April, but the Senate is still looking at the bill. To be added to the Bill of Rights, both chambers would need to again pass it next year. The bill says simply, “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water and a healthful environment.” But opponents are worried that language is too broad and could give rise to more lawsuits, by holding companies and even the state to unattainable levels of environmental stewardship.

Cleaning Up The County Jail

The Franklin County Legislature is preparing funding for repairs to the county jail. Karen Johnson has details.

The proposal comes after a report from Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill and county buildings Superintendent Darrin Rubadeau. The sheriff and the superintendent, along with Undersheriff Roland Thomas, met with legislators recently to request funding for deteriorating machinery at the Franklin County Jail in Malone. The highest priority, according to the officials, is the jail’s grease pit, which has deteriorated to the point of disintegrating. The jail also faces outdated air conditioning, particularly in the laundry room ventilation, as well as an aging boiler and sewage grinder. Mulverhill said that the systems at the jail have not been ignored, and praised Rubadeau and his maintenance team for their efforts. Legislators said that up to $500,000 is available for the repairs, which will come from the county’s mortgage tax fund. The funding will be made in two phases, with $250,000 available for each phase. I’m Karen Johnson.

Cleaning Up The County Jail

The Franklin County Legislature is preparing funding for repairs to the county jail. Karen Johnson has details.

The proposal comes after a report from Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill and county buildings Superintendent Darrin Rubadeau. The sheriff and the superintendent, along with Undersheriff Roland Thomas, met with legislators recently to request funding for deteriorating machinery at the Franklin County Jail in Malone. The highest priority, according to the officials, is the jail’s grease pit, which has deteriorated to the point of disintegrating. The jail also faces outdated air conditioning, particularly in the laundry room ventilation, as well as an aging boiler and sewage grinder. Mulverhill said that the systems at the jail have not been ignored, and praised Rubadeau and his maintenance team for their efforts. Legislators said that up to $500,000 is available for the repairs, which will come from the county’s mortgage tax fund. The funding will be made in two phases, with $250,000 available for each phase. I’m Karen Johnson.

Downtown Plattsburgh Is Getting A New Look

Downtown Plattsburgh is getting a new look. Karen Johnson explains.

The top10 projects are selected for use of the $10 million in state funding received by the City of Plattsburgh to enhance downtown. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul made the announcement about use of the Downtown Revitalization. Winning projects include Durkee Street development to redevelop the centrally located Durkee Street parking lot, increase residential and commercial activity and return the site to the tax rolls and better connect the historic downtown with the waterfront; and a shared commercial kitchen to help Plattsburgh’s small-food businesses and professionals cook, process and package food and bakery products and enhance riverfront development. I’m Karen Johnson.

Poll: Voters unaware of constitutional convention vote

A new poll has found that most New York state voters haven’t heard anything about this fall’s vote on a state constitutional convention. Voters will decide in November whether to hold a convention to consider changes to the state’s governmental blueprint.But a Siena College poll found 67 percent of New Yorkers have heard nothing about the vote. Only 13 percent heard a great deal or some things about it. Voters are asked every 20 years whether they want to convene a convention. Any proposed changes to the state constitution also would require voter approval.

TOWN OF MALONE LOOKS INTO FLOOD GRANT, BUT VILLAGE SAYS “NO THANKS”

Malone Town Council yesterday, discussed whether to apply for a grant that could help address ongoing flooding problems with the Salmon River. But the village wasn’t interested. Ed Histed explains…

((The grant is designed to mitigate the future risk of damage from rivers, and would also address the silt build-up that is blamed for causing the ice jams that lead to flooding. Concerns were heightened this year when floodwaters threatened the Malone Village Wastewater Treatment Plant, and previous floods have resulted in the demolition of nine houses. The due date for applying for the grant is July 28th. But Malone Village trustees… along with the mayor… were not interested in co-sponsoring the grant application, saying minimal involvement with the Army Corps of Engineers was the best course of action.))

Taking Flight With A New Airport Restaurant

A new eatery is coming to Plattsburgh International Airport. Karen Johnson has the story.

Clinton County legislators are hopeful that a North Carolina-based airport-restaurant entrepreneur can make a go of it at Plattsburgh International Airport. Legislators unanimously agreed to enter a contract with Tailwind Concessions out of North Carolina to operate a restaurant and bar in the newly renovated airport on the flightline of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Tailwind has airport restaurant/bar operations in 15 airports across the country, having started at the Aspen, Colo., airport in 2001.The contract with Tailwind will be for two years, with a two-year option. The company will pay the county $1,000 per month in rent for the space. I’m Karen Johnson.