An Energy Decision Earns Governor Cuomo High Marks

Governor Cuomo is getting high marks from the Adirondack Council because of an energy decision. Karen Johnson has details.

Known as a national leader in the fight against acid rain, The Adirondack Council is praising Governor Andrew Cuomo and state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos for proposed air pollution regulations that would close the last two coal-fired power plants in New York by 2020. Since the Dunkirk coal-fired plant on the shore of Lake Erie converted to natural gas in 2017, the two remaining plants are in Tompkins County and Niagara county. The Adirondack Council Deputy Director says the decision will also reduce New York’s carbon emissions that contribute to rapid climate change. The first public hearing is set for July. I’m Karen Johnson

Road Salt Will Be Alot Lighter Next Winter

Road salt will be a lot lighter next winter. Karen Johnson explains.

Road salt has often been a problem for the health of Adirondack lakes, so less will be used under a pilot program that will run this winter. The state Department of Transportation is announcing the new program that includes ways to limit the amount of salt used. It will be tested around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and also cover an approximately 17-mile stretch of Route 9N from the village of Lake George to the town of Bolton. Salt has been an increasing problem in these lakes, negatively affecting water quality, roadside vegetation and aquatic species, besides corroding people’s cars. Some of the practices highlighted in the pilot program include using brine for pre-storm anti-icing, using treated salt, using a plow truck with blade technologies to mechanically remove more ice and snow and using automatic vehicle location equipment that tracks salt application rates and calibrates salt-spreading equipment. I’m Karen Johnson.

It’s Time For Summer Fun In Canton

It’s time for some summer fun in Canton. Karen Johnson has details.

Now’s the time to register for the Canton Recreation Department’s summer programs featuring some new additions such as an Adult Sand Volleyball League, a Paddling Clinic, and a Speed & Conditioning Clinic. Additionally, two programs that were new last year will return again this summer – Summer Fitness Boot Camp and Police Adventures. Summer program brochures were sent home with students in mid-May and can be found at several locations around town and also online. This summer, online registration is available for all programs except swim lessons. There is even more to know about the 2018 offerings at the Summer Programs 2018 link on the Parks & Recreation page of the Canton website, at cantonny.gov.To register online, go to cantonny.gov/community/parks-recreation/ To register in person, or to register for swim lessons, there are three registration sessions. The first is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2 in the Village Park during the Dairy Princess festivities. Registration sessions are also set at the Canton Recreational Pavilion for Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Payment is due at the time of registration. For online registration, payment is due at the start of each program. I’m Karen Johnson.

New York Prisons Bulging With Older Aged Inmates

Seems older prison inmates are becoming a financial burden for prison systems in New York. Karen Johnson takes a look.

The findings are the result of a study published by the Osborne Association, a New York-based social reform nonprofit group. The report, titled “The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population” argues that while nationwide crime rates are dropping, the population of inmates over the age of 50 continues to climb, mainly because of harsh sentencing and narrow release opportunities. The study also points out that many older prisoners represent little threat to society so the recidivism rates are lower compared to younger offenders. New York state alone has 10,337 incarcerated older people — defined as persons aged 50 or above. Using current incarceration rates to forecast prison demographics in 2030, the study finds that prisoners 50 and older will account for one-third of all incarcerated people in the country by that time. I’m Karen Johnson.

Salmon River Central School District Voters Going To The Polls

Time for Salmon River Central School District voters to head to the polls again. Karen Johnson report.

It’s only been two weeks since voters in the district went to voting booths choosing two members of the district Board of Elections, petitions are due to fill another spot on the board. Candidates planning to run for the seat vacated by Jason McDonald had until yesterday to file petitions with the district clerk, according to a legal notice published Friday. The petitions must contain the signatures of 25 eligible voters; the name and residence of the candidate a description of the vacancy, including the term of office and the name of the most recent office-holder; and the name and residence of each signer, the notice states. The election will be held June 26 between noon and 8 p.m. in the board room on the main Salmon River campus. The new election is being called after McDonald, who was first elected to the board in a special election in 2014, announced his decision to step down effective April 5. I’m Karen Johnson

Unemployment Rates For The North Country Are Positive

More people are holding down jobs in Franklin County. Karen Johnson takes a looks at the statistics.

The unemployment rate in Franklin County continued its seasonal slide in April, falling to 6.4 percent from 6.9 percent in March, according to recently released figures by the state Department of Labor.The drop is the second in two months after the rate had climbed steadily since October. The increase in the rate during the winter months and the decline as summer approaches is a yearly pattern for Franklin County and much of the north country.Because of seasonal variations, a year-to-year comparison of employment statistics gives a truer picture of an area’s unemployment situation, the Labor Department said in the news release announcing the unemployment rates. The recently released figures by the department do not take into account seasonal influences, such as holiday or summer hires. In addition all other six counties identified within the north country saw their rates decrease. I’m Karen Johnson.

Bruce Barney Announces Candidacy For Sheriff

A new candidate for the position of sheriff in Franklin County. Karen Johnson has a report.

Bruce Barney, a 26 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and corrections officer with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is announcing he’s running for the sheriff’s position. Right now he serves as a senior booking officer at the Franklin County Jail. He is the third candidate to announce his intent to run for the office, and the second Democrat to do so. In a press release Barney claims that he would be the first candidate for the position who had worked in the Sheriff’s Office prior to an election. The press release went on to say that Barney’s experience as an officer in the Sheriff’s Office is an advantage over his opponent in the Democratic primary – a Harrietstown Town Board member – noting that Barney would not need on the job training to get up to speed in the sheriff position. I’m Karen Johnson

Water Changes Coming To Plattsburgh For Awhile

Plattsburgh residents may notice some changes in the water for awhile. Karen Johnson reports.

Now that work has started to renovate the Town of Plattsburgh’s Cumberland Corners water tower water customers in that area – including some in Beekmantown – may experience pressure variations, according to a press release from the Town of Plattsburgh. Town Supervisor Michael Cashman says in the meantime the water system will be operating off the gravity bypass line and some fire hydrants are bagged indicating they’re temporarily out of service, too. The press release adds it’ll take about three months to complete the sandblasting and painting of the tower. You can contact the Water and Wastewater Department at 518-562-6890 with any questions or concerns. I’m Karen Johnson.

Program Developing In The North Country To Learn About The Sea

Program develops in the North Country to learn about the sea. Karen Johnson reports.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, said she is excited to see what will result from a collaboration between SUNY Maritime College, SUNY Canton, Jefferson Community College and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES to develop programs to train students for careers in maritime fields. Included in her enthusiasm she was also thrilled when SUNY Maritime College Provost Dr. Joseph Hoffman suggested professionals from the school might travel to communities along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties and then prepare a report on the region’s waterfront infrastructure needs. I’m Karen Johnson

Cobb Talks Politics

A congressional candidate was on the stump talking politics…Jim O’Reilly…

Congressional candidate, Tedra Cobb was at the Dickinson Township Brewing Company to speak about health care, campaign finance reform and government transparency. Around 30 people attended. When asked what sets Cobb’s candidacy apart from the other Democratic hopefuls, Cobb talked about her experience solving problems in the community as a two-term member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, as well as working with health care nonprofits. Cobb noted she is the only Democratic candidate who has been elected to and held a political position. She criticized incumbent, Republican Elise Stefanik’s communications with the public and residency, describing a “fake town hall” held in South Glens Falls led by a moderator where Stefanik was the only one with a microphone. She also questioned Stefanik’s legitimacy as a resident of the 21st Congressional District.