Politics Time

It was time to go to the stump at one Malone eatery. Congressional candidate, Tedra Cobb visited Donovan’s Steak and Ale in Malone to meet with local residents, the first public event held by one of several Democrats seeking their party’s backing in next year’s election. Cobb, of Canton, is running for the 21st Congressional. She is a former St. Lawrence County legislator and currently manages her own consulting business. The winner of next year’s primary is expected to go on to face incumbent congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, a Republican, in the general election.

Plenty Of Power

New York’s electric system has more than enough capacity to handle demand over the winter…no matter how much drain a cold snap would put on the grid…that’s according to the organization that manages the system. Wes Yeomans, vice president of operations for the New York Independent System Operator, says during peak winter consumption in January, there will be thousands of megawatts of power in reserve…enough even for an extended cold snap.

Governor vetoes “Death Gamble” bill for corrections officers

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have paid retirement benefits to families of corrections officers who die while still employed, despite being eligible for retirement. State Senator Patti Ritchie released a statement saying the govenor’s veto was a slap in the face to corrections officers across the state that their lives are not as valued as they should be. The governor said in his veto message that any retirement benefits paid out like that should be part of the union’s negotiations and not peicemealed out. Estimates put the number of corrections officers that are eligible for retirement but continue working at roughly 2,700 statewide.

Rural Health Council gets refocused thanks to Jones

The State Department of Health will now get more updates on the state of health in rural areas, thanks to Assemblyman Billy Jones, who says state leaders need more input on the unique challenges of people who live in rural areas like the North Country. He says there are families here that don’t have the ability to access quality health care, something he calls “not right.” The University of Vermont health system, which operates Alice Hyde and Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, is applauding the move, saying they hope it’ll help address the limited access to primary care. The council will be required to submit a yearly report on the status of the health care workforce. All of its members have to come from rural areas and any public meetings will have to be webcasted so that people across the state can see what’s happening.

Richway Sentenced

The Harrisville woman, indicted in the “Operation Gravy Train” drug sting, who was deemed by the AG as one of the biggest drug dealers ever, took a plea deal in St. Lawrence County Court that will put her in prison for more than a decade. Tiffany Richway pled guilty to drug possession charges. Richway had more than 8 ounces of cocaine on her when she was brought in. Richway will be sentenced to 11 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.

Structure Fire In Lewis

Fire destroys a garage on Stowersville Road in Lewis, spilling oil and spewing toxic fumes. When firefighters first arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames. Elizabethtown, Westport, Willsboro, and Whallonsburg volunteer fire departments, assisted in the firefighting operation.

A Thief Is Brought In

A Plattsburgh woman faces theft and forgery charges after breaking into multiple lockers at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department gym. Investigators closed in on Jodi Schwartz…as she used stolen credit cards from a car she had broken into earlier. Schwartz was caught and confessed to stealing the property and cash inside the purse, along with everything else. She was arraigned and sent to Clinton County Jail. Schwartz is due back in court later today.

CC Budget Moving Along

Clinton County legislators are moving the 2018 budget ahead for adoption with no major changes. The $167.2 million spending plan, which was put forth last week by County Administrator and Budget Officer, Michael Zurlo, carries a tax-levy increase of 1.4 percent, which is 2 percent below the state tax cap.

Parishville Against Wind Project

The Parishville Town Council spoke out against wind development near Fort Drum, unanimously approving a resolution opposing those kinds projects. It comes as debate intensifies over the impact of turbines on military aviation and weather radar. The council agreed more needed to be looked into but were very sure they did not want Fort Drum’s capabilities to be diminished.

La Porte Case Put Back To Feb

The Massena couple, charged by state and federal prosecutors for child rape and sexually exploiting children, had their sentencing in both courts moved to next year. Stacey LaPorte Jr. and Mackenzie Bailey, are to be sentenced on federal charges on Feb. 15 and on their state charges in St. Lawrence County Court on Feb. 16. LaPorte faces 50 years in prison. He plead guilty to the charges in St. Lawrence County Court on July 20.