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Stefanik the choice for NY-21 GOP chairs

Essex County GOP Chairman Ron Jackson, former Essex Supervisor, announced that 11 of the 12 counties had given their blessing to Elise Stefanik, the current Willsboro resident who has served in the George W. Bush cabinet and the Paul Ryan Vice Presidential candidacy team.

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ELCS seeks community input on budget process

At Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, the Board of Education is set to host a trio of public forums starting Monday, Feb. 10, to address the issue of the budget. The first forum will take place at 6 p.m. in the school’s conference room.

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Essex County officials question state budget areas

As part of a series of informational forums held after Cuomo’s annual budget address, Deputy Secretary of State Dede Scozzafava was on hand at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown to hear both praise and concern from government officials and the public.

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From Horace Nye to Essex Home for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

The handover for the county-run facility to the private organization Centers for Specialty Care (CSC) was delayed yet again several days before its scheduled handover on Friday, Jan. 31, this time because the parties wanted to “address a few loose ends,” relative to the septic system, said county attorney Daniel Manning.

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Douglas opts out of NY-21 race

Douglas announced Feb. 4 that he would not be seeking the NY-21 seat, currently held by Plattsburgh’s Bill Owens, who has announced he will not seek re-election.

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Town, county officials spar over foreclosed properties

Task force set up to determine fate of long-derelict structures

Town supervisors faced off against county officials Tuesday, Jan. 21, in an attempt to determine exactly who has ultimate responsibility over foreclosed and condemned properties within Essex County.

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Horace Nye handover imminent

County: Staffers to be placed on “preferred list” for new jobs

As New York City-based health provider Centers for Specialty Care prepares to take ownership of the Horace Nye Nursing Home from Essex County Jan. 31, county officials discussed what the endgame would be for the facility’s 130-plus staffers.

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Stage may be set for legal challenge to NYCO amendment

Four environmental advocacy groups have joined with a California environmental “law organization” to express their concerns over the recent passage of a state constitutional amendment allowing for a land swap between the State of New York and NYCO Minerals, based in Willsboro with mining operations in Lewis.

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Tupper Lake to self-fund tourism guides

At first glance, the waters of the expansive lake that lends its name to this village in southwest Franklin County are as tranquil as ever. Beneath the icy surface, however, a dispute over how tourism funds should be allocated is causing waves.

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Who's in, who's out, who might for NY 21st

The announcement last week that Congressman Bill Owens would not be seeking re-election in November has both Republicans and Democrats moving around the deck chairs to seek out their top candidates for what may be a wide-open contest.

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At-risk bridges to be replaced in North Country

A total of 14 bridges in Essex and Clinton counties will be replaced in an effort to shore up infrastructure in the wake of extreme weather.

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County supervisors discuss rising utility rates, tourism, public health

The Essex County Board of Supervisors had a full slate at the first round of monthly committee meetings at the board of supervisors chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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Essex County Committee assignments set

Chairman Randy Douglas released the committee assignments for the year at the annual Organizational Meeting, with North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi replacing former Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney as the chair of the Economic Development Committee.

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Bill Owens not running for re-election

With little fanfare, Representative Bill Owens’ (D-NY 21) office issued a press release Tuesday announcing that he will not be seeking re-election for the Assembly seat he currently holds.

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Ellenburg Town Clerk retires after 44 years

The last time Ellenburgh had a town clerk other than Thelma LaBombard, Richard Nixon was in the White House, gas cost 35 cents a gallon, and a dozen eggs could be had for 62 cents.