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Doheny endorses Stefanik in NY21 race

Announcement ensures a united GOP in run-up to November’s general election

Ending months of speculation, Matt Doheny has endorsed Republican candidate Elise Stefanik in the race for New York's 21st District.

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Essex County preps for next tax sale

Officials are working behind the scenes to ensure the next sale to auction off tax-delinquent properties goes off without a hitch

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Cuomo: “North Country is coming back big time”

New York Gov. promotes tourism, state unity in Adirondack Challenge

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spent the weekend in the North Country talking tourism, economic development, state unity

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Three dead in plane crash

Eyewitnesses report instant flames, pilot trouble in single aircraft disaster

Three are dead following a single plane crash in Lake Placid this morning.

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UPDATE: Accident victim identified, investigation ongoing

One person is dead and 55 have been taken to area hospitals after a tour bus overturned on Interstate 87 early Friday morning.

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NY21 Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello gears up for general election

In a swing through the region, Matt Funiciello connected with voters and discussed the three issues underpinning his campaign

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Two public hearings remain before Elizabethtown decides on comprehensive plan

An informal Q&A regarding Elizabethtown's proposed comprehensive plan on Wednesday, July 9 was sedate despite persistent acrimony

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North Hudson approves measure to put Frontier Town question on the ballot

Voters will tentatively head to the polls in November to give the town permission to purchase the disputed former theme park

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Essex County approves NCCC budget

Essex County lawmakers have approved a budget bump for North Country Community College

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From Edinburgh, with Love

A new fencepost-driving machine from Scotland has the potential to revolutionize local agriculture, says a local farmer.

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Moore money, more problems

Plaintiff in Frontier Town lawsuit steps out as battle heats up

George Moore, the local recycling magnate entrenched in warfare with Essex County and North Hudson over his rejected bid for Frontier Town, has stepped out.

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APA, residents, NYCO spar at public hearing over proposed mining expansion

Residents and environmental watchdogs had NYCO officials and Adirondack Park Agency reps up against the ropes during a public hearing July 2 designed to discuss NYCO’s plans to expand mining operations at their facility in Lewis.

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WCA gets greenlight for booze

The Whallonsburgh Grange will now serve alcohol after the Essex Town Board gave them their blessings on Thursday, June 26.

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State Police ask for public help in identifying burglary suspect

New York State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving a burglary last week in Rouses Point.

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Meet John Cahill, the GOP candidate for New York State Attorney General

GOP candidate for Attorney General visits Lake Placid to discuss issues facing the North Country, including guns, drugs and the Clean Water Act

Lone watchdog urges caution as Elizabethtown readies comprehensive plan

As the town that serves as the Essex County seat grows closer to finalizing a plan to guide future development, a civic watchdog urges caution.

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Stefanik wins GOP primary for New York's 21st District

Elise Stefanik has defeated Matt Doheny by a wide margin, concluding a contentious Republican primary race for the 21st Congressional District seat.

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North Hudson residents speak out as Frontier Town sale enters litigation

As the fight over the fate of Frontier Town enters the courtroom, local residents rally in support of what they say is their town's last chance.

Body found at Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown

New York State Police were called to an incident at the third hole on the Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 when three golfers reported finding a male body.

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Essex County Board of Elections gears up for GOP primary

With a week to go before registered Republicans head the polls on Tuesday, June 24, Essex County election workers are hard at work

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What happens when you breed lions with eagles?

As the Elizabethtown-Lewis and Westport school districts move towards merging their boys varsity and girls modified soccer teams, state guidance on shared services remains unclear.

Essex County renews occupancy tax as towns push for bigger cuts

Essex County will continue its occupancy tax for at least three more years. But towns want a bigger cut.

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Essex County Sheriff announces re-election bid, gets approval for COPS grant

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting formally announced his candidacy for re-election June 3 at a press conference at the Government Center in Elizabethtown

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County votes to hand Frontier Town to North Hudson

While the Essex County Board of Supervisors has officially voted to pass the former Frontier Town property to the town of North Hudson, obstacles remain.

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American Crossroads has entered the ring in the fight for NY21

In an unprecedented maneuver, a powerful political action committee is now injecting cash into a Republican primary race

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Smacked! Heroin arrests a symptom of larger drug problem facing the North Country

ELIZABETHTOWN — Three area residents were arrested on felony drug charges in Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Authorities say this just a symptom of a larger opiate problem facing the North Country.

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On the road with NY21 GOP candidate Matt Doheny

Three weeks from primary, Matt Doheny is hitting the pavement, one doorbell at a time

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Five takeaways from the GOP debate for NY21

With the Republican primary on June 24 just three weeks away, Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik, met in the state capital for their first televised debate.

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Frontier Town dispute heats up

Three weeks after the Essex County Board of Supervisors moved to reject a local businessman’s bid for the former Frontier Town property, legal teams are bracing for a fight

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County rejects private bid for parcel, moves towards government takeover

On Monday, May 12, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reject Moore’s bid and kick the property, which is located at the intersection of Blue Ridge Road and Route 9, over to the town of North Hudson for $60,000.

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Essex County lawmakers, NY21 candidates sound off on the issues facing their communities

As the race for New York’s 21st grows increasingly ill-natured, it’s easy to forget that the sprawling district, which encompasses parts of 12 counties and covers some 16,000 square miles, faces real, concrete issues that demand leadership

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GOP Essex County lawmakers fall behind Stefanik

GOP hopeful Elise Stefanik, a Willsboro-based businesswoman and policy wonk, is solidifying her support in Essex County

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Ahead of tax auction, resident wages war against county

A long-simmering property dispute came to a head last month when lawyers for a local resident filed suit against Essex County ahead of an auction designed to sell off their tax delinquent properties.

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Provoncha earns Liberty Bell

The county’s brain trust, otherwise known as the Essex County Bar Association, packed the Deer’s Head Inn on Thursday, May 1 to pay homage to a certain non-lawyer citizen in the local community: a private citizen who stimulated a deep sense of individual responsibility and civic duty.

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Essex cattle farm offers job hopefuls Grade-A status — if they survive the chopping block

Despite the wealth of factors in favor of the Lewis Family Farm, owner Sandy Lewis is frustrated at the one commodity that has slipped through his grasp.

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NY21 Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello launches campaign as GOP fight turns rancorous

As the internecine fight between the two Republicans in the race to replace outgoing Congressman Bill Owens heats up, Matt Funiciello steps out

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Dead Fright

Following last week's train derailment in Virginia, Essex County officials continue to move forward with rail safety, but remain wary

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Woolf talks small business background, Owens endorsement

Democratic Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf has nabbed a pair of endorsements from Bill Owens and Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20)

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North Country meets New York City

Rural visit seeks to foster greater opportunities for students who run the risk of falling between the cracks

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GOP storm clouds gather as Doheny opens up

Congressional candidate Matt Doheny opens up as Republicans brace for primary battle

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North Country fire departments near flashover

A generation of fighters are aging out of the profession and there’s no one waiting in the wings to replace them.

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Ahead of primary, GOP NY21 hopeful Elise Stefanik talks tax reform, small business growth

One of the two Republicans seeking her party’s nomination in the race to replace outgoing Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh), Elise Stefanik sees herself as the small business candidate.

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Before tax sale, Moriah nabs property

Within spitting distance of this town’s water treatment plant at the edge of Bartlett Pond is a sprawling half-acre abandoned eyesore that the supervisor of this rural town says is a threat to public health.

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Pipeline gets greenlight

Proposed natural gas spur to benefit county’s largest private employer

International Paper (IP) passed a major hurdle towards developing a new energy source for their mill in Ticonderoga on Wednesday, April 9 when the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) voted to support a pipeline that would direct natural gas to the plant.

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NY21 Roundup: Where the candidates are on ballot access, fundraising and coveted endorsements

Everything you need to know about the race to replace outgoing Congressman Bill Owens as the candidates enter the next phase of the race.

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Bogstompers Wanted

If you’ve got a knack for the natural world, then local scientists have a job for you

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NY21 Dem hopeful Steven Burke talks jobs, infrastructure

It's a long and lonely road to the Democratic primary, says the other candidate in the race to replace outgoing Rep. Bill Owens

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Essex County has sprung a leak

Some of the roofing in the sprawling Essex County Government Center in Elizabethtown needs to be inspected and possibly replaced.

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State senate greenlights speed legislation

If the state legislature steps on the gas, local officials will now have the ability to hit the brakes when it comes to setting speed limits in their towns.

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New restaurant aims to enliven Elizabethtown dining scene

For the past 17 months, Tracy Spooner has been quietly sawing, hammering, painting, polishing and prepping the old pharmacy building on Court Street in Elizabethtown for the next phase of its existence.

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