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Pete DeMola

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Westport Central dips toes in local food movement

Produce from a local farm is being used as a trial balloon for a possible farm-to-school program at Westport Central.

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No decision on Old County Cemetery issue

The owner of a cemetery that was once owned by Essex County has rejected an initial overture to part with the now-disputed property.

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Westport lands $500K in state funds for town hall renovation

Westport officials have nailed down $500,000 in state financing to help renovate their historic-listed town hall.

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Rep.-elect Stefanik briefs Willsboro, Essex residents on upcoming term

Representative-elect Elise Stefanik (R-NY) met with future constituents in Willsboro on Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Ruling by state’s highest court clears way for Tupper project

The Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) project has been cleared to move forward after the state’s highest court dismissed a motion filed by green groups.

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Essex County Clerk's Office readies online access of archives

Beginning next month, the Essex County Clerk's Office will offer online access to their archives.

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What the North Country's $63.4m in state funds means for Essex, Franklin counties

Numerous infrastructure, economic development projects are set to be bankrolled after a large influx of state cash was announced last week.

North Country leaders look forward to upcoming legislative session

Albany agendas for North County officials include mandate relief, increased infrastructure funding and rollbacks of some of the state's most controversial policies

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Westport group seeks memorial for vets

By the time this lakefront town turns 200 next summer, a group of local residents hopes that veterans will be given marquee billing.

Essex County passes best value procurement law

Essex County has passed a best value procurement law, a revision to state finance law that allows the county to look at additional factors when selecting how to award contracts.

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13 nabbed in Essex County drug sweep

A multi-agency drug sweep netted 13 suspects on felony drug charges across the county this morning. Investigations are ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated, say state police.

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Essex County passes 2015 budget

Taxpayers to see 7.5 percent hike

Taxpayers will see a 7.5 percent tax levy increase in 2015 following an eleventh-hour session designed explore possible savings.

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Keeseville residents angered over tree cutbacks

The neighborhood has a new close-cropped look, but not all residents are pleased.

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Cuomo, local officials announce progress on crude oil rail transport

A new report says while state and local officials are making progress on addressing the increase in crude oil rail transport, feds need to pick up the pace.

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Lawmakers authorize county to move forward with cemetery acquisition

The Essex County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the county to acquire the Old County Infirmary Cemetery through eminent domain.

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County, town workers return after helping Buffalo dig out

Team Essex County is back on their home turf after helping their neighbors to the west dig out from a killer storm.

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Crickets at Essex County budget hearing

Silence greeted lawmakers at Monday's public hearing on Essex County's proposed 2015 budget.

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Essex County Sheriff Department seeks six new correctional officers

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting would like to hire six correctional officers to bolster his department’s ranks.

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Keene, DOT closer to solving bridge replacement puzzle

Eight bridges in Keene are slated to be replaced over the next two years. DOT officials met with local residents last week to hammer out a timeframe.

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Central Lake Champlain destination master planning process comes to life

Four towns in the Central Champlain Valley have started working together to create a roadmap for sustainable tourism.

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ELCS, Westport Central agree to examine shared admin, transportation programs

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central and Westport Central have authorized their superintendents to look into a shared administration and transportation network.

Essex sails in at under cap as tension with past administration continues to crackle

The final 2015 Essex town budget carries a tax levy decrease of a half percent, a measure allowing the town to come in under the cap.

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Essex County struggles with found money, budget procedures

Budget meetings dragged on Thursday as the Essex County Board of Supervisors debated requests for amendments.

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Essex County dispatches convoy to dig out Buffalo

Essex County has sent 12 trucks to plow out Erie County in a gesture of solidarity.

Jay sails in under state tax cap

In 2015, the town’s tax levy will increase by 1.8 percent, well under the town’s adjusted 4.1 percent cap.

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Lewis comes in under tax cap

The tax levy for the town of Lewis will not see an increase for 2015.

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Essex, Willsboro join together to honor vets

Champlain Valley residents turned out in droves last week to honor veterans in Willsboro and Essex.

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Voter suppression in Essex County? Unlikely, says Board of Elections

While nearly one-third of Essex County voters failed to fill in the propositions on their ballots on Election Day, Board of Elections brass says voter suppression is not to blame.

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Battle for Old County Home Cemetery rekindled

Since 2010, a movement has been underway to restore the Old County Home Cemetery in Essex to county ownership.

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Local biz to state: Sign off on signs!

Local stakeholders are renewing calls for signage variances as state land master planning process moves forward.

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CVES Mineville students receive unique history lesson with time capsule excavation

CVES students received a firsthand look at history with the excavation of a time capsule.

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What’s next for the Greens?

Although they fell short of winning office in last week’s state and federal elections, Green Party officials say the best is yet to come.

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Essex County horse rescuers honored

Local officials and volunteers were honored last week by the New York State Humane Association for their role in rescuing 41 neglected horses from an Essex farm.

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BOE schools supers on spoiled ballots; Westport council race still too close to call

Essex County Board of Elections gives lawmakers crash course in spoiled ballots as two local races hang in the balance.

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Elizabethtown tentative budget under the cap

The proposed 2015 budget for Elizabethtown appears to stay under the tax cap.

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Westport budget comes in at under the cap

With little public fanfare, Westport comes in under the cap with final 2015 budget.

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Essex County arrives at tentative budget

Essex County will likely exceed the tax cap with their tentative 2015 budget.

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Red Army nears Lake Placid

Red Army, a documentary about the rise and decline of the former Soviet Union’s hockey program, will be screened this weekend in Lake Placid.

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NY21 Stefanik wins the district but (narrowly) loses her backyard

While the Congresswoman-elect scorched her Democratic opponent by 20 points, the GOP rock star failed to pull off a victory in Essex County.

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NY21: Elise Stefanik wins big in resounding victory

Republican Elise Stefanik makes history in becoming the youngest woman elected to serve in the US House of Representatives.

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NY21: In Glens Falls, stunts, students and stars as campaigns march towards endgame

With hours until Election Day, the three congressional hopefuls spent Saturday locking down support in Glens Falls.

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GOP rallies for Astorino in Plattsburgh

Just days before next week's general election, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino touched down in Plattsburgh to rally the faithful.

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Willsboro moves forward with dam demolition

Residents, town board agrees that Willsboro's ailing Saw Mill Dam has got to go. Experts have said failure is imminent.

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NY21: Stefanik talks small biz in Elizabethtown

Elise Stefanik, the Republican candidate for Congress, touched down in Elizabethtown on Wednesday morning to meet with local business owners.

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Updated: Peru woman dead following collision with state trooper

A Peru woman is dead following a collision with a New York State trooper this morning in the town of AuSable.

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Adirondack Destination Summit sets trajectory for revamped tourism efforts

For the past year, 33 towns and hamlets across the Adirondack Park have quietly been involved in the destination master planning process, a customized way of growing the tourism economy to fit the needs of each community.

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NY21: Woolf rallies troops at GOTV effort

With seven days until Election Day, the Woolf campaign is putting their boots to the pavement.

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NY21: Woolf tours Olympic facilities, calls for investment bump

Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf said investment is needed to ensure Essex County's Olympic facilities remain an economic driver for the region.

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Following firehouse’s removal, Keene sets sights on pair of new projects

Three years after an angry Gulf Brook devastated Keene, renewal is almost complete.

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Volunteering second plank in United Way platform

United Way stakeholders met last week in Elizabethtown to discuss how they can better serve communities in Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties through volunteer efforts.

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