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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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Minerva Central School braces for budget showdown

Like other districts in the North Country, MCS is feeling the effects of the GEA and hopes a solution is on the horizon.

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County task force says “neigh” to animal cruelty

An emerging group of lawmakers, civic organizations and grassroots activists want you to know that animal abuse doesn’t fly in Essex County.

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Elizabethtown Social Center readies spring musical for March 28-30

As the weather struggles to break, the Elizabethtown Social Center is doing their part to pucker up the winter-weary populace by readying their annual spring musical.

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County stalled on the tracks when it comes to increased rail traffic

Representatives from Canadian Pacific (CP), the railroad operator responsible for shipping crude oil from North Dakota through the North Country on its way to a processing center at the Port of Albany, told the Essex County board of supervisors, first responders and members of the public at a meeting on Tuesday, March 11, at the Government Center they were working closely with local officials in drafting emergency response plans in the event of an accident.

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ELCS seeks ways to curb budget issues

It’s more likely than you think, said Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School superintendent Scott Osborne at a public forum on Monday, March 17, to discuss the future of the district.

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Inside the Courtroom: An exclusive look at Essex County's sweeping drug raids

A firsthand courtroom account of the people, the charges and the narcotics involved in Friday's sweeping drug raid across Essex County

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NY21 GOP hopeful Joe Gilbert talks energy policy, free market, governmental overreach

Meet Joe Gilbert, a Republican seeking his party's nomination for the race to replace outgoing Congressman Bill Owens.

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ELCS faces budget, GEA woes

Renting out classrooms to private businesses? Sharing superintendents? It’s more likely than you think, said Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School superintendent Scott Osborne at a public forum on Monday, March 17 to discuss the future of the district.

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Essex County lawmakers talk possible lawsuit, Nye closing

Despite their festive attire — including comically-large bow ties and wardrobe choices that protected all participants from Leprechaun pinches — the Essex County board of supervisors was all business at their meeting on Monday, March 17 at the Government Center.

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Legal staffing discussed at Essex County committee meeting

County attorney Daniel Manning asked Essex County lawmakers March 10 for a resolution to recruit assistant public defenders and assistant district attorneys from adjoining counties.

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ROOST chief exhorts lawmakers to look outward in promoting region

Jim McKenna, head of the office that spearheads tourism efforts for Essex and Hamilton counties, dazzled lawmakers from across the North Country on Thursday, Feb. 27 with a lively presentation that stressed the importance of tourism in growing the region’s economy and why local officials need to be ahead of the curve when it comes to marketing their communities.

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Woolf makes media rounds

NY-21 candidate meets with Denton Publications, other news outlets

Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf said it was an “enormous release” to finally go public with his campaign.

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Frontier Town could headline property tax sales

Essex County officials wrapped up the last of their three task force meetings to determine the fate of the former Frontier Town property in North Hudson on Monday, March 3.

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Essex County Bridge work to continue

The new Moriah Center Bridge is open to traffic, Department of Public Works chief Anthony LaVigne said in his report to the DPW committee Feb. 12, and the project will go into winter shutdown until weather conditions permit construction to restart.

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County on track with flood buyouts

The last real estate closings for Essex County’s flood buyout program should be done by the end of the week, county attorney Daniel Manning told county lawmakers Monday, March 3.

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Cuomo energizes state lawmakers at 2014 Adirondack Winter Challenge

With an aim of boosting tourism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Lake Placid and Lake Clear and joined about 400 public officials and community leaders in the Adirondack Winter Challenge Event that featured friendly competition in outdoor sports.

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Owens reaches out

Guns, min wage, retirement hot topics at town hall Wednesday, Feb. 26

Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY) held a telephone town hall Wednesday, Feb. 26, with constituents of New York’s 21st Congressional District to discuss policy in Washington, his recent work in the district and issues reflecting both national and local concerns.

Fundraiser planned for local man who is ‘always there’

For Ricky Munson, the first week of October was supposed to be a new beginning, the polar opposite of the incoming frost, changing leaves and shorter days.

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Two York?

Grassroots movement calls for state to split into pair of autonomous regions

Grassroots movement calls for state to split into pair of autonomous regions

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