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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand wants food stamps, milk price reform in Farm Bill

Congress is back to work on a new five year Farm Bill. The Senate passed one last year, but the House of Representatives couldn't agree on the size of cuts to the food stamp program and other issues.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says preserving food stamps is "a moral issue." And she says there's a way to pay for them.  Go to full article
Adirondack Health CEO Chandler Ralph, center, at a public meeting May 1 on the proposed conversion of the Adirondack Medical Center-Lake Placid emergency room to an urgent care center, held at Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Stan Urban, left, is chair of Adirondack Health's Board of Trustees; to the right is Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Broderick. Photo: Chris Knight via <a href="">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Plan to close Lake Placid ER faces harsh criticism

Adirondack Health will host the second of two public meetings tonight on a controversial plan to convert the emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital to an urgent care center.

At the first meeting last week, representatives of the Saranac Lake-based hospital faced a hostile crowd. Many people said the change would leave the community vulnerable and put a strain on the emergency medical service system. Adirondack health officials say a decision could come at the end of the month.  Go to full article
Protesters banned from the Republican-led hearing try to listen through an open window. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Dispute over access overshadows NYS campaign finance hearing

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City's public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.  Go to full article
Thousand Islands border crossing. Photo: <a href="">Friscocali</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Leahy, Owens oppose US-Canada border fee

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has joined the fight against a border fee.

The Department of Homeland Security last month proposed a study to assess the...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href=">jfcherry</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY closer to online patient access

The state is one step closer to giving patients access to their medical information online. The e-Health Collaborative has announced nine finalists in their competition to...  Go to full article
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Bill Bowers: mime and monologue in Lake Placid

Actor/mime Bill Bowers brings his one-man show, It Goes Without Saying, back to the Adirondacks next Monday night. The show, which began ten years ago at the...  Go to full article