Jun 14, 2013 — Home rule legislation that would allow St. Lawrence County to raise its sales tax by one percent passed in the New York State Assembly Thursday. County legislative chairman John Putney says the bill now needs Senate approval. Go to full article
Jun 14, 2013 — UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, 11:40 am:
Franklin County has lifted its state of emergency.
Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost says water levels are down throughout most of the County, and most roads are open. In an email Saturday morning he says, "Things are stable at this point and unless we get a bunch of rain it looks like we are out of the woods." - Julie Grant
Friday, June 14:
The National Weather Service in Burlington says the Indian River and the BeaverRiver at the Stillwater Reservoir in the southern Adirondacks were near flood stage as of this morning (Friday).
Franklin County officials are also still operating under a state of emergency today as they watch river levels.
With more thundershowers and rain in the forecast today, Saranac Lake's Mayor Clyde Rabideau says some businesses along the Saranac River have seen mild flooding. Go to full article
Jun 14, 2013 — This weekend, the state will open up portions of two recently-acquired former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands in the central Adirondacks. That will mean more places to go in the Park for paddling, hiking and fishing. The access is temporary as the Adirondack Park Agency works to come up with a classification plan for the lands.
That process formally got under way this week when the APA hosted the first of eight public hearings scheduled around the state. Environmentalists are pushing for the new lands to be protected as wilderness, while sportsmen and local government officials want to see more opportunities for public access to the lands. Go to full article
Jun 14, 2013 — People along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario will get a chance to weigh in on a new water levels plan next month. It's called "Plan 2014". Regulators say it's better... Go to full article
Jun 14, 2013 — Members of the new York legislature's Black and Hispanic caucus and their allies are making a last minute push for a bill to decriminalize the public possession of small... Go to full article
Jun 14, 2013 — Novelist Lynn McElfresh says her favorite place to write is in the Thousand Islands, at her family cottage on Grennell Island. Two sisters share the pages in her new book... Go to full article