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ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo:  Chris Morris)
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA builds appeal despite state budget cuts

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is having one of its best years ever. ORDA operates and maintains a variety of Olympic venues across the Lake Placid region, including ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountains. State officials say heavy snowfall and a strong Canadian dollar translated into financial success.

As Chris Morris reports, ORDA is looking to build off that success by getting creative with its marketing.  Go to full article
ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin enjoys the view from the new convention center (Photo: Chris Morris)
ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin enjoys the view from the new convention center (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA unveils new Lake Placid convention center

The new Conference Center at Lake Placid has been in business for several weeks now. Local leaders and members of the public got a first-hand look at the new facility in May, when Governor Andrew Cuomo took his "people first" campaign to Lake Placid.

Today, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, along with several tourism groups, are hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from 4 to 6:30 p.m., offering the public a chance to tour the state-of-the-art meeting place. Chris Morris had a chance to tour the facility recently alongside ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin.  Go to full article
Randy Preston stands on a Wilmington bridge on the "watch" list (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Randy Preston stands on a Wilmington bridge on the "watch" list (Photo: Chris Morris)

As Adirondack roads crumble, state officials urge patience

Town leaders in the Adirondacks say state highways and bridges in the Park need major repairs and upgrades, with many of the busiest routes looking like battered back-country roads. The situation was made worse by the spring floods.

But as the state continues to climb out of its fiscal mess, it's unlikely that even the most important highways -- like Route 86 between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake -- will get the sort of attention they need any time soon.

As Chris Morris reports, that leaves local leaders worried that public safety and tourism traffic could be at risk.  Go to full article
I think it is much better than the previous version that passed the Senate. I think it gives a little bit more local control.

Assembly reps comfortable with tax cap progress

Governor Andrew Cuomo saw one of his legislative goals for the current session take a huge step forward earlier this week, as lawmakers announced they were close to a deal on a property tax cap.

The state Senate passed tax cap legislation earlier this year - a bill that essentially mirrored Cuomo's proposal.

This week, the state Assembly got on board, unveiling their version of the bill - and as Chris Morris reports, lawmakers from the North Country are, for the most part, pleased with the legislation.  Go to full article
North Elba supervisor Roby Politi with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday (Source: Nathan Brown, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission)
North Elba supervisor Roby Politi with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday (Source: Nathan Brown, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission)

Cuomo brings agenda, momentum, to Lake Placid

Governor Andrew Cuomo dominated Albany this year, pushing his austerity budget through the legislature on time with only token opposition.

With his poll numbers still high, Cuomo is barnstorming the state again, hoping to pass another ambitious slate of bills before the current session ends June 20.

Yesterday, the governor brought his "People First Campaign" to the Olympic region, pushing for ethics reform, a cap on local property taxes, and a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Chris Morris has our report.  Go to full article
Former Gov. Paterson talks with reporters (Photo: PSC)
Former Gov. Paterson talks with reporters (Photo: PSC)

Former Gov. Paterson opens up on life (and baseball) after politics

During a brief trip to the Adirondacks, former New York Governor David Paterson said his successor is doing a great job in Albany.

Paterson was the keynote speaker Sunday as Paul Smith's College graduated its 64th class.

Following commencement, Paterson spoke candidly about a variety of subjects, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Adirondacks, and making a guest appearance on New York City sports radio.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
We have to be creative... when it comes to accomplishing all that we need to do to take care of what makes our area so special

Cash-strapped DEC relies on partnerships

As Albany tightens its belt, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has faced some of the deepest cuts, losing key staff and money for services like campgrounds and fish hatcheries.

State officials say partnerships with environmental groups and local governments are helping to ease the crunch. But as Chris Morris reports, critics say partnerships can't erase the need for more dollars.  Go to full article
Franklin County emergency services coordinator Rick Provost in Tupper Lake with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens), state environmental facilities head Matt Driscoll, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, and  Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell.
Franklin County emergency services coordinator Rick Provost in Tupper Lake with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens), state environmental facilities head Matt Driscoll, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, and Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell.

Officials scramble to assess flood damage

Flooding in parts of the North Country is expected to get worse before it gets better.

And even though water levels continue to fluctuate, state and local officials are trying to get a handle on how much damage has occurred so far.

In Saranac Lake two bridges that have been closed for more than a week were reopened early this morning. Village Manager John Sweeney says water levels dropped by about three inches overnight. Sweeney says county inspectors found no problems with any of the bridges in the village yesterday.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration - or FEMA - were in Saranac Lake Thursday as well. Sweeney says they were focused on evaluating the state of public infrastructure, and may begin looking at some private properties today.

Meanwhile, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens toured flood ravaged neighborhoods in Tupper Lake.

Chris Morris was there and has this report...  Go to full article
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo:  Chris Morris
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo: Chris Morris

Saranac Lake dries out, rests up, assesses damage

Flood conditions in parts of the North Country eased a bit on Monday as emergency personnel continued dealing with the damage caused by high waters.

In Saranac Lake, water levels receded, providing officials with the chance to assess infrastructure above and below the Lake Flower Dam.

Following five tense days, some volunteers are being sent home to rest. But as Chris Morris reports, more heavy rain is expected today.  Go to full article
Boston Bruins practise thise week in Lake Placid (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Boston Bruins practise thise week in Lake Placid (Photo: Chris Morris)

For Bruins, road to playoffs leads through Lake Placid

Coming off a key win in their playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins stopped in Lake Placid to regroup on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Bruins are down two games to one in the series, after bouncing back Monday night with a key 4-2 victory over the Habs.

As Chris Morris reports, the Bruins took advantage of Montreal's proximity to Lake Placid, where players found some peace and quiet before tonight's Game 4.  Go to full article

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