Jul 01, 2014 — A federal appeals board has ruled the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe can make 39 acres of land it owns part of the Akwesasne reservation.
The tribe has used the land as a garbage transfer station for more than a decade. But it's technically within the borders of Franklin County, just west of the town of Fort Covington. The tribe originally petitioned to have the parcel added to the reservation seven years ago.
The details of the transfer will remain unclear until Franklin County decides what to do about a proposed settlement to the larger Mohawk land claim. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 28, 2007 — Seventy-five workers in Bombay -- between Malone and Massena -- will lose their jobs this summer. Gildan Activewear, based in Montreal, will close its Bombay plant there on August 17. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
George Emery tinkers with a Pratt clock (1838) in his shop near Bombay.
Jul 13, 2005 — Every so often during The 8 O'Clock Hour, we'll introduce you to a North Country resident. It could be your neighbor or a friend--someone with an odd job or a story to tell. Today, we visit a retired Franklin county math teacher whose daily routine still operates on punctuality. You might say with his second career, he can't afford to let time stand still. Go to full article
George Emery tinkers with a Pratt clock (1838) in his shop near Bombay. (above) A few of the many clocks that line the shelves in his showroom. (below)
May 27, 2005 — Every so often during The 8 O'Clock Hour, we'll introduce you to a North Country resident. It could be your neighbor or a friend -- someone with an odd job or a story to tell. Today, we visit the workshop and showroom of a Franklin county antique clock repairman. It's a rare profession these days, and George Emery's shop is a place where time doesn't stand still. Go to full article
Oct 26, 2004 — The St. Lawrence County legislature is expected to oppose a proposed settlement of the 22-year old Mohawk land claim. Legislators complain they weren't consulted before the deal was made public. At a finance committee meeting last night, lawmakers put off taking formal action against the deal. According to the Watertown Daily Times, the full Board will consider a resolution and a list of concerns about the settlement on Monday. The agreement between three Mohawk councils and Governor Pataki still must be approved by tribal members by referendum on November 27th. The leaders of towns in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties that would be affected by the settlement are also speaking out. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
May 22, 2003 — The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation. Go to full article