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NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest Preserve.  Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest Preserve. Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO spent big on Forest Preserve land swap

NYCO Minerals spent more than half a million dollars to win support for a controversial land swap with the state approved by voters statewide last week. That's according to financial disclosure statements the Willsboro-based mining company filed with the state Board of Elections in the months and days leading up to the vote on Proposition 5.

Proposition 5 gives NYCO the right to mine a 200-acre tract in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in exchange for 1,500 acres elsewhere that will be added to the Forest Preserve.  Go to full article
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal that approved by voters last week.  The issue has sharply divided green groups.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal that approved by voters last week. The issue has sharply divided green groups. Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

"Serious fault line" splits Adk green groups

Green groups in the Adirondacks remain bitterly divided following last week's vote over the NYCO minerals land deal.

Voters across the state narrowly approved the controversial project.

It will allow NYCO minerals to expand its mining operations in the Essex County town of Lewis onto roughly 200 acres of forest preserve land.

Now a fierce war of words has erupted between green groups, with some environmental leaders lobbing accusations of unethical behavior and dishonesty.  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve.  His company will push that boundary back now that voters have approve the deal. Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. His company will push that boundary back now that voters have approve the deal. Photo: Brian Mann

Both Adirondack land swap amendments are approved

Voters across New York state approved two amendments to the state Constitution that allow land swaps to go forward in the Adirondack Park.

An effort to settle long-standing property disputes in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County passed by a wide margin, with 72-percent support according to unofficial tallies.

A controversial plan by NYCO minerals to mine roughly 200 acres of forest preserve land in the Essex County town of Lewis also passed, though with much narrower support of roughly 53 percent statewide.

Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann talks with Martha Foley about the ballot propositions.  Go to full article

James Calnon wins Plattsburgh mayoral race

The city of Plattsburgh has a new mayor this morning, with Republican James Calnon taking the seat that was vacated by Mayor Donald Kasprzak, who chose not to run again.

Calnon beat independent party candidate Chris Rosenquest by fewer than 500 votes according to the latest unofficial tally, with Democrat Mark Tiffer running a distant third.

While absentee ballots are still being counted, Rosenquest has declined to concede the race.

Calnon, who is a long-time member of the city council, told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that he's grateful to voters for their "expression of support."  Go to full article

Tony Jordan wins Washington County DA race

Long-time Assemblyman Tony Jordan has claimed the district attorney's post in Washington County, handily defeating sitting DA and fellow Republican Kevin Kortright.

The unofficial tally showed Jordan with more than 7000 votes and Kortright with just over 3600 votes.

Kortright switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to avoid a primary fight with Jordan last summer, but the shift didn't pay off in the general election.  Go to full article

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Democrat Nicole Duvé, left, and Republican Mary Rain. Photos: David Sommerstein
Democrat Nicole Duvé, left, and Republican Mary Rain. Photos: David Sommerstein

Rain apparent winner in St. Lawrence county DA race

Republican challenger Mary Rain appears to have unseated two-term Democratic district attorney Nicole Duvé in St. Lawrence County. According to unofficial results, Rain won 9,808 votes, or 51.8%, to Duvé's 9,113 votes, or 48.1%.

But Duvé says there are enough absentee ballots to change the final result. Duve did not concede victory Tuesday night.

We'll have updates on this story and a complete report later in the evening.  Go to full article

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Essex County votes out 5 incumbent supervisors

It was a tough night for incumbents in Essex County. Five out of six town supervisors who were on the ballot were sent packing by voters.

Sitting supervisors were ousted in Ticonderoga, Elizabethtown, Essex, Minerva, and Willsboro. Four of the five supervisors who lost their seats were women.

There is one nail-biter. Sue Montgomery Corey in Minerva, who is the Democratic Party chair in Essex County, is trailing by fewer than ten votes in her contest with challenger Stephen McNally.  Go to full article

Six amendments top statewide ballot

There are six amendments on Tuesday's ballot, ranging from whether New York should allow seven resort style gambling casinos, to whether judges should be allowed to serve on the bench until the age of 80. Here's a run down:  Go to full article

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