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Downtown Gouverneur. Photo: <a href="">Tom Pavick</a> via Flickr, <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Downtown Gouverneur. Photo: Tom Pavick via Flickr, some rights reserved

Former Gouverneur mayor Chris Miller arrested

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's investigators arrested former Gouverneur Mayor Christopher Miller Tuesday. The Watertown Daily Times reports he was charged with a felony count of third-degree grand larceny. Miller resigned from his position as mayor last Wednesday. The newspaper reports that he's accused of drawing up a fraudulent contract for the sale of a house he only partially owned.

He reportedly sold the house for $50,000, but allegedly failed to tell the people he sold it do that he was a joint owner. Deputies told the newspaper that Miller did not have the right to sell the property. The Times reports that the buyers gave Miller $10,000 as a down payment on the house, but a written agreement drawn up by Miller, gave them credit for only $1,000 dollars.

Miller was brought to the town court in Canton and was released under probation supervision. He resigned as mayor after a discussion last week with then deputy Mayor Ronald McDougall. McDougall read Miller's resignation letter at the village Board of Trustees meeting last night.

Julie Grant spoke with McDougall Wednesday morning, and asked him if he encouraged Miller to resign last week because he was about to be arrested.  Go to full article

Gouverneur village mayor resigns after scandals

Christopher Miller resigned as village mayor of Gouverneur, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Mayor Ronald McDougall told multiple news sources that the two met Wednesday to discuss Miller's job, and agreed he should step down.

After Miller was elected last fall, village residents learned he was a convicted felon, for drug possession and forgery. He had also pleaded guilty to petit larceny and criminal trespass, and was on probation.  Go to full article

Canton shines for Dairy Princess parade

It was a perfect sunny day Saturday, and Canton was out in force for the annual tradition of the Dairy Princess parade. There was dairy royalty, lots of tractors and floats, and plenty to satisfy the sweet tooth. David Sommerstein was there and sent this audio postcard...  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman listens to a dairy farmer discuss his concerns.
Doug Hoffman listens to a dairy farmer discuss his concerns.

Hoffman counting on grassroots push in NY-23 primary

Republican candidates for the 23rd Congressional district seat are making late summer pushes toward a September primary. Alexandria Bay businessman Matt Doheny has shored up support from the GOP establishment. All of the party's county chairs have endorsed him. Tea Party insurgent Doug Hoffman says he relishes the outsider status, just as he did in last year's special election that brought him to within a few percentage points of Democrat and Congressman Bill Owens. Hoffman trails Doheny significantly in fundraising. Lacking the get-out-the-vote infrastructure of a major party, Hoffman will need a big grassroots push to win. As David Sommerstein reports, whether he gets it is the central question of his campaign.  Go to full article
The Zipper in action.
The Zipper in action.

St Lawrence County Fair: Audio Postcard

Be it goats, cows, maple syrup or funnel cake, the St. Lawrence county fair has it all. Sarah Harris visited the fair in Gouverneur, ate too much funnel cake, braved the rides on the midway and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Inmates to be excluded from North Country districts

A measure to change where prison inmates are counted when drawing political districts was slipped into the budget bills passed Tuesday night. Beginning with redistricting based on 2010 census data, inmates will be counted at their home addresses, not at the prison where they're locked up. Supporters called the change a victory for equal representation. But the North Country stands to lose more political clout. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Lacey Bango in Gouverneur.
Lacey Bango in Gouverneur.

Heard Up North: Holding a big P&C sign all day

The imminent, but temporary, closing of five P&C supermarkets in the North Country has unleashed a cadre of roadside sign wavers. You know, the people who are paid to waggle a "shop here - big sale" sign all day to get the attention of passing motorists. One in Gouverneur is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Hacketts' bankruptcy no surprise

An iconic North Country retailer has filed for bankruptcy. Hacketts stores filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. President and COO Herbert Becker said in a press release the move will allow the company to "assure its financial viability while repaying creditors". He said Hacketts intends to keep its existing stores in Ogdensburg, Massena, Tupper Lake, and Sackets Harbor open.

Hacketts was founded in Ogdensburg in the mid-1800s. At its peak two years ago, Hacketts had expanded to nine stores as far-flung as Pulaski and Hamilton. But that growth hid massive debt in Hacketts' parent company, Seaway Valley Capital Corporation, owned by Thomas Scozzafava, brother of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein, who has reported extensively on Seaway Valley and Hacketts, about what the bankruptcy means.  Go to full article

Hacketts forced towards bankruptcy

Six national clothing and sporting goods companies are trying to force a North Country department store into bankruptcy. The creditors say Hacketts department store owes them $1.6 million. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Gouverneur-Watertown bus debuts in May

St. lawrence County is starting a new public transit route, bussing people between Gouverneur and Watertown. Missing links connecting the towns and villages of the rural North Country have long been considered an obstacle to economic development in the region. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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