Betty Little's News items

Little: Conflicting building codes a problem

By Dayelin Roman droman@poststar.com | Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009 5:35 pm

LAKE GEORGE -- State Sen. Elizabeth Little said the state Department of Health will stop enforcing its own set of building codes after complaints that those rules conflict with other state guidelines, and have forced otherwise compliant local motel and hotels to make costly and perhaps unnecessary repairs.

"There’s really no need for the Department of Health to get involved with building codes," Little said.

November 16, 2009
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CROWN POINT, BATCHELLERVILLE RESIDENTS RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL

Want to focus attention on New York’s crumbling infrastructure

The sudden closure last month of a roughly half-mile bridge spanning Lake Champlain in Essex County points to the need to immediately address New York State’s deteriorating bridges and roadways.

November 10, 2009
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A lifeline 'up there' is severed

By FRED LEBRUN COMMENTARY

First published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Times Union A bridge is a lifeline.

Four thousand cars a day cross the Champlain Bridge that connects Crown Point on the New York side with Addison, Vt. At least that was the case until Oct. 16, when state engineers declared the bridge unsafe for travel and shut it down indefinitely. Gov. Paterson declared a state disaster emergency, which theoretically triggers all manner of relief and federal funding to restore a lifeline quickly.

October 27, 2009
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Stairs, roof being fixed at St. Armand Town Hall

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 26, 2009

BLOOMINGDALE - There are no stairs in front of the St. Armand Town Hall.

The old stairs, which were badly cracked after years of water getting in and freezing, have been removed, and new ones, which are designed so this won't happen, are going to be put in. For now, people can use the side entrance.

To read more click HERE.

 

October 27, 2009
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Stimulus: Is it working up here?

It’s hard to say; even state officials have trouble following the money. It does seem to be helping bolster the North Country’s roads, bridges, schools and a medical research lab, but it’s not creating long-term jobs

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: October 24, 2009

Federal stimulus money has been trickling into the North Country over the past six months, but whether it's helped to boost the region's economy or has created anything more than seasonal jobs so far is debatable.

October 27, 2009
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Crown Point Bridge Update

Crown Point Bridge Update -- Thursday, October 22

New York State has set up a toll-free hot line at (888)769-7243.  The hot line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and businesses and area residents are encouraged to call to express concerns as well as offer suggestions.

October 22, 2009
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Paterson declares emergency over Champlain Bridge

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 22, 2009

CROWN POINT — Gov. David Paterson has declared a state disaster for Essex County over closure of the Champlain Bridge, which is expected to expedite repairs and financial relief.

The response echoes a similar declaration Tuesday by Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas.

At Paterson's direction, New York has established a toll-free hot line for residents and businesses and opened an outreach center at the Visitor's Center, the former tollhouse beside the bridge.

October 22, 2009
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Officials urge yes votes on power line amendment

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

POSTED: October 21, 2009

TUPPER LAKE - The president of the New York Power Authority, National Grid officials, state Sen. Betty Little and a host of local government leaders held a press conference here Tuesday to urge residents across New York to vote in favor of a state constitutional amendment when they go to the polls on Nov. 3.

The amendment would allow the state to swap six acres of Forest Preserve land in Colton for 43 acres owned by National Grid in the towns of Piercefield and Clare.

October 21, 2009
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Essex County RSVP wins award; celebrates 35th

By LOHR McKINSTRY, Press Republican Staff Writer

October 21, 2009 03:26 am

PORT HENRY — The Essex County Retired Senior Volunteer Program celebrated its 35th year in a special way — as winner of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg's Caritas Award.

At RSVP's recent 35th-annual Recognition Ceremony, diocesan director of Catholic Charities Sister Donna Franklin praised the 465 volunteers who logged 62,009 hours of service at 95 sites in Essex County between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

October 21, 2009
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New Yorkers urged to vote yes on Tri-Lakes power project

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff Writer

October 21, 2009 03:28 am

TUPPER LAKE — New York Power Authority President and CEO Richard Kessel stood under new 46-kilovolt power lines here, urging New York voters to approve Proposition 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The proposition for a constitutional amendment would finalize state procedure to support new power lines that have already been run 23 miles at a cost of $30 million.

To read more click HERE.

October 21, 2009
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Economic devastation feared if Crown Point Bridge remains closed

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 20, 2009 

CROWN POINT - The economic effect of the Champlain (aka Crown Point) Bridge's closure is already being felt, and local officials and residents fear things could get much worse if the bridge is not reopened soon.

Cindy Bodette, who owns the Frenchman's Restaurant in Crown Point, said her business has declined between 30 and 40 percent since people from Vermont can't get there. She said a lot of her customers also go on to shop elsewhere, such as at the Walmart in Ticonderoga.

October 20, 2009
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Lost link, disrupted lives

Closure leaves few options for users of Champlain Bridge    By BRIAN NEARING, Times Union Staff writer

First published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009  CROWN POINT -- Harvey and Geraldine Wood sat in their parked SUV, looking out Monday at the closed Champlain Bridge and into Vermont. There, about 25 miles away in Middlebury, their seriously ill son is in a nursing home. And the way to see him just got a lot longer, time consuming and more expensive.

October 20, 2009
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Montreal-New York City high-speed rail a priority for Quebec

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 20, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — High-speed rail service between Montreal and New York City is one key way to make North America's first green transportation corridor.

Pierre Arcand, minister of international relations for the government of Quebec, said that was one of the topics of discussion when Quebec Premier Jean Charest and New York Gov. David Paterson met two weeks ago.

To read more click HERE.

October 20, 2009
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Vital bridge at Crown Point closed

By LOHR McKINSTRYPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 17, 2009 03:28 am

CROWN POINT — After an inspection showed it could collapse, the massive Champlain Bridge connecting New York and Vermont was closed indefinitely Friday afternoon.

Two of the bridge's concrete piers had significant erosion below the water line, State Department of Transportation Regional Structural Engineer Thomas Hoffman said.

To read more click HERE.

October 19, 2009
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Crown Point bridge closed indefinitely

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009 3:40 pm

CROWN POINT -- The Lake Champlain Bridge was closed indefinitely on Friday after an inspection revealed problems with the bridge's foundation.

Closure of the main traffic route between Crown Point and Chimney Point, Vt., has resulted in a 100-mile detour on Route 4 through Whitehall, and on Vermont routes 22A and 17.

To read more click HERE.

October 16, 2009
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Crown Point Bridge closed indefinitely

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 16, 2009    The state Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation closed the Crown Point Bridge Friday afternoon due to structural problems with two of the bridge's supports.

The state found that two of the piers, which are concrete supports anchored in the water, had "deteriorated to the point where they're not structurally sound to support the weight of the bridge above the pier," said Dan Mac Entee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little.

October 16, 2009
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Paterson pitches plan to cut deficits by $5B

Wire and staff reports GLENS FALLS POST STAR

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:00 pm

ALBANY -- In a defining moment for Gov. David Paterson, the Democrat proposed Thursday a rare midyear school aid reduction as well as cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and aid to college students, all to contend with the state's growing deficit.

"It's pain that is indescribable, but it is the only way to keep this state from going into default," Paterson said. "I would expect I will come into harsh criticism."

October 16, 2009
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Paterson in Malone - with cash

By DENISE A. RAYMOPress Republican Staff Writer

October 14, 2009 03:28 am

MALONE — Gov. David Paterson came to Malone Tuesday to announce that St. Lawrence Gas will get $2.5 million to extend its natural-gas pipeline through Franklin County.

The proposed 48-mile project would enter through Moira and follow a preferred path along an abandoned railway to the Village of Chateaugay, bringing potential energy savings to businesses along the route.

October 14, 2009
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Paterson announces $2.5M for natural gas pipeline

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: October 14, 2009

Paterson Gov. David Paterson made a rare visit to the North Country Tuesday to announce $2.5 million in funding for a natural gas pipeline into northern Franklin County.

St. Lawrence Gas wants to extend a natural gas pipeline 48 miles, from the town of Stockholm in St. Lawrence County to the village of Chateaugay in Franklin County.

To read more click HERE.

 

October 14, 2009
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Remote dispatching would increase Tupper patrols

By DENISE A. RAYMOPress Republican Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE — A six-month pilot program would put an extra patrol car on the street in Tupper Lake while dispatching is handled by Franklin County 911 staff.

Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said remote dispatching would take place only between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday — the times Police Chief Thomas Fee identified as needing the most personnel out on patrol.

October 7, 2009
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