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.
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.
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.
Legislators formally request governor to make declaration
Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward have written letters to Governor David Paterson requesting that a state of emergency be declared in response to last Friday’s closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge.
The letters, delivered today to Paterson’s Executive Chamber in Albany, outline the personal and professional hardship being experienced by families, businesses, farmers and others that rely on the bridge to travel between New York and Vermont.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The St. Lawrence Gas Distribution Project has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for construction of a natural gas pipeline that will spur economic growth in Franklin County. The funding was announced by Governor David Paterson on Tuesday, October 13 at the Franklin County Courthouse.Senator Betty Little, who previously secured $2 million for the project, joined the governor along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, county and town elected officials, business and civic leaders and representatives of St.
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.
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.