No takers for Camp Gabriels

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 1, 2009  

GABRIELS - A reuse report released Thursday names two users who may still be interested but contains no suggested or planned reuse for former minimum-security prison Camp Gabriels.

Interested users can still inspect the facility, but the state Department of Correctional Services plans to file a certificate of abandonment with the state Office of General Services.

October 7, 2009

Water quality was focus of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Hearing

Senator Betty Little and Senator Antoine Thompson, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, listen to testimony at a water-quality hearing in Albany today.  The public hearing drew testimony from experts on many issues including sewage treatment, drinking water quality, storm water infrastructure, detection of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies and aquatic invasive species.

October 1, 2009

CVPH receives $5.1 million in state grants

September 29, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has received two state grants totaling slightly more than $5.1 million for infrastructure for the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot and to advance ambulatory cardiac care.

The grants were part of a total of $436 million awarded under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State to further improvements to the state's health-care system.

To read more click HERE.

September 29, 2009


Senator Betty Little along with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs sponsored a roundtable discussion at Adirondack Community College on Friday, September 25 that focused attention on the needs of veterans attending college.

More than two dozen college officials and veterans’ advocates from throughout the North Country and Vermont attended, discussing ideas to make area college campuses more veteran-friendly.

September 28, 2009

Little asks for refunds on big cigarette fees

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: September 25, 2009 

BLOOMINGDALE - The 2009-10 state budget increased the cost of a retail license to sell tobacco from $100 to $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000, depending on a retailer's gross sales.

Although a Long Island judge put a temporary restraining order on the collection of the new, higher fees last month, some stores had already submitted their 2010 license applications and paid the higher fees.

September 28, 2009


Writes letter to state tax department urging refund for businesses that already paid

Senator Betty Little today said she is pleased by a State Supreme Court judge’s decision late last week that has prevented the state from collecting a huge cigarette fee increase on North Country retailers and others throughout the state.  In a letter to the New York State Tax Department, Little today requested that businesses that have already paid the higher fee be refunded the money immediately.

September 24, 2009

Business leaders outline concerns on doing business in New York

By DAN HEATHStaff Writer, Press Republican

September 24, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — Local business leaders complained Wednesday about how state fees, taxes and regulations are hindering their competitiveness and ability to create and retain jobs.

The setting was the third of five statewide hearings to gather business input, Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson said. The purpose is to create a record to bring to state government officials to develop a pro-growth agenda for the state.

September 24, 2009

Senator Betty Little talks about Samuel de Champlain at Crown Point Celebration

State Senator Betty Little was one of the guest speakers at the Crown Point Quadricentennial Day Celebration on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

The event commemorating Samuel de Champlain's discovery of beautiful Lake Champlain also featured historic, cultural, educational and family activities, a special ceremony rededicating the Crown Point Lighthouse and a fireworks show.

September 23, 2009

AMC holds ceremony for new Tupper Lake buildings

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: September 23, 2009

TUPPER LAKE - Adirondack Medical Center's building projects in this village show its commitment to the community, AMC officials said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

To read more click HERE.

September 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Community college merger unwise

Press Republican Editorial, September 22, 2009 03:25 am

Clinton and North Country community colleges, each with a new president, are working toward more collaborative efforts in the education of young, old and in between in the region. Don't think that's going to culminate in an outright merger, however.

To read more click HERE.

September 23, 2009

SolarNovar off to hot start

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff Writer

September 17, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — A local company is shining bright as the sun.

SolarNovar, started by Linda and Greg Brienza of Triangle Electrical Systems, held an open house this week to tout the benefits of solar power and its new tracker systems.

Three large, 30-panel arrays are in operation on the company grounds. Everything except the solar panels and power inverters are built on-site.

September 17, 2009

Senator Betty Little attends SolarNovar Open House in Plattsburgh

 State Senator Betty Little, along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and a large crowd of  political, business and civic leaders, attended an open house in Plattsburgh on Tuesday, September 15 to see a locally conceived, designed and produced product that maximizes the ability of solar panels to capture sunlight and generate clean energy.

Triangle Electric in Plattsburgh created SolarNovar, a new solar company that has designed a tracker system that moves solar panels throughout the day at regular intervals to ensure optimum sun exposure.

September 16, 2009

Welcome Center saved just before closure

By LUCAS BLAISE and LOHR MCKINSTRYContributing Writer , Staff Writer

September 12, 2009 03:28 am

BEEKMANTOWN — The state released funds Friday afternoon to save the Beekmantown Gateway Welcome Center just days before it was to be shut down.

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council Executive Director Ronald Ofner had told the Press-Republican for an article posted on its Web site that $196,000 budgeted by New York state for the Interstate 87 facility had not been released six months after it was expected.

September 14, 2009

A plea for a gift of blood

Soldier reminds others that donations saved his life  

First published: Saturday, September 12, 2009 by Leigh Hornbeck  GLENS FALLS -- A ceremony held in front of the war memorial in Crandall Park Friday morning was three things: a memorial service for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; a thank you to those that serve as emergency personnel, soldiers and volunteers; and a request from a man whose head was shattered in Iraq but whose life was saved by anonymous blood donors. 

September 14, 2009

Local Iraq veteran helps lead blood drive to benefit New York Army National Guard members

Saturday, September 12, 2009

By PAUL POSTThe Saratogian

GLENS FALLS — Sgt. Ken Comstock has already endured more for his country than any person should ever have to.

The Ballston Spa resident sustained major head injuries during a roadside bombing attack while serving in Iraq on Aug. 20, 2004.

September 14, 2009

Villages find sharing works

By THOMAS DIMOPOULOStdimopoulos@poststar.comMonday, September 7, 2009 5:38 PM EDT

The sirens have been wailing across the two villages for five years now.

Area municipalities facing economic constraints have been looking at ways to continue essential services while keeping costs low. As a result, studies on sharing services with neighboring communities are on the rise.

To read more click here.

September 9, 2009

Little Urges Governor to Save Tax Dollars on Forest Land Purchases

Senator Betty Little has urged Governor David Paterson to save tax dollars by buying conservation easements on new state lands rather than buying the vast tracts in fee title.  New York State is currently facing a $2 billion budget deficit and the Legislature is expected to convene later in September to take up cost-savings measures.

Here is the letter Little sent to the governor:

July 31, 2009

Honorable David A. PatersonExecutive Chamber2nd Floor, State CapitolAlbany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Paterson:

September 1, 2009

The Lost Arts of Albany

New York Times Editorial -- June 20, 2009

The New York State Senate has engaged in theatrics for two weeks with little more than a pile of press releases to show for it. The best way out of this ridiculous stalemate was suggested by Justice Thomas McNamara of the State Supreme Court. He said all 62 senators, 31 voting as Democrats and 31 as Republicans, should get to work by using “the art of negotiation and compromise.”

To read more click HERE.

June 22, 2009

Senate chaos holds up local legislation

Saturday, June 20, 2009 6:36 PM EDT


June 22, 2009

Jacquiline Touba is a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Senator Betty Little today announced that Dr. Jacquiline Touba of Glens Falls has been recognized as a New York State Senate "Woman of Distinction." Dr. Touba was honored at a ceremony in Albany on Wednesday, June 10 along with 15 other women from across New York State.

June 15, 2009