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Coronavirus

Stec: End of emergency power for governor was ‘long overdue’

For a year, New York Sen. Dan Stec has been pushing for an end to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers — the ability to make or change laws the state Legislature gave him at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. On Wednesday, the Republican from Queensbury was ...

Lake Placid hosts NY fireworks show to note milestone

LAKE PLACID — A fireworks show in Lake Placid Tuesday night, June 15, was one of 10 displays across New York to help celebrate the state hitting a new threshold for vaccinations against COVID-19. The fireworks near Mirror Lake celebrated New York reaching 70% of adults at least partially ...

Governor lifts more COVID-19 rules

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, June 15 that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks. “What does 70% mean? It means ...

Schools can choose to ditch masks when outdoors

After a weekend of mixed messages on mask-wearing at schools, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an official guidance on Tuesday, June 8 allowing districts to choose to lift mask requirements for students and staff when they are outdoors. Starting Wednesday, June 9, all of the school districts ...

COVID small business relief

LAKE PLACID — Small businesses in the town of North Elba have until Monday, June 7 to submit applications to the Essex County Industrial Development Agency for COVID-19 emergency grants. The town of North Elba COVID-19 Business Emergency Grant Fund was recently awarded $225,000 through ...

High school seniors reflect on vaccinations, pandemic year

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School seniors Isabella Armstrong, Rylee Preston and Natalie Tavares have spent their last years in high school learning under the constraints of a global pandemic. When they graduate from college, they all want to get a job in health care. “I think I ...