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Politics

Village absentee ballot applications on the way

LAKE PLACID — Village of Lake Placid voters should see forms to apply for an absentee ballot arrive in the mail next week. Lake Placid Village Board members Tuesday, Feb. 9 voted to pay for prepaid envelopes that will allow the village’s 1,555 registered voters to not only mail back their ...

Wilmington town board member wants to be clerk

WILMINGTON — Shortly before Wilmington’s town council meeting began on Tuesday, Feb. 9, council member Dawn Stevens distributed a letter announcing that she will not seek reelection to the board this fall. She still plans to be on the ballot, though. She is running for town clerk, hoping ...

Cuomo sets $92M for ORDA venue improvements

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2022 Executive Budget outlined Jan. 19 includes funding increases for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Olympic Regional Development Authority and Adirondack Park Agency, including $92 million for improving ORDA’s 1980 Olympic sports venues. Specific ...

Redistricting changes will be on Nov. 2 ballot

A state constitutional amendment on changing redistricting rules, which has been quietly making its way through the Legislature for two years, will be on the ballot for all New York voters Nov. 2. These new rules give more redistricting power to a party with a majority in the Senate and ...

History in the making

LAKE PLACID — There may not have been a sea of people crowding around the U.S. Capitol in Washington Wednesday, Jan. 20 for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but there were plenty of people watching virtually. Many of those viewers were local ...

Northwood students answer questions about the presidential inauguration

LAKE PLACID — Five Northwood School students answered questions about the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Due to COVID regulations, they were not allowed to gather to watch the event live together, but they were encouraged to watch it on their ...

Jamie Rogers running for mayor again after 12 years

LAKE PLACID — Jamie Rogers wants to be this village’s mayor once again. Rogers, an independent, said Monday, Jan. 18 that he has enough signatures on his nominating petition to run for the mayor’s seat, which will be vacated in early April after Craig Randall gets done with his third ...

Biden takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. Biden's inauguration came at ...

Budget: Gov. Cuomo threatens cuts without $15B in federal aid

ALBANY -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday, Jan. 19 his state will pursue legal action if Congress doesn't send $15 billion in unrestricted emergency COVID-19 aid. The Democrat -- who didn't specify who or what the state would sue -- introduced two different budget proposals: one if ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Craig Randall, Lake Placid mayor

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall about the first year of the pandemic and how it affected his job, what's happening in his life right now, and about 2021 as he approaches the end of his third and final four-year term. Listen ...

Saying goodbye takes time

LAKE PLACID — For the past 12 years, Craig Randall has welcomed all kinds of groups to his hometown as mayor, much the way he spent the past 44 years welcoming visitors to his motel on the Wilmington Road. Yet 2020 marked the end of all that. With the coronavirus pandemic, there were no ...

History lesson

(Editor’s note: As the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden approaches on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Lake Placid News is reprinting this story from four years ago when President Donald Trump’s inauguration was watched live by students and teachers at the Lake Placid High School in the class ...

Fact check: Stefanik speech had both true, false election complaints

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik explained why she objected to electors from four states in a speech on the House floor Wednesday night, Jan. 6. The irregularities alleged in her speech and a press release included some falsehoods and omissions, but also some true statements. This came after the ...

Majority of House members vote for 2nd impeachment of Trump

WASHINGTON — A majority of the U.S. House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to "fight like hell" against election results — a speech that was followed by a mob of his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol. The House vote ...

Stefanik votes against second Trump impeachment

For the second time in as many years, North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying she “vehemently opposed” what she called a “snap impeachment.” Nevertheless, the House impeached Trump on one count of “incitement of ...

Vaccinations, boosting economy top Cuomo 2021 agenda

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged in his annual address Monday to vaccinate millions of residents and jumpstart the state's flagging economy even as more than 10,000 New Yorkers continue to test positive for COVID-19 each day. The governor's State of the State address -- which will ...

Stefanik objects to electors after Capitol riot

North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik objected to electors from Pennsylvania but voted to confirm electors from Arizona in an overnight joint congressional session in which the House and Senate approved Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president. Stefank had planned to object ...

Gillilland reappointed Essex County chairman

ELIZABETHTOWN _ Willsboro town Supervisor Shaun Gillilland was reappointed chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday, Jan. 4. Gillilland, a Republican, was appointed to his third one-year term as chairman during the board’s annual organizational meeting. “Mr. ...

Stefanik evacuated, condemns violence as Trump supporters storm Capitol

Members of Congress, including North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, were evacuated from the House chamber during the Electoral College ballot count Wednesday, Jan. 6 as a mob of violent supporters of Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol building, protesting the election in which Joe Biden defeated ...

Schumer outlines $54B in COVID aid to NY

LAKE PLACID — Both New York senators — Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted Monday, Dec. 21 for the $900 billion pandemic relief package aimed at delivering financial help to citizens and businesses and to help states pay for ...