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Biden defeats Trump for White House, says ‘time to heal’

WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of ...

Republicans sweep regional races Tuesday

LAKE PLACID — The majority of voters in Essex County backed the Republican winners of three regional races on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3 — two for the state Legislature and one for the U.S. House of Representatives. Meanwhile, all four towns in the Olympic Region backed Democratic ...

Voter turnout jumps from 2016 in Essex, Franklin counties

More voters in Essex and Franklin counties have cast ballots this year than in the previous presidential election year, which had notably high turnout. So far, 77.7% of Essex County’s 24,687 active registered voters cast ballots, and in Franklin County, 71.2% of 26,794 active registered ...

Keene justice race too close to call

Election Day ended with the Keene town justice race too close to call — with a 30-vote margin and more than 200 absentee ballots that won’t be counted for more than a week. Between the nine-day early voting period and Election Day, 470 Keene residents cast ballots in person, according to ...

Two vie for open Keene town justice seat

KEENE — Two women are vying for a town justice seat in the town of Keene. Barbara Dwyer, running on the independent Dwyer line, and Henrietta Jordan, on the Justice For All line, are seeking to fill a vacancy in the court left by the resignation of Deb Whitson in March. The slot has been ...

114th Assembly District race: Claudia Braymer wants to help property taxpayers

Claudia Braymer, a Democrat from Glens Falls, says she is running to represent New York state’s 114th Assembly District to protect the environment, property taxpayers and working families. She is an environmental lawyer, a wife and mother, and a former world-class rugby player, and she is ...

114th Assembly District race: Matt Simpson runs to reduce spending but fund DEC

Matt Simpson is running to represent New York state’s 114th Assembly District on a platform of funding environmental conservation, reevaluating grant programs and keeping young people in the North Country. He is a Republican, looking to take over the seat current Republican Assemblyman Dan ...

Hundreds vote early first weekend in Essex County

In Essex County, more than 500 people had already cast their votes in the general election as of Sunday evening, Oct. 25. Early voting began the day before at the Essex County Public Safety Building, 702 Stowersville Road, in Lewis. According to Republican election Commissioner Allison ...

People line up to vote early

On Saturday morning, Oct. 24, as a cold front moved over the Franklin County Courthouse in Malone, cars slowly began pulling into the lot outside the Board of Elections office for the first day of early voting in New York. By 9 a.m., when the poll workers finally opened the doors, about a ...

NY SENATE RACE: Stec talks budget, hiking permits

State Senate candidate Dan Stec says the state Legislature will need to make some difficult budget decisions in the coming year, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he has a list of what he would like to cut and what he would like to save if elected. He is skeptical about the ...

NY SENATE RACE:

Kimberly Davis says she supports taxing the wealthy to fund the state during the COVID-19 pandemic and introducing “day permits” for hiking in the High Peaks. Davis is a Democrat from Plattsburgh and the current Clinton County treasurer. She’s running to replace retiring state Sen. ...

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President ...

Trump targets Canada, re-imposing tariffs on aluminum

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pact with Canada and Mexico took effect. Some prominent figures in northern New York disagreed ...

Governor postpones $3B ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ to next year

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

Brownell steps down from Lake Placid school board

LAKE PLACID — Board of Education member Jeffrey Brownell has resigned from his post, and the Lake Placid Central School District is now looking for residents who may be interested in serving the rest of his term. The board unanimously accepted Brownell’s resignation at its meeting on ...

Several local government seats up for election in Essex County

There are a handful of local seats up for election in Essex County this November. Thursday is the last day for party caucuses to send a certificate of nomination to the board of elections and the deadline to plan a caucus has passed. Independent candidates can still file nominating ...

Cobb says Stefanik silent on US soldier bounties

Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb says incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik has been “silent” on recent reports that Russia offered the Taliban bounties on the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Stefanik did not respond to interview requests for this story, but on ...

Stefanik, Cobb take opposite sides on police reform bills

The two candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat — incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik and returning Democratic contender Tedra Cobb — support two different police reform bills passed by the House, but despite increased pressure to pass police reform legislation ...