Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 8:06:10 AM
Leo O’Brien Bldg. Room 420
Albany NY 12207
(518) 431-4076 fax
Leo W. O’Brien Office Bldg.
11A Clinton Ave. Room 821
Albany NY 12207
(518) 431-0128 fax
21st Congressional District
136 Glen St.
Glens Falls NY 12801
Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:59:39 AM
Over the past few weeks, I gave an overview of the state budget and discussed the portions that impact agriculture. This week I’d like to review some of the economic development investments that I voted for in the budget.
Last year, the Mohawk Valley and North Country were shortchanged by the governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, which was more like the Hunger Games than a thoughtful economic development program. This year I had the opportunity to correct the disparity in fun ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:40:13 AM
Last week I gave an overview of the budget and how the closed and secretive process resulted in a spending plan that falls short of truly serving the needs of New Yorkers, especially upstate. It was a budget I could not fully support and I split my votes between the various bills. This week I’d like to touch on how the budget will impact our family farmers.
Agriculture is a powerhouse in New York that drives much of the upstate rural economy, contributing roughly $6 billion in sales. Famil ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:39:20 AM
Thank you for participating in Bicentennial launch
To the Editor:
I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who participated in the Hamilton County Bicentennial launch on April 12, and especially to our schools, churches, historical societies, community groups and individuals who organized bell-ringing events across the county or attended our Birthday Party at the courthouse on such a blustery April day. The celebratory images contributed to Bicentennial website are a testament to ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:51:06 AM
Politics has its place. However, as elected officials we are called to serve the people of our state. It’s our job to craft a budget that best serves New Yorkers in the most transparent and open process possible. However, the governor and legislative leaders did quite the opposite by negotiating the budget in secret and presenting it to the Legislature with a Message of Necessity, which circumvents a constitutionally-required aging period to allow rank and file legislators, the press and c ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:49:46 AM
A huge thank you!
On February 29, 2016, Don Howe retired from the Long Lake Rescue Squad after 27 years of service to our community. He was honored for his service at our Long Lake Rescue Squad Annual dinner on March 6 at the Long Lake Diner.
Over the years he has touched everyone’s life here - whether it was themselves or some member of our family or a close friend. He responded to 2,279 calls over the course of his career! Whatever the call was he was there to provide quality care to th ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2016 8:32:15 AM
New hours for Hope Town Clerk
There will be new hours for the Hope Town Clerk.
After April 1, the hours of the Hope Town Clerk will be Wednesday and Thursday 3:30 – 5 p.m.
I will be checking messages often, so if you need anything, please call the office at 924-2773 and leave a message.
Hope Town Clerk
Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2016 8:31:29 AM
New Yorkers no longer have the patience to be politely dissatisfied with the state’s performance in delivering meaningful ethics reform. They are fed up with the embarrassing headlines about public officials convicted of corruption, taking bribes, embezzling public money, perpetuating sexual harassment, and more. Making matters worse is that even those who break the public trust are still able to collect a taxpayer-funded pension.
The list of disgraced public officials is extensive, ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016 8:03:20 AM
New York has gone off the rails, led by absurdly out-of-touch downstate Democrats and their appointees. These officials continue to push a progressive agenda that favors the wishes of special interest groups, criminals and illegal immigrants over the needs of hardworking middle-class families, seniors and veterans. This is something that aggravates me to no end.
The average New York college graduate carries about $28,950 worth of debt. So many of our middle-class families want to give thei ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016 8:02:35 AM
Help celebrate Hamilton County’s 200th birthday
On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11am Hamilton County, NY will be having churches,and firehouses across the county make joyful sound in honor of our 200th birthday. Our County Historian, Eliza Darling is asking every-one in Hamilton County to do the same. This will be done at the Hamilton County Buildings. It would be cool if those from Lake Pleasant and Speculator who could not be at the courthouse for this event ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:00:42 AM
My family and I attended the Inlet fireworks during their Winterfest a few weekends ago.
We had such a wonderful time and once again the Adirondack region adds some magic to our winter.
Hot chocolate, bonfire, sitting on snow banks watching winter fireworks in these beautiful mountains… does it get any better than that?!?
Thanking Inlet for helping us create more precious memories for all of us.
Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:30:58 AM
Most Window 10 ‘upgrades’ go smoothly, but occasionally one doesn’t. Even if it does, you might find you really don’t like Windows 10 or you have some software or device that just won’t work. In that case, you may want to go back to your previous version of Windows.
The Windows 10 upgrade installer is supposed to allow you to go back if you do so within 30 days. However, there are reports that it doesn’t always work, at least not 100%. So it would be good to h ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:30:06 AM
Some of the things people love best about upstate regions like ours are their quaint tree-lined main streets, cozy country corners and roadside access to agricultural goods. This unique way of life is supported by the spirited nature of our small-business owners. The quality of life we have all grown to love and the economic benefits we receive from these small businesses, however, are in serious need of support from New York State.
Some legislators will praise “Main Street” and mom- ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:29:23 AM
Destination Marketing Summit just the beginning
We’re incredibly pleased with the success of the inaugural Adirondack Destination Marketing Summit that was held at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on March 3. More than 200 representatives attended from organizations and businesses throughout the Adirondacks and beyond.
While many organizations were part of this event, and we did engage some paid consultants, the success of the overall event relied on two prima ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:54:08 AM
I don’t know about you, but Windows asking me for a password every time I turn on the computer or wake it up as annoying.
If it is a computer on your desk at the office or some other semi-public place, or a shared computer at home with multiple users, or a laptop that could conceivably be left unattended fore a few minutes while out somewhere, it makes sense.
But if you are the only one using the computer, securely in your own home or business, then having to enter a password is just a was ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:16:08 AM
“Adirondack Stories, Historical Sketches” and “Adirondack Stories II, 101 More Historical Sketches” are a collection of 251 illustrated panels written by Marty Podskoch and illustrated by Sam Glanzman. The books are available in Charlie Johns Store, Speculator; The Lake Store, Sabael; Hoss’s Country Corner, Long Lake; Adirondack Country Store, Northville; Fuller’s Corner Store and J and S Old Country Store, Edinburg; and Wildlife Sports Museum, Broadalbin; or ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:00:17 AM
On a regular basis, residents of the Mohawk Valley and North Country carefully craft responsible budgets for their families. Lawmakers in Albany, however, aren’t nearly as vigilant when it comes to spending the hard-earned dollars of working-class New Yorkers.
The middle class was hit hardest by the recession, which impacts lives today. Dollars just don’t stretch as far as they used to.
Recently, the Senate Republicans unveiled a seven-year tax relief proposal that would reduce ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016 8:59:24 AM
Disgruntled Gilmantown denizen turns to press over Highway Department debacle
The ballot box and the printing press are the sole methods by which we remind the cogs of the political machine where their place is in the course of human events. As a resident of Gilmantown who conducts business in Lake Pleasant, I am deprived of the former and therefore resort to the latter. The condition of the Lake Pleasant portion of Gilmantown Road is absolutely diabolical. While unsur ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2016 8:57:31 AM
Thank you for support
Thank you all who who gave food, flowers, contributions, your time and kind words at the passing of our son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, William Morrissey (MUDD).
— Erma Hutchins and families
Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:49:13 AM
When recently interrogated by the media about his budget priorities, Speaker Carl Heastie used football as a metaphor for the legislative session and the budget, saying it “is the end of the first half” and he didn’t want to see his priorities pushed into the “second half.” I have to be honest; Heastie has been pushing the people’s priorities well into the second half. In fact, he and his Democrat Majority make every effort to ensure our priorities never even ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:48:17 AM
By PETER NEWELL
Affordable Technical Solutions
If you have a computer with Windows 7 or 8, you can get get Windows 10 free as long as you do it before the July 28 2016 deadline. Regular readers will already know my advice is to take advantage of the offer if you can.
Windows 10 is far from perfect, but for mouse and keyboard users the user interface is definitely an improvement over Windows 8. Whether it is an improvement over the Windows 7 interface is questionable. In either case, if yo ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:45:59 AM
At this time I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful individuals, organizations, and churches for the large amount of support we received during the holidays. Without such kindness and generosity there would have been no way to assist all the families we did this year. In all one hundred seventy-four children and nineteen adults received at least one gift (average of three per child) due to the support of the Central Adirondack Kiwanis of Old Forge who ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:45:10 AM
Lake Pleasant Drama Club
On behalf of Lake Pleasant Central School’s Drama Club, we would like to invite the community to support this year’s comedic production of Jack and the Frankenbeanstalk.
Mash-up the stories of “Frankenstein” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and you get this wildly fun and witty play. Dr. Frankenbean and Ogre have worked for 20 years to create genetically-modified beans. But some of th ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2016 8:12:16 AM
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2016 8:11:37 AM
By PETER NEWELL
Affordable Technical Solutions
I think some people still have an image of Amateur Radio as old guys sending Morse code with big radios full of glowing tubes. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Not that Morse code (“CW” in hamspeak) is dead- far from it. Although not used much in commercial communications, CW is still a very efficient means of radio communication. Many hams are also still using old tube radios, but that’s no different than peop ...