We've been together over 30 years, but it is now time to part ways. I am retiring; you are holding the last issue of Hamilton County Express for which I am responsible.
I have been editor since September 1985, when it was still Hamilton County News. I had been a reader for at least the previous 15 years, so I had definite ideas. I knew what I liked about the paper, what I thought was missing, and where I wanted to make improvements.
First and foremost was a great deal more local news. I wanted ...
A big thank-you to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. We hope he will continue his mission to clean up the corrupt politics in the not-so-great State of New York.
Following a five-week trial, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Nov. 30 on seven felony charges of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. He used his office to arrange favors in exchange for money. Upon hearing the news current Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "We will continue to work to root ...
By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
ALBANY -- The Empire Center, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Albany, reported Aug. 3, “The Cuomo administration and the state Legislature have begun dishing out grants from a secretive $1.1 billion capital slush fund -- all of which will be borrowed money.”
The "slush fund" is the State and Municipal Facilities Program created by lawmakers in 2013 as a $385 million pot financed by bonds issued by the Dormitory Authority of ...
While we have a lot to be grateful for as we celebrate our nation's 239th birthday, I can’t help thinking how our founding fathers would be turning over in their graves if they were aware of the direction this great nation they so painstakingly structured is headed.
I can only imagine how Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman -- each members of the committee assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence -- and other patriots would feel knowing ...
Quite some years ago I met Richard Leonard, a frequent patron of an Indian Lake coffee shop. Speaking with Richard I realized here was a guy who had more inexhaustible energy and dedication to the service of others than any community could ever hope to have.
Richard Leonard was an EMT for many years with Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Squad. It would be impossible to count the number of four-hour ambulance trips to the Glens Falls Hospital he accomplished.
Many times he undertook t ...
The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market Steering Committee would like to thank the community for their support and participation in our successful 2014 Farmers Market held Saturdays, July 5 through Sept. 27.
The market witnessed an increase in the number of vendors, from four in 2013 to 13 this year. Thank you Town Supervisor Brian Wells for arranging permission to hold the market on the former grocery store property at the intersection of state routes 28 and 30. The location was s ...
What if there were a college, even just a two-year college, in Hamilton County?
This may sound absurd, but it was a possibility in 1990. What happened in 1990 was what didn't happen in 1990. To understand, look back to the mid-1980s.
Between 1982 and 1985 and, despite the restrictions in the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan, sales of subdivided property tripled, and doubled again by 1988. This rapid growth (mostly of vacation homes), increased the price of real estate, encouraged th ...
My criticism of the Long Lake Town Board should not come as a surprise to anyone who reads this newspaper or has an ear to the town rumor mill. Over the years I have openly described the board as jaded, vacant of creativity, absent of leadership, and on the short end of imagination.
Essentially, they have reduced themselves to being once-a-month bill approvers. The incumbents would be hard pressed if asked how their tenure has positively affected the community and its future.
I have ...
New York state voters will be presented Nov. 5 with six proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the ballot. While every amendment should be of interest to voters, propositions 4 and 5 are critically important to the Adirondacks. I strongly encourage every voter to be informed of the details pertaining to these amendments and then vote "yes" for both.
Proposition 4 will finally resolve property title disputes for over 200 property owners in the Hamlet of Raquette Lake in Long Lake. These ...
When you go for a hike in any of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, visually, it all looks pretty much the same. You are in the woods. You are on a marked trail. Visually, you don't notice much difference between Wild Forest and Wilderness lands. In fact, many of the trails in Wild Forest provide a better "wilderness experience" than some trails in Wilderness, because they are used less.
About the only difference between Wild Forest and Wilderness is whether or not a seaplane might land or take off ...
One definition of a renegade is somebody who chooses to live outside the laws or conventions of a group. Patrick Cunningham, owner of Hudson River Rafting Co., chose to operate his business outside the Hudson River Professional Outfitters Association, allegedly because of the safety guidelines under which the 10 member outfitters agreed to operate, including a guide in every raft.
It is also apparent Cunningham has little use for the minimal regulations the state has imposed on the whitewater i ...
As the county and its towns start working on their budgets for 2012, local officials have made no secret of their alarm that the new 2 percent cap on property tax levies did not come with relief from state mandates.
State mandates account for huge chunks of counties' budgets, and increases in the costs of meeting them are expected to alone exceed the 2 percent cap. This is according to figures compiled by the New York State Association of Counties.
We agree it would have been ideal had Gov. Andr ...
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Recent population figures, based upon the 2010 Census, are scary to say the least. According to those figures, the year-round population fell by 543 residents, from 5,379 in 2000 to 4,836 in 2010.
If that drop were to continue at the same rate over the next 10 years the population could fall to under 4,000, and maybe more. Maybe much more if something isn’t done to save our schools.
While many in local government seem to direct most of their concern to how much land is owned by the State o ...