Archives for August 2019

List Of People To Serve On Lake Placid Task Force

The mayor of Lake Placid has list to consider, one containing the names of 12 to 15 people chosen to serve on a Main Street reconstruction task force. The names are expected to be announced at the next village board meeting on Sept. 3. Mayor Craig Randall, months ago, had looked for recommendations of people to serve on the panel that will put together a comprehensive plan for the future of Main Street’s streetscape from sidewalk aesthetics to landscaping, to parking solutions. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports the streetscape changes would coincide with planned stormwater and drinking water infrastructure upgrades.

Olympic Sports Complex Work Included Trees Cut On Forest Preserve

Some trees that weer cut down to make space for new amenities at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex were cut down on the state Forest Preserve. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports the state constitution mandates the Forest Preserve must be forever wild. That said, a court ruling from the 1930’s does give some leeway for exceptions. The newspaper also reports ORDA got authorization to cut trees in the Forest Preserve earlier this year through an administrative process that includes approval from a regional forester and the director of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Lands and Forests, according to the DEC.

Cracking Down On Speeders In Work Zones

The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation today announced the start of “Operation Hardhat,” a joint effort to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance work zones on state highways.

Members of the New York State Police Troop B will patrol several active work zones throughout the State Department of Transportation’s regions this week to ticket motorists who disobey flagging personnel, speed through the work zone or violate the state’s Move Over Law, which applies to emergency and work vehicles.

The State Department of Transportation recently launched a new Public Service Announcement highlighting the importance of moving over in construction work zones across the state.

Ranger Rescue In Keene

A ranger rescue in the Town of Keene. DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a man reporting that his wife had a non-weight bearing ankle injury on the side of Little Porter Mountain. The injury occurred when she and two others went off the hiking trail. Coordinates provided by Essex County 911 placed the hikers just over a half-mile from where they started their hike in Keene Valley. Forest Rangers were at the scene at 1 p.m., and a request for assistance was made by Lieutenant Christopher Kostoss for New York State Police Aviation assistance. At 3:40 p.m., Forest Rangers performed a hoist operation using a harness to get the 55-year-old injured hiker from Fairfax, Virginia, into the helicopter. She was then brought to a local hospital for treatment. All Forest Rangers were clear of the scene at 4:40 p.m.

Catholic Church In Tupper Lake For Sale

There’s a For Sale sign up for one of two Catholic churches in Tupper Lake. The Holy Name of Jesus Church building on Main Street (state Route 3) is being sold after services stopped there last October. It’s on the market through LaValley Real Estate. by Tupper Lake’s Catholic parish after it stopped holding regular services there last year. Diocese officials say it’s part of a transition of consolidation and controlling costs for church operations to match what have been uncertain numbers of parishoners.

Stefanik Introduces Renewable Tax Credit Legislation

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has introduced the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act along with Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), bipartisan legislation to extend tax credits for investments in qualified renewable energy production, including , geothermal, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic. This bill also equalizes the treatment of renewable technologies by eliminating the arbitrary 50% reduction of the production credit for these baseload technologies.

Help Pick A New Plate

New York officials are asking the public to help choose a new license plate design. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says people can vote on the governor’s website starting Monday for one of five plate designs. Four of the designs include the Statue of Liberty while one features the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River.
Voting runs through Sept. 2. The design with the most votes will become available in April.
They will replace the state’s blue-and-white plates, most of which are more than 10 years old. As vehicle owners renew their registrations, owners with license plates 10 years old or older will be issued new plates for a $25 fee.

Paul Smith’s Professor Helps Student Diagnose Illness

A Paul Smith’s College student has a teacher to thank for helping him figure out why he had been sick for months. Bryan Giguere had been seen by many doctors after suffering fatigue, dehydration, cramps and more. Paul Smith’s professor Lee Ann Sporn heard another person talking about their own symptoms which were linked to babesiosis, a tick born illness. She urged Giguere to get tested, He did and after ten days on antibiotics he was cured, months after wondering if he would live or die.

Public Hearing Set On Short Term Vacation Rentals

A public hearing is set for August 26th, 6pm on the second floor of the Lake Placid Conference Center concerning a proposed law that would regulate short-term vacation rentals . The law would require those who rent out their properties on sites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway to apply for and secure a permit, limit the number of visitors who stay there and ensure there’s adequate off-street parking to serve those visitors. Property owners who fail to do so could face a fine of $350 to $1,000, or up to 15 days in jail. There are about 700 short term rental properties in Lake Placid currently.

Elizabethtown Gets Grant To Connect Trail Systems

Elizabethtown has been granted $250,000 to upgrade its recreation economy, including a project for a bike path to connect trail systems, with funds for signage, instructive kiosks and a public pavilion. Officials say tying the trail systems to the downtown economy, Elizabethtown can capitalize on the grant money and realize new revenue.