Archives for February 2019

State Budget Update

(Albany, NY) — The state budget is due in a few weeks, and Assembly Republicans know what they want to be included. GOP members are calling for a two percent property tax cap to be permanent. They’d also like to provide living wages for direct-care workers. Lawmakers also want small businesses to get a boost and an initiative put in place to help lower student debt. The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 31st.

Heads Up for Verizon Wireless Customers

(SARANAC LAKE, NY) – Verizon Wireless will do critical maintenance work next week. As a result, Verizon customers will experience outages during the work. The outage will effect all Verizon Wireless services including phone, text and email. Verizon is not yet saying exactly what day next week this will happen, or provided start and stop times. THe outage was supposed to start today and perhaps run over into Friday. too many complaints. So the company postponed. Verizon says you can expect poor cell service in and around the village when work begins, until it is complete.

Cuomo Calls for Probe into Long Island Train Crash

(Westbury, NY) — Governor Cuomo is calling for a full investigation into last night’s deadly crash on the Long Island Railroad. Three people were killed when the vehicle they were in tried to beat the gate that was down at the Westbury Station. Two trains smashed into the truck, causing one of the trains to derail. Seven train passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and there are major train service disruptions.

State Lawmakers Get Back to Work Today

(Albany, NY) — State lawmakers will be back in Albany after having the last several days off. Their focus is expected to be on passing the state budget which is due in a few weeks. One item that won’t be in the fiscal plan is a proposed ban on stretch limousines. Governor Cuomo pitched the idea during his budget address in response to a deadly limo crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. Limo companies hit back at the governor after he announced the measure, arguing that it would cripple business.

9/11 Victims Fund Update

(Washington, DC) — Members of New York’s congressional delegation will gather with 9/11 first responders, survivors and their families in Washington, DC today. Lawmakers will be pushing for legislation to make sure everyone affected by the 2001 terror attacks is fully paid through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Earlier this month, it was announced that due to funding problems, awards would be cut. Supporters of the bill say it’s needed since more people have become sick or died after inhaling toxic chemicals at Ground Zero.

*** WIND CHILL ADVISORY ***

Wind Chill Advisory in effect from Tuesday, 12:00 AM EST until Tuesday, 10:00 AM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS
EVENING…
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM
EST TUESDAY…

* WHAT…Snow and very cold wind chills expected. Additional snow
accumulations of 2 to 4 inches for a storm total of 4 to 8
inches. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of northeast and northwest Vermont and
northern New York.

* WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 11 PM EST this
evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from midnight tonight to
10 AM EST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed
skin in as little as 30 minutes.

*** WIND ADVISORY ***

Severe Weather Alerts – Tupper Lake , NY
Wind Advisory
Wind Advisory in effect until 7:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…
…HIGH WIND WARNING IS CANCELLED…

The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a Wind
Advisory, which is in effect until 7 PM EST this evening. The
High Wind Warning has been cancelled.

* LOCATIONS…Saint Lawrence Valley and the northern Adirondacks
in New York.

* WINDS…West 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

* TIMING…The period of strongest winds will occur from 6 AM to 4PM.
* IMPACTS…Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power
lines. Isolated to scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph or more are expected.
Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

*** WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ***

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS
EVENING…
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM
EST TUESDAY…

* WHAT…Snow and very cold wind chills expected. Additional snow
accumulations of 2 to 4 inches for a storm total of 4 to 8
inches. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of northeast and northwest Vermont and
northern New York.

* WHEN…For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 11 PM EST this
evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from midnight tonight to
10 AM EST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin.

Fourth Annual Poem Village is Underway

(SARANAC LAKE, NY) – The fourth annual Poem Village is underway sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing. Every submitted poem will be printed on posters to hang in the windows of downtown Saranac Lake from late April to mid-May, creating a corridor of poetry throughout the town. People can submit three original poems, 24 lines or less, for free. To send your poems, visit adirondackcenterforwriting.org.

Cuomo Pushes For Safer DOT Work Zones

(Albany, NY) — Governor Cuomo is pushing for drivers to face stiffer penalties for putting the lives of highway workers at risk. He’s calling for people caught breaking the law to face up to three months in jail and a 500 dollar fine. The state Department of Transportation says between 2014 and 2017, there were over 600 unauthorized intrusions into active work zones. The governor says the state has no tolerance for those who threaten the safety of transportation employees.