Archives for March 2019

Lake Placid Hosts Para Sport World Championships

(LAKE PLACID, NY) – Lake Placid hosts the IBSF Para-Sport World Championships 2019 this weekend. Athletes from twelve nations will compete for World Championships gold, silver and bronze for the fourth time since 2016.

AG James Files Opioid Lawsuit

(ALBANY, NY) – New York state’s attorney general is filing what she calls the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against opioid manufactures and distributors. Letitia James alleges that six national drug prescription manufactures and four distributors are responsible for creating the opioid epidemic that’s caused widespread overdoses and addictions over recent years. The attorney general accuses them of using false and deceptive marketing and suggesting that alternative pain relief methods were more dangerous than opioids. James said the lawsuit was filed today in Suffolk County because it’s among the counties most impacted by the crisis.

State Budget Due Soon

(Albany, NY) — The state budget is due in a few days, and Governor Cuomo is making another funding request before the deadline. At a rally yesterday with direct care workers, his counsel Alphonso David announced the governor wouldn’t sign a budget deal that didn’t include pay raises for them. The Senate and Assembly included support for direct care workers in their budget proposals. The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 31st.

Schoharie Limo Case Introduced to Grand Jury

(Schoharie, NY) — There’s a new development in the deadly Schoharie limo crash investigation. According to reports, the case has been presented to a grand jury. The panel is expected to meet three times in the coming weeks. Twenty people were killed in the October tragedy. The NTSB is still looking into what happened.

State Budget Deadline Looms

(Albany, NY) — It’s going to a busy week for state lawmakers as the budget deadline gets closer. They have until the end of New York’s fiscal year on March 31st to reach a deal with Governor Cuomo. Yesterday, he said any budget deal must include a permanent property tax cap. There’s also debate on issues like criminal justice reform and campaign finance reform.

A Sure Sign of Spring – Local Lakes and Streams Stocked with Trout

(TUPPER LAKE, NY) – The state DEC has released its spring fish stocking schedule. Most of the stocking will occur starting in mid-April. A mix of rainbow, brook and brown trout will be stocked in state waterways. In Essex County, the DEC plans to stock 8,500 rainbow trout in Lake Placid as well as 7,400 rainbows in the Hudson River in Minerva. The stocking plan includes fish being added to the Saranac, AuSable and Boquet rivers in the county as well.

Stefanik Opposes Green New Deal

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says she opposes the proposed Green New Deal resolution because it will raise taxes and change the economy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell takes action to follow up on his promise to call a test vote on a resolution supporting the Green New Deal. The vote is set for today.

SECOND WAVE OF FLU VIRUS SWEEPS THE STATE

(Albany, NY) — New data shows the flu is spreading again statewide. According to the health department, there were over 71-hundred new cases reported during the week ending March 16th. That’s a ten percent increase from the week before. There have been over 83-thousand cases of the flu reported this season. Doctors say it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

*** WINTER STORM WARNING ***

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT
SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches
expected with isolated higher amounts possible. Winds gusting as
high as 35 mph tonight.

* WHERE…The northern Adirondack Mountains of New York.

* WHEN…Light to occasionally moderate snow will continue today
before becoming moderate to heavy at times this evening through
Saturday morning before tapering off.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to hazardous
and will impact the evening commute. Scattered power outages are
possible tonight.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency.

Please allow extra time if travel is necessary.

*** WINTER STORM WATCH ***

.WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING…

* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 15
inches with locally higher amounts possible. Winds could gust as
high as 40 mph.

* WHERE…The northern Adirondack Mountains.

* WHEN…From late tonight through Saturday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to
hazardous and may impact the morning and evening commutes on
Friday. Strong and gusty winds Friday night could lead to
scattered tree damage and isolated power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.