Archives for April 2019

State Vaccination Laws Under Scrutiny

.(Albany, NY) — State lawmakers are looking into closing what they call a loophole in New York’s vaccination laws. The push comes as the number of measles cases continue to grow statewide and across the country. Under the current rules, parents are allowed to opt out of having their kids vaccinated for religious reasons. But, some argue that could cause more people to get sick during what’s already a health crisis. A New bill would require all kids be immunized unless they have a medical exemption. Governor Cuomo has raised questions about the legislation, saying there may be first amendment issues involved.

New Security Measures in Place at State Capitol

(Albany, NY) — Starting today, there will be some new security measures in place at the State Capitol. State Police say they’re going to triple the number of security checkpoint lanes. At each location, Troopers will be looking for illegal items like pellet guns, razor blades and knives. There will also be extra staff on hand for days when there may be a larger number of visitors.

Cuomo Calls for Increased Security at Houses of Worship

(ALBANY, NY ) – Gov. Cuomo calls for increased security presence at houses of worship following synagogue attack Following a deadly attack on a California synagogue on the final day of Passover, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to increase security presences at houses of worship across the state.

Tupper Lake Cemetary to Add Security Cameras

(Tupper Lake, NY) – Cemetery vandalism leads to cameras. Surveillance cameras will be installed at the St. Alphonsus Holy Name of Jesus Parish cemetary at the intersection of Stetson Road and Hosley Avenue following a recent case of vandalism and theft at several grave sites over the winter.

Recent Hiker Rescue Triggers Warning About Winter Weather Conditions

(TUPPER LAKE, NY) – The state DEC issues a warning to hikers about winter conditions in the higher elevations after the recent of four Saratoga teens from one of the high peaks of the Adirondacks. DEC says the teens were not equipped for the challenging trail or the weather conditions. Winter conditions can last well into the spring.

NY Flu Season Winds Down

(ALBANY, NY) – It looks like flu season is definitely winding down across New York. The latest numbers from the health department show there were only 19-hundred new cases of the virus reported during the week ending April 20th. That’s an over 40 percent drop from the week before. More than 105-thousand New Yorkers have been treated for the flu this season.

High Peaks Wilderness Access Point Closes Monday

(TUPPER LAKE, NY) – Starting Monday April 29, One of the most popular access points to the High Peaks Wilderness will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. The parking lot at the Garden trailhead will be closed unitl a bridge replacement project is complete.

State Comptroller Critical of State Budget Process

Albany, NY) — A new report from New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is criticizing how lawmakers handled the state budget process. DiNapoli says the negotiations to reach a 175-billion dollar budget lacked transparency at times. He also says bills didn’t have much time to be reviewed by legislators or the public before being voted on. DiNapoli also claimed that both the governor and lawmakers passed a spending plan with little information about its overall financial impact.

New State Police Helicopter Helps Rescue Injured Teen on Mount Colden

(SARANAC LAKE, N.Y.) Four teens who were rescued from an Adirondack mountain late Tuesday with help from a new state police helicopter are doing better. The 17-year-olds were stranded near the summit of Mount Colden. One had a leg injury. The State Police Aviation Unit was called in to assist. The teen with the leg injury was treated at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. The three remaining teens were treated for varying stages of hypothermia.

Lake Placid Outing Club Plans Summer Hikes for Kids

(LAKE PLACID, NY) – The Lake Placid Outing Club invites residents to attend an informational meeting about opportunities for mountain hiking excursions this summer. If you are looking for something to do with the kids. Wednesday, May 1 at the Lake Placid Elementary School. The meeting will kick off with free pizza at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner meeting at 6 p.m.