Essex County, NY

Brassard to step into Moriah supervisor role later this year

Moriah Board Member Matt Brassard (left) will likely take over as supervisor when Tom Scozzafava (right) retires. PORT HENRY | Moriah Town Board Member Matt Brassard has agreed to take over as supervisor following the retirement of Tom Scozzafava, sometime after Aug. 8. Scozzafava, Essex County’s longest-serving supervisor, had intended...
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Northern NY hiker shuttle bus, parking reservation system returns

KEENE, N.Y. (WCAX) - The High Peaks shuttle bus and parking reservation system is back this hiking season. The allure of hiking the High Peaks brings people from all over to the Adirondacks but that created a parking problem in Keene. So last year, Keene and Essex County teamed up...
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NCCC graduates cap off college days with diplomas

SARANAC LAKE — A class of 191 North Country Community College students celebrated earning their degrees on Saturday, May 14 at the college’s first in-person commencement ceremony in three years. There were 75 students in attendance and many more watched a livestream online. NCCC Communications Director Chris Knight...
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NYSEF hires Stiegler to lead men’s FIS program

The New York Ski Educational Foundation recently announced that Seppi Stiegler will take over as the head coach for men’s Alpine. Stiegler will now lead the International Ski Federation men’s preparation and competition programming at NYSEF and Northwood School, which includes overseeing strength and conditioning, on-snow training and ongoing equipment support.

When it comes to wild forest, how many roads are too many?

APA considers wild forest road mileage limits, public comment open. The Adirondack Park Agency has a major task 50 years in the making—interpreting a cap on the miles of road in wild forest lands and whether to include trails only accessible to people with disabilities in that number. The board’s decision on what constitutes a road and what is considered a “material increase” could impact what roads remain in existing and future state land acquisitions.

Banding birds at the Crown Point Banding Station in Essex County

I’m writing this from the Ticonderoga Public Library as I’m at the Crown Point Banding Station for two weeks banding birds. We’ve had nets up for four days and banded several birds but very few warblers, including two species of Warbler Palm and Yellow Warbler. Some Yellow Rumped Warblers have been seen in the area, but we have caught none.

Formula shortage hits ADK residents harder

ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County health officials are scrambling to soften the effects of a national shortage of infant formula, which they say is even more problematic here, due to the distance between towns and uncertain transportation. “We will move heaven and earth” to find formula for mothers enrolled in the...

FirstNet cell towers being built in Essex, Clinton counties

ELIZABETHTOWN | Some of the dozens of new cell phone towers going up in this region are connected to the FirstNet network, a federally funded communications infrastructure project being built out by AT&T. Adirondack Park Agency (APA) tower permit records logged in some 40 new AT&T project applications in the...

Lewis motorists advised of Rte. 9 roadwork

LEWIS | The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists to watch for periodic weekday single lane reductions controlled by flaggers on Route 9 approximately 0.2 mile north of Pulsifer Road in the Town of Lewis, Essex County, for two weeks starting the week of May 9 to facilitate the replacement of a culvert over the Fleury Mountain Brook.

Behind the scenes at Essex Industries

Director John Gereau talks about Essex Industries and how it works with people with disabilities to prepare them to join the work force. His organization announced this spring it is embarking on a new venture with Adirondack Canoe Company to make lightweight canoes. Essex Industries is the manufacturing arm of Mountain Lake Services, a nonprofit provider of services for people with developmental challenges. Essex Industries is based in Mineville in eastern Essex County.

Essex votes to apply for land bank

ELIZABETHTOWN | The Essex County supervisors voted at their May 2 meeting to apply to the state for a land bank that would help clean up hamlets, reduce blight and give working Adirondack residents an affordable place to live. Supervisors cautioned that a land bank will not be a silver...

LTE: New governor

When New York State got a new governor I thought things would be better, but I guess I was wrong. I live in the Town of Moriah in Essex County and we recently took a big hit with the closing of the Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility. Governor Hochul said it closed to save money for the state. Governor Hochul found 850 million dollars of taxpayer money to give to her hometown of Buffalo to build a new football stadium. That's amazing.