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Matt Doheny, with his wife Mary looking on, announces that he won't run for congress on the Independence Party line.  Photo:  David Sommerstein
Matt Doheny, with his wife Mary looking on, announces that he won't run for congress on the Independence Party line. Photo: David Sommerstein

Breaking: Doheny says he won't campaign this fall in NY21 race

And then there were three.

At a press conference just before mid-day outside his campaign headquarters in Watertown, Matt Doheny announced that he will not seek to represent the North Country in congress on the Independence Party line.

The news comes as relief to Republican leaders who were hoping to avoid a divisive campaign into the fall that might have wounded GOP candidate Elise Stefanik.

"I am not going to be Doug Hoffman," Doheny said, referencing the tea party candidate from Lake Placid who upset the 2009 House bid by then-Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava.  Go to full article
Major Richard Smith, commander of New York State Police Troop B in Ray Brook, spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon.  Photo:  Brian Mann

Was reckless driver in crash that killed Potsdam couple suicidal?

At a press conference Friday afternoon in Lake Placid, State Police said that 20-year-old Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington had spoken of suicide before Thursday's deadly crash.

Sisto, now in custody being held on $200,000 bail, has been charged with felony counts of unlawfully fleeing a Police Officer and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

He was also ticketed for reckless driving, failure to keep right and speeding. State police say more charges are pending.

Sisto crashed into a car in Ray Brook, New York, killing a Potsdam couple and seriously injuring their daughter.

"There has been some information shared with us relative to [SIsto] making general suicidal ideation in the not too distant pat," said Major Richard Smith, State Police commander for Troop B headquartered in Ray Brook.

Major Smith said that mind-set might have contributed to "the mindset that went into this reckless and erratic behavior.

He added that after being arrested, Sisto allegedly expressed regret that he hadn't killed any police officers during Thursday's chase.  Go to full article
Oral "Nick" Hillary. Photo: St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department

Garrett Phillips murder suspect ordered to be released on bail

The man charged for the 2011 murder of a 12 year-old boy in Potsdam has been ordered released on bail.  Go to full article
Different visions of the future competing outside the Schulyer County courthouse. Photo: David Chanatry

Protesters rally against plans for gas storage under Seneca Lake

The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved...  Go to full article
Interchange in Syracuse, NY. Photo: <a href="">jimcchou</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lawmakers criticize short-term highway fund fix

Despite a bipartisan bill making its way through Congress to keep road and bridge projects funded, there's still concerns about the long-term health of the highway fund. A...  Go to full article
Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo:  Todd Moe

Parishville celebrates bicentennial this weekend

Food, music, horse drawn wagon rides and historic house tours are all part of Parishville's bicentennial celebration this weekend.

You can tour a replica of the...  Go to full article
The sign bearing LaBaff's name is made from aluminum smelted at Alcoa in Massena. Photo: David Sommerstein.

St. Lawrence county names building for union leader

St. Lawrence County officially named its main job creation building yesterday after a man who's spent a lifetime fighting for jobs. Assemblywoman Addie Russell praised Ernie...  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of Attorney General

The fall out continues over whether Governor Cuomo's top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that the state's Attorney General, Eric...  Go to full article
Warren Bain as Caliban & Nathan Carroll as Stephano.  Photo: Andrew Alexander.

Theatre Review: "The Tempest" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

It's generally agreed by scholars that "The Tempest" is Shakespeare's last play. One can see the play as Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre, particularly Prospero's...  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Drier weather this week has kept the fire...  Go to full article
Camille Mackler, director of legal services for New York Immigration Coalition. Photo: LinkedIn profile

Unaccompanied immigrant children reaching NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Immigration Coalition says close to 3,300 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in New York since January, with almost 7,000 more...  Go to full article
Black bear in the Adirondacks. Photo: <a href="">The Wild Center</a>, Creative Commons some rights reserved

NY officials give tips to keep away nuisance bears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season.

Black bears generally avoid...  Go to full article

US judge orders new trial for Vermont man on death row

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A U.S. District Court judge has ordered a new trial for a Vermont man on federal death row for the 2000 killing of a North Clarendon woman abducted...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Axizor</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Moose spotted wandering in Lake George area

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) State wildlife experts say a young moose that has been wandering through populated areas in northeastern New York is likely looking for his own place...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the 1,804th best-paid public worker in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Report: 1,803 public workers paid more than Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000...  Go to full article