Under an agreement reached May 21 between the State of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the county, along with seven others, will not be eligible to house one of three new gaming casinos proposed earlier this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting received preliminary approval to upgrade the system at the jail for $149,985 of budgeted funds.
Social Services Director John O’Neill briefed members of the Human Services Committee about the Armed Intruder Response Policy that was drafted with input from several department heads and research on similar policies in other counties.
Essex County is looking to better help parents keep their young children safe while on the roads.
The Board of Supervisors voted to add $40,000 from contingency to an existing $20,000 budgeted to hold a hazardous waste disposal day at two sites in the county.
While there was little opposition to changing the rules for alcohol sales during the Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting May 6, most of the discussion focused on a change to when it could be sold on a specific day.
The resolution in support of changing the hours in which an establishment can sell alcohol from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. passed through the committee, 13-2, making its way to a weighted full board vote May 6.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department recently received several suggestions to help streamline financial processes from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
Almost 200 people made their way into the main screening room at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid April 26 to help launch a campaign to keep small town movie cinemas in the Adirondack region alive.
Essex County is joining with its neighbors to keep invasive plant species out of Lake George.
The Adirondack North Country Association and local theaters are hosting a kickoff event for the “Go Digital or Go Dark” fundraising campaign Friday, April 26, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid.
Taxpayers with a Basic STAR exemption will have to register with the state in order to continue receiving the discount in 2014.
Matthew Cech, 8 years old and from Plattsburgh, known to many in the North Country as Mighty Matthew, was sworn in by Sheriff Richard Cutting April 13 with a specific case in mind: help the department find the Lollipop Bandits.
Board Vice Chairman William Ferebee of Keene and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava presented Jim Kahler of Pre-Tech Plastics in Mineville with a resolution of congratulations on having received AS9100C Certification, a quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry and awarded by the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System. The award places Pre-tech among the best in the Aerospace and Defense Quality Management System International Standard.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors approved a new three-year contract with members of the County Chapter of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
According to the County Health Rankings are conducted through a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Essex County ranks as the 16th healthiest in the state.
Funding for a popular program offered by Adirondack Community Action Programs will not be available this fall, leaving kids in Westport and Schroon Lake without their usual after school activities.
The food pantry at Adirondack Community Action Programs in Elizabethtown has recently had to turn away referrals to their food pantry due to lack of supplies.
Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas said March 25 that he sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him if Essex County would be a candidate for one of three gaming facilities proposed to be built in upstate New York earlier this year.
Juliann Beatty was introduced as the new Essex County Probation Department director March 25, although her appointment must still go before the entire board of supervisors.
During the March 18 Personnel Committee meeting, North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said he hoped the county would work quickly to hold that tax sale due to the need for revenue in the county.
Public Works Commissioner Anthony LaVigne said that recent lobbying efforts on the part of county and town highway departments had been fruitful as both the state Assembly and Senate have presented resolutions to increase Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding through the state Department of Transportation.
Essex County residents packed the Old Essex County Courthouse March 18 as the Board of Supervisors voted to seek a repeal of the highly debated New York SAFE Act.
Essex County Attorney Daniel Manning announced March 18 that the county had signed the contract between the county and Center for Specialty Care out of New York City had signed the contract for the sale of the county-operated care facility.
Meeting set for 6 p.m.
Essex County Lawmakers will decide today if their voice will join the growing number of counties that have called for state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to re-think the SAFE Act.
Scott McDonald recently announced that he would be stepping down as the County Probation Office Director effective March 22.
While plans for the 165th annual Essex County Fair are well into the works, the fate of future fairs may be up to the Essex County budget committee.
Sprague announced Thursday, March 7 that she would seek re-election to the position during a gathering with family and supporters at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid.
Members of the Public Services Committee moved a resolution on to Ways and Means which would guarantee that any employee who needed a ride home in case of an emergency would have one.
Full board to vote March 18
Members of a special SAFE Act task force voted Monday, March 11, to seek a resolution from the full board asking the state to repeal the controversial gun laws which started taking effect Jan. 15.
Members of the county's Public Safety Committee tabled a potential resolution to curtail the hours of alcohol sales in Essex County form 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Essex County Department of Public Health Director Linda Beers told members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors March 4 that the town of Wilmington would be receiveing a detector as part of $26,000 in funding through the Creating Healthy Places Grant Program.
Executive Director Marty Nephew said that the two events will include a family carnival at the Schroon Lake City Beach on Saturday, March 16, starting at 1 p.m. The other will be a Family Fun Day which will be held at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School starting at 10 a.m.
Tom Tyler was watching an episode of “Cops” in his home along State Route 9 in the town of North Hudson around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.
Troop B Troopers Leston W. Sheeley and Marcia L. Pooler were identified by officials as the two officers who followed Howard J. “Joey” Aubin into the woods in North Hudson after his black 2005 Chevrolet Colorado truck was stopped with the use of spike strips at the end of a high-speed chase.
Two New York State Police officers were involved in a high speed chase that ended with the suspect being shot and killed Tuesday, March 5.
The Moriah Vikings held a lead form early in the second quarter to the middle of the fourth quarter, which turned into an edge-of-your seat thriller until the final buzzer sounded.
Essex County may have their official stance on the controversial SAFE Act in resolution form for a special meeting that would be held March 18.
The AuSable Valley Patriots stuck to their game plan, playing aggressive defense and running the floor on offense to win the Section VII/Class C boys basketball title March 2.
Trailing by 14 early in the fourth quarter, the ‘Cats scratched their way back to within three points of the Moriah Vikings in the Section VII/Class D championship game March 2, but were unable to convert on key free throws and turnovers as the Vikings scored a 49-44 win.
Defeat Moriah, 49-34
The Elizabethtown-Lewis girls varsity basketball team made their third time to the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse a charm, earning the Section VII/Class D championship with a 49-34 win over the Moriah Vikings.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department was honored for its years of work with the District of Vermont of the U.S. Marshals Service Feb. 25.
The third ranked team in the state of New York among Class D schools will get their chance to advance into the NYSPHSAA tournament after Schroon Lake scored a 51-23 win over the Chazy Eagles.
The Moriah Vikings used a 29-7 first half to punch their ticket to the Section VII/Class D finals with a 48-33 win over the Elizbabethtown-Lewis Lions Feb. 28 at AuSable Valley High School.
During the Feb. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting, county supervisors talked about pursuing a resolution that would be sent to the state concerning the SAFE Act, which set a band on guns deemed as assault weapons, magazine capacities and extends background checks on weapons and ammunition.
During the Feb. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting, the board passed a resolution to bid for installation and programming of all mobile radios throughout the county-wide radio system. During the discussion, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said he had talked with DPW head Anthony LaVigne about county employees doing the installation.
The top seed in the Section VII Class D tournament used a 24-2 second quarter to push an already large advantage out to a 43-7 halftime lead en route to a 73-21 victory over semifinal opponent Minerva-Newcomb Feb. 26 at AuSable Valley High School.
Moriah defeats IL/LL, 34-30
The Moriah Lady Vikings outscored the Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange 13-3 in the final eight minutes of the game to score a 34-30 win in the sectional semifinal round Feb. 26 at AuSable Valley High School.
An online threat against law enforcement led to the arrest of a 23-year old Mineville resident Feb. 22.
Thomas Mero hit a buzzer-beater to tie the score at 33-33 to end the third quarter with Schroon Lake Feb. 22 in the Class D quarterfinal round, setting up a last eight minutes where the Wildcats would have to prove their championship worthiness.