on Wednesday, 16 October 2013.
We spoke with Lowville Mayor Donna Smith, who discusses 2 public hearings that will be held at this afternoon’s Board of Trustees meeting.
The Lowville Village Board of Trustees meets at 5 p.m. today in the Village Offices on Bostwick Street.
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield's has made a decision to stop participating in Medicaid health insurance programs for the poor and disabled in the North Country. The decision will take effect January 1. When it does, it will affect thousands of North Country Residents who have limited access to health care.
Nearly 2,200 people will be affected in Lewis County with close to 10,000 people affected in Jefferson County. Excellus has notified participating providers by letter that it's pulling out of the two health insurance programs because it expected to lose about $100 million this year and the state isn't willing to increase reimbursements to offset losses. Excellus spokesman Jim Redmond said that while Excellus has a history of supporting safety net programs, the company can't continue to incur such large financial losses. The state Health Department is looking at ways to place affected individuals into other public health insurance programs.
About 20 protesters gathered on Tuesday outside U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna's office to show their discontent with Congress.
Some of the protesters are furloughed workers who are temporarily out of work. The protesters are hoping to send a message to their congressman to work to get the government reopened.
"We need him to vote for a just and fair budget that is balanced and does not simply favor one group over another," said Ted Tottey of Organizing for Action” He went on to say that. "We need a lot of help and we need him to take an independent stand."
In a response, Hanna said: "As my votes demonstrate, I have not been in favor of this government shutdown from the beginning. The White House and Congress need to find a resolution to this unfortunate situation as soon as possible so that Upstate New Yorkers are not inconvenienced by this impasse any longer.
New York State Education Commissioner John King canceled future forums about the Common Core Curriculum that were scheduled throughout the state, due to protests at forums that were held last week.
That has left local parents and teachers disappointed. One of the meetings that canceled was one set for Oct. 30 in New Hartford. Jessica McNair, a New Hartford parent who is also an on-leave teacher, says she's disappointed that the commissioner won't get first-hand accounts of how core curriculum is working out in the trenches.
She went on to say that "He's a leader, and leaders need to be able to listen to all sides of the story, especially when the views might be different from that of the leader."
The locomotive of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad that operates between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake has been damaged.
David Link, director of Adirondack Railroad volunteers, told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that several wires inside the train's electrical cabinet were pulled out, cut and placed back into the cabinet sometime last week.
The railroad crew discovered something was wrong when the train failed to pass a routine safety inspection before going into service last Wednesday, but it took a few days to discover the source of the problem. No damage was detectable from outside the train.
Link said that repairs could cost up to $50,000, not including lost revenue, and he called the damage deliberate. Federal Railway Administration officials are expected to conduct their own investigation.
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An incident in the City of Watertown has resulted in the arrest of a 32 year old Harrisville woman. City Police report that Jacquelyn Smith was charged with attempted assault 2nd degree, which is a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree after she allegedly struck a man in the left side of his head with a bottle of rum. Smith was arraigned in City Judge Court & was remanded to the Jefferson County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
A missing woman has been located. State Police in Herkimer report that they located Ann "Sally" Olsovsky unharmed. Olsovsky was last seen around 7:30 AM yesterday morning at the intersection of Gravesville Road and Partride Hill Road in the Town of Russia in Herkimer County. She was located late yesterday afternoon and appears to be in good health but is being evaluated by local EMS. Her family is with her at the time of the report.
BRCS Superintendent updates capital project
Website available to help combat teen alcoholism
Pursuit suspect facing additional charges
Forestport man charged with reckless endangerment
Carthage man charged with possession of stolen property
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