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Blankenbush comments on legislative session

We spoke with Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, who has more on the recent state legislative session.

Mr. Blankenbush will discuss the medical marijuana bill tomorrow.

DOT crews will resurface Route 3 on Tuesday

The New York State DOT will begin milling and resurfacing operations on State Route 3 in Carthage today.  Work will occur on State Street between School Street and the northern Village line.  Milling operations are expected to be complete on or about July 10th . Parking along this section will be prohibited during the work.  Paving is expected to be complete by Thursday, July 17th.  Motorists will be limited to alternating, one-way traffic controlled by flaggers and pilot vehicles.

Assemblyman Butler looks at tax cap &mandate relief

We spoke with Assemblyman Marc Butler, who comments on mandate relief & the 2% cap on property taxes.

Assemblyman Butler looks ahead to the next session of the State Legislature tomorrow.

Public Hearings to be Held for local Post Offices

Three local post offices will be the subjects of public hearings later this month to determine their fates. The U.S. Postal Service will hold hearings in Constableville, Westernville and Ava.

Surveys were circulated in each site in early June at each post office—The survey requested a preference for one of four options available regarding the future status of the office and a letter listing the date, time and location of a community meeting. Surveys should be returned before the meeting for the related post office. Meetings are scheduled for July 17 in the Constableville Post Office lobby; July 24 in the lobby of the Western ille Post Office; and on July 30 in the Ava Post Office lobby. Each session begins at 5 p.m.  “Decisions will be implemented over the next several months.

Medical Marijuana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the medical marijuana bill into law for New York yesterday, making it the 23rd state to legalize the drug to treat patients. In the final days of session last month, Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated a narrower version of a medical marijuana program for New York than advocates many advocates had lobbied for. The bill passed with overwhelming support in the New York State Senate and Assembly. The program will begin in 18 months and does not allow the drug to be smoked. The state will certify up to five companies to grow and distribute the drug. The governor has the power to halt the program if either the state's health commissioner or superintendent of New York State Police recommends it.

Assemblyman Butler looks at mandate relief

We spoke with Assemblyamn Marc Butler, who comments on mandate relief.

Assemblyamn Butler will have more on mandate relief tomorrow.

River Guide killed in Bus Crash

A teenage river guide was killed Saturday in Lake Luzerne when a bus with 34 people aboard overturned en route to a river tubing excursion in New York's Adirondack Mountains.  According to New York State Police, the 15 year old was thrown from the bus and died at the scene around 12:30 PM.   They didn't identify or provide further details about the victim. Another person was hospitalized with an ankle injury.  Police said  the modified school bus may have had mechanical problems. A recording at the office of the bus owner, Tubby Tubes Rafting Company  said all of the company's activities are shut down Sunday "due to unforeseen circumstances."  An investigation is continuing.

Lowville Man charged with Lewdness

A 64 year old Lowville man was charged with public lewdness on Saturday evening. Lowville Village police report that that Andrew Karelus was arrested after being seen allegedly performing a lewd act in his car which was parked on North State Street in the Village. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Village court at a later date.

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