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Celebrating 1916 -- New York governor says Hughes should run whether he wants to or not

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about the 1916 presidential election, as reported in local newspapers.

Republican voters have the right to insist that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a Glens Falls native, run for president, suggested New York Gov. Charles S Whitman, according to an April 22, 1916 report in The Post-Star, on file in the microfilm collection at Crandall Public Library.

“If the people of this nation believe that the welfare of the republic requires his presence in the White House, they have the right to insist that he shall go there,” Whitman said in a statement, reiterating his endorsement of Hughes. “It is for them to decide and not for him, and I purpose to do everything in my power at Chicago to assist in the free expression of the choice which I believe is the sincere and well nigh universal choice of the members of the Republican Party.”

Whitman said he was restating his endorsement after receiving the most votes in New York in the primary for at-large delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Whitman said he was the only at-large candidate than ran pledged to Hughes.

Whitman said his endorsement was not coordinated with Hughes, who at that time was still a Supreme Court justice.

“I have not conferred with Justice Hughes on the subject, and I mean no disrespect to him when I say that I am not very deeply concerned about his individual desires in the matte,” Whitman said.

Hughes, a former New York governor, did, indeed become the Republican nominee in 1916, and narrowly lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

Hughes later was U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice.

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Whatever floats your bar

Whatever floats your bar

The story early this month about The Algonquin Restaurant’s new Hacker-Craft Bar prompted some feedback about options for anyone who wants a similar nautical theme for their personal recreation space.

Jackie Brown emailed this photo of the bar in her Queensbury home.

And Andrew Hayes, who said he’s a boat broker, emailed information about Harper Boats, a company in Meredith, New Hampshire, that specializes in signs made from classic boat transoms.

But if you’re game to check out the Algonquin’s new bar, here’s your reminder that the christening party, which is open to the public, is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Fireworks debate

Counties around the region have enacted laws to allow sales of small, sparkler-type fireworks, but the process isn't going as easily in Warren County.

The county Board of Supervisors is considering the law today (Friday), but there seems to be some opposition among county leaders.

Warren County Fire Coordinator Brian LaFlure has come out against the law, and Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson recounted a childhood sparkler injury.

"I think it's a definite problem and it's going to increase these issues," Dickinson said.

Essex and Saratoga counties have approved the law.

Here is some of our prior coverage.

-- Don Lehman

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Stefanik 1st quarter medical device industry donations

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, received $2,170 in contributions from medical device industry political action committees in the first quarter, according to a report her campaign filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

She received $1,000 from Boston Scientific and $1,170 from the Medical Device Manufacturers Association.

She also received a $550 individual contribution from the vice president of Adva Med, a medical device trade organization.

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Game Capsules: April 17

Now we're getting close to the serious point of the regular season: league games mean more and more as the standings begin to slowly take shape, and I get to go out and cover a full game! Which one? Find out below...

Every Foothills Council game -- What a big day in the Foothills. Queensbury and Schuylerville face Scotia and Amsterdam, respectively, both looking to finish the cross-divisional portion of the league schedule without a loss. Glens Falls and Hudson Falls are searching for much-needed wins against Broadalbin-Perth and Gloversville, respectively, while South Glens Falls sees a reasonably even matchup with Johnstown. These games set the tone for both divisions, but especially the North Division, as we move into the divisional portion of the schedule in the coming weeks.

Corinth at Lake George, 4:15 p.m. -- I'll be in Lake George to see this game between two teams looking to challenge for an Adirondack League championship. Lake George has only had one game this season in which the Warriors were the victim of a Garrett Bailey pitching display. We may see a particularly aggressive Warrior team after that outing.

Hoosick Falls at Hoosic Valley, 4:15 p.m. -- Hoosic Valley is the clear favorite to win the Wasaren League, but Hoosick Falls has the great equalizer: pitching. Hoosic Valley has to score to win, and runs aren't always easy to come by against Hoosick Falls.

Other Local Baseball Games: April 17 
League Away team at Home Team Time 
Adirondack Bolton at Hadley-Luzerne 4:15 p.m. 
Adirondack North Warren at Warrensburg (East Field) 5 p.m. 
Adirondack Argyle-Fort Edward at Hartford (East Field) 7:30 p.m. 
Wasaren Tamarac at Greenwich 4:15 p.m. 
WACGalway at Spa Catholic 7:15 p.m. 
CVACMoriah at Ticonderoga 4:15 p.m. 
Suburban Saratoga Springs at Columbia 4:15 p.m. 
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Salt in Lake George

Today the Save Lake George Partnership announced its latest undertaking, adopting an agreement to try to decrease roadsalt use throughout the watershed.

You'll find a story online and in print in Thursday's paper. Here's a link to the press release and memorandum of understanding.

Fund for Lake George Executive Director Eric Siy mentioned to me that the non-profit hopes to fund grants to help municipalities make purchases, such as sensor technology that can help truck operators dump less salt.

According to the Fund's "Legacy Strategy" that outlines its investment goals on specific tasks this year, the Fund is raising money toward putting $210,000 to work on salt reduction.

That's broken down by 

  • $190,000—Institute improved de-icing programs—techniques, technologies, and/or alternative de-icing agents—adhering to provisions of the Salt Reduction Memorandum of Understanding as operating guidelines for support ($175,000 for seven seed grants of $25,000 each for municipalities to upgrade systems and $15,000 for a Salt Talks Series)
  • $20,000—Organize and host “SALT: Halting the Acid Rain of Our Time" -- a major summit of leading salt reduction researchers and practitioners

The memorandum of understanding to be circulated among municipalities and is a first step in awarding the grants.

Siy also said the Jefferson Project will help scientists monitor what will actually make a difference in real time.

April 16, 2015 7:28 pm(3)

Jeb Bush Super PAC contributes $5,200 to Stefanik

Right to Rise, the political action committee of Jeb Bush, who is exploring a run for President in 2016, contributed $5,200 to the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in the first quarter, according to Stefanik's latest campaign finance report filed late Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

Stefanik said recently she has not yet picked a favorite candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

April 16, 2015 4:52 pm(3)

Regents: Teach hands-only CPR, use of external defibrillators

The New York State Board of Regents this week recommended that the teaching of hands-only CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators become part of the school curriculum.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law in October that called for state education officials to make recommendations to the Regents.

State education officials will present regulations to the board at the May 18 and 19 meetings. The regulations will be open for public comment prior to formal adoption.

The decision brought praise from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

“Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and people who lost loved ones to sudden cardiac arrest have worked for years to see CPR taught in New York’s schools,” said Bob Elling, paramedic with the town of Colonie and chairman of the New York State Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association in a news release. “We all thank the Regents for their action, and hope they will continue to act swiftly to make CPR in schools a reality."

April 16, 2015 4:45 pm(0)

Stefanik ranks 16 in fundraising among House freshmen

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, with $305,937, ranked 16th among 58 House freshmen in campaign fundraising in the first quarter, according to a Post-Star analysis of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Here's a breakdown of funding raising by category for House freshmen:

  • Less than $100,000 -- 20
  • $100,000 - $200,000 -- 15
  • $200,000 - $300,000 -- 7
  • $300,000 - $400,000 -- 4
  • $400,000 - $500,000 -- 5
  • $500,000 - $600,000 -- 5
  • More than $600,000 -- 2
April 16, 2015 3:18 pm(0)

Stefanik receives $18K from contributors in Puerto Rico

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, who cosponsored Puerto Rico statehood legislation, received $18,035 in campaign contributions from 21 individuals in Puerto Rico in the first quarter, according to a campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Watch All Politics is Local blog for more details from the congresswoman's first quarter campaign finance report.

April 16, 2015 11:03 am(0)

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