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Celebrating 1916 -- Post-Star touts Wilson establish Federal Reserve System

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about historic coverage in local newspapers the 1916 presidential election between incumbent Democrat Woodrow Wilson and Republican challenger Charles Evans Hughes, a Glens Falls native.

A Post-Star editorial on May 8, 1916 praised U.S. Sen. Chauncey M. Depew for a speech Depew delivered touting Wilson's role is establishing the Federal Reserve System.

"Depew, long one of the pillars of the Republican party, has had the vision and the fairness to observe that the enactment of the Federal Reserve measure 'practically settles for the future our financial system upon a proper basis,'" stated the editorial, preserved in the microfilm collection at Crandall Public Library. "What President Wilson has done, or has had done, with respect to the currency situation alone, would mark his administration as a period standing out in bold relief in the annals of America."

The Post-Star, a Democratic-aligned paper at the time, said Wilson persisted "in spite of the hue and cry of the ultra-conservative press."

The editorial concluded, "Again, Thank God for Wilson!"

Click here to read the most recent previous post in the series. 

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Boiler system finance legislation passes Senate

The state Senate on Monday passed legislation to extend the maximum period of term municipalities can finance a heating system from 10 to 15 years, Sen. Elizabeth Little announced.

Little said Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe asked her to introduce the legislation to facilitate the town purchasing a wood pellet heating system.

"The current law does not accurately reflect the probable useful life of a boiler or furnace, which makes financing a challenge," Little said in a press release. "This change will help the town of Chester and others that may be seeking to convert to renewable, natural resources for heating."

The legislation passed the Assembly May 18.

It now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for consideration.

5 hours ago(0)

Sales tax extender bills past state Senate

The state Senate on Tuesday passed bills to authorize Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties to extend an additional one percent sales tax through November 2017, Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, announced.

Legislation also was approved to authorize Essex County to continue a mortgage recording tax that was scheduled to expire later this year.

"These are simple authorizations that allow the counties to charge a tax rate previously approved," Little said in a press release. 

10 hours ago(0)

If you were looking for something to do …

When I first started at The Post-Star, one of the more exciting days in the newsroom was the day that the Saratoga Performing Arts Center released its concert schedule for the coming summer.

It wasn’t unusual to have a half-dozen people standing around the fax machine waiting to see what bands were coming to Saratoga.

Those days are over. The concerts are released gradually over the course of the spring, and there just isn’t that same type of excitement. Or maybe the bands just aren’t as good.

This past weekend, we published a comprehensive list of things to do in June (Saturday’s newspaper) and then the complete lineup of musical acts at SPAC, Times-Union Center, Palace and Proctors.

It’s what I call a great reader service. You get the entire lineup with one-stop shopping.

If you haven’t reviewed the list, check them out now.

- Ken Tingley

10 hours ago(0)
Soldierettes now open

Soldierettes now open

HUDSON FALLS | Delora Moulton’s doors are open at 90 Main St., where Soldierettes is ready to provide assistance for caregivers of wounded soldiers.

Recent donations have furnished the facility and shelves are starting to accumulate food for a food pantry.

Moulton is still hopeful for a donation of carpeting.

For now, they are putting on the finishing touches of paint, installing television service for visitors and preparing for their grand opening, 11:30 a.m. June 23, and upcoming benefit ride, rescheduled due to weather.

The location is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Soldierettes Benefit Ride and BBQ at Halftime Bar and Grill, 1498 Route 9, South Glens Falls, will now be held June 28.

For more information contact Delora Moulton, 307-9666.

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Report: New York ranks first in school spending per student

New York state topped the nation in school spending during the 2012-2013 year, according to U.S. Census data released Tuesday.

The Empire Center sent out a news release pointing out that the average spending per-pupil in New York was $19,818, which is 85 percent above the national average of $10,700 per pupil.

In addition, total spending on the roughly 2.6 million New York’s public elementary and secondary schools (excluding charter schools) was $59.4 billion -- second only to California, which spent $66.4 billion on 6.2 million pupils.

In addition, it said that New York spending on school instructional salaries and benefits – $13,756 per pupil – is more than double the national average of $6,480 according to census data.

Coming in second was Arkansas at $18,175 per pupil; third was Washington, D.C. at $17,953. The rest of the top ten in order is: New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.

Spending the least on students was Utah at a per-pupil cost in 2012-2013 of $6,555.

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Petition started to save Lake George 'Dog Beach'

Owner of The Dog Cabin Lisa Giknis started an online petition yesterday on Change.org urging the DEC to keep what is known as "Dog Beach" as is.

The DEC is considering options regarding the unguarded bathing area, and one of the proposals I've heard would be to lay concrete over the sandy shore just west of Million Dollar Beach.

Over the past 24 hours, the petition on Change.org gained 363 supporters.

The Dog Cabin adopted the beach and has been maintaining it as a dog-friendly area.

Here is what Lisa wrote on the petition:

"Dogs are traveling more and more with their families on vacation and many come to beautiful Lake George. The dogs had no where to swim and play so I adopted dog beach next to million dollar beach and the lake george steamboat company and the dogs LOVE it!!! The owners LOVE it and many people love to just sit and watch the dogs!! They are respectable people who love their dogs and NEED a safe place to swim and play !! If the DEC takes this away the dogs will have no where to go to cool off or get energy out causing unhappy owners, and then eventually less tourists and less income to our needed resort town!! If this is saved many will talk about dog friendly lake george and you will see increased revenue and VERY happy owners and 4 legged friends."

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Maverick PAC honors Stefanik

Maverick political action a committee, a conservative national organization with 20 chapters, has named U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, to its "Future 40 List" of 40 individuals under 40 who will "leave their footprints for years to come" on government and politics.

The PAC provided the Stefanik campaign with an in-kind contribution of mailing lists valued at $400 during the 2014 election cycle, according to reports the campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission. 

17 hours ago(0)

Adirondack League All-Stars

2015 ADIRONDACK LEAGUE BASEBALL

ALL LEAGUE SELECTIONS (note: All statistics are current)

Most Valuable Player

Player TEAM YR AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI AVG SLG SB IP W L ERA K BB

Justin Hoagland Whi Sr. 70 46 15 1 1 36 33 0.657 0.943 6 21 3 1 3.86 21 7

First Team

Player TEAM YR AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI AVG SLG SB IP W L ERA K BB

Garrett Bailey FA So. 46 25 3 1 6 31 27 0.543 1.043 14 33 6 0 1.06 51 14

Shea Irish WCS Sr. 61 22 6 2 0 17 9 0.468 0.681 14 55 3 5 2.16 84 12

Tyler Mattison FA So. 58 25 4 0 1 29 15 0.431 0.522 13 30 5 0 1.63 55 8

Greg Johnson LG Jr. 61 24 4 3 0 14 16 0.393 0.557 11 43 4 3 0.81 56 9

Anthony Villano Cor Sr. 61 31 5 6 0 20 23 0.508 0.786 8 27.2 2 2 3.29 44 27

Derek Thomas Whi Sr. 73 34 3 1 0 35 19 0.466 0.507 4 25 3 0 3.80 25 12

Julian Barber Whi Sr. 81 36 6 1 0 21 27 0.444 0.543 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Alex Jenkins Cor Jr. 58 23 5 4 0 30 18 0.397 0.620 14 0 2 1 3.06 15 4

Andrew Barber LG Sr. 63 27 3 1 1 15 14 0.429 0.555 5 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Second Team

Player TEAM YR AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI AVG SLG SB IP W L ERA K BB

Scott Broekhuizen HL Jr. 46 18 5 0 0 12 12 0.391 0.500 3 43 2 3 3.60 66 22

Chad Amerio Whi Sr. 55 25 3 0 1 28 15 0.455 0.564 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Alek Olden WCS Sr. 65 22 4 0 1 22 10 0.431 0.589 13 0 1 0 0.00 0 0

Chris Jackson FA Sr. 58 21 4 0 1 24 16 0.362 0.483 8 12 1 0 1.75 12 1

Nick Lehoisky FA Jr. 54 21 4 1 0 27 7 0.389 0.481 7 23 4 0 2.43 25 11

Ethan Pike Hart SR. 39 16 6 0 0 12 9 0.410 0.000 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Patrick Mellon LG Jr. 63 23 6 1 0 14 20 0.365 0.492 3 29.2 2 1 1.65 39 7

James Hayes NW So. 40 15 3 0 0 10 9 0.375 0.450 8 35 3 2 3.00 45 14

James Buzinsky Cor Sr. 65 26 2 0 0 26 21 0.400 0.430 5 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Honorable Mention

Player, Team

Andrew Terry, Salem

Ryan Fish, North Warren

Colby May, North Warren

Derek Robarge, Corinth

Brendan Petit, Hartford

Craig Keenan, Lake George

Chris DeFranco, North Warren

Duncan Mularz, Lake George

Tyler Thomas, Whitehall

Jesse DeMarsh, Hadley-Luzerne

Danny St. Clair, Whitehall

Jeremy Johnson, Fort Ann

Josh Curri-Brimhall, Bolton

Joe Connery, Bolton

Shane McCabe, Lake George

Ryan Fish, North Warren

Sawyer Kingsley, Corinth

June 01, 2015 8:47 pm(0)

Owens discusses 'point of origin' meat labeling debate

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, suggested alternative labeling language that would enable consumers to distinguish the origin of beef, chicken and pork without violating World Trade Organization rules.

“To me the solution would be to allow labeling to say something along these lines: ‘raised, slaughtered and processed in America,’ or the alternative would be ‘raised slaughtered, and processed in the United States and Canada or the United States and Mexico’ or all three,” said Owens, who is writing an article on the topic for The Hill, a national publication that follows Congress.

“So it shifts it to the consumer to make that choice. And I believe that would be compliant with the WTO,” said Owens, a lawyer who specializes in Canadian relations and international trade.

A 2002 law that was modified in 2008, known as the COOL rule, requires retailers to notify customers of the point of origin of beef, pork and chicken.

The WTO has ruled three times the law, as currently written, violates WTO rules, and therefore Canada and Mexico would be allowed to impose tariffs on U.S. exports.

House Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway has introduced legislation to repeal the labeling requirement.

The bill had 82 co-sponsors – 68 Republicans and 14 Democrats -- as of Monday, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, according to the Library of Congress government information web site.

The House Agriculture Committee on Friday passed the bill and referred it for placement on the calendar for a vote of the House.

There is no companion bill in the Senate, Owens said.

Owens said 36 states could be affected by tariffs on exports to Canada.

“For New York, for instance, it is bovine animals, apples, cheese and wine. And we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars of exports,” he said, in a telephone interview. “So all of those things would have an adverse impact on the economy if we do not pass this legislation.”

June 01, 2015 5:27 pm(0)

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