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Stefanik House colleague contributions

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, received $28,500 in campaign contributions from House Republican colleagues in the first quarter, including contributions from two fellow freshmen, according to a report her campaign filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

Contributions are as follows: Paul Ryan, Wisc., $5,000; Chris Gibson, Kinderhook, $2,000; Garrett Graves, La., $1,000; Brett Guthrie, Ky, $1,000; Steve Scalise, La., $2,000; Mimi Walters, Calif., $4,000; John Shimkus, Ill., $1,000; Greg Walden, Oregon, $2,500;Kevin McCarthy, Calif., $10,000.

Contributions came from either member campaign funds or member political action committees. 

8 hours ago(0)

Weekly Impressions: April 13-17

The first full week of high school baseball surely didn't disappoint. So, here are a few of my thoughts from those games.

FOOTHILLS COUNCIL

Well hello, Schuylerville -- Pretend we're still in the preseason. Quickly, if only one North Division team will get out of the crossover games with South Division teams undefeated, who's your pick? An overwhelming majority of people probably would've picked Queensbury. And yet it's this Schuylerville team, that one that's surrounded by all of the question marks that come with being in a league for the first year. There's a lot of baseball to be played, but I think one simple fact rings true: lockdown pitching and consistent hitting will win baseball games in pretty much any league, and the Foothills is no exception. Schuylerville has just that right now, and if it continues at this level or gets better, this whole winning thing could last even longer.

ADIRONDACK LEAGUE

Don't jump to conclusions -- Thanks to some of the league's teams playing one another in non-league games to help fill their schedules, we've actually gotten a respectable number of scores out of this league. With that information in one place, it would be somewhat easy to make a few roughly educated guesses on who is better than who via the transitive property. I'm not doing that here because I get the feeling most of those assumptions are going to be inaccurate. We're dealing with a league replacing a noticeable amount of talent and having to do so on the fly without the breaking in time that most other sports get with preseason practices and such. These teams are prone to sharp increases and decreases in quality of play, and almost all of them are sure to see at least one of each over the course of the season. The basic point here is: it's way too early to make any judgments on this league, even though you have the data at your hands to make a few.

Pitchers' league? -- I based my entire season preview around the wealth of returning pitchers in local baseball, but especially in the Adirondack League. And for once, I wasn't proven to be a fool. Friday night alone, Lake George's Greg Johnson took a perfect game into the 7th inning and finished with a one-hit shutout while Shea Irish (Warrensburg) threw a no-hitter at East Field that was one walk away from a perfect game. Garrett Bailey (Fort Ann) and Josh Curri-Brimhall (Bolton) also put together strong pitching performances this week. There's no denying some of the higher scoring games throughout the league this week (Bolton 13, Hadley-Luzerne 11, anyone?), but I still think the pitching ruled the day and it could rule many more days in this league.

WASAREN LEAGUE

Cambridge's 7th inning tests -- Cambridge coach Jason Waite emailed me with this interesting tidbit that I just had to share: his Indians faced Division I-bound players twice this week for 7th inning pitching appearances. Against Hoosic Valley, John Rooney (Hofstra) pitched to the Indians in the seventh and against Greenwich it was John Stewart (Marshall). Every day in the Wasaren League is a tough day, but that's more brutal than most. 

12 hours ago(0)

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.

April 17, 2015 6:19 pm(0)
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.

April 17, 2015 4:27 pm(0)

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

April 17, 2015 10:22 am(1)

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.

April 17, 2015 9:19 am(1)

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. 
April 17, 2015 6:45 am(0)

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)

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