U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she is focused on the illegality of the leaks regarding the revelations last week that a Russian intelligence agency offered Taliban-linked militias cash rewards to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

The two candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat — incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik and returning Democratic contender Tedra Cobb — support two different police reform bills passed by the House, but despite increased pressure to pass police reform legislation following w…

MALONE –– Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to exclude YMCAs from the list of facilities that will be allowed to reopen at the beginning of phase four could threaten the organization’s future, the head of the Ys in Malone and Plattsburgh said Wednesday.

State Assemblyman Dan Stec is joining other Republicans in calling for an end to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of his North Country colleagues and candidates agree now is the time; others are not so sure.

ALBANY — Half of the state’s 10 regions — including the North Country — were given the green light to begin Phase III of reopening today after metrics were reviewed and cleared by public health officials, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday.

MALONE –– As Franklin County closes in on administering 7,000 tests to detect the COVID-19 virus, a Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital doctor with training in infectious diseases says the results may not fully reflect the scope of the pandemic locally.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has nominated seven people to seats on a long-unfilled Adirondack Park Agency board. While the state Senate is expected to take up these nominations later this week, environmental groups are weighing in with both positive and negative reactions.

RAY BROOK –– New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett has appointed Maj. Reuben Anthony Oliver as the 27th Troop Commander of Troop B. Oliver replaced Maj. Darrin S. Pitkin, who was appointed commander of Troop D.

The county’s unemployment rate for April was 14.3%, more than double March’s 6.1% and nearly triple the 5.1% rate from a year ago, according to figures released last week by the state Department of Labor.

ANDOVER, Mass. –– William “Bill” Beaton of Groveland, Mass., has taken over the reins of the Agri-Mark dairy co-op when current CEO Ed Townley retired effected Sunday.

NEW ROCHELLE — After mass confusion among regional executives, half the state entered the second phase of reopening nonessential businesses Friday and New York City is expected to start reopening in early June as downstate COVID-19 numbers continue to drop, Gov. Andrew M Cuomo said Friday.

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods.

Faced with a new wave of COVID-19 tests from nursing homes and hospitals, a state lab that processes COVID-19 tests from the North Country region is currently running at full capacity. Now the lab is limiting the number of tests it will accept, forcing health care facilities to send tests th…

OGDENSBURG — Bishop Terry R. LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg has begun discussing with priests the steps necessary to reopen churches.

State representatives from the North Country say that although the coronavirus has put a spotlight on this region’s broadband internet weaknesses, solutions — at least legislative ones — are still far off.

The “difficult steps” being taken include the postponement of nonemergency procedures and appointments, pay cuts for network leaders and a hiring freeze at all network affiliates, which includes the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone.

In response to many dairy farmers across the upstate region and North Country having to dump their milk due to reduced demand for their products caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Nourish New York Initiative on Monday.

SARANAC LAKE — New York hospitals have received more than $1.4 billion in federal aid as part of the latest round of funding through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. But for North Country hospitals, revenue shortfalls continue to outpace incoming aid.

Downtown Digital Group, an advertising and marketing solutions company, and Johnson Newspaper Corp. are launching “A Hand Up Marketing Grant” program to give area businesses help in promoting – and reintroducing – their business to the community following weeks of closures or limited operati…