October 25, 2012

Of Interest: Oct. 25, 2012


---- — Plattsburgh ward boundaries up for approval tonight

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh Common Council will take action on several items at tonight’s meeting.

Among them are approving the new ward boundaries as recommended by the Redistricting Commission and a request to allow one police officer to attend a rural law enforcement training session in Annapolis, Md., from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2 with the cost covered by the National Institute for Justice.

The meeting begins with a work session at 5 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both are open to the public.


Schuyler Falls collecting winter outerwear

SCHUYLER FALLS — The Town of Schuyler Falls is collecting winter outwear.

Ski pants, coats, hats, gloves, boots and all children’s winter outerwear is needed. People can drop items off at the Town Hall.

Also, these items are available at the Town Hall to families who need them.


Willsboro Town Council calls special budget meeting

WILLSBORO — A special meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Willsboro Town Hall.

The Town Council will discuss the 2013 budget and any other business that might be brought up.

The meeting is open to the public.


SUNY Plattsburgh students available to rake leaves

PLATTSBURGH — The SUNY Plattsburgh chapter of Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored student service club, will be asking for donations as club members clean up leaves in residential neighborhoods surrounding the college campus from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 to 11.

Donations from the raking project will go to support Rotaract and Rotary projects, including an effort to eradicate polio around the world.

In addition, Rotaract is collaborating with OWE to raise money for Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock, in support of the camp’s work with children who suffer from arthritis.

Through this kind of community service, club members try “to bridge the gap between the campus community and the community at large,” Annagrace Nderimo, Rotaract Club president, said in a news release. “It also helps the community to come together and to make changes for the better.”

Nderimo is urging the entire campus community, including students, faculty and staff, to participate throughout the weekend.

For more information, call her at 536-4440.


State DMV offering printout with online registration

ALBANY — For motorists who have forgotten to renew their vehicle registrations on time, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has introduced a new feature that will allow customers to print a temporary 10-day proof of registration when they renew their registration online.

Although most registrations are renewed through the mail, at an office or online in time to receive a new registration sticker before the old one expires, this is an option for customers who do not make the deadline.

The temporary registration is available through the website for most vehicle registration classes, including boats, trailers and ATVs. There is no additional charge for the temporary document.

After printing the temporary document, customers must display it on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard in addition to the expiring registration sticker until their new sticker arrives.


Docks along St. Lawrence River to be removed

MASSENA — The New York Power Authority is removing docks and buoys along the St. Lawrence River in the vicinity of its St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

The process is expected to take about two weeks but is dependent on river and weather conditions.

Docks and buoys will be removed from Howard Park, Whitaker Park and Old Milk Factory in Waddington and Massena Intake, Hawkins Point and South Channel in Massena.

Docks and buoys are removed each fall before icing conditions to ensure the safety of the public and avert damage to boats, docks and buoys during winter’s sub-freezing temperatures.

NYPA officials will notify the public when the docks and buoys are to be reinstalled next spring.


Sheriff asks people not to steal signs

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting is urging people to leave campaign signs alone.

“In this contentious election season, emotions are high, and loyalties run deep,” he said in a news release. “It is only natural to want our preferred candidates to succeed in their quest for office and to do all we can to help this outcome.”

He said the Essex County Sheriff’s Office has received calls and complaints about missing or defaced election signs.

“While we recognize your loyalty to your candidate, I do ask some semblance of reason in these tense times,” he said. “It is commendable that you support your candidate, but destroying or removing signs is not the answer. I would recommend your energies be of better use were you to call your candidate’s campaign office and volunteer. You can help with mailers, host a meet-and greet, introduce your candidate to your family, friends and fellow community members and by doing so, accomplish much more than you would achieve by these potentially criminal acts.”

He urged people to get out and vote on Nov. 6.

“Please respect these public-minded candidates. They have put themselves on a very hectic, expensive and arduous path to reaching their goal. Let us acknowledge their vision, respect their campaign and congratulate the winner after the election.”


Free voter guide available from Unified Court

NEW YORK — For the 2012 general election, the New York State Unified Court System has published a nonpartisan online voter guide for the public with information about candidates for elective judicial office.

For candidates who have chosen to participate, the guide will contain biographical information provided by the candidate, such as current occupation, educational and professional history and a short personal statement. The guide covers races for state court elections to trial courts of superior jurisdiction (Supreme, County, Family and Surrogate’s Courts) as well as District Courts, City Courts and Civil Courts of the City of New York.

The New York State Judicial Candidate Voter Guide is accessible on the website through Election Day.


Bisso, Carpenter debate scheduled

MALONE — A town-hall-style debate between Assembly candidates Karen Bisso and Tim Carpenter will be held in Malone at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Franklin County Legislative building, with WAMC Public Radio’s Pat Bradley moderating.

This format will allow for audience questions and input.

Bisso challenged Carpenter and incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey to the debate.

Bisso’s campaign said Carpenter accepted but Duprey said she was too busy.