---- — Sheriff warns about contractors who overcharge
PLATTSBURGH — With warmer weather in the forecast, people are focusing on yard work and outdoor renovations.
Clinton County Sheriff David Favro is urging residents who are contracting work out to use caution. He said his office recently received complaints from residents claiming they were overcharged for driveway paving.
The allegations are under investigation, he said in a press release.
Favro urges people to should use well-known, reputable companies and to always obtain more than one written estimate before any work gets started.
On-ramp closed for I-87 bridge replacement
PLATTSBURGH — The northbound on-ramp to Interstate 87 off Boynton Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh is closed as the State Department of Transportation replaces two bridges that carry the highway over the Delaware & Hudson Railroad line.
The project, at a cost of $9,208,000, is slated for completion Dec. 1.
Motorists can access the highway by instead taking Margaret Street/Route 9 out of the city to the I-87 on-ramp at Cumberland Head corners.
Court says inmates can keep child-visitation rights
ALBANY (AP) — New York’s highest court says parents don’t lose child-visitation rights in prison.
The Court of Appeals says Shawn Granger is entitled to periodic four-hour prison visits with his 4-year-old son.
Granger’s attorney sued after the child’s mother refused to bring him.
A Family Court judge found that Granger, imprisoned at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on drug charges, was involved in the child’s life “in a meaningful way” before.
A unanimous court ruled Tuesday that New York law presumes parental visits are in the child’s best interest. That can be rebutted with evidence showing a visit would harm the child.
The judges say Granger’s subsequent transfer to a prison farther away could be addressed in a petition to Family Court petition to reconsider the visitation schedule.
Volunteers needed to clean up New York state parks Saturday
ALBANY — The second-annual I Love My Park Day will be held Saturday, May 4.
Volunteers who would like to support cleanup and beautification efforts at sites across the state, including areas that sustained much damage from Superstorm Sandy, can register at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/.
Parks in the North Country that are participating are Point au Roche State Park in Beekmantown and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point.