Orleans, Lowville, other communities to receive funds needed for water projects

Road salt contamination has caused extensive corrosion at Andy Greene’s home in Fishers Landing, as seen here in his basement where he sits behind a corroded pipe on a hot water heater ruined by salt, holding a kitchen faucet he replaces every few years. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Road salt contamination has caused extensive corrosion at Andy Greene’s home in Fishers Landing, as seen here in his basement where he sits behind a corroded pipe on a hot water heater ruined by salt, holding a kitchen faucet he replaces every few years. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Several north country municipalities, including the town of Orleans, are getting millions of dollars in state funding for various water infrastructure projects. [Read more…]

Lowville officials reflect on ever-changing infrastructure project plans

It started last summer as a $12 million project to upgrade five primary village streets and replace utility pipes. [Read more…]

River Hospital announces $7.25 million expansion project

River Hospital has unveiled a $7.25 million plan to renovate its existing hospital building and construct a new facility aimed at integrating primary and behavioral health care.

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February 2016: People on the Move

New community manager at Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes

Josh Kennedy WEBJoshua Kennedy recently joined the staff of Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes as community manager for the Adirondack Creek community. [Read more…]

October 2015 20 Questions: On Leadership

On leadership

Lessons and advice from north country leaders

Since NNY Business began publishing monthly in December 2010, we have featured a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with a different north country business or leader 11 times a year, skipping December for our 20 Under 40 emerging leaders issue. Our 54 featured interviews to date have not been limited to the for-profit sector. We’ve sat down with nonprofit and not-for-profit leaders, and educational and health care leaders. The 20 questions that follow are the best of leadership from nearly five years of interviews. [Read more…]

August 2015: Business Briefcase


Major gift kicks off River Hospital campaign

A $1 million donation from a longtime north country philanthropist will kick-start a capital campaign aimed at helping River Hospital expand its River Community Wellness Program, hospital Chief Executive Officer Ben Moore III announced last month. [Read more…]

2014 Class of 20 Under 40



This year’s class of 20 Under 40 (click the recipient’s name to watch a video and read his or her profile):



An architect, a director of business development, communication professionals, a national sales and marketing manager, an educator, a financial planner, health care professionals, an information technology specialist, a transportation center director, a director of human resources, a loan officer, a pair of camp leaders, a director of operations and a few small business owners.

Our fourth annual 20 Under 40 class was the most competitive field yet, and these individuals represent a snapshot of Northern New York’s most accomplished, dedicated and involved young professionals, across a wide spectrum of industries, and across three counties.

All of these young men and women are involved in some shape or form in their community, whether by serving on an organization’s board, being a foster parent, serving in a youth leadership organization, or something as simple as helping to organize community 5K runs or making time to donate to food banks.

All of these leaders, who are between the ages of 22 and 39, were chosen not only by the editors and staff of NNY Business magazine, but by virtue of glowing recommendations from their peers and employers. And not only do these emerging leaders, who embody the prized north country values of compassion, hard work and selflessness, make time in hectic schedules to volunteer in the community, they give their very best in challenging career fields each and day, all out of an effort to make the place they have chosen to stay in and call home the very best place it can be.

Bernier, Carr & Associates names Lewis as CEO

Kevin E. Lewis, who came to the firm in 2013, will focus on strategic initiatives as CEO. Norm Johnston / Watertown Daily Times

Kevin E. Lewis was named CEO of Bernier, Carr & Associates on Thursday as the company announced changes to its leadership structure.

The architectural, engineering and land surveying firm, headquartered on Mullin Street, had gone nearly a year without a CEO following the retirement of Bernard H. “Bernie” Brown Jr. Mr. Lewis was hired by the company in September 2013 as director of business development. He previously served as the group president of Tetra Tech Architects and Engineers of Syracuse, where he worked for 10 years.

Mr. Lewis, 60, Cape Vincent, said Wednesday that job titles of other leaders won’t change under the company’s new structure, but the mission of its leaders will be more clearly defined because the firm’s two divisions will function as separate businesses guided by their own teams of employees. [Read more…]

Lewis office building bids come in around $9 million

Construction bids on the proposed Lewis County office building project have come in at about $9 million.

“The bids came in a little higher than I hoped for,” Legislator Jack T. Bush, R-Brantingham, chairman of the legislative Buildings and Grounds Committee, said following Thursday’s opening. “But that was strictly hope.”

And the dollar figure “hasn’t discouraged me from saying, ‘Let’s build it,’” he said, noting that most of the office space being rented by the county is in buildings that are for sale.

Fellow committee member Jerry H. King, R-West Leyden, said he also would have liked to see the price tag for a two-story, 45,000-square-foot building on outer Stowe Street be a bit lower, but the main chore now will be to “see if we can find the sources to fund it other than the taxpayers.”

“Now that we’ve got a solid number, we can run the figures,” said Legislature Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan.

The bid opening was attended by about 60 people, including all legislators except Paul M. Stanford, D-Watson, and a couple of legislative candidates.

The total base price came in at $8.84 million, while several add-ons — including high-density shelving, a lower maintenance flooring material, stamped concrete and parking lot improvements at the current Department of Social Services and Public Safety buildings — would push the total to $9.03 million.

Apparent low bidders were as follows: Bette & Cring Construction Group, Watertown, at $4,771,500 base or $4,836,500 with alternates for general construction; Burns Bros. Contracting, Potsdam, at $1,020,000 for mechanical and $357,000 for plumbing; Jordstat Construction, Alexandria Bay, at $977,138 for electrical; and Acts II Construction, Gouverneur, at $1,717,000 base or $1,836,000 with alternates for site work.

Seven companies submitted bids for general construction, while there were 10 bidders for mechanical, 11 for plumbing, seven for electrical and four for site work.

The project still is expected to come in lower than the original $11 million estimate.

County officials would expect to borrow $10 million for the project, including construction costs, a 10 percent contingency for any unforeseen costs and $150,000 for the clerk of the works, according to county Treasurer Patricia L. O’Brien.

The county also will have to cover the cost of moving or replacing a storage building that stands where the new building would go.

Over several years of working on project, the county already has spent about $800,000 on design fees and other preconstruction costs.

Right after the bid opening, county leaders worked with Rick W. Tague, president of Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, to determine the percentage of the proposed building that would be reimbursable through state Department of Social Services funding so financial advisers could come up with an accurate financing schedule.

Although the county would cover all project costs up front, the state would reimburse a portion of that cost over the next 16 years for the nearly half of the building to be used by DSS. That initially was projected to provide $4.5 million to $5 million toward the project.

Lawmakers are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Monday to analyze project details more closely to help determine whether they are prepared to move forward, with a final decision likely to come at their Oct. 1 meeting.

County officials still must address some village concerns, including capacity of the sewage treatment system and safety of the village’s Stowe Street.

If legislators approve of the project, construction could start in mid-October and be completed by the end of October 2014.

-Steve Virkler, Watertown Daily Times

People on the Move: Aug. 2013


Vigliotti joins staff at Clayton Dental Office

Dr. Stephan Vigliotti has joined the staff at the 1000 Islands Center of Dental Technology at Clayton Dental Office, Dr. Scott LaClair recently announced.

A 2011 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine with a minor in endodontics, Dr. Vigliotti remained in the Buffalo area for completion of his residency, followed by a year in private practice in Orchard Park in Erie County.

Dr. Vigliotti and his wife, Caitlin, grew up in the area, graduating in 2003 from General Brown and Thousand Islands high schools respectively. [Read more…]