Ritchie unveils agricultural plan for 2016-17 State Senate budget

New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, center, and State Senator Patty Ritchie, left, learn about milking from farm owner Michael B. Kiechle, right, while at the Garden of Eden Farm. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, center, and State Senator Patty Ritchie, left, learn about milking from farm owner Michael B. Kiechle, right, while at the Garden of Eden Farm. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

ALBANY — State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, highlighted Tuesday a renewed agricultural focus in the 2016-17 Senate budget aimed at continuing financial, research and employment support for New York state’s agriculture industry. [Read more…]

Local experts discuss north country’s economic outlook at Chamber event

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country.

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Trying to get a glimpse of the local economic future is more like staring into an opaque globe than a crystal ball, noted Donald C. Alexander, chief executive officer of Jefferson County Economic Development. [Read more…]

Senate majority leader pays visit to Jefferson County dairy farm

New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, center, and State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, left, learn about milking from farm owner Michael B. Kiechle, right, while at the Garden of Eden Farm. By Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, center, and State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, left, learn about milking from farm owner Michael B. Kiechle, right, while at the Garden of Eden Farm. By Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

PHILADELPHIA — State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan acquired a new skill on his stop in Jefferson County on Wednesday: cow milking. [Read more…]

Airport receives federal funding for runway extension, safety upgrades

An airplane is on display as another takes off Thursday during a Business After Hours event at the Watertown International Airport near Dexter. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

An airplane is on display as another takes off Thursday during a Business After Hours event at the Watertown International Airport near Dexter. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — The Watertown International Airport will receive more than $3.5 million in federal funding for its runway extension project, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced Thursday. [Read more…]

Butler, Graham move on to general election for Watertown mayor

Mayor Jeffery E. Graham recieves his ballot before he votes at Midtown Towers in Watertown, September 10, 2015. Photo by Coty Giannelli, Watertown Daily Times.

Mayor Jeffery E. Graham recieves his ballot before he votes at Midtown Towers in Watertown, September 10, 2015. Photo by Coty Giannelli, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — While on his primary election day campaign rounds in the city, Councilman Joseph M. Butler Jr. said he met a woman who said she was unlikely to vote. However, Mr. Butler persuaded her to change her mind, and he said he would buy her dinner if he were to win by a single vote. Hours later, that was the exact outcome of Thursday’s primary election for city mayor. [Read more…]

Possible fast-food wage increase raises concerns from local franchises, eateries

Jreck Subs employee Kennedie Brown works on assembling an order of sandwiches at the franchise’s Adams location. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Jreck Subs employee Kennedie Brown works on assembling an order of sandwiches at the franchise’s Adams location. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — The hourly wage of a cashier at McDonald’s soon could be equal to that of a Watertown paramedic. [Read more…]

New projects take flight at Watertown International Airport

A plane taxis down the runway before takeoff Friday evening. The runway extension and terminal expansion projects should start near the end of the summer. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

A plane taxis down the runway before takeoff Friday evening. The runway extension and terminal expansion projects should start near the end of the summer. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — A couple of projects at the Watertown International Airport are taxiing into its production pipeline while another will be taking off near the end of July. [Read more…]