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…]

Fort Drum session spreads awareness of agriculture industry to soldiers

As a small handful of soldiers listened to a pitch about getting into agriculture, organizers said their military service could make them the right fit to build the industry’s future. [Read more…]

Ogdensburg B.A.S.S. federation tournament expected to boost economy

The city is preparing for a major bass fishing tournament next month that is expected to draw as many as 160 anglers and pump tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy, according to organizers. [Read more…]

Fort Drum buffer program receives $1 million

The newly passed state budget includes $1 million for a buffer program blocking outside interference on Fort Drum’s training. [Read more…]

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…]

JCIDA chief: $15-an-hour proposal could drive ‘handful’ of area businesses out of state

A handful of area businesses “across the gamut of sizes and sectors” say they’d consider moving out of New York if the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal materializes, according to the chief of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. [Read more…]

Orleans supervisor to Russell: Get facts straight on water project

Town Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick stands outside the state Department of Transportation’s salt-storage barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Town officials say a funding gap of about $2.3 million in grant funding needs to be filled to break ground on a $12.3 million project, which is needed to address widespread groundwater contamination reportedly caused by the storage barn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Town Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick stands outside the state Department of Transportation’s salt-storage barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Town officials say a funding gap of about $2.3 million in grant funding needs to be filled to break ground on a $12.3 million project, which is needed to address widespread groundwater contamination reportedly caused by the storage barn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

COLLINS LANDING — Though state Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has complained the “goal post keeps moving” on the cost of an Orleans water project to address salt contamination, the town supervisor says the legislator hasn’t taken the time to understand the facts. [Read more…]

North country hospitals land $650,000; Ritchie says funding may help Fort Drum avoid cuts

James W. Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country, shakes the hand of state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, after a news conference announcing the allocation of special military retention funds to several north country hospitals and DANC. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

James W. Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country, shakes the hand of state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, after a news conference announcing the allocation of special military retention funds to several north country hospitals and DANC. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

CARTHAGE — North country hospitals and nonprofits will share $650,000 in funding to improve their offerings to soldiers and the community. [Read more…]

April 2015 Leadership Feature Story: “Got Leadership?” Luncheon

‘The sky’s the limit’

Women’s Council of Realtors “Got Leadership?” panelists, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill, Doreen Garrett, founder of Otis Technology and owner of the Tilted Kilt, Erika F. Flint, executive director, Watertown Urban Mission and Sarah V. Compo, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R- Heuvelton. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Women’s Council of Realtors “Got Leadership?” panelists, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill, Doreen Garrett, founder of Otis Technology and owner of the Tilted Kilt, Erika F. Flint, executive director, Watertown Urban Mission and Sarah V. Compo, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R- Heuvelton. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Women leaders stress goal-setting, networking

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Leadership is a lot like parenting: you have to make the best decisions for your team, know when to sit back and listen, absolutely love what you do and know your end game. [Read more…]

Lawmakers in Albany stress importance of Fort Drum during military-themed event

ALBANY — With little certainty on the direction of potential personnel cuts at Fort Drum, words of support for the post came from state Senate lawmakers from beyond the north country. [Read more…]