Assembly Passes Legislative Package to Expand Voting Opportunities for New Yorkers

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Election Law Committee Chair Charles Lavine on Tuesday announced the Assembly has passed a package of legislation designed to increase voting opportunities, modernize the voter registration process and create greater transparency and accountability in elections by closing the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) loophole.
“For years, the Assembly Majority has fought to protect New York’s electoral process by proposing legislation to ensure eligible voters are given ample opportunities to vote and have access to a simple, modern registration process,” said Speaker Heastie. “Year after year, we have also passed legislation to close the LLC Loophole and ensure fairness in state elections. We urge our colleagues in the Senate to join us in protecting the integrity of state political campaigns.”
“The measures approved today by the Assembly would strengthen our electoral process by ensuring voter accessibility, facilitating participation and improving transparency in campaign financing,” said Assemblymember Charles Lavine. “Our democratic process is dependent on our ability to ensure that New Yorkers are able to exercise their fundamental right to vote with ease.”
To ensure accessibility, equity and efficiency in the state’s electoral process, the package includes legislation that would establish a seven-day early voting period for registered New York voters to vote in person prior to any primary, special or general election day (A.9608-B, Lavine). Each county would be required to provide a set amount of early voting hours, but would have the flexibility to offer hours that best meet the needs of its residents.
Another bill would amend the New York State Constitution to allow no excuse absentee voting (A.7623, Vanel). Under current law, absentee voting is only allowed if an individual expects to be absent on Election Day, or is unable to get to the polls because of physical illness or disability. This measure offers a more equitable voting experience by allowing busy New Yorkers more options for casting their ballots.
“There is no reason to restrict absentee voting eligibility requirements for New Yorkers to such narrow criteria,” said Assemblymember Clyde Vanel. “By providing voters with more options for exercising their right to vote, we can ensure that no one misses this important part of our democratic process for lack of convenience.”
The legislative package also includes the Voter Enfranchisement Modernization Act of 2018 that would modernize and streamline voter registration by establishing an online voter registration process (A.5382-A, Cusick).
“In 2018, modern technology allows us to conduct countless transactions online, including many state and federal applications,” said Assemblymember Michael Cusick. “It is past time that we modernize New York’s antiquated system by creating a streamlined online registration process to ensure greater accessibility.”
The Assembly has also passed legislation that would restrict LLC campaign contributions to the same $5,000 aggregate contribution limit that exists for corporations (A.9758, Simon). The bill would also require the disclosure of all direct and indirect owners of the LLC and that all contributions by an LLC be attributed to each member in proportion to each member’s ownership interests. Under current law, as interpreted by the State Board of Elections, a single individual is allowed to make multiple large contributions to the same candidate or committee through separate LLCs making it difficult to determine who made the contributions and evaded individual contribution limits.
“The LLC loophole allows the wealthy and special interests to anonymously pour unlimited money into campaigns in hopes of influencing candidates,” said Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. “The Assembly Majority has repeatedly passed this critical piece of campaign finance reform legislation. New Yorkers deserve greater transparency and fairness in the electoral process, and closing the notorious LLC loophole is an important step forward.”
Earlier this year, the Assembly passed other legislation to increase accessibility for voters and modernize polling sites, including a measure that changed the fall 2018 primary date from Tuesday, September 11th to Thursday, September 13th to ensure that all New Yorkers are able to participate in the election. The Assembly also passed legislation that would modernize polling sites and facilitate early voting by allowing electronic poll books containing voter registration lists to be used at poll sites.

Public invited to free concert

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music invites the public to enjoy Potsdam Community Chorus at 3 pm on Sunday, April 22, in Helen M. Hosmer Hall.  The concert is free. The chorus welcomes donations to help support its musical programming.
Musical director and conductor Matthew Gayle will lead the 70-voice mixed chorus in a program entitled “Life’s Journey.”  The program explores some of the most universal human experiences through a variety of contemporary multicultural pieces. Gayle says that he hopes the choir’s music will communicate a message of social harmony and positivity.
The concert will feature Raina Anderson, Erin Gingrich, John Lynch, Gabrielle McCormack, and Anna Rosen on vocal solos, as well as Rose Diolallevi on violin and Catie Dominy on percussion. Student conductor Alanna Pinard-Brace will lead the group in Randall Thompson’s arrangement of “The Road Not Taken.” The chorus' accompanist is Gerrie McGrath.
Gayle is a vocal and general music teacher at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam.
Now in its 17th year, the chorus is comprised of students at area colleges and community members from across St. Lawrence County. All voice parts are invited to practice and perform music in a variety of styles from many eras. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 pm Mondays. The spring season began with rehearsals in late January. For more information, contact Gayle at

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, please visit
Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.

NYS Budget includes funds to support tractor rollover safety program

State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie is announcing she has restored $250,000 in the new state budget for the lifesaving Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate Program, which equips tractors with special safety equipment to avoid tractor overturns.  Funding for this program had been eliminated in the Executive Budget proposal.
Tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death on American farms, claiming the lives of nearly 100 farmers across the country annually. While most tractors built after 1985 have built-in rollover protection, tractors manufactured prior to that date—which many farmers use—do not have the safety feature in place.
The ROPS Rebate Program helps protect farmers by covering approximately 70 percent of the expense of purchasing and installing ROPS, which typically cost between $800 and $1,200.
“These devices have proven to save lives, but many farmers already have a tight budget,” said Senator Ritchie. “Our hardworking farmers do so much for our state, it is only fitting that we try to help them do their job as safely as they can. I am pleased to see that that this funding has been restored in the state budget and that we can continue to save lives on our farms.”
In the last 11 years, the program has outfitted more than 1,500 tractors across the state with the rollover-prevention device. However, nearly half of the tractors on New York State farms are still operating without it.
Including this year’s funding, Senator Ritchie has secured $1.5 million for this program, operated by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health.
For more information on the ROPS Rebate Program and details on how to apply, visit Senator Ritchie’s website at

State Budget Includes $600,000 for NNYADP Farm Research

State Budget Includes $600,000 for NNYADP Farm Research

The 2018-19 New York State Budget includes $600,000 for the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program that prioritizes research and technical assistance to benefit the dairy, livestock, field crops, fruit, vegetables, maple and honey production industries in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Nearly 100 farmers from across the six-county region participate in identifying projects and targeting funding to address uniquely Northern New York challenges, and to maintain and grow the regional agricultural economy at the farm level and industrywide.
Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Senate and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
“The work done by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is critically important to our farmers’ bottom lines and its research helps to strengthen key sectors of New York’s leading industry, including maple, dairy, and others, that are important to our region,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie. “I was proud to advocate for this important funding and look forward to seeing how it strengthens our agriculture industry as a whole.”
Senator Betty Little noted, “The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program makes efficient use of its state funding to address the critical needs of the diverse farming sectors and the North Country farmers that are essential economic drivers in our regional communities.”
“Without the hard work and perseverance of the state’s farmers, New York would not be the agricultural engine that it is today,” added Senator Joseph Griffo. “This funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program will help continue the important research for and provide assistance to farmers throughout the state to ensure that they continue to thrive for many more generations to come.”
Recent projects have addressed Northern New York microclimate impact and shorter growing season, as well as the potential to grow into a regional maple production capacity of $10 million per year, and the use of high tunnels for year-round fruit and vegetable production.
The January 2018 Northern New York Agricultural Development Program report highlights projects that focused on helping dairy cows and calves adjust to localized hot and cold climate extremes, applying tile drainage to improve field crop production and stewardship, advancing maple production, developing new opportunities for fruit and vegetable growers, and the results of the first-ever Northern New York bee health survey.
The results of past research projects funded through the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program are posted at

Gouverneur Police Blotter

Village of Gouverneur Police Chief Laurina Greenhill provided the Gouverneur Tribune Press the following account of recent activities by the Gouverneur Police Department:
Donald M. Lazarus, 63, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Saturday, March 3, 10:39 p.m. at 67 Prospect St. and charged with two counts petit larceny following a police investigation into two separate shoplifting incidences that occurred at Kinney Drugs on February 26th & 27th, 2018. On each occasion he is alleged to have stolen a clutch bag worth $10.79 concealed it on his person and left the store without rendering payment. Subject was released on appearance tickets returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court.
Ricardo M. Smith, 20, Buffalo, NY, charged on Saturday, March 3, 5:07 p.m. for speed in zone (66/30) on W. Main St. Subject was issued a traffic summons returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court.
Corey C. Cyrus, 19, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Sunday, March 4, 1:45 p.m. at 21 Sterling St. and charged with criminal contempt 2nd degree and unlawful possession of marijuana following a domestic complaint. Investigation revealed Cyrus disobeyed a court order of protection by going to the protected party’s residence knowing that he was required to stay away. He was also found in possession of marijuana. He was arraigned at the Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Stan Young and released on his own recognizance.
Richard L. Cyrus, 25, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Wednesday, March 7, 3:03 p.m. at 41 William St. and charged with assault 2nd degree. Cyrus is alleged to have struck his brother, Corey C. Cyrus, 19, same address, in the face with a metal rod causing physical injury during a physical fight over a video game at 41 William Street. Defendant was arraigned at the Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Travis Dann and remanded to the SLCCF on $500 cash bail/$1000 bond. Co-defendant, Corey C. Cyrus, was charged with assault 2nd degree on March 8, 2018.
Corey C. Cyrus, 19, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Thursday, March 8, 4:35 p.m. at 41 William St. and charged with assault 2nd degree following investigation of a March 7th, 2018 domestic incident. Cyrus is alleged to have struck his brother, Richard L. Cyrus, 25, same address, with a 4 foot 6 inch long skateboard grinding pipe causing severe contusions during a physical fight over a video game at 41 William Street. Defendant was arraigned at the Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Travis Dann and remanded at the SLCCF on $500 cash bail/$1000 bond. Co-defendant, Richard L. Cyrus, was previously charged with assault 2nd degree on March 7, 2018 in connection with the incident.
Jonathan M. Blair, 36, Gouverneur, NY, charged on Monday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Gouverneur Police Department with speed not reasonable, leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident and aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree following investigation of a hit and run property damage incident on Sterling St. that occurred at approximately 4 am. Blair is alleged to have been operating a 2006 Pontiac when he lost control and drove onto the lawn of 6 Sterling St. and struck a fence and then left the scene. He was issued traffic summonses returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court.
A 40-year-old man in Gouverneur was put on a mental health arrest at 1:41 p.m. on Monday, March 12 on Spencer St. following a police investigation. He was transported to Claxton Hepburn Medical Center for evaluation.
Myshel D. Bisard, 24, Gouverneur, NY, charged on Thursday, March 15, 11:43 a.m. for leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident on Grove St. Defendant was issued a traffic summons returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court.
Troy D. Burns, 30, Ogdensburg, NY, arrested on Thursday, March 15, 10:30 p.m. for aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree on E. Main St. A warrant check indicated he was wanted on an arrest warrant issued to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. He was issued traffic summons returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court and turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office for further process.
Mary E. McIntosh, 50, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Friday, March 16, 2:25 p.m. at 316 W. Main St. and charged with falsely reporting an incident 3rd degree following a police investigation of a March 7th, 2018 incident. She is alleged to have placed a 911 call reporting an ongoing domestic incident involving a male punching a woman in the face at the Save-a-Lot store knowing that the incident in fact did not occur. Defendant was arraigned at the Gouverneur Town Court before Justice Travis Dann and remanded to the SLCCF on $500 cash bail/$1000 bond.
A 34-year-old man in Gouverneur was put on mental health arrest on Saturday, March 17 at 5:02 p.m. on East Main St. following a police investigation. He was transported to Claxton Hepburn Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
Heather M. Cole, 27, Gouverneur, NY, charged Saturday, March 17, 10:20 p.m. for failing to stop at stop sign on Sterling Street. Subject was issued a traffic summons returnable to Gouverneur Town court.
Jerred B. Wilson, 24, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Monday, March 19, 5:00 p.m. at 242 E. Main St. following investigation of a two car property damage motor vehicle accident in the Stewarts store parking lot. Wilson was determined to have operated a 2003 Volkswagen that struck another vehicle. He was charged with criminal possession controlled substance 7th degree, possession of hypodermic instrument, aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd degree and no inspection. Wilson was further charged with aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd degree, speed not reasonable and unsafe tires (2 counts) in connection to a personal injury motor vehicle accident that occurred on February 7, 2018 on William St. Wilson is alleged to have been operating a 2001 Toyota pickup truck south on William Street when he lost control of the vehicle due to weather conditions, unsafe tires and unsafe speed and struck a utility pole. He suffered injury and was transported to a Syracuse hospital. Investigation revealed his NYS driving privileges had been revoked. Defendant was arraigned on all charges from both incidences at the Fowler Town Court before Justice Ryan Young and remanded to the SLCCF on $2500 cash bail/$500bond.
Isaac F. Lancto, 28, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Wednesday, March 21, 11:09 a.m. at the Gouverneur PD after turning himself in to answer a bench warrant issued by Justice Stan Young alleging he failed to appear on a prior date. He was arraigned before Justice Travis Dann and remanded to the SLCCF on $500 cash bail/$1,000 bond.
Dustin A. Hitsman, 29, Gouverneur, NY, arrested on Wednesday, March 21, 4:50 p.m. at the Gouverneur PD and charged with petit larceny following investigation of a February 28, 2018 shoplifting incident at Kinney Drugs. He is alleged to have stolen Burberry Fragrance worth $26.99, 2 Gum Toothbrushes worth $4.98, sunglasses worth $19.99 and Huggies Baby Wipes worth $2.99 totaling $58.28 by concealing the products in a Kinney Drugs Bag and leaving the store without rendering payment. Hitsman was released on appearance ticket returnable to the Gouverneur Town Court.
Amy L. McGregor, 45, Hermon, NY, charged on Thursday, March 22, 1:30 p.m. at the Gouverneur PD for facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree following investigation of a property damage motor vehicle accident that occurred on March 19th, 2018 at the Stewart’s store parking lot. She is alleged to have allowed Jerrod B. Wilson, 25, of 42 Whitford Rd., Gouverneur, NY to operate her 2003 Volkswagen knowing that his NYS driving privileges had been revoked. Mr. Wilson was previously charged from the same incident.
Ryan C. Hughes, 22, Ogdensburg, NY, arrested on Thursday, March 22, 2:53 p.m. at 99 W. Main St. as he was wanted by the NYSP on an active bench warrant issued by the Norfolk Town Court for failing to appear. Hughes was transported to the Gouverneur Police Department and turned over to the New York State Police for further process.

Country Star Jimmy Charles to give concert for Gouverneur man fighting cancer battle

by Rachel Hunter
Stage IV Prostate Cancer Warrior Mark Smith of Gouverneur sat at the dining room table surrounded by family when his daughter, Jacey Lynn of Gouverneur, presented him with news of a special early Father’s Day gift: Nashville Country Recording Artist Jimmy Charles will give a private concert for Mark and all of his friends on Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Casablanca Restaurant, Gouverneur.
Jimmy Charles is a soulful, genuine and passion-filled Country Singer and Songwriter that brings unparalleled energy to all his performances.  Jimmy has had an impressive beginning to his professional career as a Season 9 contestant on "American Idol" and also was named in the Top 50 on the show "Nashville Star." On September 1, 2015, Jimmy’s song and Music Video “Superman” was Premiered World Wide with CMT and was also Broadcast Nationally on GAC, Zuus TV and Heartland! The Video Trended #1 on for 2 days and in the top 5 for a week. On the Premiere Date Jimmy was in the Top 5 searched artists in the world next to the likes of Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan. Charles penned the song, “Superman,” in honor of prostate cancer patients and survivors – and the song has had a big impact on Mark’s life, encouraging him in his battle against prostate cancer.
In a recent interview, Jimmy Charles explained the story behind the song as follows:
“I’ve done a lot of charity work over the years,” he said. “I was at Chesapeake Urology Center in Baltimore and they work with ZERO, who are tied to thirty-seven prostate centers across the country. In Baltimore they knew me, watched my career and asked me to come back to perform at one of their [ZERO's] events. I did it, then they called me back and asked if it was possible to write a song to raise awareness for men to get their prostate checked.
“It was a very awkward question and I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but I wrapped myself around it. I read as much as I could and spoke with a man, Phil Shulka, who was a Stage 3 Gleason 10 survivor. He wasn’t supposed to make it. He wasn’t given much hope, but he battled through and he won. Now he is a mentor at Chesapeake Urology where he goes to bedsides and helps other men with cancer.
“We brought him to Nashville, set up in a writer’s room with myself and my friend Goose Gossett and we just listened to his stories for over an hour. It was an emotional experience, and when he finished we went to work and we came up with this song. As soon as we were done we knew we had a hit on our hands. We sent an acoustic version from the writer’s room to Chesapeake and they called us back crying. We recorded it and I sang it in front of 3,000 survivors and their families at one of their races, after which, everyone was coming up to me, hugging and thanking me.
“ZERO then asked me to be their national spokesman in the coming year and I said yes, but wanted the song to have a video because I knew the world needed to hear this song. It’s a song for prostate cancer, but not just for prostate cancer—it’s for anyone who has been affected by cancer, which is everyone. They agreed, we and we put a video together.
“Prostate cancer doesn’t show symptoms and when it does, it’s too late. A lot of men think they’re healthy; they don’t go to the doctor to get checked or tell anyone they have prostate cancer. So the song acknowledges that men can feel strong like superman, but there is something that can kill you, it’s a matter of life or death and it’s not just about you.
“Some men suffer alone, and don’t even tell their families. We don’t want them to feel like have to hide or be alone. It’s nice for me as a younger man to be the voice for these men and bring awareness to it. It’s incredible to believe that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and every nineteen minutes in the U.S. a man dies from it, which is more than breast cancer. Women have a great, strong voice and it’s more fun to talk about saving the tatas than it is to talk about the prostate, but you never hear about it.”
This year Jimmy was named an Official Spokesperson for Zero Cancer and has been flying out to major cities across the country speaking and performing at their benefit races in front of thousands of survivors, their families and those battling.  They have adopted "Superman" as their "Anthem".
Jimmy Charles’ style is best described as "Country, a lil' Rock & Roll and Whole Lotta Soul." Whether he is playing some of his favorite Country, Classic Rock covers or playing one of his own compositions, Jimmy is a mesmerizing entertainer with amazing stage presence and personality, keeping his audience on the edge of their seats or dancing in the aisles.

Benefit to be held at VFW on Jan. 27 for local man Todd Sears Sr.

by Jessyca Cardinell

A benefit for local Richville man Todd Sears Sr., will be held January 27 at the Gouverneur VFW starting at 4p.m.

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Mr. Sears was diagnosed with kidney failure on October 28, 2016 leaving his family feeling devastated at the news.
As Mr. Sears was in search of a kidney for a kidney transplant, three amazing women stepped forward to be tested to see if they would be a match and able to provide the life saving kidney. Todd's wife Tammy and friends of the family Cindy Ferry and Melissa Byrns Hall.
“We were so amazed and appreciative that these two women were willing to be a donor for Todd, it truly means the world,” said Tammy, who stated she would do anything for her husband.
All three women went to Syracuse together for the extensive testing and Mr. Sears will be receiving a kidney from family friend Melissa Byrns Hall, who proved to be the best match.
“Her generosity is outstanding. We are so thankful for her doing this. Anyone and everyone should become a donor if they can. It is a really awesome gift to be able to give someone.” said Mrs. Sears.
While there is a donor with a good kidney waiting to help Mr. Sears, the transplant has not gone so smoothly.
“It's been really hard on Todd and on everyone really, as well as stressful. His transplant has been canceled three times now due to various reasons including insurance, a pneumonia diagnosis and high heart rate which put him at risk of stroke or heart attack.” said Todd's wife Tammy Sears, who stated the latest date for the transplant is to be February 6.
When it comes to the community's response Mrs. Sears stated how great everyone has been, including her Cives Steel coworkers.
“My work has truly been wonderful, I've had to take so much time off and you couldn't ask for a better group of guys. They really care and are always asking how Todd is doing.” said Mrs. Sears.
She stated Todd's mother has been a huge help, along with many friends and family members. Todd and Tammy especially wanted to thank their children Tasha Bogrette and Todd Sears Jr. and his wife Shawna, along with Nancy Carpenter, Tanya Sears, Sally Sears, Jen Shippee, Lila Youngs and Mike Yette. These are some of the contributors who drove around asking for donations for Todd.
The Sears' have enjoyed a great help from their grandsons Ayden and Ashten Sears and Hentry Bogrette, who contributed in many areas including helping to keep the driveway shoveled
The benefit held at the VFW will be put on by the Richville Ladies Auxiliary and the pork roast dinner from 4-6p.m. by the Richville Firemen, including Chief Mark Shippee, who's put in a great effort in helping. There will be a variety of raffles and a silent auction. Common Ground will be the featured band of the evening starting at 7p.m.
The benefit will help pay for the extensive amount of travel Mr. Sears and his family must undergo for doctor's appointments to the Renal Center in Syracuse.
“If everything goes well with the surgery we will be going to Syracuse at least twice a week. If anything doesn't go well it could be more time or even staying in Syracuse. After awhile we will have to go once a week, then once a month and after a lengthy period every six months.” said Mrs. Sears.
Through all the hard times, the Sears family has proven to be strong and bonded together.
“Todd has been told he's all done working now, at age 50, that's very hard on him. What gets us through and keeps us going is our love for each other. I would do anything for Todd. We've been married thirty-two years now and this is the hardest thing we've had to deal with. Another big part in getting through this is our kids, their spouses and our grandchildren. We were close to begin with but we are closer than ever now.” said Mrs. Sears, of this emotionally and physically challenging time.
Best of luck to Mr. Sears as he goes for what will hopefully be his kidney transplant on February 6 at Upstate Transplant in Syracuse.


Funeral services for Trustee Nelson Lawrence Thursday

The Village of Gouverneur office and department of public works will close on Thursday at 1:30 a.m. so that officials and staff can attend the funeral service of their beloved colleague Trustee Nelson Lawrence.
Nelson's obituary is published below:

Nelson Lawrence
Nelson Lawrence of Gouverneur, NY lost his 10-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer on January 13th, 2018 at his home in the loving arms of his wife, Donna and daughter, Lisa while surrounded by his family.
Calling hours will be held at Greens Funeral Home, 33 Park St., Gouverneur, NY on Wednesday, January 17 from 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm. Memorial mass will be held on Thursday, January 18 at St. James Catholic Church, 164 East Main St. Gouverneur, NY. at 11 a.m.
Nelson was born on September 28th, 1936 in Syracuse, NY to Clinton and Olga Lawrence. In 1946, his family moved to the Star Lake area where his parents bought and ran The Benson Mines Hotel. He graduated from Clifton Fine Central School in Star Lake, NY.
He joined The US Army in 1960 and was stationed for two years in Germany where he spent his Saturday mornings showing the children in his neighborhood U.S. cartoons and became known as “The Movie Man”.
In 2000, Nelson and his wife Donna started what is known today as The Lawrence Manor B&B and Motel at 214 East Main Street Gouverneur, NY.  His mornings were filled with preparing breakfasts, sharing stories, and telling tall tales with the many guests that filled the breakfast room. When his wife Donna was asked during an interview at one time, what she would contribute the success of The Lawrence Manor compared to other B&B’s, her answer simply was “No other B&B has a Nelson”. In 2001, he retired from Viking Cives of Harrisville as a sales manager of 33 years.
Besides his wife of 26 years, Donna, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa Bango, of Harrisville, NY, his stepchildren, Amy Jo McIntyre of Rossie, Eddie Dowling of Star Lake, and his niece/ daughter, Courtney (Luke) Weldon of Dallas, GA. Granddaughters, Megan (Matt) Brown of Fowler, NY, Jonnilyn and Jamie McIntyre of Rossie, Eddie (Peanut) Dowling III of Star Lake, NY, as well as Mattis and Finnegan Weldon of Dallas, GA and great granddaughter, Mattie Clare Brown.
His sister, Patricia Langevin, Sylvia Lake  and sister-in-law, Delores (Tootie) Lawrence of Ocala, FL along with his mother-in-law Alberta Jenks of North East, PA also survives him.  
He is predeceased by his parents, Clinton and Olga Lawrence, sister, Rita, brother, Chuck, brother- in -law and nephew, Frank and Greg Langevin and his father-in-law Michael Jenks
At the time of his death, he was serving his second term as a Trustee of the Village of Gouverneur Board. He is a past board member of the Gouverneur Country Club and also was a member of the Gouverneur Lions Club.  
Besides his love of traveling with his wife, Donna, and spending time with his best friends, his hobbies included golfing and boating on the St. Lawrence River but his biggest joy of all was being called “Dah” by his grandchildren.
His beautiful smile, twinkling eyes and friendly personality only meant, to know him was to love him and you would have a forever friend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gouverneur Community Center in memory of Trustee Nelson Lawrence, earmarked for a special fund that was dear to his heart. Donations can be sent to the Village of Gouverneur, 33 Clinton Street, in care of Barbara Finnie.

Cranberry Lake First Strike Ice Fishing Derby is Jan. 27

Sponsored by the Cranberry Lake Vol. Fire Department the 2018 “First Strike” Cranberry Lake Ice Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday January 27th, 2018. The tournament is in its 9th year. The tournament runs from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Known for its legendary fishing, Cranberry Lake is the third largest lake in the Adirondacks and one of the most popular fishing destinations, both summer and winter.
According to Derby Chairperson, Karen Soltau, “The extraordinary fishing, along with generous prizes have made this one the most memorable ice fishing tournaments in the northeast. Once again, we look forward to welcoming fisherman from all over the North Country, surrounding states & Canada. It’s always a remarkable day and lots of fun for the whole family”.
Due to the size of the tournament, Soltau strongly recommends early registration by mail. Pike Entry fee is $35.00 for Adults and kids and $10.00 for kids Perch Derby (12 and under) if registered by January 12th, 2018. Registrations postmarked by January 12th are eligible for a drawing for a $250.00 Gift Card from Bass Pro Shop. Entry fee after January 12th, 2018 will be $40.00
Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st – 5th place for the children’s (12 and under) perch derby. Every child who enters will receive a prize.
In the adult category hourly cash prizes will be to 1st – 3rd place. In addition to cash prizes, dozens of door prizes will be awarded. Up to $10,000 in total cash and prizes will awarded.
New for 2018: Mystery Weight Prize- Winners will be determined by the closest to the mystery weight, without going over predetermined weight. Prized denominations are $1000.00, $500.00, $250.00 and $250.00.
Registration forms and derby rules are available at or email
Updates are available on Facebook at

How to keep safe during extreme cold

With frigid temperatures and snow fall continuing across many parts of the state this weekend and into next week, propane consumers need take a few important steps to stay safe and warm. The New York Propane Gas Association says homes and business that use propane to generate heat or run appliances should make sure to take the following steps:  
Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vents. Use a broom rather than a shovel, and clear these areas frequently to reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. If pipes freeze and crack, gas can leak out and cause potential danger.
Check your propane tank, chimneys, flue pipes and vent connectors for damage, blockage, or debris caused by snow or ice. Do not attempt repairs yourself. Call your propane dealer for assistance.
Keep path to propane tanks clear as winter progresses. Ensure that there is always a clear path to your tank for deliveries, including your filler pipe. And be sure to notify any snow plow drivers or contractors of your propane tank location.
Use extreme caution when operating portable generators. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business, follow these instructions:
No flames or sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate or turn on or off lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.
Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
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Assemblywoman Jenne introduces bill to protect Fort Drum training operations from wind farm development

Assemblywoman Jenne introduces bill to protect Fort Drum training operations from wind farm development

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, has introduced legislation that would prohibit the state from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could impact the military's training needs at Fort Drum.
“'The legislation that was finalized on Friday comes after of months of research on an issue that is critically important to Fort Drum's long-term viability." the assemblywoman said.
"It is the product of several briefings I've had at Fort Drum, with several military officials responsible for different aspects of training and operation. I've also discussed the issue with state and local officials, including representatives from the Development Authority of the North Country," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
She pointed out that her position is a result of being a North Country resident who has called the area surrounding Fort Drum home her entire life.
Assemblywoman Jenne said her position also reflects the knowledge that comes from serving on the state Assembly's Energy Committee since first being elected to the state Legislature.
The legislation calls for the state to not provide subsidies for the construction or operation of wind operations within 10 miles of the Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum, 10 miles of the Doppler radar weather station on Tug Hill, 5 miles of the airspace controlled by the Fort Drum air traffic control tower and 5 miles of the area currently used for live fire drills.
State funding for wind projects would also be temporarily be prohibited in an area currently used for low-level flight training.
The triangle would run northeast from Fort Drum north along Route 11 to Route 56, southeast on Route 56 along the border of the Adirondack State Park back to Route 3 and then west back to Fort Drum.
Assemblywoman Jenne, a long-time proponent of renewable energy, said approximately 10 new wind farms have been proposed or are under construction around Fort Drum and their impact on training operations, which translates to troop readiness and future mission readiness, cannot be ignored.
"I continue to have grave concerns that the installation could be negatively impacted if neighboring wind turbine projects hamper its ability to operate efficiently and effectively," she stressed.
"We currently allocate state funding to protect Fort Drum from encroachment. This legislation offers a balanced approach to level the playing field and place our national security interests over one form of alternative energy," according to the assemblywoman.
"It provides a fix to the inconsistent practice of our state government paying property owners to limit development around Fort Drum while at the same time offering subsidies to wind energy developers to do just that," Assemblywoman Jenne added.
"It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to be using state dollars to offer subsidies to wind energy developers that are working on projects that could have a negative impact on Fort Drum's training needs. We are using state funds to both build and to prevent wind farms. It's crazy," she said.
"This legislation is aimed at providing certainty for training and operations capability in the short term and gives energy developers time to step back and review potential steps that could be taken to mitigate the negative impact the wind turbines have on the weather station and on the safety of military personnel using the airspace around Fort Drum," Assemblywoman Jenne said.
"The North Country is a major producer of alternative energy in New York State, and it is already going to be a few years before improvements are made to our transmission facilities so we can effectively and efficiently move the power generated at these potential projects and other proposed energy developments throughout the state," she said.
"It is my belief that this legislation would give Fort Drum officials the time and space they need to fully determine proposed projects that are compatible with their training needs," Assemblywoman Jenne pointed out.
This legislation is attached to funding to ensure more leverage is given to the military training readiness needs of our soldiers training at the fort," she added.
"The state's Public Service Commission created a new financial incentive program that has essentially ignited a gold rush of wind development. The North Country has ideal wind patterns, so we're experiencing the brunt of the development rush. I'm very concerned about the potential impact of just under a dozen new wind farms currently in various stages of the regulatory process ringing Fort Drum and Montague," Assemblywoman Jenne stressed.
"This legislation is necessary because the process for siting wind developments at the state level doesn’t take into consideration other major competing interests that should have a higher priority over wind power generation. This legislation would place the current needs of Fort Drum on equal footing with those of wind developers," the assemblywoman said.
Fort Drum, home of the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division, is the preeminent military installation in the Northeast, providing unparalleled training opportunities and community engagement.
The installation includes troop quarters, the Wheeler­Sack Army Airfield, and the 78,000-acre training area utilized by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and National Guard. Taking advantage of its relatively remote location, troops stationed at Fort Drum have access to a wide variety of terrains, including urban combat simulations, vehicle maneuver training, live and simulated weapons firing, aerial gunnery and bombing, and team situational training exercises in a four-season climate.
As part of the installation’s mission readiness, radar is relied upon to predict weather patterns and provide real-time conditions, direct flights and simulate air-­to­-air combat scenarios, which reflect increasingly possible missions in a global environment.
Maintaining the integrity of the installation’s radar assets is of critical importance, and this legislation would help ensure large-scale wind energy developments don’t impede training operations.
With two currently operational wind energy developments inside the installation’s radar viewshed, - a radar tower at the Wheeler ­Sack Army Airfield - and the Doppler radar tower in Montague, and eight permitted or proposed developments in progress, it is it’s clear that current siting regulations and processes at the state and federal level are not providing a sufficient buffer around the installation and radar facilities. In particular, the impact of several proposed wind projects will significantly degrade the data from the Doppler radar facility. With a 15-year sunset provision, the legislation would enable the military to count on the installation's viability to provide quality training to soldiers that can be rapidly deployed as national security needs dictate and allow time for technological leaps and investments that could allow for co-­location of energy developments around Fort Drum in the future.

Stefanik Applauds President Trump’s Order on Rural Broadband

Stefanik Applauds President Trump’s Order on Rural Broadband

On Tuesday, January 9, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement applauding President Trump’s executive order to “use all viable tools” to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable and reliable broadband connectivity in rural America.
“As a Member of the Rural Broadband Caucus and the proud representative of New York’s 21st District, I commend the President for making rural broadband a priority,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Increasing access to rural broadband is a major priority for our region that will help grow our economy and increase access to educational opportunities. Specifically, I know increasing access to broadband internet for our farmers will help them bring their operations into the 21st Century. In Congress, I have been pleased to lead on two major legislative initiatives to increase access to rural broadband and I look forward to partnering with the Trump Administration on this important effort.”

Route 58 accident

Gouverneur Fire and Rescue on Aug. 4 responded to a two-vehicle accident with entrapment in the area of BOCES -Southwest Tech on State Route 58 in the Town of Fowler.

Twenty-three members arrived on scene, reporting one person located in the driver’s seat, entrapped in a small SUV. Crews worked to remove the driver side front door so EMS workers could access the patient.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 15 charged Roland Wood of Edwards with Driving While Intoxicated and Failure To Keep Right following an investigation of the personal injury motor vehicle accident.
Wood was issued appearance tickets and is to appear in the Fowler Town Court at a later date.


 The Gouverneur Tribune Press extends its gratitude to the Gouverneur Fire Department for these photos from the Route 58 accident, first published on their Facebook page on Aug. 4. (photos provided)

The Gouverneur Tribune Press extends its gratitude to the Gouverneur Fire Department for these photos from the Route 58 accident, first published on their Facebook page on Aug. 4. (photos provided)