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Hochul Signs Legislation to Name State Route 283 The ‘Colonel Michael Plummer Memorial Highway’

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.8726A/A10024-A) that will rename State Route 283 in Jefferson County after Col. (Ret.) Michael Plummer. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush. Before...

Kerosene Shortage Direct Result of Mishandled Policy

Recently in the news, we have seen there is a kerosene shortage effecting both retailers and customers. This news comes on the heels of National Grid telling its customers to brace for substantial rate hikes on their energy bills this winter, up to 39%...

Biomass Must Be Part of Our Future Energy Portfolio

In past columns, I have warned of the dangers of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and its ambitious goals at making New York a zero-emissions state. Many deadlines within the plan are not too far in the future, so not only is...

In Support of Jefferson County Resolution Protesting State’s New Gun Law

I want to thank and show my support for members of the Jefferson County Legislature who passed a resolution protesting New York’s latest round of restrictive gun laws. Back in June, Gov. Hochul rushed lawmakers back to Albany to push her latest round...

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Revisiting The Farm Labor Overtime Threshold

The Farm Laborer Wage Board is set to make a final recommendation on the overtime threshold for farm workers on Sept. 6. I want to begin by thanking all the North Country and Mohawk Valley residents who have called into the wage board, the governor and...
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Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) pictured with local town and county highway officials at a rally in Albany calling for increased funding for CHIPS program. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) pictured with General Mennes and Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) in celebration of Fort Drum Day in Albany on February 26, 2020. Blankenbush, Local Town and County Highway Officials Rally In Albany for Increased Funding for Local Infrastructure The Mohawk Valley Nine, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties, held its initial caucus meeting of the year earlier this week. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) and fellow North Country legislators to speak with Major General Walter Piatt, who is

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