Lewis County


Wed July 9, 2014

At least three separate tornados hit upstate New York Tuesday

Tornado damage in Smithfield, Madison County, where four people were killed.
Ellen Abbot WRVO

The National Weather Service, the official say on storm damage, has so far concluded at least three tornados touched down in central and northern New York Tuesday evening, one them traveling on a fatal path.

First to be confirmed was the deadly tornado in the Madison County town of Smithfield. It was also the most powerful, the weather service said.

Four people died there when three homes were completely leveled. The EF-2 storm packed winds above 110 miles per hour. The funnel was 235 yards wide, the weather service's Binghamton office said, and traveled 2.5 miles.

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Fri April 18, 2014

State of emergency in six counties due to weeklong flooding

Black River in Watertown Thursday.
Brian Caird

Most North Country rivers and streams appear to be cresting or starting to recede after days of rising water. 

A combination of rain and melting snow caused several rivers and creeks to flood in upstate New York, particularly in the North Country and Mohawk Valley. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a state of emergency for six New York counties this week due to flooding -- including Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

The Black River, which flows right through Watertown, was above flood stage beginning Monday and closed roads and bridges because of high water.

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Tue March 25, 2014

St. Joseph's in Syracuse collaborating with Lewis County General Hospital

St. Joseph's in Syracuse is working with the Lewis County General Hospital to increase health services to rural areas.
St. Joseph's Hospital

Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse is expanding it’s relationship with a North Country hospital. Agreements like the one between St. Joe’s and the Lewis County General Hospital could be the wave of future health care in more rural areas of New York state.

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Fri October 18, 2013
The Upstate Economy

North Country communities awarded money for brownfields

Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY.
Roy Saplin Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York state yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.

The village of Lyons Falls in Lewis County received over half a million dollars to figure out a plan for 4 sites – including the old abandoned paper mill in the center of town.

Katie Liendecker is mayor of Lyons Falls. She says the mill is in pretty bad shape.

"Looking over at the paper mill you can see how some of the buildings have just collapsed. And thank goodness from our main street we’re not looking at that."

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Mon June 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rally against NY SAFE Act draws crowd in Lewis County

Karen Bisso, a 2012 candidate for state Assembly from Plattsburgh, energized the crowd at a Lewis County rally with a rousing denunciation of New York's new gun control measures.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

People climbed up the bleachers in the grandstand at the Lewis County Fairgrounds in Lowville on Saturday for a rally opposing the New York SAFE Act. More than 400 people turned out to condemn the controversial package of gun control measures passed by the state Legislature in January.

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Wed May 15, 2013

Seven years of spinning turbines have brought windfall to Lewis County communities

The Maple Ridge Wind Farm has brought millions of dollars to local governments in Lewis County - and a big change of scenery for residents.
Credit Iberdrola Renewables

Wind farms are a touchy subject in the North Country. As the town of Cape Vincent wrestles with a potential project, in neighboring Lewis County another wind farm has been operating for seven years. The Maple Ridge Wind Farm has brought some big changes to its community.   

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Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer may play key role in Hagel nomination

New York's Senator Charles Schumer is emerging as a key player in the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the Obama administration's next defense secretary.

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Sun January 13, 2013

Schumer touts return of rural hospital funding in Lewis County

Senator Charles Schumer announces the restoration of funding for low-volume and Medicare-dependent hospitals Friday at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville.
Credit Joanna Richards

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was at Lewis County General Hospital on Friday, touting the return of funding for New York's rural hospitals. The funding had been suspended for three months by Congress, and Schumer worked with Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa to reinstate the funding as part of Congress's fiscal cliff deal.

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Mon August 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Lewis County to consider synthetic drug ban

Like many other local governments in New York responding to the bizarre behavior of people using the drugs known as “bath salts,” Lewis County is considering a ban on many of the compounds used in synthetic drugs.

The ban would outlaw bath salts and synthetic marijuana, sold under the brand names Spice and K2, among others.

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