99 NEWS HEADLINES FOR MONDAY, 10/11/10
RITCHIE: STATE GOVERNMENT CAN DO BETTER THAN N-C-P-A--48th State Senate District Candidate Patty Ritchie told 99 News Friday she's all for anything that will create jobs, but reducing taxes will do a better job than having municipal power. Governor Paterson signed legislation recently creating a public utility for 24 towns and villages in St.Lawrence and Franklin Counties. Ritchie is running against Democratic incumbent Darrel Aubertine, the main carrier of the legislation his his house. Supporters of the North Country Power Authority say the cost of energy is one of, if not the main stumbling block to economic development and job creation in the region.
FELONY DWI FOR POTSDAM MAN UNDER 'LEANDRA'S LAW'--Village Police picked up 35-year-old Tobias Smith Sunday on the new felony DWI charge, after he allegedly drove to a tavern drunk with a 4-year-old in the vehicle. Smith allegedly had a BAC of .16%. He was arraigned and jailed on $1500 cash bail or $2000 bail bond.
POTSDAM MAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED DWI AFTER COLLISION IN PARKING LOT--Village Police say 34-year-old Edward Keleher allegedly drove his vehicle into another Friday night, and left the scene. A later check of his BAC revealed an alleged .23 percent, nearly 3 times the legal limit. Keleher was released on court appearance tickets.
TRAFFIC IMPACT OF PROPOSED OFFICE BUILDING DISCUSSED--The number of trips by vehicles on Lawrence Avenue was discussed last week as part of a discussion by Potsdam Village Planners, developer Jim Sheehan and architect Brooks Washburn. Terra Development, Sheehan's company wants to build new offices for New York State United Teachers. It was noted the union has only a handful of employees, but traffic picks up for conferences and meetings held when school is not in session. The building would be across from Lawrence Ave. Elementary and AA Kingston Middle School. The impact of NYSUT was estimated at 30 trips a day, while a fully-developed 59 Lawrence Avenue property could generate up to 300 trips a day.