Local News

Common Council chooses new mayor

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council appointed Councilman-at-Large Vincent DeSantis mayor of the city on Thursday, roughly 24 hours after the resignation of Dayton King. King accepted a plea agreement in City Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to official misconduct, a misdemeanor, for using ...

District looks at annual budget

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education on Thursday night said it is working on final capital project figures while the district prepares for upcoming district budget discussions. The board discussed the possibility of 2019-20 budget workshops for: Feb. 7, Feb. ...

Impact of new law still unknown

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County continues to keep a close eye on the state’s new Raise the Age Law, but one official said a truer impact may be felt later when older offenders are affected this fall. The law went into effect last Oct. 1, starting with 16-year-olds, and has had a minimal impact ...

Security, students focus of GESD board

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District is looking to make improvements to building security and the use of information technology through the creation of two new positions. The GESD Board of Education on Monday approved the creation of the position of director of ...

Woman charged with animal abuse

AMSTERDAM — A woman has been charged with animal cruelty one year after several dogs were found living in poor conditions in a vacant residence in the city. Lesley L. Schenck, 40, of 46 Reid St., was arrested by Amsterdam police on Dec. 27 and charged with cruelty to animals and unsanitary ...

Officer position still on hold

JOHNSTOWN —The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department’s federal efforts to obtain a school resource officer for area schools is still on hold since last summer, but the department may pursue a different option. Sheriff Richard Giardino said on Thursday that instead of continuing to seek the ...

Planning Board looks at ways to reinforce building

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board on Tuesday considered methods to reinforce an existing building on Harrison Street where a self storage business is proposed. Fourth Ward Councilman Steven Smith of Smith Engineering and Architect appeared before the planning board on Tuesday to present ...

Weather could delay building rehab

JOHNSTOWN — Resumption of the Fulton County Office Building renovation project is contingent upon cooperative weather, but a planning official said that realistically it may have to wait until spring. County officials announced in November that part one of the $500,000 project was complete. ...

Gloversville BID moving toward dissolution

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Downtown Business Improvement District Board of Directors held a pair of meetings this week to allow BID property owners and members of the public the opportunity to discuss the possible dissolution of the organization that is being put to a vote this month, ...

Caroga sets attorney, pay, and newspaper at meeting

CAROGA — After a small debate on which law firm would represent the town for the coming year, the town set its goals Wednesday for 2019, and opted to go with a smaller, local firm. “[Our goals are] to work together on issues that can move the town forward and address the needs of the town ...

Johnstown Common Council gets 2019 business in order

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night conducted its 2019 organizational meeting, a mix of annual resolutions and city property sale measures. The council met at City Hall and passed a resolution stating that rules and regulations covering proceedings of the council for 2019 will be ...

St. Johnsville looks toward the future

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The high school auditorium was filled with residents, business owners and local officials frustrated by seeing their community turn into a seeming ghost town at a meeting with representatives of the local and regional chambers of commerce on Wednesday. With businesses ...

Fulton County probation considering moving

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Probation Department may be moving across East Fulton Street to a different building in February. Probation Director Cynthia Licciardi said Tuesday that she conferred with the county Highway and Facilities Department about the move. Her department would be ...

Montgomery County gets a $100K grant for a new brewery

NELLISTON — Montgomery County was awarded $100,000 through New York state’s Department of Agriculture’s Regional Economic Development Council for a new microbrewery. The funds will go towards funding for the Eisenadler Brauhaus. The company will produce handcrafted microbrews, with a ...

Iraq veteran to be guest speaker at Saturday Sportsmen’s event

BROADALBIN — A veteran of the war in Iraq who organizes hunting and fishing expeditions for wounded warriors and other veterans will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Sacandaga Sportsmen’s Day. The event will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sacandaga Bible ...

Six charged in Amsterdam drug raid

AMSTERDAM — Six people are facing felony drug charges following a drug raid at an apartment in the city Wednesday. According to a news release from the Amsterdam Police Department, the search warrant was executed at 5 p.m. at 9 Bayard St., Apt. 2, following a three-month investigation into ...

Dayton King to resign as mayor

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Dayton King accepted a plea agreement today in City Court, pleading guilty to official misconduct, a misdemeanor, and resigning from office by 5 p.m. King, 40, was taken into custody by state police on Nov. 14 and charged with felony first-degree falsifying business ...

Montgomery County leaders chosen

FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature held its organizational meeting on Tuesday during which legislators elected the chairman and deputy chairman for 2019. District 4 Legislator Robert Headwell was elected as chairman for a second year in a row with the annual salary of $15,000. Last ...

New details set on Palatine Dairy plant move

JOHNSTOWN — More details were released about Palatine Dairy’s project to move into the vacant Spray Nine building and operate a cheese manufacturing operation, among other planned business at the Planning Board’s meeting Tuesday. Justin Battisti, plant manager of Palatine Dairy LLC’s ...

Miss Fulton County and Miss Montgomery County competition slated

GLOVERSVILLE — The Miss Fulton County & Miss Montgomery County Scholarship Program will be holding its annual competition at the Gloversville Middle School on Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Again this year, the board will be awarding two crowns, Miss Fulton County 2019 and Miss Montgomery County ...