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Jeff Smith easily wins Montgomery County sheriff position

FONDA — Jeff Smith, Republican candidate for Montgomery County sheriff, handily defeated his opponent, Democratic candidate Jim Glorioso. Unofficial results show that Smith won by 10,826 votes to 3,589. “I’m feeling super excited, honored, thankful. Many people worked very hard on ...

Elise Stefanik keeps seat in Congress

JOHNSTOWN — Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Tuesday was easily returned to Congress for a third, two-year term, beating Democratic Canton civic leader Tedra Cobb by 15 percentage points. With 551 of 556 precincts reporting, the state Board of Elections reported that Stefanik was ...

Student’s slime wish is granted

GLOVERSVILLE — A typical fourth-grade assembly at Boulevard Elementary School became a little more special — and a lot messier — when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted 10-year-old Pyper Ferris’ wish on Monday. Officials from Make-A-Wish Northeast New York were on hand at Boulevard on ...

County looks to upgrade the airport

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is looking to sign a grant agreement with the state Department of Transportation for projects earmarked for the County Airport. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee authorized the board chairman to execute a grant agreement with DOT for both the ...

Johnstown board approves its budget

JOHNSTOWN — The town passed its 2019 budget of $3.5 million at the meeting held on Monday. The town’s total tax rate remains at 2.64 per 1,000 with the general fund at 1.03 per 1,000 and the highway fund at 1.61 per 1,000. “Everyone in the town ... has worked hard this past year to ...

Library reopens for the public

GLOVERSVILLE — Years of planning, fundraising and gathering community input came to fruition on Monday when the Gloversville Public Library reopened at 58 E. Fulton St. following the location’s temporary 18-month closure while the building underwent extensive renovations. The library ...

Distinguished FM alumni award dinner held

JOHNSTOWN — The Foundation of Fulton-Montgomery Community College honored three former graduates for their lifetime of achievement during the 12th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner at the Holiday Inn on Thursday. “I’m very excited to be introducing this year’s award winners. ...

Two teens steal car, crash

CANAJOHARIE — Two juveniles younger than 15 were arrested on Thursday following a short pursuit with state police. The two males were charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony. According to a press release, an erratic vehicle was seen on I-90 in ...

CRG CEO: County lacks large economic development sites

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County Center for Regional Growth executive told Fulton County officials Wednesday that the county has a shortage of economic development sites, particularly larger ones that are in demand. That synopsis was provided by CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters to the Board ...

County gives $87K in contracts

JOHNSTOWN — Over $87,000 in Fulton County Youth Bureau contracts for 2019 were approved by the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee last week. The committee voted at the County Office Building to propose allocating $87,349 in state funding to several agencies dealing with youth ...

Pulling together for Dan Licardo

GLOVERSVILLE — A former city resident who served as a U.S. Navy Special Operations member has received an outpouring of support locally and across the country after he was severely injured in a single car accident on Labor Day. Daniel Licardo grew up in the city and graduated from ...

Fulton County DA will need more services

JOHNSTOWN —Fulton County’s top prosecutorial office will need more investigative services next year. Proposed 2019 Fulton County District Attorney’s Office contracts were reviewed by supervisors last week, including one increasing hours for an investigator. District Attorney Chad ...

Rocking to the Santa Claus rock

AMSTERDAM — For Charlene McNamara of Tribes Hill, the music Saturday was perfect for her. “I was born to dance to the Oldies,” she said during the Rocking with Santa celebration at the Horace J. Inman Senior Center. She was not alone. People were not hesitant to move with the music or ...

Annual 5K run slated

AMSTERDAM — The fourth annual Thanks4Giving 5kRun/1.5K walk to benefit Dr. Tom Catena’s mission work at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, Africa, will be held at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, at Shuttleworth Park, 65 Crescent Ave. Each day the Amsterdam ...

Candidates for 21st Congressional District discuss wide range of issues

GLOVERSVILLE — Major party candidates involved in Tuesday’s 21st Congressional District race imparted their views on a wide range of issues this past week during interviews at The Leader-Herald. Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of Willsboro and Democratic former St. Lawrence ...

Library hires new key staffer

JOHNSTOWN — Ahead of modification of the Johnstown Public Library’s charter to become a “school library,” the facility has hired a new key staffer. Library Director Erica Wing said the facility over two months ago created a new full-time “librarian” position to work with her, and ...

History of fight for women’s suffrage taught at Consortium

JOHNSTOWN — The movement to push for women’s right to vote came in stages, including Susan B. Anthony’s conviction for daring to vote in the 1872 presidential election. Before the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, “voting was not an appropriate thing for ...

County endorses private tower concept

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County officials on Monday endorsed the “concept” of allowing a private firm to build a cell tower on county property. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee supported a plan proposal from AT&T to site such a tower on the Woolrich Road side of the ...

Fulton County readies for ‘Raise the Age’ law

JOHNSTOWN — The state’s new Raise the Age Law was on the agenda of Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ committee sessions this week, including preliminary approval of a DSS plan and non-secure sites to take youth. So far, officials said no 16-year-old youth arrested in Fulton County ...

Search for new HFM BOCES supe on

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services has received state approval to begin searching for the next district superintendent. HFM BOCES has been awaiting approval from the state Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to commence the ...