Local News

County asking state to fix roads

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Kinowski will be sending a letter to the state Department of Transportation asking it to address state road conditions throughout the county. County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said this week that the ...

August is busier than usual

Everyone at your chamber is always busy, but August always seems busier than most months. Our tourism staff is busy facilitating many of the region’s summer events. Now is also the time that they are already planning for next year’s marketing and advertising for our region. Also, the ...

Alex, Justin and Jeremy Vickery practicing at Pine Tree Rifle Club as a family. (Photo courtesy of Stephen George)

Think archery season … now

The kids will be back in school soon, the air will cool, maybe some frost will nip the garden, and all these things signal the coming hunting season. It’s hard to believe, bu, the early archery season will soon be here. With only a couple months before the New York archery season opens, now ...

Military veteran members of the Johnstown High School Class of 1967 pose after a ceremony Friday at Knox Field. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Honoring our local veterans

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown School Class of 1967 honored its more than 30 military veteran classmates during a special ceremony Friday at Knox Field. Class members got together for some 50th reunion laughs and fun, taking in the Johnstown School Museum Friday afternoon and the Johnstown Block ...

Two local agencies get grants

ALBANY — Two Fulton County law enforcement agencies have been awarded funds for new fingerprinting equipment. The state Division of Criminal Justice Services announced Thursday that the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $20,000 and Gloversville City Police was awarded $10,000. ...

Dog owner pleads not guilty

JOHNSTOWN — Bentley Valdez, the former owner of 22 French mastiffs seized by New York state police April 5, appeared in Fulton County Supreme Court Friday on charges of animal cruelty and failure to provide sustenance. Valdez, who is now represented by Johnstown-based attorney Allen Day, ...

Court removal part of project

GLOVERSVILLE — The removal of the tennis courts at Boulevard Elementary School, track and field at Park Terrace Elementary are part of a Capital Project approved by voters in 2015. The $37.8 million capital project was approved by voters in November 2015 by a 450-123 vote. The district ...

This former house at 159 E. State St., Johnstown, seen Thursday - now owned by the city - may be razed by the Fulton County Demolition Team. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

City asks county demolition team to raze blighted house

JOHNSTOWN — The city requested the Fulton County Demolition Team take down one of its unsafe buildings — a rare request involving the razing of a Johnstown building. Many of the team’s efforts have often involved demolishing buildings in the county’s other city, Gloversville. But the ...

Getting Fulton County noticed

GLOVERSVILLE —Fulton County has sent out its first e-newsletters. Fulton County Planning Director Jim Mraz told the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Board of Directors that day that an email blast went out July 28 to 425 builders, developers and realtors within a two hour driving ...

Kids cool off in the spray from a Gloversville Fire Department firetruck during 2016’s Rail Fest. (Eric Retzlaff)

Rail Fest set for Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — Rail Fest will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Trail Station Park at the intersection of West Fulton Street and Frontage Road. The 13th annual event will feature live musical performances all day. A cruise-in car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of ...

State Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, shakes hands with guests at the Fulton County Office for Aging's 30th Annual Senior Picnic Thursday at the Concordia Club in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Annual senior picnic sees large turnout

GLOVERSVILLE —For 30 years, hundreds of area residents have met on a summer day in Fulton County to share in something special. As life slows down for them in their older years, they take time to attend the Fulton County Office for Aging’s annual Senior Picnic, for which attendance has ...

Children need to be immunized for school

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your children for school is to get them vaccinated against serious childhood diseases like measles or whooping cough, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Public Health Department. Children of every age need to have their ...

Children and grandchildren of city of Gloversville employees pose on the Littauer Momument on Wednesday.  (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Kids tag along to work in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — City Hall became a learning ground for 20 children on Wednesday as city employees took part in the first Take Your Child to Work Day. The youngsters were on hand during the work day to celebrate the first of what city officials hope will be an annual event. The children ...

City sewer line repairs hit snag

GLOVERSVILLE — The completion of the city’s project to replace a 1,200-foot section of sewer line from East Pine Street to River Street will likely be delayed until mid- September. “Due to the rain and the fact that they found petroleum and arsenic while digging and trying to repair ...

Amsterdam awarded $920K grant for sewer fix

AMSTERDAM — The city of Amsterdam has been awarded a $920,000 state grant to address two ongoing water and sewer infrastructure problems, while other sewer leaks in the city persist. The grant was announced Tuesday by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam. In a news release ...

Helen Caloir director of the state Housing Stabilization Fund at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President and CEO Ronald Peters, Assistant Commissioner for the Buffalo Regional Office Upstate Director for Capital Development Leonard Skrill, Fifth Ward Supervisor Greg Young, Second Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds, Mayor Dayton King, Sixth Ward Supervisor Wrandy Siarkowski and Jessica Scialdo, President/Chair of the Board at Liberty affordable Housing breakground at the Estee Senior Housing Complex on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Groundbreaking held for senior housing

GLOVERSVILLE — The look of downtown will be changing again as construction work will get underway for the Estee Senior Housing complex at the corner of Prospect Avenue and North Main Street. On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the planned Estee Senior Housing. The new ...

Library closed due to flooding

FONDA — Frothingham Free Library officials say the don’t know how long it will take to repair the water damage from flooding discovered last week, but they’re glad the damage wasn’t worse. “The whole entire library is basically one big room and there was water from end to end,” ...

Giardino eyes joint investigation agreement

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino is seeking an agreement with the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office to do joint “general” investigations in the future. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee on Monday supported the sheriff’s effort, which will be put ...

Three rescued from Canjo creek

GLOVERSVILLE —Three people had to be rescued from rising waters in the Canajoharie Creek Wednesday according to village police. According to officers, at around 7:30 p.m. they were called to Wintergreen Park for a report of three people trapped in the Canajoharie Creek by rising water ...

Cost a concern with new state ‘Raise the Age’ law

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Probation Department Director Cynthia Licciardi isn’t sure what the impact of the state’s new Raise the Age legislation will have on her county, but she’s pretty sure cost will be an impact. “We haven’t gotten any direction on that,” she said ...