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Midterm election brings out voters

SARANAC LAKE — More than half of New York’s 21st Congressional District’s 405,521 active registered voters turned out to the polls Tuesday, re-electing incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik by a margin of 32,337 votes. These turnout numbers were higher than usual for midterm ...

Officials consider ‘large loads’ of waste at landfill

JOHNSTOWN — Officials are considering allowing the Fulton County landfill to take in an extra 40,000 tons of so-called “large load” waste from out of the county in 2019 in order to balance the budget. County Solid Waste Director David Rhodes last week requested the Board of ...

MCSD names interim superintendent

MAYFIELD — Mayfield Central School District named Kathy Dougherty as the district’s interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year. Dougherty, who is also president of the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education, began her interim position on Monday. “It ...

Annual Christmas in November holiday home tour set for Nov. 17

AMSTERDAM — The St. Mary’s Healthcare Auxiliary will present the 12th annual Christmas in November Holiday Home Tour on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each year, community members and guests enjoy strolling through the beautifully decorated homes, each uniquely displayed in a style and ...

Tax exemptions public hearing set

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District will hold a public hearing regarding the Alternative Veteran’s and Cold War tax exemptions at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. The district is considering the adoption of these tax exemptions. Whether or not the ...

Robert Smullen takes 118th Assembly seat

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County has its first state legislator in Albany since the early 1990s. Republican Retired Marine Corps Colonel Robert J. Smullen of the Meco hamlet of the town of Johnstown on Tuesday handily defeated Democratic challenger Keith Rubino of Herkimer County to claim the seat ...

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 ...