Local News

Jennings: Big plans for city in ’18

GLOVERSVILLE — Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings is making plans already for 2018 programs and events in the city. During Friday’s Center for Regional Growth board meeting, Jennings spoke with board members about both the success of 2017 and the plans in the works for ...

Would state ‘con-con’ be risk or redemption?

When New York voters elect new state and local politicians on Nov. 7, a proposal on the back side of the ballot will pose a question the state asks every 20 years: Should a convention be held to open and change the state constitution? Proposal 1 presents the chance to overhaul the laws and ...

New trail opens in Broadalbin

BROADALBIN — Broadalbin-Perth’s new educational nature trail is now open and available for use. The nature trail is part of phase one of its $39.7 million capital project that was approved by voters in May 2016. The 1.6-mile trail doubles as a regulation cross country trail for the ...

Two students in separate incidents bring guns to school

GLOVERSVILLE — Two students in the Enlarged Gloversville School District brought pellet guns to school on Wednesday — one at Gloversville Middle School and the other at Gloversville High School. An 18-year-old student at Gloversville High School has been charged with unlawful ...

Out of the ashes

JOHNSTOWN — Out of the ashes of a Gloversville arson fire, Fulton County Civil Defense/Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria is looking to purchase equipment for the county Fire Investigation Team. Santa Maria on Monday received permission from the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety ...

County sees energy savings

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is starting to see savings from an energy efficiency program it implemented two years ago. SmartWatt Inc. of Ballston Lake, Saratoga County, had entered into a 2014-15 energy performance contract with the county. Two representatives of the firm — ...

Jeff Persch a write-in candidate

JOHNSTOWN — Jeff Persch, resident of the town of Johnstown is running against Walter Lane as the write-in candidate for town councilman. Persch said he decided to run as the write-in candidate on Oct. 17, the day after the Town Board meeting was held. During the meeting on Oct. 16, town ...

Northville Halloween school parade marches despite the dreary weather

NORTHVILLE — The Northville Central School Halloween Parade marched along the traditional route through the village’s streets Tuesday despite the on-again, off-again showers. A brief 10-minute delay to the parade’s start was all it took to secure good weather for the majority of the ...

Protecting the most vulnerable

JOHNSTOWN — Jasmine Grace Marino said she grew up never feeling “loved or accepted.” Her mom was mentally ill, her dad “was never around” because he was so busy working, and her older brother was sexually abused by a family member. Her paternal grandparents were the only ones who ...

Well-connected often ‘get away’ with exploiting young kids, teens

GLOVERSVILLE — Wealthy, well-connected people often get away with sexually exploiting both girls and boys because they are in “a protected culture” in which they cover for one another, said the Rev. Henry McGrath, pastor of Heritage Ministry of New York, a nondenominational church in the ...

Capital project on target

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District’s ongoing $39.6 million capital project is going well, with change orders for individual projects kept to a minimum, a district official said Monday. Board of Education President Kathy Dougherty said the board received a financial update ...

Musical concert planned for Sunday

COBLESKILL — The Upper Catskill String Quartet and New Day — Voices of Schoharie County will share a concert to be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on Washington Ave. Admission is free. These two Schoharie County musical groups will present a ...

City could see 2 percent tax increase

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council must cut $108,000 from its current $13.2 million tentative budget for 2018 to have no tax rate increase. Officials are looking at the Johnstown Public Library and the city Water Department. The council — led by Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico — ...

City parking rules in effect

AMSTERDAM — Starting today, winter parking rules will be in effect for the city of Amsterdam. According to a news release, the city will follow the “odd-even regulations.” This means vehicles should be parked on the odd or even side of the street. The calendar date corresponding with ...

In her shoes

MAYFIELD — On Wednesday, Mayfield Junior-Senior High School held domestic violence informative workshops for grades eight and nine. The Rev. Bonnie Orth was there to facilitate “In Her Shoes” which is a program that puts students in the shoes of an abused women. “Mayfield’s goal ...

AAUW to celebrate 50th anniversary

MAYFIELD — The  Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown Branch of the American Association of University Women  will celebrate its 50th anniversary of becoming an AAUW branch on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held  in the Grand Gallery  at the Paul Nigra Center, Route 30. NYS AAUW ...

Book signing planned

FORT PLAIN — On Nov. 10, the Fort Plain Museum is holding a book release and signing reception for “Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield”, edited by Mark Edward Lender and James Kirby Martin. Reception starts at 7:30 p.m. with authors arriving by 8 p.m. ...

Election Day a week away for voters

JOHNSTOWN — All eyes will be on the Gloversville mayoral race when Fulton County voters take to the polls for General Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fulton County has over 31,000 registered voters. About 15,600 are registered Republicans, and 7,600 ...

High winds, heavy rains cause outages

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County official today offered safety tips regarding downed trees and wires down in the aftermath of a high wind warning, which remains in effect until 6 p.m. today. Civil Defense/Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria today issued a news release pertaining to inclement ...

Water department replacing meters

GLOVERSVILLE — Beginning this week the Gloversville Water Department has begun the process of replacing all of the 6,000 water meters in its system. Currently water department employees are working on East and West Fulton streets and continuing south towards the city line. Once the south ...