Op-Ed Columns

With 76 expired political offices for ’17, watch the candidates

People seek elected office for various reasons. You’ll see them in all their splendor this busy campaign year in Fulton County. With 76 expired offices in the county in 2017, the public should be prepared for an army of clipboard-carrying candidates seeking signatures. Many equally ...

With 76 expired political offices for ’17, watch the candidates

People seek elected office for various reasons. You’ll see them in all their splendor this busy campaign year in Fulton County. With 76 expired offices in the county in 2017, the public should be prepared for an army of clipboard-carrying candidates seeking signatures. Many equally ...

Unexploited benefits of Johnstown reval

The recently updated city of Johnstown assessment roll cured numerous inequities in the property assessment roll as the result of 25 years of inflation and untaxed real property improvements, largely a tribute to the combined efforts of our late Mayor Michael Julius and our late City Assessor ...

Our state should invest in direct care workers

The state budget must also invest in New York’s Direct Care Workers. As a father of a son with autism, I know how important the staff who work with my son are to his success and well-being. For many people with developmental disabilities, these dedicated and caring direct care workers ...

Cuomo lays out overly ambitious agenda for 2017

Early January is the time of the year when, traditionally, the governor outlines his policy agenda and budget for the coming year. This year, Gov. Cuomo has less than subtly broken away from tradition, conveniently avoiding delivering his State of the State Address to the Legislature, the ...

Is Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship his next hollow promise?

January is always an interesting time in state government, as the governor and other legislative leaders outline their yearly agendas and priorities. As custom has had it for the 240 years of our state’s history, the governor has made an impassioned plea in his State of the State and budget ...

There’s no money in being a martyr

I suspect many of the readers of this newspaper likely view Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide four-year college tuition-free at New York’s SUNY schools for families earning less than $125,000, at an estimated annual price of $163 million, to be another high-cost government program that ...

It’s tough being a reporter in today’s world

Readers of this newspaper — like many papers across this wonderful land — demand followups to big stories. That’s perfectly understandable. I’m here to say it isn’t always possible, and sometimes has little to do with the aggressive and/or nosey nature of the reporter of ...

PILOTs — a way to discourage solar, wind projects?

In the closing months of 2016, the Montgomery County Legislature passed a law to allow PILOT tax agreements for new solar and wind projects within the county. The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has discussed doing the same thing, which has me wondering whether 2017 will prove to be the ...

Sometimes it’s challenging to be POSI+IVE

I appreciate the Paper’s editorial of Dec. 20 comparing and contrasting the Fulton and Montgomery counties’ respective economic development units’ efforts to secure state funding awards for the benefit of economic growth and betterment accruing of the adjoining counties.  It serves both ...

A place every other place wants to be

Picture this... Johnstown and Gloversville filled with people of all ages — millennials just starting off on their own, families raising young children, baby-boomers looking to settle down after retirement. Around the downtowns are restaurants, locally-owned shops, entertainment venues and ...

Oh, the things you learn in court

One of the most depressing things for a reporter to cover —especially during the holidays — is court. I recently sat in on Johnstown City Court’s Tuesday morning proceedings for a couple of hours with the specific intent of covering one particular person’s criminal matter. Of course ...

The argument for Latin to be taught in the classroom

When I was in high school in the 1990s, there were three foreign languages offered to students, Spanish, French and Latin, but it was very clear, even then, that Latin, the “dead language” no one speaks, was on its way out. Latin, I recall, had very few students, while most of us, myself ...

No Democrats, dissenters allowed at annual Republican coronation

It’s that special, warm and fuzzy time of year again. Time for the new 2017 chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to be selected in private: this time Wednesday at the Raindancer Restaurant in Perth. Reporters, members of the public, and especially Democrats, needn’t ...

Giving to the United Way benefits our community

Executive Director of United Way of Fulton County It’s another campaign year at United Way, and the economic climate in our community continues to be challenging. During the first three months of our campaign, we realized a surge in generosity and took in over $30,000, toward our ultimate ...

Cheers to this generous community

Fulton and Montgomery County residents deserve recognition for the way they have come together to support others in the area. Through a mixture of fundraising events, benefits and ceremonies honoring those who have made a lasting impact on the area, the two counties have rallied numerous ...

Save taxpayer dollars, cut PR

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors sent a snazzy news release to my inbox with lots of quotes from leaders about the county’s “Vision 2026 Summit” on Oct. 25. The Holiday Inn event was deemed a total success, many agree. The problem is that area media — including The ...

Get involved in your communities

Coming from a small county doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do, just that maybe Fulton and Montgomery county residents should get out more often. Getting involved with the community through volunteer work, attending local events and workshops, or just visiting the local businesses in both ...

Perverting the presidency

The last place — and I do mean the very last place — any candidate wants to be is in the frame with Anthony Weiner. This is especially true if you’re Hillary Clinton. Even worse than being associated with the infamous sexter this week is being FBI Director James Comey, the ...