CHEERS - To the Wright movement. Once again, retired and active teachers, along with past recipients associated with the longstanding William A. Wright Scholarship, have raised money to present more scholarship opportunities for students in the Greater Johnstown School District. Since its founding in 1955, more than 100 students have received an education subsidy from this scholarship on their path to success. Among all the criticism teachers receive, we recognize many educators give back, and most never lose their passion for educating students and furthering young people's opportunities.
JEERS - To not making sense. The Gloversville Police Department has been in need of new patrol cars for some time. In November 2011, then-Chief Edgar Beaudin informed the council of the need. Grants were applied for but not received. In February, Capt. John Sira again brought up the need. During this same period, the Fulton County Sheriff' Department needed new patrol cars. In April, the Sheriff's Department purchased two cars through a local dealership, Main Motors, at a cost of $21,880 each. This week, the Gloversville Common Council approved a request for two new cruisers at a cost of $24,000 apiece from a business outside of our area. The request still needs the signature of Mayor Dayton King. If a contract has not been signed, we hope the mayor will look at a way to do business locally, which would make sense.
CHEERS - To three decades of service. For nearly 30 years, David Wiltey served Fulton County as the coordinator of the STOP-DWI Program (Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated). The state Legislature enacted the program in 1981. Wiltey had been the county's coordinator since 1983. Its mission was to empower county governments to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol- and drug-related traffic crashes. Wiltey has done just that. During his tenure, the Fulton County program implemented such programs as the free taxi rides on New Year's Eve, Victim Impact Panels and safe post-prom parties. Thank you for your dedication, working well with other agencies and helping to save lives.