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Drug dealer given prison

JOHNSTOWN —A Gloversville man convicted last winter of seven drug sale and possession counts was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to more than four years in state prison. Michael D. Jaudon, 28, of 340 N. Main St., was sentenced July 20 by County Court Judge Polly Hoye to 4 1/2 ...

New businesses set to celebrate opening

GLOVERSVILLE — Following the state mandated closures of non-essential businesses for several months due to the coronavirus, the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is looking forward to celebrating the grand openings of a pair of new businesses in the county. Economic Development ...

Popular Office for the Aging senior picnic canceled this year

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Office for Aging/Youth continues to provide programs and services during the pandemic, but canceling events such as the Aug. 6 annual Senior Picnic in Gloversville. OFA Director Andrea Fettinger told the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee Tuesday ...

GJSD budget revote passes

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District voters Tuesday approved the district’s proposed $38.9 million 2020-21 district budget in a revote by a 65 percent margin. Voters had to by law okay the spending plan by at least a 60 percent supermajority. District Clerk Larraina Carpenter ...

Health department working with school nurses on COVID-19 control

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Public Health Department will work with the county’s school nurses in coming weeks on COVID-19 issues in advance of the 2020-21 school year. County Public Health Director Laurel Headwell reported on the education side of the pandemic during an overall ...

CFA submission for downtown won’t happen this year

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth continues to look for opportunities to submit state Consolidated Funding Applications, but agency officials acknowledged the unlikelihood that process will move forward this year and are focused on preparing submissions for future ...

Key pieces for audit still missing

JOHNSTOWN — City Treasurer Michael Gifford said last week his inability to get correct audited information to the state is being caused by various issues involving city departments, including the city Water Department. Gifford offered followup comments Wednesday to a July 14 email to ...

Dept. of transp. area roadwork

UTICA — The following is the New York State Department of Transportation Mohawk Valley roadwork submission report for the week that began July 20, according to a news release. Fulton County ∫ The town of Broadalbin: Bridge Street over Route 29. Motorists will encounter shoulder and lane ...

St. Mary’s opens new center

AMSTERDAM —St. Mary’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Health Center has a new home after moving into a state-of-the-art facility. The St. Mary’s OBGYN Health Center has moved to a newly remodeled location at 425 Guy Park Ave, Suite 102 in Amsterdam earlier this year. According to a press ...

Uptick of COVID cases in Montgomery County slowing

FONDA — Montgomery County only saw six new positive COVID-19 cases since their spike in cases last week. Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, along with county Sheriff Jeff Smith and county Department of Public Health Director Sara Boerenko gave their weekly update on Monday stating ...

Officials look at open projects

JOHNSTOWN — Open, unfinished capital projects were reviewed by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee Thursday at the County Office Building. Prior to working on the county’s proposed 2020 Capital Plan, the committee studied a list of “open” ...

Wheelerville trails making progress

CAROGA — Skilled trail builders have been moving along on the Wheelerville Trail Project completing about half of the main trail. Work has been underway in Caroga for the multi-use recreation trails being created in which bikers, hikers, runners, skiers and snow-shoers will soon get to put ...

White House asks for sheriff’s ‘thoughts’

JOHNSTOWN — The White House was so impressed by Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino’s recent appearance on the Fox News Network that federal officials want to pick his brain. Giardino was chosen by Fox as an expert to speak during a July 16 segment on the state of policing. He was ...

CRG eyes making it easier for businesses

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is exploring options to streamline review processes for incoming city businesses and developers and to provide collaborative services to downtown businesses. Downtown Development Specialist James Hannahs on Friday shared with the ...

Flexibility key as schools look to reopen in the fall

By EVAN BEVINS, DARBY HINKLEY and LYNANNE VUCOVICH Special to The Leader-Herald The spring of 2020 was unlike any semester for school districts around the country. And while plans for the upcoming school year are still in flux, many expect the return to classes to be just as ...

Library looks at parking options

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Public Library is considering options to expand parking after having to delay a planned project to create additional parking in a vacant lot owned by the library to the east of the building on East Fulton Street. While the Gloversville Public Library at 58 E. ...

Johnson Hall opened to public

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnson Hall State Historic Site was opened to the public Wednesday for the 2020 season - a delayed opening because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Families could be seen this week having picnics on the site, and other activities were in evidence, including grounds work and ...

Budget revote on Tuesday

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District will conduct a revote on its proposed $38.9 million 2020-21 district budget from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School auditorium lobby. District residents are also voting by absentee. Masks must be worn by ...

Comedy, musical production coming

MAYFIELD — After months of canceled events and summer concerts, community members are in for a free treat as a two-night cabaret and comedy fundraising show has been planned. A local comedian, local community member, and an alumni of Mayfield High School are hosting a socially distant ...

Mayor: City not part of Nat. Grid project

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson clarified aspects of the city’s Linden Avenue development project at the Common Council’s business meeting Monday night at City Hall. He said the city has two houses at the development area now, and he wished to clarify the city is not part of a deal ...