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Recovery center gets approval

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board on Tuesday approved a special permit and site plan application for the relocation of the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center’s recovery program to the Center of Hope at 33 Bleecker St. Applications were previously submitted by the ...

3 FMCC matters in front of board

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will review three Fulton-Montgomery Community College matters at its meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building. A resolution is on the agenda to appoint a trustee to the FMCC Board of Trustees. Supervisors will consider a ...

DSS financial assistance to be restructured

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Department of Social Services’ Financial Assistance Unit is being restructured. The Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee recently authorized a plan for the restructuring after hearing from DSS Commissioner Anne Solar at the County Office Building. ...

Report: Rowback exceeded his authority

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Wednesday night voted 5-2 to adopt its Special Investigation Committee’s report on Councilman-At-Large William Rowback Jr., a document that accused him of “harassment” and “intimidation” against city employees. The panel — comprised of 6th ...

Truckenmiller named FMCC 9th president

JOHNSTOWN — At the April meeting of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, they approved the appointment of Dr. Gregory Truckenmiller as the ninth president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Truckenmiller has been serving as acting president since Aug. 1, 2019, when former ...

Hoffman’s Car Wash gets planning board approval

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a project for a new Hoffman Car Wash on South Kingsboro Avenue following a public hearing at City Hall. Construction may begin later this summer. Board consultant Sean Geraghty said Wednesday that approval of a ...

County office building in need of emergency repair

JOHNSTOWN — The fairly new front entrance to the Fulton County Office Building has to undergo emergency limestone repairs thanks to some winter weather problems. County Highway and Facilities Superintendent Mark Yost recently reported on the issue to the Board of Supervisors’ Public ...

Perth animal control officer charged in dog shooting

PERTH — The town’s animal control officer was arrested by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday on two misdemeanors for a Jan. 4 incident involving the alleged illegal firing of a gun — around church property — at a dog he claimed was aggressive. Joseph Passino, 61, no ...

Historian researching area veterans’ organizations

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino has been researching the history of veterans organizations in the area. In her monthly report to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee, she alluded to the research. At the request of ...

Lashawn Hawkins’ petition invalidated

JOHNSTOWN — The Democratic candidacy of Lashawn Hawkins for Gloversville councilman-at-large was tossed Tuesday by the Fulton County Board of Elections. Republican Election Commissioner Lee Hollenbeck and Democratic Election Commissioner G. Jeremiah Ryan jointly ruled her Democratic ...

Trash cans on the way

GLOVERSVILLE — All 5,700 households in Gloversville will next week receive new, free 95-gallon garbage cans from Twin Bridges Waste & Recycling LLC — the company taking over residential trash pickup from city government. Starting April 19, the city’s garbage collection will be ...

Schumer to restaurants: ‘Help is on the way’

AMSTERDAM — “Help is on the way,” state Sen. Charles Schumer repeated several times in announcing the passing of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. While sporting a #SaveRestaurants mask, Schumer, along with other state and local officials, and local restaurant owners, discussed ...

Johnstown Public Library reopens to public

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library is open to the public again, library officials announced last week. Patrons can come into the 38 S. Market St. building to browse and check out materials. “We continue to offer curbside pickup for our patrons,” the library states in its latest ...

FCSO to upgrade Tasers

The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is upgrading its Tasers. Sheriff Richard Giardino recently requested permission to enter into a five-year contract with Axon to purchase upgraded Tasers for his department. The contract was tentatively approved by ...

You are not behind, you are on your path

For more than 15 years I have been advising and teaching students at Fulton Montgomery Community College (FM) who are returning to college after a break. Sometimes the pause is a few years, sometimes it can be a couple decades. These returning students come with common feelings. The mindset ...

Santa Maria: There is a higher than normal fire risk this week

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria has announced a higher fire risk through the week. A social media item from the county fire coordinator indicates an “elevated” risk of fire spread this week. The New York state burn ban is still in effect until ...

Man wanted in relation to crash

GLOVERSVILLE — A high-speed vehicle pursuit crossing two counties involving multiple police agencies and a crash Friday night has culminated in a current search for a wanted suspect driver, who may have been injured. Law enforcement officials said the chase started in the city of ...

Legislators accept $211K in funds

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County legislators recently voted to accept $211,043 in state funding for the county’s Community Services Department. The state has been flush with cash recently, giving back funding it previously took from counties. The situation was again reported at the Fulton County ...

‘Be a tourist in your own town’

JOHNSTOWN — A new initiative for the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce geared toward working people in this area was outlined Wednesday for Fulton County officials. Chamber President Mark Kilmer reported on the “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” initiative to the Board of ...

Seniors benefit from venison giveaway

FULTONVILLE — Local police agencies and volunteers delivered pre-packaged venison that was donated by local hunters and sportsmen to about 300 seniors in Montgomery County. A venison-giveaway event was held on Wednesday in which about 76 bags were delivered to 76 locations equivalent to ...