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Caroga holds organizational meeting

CAROGA — The Caroga Town Board held its organizational meeting on Wednesday, passing several resolutions to put the operating budget into motion, make appointments and set up town business for the year. Some business included, naming NBT the town’s financial institution; the gas ...

Investigation into Rowback continues

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council has established a special committee to lead the investigation into allegations reported to the city regarding Councilman-at-Large William Rowback Jr. The Common Council during a special meeting on Thursday approved a motion 5-1 to initiate an ...

Fulton County DSS offers status update

JOHNSTOWN — Half of Fulton County government’s largest department is working from home due to COVID-19, as the pandemic also continues to impact the monetary benefits flow from the department. Fulton County Department of Social Services Commissioner Anne Solar said Thursday her agency ...

Montgomery County conducting COVID-19 vaccine survey

FONDA — As Montgomery County is presently in Phase 1A for distributing the vaccine which includes healthcare workers, they are preparing for the phase of distributing the vaccine to the general public through a survey. Montgomery County is conducting a survey to receive information on ...

Amsterdam man faces assault, weapons charges

AMSTERDAM — A 47-year-old resident was charged on attempted assault and weapon charges after allegedly threatening two family members with two separate firearms on Dec. 24. Joseph M. Piasecki Jr., of Amsterdam was charged by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies with second-degree ...

Common Council investigating Rowback

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council has opened an investigation into the “affairs and conduct” of Councilman-at-Large William Rowback Jr. The Common Council held special meetings on Wednesday and Thursday for the purpose of entering executive session under state Public Officers Law to ...

Gloversville man indicted on multiple federal drug, weapons charges

ALBANY — A Gloversville man was indicted this week on federal drug and weapons charges. Kent Tucker, 23, of Gloversville, was indicted Thursday on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and ...

NEW YEAR’S BABY

Local residents, Hani and Ashley Alikhan, brought home a little celebrity – a New Year’s Baby. Baby Ellie Rae Alikhan, was born January 1 at 11:54 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces. Mother Ashley Alikhan, and Father Hani Alikhan, were very excited to bring baby Ellie into this world. ...

Sewer board hosts rare special session

JOHNSTOWN — Because the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility is such a vital operation treating waste from mainly the two cities, the facility is trying to button down work spaces in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board, which ...

County board slated to meet on Monday

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will be naming members to various groups and county departments at its first monthly meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Monday. The session will be held online via Zoom teleconference, which is viewable by the public on the county’s website ...

Officials considering recycling program options

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County officials haven’t decided yet whether to extend beyond Jan. 15 the current suspension of the county’s Curbside Recycling Pick Up Program. “That’s really up to the county,” county Department of Solid Waste Deputy Director of Administration Cindy Livingston ...

Sheriff’s Office warns of unsafe ice

MAYFIELD — The Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Friday issued a public warning about unsafe ice on the Greater Sacandaga Lake. The news release issued by the agency calls on residents to be aware and use extreme caution with any lake activities. Deputies said there is ice on most of the ...

Group won’t seek variance for code blue shelter effort

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Methodist Free Church and Center of Hope Advisory Board have not submitted a variance application to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the code blue shelter proposed in the former YWCA building on Bleecker Street. ZBA Chairman Jeffrey Ashe during the regular ...

Stefanik’s vote receives mixed local reaction

JOHNSTOWN — Local political parties had differing opinions on Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s vote Wednesday objecting to the Electoral College vote tally that ultimately ratified the 2020 victory by Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden. Stefanik joined many Republicans in the U.S. ...

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

JOHNSTOWN — A group of concerned citizens gathered in Johnstown on Thursday to protest what appeared to be anarchy in Washington on Wednesday while the Congress was in the process of counting and accepting the votes of the electoral college to finalize the selection of the next President ...

Johnstown hires social worker

JOHNSTOWN — Licensed Clinical Social Worker Karyn Watson joined the Greater Johnstown School District this past fall as a school social worker, in a year when her work takes on a whole new meaning and her services are needed more than ever. Watson is primarily assigned to Pleasant Avenue ...

State appellate division affirms Hamilton County conviction

ALBANY — The state Appellate Division on Thursday affirmed a 2019 Hamilton County Court conviction involving a bail jumping case. Appellate judges affirmed the case involving an appeal by defendant Allisa West. The appeal was from a judgment in Hamilton County Court rendered May 22, 2019, ...

Stefanik evacuated, condemns violence

Members of Congress, including North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, were evacuated from the House chamber during Wednesday’s Electoral College ballot count as a mob of violent supporters of Donald Trump broke in and swarmed the Capitol building, protesting the election in which Joe Biden ...