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Man receives prison time for DWI

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man convicted of unlicensed driver and drinking and driving offenses is headed to state prison for one to three years. Joshua R. Gifford, 43, of Helwig Street, previously entered into a plea arrangement on May 22. He pleaded guilty before County Court Judge Polly ...

Readying for new leadership at HFM

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education on Wednesday discussed the organization’s role in providing students access to needed services ahead of new District Superintendent David Ziskin’s official start date on Aug. 5. While reporting on their attendance of ...

CRG starts grant training

GLOVERSVILLE —The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is starting a new round of four-session, Microenterprise Grant Program training Monday for about 40 participants. “This is going to be fantastic,” CRG President/CEO Ronald Peters said Friday. The CRG is operating off a ...

Suspect with 40 bags of packaged heroin caught

AMSTERDAM — A lengthy pursuit by foot led to the arrest of a city resident and heroin found to be packaged for sale. While Amsterdam police were conducting a traffic stop, one of the passengers of a 1992 Honda Civic fled on foot and once captured was discovered to have 40 bags of heroin ...

Townsend celebrating 50 years

JOHNSTOWN — Townsend Leather is celebrating five decades in business with a 50th Anniversary Jubilee, an invite-only event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at “The Stitch.” According to a company news release, the highlight of the event will be a 2 p.m. special ribbon-cutting ceremony to ...

$10M DRI projects for city revealed

AMSTERDAM — State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced 15 projects on Thursday that will be awarded funding through the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant for the city. “What was once home, is now home again. My Amsterdam,” Hochul said. “I think about that as the theme, ...

Building purchase gets county nod

FONDA — After being tabled twice, the Montgomery County Legislature during its regular meeting on Tuesday passed the resolution that would allow the county to sell a former Pizza Hut building to the town of Palatine. According to the resolution, Montgomery County obtained the property ...

Stefanik questions Mueller on Steele dossier accuracy

Former U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik had an exchange with Special Council Robert Mueller as he testified before the House Judicial and Intelligence Committees Wednesday, asking him a series of questions about the Steele dossier for the record, and receiving very little response. Mueller headed a ...

Officials get look at projects

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County legislators got their first look Thursday at $5.76 million worth of proposed capital projects for 2020 — a plan total lower than the majority of capital plans adopted the past 15 years. County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch led the Board of Supervisors’ Capital ...

Johnstown woman gets 1 year in jail

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown woman arrested in March for possessing crack cocaine ready to sell was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to one year in the County Jail. Shania M. Flansburg, 23, of 18 Cayadutta St., was sentenced July 22 by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye based on the ...

Public hearing slated to designate alternate city employee for panel

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for the Aug. 13 meeting on a proposed amendment to city code seeking to designate an alternate city employee to serve on the new administrative appeals panel ahead of the body’s first meeting. The city in April ...

Johnstown library gets its federal ID

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library on Friday received a federal ID number it sought for a half year, making it officially much closer to becoming a non-municipal facility. The facility is a school district public library and can now access funding approved last year by Greater ...

Route 5S renamed for fallen trooper

GLEN — A portion of Route 5S is being dedicated to state police Sgt. Jeremy VanNostrand, who tragically died in a car crash in November. The dedication comes after the approval of legislation introduced by state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. The legislation designates the portion of ...

Kindness Path installed

GLOVERSVILLE — Students at Kingsborough Elementary School provided their artistic talents during a schoolwide art project this spring, with the final results installed in a new kindness path at the school aimed at sparking joy and inspiring students and community members to be ...

Fulton County sales tax revenues down $495K

JOHNSTOWN — For the second consecutive quarter, Fulton County’s overall sales tax revenue is down by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and county Treasurer Terry Blodgett is pointing to skewed solar project figures as the reason. On Tuesday, Blodgett publicly released second quarter sales ...

Local school districts part of nationwide initiative

BROADALBIN — Two local school districts will take part in the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks initiative conducted by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and funded through a $10 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences at the ...

Caroga man sentenced to prison for possessing a gun

ALBANY — A 47-year-old Caroga Lake man was sentenced to three years in federal prison Tuesday for possessing an unregistered, short-barrel rifle. Kenneth Kindlon admitted that on June 22, 2016, he knowingly possessed a 5.56 caliber rifle with a barrel length of approximately 10.5 inches, ...

County’s new website up and running

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government has had a website for some time, but the new upgrade that rolled out officially Thursday is bound to better suit the public, especially those with iPhones. “It displays better on mobile devices,” says county Department of Information Technology ...

Council seeks $750K grant for reservoir

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday authorized the submission of a $750,000 state grant application on behalf of the city Water Department seeking funding to replace a spillway chute that is part of the Jackson Summit Reservoir Dam. The council conducted a public hearing Tuesday on ...

New federal proposal shouldn’t affect local SNAP recipients

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Department of Social Services Commissioner Anne Solar on Tuesday cautioned that county DSS recipients are not currently impacted by a federal proposal to close what a federal agency sees as a “loophole” allowing people to automatically receive Supplemental ...