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Past articles by Chad:

Rotterdam approves extended tax break for volunteer firefighters, ambulance workers

ROTTERDAM — Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers who live in town and have at least two years of service are now eligible for an extended tax break. The Town Board this past week unanimously approved a local law granting eligible volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers the ability to a → Read More

Duanesburg schools terminates transportation director

DUANESBURG — The Duanesburg Central School District this week terminated its transportation director, but school officials remain quiet about what led to the firing. In a unanimous vote, the district's board of education on Tuesday agreed to terminate Chrishannah Johnson effective Feb. 27, followi → Read More

State DOT moving forward with plans to prevent bridge strikes in Glenville

GLENVILLE — The state Department of Transportation next week will begin installing a height detection system designed to alert inattentive truck drivers to the low rail bridge that passes over Glenridge Road. Supervisor Chris Koetzle on Monday confirmed work to install the detection system will be → Read More

Overtime, comp pay lead to salary increases in Glenville

GLENVILLE — Some members of the town’s Police Department made $20,000 above their base pay last year, an expense officials said was driven by overtime and contractual obligations. Nine out of the town’s top-10 earners in 2022 were members of the Glenville Police Department, according to records ob → Read More

Former Ballston Spa nursing home officials to pay $7.16M fine

BALLSTON SPA — The former owners, landlord and operators of the now-shuttered Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care center will pay back $7.16 million in Medicaid claims in an agreement reached with the state’s attorney general and U.S. Department of Justice. Under the agreem → Read More

Police, fire personnel were top earners in Scotia last year

SCOTIA — Mayor David Bucciferro this past week said he is still trying to determine the reason for substantial overtime payments made last year that resulted in some village police and fire personnel earning over $30,000 more than their base salary. A list of the village’s top-10 earners for 2022, → Read More

Rotterdam poised to adopt extended tax break for volunteer firefighters, ambulance workers

ROTTERDAM — The town is poised to become the latest municipality in the region to offer volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers a break on their property taxes. The Rotterdam Town Board on Wednesday introduced legislation that would extend a 10% property tax reduction to volunteer firefighters → Read More

Corrections officer accused in Schenectady County Jail beating pleads guilty; To get 6 months in judge's deal

SCHENECTADY — A pair of former Schenectady County correction officers, who were fired for their involvement in an unjustified beating of a detainee that resulted in the county paying out a more than $500,000 legal settlement last year, pleaded guilty to their role in the incident Tuesday. But the → Read More

Duanesburg school board will not weigh in on potential COVID-19 vaccine mandate

DUANESBURG — The Duanesburg Board of Education will not weigh in on a potential statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students after a pair of proposals failed to gain traction this past week that would have seen the district survey parents on the vaccination mandate and send a letter expressing th → Read More

Schenectady Foundation awards $165K to eight community projects

SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady Foundation will award $165,000 to eight projects as part of its annual Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge, which aims to transform city neighborhoods through citizen-led initiatives. Projects receiving funding through this year’s challenge include $50,000 for Wallingfo → Read More

Rotterdam to appoint committee to help draft new solar regulations

ROTTERDAM — Two months after adopting a 12-month moratorium on the construction of solar arrays, the Town Board is getting set to appoint a special committee that will be tasked with developing a new law regulating the energy-producing systems. Town Board member Joseph Mastroianni, who is heading → Read More

Biz Beat: At Forgotten Freshness Classic Gaming in Mechanicville, there's something for everyone

MECHANICVILLE — It was 2005 when Frank D’Aloia listed his massive video game collection on eBay in hopes of making a few bucks on the side. But shortly after the lifelong gamer finished listing the more than 1,000 games from various consoles he amassed over the years on the auction website, his ac → Read More

Rotterdam study for police, court facility faces criticism

ROTTERDAM — Plans to complete a feasibility study to examine several options for addressing the town’s outdated police and court facility — including potentially moving the operations to the ViaPort shopping mall after lawmakers voted to nullify a lease agreement to relocate town services there last → Read More

Schenectady County Recreational Facility poised for $2.5 million upgrade, name change

GLENVILLE — The Schenectady County Recreational Facility is set for a $2.5 million upgrade. The Schenectady County Legislature’s Committee on Public Facilities, Transportation and Infrastructure this week gave initial approval for a series of renovations to the facility, including a 4,660-squar → Read More

After state schools Native American imagery order, Mohonasen hopes to establish relationship with Seneca Nation

ROTTERDAM — Four months after the state’s Education Department handed down an edict requiring all public schools to drop the use of Native American imagery, the Mohonasen Central School District is hoping to establish a relationship with the Seneca Nation — one of the three Indigenous nations that t → Read More

Rotterdam to re-examine ViaPort move for police, court facility

ROTTERDAM — Six months after canceling a lease agreement to relocate town offices to the ViaPort shopping mall, lawmakers are again examining the possibility of moving some there. The Town Board on Wednesday will vote to enter into a $50,000 contract with the Albany-based engineering firm Barton → Read More

Schalmont Middle School classes to resume Tuesday after burst pipe closed school Monday

ROTTERDAM - Classes at Schalmont Middle School will resume Tuesday after the school was closed Monday due to classroom flooding caused by a burst pipe that ruptured due to this pas past weekend's subzero temperatures, the district announced. On Sunday, the district announced on its website and s → Read More

Marva Issacs drops bid for Schenectady City Council

SCHENECTADY — Marva Issacs, a community leader and long-time president of the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association, will no longer pursue a seat on the City Council after failing to gain the Democratic endorsement earlier this year. Issacs, 79, said Friday that she has no interest in mounting a → Read More

Mohonasen students holding food drive Saturday

ROTTERDAM — The Mohonasen National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society will team up this weekend to host a food drive benefiting district families facing food insecurity. The Saturday food drive will take place in front of the High School auditorium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an empha → Read More

Livingston Energy Group expanding to Rotterdam Industrial Park

ROTTERDAM — Livingston Energy Group, a Schenectady-based company focused on developing and installing electric vehicle charging stations throughout the country, will be expanding into the Rotterdam Industrial Park, the latest move for the rapidly growing company that shows no signs of slowing down. → Read More