FBI probing agency involvement in Schoharie limo investigations; Letter released Monday

FBI probing agency involvement in Schoharie limo investigations; Letter released Monday

AMSTERDAM — The FBI is probing the agency’s involvement in investigations into the October 2018 Schoharie limousine disaster which killed 20 people, according to a letter released by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam. “In recent months, concerns have been raised about this incident and whether there was any FBI involvement in the investigation,” wrote Jill Tyson, assistant director at the FBI. “As a result, the director ordered that the FBI further review the matter.” The letter released on Monday does not address the nature or scope of the probe being undertaken by the inspection division. Tyson stated that no further…
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Amsterdam schools hosting job fair to fill in-house openings

Amsterdam schools hosting job fair to fill in-house openings

AMSTERDAM — Hiring challenges have led the Greater Amsterdam School District to take a new approach to filling openings by organizing a job fair aimed at recruiting candidates for a wide variety of school positions, from entry level to highly skilled, at Amsterdam High School on Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.“What once was a strong market in both instructional and non-instructional positions has steadily decreased more and more each year,” said Erik Morrison, human resources director for GASD.Although local job fairs hosted at schools are commonplace, Morrison said this is the first time the school district has organized this type…
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Troopers: Gloversville man killed in Tuesday town of Amsterdam crash

Troopers: Gloversville man killed in Tuesday town of Amsterdam crash

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — A Gloversville man was killed in a late-Tuesday afternoon crash with a tractor-trailer on Route 5 in the town of Amsterdam, state police said. Troopers identified the man killed as James E. Green, 54, of Gloversville. The incident occurred on Route 5 near Quist Road around 4:27 p.m. on Tuesday. The preliminary investigation found that Green was traveling westbound on Route 5 in a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt when he crossed the median and began traveling west in the eastbound lane, state police said. Green then collided head-on with an eastbound tractor-trailer operated by Robert J. Gisondi,…
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Tedisco: ‘Real’ bail reform needed to end ‘catch and release’

Tedisco: ‘Real’ bail reform needed to end ‘catch and release’

FULTONVILLE — The “catch and release” cycle created by state bail reform laws must be stopped, according to local law enforcement officials and Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville. “This is the opposite of reform,” Tedisco said Wednesday. “This is making it worse, more dangerous.” Reform laws were intended to end discriminatory practices disproportionately impacting minorities and the economically disadvantaged by preventing individuals charged with low-level crimes from languishing in jail until their cases are resolved. -More News - The Leader-Herald- Tedisco claimed the elimination of pre-trial detention and cash bail for most misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges has had the opposite…
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Michaels craft store in Amsterdam closing

Michaels craft store in Amsterdam closing

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — The Michaels craft store at Amsterdam Commons will permanently close on March 24, according to a company spokesperson. The spokesperson did not address questions regarding the reason for the store’s closure, the number of employees at the site and whether staff were terminated or offered positions at other locations in the region in a prepared statement returned in response to a request for comment. “As a normal course of business, we open and close new stores every year. We have made the business decision to close a limited number of stores this year, including our location…
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Ice cream shop owners frosty over NY styrofoam ban

Ice cream shop owners frosty over NY styrofoam ban

SCHENECTADY — Ice cream shop owners gearing up for spring openings are having to reconsider how to dish up sweet treats under the state’s styrofoam ban. In between talking about the latest confections in the ice cream industry from boozy milkshakes to nacho take-offs made with waffle cone chips, regional business owners were looking for alternative options to styrofoam containers at Hill & Markes’ annual ice cream and restaurant trade show at River Stone Manor on Tuesday. The ban on most styrofoam containers and packaging materials included in the 2020 state budget went into effect on Jan. 1 of this…
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