GOP candidates for Fulton County DA have lots of job, personal experience

GOP candidates for Fulton County DA have lots of job, personal experience

Amanda Nellis’ life changed when she felt a lump in her neck as a student at Albany Law School. Michael Poulin could have lost his son during a shooting in New York City this summer.  Both Republican candidates for Fulton County District Attorney have faced extremely difficult personal experiences that they say contribute to their candidacies. However, Nellis and Poulin frame their candidacies differently ahead of June's primary election. Nellis, who is currently the acting Fulton County DA now that the Hon. Chad Brown has been sworn in as Fulton County Court Judge, wants to continue the work she’s been doing as…
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Legislators, hospitals lobby Hochul for resources to run state testing site at FMCC

Legislators, hospitals lobby Hochul for resources to run state testing site at FMCC

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state — including in Fulton and Montgomery counties — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is ready to ramp up its COVID-19 testing operations.All the college needs in order to once again host a high-volume, state-run testing site is Gov. Kathy Hochul’s approval to send testing kits and manpower, according to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam. He, along with Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R,C,I,SAM-Meco, has been lobbying the governor to ramp up the Johnstown testing site into a full-blown community testing location.Santabarbara and Smullen said the need for more community testing was brought to their attention by Fulton and Montgomery…
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Johnstown’s water plant operator will stay on the job

Johnstown’s water plant operator will stay on the job

Johnstown’s Senior Water Plant Operator John Denmark rescinded his resignation on Saturday, one day after it took effect, meaning the city does not face a threat of a boil-water notice, according to newly sworn-in Mayor Amy Praught.  Denmark, who is the city’s only properly certified water filtration operator, said he agreed to stay on the job because the day-to-day operations of the city’s water system will now be handled by the city’s Department of Public Works rather than the Water Board. Denmark previously stated he would stay on if the Water Board’s day-to-day control over the Water Department was taken…
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Grand openings and open-mindedness in Fulton County

Grand openings and open-mindedness in Fulton County

GLOVERSVILLE - Some of the newest businesses in Gloversville host burlesque shows, serve locally sourced health food and sell witches’ spell jars. As the city and other Fulton County municipalities continue revitalization efforts, part of the story is going to be how well less-traditional shops fare.  Some of the newer businesses in Gloversville include: North Star, a cafe, bookstore and art gallery that opened inside the 1880s opera house cafe building in November, has already hosted live entertainment events ranging from an indie acoustic performance to a drag show. The Happy Mug, which is currently located inside the Agora Marketplace,…
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Fonda-Fultonville, Johnstown to receive UPK expansion grants

Fonda-Fultonville, Johnstown to receive UPK expansion grants

The Greater Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville school districts are two of 31 New York state districts set to receive Universal Prekindergarten Expansion Grants, allowing the districts to increase pre-K availability for 4-year-olds. The local districts are slated to each receive $180,000, while, statewide, the grant program will distribute $13.36 million, according to an announcement by the New York State Education Department. These funds may be used during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school years and are subject to final review and approval of the Office of the State Comptroller, the release says. Once the funding is officially approved, families in the local districts should…
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‘Sandwich of excitement’; A baby and a fire is all in a Christmas Day’s work for GFD 

‘Sandwich of excitement’; A baby and a fire is all in a Christmas Day’s work for GFD 

GLOVERSVILLE — Christmas turned out to be an extra-special shift for members of the Gloversville Fire Department.The day started at shift change around 8 a.m. on Christmas morning. That’s when 31-year-old Phanteazia Erwin woke up feeling a lot of pain. Her sixth son was due Dec. 20, but on Christmas morning, she didn’t think her baby was ready to be born.“I was going back and forth from the bathtub and the toilet.” Then she said she felt her baby’s head. Her mother, Stacey Erwin, called 911, and the first first responders at the Woodside Avenue home were two firefighters.Jacob Schonfarber, a…
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