Judge rules primarily in favor Johnstown water board in suit against city

Judge rules primarily in favor Johnstown water board in suit against city

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County Supreme Court Judge Rebecca Slezak has ruled that the city of Johnstown must give the water board back control of its bank account and must stop interfering with the board’s employment relations, bargaining ability and budgeting process. Slezak also ruled that the board must give the city treasurer all sewer rents collected between January 2021 through Thursday, which is when the judgment was filed. The judgment comes after the board sued the city following allegations that then-Mayor Vernon Jackson and then-city treasurer Mike Gifford violated the city charter. The judgment also comes after the council recently voted to hold…
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DMV to hear case of crash that killed Mayfield teacher

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Sheriff's Department has concluded its investigation into a crash that took the life of a Mayfield Central School District teacher on June 18 and the case is set to be reviewed by the Department of Motor Vehicles next. Kim Mashhadi, 58, died from injuries she sustained in a car crash early Saturday morning.Her husband, Anas Mashhadi, suffered injuries officials described as serious, but was released from Albany Medical Center Sunday, said Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino.Giardino said he does not know the condition of Frank Vanskiver, the driver of the other car, who was originally thought…
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Johnstown High School senior recognized by assemblyman

Johnstown High School senior recognized by assemblyman

Johnstown High School senior Kalena Eaton was recognized Monday by Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) for pursuing a career related to enhancing traffic safety and the rehabilitation of drunk drivers.During a Fulton County STOP DWI event Monday, Eaton was awarded the Ron Hill Memorial Scholarship as well as the Antone Ralbovsky Scholarship, according to a press release from Smullen's office. “Congratulations to Kalena Eaton for receiving these awards for her exceptional academic and extracurricular resume,” Smullen said. “I am confident that she will make a successful forensic psychologist and help us combat the tragedy of impaired driving and its negative impact on so many…
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Johnstown to hold public hearing about abolishing Water Board

Johnstown to hold public hearing about abolishing Water Board

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown city residents will be able to voice their thoughts on the city council's push to amend the city charter to get rid of the Water Board and transfer its duties to the council at a public hearing July 18 at 6 p.m.Tuesday evening. the board voted to hold the hearing — the first step before a referendum on the subject could be held in November. The move is just the latest in an ongoing battle between the board and the city over which entity controls the duties and finances regulating water delivery in the city. The city has twice…
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Mayfield school district mourns loss of third grade teacher in weekend crash

Mayfield school district mourns loss of third grade teacher in weekend crash

MAYFIELD - With the school year coming to a close, Mayfield Central School District employees, students and town community members are coping with the loss of a longtime resident and third grade teacher.  Kim Mashhadi, 58, died from injuries she sustained in a car crash early Saturday morning. Her husband, Anas Mashhadi, suffered injuries officials described as serious, but was released from Albany Medical Center Sunday, said Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino. Giardino said Frank Vanskiver, the driver of the other car, was originally thought to have minor injuries but is still at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.  The crash happened…
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Challenges fully staffing polls disrupt June primary in Fulton, Montgomery counties

Challenges fully staffing polls disrupt June primary in Fulton, Montgomery counties

Both Montgomery and Fulton counties are facing issues staffing polling locations for the June primary, a concern that could extend into the August primary as well.  In Fulton County, two voting locations -- Oppenheim and Bleecker -- were closed because the Board of Elections could not find workers to staff the site, said G. Jeremiah Ryan, the Democratic Commissioner.  He said they are required to have four poll workers a day -- two Republicans and two Democrats. He couldn’t find any for either location.  “That hasn’t happened before,” he said.  The 866 voters in Oppenheim will cast ballots at Ephratah…
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