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Johnstown Board OKs $131k plow truck purchase

Johnstown Board OKs $131k plow truck purchase

The Johnstown Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to purchase a new dual-use plow/dump truck for $131,896, after deciding to table the purchase of a $95,000 Viking-Cives plow to go with it.The Town Board discussed the purchase with Town Highway Superintendent Jack Smullen, who had previously brought the purchase idea to the Board in September of 2021, but the Board chose to table the issue at that time.Smullen said his original plan had been to…
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Johnstown extends limited state of emergency; Keeps city in control of water system operations

Johnstown Mayor Amy Praught extended on Monday the city’s limited state of emergency order through Feb. 24 to give the city more time to fill positions in the Water Department. The order, originally issued on Jan. 1 before being extended last week, had been scheduled to sunset on Feb. 1.Praught said the city is still figuring out plans to bring aboard a certified assistant water plant operator as well as a certified IA operator that…
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State judge overturns NY mask mandate

State judge overturns NY mask mandate

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge ruled Monday that the state's mask mandate can't be enforced, after it was reinstituted by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns about a winter surge of coronavirus cases. State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker said in his decision that the state Department of Health didn't have the legal authority to implement the mandate, and that it was up to the state Legislature to do so if needed. The…
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Feds: Gloversville man admits meth, cocaine, gun possession

Feds: Gloversville man admits meth, cocaine, gun possession

ALBANY - A Gloversville man admitted to federal methamphetamine, cocaine and weapons counts Monday, federal prosecutors said. Kent Tucker, 24, of Gloversville, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, as  well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He admitted in his plea that he possessed meth pills and cocaine on Aug. 21, 2020, and possessed a loaded, stolen firearm to protect his drugs and proceeds, prosecutors said.…
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Abuse experts describe troubling cycle

Abuse experts describe troubling cycle

In the case of alleged kidnapping and torture inside a Town of Perth trailer, one domestic abuse advocate believes there were actually two victims: the woman who told police she was heinously assaulted, and Nicole K. Elmore, the 35-year-old woman who has been charged with helping to torture her. “From my point of view, there are two victims in this situation: the poor woman who was tortured and then the other woman who participated in this,”…
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Nathan Littauer Hospital diverts ER patients to St. Mary’s

Nathan Littauer Hospital diverts ER patients to St. Mary’s

GLOVERSVILLE -- Nathan Littauer Hospital was forced to divert incoming patients for at least 18 hours due to reaching full capacity on Friday. The Fulton County Emergency Management Facebook page posted around 6 p.m. on Friday that all 911 patients were being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. “Additionally, because of the volume of patients being taken to St. Mary's, it's taking in excess of an hour to unload patients [there],” part of the post stated.Patients arriving…
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