Knox Field project begins early, closed starting Wednesday night

Knox Field project begins early, closed starting Wednesday night

Knox Field will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday night through Aug. 19, as the 15-year-old turf is replaced, according to a statement from the Greater Johnstown School District.Equipment and materials for the turf project will be delivered this week, with staging to begin on Wednesday, and removal of the old turf scheduled to start Monday. The initial timeline of the project, part of a $2 million capital project approved by the community by a vote of 572-178 in May, called for the turf replacement to take place in late August, according to the release.District officials were pleased to learn…
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Mayfield woman charged with animal abuse

Mayfield woman charged with animal abuse

A Mayfield woman behind an animal rescue shelter has been charged with 55 counts of torturing or injuring animals and failing to provide sustenance, all misdemeanors. Susan E. Kelly, 70, of 587 State Highway 349, was arrested at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday by Fulton County sheriff's deputies. Her arrest comes more than two weeks after officers searched Kelly's Haven after complaints of a loose dog. The complaints led to larger concerns about animals there, officials had said.Police said they found 48 dogs and various other animals. There were also two rabbits, two goats, one horse and over a dozen ducks and chickens on the…
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Gloversville mayor explains total DEC grant funds mixup; Council still approves use of monies

Gloversville mayor explains total DEC grant funds mixup; Council still approves use of monies

After what appears to be something of a merry accounting mixup, Mayor Vince DeSantis said on Tuesday night that Gloversville has a combined $416,000 in both restricted and unrestricted state reimbursement funding available for brownfield remediation and demolition work — more than double what he had said on Monday.During Tuesday night's Common Council meeting, DeSantis apologized for statements he had made to the Leader-Herald on Monday when he accidently conflated two different brownfield-related issues:• A long-forgotten $192,000 New York state Department of Environmental Conservation grant for a "remediation and reuse project" at the Pan American Tannery site at 318 West…
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Fake inspection sticker found in Johnstown traffic stop

Fake inspection sticker found in Johnstown traffic stop

A Johnstown man was charged by state police for having a fake inspection sticker. State police out of Fonda arrested Brandon M. Mcrae, 30, at 3:37 a.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop on Townsend Road in Johnstown for an equipment violation. Police said during that stop they noticed that Mcrae's inspection sticker was fake. Mcrae has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony. Police said he has not had a valid inspection sticker since February 2021. Mcrae was released on an appearance ticket and is due in Johnstown City Court on Aug. 30.   
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Gloversville Housing Authority Board Chair resigns

Gloversville Housing Authority Board Chair resigns

Gloversville Housing Authority Board Chairperson Brenda Leitt resigned Monday during the board's monthly meeting.Leitt said her reasons for wanting to leave the board are personal and did not comment further."I'm resigning from the board effective Sept. 15," she said. "This has been a great board, and a good experience. I've learned a lot, and I think this is a great place, but for personal reasons, there's a lot going on, and I have to step back, and that's all I'm going to say."GHA Board Attorney Anthony "Tony" Casale said the board is now down two members, leaving it with five.…
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Gloversville Railfest back for 16th year

Gloversville Railfest back for 16th year

By Jordan RiesFor The Leader-HeraldThe Gloversville Railfest will be back for its 16th year on Saturday with plans for another fun-filled day of entertainment, food and family. “I'm anticipating Railfest to be bigger than it's ever been,” said Jeremy Trajewski, chairman of the Gloversville Recreation Commission.Railfest was canceled during 2020 but the Commission pulled it off in 2021. However, COVID made it difficult for members to trust any kind of certainty, according to organizers.“We had the hand[-sanitizing] stations everywhere,” said April Rienhardt, treasurer of the Recreation Commission. “We took many precautions to stay safe. It was a little weird last year coming back and not…
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