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DOT schedules road work in area

UTICA — The state Department of Transportation has a variety of road work scheduled this week in the Mohawk Valley. Work in the local area is scheduled to include: FULTON COUNTY City of Johnstown: Route 30A between Briggs Street and Prindle Ave. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to utility work, paving, sidewalk work and striping. Meco: Route 29A between the Gloversville City line and Caroga. Motorists will…
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Zucker, New York health chief, resigning

By MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press ALBANY— New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was a leading defender of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has submitted his resignation, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday. Hochul thanked Zucker for his service and said he has agreed to stay on until the state names a new commissioner. “I agree with his decision,” said Hochul, adding that Zucker’s resignation follows her previously announced plans to…
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Veterans at Stillwater battlefield dig find camaraderie

Veterans at Stillwater battlefield dig find camaraderie

By MICHAEL HILL The Associated Press STILLWATER -- Military veterans who carefully dug and sifted through clumps of dirt this month at a Revolutionary War battlefield in New York did more than uncover artifacts fired from muskets and cannons. The meticulous field work gave the veterans — some dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries — a familiar sense of camaraderie and mission. So while the archaeological dig at the Saratoga National Historical Park…
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Aides of former Gov. Cuomo on hook for new legal bills

Aides of former Gov. Cuomo on hook for new legal bills

By MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press ALBANY — New York state has stopped paying legal bills for state employees who worked for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he faced ongoing investigations on the state and federal level. Gov. Kathy Hochul's spokesperson Haley Viccaro said Wednesday that the state stopped paying for those aides' legal bills after Sept. 2. The administration is now deciding whether there is a legal basis for the state to pay bills…
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Former U.S. Rep. Boehlert dies

Former U.S. Rep. Boehlert dies

The Associated Press UTICA -- Former Republican U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, who represented upstate New York for 24 years, died at age 84, according to a statement from former staff members. The Utica-area resident died late Monday at a local hospice after a brief illness, according to the statement. He served in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007. Boehlert was chairman of the House Science Committee from 2001 through 2006. And he was…
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Soldier laid to rest in Schuylerville after remains ID’d

Soldier laid to rest in Schuylerville after remains ID’d

By MICHAEL HILL The Associated Press SCHUYLERVILLE -- Cpl. Walter Smead was finally laid to rest Monday near his rural upstate New York hometown, seven decades after he was killed in the Korean War and months after his remains were officially accounted for with help from DNA analysis. He was honored by a younger brother and sister with only hazy memories of him, by nieces and nephews born well after he died in 1950, by…
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