James Gaughan

The charm and beauty of our village does not go without notice to the most casual passerby. 

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At its April 7 meeting, the Altamont Board of Trustees approved the 2015-16 village budget, after a public hearing, and meeting in public workshops twice in March to discuss department budget proposals and village economic issues.  The approved budget essentially contains no increase in village resident taxes for the fifth year in a ro

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During his 2014 re-election campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo claimed that New York’s high property taxes were due to the waste and duplication of New York’s “more than 10,500 local governments.”  Not only is his claim incorrect, the governor also failed to acknowledge the role the state has played in exacerbating the property tax proble

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The Guilderland School Board met last week to discuss the results of a summit held a month earlier.  Board members spent considerable time interpreting the record sheets of ideas garnered from summit volunteers who provided solutions for the revenue shortages experienced by the school in the last several years.

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On Nov. 19, seventy-four of the goal of 100 district residents participated in the first summit on the future of Guilderland schools.  Altamont Mayor James Gaughan was one of the residents who participated.

We are just seeing the beginnings of the colors of fall emerging in the village and up on the escarpment.  Summer finally is in the past and fall activities are about to go into full swing.  Here are some highlights for your information.

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For its entire existence, Altamont has been defined by and has been enhanced by a strong sense of volunteerism in its citizens.  For over 50 years, the Schilling family has personified that sense of volunteerism.

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At last week’s Guilderland Board of Education meeting, seven of the nine board members voted to direct Superintendent Marie Wiles to refocus the discussion about a consultant’s report and set aside its recommendations to close schools.  I applaud the seven members’ decision.

Last week, the Guilderland School District added future meetings to discuss a consultant’s report released last month that provided options to save the district money.  Five of the six options proposed closing elementary schools, and four of the five proposed closing Altamont Elementary School.

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