Marcello Iaia

RENSSELAERVILLE — Now in her first term as a town board member, Marion Cooke wants to continue for another four years.

“I’m running because I think the town is running on an even keel and I’d like to see it stay that way,” said Cooke, who is also deputy supervisor.

RENSSELAERVILLE — To be and remain a rural community requires pro-active work, according to Jeannette Rice. The Democratic candidate for town council sees a board role for supporting farms and small businesses.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Having spent all of his life in Preston Hollow, Gerald Wood, 67, is running for the town board for the first time.

Wood said contentious town board meetings in the past few years caused him concern.

Assemblyman Peter Lopez had a calming effect on a neighbor dispute over potential stormwater diversion in Westerlo.

HILLTOWNS — When Bonnie Schmidt met her husband, Dennis, they were alternating shifts as home health aids, taking care of a quadriplegic man in Voorheesville. Now, the two have quit their jobs and are in the process of foreclosing their Berne home as the long list of Mrs. Schmidt’s medical complications has worsened.

Brandon Aveyard, 28, a Berne-Knox-Westerlo graduate, is in a coma, with people on both coasts of the country raising money for him to return to the Capital Region.

As the board and parents pushed back on limiting the schedule of in-school nurses, Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer deferred, but he said he's still committed to supporting preschoolers.

Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer thinks the school can save on per-pupil spending and be in the 70th percentile among other schools in the area.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Water and Sewer committee Chairman Thomas Delp plans to retract a notice sent to water and sewer users in the hamlet describing the systems as compromised.

Berne Highway Superintendent Kenneth Weaver and his opponent, Democrat Scott Duncan, both say shared services with the Albany County Department of Public Works wouldn't work.

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