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GUILDERLAND — School district voters will be the first in the county to cast their budget and board ballots electronically.

“We’re going from ancient lever machines to scanatrons,” said school board President Colleen O’Connell at Tuesday’s board meeting.

NEW SCOTLAND –– It’s the morning after some past Voorheesville Memorial Day parade and celebration. It’s just after 6 a.m. and, despite being up late the night before, Bill Hotaling, along with the mayor and trustees, is picking up garbage along Main Street.

ALBANY ––A Guilderland man appearing in Albany County Court Monday paid $1,500 to have his business associate kidnapped for $400,000 ransom in order to settle a financial dispute between the two, reported Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

GUILDERLAND — A Guilderland man pleaded guilty to driving drunk with minors in the car, and, on Tuesday, he was sentenced to one to three years in state prison.

NEW SCOTLAND –– To gauge public feedback, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is holding an open house this weekend at the Thompson’s Lake Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.

VOORHEESVILLE Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy met with village and town residents at Village Hall here Tuesday to give his overview of the county budget and a brief version of his State of the County address, but local supporters of the proposed rail trail derailed his visit.

GUILDERLAND — History is being made at Guilderland.

This year, more Guilderland entrants in the state level competition for History Day will proceed to the national level than ever before.

KNOX Rumors that the Father Peter Young Housing, Industries, and Treatment center in Knox has been sold are untrue, according to center officials.

GUILDERLAND — Emilio Genzano, who has been on the Guilderland School Board for three years, says he wants to use what he’s learned to help the schools weather the economic storm.

GUILDERLAND — Jennifer Charron, who has two children in Guilderland schools, would like to use her business acumen to reduce the budget without cutting teachers, she said.

VOORHEESVILLE –– A Voorheesville Elementary School teacher arrested in December for biting one of his fifth-grade students is having his case dismissed after the alleged victims’ parents told officials they wanted the charges dropped, reported his attorney, James Knox.

GUILDERLAND — Catherine Barber served three terms on the school board — in each election garnering the most votes — before retiring last year when she was the board’s vice president.

After a year as an outsider looking in, she’s decided it’s time to run for a fourth three-year term.

GUILDERLAND — Amber Tomaso, a teenager managing to care for her baby while going to school and living in a group home, will be recognized on May 16 by the Rotary of Albany Youth Recognition Program.

NEW SCOTLAND –– The town board is considering appointing a new highway superintendent after Darrell Duncan accepted a job as head of Public Works in early March.

Darrell Duncan served the New Scotland Town Highway Department for the last 18 years.

VOORHEESVILLE — Incumbent Timothy Blow will be challenged by two newcomers — Diana Straut and Jason Windsor — in a three-way race for two seats on the Voorheesville School Board.

Lisa Henkel, who served one term, is not seeking re-election.