Elizabeth Floyd Mair

GUILDERLAND — Since Alice Begley retired as Guilderland’s town historian at the end of 2016, not much has been done with the Schoolcraft House. Begley was the mover and shaker behind fundraising for renovations and planning for special events, such as lectures or open houses, held there.

Lynnwood Elementary School Principal Alicia Rizzo is on medical leave, with no set date for her return.

The Guilderland school district has reduced by about 28 percent the amount of a proposed capital-construction project that was narrowly defeated in October, and plans to bring it to voters again in May.

Six cases of Legionnaires’ disease were linked to the building about seven years ago, when it was a Best Western Sovereign Hotel, but the assisted-living facility that has since converted the hotel undertook an “extensive renovation that replaced every single fixture in the building, faucets as well as the hot-water heater” and all the piping, according to Paul Belitsis, Promenade Senior Living’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Blake Spears sent videos of adults performing sex acts on girls as young as 6, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Two Democrats — Steven D. Wickham and Dustin M. Reidy — will vie in a June primary to get their party’s backing to represent Guilderland’s District 30 in the Albany County Legislature.

GUILDERLAND — Jean Cataldo is set to retire at the end of this year, after 20 years of working for the town as, first, receiver of taxes, and then town clerk.

She will fill out her term, but she will not run for re-election in November, said Jacob Crawford, chairman of the Guilderland Democratic Committee, this week.

Carlos X. Quinones Jr.

Carlos Quinones, 16 at the time, was also arrested on Oct. 1, 2018 on rape and other felony charges. The date of his earlier arrest is the same day that Raise the Age legislation went into effect in New York State, making it possible for many 16-year-old defendants to have their cases heard in Family Court. Raise the Age did not apply to Quinones' case for several reasons, said Cecilia Walsh of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

This change is intended to create more social connections for kids while they still have a team of four teachers who can help ease the transition for them, says FMS principal Michael Laster.

GUILDERLAND — The school board is considering bringing to the voters a pared-down $30.6 million capital construction project, reduced from the $42.7 million proposal defeated in October.


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