H. Rose Schneider

The acting supervisor, William Bichteman, cannot vote on the town board but otherwise has most of the powers of town supervisor. Republican council members say they want to leave it this way until voters can choose their own supervisor in November.

Matthew Tedeschi

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Superintendent Timothy Mundell said that  school board members hope that Board President Matthew Tedeschi will help to represent rural schools in Albany County.

BERNE — This rural Helderberg Hilltown, long dominated by Democrats, saw a Republican resurgence two years ago, nearly flipping the town board majority. Two Republicans — Supervisor Sean Lyons and Councilman Dennis Palow — both won their first-ever elected posts and the third GOP candidate lost by a single vote.

A domestic assault that sent a 28-year-old woman to the hospital was stopped after the woman used an emergency-call feature to notify police during the attack, according to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Richard Rapp, who has been Westerlo’s supervisor for more than 40 years, left his post on Tuesday.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students with disabilities who were tested were among the lowest 10-percent in their group for English, math, and science, and were also among the lowest 10-percent for growth in English and math, according to a spokeswoman for the State Education Department.

Benjamin Rauf pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the death of his former fellow law-school student, who was found shot to death in his car in Delaware almost four years ago.

The lawsuit states that pharmacies and other distributors of opioid painkillers ignored red flags of drug abuse while profiting from an influx of opioid prescriptions.

The Albany County Planning Board gave nearly identical reasons as to why they disapproved of the proposed multi-use recreational district as they did when the town of Knox had proposed a business district in the same area.

The Helderberg Earth and Sky Observatory and Science Center is now seeking land in Rensselaerville to build an observatory, but is first trying to connect with the community.


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