Marcello Iaia

While the Albany County executive says the Capital Region will be eligible to begin the first phase of reopening in a day or two, he and the county’s health commissioner stress that workplaces as well as residents must heed directives to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19.

A domestic mask-maker, Shannon Duerr, makes and donates masks and are available outside their home in Altamont.

BERNE — Institutions continued their ascent in this rural rectangle, putting a spotlight on its central orientation in the Hilltowns.

Now 20, VanAlstyne is facing a sentence of 18 years to life, scheduled to appear in court in January.

The all-Democrat board in Berne will remain so as two councilwomen — Karen Schimmer and Dawn Jordan — won with substantial margins running on Democratic and Independence Party lines.

BERNE — Berne residents are looking at issues up on one of their highest hills and down underground this election season as four candidates are vying for two seats on the town board.

ALBANY COUNTY — As a newcomer to politics and a native to the Hilltowns, Christopher Smith is proud of spending his life in the rural community of East Berne and Warners Lake.

At 34, he now has a family and three businesses, one of them the large restaurant Maple on the Lake.

ALBANY COUNTY — Claiming a legislative seat for an expansive rural area, Republican Deborah Busch is laying out pointed remarks for her Democratic colleagues while continuing to sound the mantra of no tax increases that she rode into the legislature in 2011.

In a town of 3,400, 500 voters turned out Sept. 1 and overwhelmingly voted down a proposal to repair and replace town buildings.

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