Noah Zweifel

Berne Councilman Joel Willsey, a Democrat, voted against reappointing Cheryl Baitsholts as dog control officer despite avidly supporting her candidacy, saying that the reduced pay proposed by the GOP-backed town board is inadequate.

The 90-day extension will allow the Westerlo Town Board more time to review the town’s comprehensive plan and ensuing alternative energy laws. 

The Berne Highway Department has corrected the seven safety violations uncovered by the New York State Department of Labor in the wake of a fatal workplace accident at the town highway garage last year, newly obtained investigation documents show.


The Altamont Fair opens for the first time since 2019 on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and will operate through Aug. 22. And, in spite of the safety measures necessary to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and other pandemic-related obstacles, the experience should prove to be just as electrifying as in years’ past, organizers say.

Albany County has at least $16 million to assist renters who are at risk of an eviction because of COVID-related hardships.

Ray Carucci, the owner of Westerlo antiques store Chipped, Tarnished, and Torn, said that Instagram helped him stay in business during the COVID-19 shutdown, cementing, for Carucci, the idea that even a business that deals in antiquities needs to adapt to the modern world. 

All 10 of Congressman Paul Tonko’s requests for local capital-project funding through the federal budget have been accepted, meaning that the budget draft that just advanced through the United States House of Representatives needs only to be approved by the Senate. 

Knox will soon build a kitchen and a bathroom accessible to people with handicaps at its town park, which has already had recent upgrades. 

The only contest between the major parties is for the supervisor and clerk positions. Resident Brigitte McAuliffe is running for one of two town board seats under her own party and is opposed by incumbents. 

The Rensselaerville 2021 election centers around five seats, but the local Democrats have put forth only two candidates — the same as those endorsed by the town’s other parties.


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