Noah Zweifel

As the Albany County Sheriff’s Office increases compensation for its EMS staff, the leaders of towns that use the county’s emergency medical services are in favor of better-paid county workers, but worry about the impact it will have on their tax rates. They hope that a new system will relieve them of the burden of acting as a middleman for the county. 

The first gathering will be a “night of film and video” presented by Otto Ohle, a filmmaker and photographer based in Catskill, on July 7 at Conkling Hall. The second will be the annual local artist showcase at the Grist Mill, which will open on July 21 with a reception and be open to the public over the next two weekends.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Class of 2023 graduated from high school at a ceremony on June 24 at The Egg, in Albany.

New York State’s Master Plan for Aging is a monumental effort to catalog and solve the problems of the state’s seniors, including issues like housing, transportation, and digital inclusion. 

Amie Burnside

With full, opposing slates from both major parties, Westerlo’s 2023 general election promises to be a far cry from 2021’s, when Republicans and Democrats endorsed all the same candidates for the town board.

A joint report from the New York Coalition for Open Government and the Cornell University State Policy and Advocacy Clinic calls for the state to require and help fund the live streaming of public government meetings, but acknowledges that cost is not a substantial barrier. 

The Rensselaerville Rod and Gun Club has increased its activity levels recently, taking on new members and new activities, which has irked some nearby residents who say the noise is disrupting their peace and quiet. Residents and club directors are expected to meet later this month to come up with a compromise. 

“We’re trying to be as helpful as possible when they approach us because most municipalities couldn’t afford to pay for fire services,” said Albany county legislator Mark Grimm.

The Community Hilltown Action Team, or CHAT, offers Berne residents a monthly meeting space to discuss local concerns and brainstorm ways to solve them, bypassing the sometimes-suffocating rules and personalities of the town board.  

The town published its 2022 water quality report on its website this week. It shows that, while better than last year’s report and below state requirements on average, the town is still struggling to regulate the levels of TTHMs and HAA5, which are potentially toxic byproducts of the disinfection process. 

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