Noah Zweifel

The Shultes-Malcolm Dutch Barn, in Knox, is being dismantled and relocated, as many Dutch barns in the area have been before it. Developers often buy these rare historic structures and turn them into housing, despite efforts by New York state and some municipalities to encourage local owners to preserve them in place.   

Erin Nevins, of EP Nevins Insurance Agency, told the Rensselaerville Town Board last week that it may have an opportunity in 2025 to lower costs associated with reimbursing retirees, thanks to impending changes to the Medicare program that limit out-of-pocket drug expenses to $2,000 per enrollee. 

A fundamental progressivism has been in the undercurrent in most of the Hilltowns this year, as Westerlo, Rensselaerville, and Knox all began or continued to work on difficult, long-term projects that nevertheless promise to benefit residents for decades to come. Berne, however, has been stuck wrestling with its past. 

As the town of Rensselaerville has begun redoubling its broadband expansion efforts, the Albany County Legislature this week approved the creation of a broadband special project coordinator to help manage broadband-related funding and partner with local municipalities, guiding their own efforts in the difficult work of connecting residents to the internet. 

To help get itself in place for state funding as it attempts to fix severe problems with its water system, the Rensselaerville Water and Sewer Advisory Committee has selected the engineering company C.T. Male to carry out an inspection of the system to reveal the full scope of the work that needs to be done. 

Kevin Crosier filed a legal complaint this week against the town of Berne over his forced removal from a public hearing earlier this year, alleging that they denied him his right to free speech through the federal and state constitutions. 

Pharmacist Zarina Jalal had filed ethics complaints regarding Albany County’s contract with Genoa Healthcare, which operates a pharmacy at the Department of Mental Health building in the city of Albany, alleging that the county did not follow its own requests-for-proposal process, and helped a former county official’s daughter get the head pharmacist job at the location.

Nearly a month after Election Night, the Rensselaerville justice race votes have been finalized, securing incumbent Gregory Bischoff as the winner by a margin of just nine votes over his opponent, Republican Richard Tollner. 

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in partnership with the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation, has awarded grant money to 26 different meat-processing projects across the state in an effort that’s expected to expand processing capacity by 4.8 million pounds annually. 

Patrick Corbett is accused of stealing “an ATV, a keyboard, night vision binoculars, hunting equipment with apparel, two safes that contained a total of 6 guns, over 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and several other items,” according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. 

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