Noah Zweifel

Gary Greenberg, a Democratic candidate for the New York Senate’s 46th District, has been found ineligible for a ballot position in the state’s June 23 Democratic primary and said he’ll appeal the decision by the state’s Board of Elections.

The Hilltowns Community Resource Center is on track to keep in-need residents well-stocked  for the time being, thanks to a donation from the Carey Institute totaling around $3,000 of food items, as well as the generosity of residents in Guilderland and Altamont, Program Coordinator Mary Beth Peterson told The Enterprise.

In an attempt to support local farmers and small businesses, Berne Councilwoman Bonnie Conklin has proposed a farmers’ market in Berne.

As New York State politicians at both the state and federal level join the call for the protection of dairy farmers, who, across the country, are reportedly experiencing such difficulties amid the coronavirus that many are dumping milk, The Enterprise spoke with local farmers about how they’re faring. 

Following a court decision that nullified the Berne Town Board’s decision to appoint Thomas Spargo, a convicted felon, as chairman of the town’s planning board, the town board now wants to expand the planning board from five members to seven, which would clear the way for reappointing Spargo.

Javid Afzali

Berne’s attorney, William Conboy III, resigned from the position at the town board’s regular meeting on April 15. The board then voted to authorize Supervisor Sean Lyons to contract services from Bond Schoeneck & King, with Javid Afzali, who recently resigned as Knox’s attorney, as lead counsel.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s superintendent, Timothy Mundell, told The Enterprise this week that, although there is concern about reductions in state aid, he anticipates a “flat, or reduced” tax levy and a budget proposal that is lower than last year’s. 

Advice travels fast during a panic. But experts say that it’s important to consult with doctors before treating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 symptoms at home.

Medical offices are taking extraordinary steps to ensure patients’ safety during the present crisis, but strict in-house sanitation procedures and loosened regulations on telemedicine are not fully protecting healthcare providers from economic loss as they lose patients and cancel nonessential appointments to focus on critical care.

With people stuck at home, rates of domestic abuse are on the rise, but Albany County’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center is getting fewer calls than normal. “People may be afraid to go to the hospital due to fears of contracting COVID-19,” Director Karen Ziegler told The Enterprise. 

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