Sean Mulkerrin

ALBANY COUNTY — Mark S. Schmidt of Altamont was sentenced in Albany County Court on Thursday to two-and-a-half years in prison followed by 10 years of post-release supervision; upon release, he will have to register as a sex offender.

Municipalities in Albany County are adopting a plan to help decrease the impact that natural disasters may have on their communities.

Mark S. Schmidt

Mark S. Schmidt of Altamont was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being arrested in 2017 in an underage-sex sting.

The New Scotland Planning Board will hold a special meeting on Dec. 12, to determine the fate of the first proposed solar farm in town.

Sarah Clark became the new director of the Voorheesville Public Library on Nov. 1., after the library’s longtime director, Gail Sacco, retired in October. Clark was chosen from a very well-qualified field of applicants, said David Gibson, the library board president.

A Minnesota-based solar company has proposed installing a 7,000-panel solar farm in New Scotland.

Next week, a new restaurant, Gracie’s Kitchen, will open in the village of Voorheesville.

ALTAMONT — Joseph Vinette has a lot of the “heroes” to thank.

“How can I live to my fullest, if I’m not appreciative of the people around me?” he asks.

He writes to his wife, Jennifer, “I could not have been on this journey without you,” in his book, “Hero Status: Living Every Day Bolder than Ever.”

At its monthly meeting, the New Scotland Town Board approved a budget for next year, and set a public hearing date for a proposed law to amend the town’s existing dog-control law.

On Thursday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced that his office will decline to prosecute cases of simple marijuana possession.


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