Opinion

We have no way of knowing how many businesses — from small, independent ones to large malls — will close or see their sales greatly reduced in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown. We do know that a large chunk of the revenues that ran the towns and villages we cover may well be reduced.

Guilderland

Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber is expecting a 20-percent reduction in sales-tax revenues for the second quarter, which amounts to a loss of about half-of-a-million dollars. But, he said, the town, is “in fairly good shape” financially since it has “healthy reserves,” which he described as being “in the millions of dollars.” He has no immediate plans to lay off or furlough town workers.

New Scotland

In New Scotland, a 12-unit apartment building is proposed at the site of an already-converted school.

Regional

Gary Greenberg 

Acting Supreme Court Justice David A. Weinstein has ruled that the New York State Board of Elections decision to remove 46th District State Senate candidate Gary Greenberg from the ballot is valid, leaving fellow Democrat Michelle Hinchey unopposed in the primary.

Hilltowns

At its May 28 special meeting, Supervisor William Bichteman broke down the money Westerlo can save from either laying off, furloughing, or reducing the hours of between one and four town employees. 

 

 

 

 

 

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