Honoring Altamont's own

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Rally ’round the Tony Award: Supporters of Leon Rothenberg, at left in front, stand with him Tuesday after a ceremony at Altamont’s Orsini Park. Behind him are his girlfriend, Jenny Slattery, left, and his mother, Carol Rothenberg. Politicians who honored Rothenberg are Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, at right in front, and, behind him, Altamont Mayor James Gaughan, and State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Leon Rothenberg, an Altamont native, listens to praise Tuesday from officials for his recent Tony Award. 

Leon Rothenberg won a Tony Award this year for sound design for The Nance. Many of his boyhood music teachers sat behind him on the Altamont Village green at a July 30 event honoring him. “I had the honor, privilege, and cooperation of working with the music teachers of Guilderland,” Rothenberg told the crowd.

More Guilderland News

  • In a Jan. 5 letter to the Surface Transportation Board, village attorney Allyson Phillips writes that Altamont is opposed to CSX’s attempted acquisition of Pan Am Systems because the running of a 1.7-mile-long train twice per day over the Main Street railroad crossing would leave parts of the village inaccessible to emergency responders for as long as 10 minutes.  

  • Mayor Kerry Dineen noted that the Altamont Zoning Board of Appeals rarely meets, its last meeting — prior to the one on Jan. 11 — having been in September 2020; it met six times that year. The zoning board met twice in 2019. 

  • The biggest factor in the revenue jump is the state’s commitment to make Foundation Aid to schools whole. “It looks like that three-year phase-in, at least from the governor’s perspective, is going to happen, so that’s tremendous news for our school district and school districts throughout the state,” Guilderland’s assistant superintendent for business, Neil Sanders, said on Tuesday.

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