The proposed Rensselaerville budget for 2019 has an increase of about $33,000 in its general and highway funds. Increases of town workers’ wages drew the ire of some residents, but were defended by town officials as being increases on already low salaries.

After being re-appointed to the town’s water board and again offering a monthly report on Westerlo’s water district, William Bichteman said the district is still financially strapped as more expenses arise.

Berne’s $2.9 million budget proposal for next year is up $82,000 from this year’s spending, and will draw over $50,000 from reserves and $368,000 from the town’s fund balance to keep taxes flat.

Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will continue to represent the 111th Assembly District for a fourth term after winning 53 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

After an extremely close special election in April, Assemblyman Chris Tague, a Republican, has kept his seat in the 102nd District of the State Assembly, according to unofficial election results.

A Berne man has been arrested with over half a dozen charges related to abusing a child.

An argument between two students and the mention of weapon led to a Berne-Knox-Westerlo bus driver using a “panic button,” part of new radio installed on the bus, to contact law enforcement to respond.

At Berne-Knox-Westerlo, teachers use the framework of an educational program to help students learn behavior with rewards.

Muriel Frasher and Ronald Bates are the only town candidates on the ballot in Rensselaerville this November — an off year for town elections. 

A Rensselaerville man was charged for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl for several years as well as strangling her at least once in 2014 while living in the town of Westerlo, according to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.