Tensions rose but manners prevailed as the Berne Planning Board submitted a letter to its newly appointed chairman, Thomas Spargo, announcing its desire to see a member reinstated who was effectively fired in the middle of her term to make room for Spargo. The planning board cited a recently-filed lawsuit against the town and Spargo as one aspect of the fallout Berne is experiencing after the controversial decision.

Samuel Groezinger

The opposing attorneys disagreed over whether Samuel Groezinger had taken appropriate responsibility. 

Neighbors expressed empathy after hearing from the homeowner’s relatives, but remain concerned about their property values. 

Robert Baron, the former Voorheesville girls’ varsity basketball coach, suffered a setback on Jan. 28 in his lawsuit against the school district.

Peter Hotaling

Peter Hotaling, who was Westerlo’s assessor for 19 years before the town replaced him with Garth Slocum, has filed an Article 78 proceeding against the town, requesting that he be reinstated with back pay and that the town reimburse him for medical costs he accrued after losing his insurance.

Stewart’s Shops

Stewart’s announced in September 2019 it was suing Voorheesville, claiming the village was targeting the company to keep it from building a new shop in the village. The village, in its first response to the lawsuit, asked that the suit be tossed. 

Obstructions to Stewart’s Shops building a new shop at its Altamont location continue to fall by the wayside, as the company receives once-already approved rezone requests and, more recently, the lawsuit that had brought the project to a halt was dropped. 

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has been accused in a federal lawsuit of exacting revenge on one of his former political pals. 

In federal court, Richard Sherwood said, “I sincerely apologize to anyone I have hurt or embarrassed, including the bar and the judiciary, by what I have done.” 

The crimes were “ruled by insatiable greed,” said Assistant United States Attorney Michael Barnett in court Wednesday. 


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