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F-FCS starts budget process for 2017-18

By Morgan Frisch Recorder News Staff FONDA — Officials at Fonda-Fultonville Central School District have started formulating “stage one” of the 2017-18 budget, and Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio’s goal is to preserve student programs. “I think our goal is to maintain the programs we have now for our students,” he said. “We will reinvest and repurpose any resources or any areas of savings back into our students and student programs.” Ciaccio and Business Administrator Joseph Karas presented the preliminary 2017-18 rollover budget during the board of education workshop Monday. The rollover budget is the total amount of money required to pay for current-year programs, staffing and services at next year’s prices, according the district. The rollover budget is described as what next year’s budget would be if the current year’s programs and services were left unchanged. The current rollover budget is $28.05 million, a $1.32 million increase, or 4.97 percent, over the current year’s spending plan. The increase includes estimated funding for the general operations, instruction, transportation and contractual obligations. According to the district, it also reflects an increase in debt service payments. The district will make its first bond repayment for the ongoing $19.4 million capital project during the 2017-18 school year. The estimated tax levy or cap is 2.41 percent, or $244,494. This is the amount of money that can be raised by taxes, if approved with a...

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Local officials support bill for emergency infrastructure funds

John Purcell/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa talks Monday on the importance of setting aside state funds for emergency infrastructure repairs as proposed through Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s Emergency Water Infrastructure Repair Fund bill. From left, Santabarbara and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy listen to Villa speak at Schenectady City Hall. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff SCHENECTADY — Amsterdam’s sewer leak last summer has inspired proposed legislation to set aside state funds for emergency water and sewer infrastructure repairs, which would be released more quickly to municipalities. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara presented Monday morning his proposed Emergency Water Infrastructure Repair Fund...

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Fultonville selects new clerk-treasurer

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Interim Fultonville Mayor George Donaldson has selected Kelley O’Kosky to serve as clerk-treasurer following the resignation of Thomas DiMezza. Fultonville Board of Trustee members on Monday unanimously approved Donaldson’s appointment of O’Kosky as clerk-treasurer effective April 1. Donaldson said O’Kosky was selected for her experience with similar positions and accounting background. Trustee Linda Petterson was absent from the monthly meeting. DiMezza has already been training O’Kosky, which will continue until his resignation becomes effective at the end of March. When asked if O’Kosky was not getting paid while she was being trained, Donaldson replied “no” and then said, “I think I’ve given you all I really want to give you.” Donaldson also declined to disclose “at this time” what the salary for the position would be once O’Kosky officially takes on the new role. “I don’t really think at this time that’s appropriate, she’s still in training,” Donaldson said. Trustees at the meeting also did not offer an answer in regard to the salary. Trustee Linda Denton said board members “don’t even have a budget yet.” Donaldson said he wanted to have a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) filed before he disclosed the salary. DiMezza said, while the board was in executive session, O’Kosky is being paid an hourly rate of $20 and her paycheck totaled 12 hours. Posted to the door Monday...

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Gene therapy to fight blood cancer succeeds in study

The Associated Press In this May 2016 photo provided by Kite Pharma, cell therapy specialists at the company’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., prepare blood cells from a patient to be engineered in the lab to fight cancer. The experimental gene therapy, called CAR-T cell, turns a patient’s own blood cells into specialized cancer killers and worked in the study, with more than one third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months after a single treatment, its maker said today. By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental gene therapy that turns...

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Gianina L. Tesiero

February 23, 2017 Gianina L. Tesiero, 17, of Nassau, N.Y., formerly of Amsterdam, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Albany Medical Center. Gianina was born in Albany, N.Y., on Nov. 13, 1999, a daughter of Bartley Tesiero II and Laurie Salzer. Gianina attended Howard L. Goff Middle School in East Greenbush, N.Y., for a time. While in school she participated in several school activities. She loved watching Elmo and Blues Clues. She had a very strong will for life and her smile and laughter were contagious. Gianina is survived by her mother, Laurie (Adam) Salzer of Nassau, N.Y.; her father, Bartley J. Tesiero II, and his wife, Brenda of Amsterdam, N.Y.; and her half- brother, Bartley John Tesiero III, and her half- sister, Brenley Tesiero both of Amsterdam. She is also survived by her grandparents, Lorretta “Lorrie” and Bartley “Bart” J. Tesiero of Amsterdam and Joan and Paul Daley; aunt and uncle, Tammy and Scott Phillips of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and cousins, Alyssa, Owen, Aspen and Ayden Phillips. Other extended family members also survive. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her calling hours Tuesday (this evening), Feb. 28, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc. 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, N.Y. Contributions may be made to Spina Bifida Association of NENY, Socha Plaza, 123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, NY 12302 or Albany...

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John A. Jacobs, Jr.

February 25, 2017 John A. Jacobs, Jr. 84, of Kingsway Manor, Schenectady, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. He was a resident on Thayer Road in the Town of Florida for 56 years until moving to Kingsway Manor two years ago. Born July 3, 1932, in Amsterdam, N.Y., he was the son of the late John A. and Mary Furman Jacobs. He was raised in Fort Johnson and Amsterdam. He attended schools in Fort Johnson and Amsterdam. John graduated from Amsterdam Industrial High School. After graduation, he worked at Mohawk Carpet Mills for a short time and then went to work for General Electric. He joined the Marine Corps in April 1951 during the Korean Conflict. He was sent to Korea after training and was declared missing in action April 1952. He had been wounded and captured on Hill 159 near Panmunjom. He was held prisoner until Aug. 27, 1953, when the peace talks were signed. John was discharged as a Sergeant on April 27, 1954. In June of 1954, John returned to his job at General Electric where he worked for 36 years retiring December of 1988 from Quality Control. He then worked for seven years as a school bus driver for Paul Heznek fully retiring in 1995 at the age of 63. In 1962, John married the former Dorothy Masten. Besides his wife, he is...

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Broadalbin woman arrested on DWI charge

BROADALBIN — A local woman was allegedly found to be intoxicated after a New York State trooper stopped her for driving erratically, according to police reports. State police arrested Cheryl Sweet, 53, of Broadalbin, on Thursday, Feb. 23, and charged her with driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. A trooper responded Thursday evening to a report of an erratic driver in the town of Broadalbin and located Sweet allegedly driving on the shoulder of Bogden Road. The trooper allegedly detected an odor of alcohol emanating from Sweet, who subsequently failed standardized field sobriety tests. State police said Sweet had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent. She was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and hydrocodone. Sweet was released on tickets to appear in Broadalbin Town Court at a later date. — Staff...

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Santabarbara recognizes F-FCS Brave Bots

Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, center, poses with the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Brave Bots and coaches John Broderick, top row left, and Jarrod Baker, top right right, on Monday during the board of education meeting. By Morgan Frisch Recorder News Staff FONDA — Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, recognized Fonda-Fultonville’s Brave Bots, the school’s robotics team, on Monday for its “absolutely amazing” work. He attended the board of education meeting to present a certificate to each student on the team. In January, the Brave Bots competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge’s Hudson Valley Albany Qualifying Tournament. This was...

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State news in brief

Driver crashes into side of upstate building COLONIE (AP) — Officials in Albany County say a driver has crashed into an occupied physical therapy center. WTEN-TV reports that a woman was dropping her son off for physical therapy when she mistakenly accelerated and crashed into the side of the building late Monday night in the suburban town of Colonie. Authorities say a group of children was taking a workout class on the other side of the wall, which collapsed in the crash. Authorities say no one was hurt during the crash. Fire crews removed the car and knocked down another portion of the wall. Officials say the crash didn’t cause any major structural damage. The driver of the car hasn’t been charged. Albany man charged with killing 2 women nearly 2 years apart ALBANY (AP) — An Albany man has been charged with killing his former roommate and another woman within two years of each other. The Albany County district attorney’s office says Monday that 29-year-old Edward Mero has been arraigned on two counts each of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. Authorities say he killed Megan Cunningham in Albany in January 2013 and Shelby Countermine in December 2014. Prosecutors didn’t release details of the two slayings. Mero and Cunningham were sharing a house in Albany when Cunningham’s remains were found inside after a fire. In May 2015,...

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National news in brief

Michael Phelps talks to Congress about athlete drug testing WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Phelps is to be in Washington to speak out in support of more consistent drug testing for competitive athletes. The retired swimmer is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill today before a congressional committee looking into ways to improve the international anti-doping system. In a witness statement posted on the committee’s website, Phelps expresses his frustration in seeing athletes he knows are cheating “break through performance barriers in unrealistic time frames.” While Phelps says the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s demanding drug testing process “takes a toll,” he adds that it’s worth it to “keep the sport clean and fair.” Phelps says he hopes one day that someone will break his record of 28 Olympic medals, but says that person needs “a fair opportunity to compete.” US home prices rise in December at fastest pace in a year WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in December from a year earlier at the fastest pace in 11 months, as prospective buyers bid against each other for a limited supply of available property. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released today, increased 5.6 percent, the most since January 2016. The price gain reflects the healthy pace of home sales, which increased in January to the fastest level in a decade. Steady job gains and growing...

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