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Mohawk makes ‘final offer’ to Johnstown on revenue agreement

By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff TOWN OF MOHAWK — Town officials have sent a letter to the city of Johnstown in a final attempt at creating a revenue sharing agreement for a proposed annexation of land to create a regional business park. The town submitted the letter to Johnstown on July 20 and Mohawk Town Supervisor Edward Bishop said this will be their final attempt. If the city does not accept, Bishop said they will continue to move forward with the process without an agreement. “We’re done, we think this is fair,” Bishop said Tuesday. “When the environmental impact statement (EIS) is completed and it comes to a vote,  it will probably be 3-1. Without  a majority in that vote it has to go to a law judge who will make the final decision[on the annexation.” In their letter, Mohawk is proposing two concurrent 40-year terms in their annexation revenue sharing agreement with the city of Johnstown. The town would get a 45 percent cut of the property tax and the remaining 55 percent would go to the city. According to the letter, the city would review traffic as required under the  state environmental quality review (SEQR) for any future use or development. They would also consider adopting zoning code or other legislation for uses in the regional business park. There would be no access to the park...

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County legislators table funding for Fonda Youth Days

Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff District 2 Legislator Brian Sweet states his opinion regarding a resolution during Tuesday’s meeting. By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff FONDA — Montgomery County Legislators tabled a resolution Tuesday that would fund Fonda Fair Youth Days after a lengthy discussion regarding where the money would come from. During Tuesday’s full board meeting, District  6 Legislator John M. Duchessi pulled his sponsorship for an amended resolution to use $7,500 from the economic development department’s budget and $7,500 from the mental health department’s budget. The original resolution, which was pushed by the Budget and Finance Committee proposed using $15,000 of...

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Land bank moves to raze East End properties in city

Recorder file photo The Capital Region Land Bank is planning to demolish these three homes located on Forbes Street in Amsterdam. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Three dilapidated homes Amsterdam officials have longed to see razed at the East End arterial entrance in the city are slated to be demolished by the fall. The Capital Regional Land Bank has agreed to solicit bids for three structures from 42 to 48 Forbes Street, with several other buildings on John Street identified for future demolition, Nicholas Zabawsky, of the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency, said Tuesday. “We’ve identified properties primarily on Forbes...

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Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate but outcome in doubt

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as the Senate was to vote on moving head on health care with the goal of erasing much of Barack Obama’s law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) By ERICA WERNER AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted at last Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a...

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Trump cranks up heat on Sessions and says ‘time will tell’ fate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as “very weak” and refusing to say whether he’ll fire the nation’s top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully. All through a day of anything-but-subtle tweets and statements, Trump rued his decision to choose Sessions for his Cabinet and left the former senator’s future prospects dangling. “We will see what happens,” Trump said. “Time will tell. Time will tell.” His intensifying criticism has fueled speculation that the attorney general may step down even if the president stops short of firing him. But several people close to the former Alabama senator have said he does not plan to quit. In private, Trump raged to confidants that Sessions had been disloyal in recusing himself from the federal investigation of Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and the possibility of collaboration with the Trump campaign. Sessions himself had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the election as a representative of the Trump campaign and thus stepped aside from the probe. As he has previously, Trump said he would have “quite simply picked someone else” for the job if he’d known Sessions would recuse himself. He called Sessions’ decision a “bad thing for the presidency,” changing a word from...

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House decisively passes sanctions bill curbing Trump’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress. Lawmakers passed the legislation, 419-3, clearing the far-reaching measure for action by the Senate. If senators move quickly, the bill could be ready for Trump’s signature before Congress exits Washington for its regular August recess. The Senate, like the House, is expected to pass the legislation by a veto-proof margin. The bill also slaps Iran and North Korea with sanctions. The 184-page measure serves as a rebuke of the Kremlin’s military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed President Bashar Assad. It aims to hit Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers, and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports. “It is well past time that we forcibly respond,” said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Trump hasn’t threatened to reject the bill even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior administration officials had objected to a mandated congressional review should the president attempt to ease or lift the sanctions on Russia. They’ve argued it would infringe on the president’s executive authority and tie...

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Official: Driver in smuggling attempt part of larger group

A group visits a makeshift memorial in the parking lot of a Walmart store near the site where authorities Sunday discovered a tractor-trailer packed with immigrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Monday, July 24, 2017. Several people died and others hospitalized after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer in the midsummer Texas heat, according to authorities in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is just one member of a larger...

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Priest at center of clergy sex abuse scandal to be released

BOSTON (AP) — One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person. Paul Shanley was known in the 1960s and ‘70s for being a hip street priest who reached out to troubled youths. But in 2005 he was convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a suburban parish in the 1980s, and he was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Tuesday that her office hired two psychiatric experts to evaluate Shanley, now 86 years old, to see if he should continue to be held after completing his sentence. Both experts told prosecutors that he does not meet the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person. Once Shanley is released Friday, he will begin 10 years of supervised probation. Shanley was defrocked after dozens of men came forward and said he had molested them when they were children. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented some of those men in lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Boston, said his clients are upset that Shanley is getting out of prison. “Unfortunately, there is no mechanism in place which will prevent...

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National news in brief

Police: Teen father left newborn in California parking lot SUISUN CITY, Calif. (AP) — A newborn was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after his teenage father abandoned him in a Northern California strip-mall parking lot, police said. The father, Daniel Mitchell, 18, drove into the lot in Suisun City on Monday, removed a car seat holding the 16-day-old boy, put it on the ground and left, police said after viewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses. Two employees from a barber shop noticed the child car seat sitting unattended, and on closer inspection they found a baby in it and called police. Police were able to get the vehicle’s license plate from surveillance video and identify Mitchell. He was involved in a hit-and-run crash and hospitalized later Monday in nearby Fairfield, and police found him there and confirmed he was the father. Police arrested Mitchell on suspicion of child endangerment, child abandonment, committing a felony while free on bail and misdemeanor possession of suspected cocaine. The baby was airlifted to a children’s hospital and was in critical but stable condition. Police said they have found and interviewed the boy’s mother, but she is not considered a suspect. Boat captain leaps into sea to save crew after capsizing JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A fishing boat captain jumped into cold, choppy waters to save two of his crew members after their...

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US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation. The encounter involving the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship based in Bahrain as part of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, is the latest confrontation between Iranian vessels and American warships. It comes as Trump already has threatened to renegotiate the nuclear deal struck by his predecessor and after his administration previously put Iran “on notice” over its ballistic missile tests. The Thunderbolt was taking part in an exercise with American and other coalition vessels in international waters when the Iranian patrol boat approached it, 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Ian McConnaughey said. The Iranian ship did not respond to radio calls, flares and horn blasts as it came within 150 yards (137 meters) of the Thunderbolt, forcing the U.S. sailors aboard to fire the warning shots, McConnaughey said. “After the warning shots were fired, the Iranian vessel halted its unsafe approach,” the lieutenant said in a statement, adding that the Iranian vessel created “a risk for collision.” Large ships can’t stop immediately on the water, meaning getting close to each...

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