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Arthur G. Porcello

May 4, 2017 Arthur G. Porcello, 81, of Getman Road, Fonda, N.Y., passed away Thursday morning May 4, 2017. at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., surrounded by his loving family by his side. Funeral services will be held Monday May 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Riley Mortuary, Inc. 110 Division St., Amsterdam, NY 12010, followed at 11:15 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 156 East Main St., Amsterdam. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, N.Y. Calling hours are Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary. Memorial gifts in Art’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the American Heart Association, 4 Atrium Drive, Suite. 100, Albany, NY 12205. To send online condolences to the family, go to...

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State news in brief

Man guilty of reckless endangerment for Albany mall gunplay ALBANY (AP) — A man accused of firing a gunshot that panicked hundreds of people at an upstate New York mall has been acquitted of attempted murder and criminal weapon possession but found guilty of reckless endangerment. Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares says 20-year-old Albany resident Tasheem Maeweather was found guilty by a jury Friday afternoon. Defense lawyer Lee Kindlon says an appeal is planned. Kindlon denied the prosecution’s contention that Maeweather is a gang member and said police got the wrong man. No one was hurt in the gunfire outside an Apple store at Crossgates Mall near Albany on Nov. 12. Prosecutors said Maeweather opened fire on rival gang members after one punched him. Man admits setting fire that destroyed school sports gear SCHENECTADY (AP) — A 20-year-old man has admitted he helped set a field house fire that left a high school team in Schenectady relying on rivals for equipment for a playoff game. The Times Union reports that Shameek McDuffie pleaded guilty to third degree arson Wednesday. McDuffie will serve 16 months to four years in prison and has to help pay to replace the building. Police say McDuffie worked with two teenagers to set Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons High School’s field house on fire in 2016. The blaze damaged most of the football team’s equipment...

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On the corner of Railroad and East Main streets

When you stop at the traffic light by the Riverfront Center parking garage at the foot of the ramp after crossing the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, you are sitting on the site of the S. S. Kresge’s store that once stood at the corner of East Main and Railroad streets. In 1925, Kresge’s demolished an older building that stood there and built a two story department store. The store was enlarged around 1940. In 1966, Kresge’s itself was demolished to make way for the bridge ramp. Hugh Donlon predicted, “Hundreds who have watched the demolition will be saying in years to come, ‘I remember when…’” There are few people alive today, however, who can say “I remember when Lurie’s stood on that valuable corner.” The site was the home of the M. Lurie Department store from 1908, when Morris Lurie opened a branch of his store in Amsterdam, until 1925 when Kresge’s bought the corner. Born in 1857, Morris Lurie emigrated from Lithuania to Troy, N.Y., when he was 15. He started in business by selling merchandise from house to house. He was successful at it and opened a store in Troy. Over time he opened other stores in North Adams, Hoosick Falls, Little Falls, Schenectady and Amsterdam. When Kresge’s purchased the corner, Lurie’s moved to 97-99 E. Main St., the former home of the Amsterdam Theater (fka Neff...

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A lonely ride to Rochester

Folks are you ready to go on a train ride? Before getting on board I would like to ask when the last time you went on a train ride? For me it has been many years. Normally something involving distance will put me on a plane. I have also been on some bus trips which are usually short, but for the most part my daily form of travel is by automobile. My reason for taking the train recently was simple. I needed a one way ticket so to drive a car back home to Amsterdam.  First I had to purchase a ticket which today is a completely different process. No longer is it necessary to speak to someone face to face looking at you behind metal bars or a glass petition asking for a train ticket. Those are days gone by. Instead you pull out a laptop or cell phone and click on a destination. So are you ready for the journey? Let’s all put on our conductor’s hats and enjoy the ride. All aboard! First stop the Amsterdam Train Station located on West Main Street in close proximity to the north bank of the Mohawk River.  It’s a small red-brick rectangular building with a gabled roof. Do you remember the old New York Central Railroad station with its classic architectural design that was once part of this city’s...

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The Recorder – 05/05/2017

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Woman pleads not guilty to 31 counts of animal cruelty

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff TOWN OF CHARLESTON — Amy C. Person, of Polin Road, Charleston, pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of animal cruelty charges Thursday in town court, according to Judge Jacqueline Lamphere. Person, 50, is facing the misdemeanor charges for allegedly not providing fresh food and fresh water to 31 farm animals, along with keeping them in inadequate living conditions at her Polin Road residence. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reportedly received an anonymous tip Friday, April 28, about animal cruelty at the property. Person had been scheduled to appear in Charleston Town Court at 7 p.m. Thursday, but she appeared earlier that day. Lamphere said the attorney representing Person requested the appearance time be moved earlier due to a conflict with a prior scheduled commitment. Person reportedly has been assigned a public defender to represent her. Person in a statement to authorities reportedly denied not providing adequate care or feed for the animals, according to court documents. “I have had some of these animals for 20 some odd years. I don’t want to give them up, but I am willing to allow them to be temporarily placed under another person’s care until this matter and case is resolved,” Person said reportedly said in a statement to police. “I am not looking to give them away and want them back when this matter is resolved.”...

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Bieniek tapped as county Democratic Committee chair

From, left outgoing Montgomery County Democratic Chairperson Bethany Schumann-McGhee and newly appointed chairperson Terry Bieniek are pictured Thursday during their meeting. By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff FONDA — After more than ten years, the Montgomery County Democratic Committee will be led by a new chairperson. Bethany Schumann-McGhee stepped down from her position Thursday and the committee nominated Terry Bieniek to fill the role. Bieniek is the former Montgomery County District 5 Legislator and will take the position of Montgomery County Democratic Election Commissioner on July 1. Schumann-McGhee will still be active in the committee, taking Deborah Marek’s seat as...

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Joyful House Republicans vote to repeal reviled ‘Obamacare’

President Donald Trump, accompanied by GOP House members, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, after the House pushed through a health care bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the “Obamacare” health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump. The 217-213 vote was a narrow victory, and ultimate success is far from assured since the measure must still make its...

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State news in brief

Gov. Cuomo urges shared services for local  governments ALBANY (AP) — New York governor Andrew Cuomo says local governments should share resources to ease tax burdens that could increase under federal tax proposals. Cuomo on Thursday in Long Island ceremonially signed a bill allowing for counties to create plans to reduce property taxes by consolidating government programs or sharing equipment. The plan requires the top county executive to bring together local elected leaders and come up with a plan that would require public approval. Democrat Cuomo argues that many villages, cities, towns and counties could save money by pooling their purchases or cooperating to make duplicative services more efficient. Cuomo says the plan is “more critical than ever” to ease property taxes in light of President Trump’s tax proposal that could end the federal deduction for state and local taxes. Park with panoramic views near Albany opens $4.3M center VOORHEESVILLE (AP) — A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area has opened its new $4.3 million visitors’ center. A ceremony to officially open the 8,240-square-foot Thacher State Park Center was held Thursday. State parks commissioner Rose Harvey says the new center will help showcase the park. Thacher State Park sits on the Helderberg Escarpment about 10 miles west of Albany. The 2,500-acre park offers views of the Hudson Valley, Green Mountains and the foothills of...

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Proposed U-Haul facility to offer secure storage

By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — Members of the town planning board received an update Wednesday on the proposed two-story U-Haul moving and storage facility on Route 30. Brian Osterhout, of Environmental Design Partnership in Clifton Park, who represented the applicant, attended the monthly meeting to give board members an update of what has been going on “behind the scenes” since presenting the content plan of the 68,000 square foot climate controlled storage warehouse. The warehouse would have self-storage facilities and covered boat and RV parking in the rear of the property. “U-Haul really took to heart the comments that you had about the showroom being up front on Route 30, kind of flip-flopping the warehouse into the back of the building and so I have provided a brief sketch tonight that does show that,” Osterhout said. “The other thing they are working on is because obviously, as a two-story building, there was a lot of discussion about our architecture and what that might entail. Those renderings are being done internally, they have their own architects back in Phoenix so I’m told that those are going to be done by this Friday and once we get those we will past those on to you as well.” In April, planning board members requested to see the tractor trailer pad moved to the back of the 7.32 acre site...

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