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Charter commission vote At-large posts get green light

By CASEY CROUCHER casey.croucher@recordernews.com The Amsterdam Charter Review Commission appointed by Mayor Ann Thane decided Monday to create two aldermen-at-large positions that would run co-terminus with the current aldermen's terms of office. Seven of the nine commission members argued whether the at-large council positions should be two-year terms like the current council members serve, or if they should be extended to four years. The commission prop ...

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Health insurance benefits Retired city firefighters seek relief

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com Several retired Amsterdam firefighters are suing the city for an alleged breach of contract regarding their health insurance benefits. A lawsuit was filed July 15 with the Montgomery County Clerk's office by 20 retired members of the Amsterdam Fire Department alleging they are owed reimbursement for Medicare payments, which the city is supposed to pay, as outlined in their contracts. "These firefighters ...

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Fire contract discussion becomes heated

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com TOWN OF FLORIDA -- The town board has given the Fort Hunter Fire District one more month to provide proof of how it is spending taxpayer funds before it terminates their contract. The town provides the fire district with approximately $87,000 a year for fire protection services. As part of the contract signed in January, the town requires the fire district to provide documentation of how the money is be ...

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Common Core catches some blame for lower summer school numbers

BY CAROLINE MURRAY caroline.murray@recordernews.com BROADALBIN -- Summer school enrollment is down this year in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District and Superintendent Steven Tomlinson believes Common Core educational standards are the driving force behind the decrease. At a board of education meeting Monday, Tomlinson said registration is below average for elementary, middle and high school students compared to years past. "We have very low enroll ...

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Home demolition set to begin soon

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com TOWN OF FLORIDA -- Demolition of several flood-damaged homes could begin in two weeks. Members of the town board approved at Monday's board meeting a $27,500 bid to Eric J. Preene Trucking and Excavating of Amsterdam to demolish the property at 775 Youngs Corners Road. It is the first of potentially three properties that will be demolished as part of the state's buyout program. "These properties are sig ...

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Amsterdam squad wins Cooperstown tournament

By ADAM SHINDER adam.shinder@recordernews.com Last week, Amsterdam's 14-and-under travel baseball team conquered the world -- or, at least, the Cooperstown Baseball World. Playing a grueling schedule against a far-flung field from across the country -- and, with a team from Kuwait in the mix, from across the world -- in the Cooperstown Baseball World 14U Tournament, Amsterdam dropped its first game of the week and was untouchable the rest of the way, winni ...

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