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Lawsuit against Shrine dismissed

EMILY DREW Recorder News Staff FONDA -- Montgomery County Supreme Court Judge Felix Catena ruled to dismiss the World Peace and Health Organization's lawsuit against the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs due to a lack of communication from the WPHO's attorney. According to court documents, Schenectady attorney Sarah Green, who represented the organization and its Western Supreme Buddha Temple, failed to respond to letters from either the court or Johnstown-bas ...

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Lights display to get new donation boxes

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Someone might have stolen donations from the holiday lights display in the city, but the giving spirit has endured as a local steel manufacturing company works to craft tamper-proof donation boxes. Dave Falso, owner of Dave's Landscaping & Tree Service, and a team of volunteers kicked off the 17th annual Kristy Pollak Christmas Event for the Hope of Severely Ill Children on Nov. 17. When Falso went to collect the dai ...

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Amsterdam unveils solar array at Brookside Reservoir

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff The city's decommissioned water reservoir on Brookside Avenue has taken on a new purpose following the installation of a nearly 500-kilowatt "solar garden" that's projected to yield $1.3 million in savings over 20 years. City officials and state representatives on Monday unveiled Amsterdam's largest solar installation to date, which includes almost 2,000 photovoltaic panels expected to produce enough energy to power appr ...

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Conviction sends NY politics into turmoil

ALBANY (AP) -- The conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has shaken New York politics down to the granite foundations of the state Capitol, provoking fresh calls to overhaul a system that has stubbornly clung to its long history of corruption. A jury convicted the 71-year-old Manhattan Democrat on Monday on charges that he traded favors for $4 million in kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers. The rapid downfall was as ...

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Amsterdam wrestlers confident they can win Foothills Council

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Last season, the Amsterdam High School wrestling team came within just a few points of knocking off the perennially powerful Queensbury Spartans for the Foothills Council championship. With a boatload of key contributors back in the fold this season -- led by a talented group of veteran heavyweights -- the Rams are confident that this time around, they can come out on top. "Last year, we should've had it," said senior Chris ...

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Pair of AHS JV wrestlers fare well at tourney

CLIFTON PARK -- The Amsterdam junior varsity wrestling team opened its season Saturday at the annual Capital District Wrestling Officials Association JV Tournament at Shenendehowa High School and two Rams -- 220-pounder Edson Garcia and 285-pounder David Mead -- came home with championships. In all, Amsterdam had eight wrestlers earn top-three finishes at the round-robin event, including first, second and third place at 220 pounds as Pedro Burgado took sec ...

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