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City codes chairwoman may face code violation

By CASEY CROUCHER Recorder News Staff Fourth Ward Alderwoman Diane Hatzenbuhler did not obtain a building permit before she started remodeling her front porch, she confirmed Wednesday. Hatzenbuhler admitted she put an expired building permit from 2011 in her front window, where the front porch was being built. "Somebody is out to get me because I posted pictures of the porch on Facebook," Hatzen-buhler said. "It goes with the territory. They're out to get ...

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Model of efficiency Shared services focus of forum

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI Recorder News Staff JOHNSTOWN -- More than 100 municipal representatives attended a government efficiency forum at Fulton-Montgomery Community College Wednesday to learn about shared service opportunities that could benefit their municipalities. "I am very impressed by the turnout tonight. The fact that this room is filled speaks to a number of things, namely the importance of the issue, and the need for us to work together," Montgomery ...

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Broadalbin hammers out employee manual

By CAROLINE MURRAY Recorder News Staff BROADALBIN -- New policies and procedures for the town's highway department and all other civic personnel were unanimously approved by council members during a board meeting earlier this month. The updated manual comes just two months after state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released an audit finding several issues with how employee work hours and paid time are monitored. Before accepting the proposed manual, howeve ...

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School bosses think SMART, prefer eliminating gap

By CAROLINE MURRAY Recorder News Staff The state of New York has used the Gap Elimination Adjustment for the past four years to trim education aid from schools and reduce the budget deficit, and many local superintendents are questioning why the initiative still exists. In light of the state's proposed SMART Schools Bond Act that voters will consider during the Nov. 4 general election, some superintendents are wondering why a proposition to eliminate the G ...

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Fall season plagued by off-the-field controversy

By PAUL ANTONELLI paul.antonelli@recordernews.com Can it be November yet? October has been rocked with violent incidents on the playing field -- the latest coming this past Saturday when an Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville boys soccer player was ejected and later arrested for third-degree assault after throwing a punch at a Maple Hill player -- and off the field when police needed to handle a press box altercation at Lynch Literacy Academy, and Coxsackie- ...

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Amsterdam, BH-BL set to collide at Lynch

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder The Amsterdam Rugged Rams are used to taking their fate one game at a time by this point. After starting the season 1-2, the Rams have faced five consecutive must-win games. They've won them all. Friday night brings Must-Win Game No. 6 to Lynch Literacy Academy, and it's the toughest test yet: A Halloween semifinal showdown against a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans team seeking its ninth straight Section II Super Bowl ap ...

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