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Paul Antonelli


Paul is a graduate of SUNY Albany, and is a 10-time award winner of the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association and a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors. Antonelli covered 44 of Mike Tyson's 56 professional fights and was one of just five American journalists to cover Tyson's stunning loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. His Tyson stories appeared nationally (USA Today) as well as in some of the top publications internationally.

Antonelli was a long-time beat writer for the New York Giants, covering Super Bowl XXV and also spent three years covering the New York Knicks, including the team's appearance in the 1994 NBA Finals.

Antonelli lives in Amsterdam and is married with two children. He can be reached via email at

Adam Shinder


Adam Shinder has been covering sports at the Recorder since September 2008.

A native of Holland, Pa., Adam is a 2007 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University with B.S. in Newspaper. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 and 2009-10 New York News Publishers Association award for Outstanding Sports Writing.

Adam can be reached via email at

Michael Kelly


Michael Kelly has been covering sports at the Recorder since May 2011.

Michael is from Clifton Park and is a 2010 graduate of Stony Brook University, with degrees from the school of journalism and history.

Michael can be reached via email at


George M. "Nick" Platt Jr.

November 10, 2014 George M. "Nick" Platt Jr., 67, of 16061 SE. 134th Court, Weirsdale, FL; passed away November 10, 2014 at his home. Born in Amsterdam, NY on October 4, 1947, he was the son of George M. and Lois Sexton Platt. Nick received ...

Stefanie Karaban Schultz

November 24, 2014 Stefanie Karaban Schultz, 80, of Astoria, New York died Monday at Haven at Bellevue Hospice, New York, NY. Funeral arrangements are incomplete; a full obituary will appear in Wednesday's edition of The Recorder. Arrangemen ...

Patricia Ann Bracchi

November 24, 2014 Patricia Ann Bracchi, 80, of Division Street, Amsterdam, NY; passed away Monday morning November 24, 2014 at River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam. Born in Amsterdam on November 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Samu ...

Theresa C. Testa

November 23, 2014 Theresa C. Testa, 83, of Northern Boulevard, Amsterdam, NY, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at the River Ridge Living Center, LLC in Amsterdam. Born June 17, 1931 in Amsterdam, New York she was the daughter of the late ...


Christmas trees for sale

By JAMES SHERIDAN For The Recorder As promised, this is the story given to me by Howard Bradt. I had been unable to confirm the details but Howard Bradt never lied to me. He had premature gray hair and was taken from us far too soon. He was re ...

Main Street

Deep in the Red Hi-de-ho! Here we are again, b'gosh. Took one on the chin from Old Man Toxemia himself and went down for the count. Felt myself slipping about election time and lasted only three days after. 'Nuff to make any Republican sick -- t ...

Letters to the editor

County must work together To the editor: Two days after the election, we had Tonko and Gillibrand come to the area on the premise of economic development and local cooperation. Yet, this was actually a political move as demonstrated by the lack ...

Defining happiness

By JAMES SHERIDAN For The Recorder OK, Jackie it's your turn. Last week we headed up toward Hardscrabble Road. We passed the cemetery where two of my children are buried, Percy and Linda Marie. The first house on the left was Marion and Horace ...


NBC's 'Today' is looking to rebound from a tough week

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- It's rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs. That's where Willie Geist and Natalie Morales found themselves during the most difficult week for NBC's "Today" show in two years. At its end, an NBC News executive was fired after two months on the job and the network was tamping down reports of mutinies, firings and transfers at ...

Oz Cowardly Lion costume is for sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is up for sale. The costume was to be auctioned with other Hollywood items today in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar. The big cat outfit has been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, according to a Bonhams' sales catalog. It is topped by a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A secondary costume u ...

Katy Perry lands a Super Bowl gig

NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst? NFL announced late Sunday -- after rumors swirled for weeks -- that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC. Perry, 30, has dominated the Billboard charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including nine No. 1 hits on th ...

'Mockingjay' opens with $123 million at the box office

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the previous installments of "The Hunger Games," but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Lionsgate's "Mockingjay" opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $ ...
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