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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


Rita S. Wojnar

October 29, 2014 Rita W. Wojnar, 80, of Mason Avenue, Amsterdam, New York passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at St. Mary's Healthcare. She was born June 14, 1934 in Amsterdam, New York a daughter of the late Leopold F. and Bernice T. Suty ...

Stella Westerling

October 29, 2014 Stella Westerling, 92, of Kunz Road Broadalbin, died Wednesday evening, October 29, 2014 at Albany Medical Center with loving family at her side. She was born in Montreal, Canada on May 12, 1922 a daughter of Stephen and A ...

Evelyn M. Tenison

October 28, 2014 Mrs. Evelyn M. Tenison, 87, of Storrie Street, Amsterdam, NY died peacefully on October 28, 2014 with her family by her side. Born in Mifflin, PA on January 27, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mae Kirk Leach. ...

Rosanne Marie "Rosie" Yannotti Senese

October 28, 2014 Rosanne Marie "Rosie" Yannotti Senese, 67, of Mayfield, passed away peacefully Tuesday October 28, 2014 in the care of Mountain Valley Hospice, following a long battle with heart disease. She was born in Bellevue Hospital i ...


Not just pulling your leg

By JAMES SHERIDAN For The Recorder As promised, my story on the Brass Rail in the 1950s, warts and all. I still hadn't learned how to cook and I had no idea as to how far back I was. I was about to find out. I was hired as a dish washer at the Brass ...

Main Street

At It Again Well, here we are again with plenty of stuff to chronicle and little time to do it. How things can pile up when a fellow gets out of the routine for a few days. To be perfectly frank I didn't know whether to take off that week or not ...

A zombie government

By SHANNON BERTUCH For The Recorder A chronicled souvenir from my Catholic education is looking like an oracle these days. I recall Sister Superior recounting the meeting between President Kennedy and Pope Paul VI, told to us as Catholics that ...

Letters to the editor

The neighbors and the dogs To the editor: In response to The Recorder article by Bill Berner Oct. 16: Upon moving to Hartley Road, the town of Florida granted the Berners kennel permits, one to William for 10 dogs and one to Kris for 10. The perm ...


The Associated Press Book Reviews

"The Killer Next Door" (Penguin Books) by Alex Marwood Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants' desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor's despicable acts. Alex Marwood's second stand-alone novel delivers a multilayered plot that succeeds as crime fiction, a gothic tale and a village mystery -- all with an edge. With the apartment building substituting for a village, "The Killer Next Door ...

The Associated Press Music Reviews

Taylor Swift "1989" (Big Machine Records) Taylor Swift's all-out move into pop music on her fifth album, "1989," is the sound of a young artist who has gradually evolved from a teenager obsessed with boys and journal writing into a young woman embracing life in New York and stepping to a new beat. "Shake It Off," her first single, was a fun introduction to the new Swift sound. But it's the most lighthearted track on "1989," which sweeps from th ...

Entertainment news in brief

New book of Watergate tapes out next August NEW YORK (AP) -- More transcripts of White House tapes from the Richard Nixon administration will be published next August, focusing on 1973, the year the world learned the recordings existed. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that the new book will be called "The Nixon Tapes: 1973" and will be edited and annotated by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter, who worked on last summer's best-seller, "Th ...

Entertainment news in brief

Marcia Strassman, Mrs. Kotter, dead at 66 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer for seven years, her sister, Julie Strassman, said Sunday. "They gave her 2 1/2 years to live but she lasted much longer," she said. "She was very courageous." Strassman ...
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