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The Recorder – 05/27/2017

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City’s latest audit shows progress, lingering issues

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff While Amsterdam’s finances show improvement as the city works to get current on its books, there are still some lingering issues that must be resolved, according to the latest audit. EFPR Group completed last week its independent audits of Amsterdam’s financial statements and federal funds the city received and spent for the 2014-15 fiscal year, along with Mayor Michael Villa’s Corrective Action Plan to rectify identified deficiencies. Three main issues identified included the lack of an inventory listing all city-owned property, equipment and infrastructure; an unresolved dispute about the amount the city owes Montgomery County for delinquent property taxes, which could be around $6.145 million; and not filing financial reports within required deadlines. City Controller Matthew Agresta said these issues were already known and would be rectified once the city is up-to-date, which has been his primary focus since stepping into office. He said the city has made progress with its financial records since he came on three and a half years ago when staff members were working on audits going back three years. He said for prior fiscal years full audits could not even be completed, because of bad record keeping. The 2014-15 budget was the first spending plan Agresta was involved with. “I think we’ve made very large strides toward getting this office running the way that it should,” Agresta said....

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Amsterdam URA keeping busy on city projects

John Purcell/Recorder staff Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency Board Chairman Robert Martin, left, talks to fellow board members and agency staff about ongoing Capital Region Land Bank projects Thursday. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff The Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency is overseeing several ongoing projects across the city from apartment rehabilitations to critical underground infrastructure repairs. During Thursday’s meeting, the URA board received an update on projects and grants, which include 14 active grants totaling slightly more than $11.5 million. One of the largest grants is the $5 million financial assistance package from the state to improve the city’s aging water...

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Trump’s budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

In this 2013 photo provided by Kraig Moss, Moss, left, poses with son, Rob, in their Owego, N.Y. home. In a hall packed with Iowa voters, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looked Moss in the eye and vowed to fight the opioid crisis that killed his only son Rob two years earlier. But Trump released a federal budget proposal Tuesday, May 23, 2017, that would cut insurance coverage for addiction treatment and funding for research and prevention.  (Moss Family Photo via AP) By STEVE PEOPLES  and CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press NEW YORK — He slept next to his...

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Kushner is ready to talk to FBI, lawyer says

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the FBI wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, they won’t have to track down the president’s son-in-law. Amid reports the FBI is scrutinizing Kushner’s encounters, his lawyer says he stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and his role in Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into Russia-Trump campaign connections, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. “The FBI tries to be thorough in their investigations,” said defense lawyer Edward MacMahon, who is not involved in the case. “If it’s been publicly reported that he met with Russians, and the investigation has to do with administration officials meeting with Russians, well, then, they’ll probably want to talk to everybody.” Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser last year, overseeing the campaign’s digital strategy, and remains an influential confidant within the White House. One likely area of interest for investigators would be Kushner’s own meetings with Russians, given that such encounters with a variety of Trump associates are at the root of the sprawling probe, now overseen by former FBI director Robert Mueller. The White House in March confirmed that Kushner and Michael Flynn, the ousted national security adviser, met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United...

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National news in brief

Phoenix Comicon prop weapons banned after armed man arrested PHOENIX (AP) — Jack Young showed up at Phoenix Comicon on Friday dressed as the villain from “Sleeping Beauty,” complete with black horns, large feathery wings and green paint. He also brought a black walking stick. It was no longer allowed at Comicon. Comicon imposed drastic security measures Friday after authorities said a man came to the event a day earlier armed with four loaded guns, ammunition and a knife. Police said the man had threatened to harm a performer and posted online threats against police officers, convinced he was the alter-ego of a Marvel comic book character called the Punisher. In response to the scare, police added extra security and banned all costume prop weapons, including swords, sabers and fake guns Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts against missiles of less-than-intercontinental range since 1999. The most recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but that followed three straight failures. The system has...

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Pay tribute to those who gave their life defending our freedom

It’s been 148 years since John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a general order designating the 30th day of May 1868, as a day for “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country” during the American Civil War. First known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day acknowledged the wholesale slaughter of our country’s own in killing fields at places like Gettysburg, Antietam, Manassas, Shiloh and Vicksburg. Since that time, America has been engaged in no fewer than eight wars or conflicts, including the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the invasion of Granada, Desert Storm, and the most recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. There’s been little time to forget the terrible and tragic toll of war, yet many of us celebrate the three-day national holiday with scarcely a thought about the human cost. There are local parades and events planned Sunday and Monday in memory of those who fell in the line of duty. On Sunday, the  town of Florida will hold a service at the Florida Memorial Park, by the Florida Town Hall, 214 Fort Hunter Road, at 2 p.m. The service will include the unveiling of the new memorials for Desert Storm and the French and Indian War. On Monday, there will be parades and...

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Church services – week of 05/28

Amsterdam Jubilee Fellowship The Rev. Harlow Gordon 349 Forest Ave. 441-7541 Sunday — 10 a.m., Worship services. Monday — 8:30 p.m., AA. Thursday — 9 p.m., AA. United Presbyterian The Rev. Lynn K. Brown 25 Church St. 842-5455 [email protected] Sunday — 10 a.m., worship with Communion. Monday — 8:30 a.m., A.A. meeting. Wednesday — 1 p.m., Crafters meet. 7:30 p.m., MVC meeting. Thursday — 6 p.m., Bell rehearsal. 7 p.m., Ladies sing. 9 p.m., AA meeting. Friday — 4 p.m., MVC kids. Saturday — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rummage sale. St. Ann’s Episcopal The Rev. Neal P. Longe 37 Division St. saintannsamsterdam.org Saturday (today) —  10 a.m., morning prayer. Sunday — 8 and 9:30 a.m., Celebration of Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer with the Rev. Neal P. Longe presiding. Music provided by Adrian Catucci. This Sunday’s altar flowers are given in memory of Noah Sorensen by Gary and Theresa Sorensen and Fred Miller by Donna Miller. 11 a.m., Bible study. 11:30 a.m., St. Ann’s outreach ministry, the Community Meal, will offer its monthly free hot dinner. Monday — 9:15 a.m., Morning prayer. 10:15 a.m., Prayer Table. Tuesday — 8:15 a.m., Morning Prayer. Noon, Al-Anon. 7 p.m., Tuesday Night Live Youth Bible Study. Wednesday — 9:30 a.m., Morning prayer. 10 a.m., Bible study. 11:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist. 6 p.m., Girl Scout meeting. 6:30 p.m., Boy Scout...

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Marching Rams get new truck

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara visited members of the Amsterdam High School Marching Rams on Thursday to see the fully painted and decorated box truck which he helped purchase through securing a $10,000 state grant. The new box truck was purchased around the beginning of the school year and the Marching Rams Booster Club raised funds to add decals to the vehicle. Santabarbara said the ram graphic on the rear of the vehicle glows in the dark. Submitted photos...

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What’s happening

Today MAYFIELD The Paul Nigra Center, 2736 Route 30, will hold a cooking class, Sensational Sushi, from 10 a.m. to noon. Instructor Andrew Dench will show students how to make sushi with salmon and cream cheese, sushi with Teriyaki chicken and avocado and spicy crab rolls. The class is $30 for those who pre-register and $40 at the door. For more information, log on to www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call 518-661-9932. PERTH Spring into Summer Craft Fair will be held at the Bridge Walk at Perthshire, 112 Perthshire Drive, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event includes a craft show, activities for the kids, bounce houses, and more. For more information, email Megan at [email protected] or call 518-866-4225. TRIBES HILL The Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church, Mohawk Drive, will hold its garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor space is available outside for $20 for two days. Contact Jennifer Friers at 848-6802. TRIBES HILL The Sacred Heart Church, 111 Third Avenue will hold their annual Garage, Soup and Sandwich and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Barbara Cope at 518-829-5159. Sunday Amsterdam St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 37 Division St., will hold its outreach ministry, Community Meal, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is baked chicken, gravy, rolls, potatoes, vegetable and dessert. No take-outs. MAYFIELD The Paul Nigra Center, 2736 Route 30,...

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