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The task force created to assess Bethlehem's need for a noise ordinance unanimously votes to recommend a new noise law to the Town Board.

Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners releases the findings of an audit on the Albany County District Attorney's Office and states there are several financial discrepancies involving the office's petty cash fund, as well as other bookkeeping errors.

In response District Attorney David Soares said he "emphatically disagree(s)" that his office has misused or misappropriated any of its funds.

August

Former Republican challenger Roger Cusick announces that he will seek a rematch against District Attorney David Soares in November.

He says he will run on a newly formed third-party line called the Integrity Party line, as long as he gets the needed 1,500 signatures by Tuesday, Aug. 19, which he does.

Cusick, 58, an attorney and political science professor who ran against Soares in 2004, states that Soares has not made good on his vow to fight public

corruption.

The Bethlehem Police Department holds a swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, for its newest police officer Michael Malatino and the promotions of his fellow officers.

Police Master Sgt. James Kerr was promoted to the position of first sergeant; Officer Regina Cocchiara was promoted to patrol sergeant, the town's first female police sergeant; and school resource and DARE Officer Chad Rice was promoted to police detective.

Former Feura Bush resident and 1960 Bethlehem Central graduate Dan Dryden was killed on Lake Izabal in Guatemala on Sunday, Aug. 10, while defending his wife and his sailboat from four machete-wielding assailants.

The Dryden family reported that on Saturday, Aug. 9, at around 9:30 p.m., they received a call from a woman in Guatemala informing them that Nancy Dryden was in the hospital and that Dan Dryden, 66, was dead.

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