School board members are focused on a 2015-16 budget totaling $94.16 million, which increases spending about 1.5 percent. The proposal does not tap any undesignated fund balance, while proposing an unusually low tax increase.
Proposed map places Kuhn into a different Bethlehem legislative district, quelling primary bid
Another legal battle is looming over county legislature district lines, because Bethlehem Democrats claim the new plan submitted to the court unnecessarily shifts lines within the town.
Local law would prohibit disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste at landfills
Hydraulic fracturing is banned statewide, but county legislators want to ensure none of the waste produced from the natural gas extraction method enters local landfills.
Spending plan holds less than 1 percent tax levy hike, fund balance untapped
Bethlehem Central administrators on Wednesday, April 15, presented the Bethlehem Central Board of Education with an updated budget proposal for next school year, which holds a property tax levy increase of 0.45 percent.
County Executive declares State of Emergency for areas bordering creek
A mudslide has dammed up the Normans Kill, blocking water flow down the creek and resulting in a “high potential” for flooding, according to local officials.
Events at local parks highlight annual 'I Love My Park Day.’
Even a park could use a little bit of spring-cleaning before flowers bloom and wildlife roam, along with many eager trail-goers and bird watchers.
Cold weather did not dampen turnout for annual event
The Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department hosted its “Egg-stravaganza” event Saturday, April 11, at Elm Avenue Park. The main attraction, an egg hunt, featured more than 2,000 colorful plastic eggs placed across three areas at the park.
State aid projected to increase $2M; tax cap at 0.45 percent increase
District administrators presented an updated 2015-16 proposed budget to the Bethlehem Board of Education at its Tuesday, March 31, meeting. Bethlehem Central is slated to see an increase of nearly $2.3 million in state funding.
Zoning Board delays decision, town-owned land floated for facility
A decision on National Grid’s proposed substation has been delayed as town officials seek additional information from the company and await an independent consultant’s review of the proposal.
Retailers support county bill to shield tobacco products; push back over compromise
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Legislator Mary Lou Connolly, flanked by supermarket and pharmacy store representatives, announced a local law prohibiting the display of tobacco in retail establishments with a pharmacy.
Voorheesville to host Village Green Clean day featuring recycling collection and activities
Following a particularly long winter, a new initiative is hoping people are ready to get back outside and join neighbors in an effort to do some collective spring cleaning.
Court rules county plan diluted power of black voters, orders new minority-majority district
County officials are barred from holding elections until a new redistricting plan is drafted after a federal judge ruled the recent plan dilutes the power of black voters.
Fundraising campaign seeks to help Four Corners Luncheonette owner with medical expenses
After years of helping out local charities and organizations, the owner of a community staple could use help of his own.
Several additions proposed for district’s instructional budget next year as funds increase
Classrooms will likely be spared from any reductions to educational opportunities next school year. Unlike recent years, several additions are being proposed.
Senior housing development will feature 148 units, active lifestyle amenities
Shovels hit the ground on a new senior apartment complex last week in a bustling hamlet center, around a decade after the project was initially proposed.
Delmar man organizes Purple Day cupcake fundraiser, outreach efforts for Epilepsy aid
As a child, Stephen Piorkowski spent a lot of time at home because he suffered from epilepsy. As an adult, he learned to control his disability and is trying to help others suffering from it to receive needed support.
National Grid presents project to Bethlehem school board
National Grid representatives presented plans for its Van Dyke Road Substation Project at the Bethlehem Board of Education meeting Wednesday, March 18.
Bethlehem native’s genealogy research leads to historical fiction on kidnapping case
More than 80 years after the kidnapping of prominent leader in Albany, a Bethlehem native has brought the incident more clearly into focus.
Local resident donates funds to bolster educational opportunities at Bethlehem Central
A local man is hoping his monetary donation not only enhances STEM education at the school district, but also encourages other community members to open their wallets.
Local officials in talks to relocate Hilton Barn within New Scotland
Preserving the Hilton barn through relocation appeared to be an unreachable solution, but tying it to another regional development could be the historic building’s savior.
District weights lifting funding burden off booster clubs, cutting freshman football
After years of looking towards school sports for potential budget reductions, district leaders are proposing to increase overall funding to athletic programming.
Guilderland Board of Education faces $130k gap, targets 3 percent tax hike
Voorheesville district leaders welcomed a much smaller budget gap than in recent years, with next year’s shortage falling to around $71,000. The preliminary budget should total around $23 million.
BCMS students listen to speakers discuss thriving with disabilities
Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is a common experience for many people during their youth. John Robinson felt similar, but his discomfort stretched long past his teenage years.
Governor’s delay causes strife on district budgeting for next year
School board members heard proposals over what money needs to be spent next year to address several issues outside of the classroom.
Regional forum rallies for equitable education funding, local control of classrooms
Many education advocates over the last few years have criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not supporting public schools. Now some question if he’s intentionally working against them.
Hannaford gives back to Wounded Warrior Project
Receiving a backpack might seem like a small gesture, but one veteran credits that initial act of compassion followed by ongoing support for saving his life.
County executive focuses on nursing home, veterans, heroin scourge initiatives
County Executive Dan McCoy recently delivered his fourth State of the County address, which emphasized last year’s accomplishments and introduced new initiatives for his administration.
Pilot program in Guilderland explores waste as energy source
ClearCove Systems, a Rochester-based company, showcased its New York State Energy Research and Develop Authority funded pilot site in Guilderland to Rep. Paul Tonko on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
New Scotland official hopeful Hilton Barn will be persevered as interest surges
Daniel Mackay had conceded a miracle was likely need to relocate the Hilton barn locally, but a miraculous solution could be closing in.
Promised funds tied creating 500 jobs, legislators must release funds
Vista Technology Campus developers are looking to cash in on a more than decade-old agreement with Albany County for $1 million.
Bethlehem Public Library offering braille library cards, volunteer effort on braille book labels
Receiving a library card is a milestone for some children, but for Kelly Cusack the moment had little fanfare since she could not read it.
Bethlehem Central School District’s 2015-16 budget is assuming state aid will remain flat at roughly $23.35 million.
Guilderland still susceptible to fiscal stress, South Colonie drops designation
Budget gaps and potential reductions might be looming for many school boards, but a recent report found most local school districts are not fiscally stressed.
A bomb threat was found this morning at the Voorheesville Middle and High School building but proved to be a false alarm, according to school district officials.
Zoning broadly defines accessory structures, allows PODS on residential property
Storage containers are facing an uncertain future as town officials weigh if additional regulations are needed for use on residential property.
Cuomo unveils education reforms tied to funding increase; state aid runs absent
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed several initiatives targeting K-12 education during his joint 2015 State of the State address and budget presentation Wednesday, Jan. 21. Cuomo offered increasing funding to school districts statewide by $1.1 billion, but only if all of his education reforms are enacted.
Bethlehem man ordained as deacon later in life, seeking priesthood
Many people try to find, and fulfill, what they believe is their true calling in life. A local man, however, feels he found his second calling later in life.
Tonko rewards local man’s fight to honor another soldier
A local Korean War veteran’s elation was only beginning to subside two days after attending the 2015 State of the Union address, with him proudly pulling his gold-tinged ticket out an envelope.
Relocation of former LeVie barn seems unlikely before nearing deadline
Only photographs and other documentation are likely to remain as evidence of the historic Hilton barn after this summer. Relocation costs are proving too great for the massive post and beam structure.
Bethlehem Middle School students ready to perform ‘Bye, Bye Birdie, Jr.’
Audience members will likely leave with a happy face after watching an upbeat, humorous tale featuring a rock ’n’ roll heartthrob crooning sock hop tunes.
Altamont Free Library trustees appoint Joseph Burke to leadership post
Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees selected Joseph Burke to be the library’s new director last month from a pool of 19 candidates. Burke officially stepped into his new role on New Year’s Day, with his contract initially for one-year.
Local lawmakers defied calls from toy industry representatives to let state or federal officials draft changes to what levels of chemicals are allowed in children’s products.
There was plenty to speak about in 2014
A look back at the year that was in the towns of Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland.
Former Spotlight office renovated, becomes hub of attorneys’ offices
The Spotlight’s former office got a lot more than a new coat of paint before several attorneys moved into it.
Delmar man’s writing featured in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book
Daniel Nester wasn’t looking to have his story in the latest “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthology, but it sure made him hip in the eyes of his mom and aunts.
A Berne teenager allegedly killed her 5-year-old cousin and disposed of his body, before falsely reporting the boy was forcefully abducted from her home, according to police.
Town likely to tackle projects in phases; local little league hopes for home field
New Scotland Town Board members heard a presentation Wednesday, Dec. 10, from consultant Ted Kolankowski of Barton & Loguidice on potential renovations and enhancements to Stephen P. Wallace Swift Road Park and Feura Bush Park.
Public hearing to be held on contentious downsize, some question timing
The Albany County Legislature voted 22-14 in favor of holding a public hearing Monday, Dec. 29, at 7:15 p.m., on amending the county charter to reduce the amount of legislators from 39 to 29 members.
Guilderland teacher convicted of felony reaches agreement with school district
The Guilderland Board of Education unanimously approved McClaine’s resignation agreement during a special meeting on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 10. McClaine’s resignation was effective Nov. 21.
Lawmakers approve ban on children’s products with known carcinogens
The Albany County Legislature on Monday, Dec. 8, voted 34-4 to approve Local Law J, known as the Toxic-Free Toys Act. The new law would ban the sale of children’s products containing benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium and cobalt within the county.