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Notice of Election: Stamford Joint Fire District

Written By Editor on 11/16/17 | 11/16/17



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Annual Election of the Stamford Joint
Fire District will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, between the hours
of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Stamford Fire House located at 111 Main
Street, Stamford, New York, 12167, for the purpose of electing the following:
One Commissioner for a one (1) year term, commencing January 1, 2018 and
ending December 31, 2018; and One Commissioner for a four (4) year term,
commencing January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2021.
All voters registered with the Delaware and Schoharie County Board of Elections
on or before December 12, 2017, who are residents of the Stamford Joint Fire
District for thirty (30) days preceding the election, shall be eligible to vote.
Candidates wishing to run for District Office of Fire Commissioner must file a
letter of intent to be a candidate with the Secretary of the Stamford Joint Fire
District, PO Box 274, Stamford, NY 12167, no later than November 22, 2017. All
candidates for Fire Commissioner must be residents of the Stamford Joint Fire
Ellen Kennedy, Secretary

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SCCAP Board of Directors Meeting Monday Nov 27th

Schoharie County Community Action Program, Inc. Board of Directors will have their monthly meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the SCCAP boardroom.  The public is welcome to attend.  Visit our web page at WWW.SCCAPINC.ORG.

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SUNY Financial Aid Day to be Held at C-GCC

HUDSON, N.Y. – The State University system of New York will hold its SUNY Financial Aid Day on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the main building on the Columbia-Greene Community College campus.

SUNY's Financial Aid Days are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

C-GCC will provide computer access to complete financial aid applications, including the FAFSA, on-site as part of the event. For more information, call (518) 828-4181.

About C-GCC

Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked in the top four percent of community colleges in the U.S. by, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.

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DEP completes restoration project at Pepacton Cemetery

Written By Editor on 11/13/17 | 11/13/17

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was joined on Thursday by elected officials from Delaware County, local historians and veterans to mark the completed restoration of Pepacton Cemetery. Several hundred gravestones were cleaned, repaired and reset over the past two years as part of a project to rehabilitate the decades-old cemetery. In the 1950s and 1960s, more than 400 deceased were removed from local burial grounds and reinterred at Pepacton Cemetery to allow for the construction of Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs. The city-owned cemetery was rededicated in their memory on Thursday during a flag-raising ceremony.

            “The Delaware County ancestors that are buried in Pepacton Cemetery deserve a final resting place that is dignified and well maintained,” DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. “I want to thank the workers who refurbished the memorial stones at the cemetery, and the DEP employees who take pride in the day-to-day upkeep of the cemetery grounds and first called our attention to the improvements that were needed. The City assumed responsibility for this cemetery more than six decades ago, and it is important that we invest resources in its upkeep  just as we do with our water supply infrastructure.”
            Workers began to rehabilitate the cemetery in early 2016, and the final improvements were completed this fall. A total of 305 headstones, footstones and monuments were cleaned, repaired and/or reset. This included several large obelisk-style headstones, made of marble or sandstone, that were in danger of tipping.  Three headstones were replaced because they were damaged beyond repair. Some damaged and previously unmarked gravesites also received new markers. A total of 39 gravesites were previously marked by plastic name plates that were screwed onto concrete blocks. Some of these nameplates were damaged by the sun, chipped by maintenance equipment, or missing altogether. They were replaced by granite markers attached to bluestone bases. Granite markers were also placed at 68 gravesites that were previously unmarked, giving those deceased a viewable name for the first time.

            Special attention was also paid to the gravesites of military veterans. It was previously known that 16 military veterans were buried at Pepacton Cemetery, because their gravestones noted their military service. During the course of the restoration project, local historians discovered through genealogical research that an additional 12 veterans were buried in the cemetery. The 28 veterans identified in the cemetery include those who fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, served as Union soldiers in the Civil War, or fought in the Spanish-American War. Each of the veteran gravesites was adorned with a solid bronze flag holder and an emblem to denote the war in which each person fought. The cemetery is also the final resting place for the original settlers of some towns, including Cannonsville and Trout Creek.

            In addition to work on the gravestones, DEP also improved the cemetery by trimming trees, cleaning its fences, installing a new directory of those who are buried at the site, and outfitting its flagpole with a new light.

            A total of 426 deceased are buried at Pepacton Cemetery. New York City established the cemetery in the 1950s for the purpose of reinterring those who were moved from cemeteries to allow for the construction of Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs. Twenty-one cemeteries were affected by construction of the two reservoirs, including formal cemeteries and family burial grounds that were often located on farms. A total of 4,521 deceased were reinterred. At the time, families were notified and given the opportunity to reinter their ancestors at a location of their choosing. The remains of those who were not claimed by family were reinterred in Pepacton Cemetery. The City’s Board of Water Supply, which was responsible for construction of the reservoirs, was careful to catalogue its work to reinter the bodies. At Pepacton Cemetery, each burial site was marked by a small post that was sunken into the ground and topped with a copper plate. The copper plates included section and grave numbers that corresponded to the names and towns of origin for each of the deceased. Those copper plates – still located in the cemetery but often obscured by soil or grass – were rediscovered as part of the upgrade project to provide named gravestones to those who didn’t previously have one. According to historic records, it was anticipated that New York City would transfer ownership of the cemetery to either a cemetery operator or the Town of Andes, but the transfer never happened and the City has owned and maintained the grounds ever since.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than 1 billion gallons of high-quality water each day to more than 9.5 million New Yorkers. This includes more than 70 upstate communities and institutions in Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Westchester counties who consume an average of 110 million total gallons of drinking water daily from New York City’s water supply system. This water comes from the Catskill, Delaware, and Croton watersheds that extend more than 125 miles from the City, and the system comprises 19 reservoirs, three controlled lakes, and numerous tunnels and aqueducts. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 scientists, engineers, surveyors, watershed maintainers and other professionals in the watershed. In addition to its $70 million payroll and $166 million in annual taxes paid in upstate counties, DEP has invested more than $1.7 billion in watershed protection programs—including partnership organizations such as the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the Watershed Agricultural Council—that support sustainable farming practices, environmentally sensitive economic development, and local economic opportunity. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at
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Great American Smokeout November 16th

Even though tobacco companies have manipulated cigarettes to make them more addictive and millions of smokers have died, the Great American Smoke Out (GASO) is a day when people who use tobacco can take the first step in putting a plan in place to break their nicotine addiction. GASO is a national observance that takes place on the third Thursday of November each year.

Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Coordinator for Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS), suggests “Smokers should reach out to their health care providers. Most health insurances, including Medicaid, cover medications so individuals should talk to their health care providers about what’s right for them. For more help, they can call the NYS Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). ”

“The tobacco companies’ pattern for more than 50 years has been to deny and lie —and they’ve made billions. Why wouldn’t they do the same for the next 50 years?” says Regina Haig, Youth Engagement/Reality Check Coordinator for ATFC-DOS. “We can’t let the tobacco industry continue to have a stronghold in our communities. We must keep up the fight and invest in protecting our youth from becoming replacement smokers.”

Despite progress in reducing smoking rates, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New York State and the nation. More than 28,000 New Yorkers die every year from smoking-related illnesses.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 11/8/17 | 11/8/17

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

At 4:47 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Teresa M. Haughn, 39,of Worcester, NY, for Aggravated DWI Leandra's Law, DWI, and other vehicle and traffic tickets.  She was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2500 Bail / $5000 Bond.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 6th at 1:00 p.m.

At 9:03 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Shawn Brown, 33, of Warnerville, NY, for DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded tot he Schoharie County Jail on $5000 Bail / $10,000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 6th at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

At 9:51 p.m Cobleskill Police arrested Dashawn M. Nelson, 21, of Brooklyn, NY, for Petit Larceny.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 14th at 5:00 p.m.

At 9:51 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Mariah J. Crandall, 22, of Binghamton, NY, for Petit Larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 3, 2017

At 12:45 a.m Cobleskill Police arrested Dalton Stevens, 19, of Salem, NY, for Disorderly Conduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released. She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 28th at 5;00 p.m.

At 12:45 a.m .Cobleskill Police arrested Ryan Austy, 22, of Johnstown, NY, for Violation of the Open Container Law.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 16th at 5:00 p .m.

Sunday, October 5, 2017

At 1;12 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Daniel Oldorff, 43, of Delanson, NY,  for 2 counts of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Government Administration 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2000 Bail / $6000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 21st at 5:00 p.m.

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Pelham Wins in Windham

Written By Editor on 11/7/17 | 11/7/17

Robert Pelham will have another term after defeating Nick Bove tonight:

 Pelham (R): 330 (54.1%)
Bove (D): 281 (45.9%)

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Middleburgh Town Council Results

Middleburgh has a new Town Board tonight. Incumbent Councilman Mike Wilkens was selected for another term while newcomer John Youmans won a term on the Council. Town Historian Charley Spickerman and former Supervisor Jim Buzon did not win.

Wilkens (R): 705
Youmans (R): 491
Spickerman (D): 395
Buzon (D): 392

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Middleburgh Highway Superintendent Election Results

Current Village Highway Superintendent Steve Kowalski defeated former Town of Broome Highway Superintendent Mike Parker tonight in Middleburgh:

Steve Kowalski (R): 706 (64.9%)
Mike Parker (D): 376 (34.6)
Total: 1087

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Town of Middleburgh Clerk Election Results

Six term incumbent Brenda Lawyer beat current Library volunteer Sara Masterson in the race for Middleburgh's Town Clerk.

Lawyer (R): 806 (73.9%)
Masterson (D): 284 (26.1%_
Total: 1090

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Schoharie County Sheriff Election Result

Two term incumbent Tony Desmond will be succeeded by his Undersheriff Ron Stevens.

Stevens (R): 5054 (56.2%)
Desmond (D): 3933 (43.7)

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Schoharie County District Attorney Race Results

Susan Mallery will be the next Schoharie County District Attorney, defeating Blenheim Supervisor Shawn Smith in a hard fought race.

Mallery (R): 5130 (56.8%)
Smith (D): 3879 (43.2%)

Mr. Smith ran on a platform of fighting heroin while Ms. Mallery ran largely on preventing household abuse.

Smith and Mallery each worked very hard in their respective campaigns, knocking on thousands of doors each. The two prioritized retail politics, including shaking hands and attending events.

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Lape Wins in Richmondville

Incumbent Supervisor Dick Lape won another term in Richmondville, defeating Vernon Hall.

Lape (R): 468 (69.4%)
Hall (D): 204 (30.3%)
Total: 672

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McAllister Defeats Nadeau in Cobleskill

Incumbent Supervisor Leo McAllister defeated former Mayor Mark Nadeau in the race in Cobleskill tonight:

McAllister (R): 62.6%
Nadeau 257 (37.1%)
Write-in 3 (.3%)
Total: 693

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Leavitt Wins in Carlisle

Republican John Leavitt won a term as Carlisle's new Supervisor over Linta Cross:

Leavitt (R): 352 (64.1%)
Linda Cross (D) 197 (35.9%)

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Bates Wins Handily in Seward

Former Sheriff John Bates won his first full term as Seward's Supervisor tonight.

Bates (R): 376 (76.7)
Scott (D): 114 (23.3)
Total: 490

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Skowfoe Defeats Filleti in Fulton

Incumbent Supervisor and former County Board Chair Phil Skowfoe won another term as Fulton's Supervisor over Town Councilman John Filetti.

Skowfoe (D): 275 (62.9%)
Filetti (R): 161 (37.1)
Total: 436

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Hait Holds on in Jefferson

Incumbent Peggy Hait won another term as Jefferson's Supervisor over challenger Rudy Allen.

Hait (R):  262 (59.0%)
Allen (D-Pr): 182 (41.0%)
Total: 444

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VanGlad Wins in Gilboa

Incumbent Tony VanGlad defeated newcomer Phoebe Schreiner in the race for Gilboa Town Supervisor tonight.

VanGlad (R): 218 (59.6%)
Schreiner (D): 148 (40.4%)
Total: 366

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Blenheim Town Council Election Results

Incumbents Anne Mattice Strauch and Renee Grabowski secured their two seats on Blenheim's Town Board tonight:

Mattice-Strauch, Anne                               127                45.8%    
Grabowski, Renee                                     96                34.7%  
Smith, John J                                        54                19.5%

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