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Fulton County Treasurer Terry Blodgett explains the county's fund balance situation to the Board of Supervisors Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

County taxes increase by 7.7 percent

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday reduced the county’s proposed 2018 budget down to an average property tax rate increase of 8 percent, using various methods such as application of $1.5 million in fund balance. Supervisors started Monday with a tentative $92 ...

William Rowback Jr. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Rowback mulling his options

GLOVERSVILLE — No decision has yet been made as of 9:30 a.m. this morning if a recount will be asked for in the city’s Mayoral race. Mayoral Candidate Bill Rowback said this morning that the county and state Republican committee on if a recount will be asked for after news broke Monday ...

Councilmembers Don VanDeusen, left, Tim Rizzo, Walter Lane, Daryl Baldwin, Supervisor Jack Wilson, right, during Town of Johnstown board meeting Monday night. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Town of Johnstown whittles tax hike down to 52%

JOHNSTOWN — Town Supervisor Jack Wilson announced during the town Johnstown board meeting on Monday that the council has finalized and passed the 2018 budget. The council members also worked to lower the tax rate increase from 60 percent to 52 percent which is $2.64 per ...

Seasonal reminders for winter

GLOVERSVILLE — With the winter months approaching, the City of Gloversville Police Department has some seasonal reminders for residents Police Chief Marc Porter sent out the following reminders for city residents as the snow starts to fall: ∫ The overnight parking ban for winter months ...

Fonda passes flood law

FONDA — Fonda Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pass their New York Local Law 1-2017 flood damage prevention during their regular meeting on Monday night. They also held a public hearing for the flood damage prevention during the meeting, but no one from the public spoke. The new ...

From Left: Hollie King, Helen Martin, Bernadette Weaver and Cathy VanAlstyne prepare to hang one of the donated wreathes that will be available for purchase at the Johnstown Historical Society's Festival of Wreaths on November 25 at the James Burk Inn, Johnstown. (Photo Submitted)

Festival of Wreaths planned

JOHNSTOWN — A Festival of Wreaths will be held on Saturday at the James Burk Inn by the Johnstown Historical Society. All proceeds will benefit the group’s efforts to restore local landmarks, including the historic inn. The colonial-themed event will have a selection of unique wreaths ...

Black Friday deals available on Wednesday

GLOVERSVILLE — Holiday shoppers can get a jump start on pricing out the best deals with the help of The Leader Herald. On Wednesday, the The Leader-Herald will make its annual Thanksgiving edition, filled with 18 different sales fliers for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping, available ...

Miscount changes mayoral winner

The Leader-Herald staff reports GLOVERSVILLE — In a stunning announcement this morning, Fulton County Board of Elections Commissioner Lee Hollenbeck, said Dayton King is the actual winner of the Nov. 7 election for Gloversville mayor. “That’s true,” said Hollenbeck. “We ...

Women dressed in period garb hold signs during a downtown Johnstown ceremony last August honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

State museum highlights area activist Cady-Stanton

ALBANY — It is almost impossible to walk the streets of Johnstown and not be reminded of its rich history and involvement in the Woman’s Right Movement. So much attention is often given to Seneca Falls as being the birthplace of the movement, but for one special girl, that fight began in ...

Sewer board adopts $5.3M 2018 budget

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board adopted the sewer plant’s $5.3 million 2018 operation and maintenance general fund budget, which was up nearly 4 percent. The budget was recently approved at the board’s meeting at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment ...

Water rates set for District 1

JOHNSTOWN — Rates for Fulton County’s Water District No. 1 for 2018 were established by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors Monday at the County Office Building. The water rate chargeable to customers was set at $10.53 per 100 cubic feet of water. Fulton County Water District No. 1 ...

OFA benefits from grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Office for Aging will receive some new office equipment thanks to a grant. The county Board of Supervisors on Monday accepted funds of $2,137 from a North Country Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment to go toward equipment. A resolution passed by the ...

Canajoharie's Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw, left, and Eric Tomosky, right, architect, answer questions regarding Canajoharie's capital project. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Capital project unveiled for Canajoharie schools

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie Central School District Officials held a public meeting on their $5 million Capital Improvement Project, as well as a capital reserve fund to discuss with the community. The project will include repairs, replacements and upgrades made to the elementary school, ...

Attendees of the Legislative breakfast listen in during the event. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Legislators hold informational meeting

PERTH — State representatives from Fulton and Montgomery counties got a chance to speak with leaders of county government, businesses and educational institutions during firsts of its kind event put on by the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber held its Legislative ...

Members of the Gloversville Police Department, Gloversville Fire Department, Johnstown Fire Department and Ambulance Service of Fulton County were recognized on Tuesday for their work in saving several people from an October fire on Grand Street. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Responders honored by Congress

GLOVERSVILLE —The actions of first responders from Gloversville and Johnstown has been recognized in the United States Congress. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, has recognized those who responded to the Oct. 20 Grand Street fire via a Congressional Record in the 115th Congress. “On ...

Canjo approves veterans tax benefit

CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Central School Board of Education approved a new tax exemption on Nov. 9 that would lower taxes for eligible veterans effective with the September school tax bill. Veterans must apply with their town assessor by March 1. The amount of the exemption is dependent ...

The Common Council listens in on Tuesday as grant writer Nick Zabawsky explains a new grant the city may consider applying for. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Grant to help increase pedestrian safety discussed at council meeting

GLOVERSVILLE —City officials learned more about a grant they can apply for to help increase pedestrian safety. Grant writer Nick Zabawsky of the Community Development Agency came before the Common Council on Tuesday to speak with them about a grant he found that could be of use to the ...

Capital plan gets nod from county

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday accepted a three-year county capital plan, including an $11.8 million plan for 2018. Action on the board’s 2018-20 capital plan followed a public hearing at the County Office Building in which no one spoke. For 2018, the plan ...

What exactly do taxpayers get for their dollar?

Fulton County government last week released its tentative $92.3 million county budget, with a 14.4 percent property tax rate hike for 2018. I’m not going to expound on that tax amount. As I indicated in a previous column, supervisors will continue to whack away. The tax rate remains a ...

Jackson, Rowback working together

JOHNSTOWN — The men who will be the mayors of the Glove Cities for the next four years starting in 2018 have been meeting, and plan to continue to meet after the start of the year. Republican Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson, who ran unopposed Nov. 7, gathered 1,126 votes and will be serving ...