The Altamont Enterprise & Albany County Post

The Altamont Enterprise & Albany County Post The newspaper of record for Guilderland, New Scotland, and the Helderberg Hilltowns in Albany County, New York. Subscriptions required for most links.

Main phone: (518)861-4026 News office: (518)861-5005 The cover photo is of a painting by Laurel Dover Searl of her farm in Berne.

Mission: To find the truth, report it fairly, and provide a forum for the open exchange of ideas on issues important to the community.

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If the University at Albany has 29 more COVID-19 cases before Sept. 25, then it would have to move to remote classes for...
09/21/2020
COVID-19 cases grow at UAlbany

If the University at Albany has 29 more COVID-19 cases before Sept. 25, then it would have to move to remote classes for two weeks.

With 29 more COVID-19 cases before Sept. 25, the University at Albany would have to move to remote classes for two weeks.

The moon and Earth, a cactus and mushroom are among the graffiti painted on the walls of the pavilion in Westerlo’s town...
09/20/2020
Westerlo town park pavilion vandalized

The moon and Earth, a cactus and mushroom are among the graffiti painted on the walls of the pavilion in Westerlo’s town park. Councilman Matthew Kryzak is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the vandals’ arrest and conviction.

Vandalism was discovered in Westerlo’s town park this week, with graffiti artwork and crude phrases scrawled around the pavilion.

In the early 1980s, the former Feura Bush school was sold and six local boys were without a place to play.
09/20/2020
Pavilion named for one of Feura Bush park founders

In the early 1980s, the former Feura Bush school was sold and six local boys were without a place to play.

In the early 1980s, the former Feura Bush school was sold and six local boys were without a place to play.

The state reached a record high for COVID-19 tests while the infection rate stayed below 1 percent.
09/20/2020
County has 22 new COVID-19 cases, 2 from AES

The state reached a record high for COVID-19 tests while the infection rate stayed below 1 percent.

The state reached a record high for COVID-19 tests while the infection rate stayed below 1 percent.

“We so depend on everybody doing their part,” said Superintendent Marie Wiles. This means, she said, continuing with wel...
09/19/2020
GCSD has first case of COVID-19 this semester, at Altamont Elementary

“We so depend on everybody doing their part,” said Superintendent Marie Wiles. This means, she said, continuing with wellness checks, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and frequently washing hands.

“We so depend on everybody doing their part,” said Superintendent Marie Wiles. This means, she said, continuing with wellness checks, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and frequently washing hands.

“It could be tied into how that federal aid stopped, the extra $600 …,” said the Albany County executive. “This is the b...
09/18/2020
With drastic increase in residents’ need for help buying food, McCoy calls for federal support

“It could be tied into how that federal aid stopped, the extra $600 …,” said the Albany County executive. “This is the barometer for all counties.”

“As jobs don’t come back and more and more people get laid off, people are going to need more assistance in the county than they ever did before.”

In the first week of September, Albany County saw an increase of over 500 percent, compared to the same week last year, of residents needing help to buy food, leading the county executive to call for federal support.

09/17/2020
“The pedestrian was trying to assist our officers in stopping the vehicle before it sped away,” Guilderland Police Chief...
09/16/2020
Pedestrian hit as he helps stop larceny suspect fleeing Crossgates

“The pedestrian was trying to assist our officers in stopping the vehicle before it sped away,” Guilderland Police Chief Daniel McNally said.

GUILDERLAND — A pedestrian was struck in the Crossgates Mall parking lot on Monday afternoon as a man suspected of larceny was driving away, police say. “The pedestrian was trying to assist our officers in stopping the vehicle before it sped away,” Guilderland Police Chief Daniel McNally told ...

Sports like soccer that are deemed a low or moderate risk for transmission of COVID-19, are set to start up again on Sep...
09/15/2020
Some Voorheesville sports to start Sept. 21

Sports like soccer that are deemed a low or moderate risk for transmission of COVID-19, are set to start up again on Sept. 21, at Voorheesville. While normal fall sports that have been deemed high-risk — cheerleading, football, and volleyball —won’t start until March 1.

Voorheesville Athletic Director Joseph Sapienza updated the school board during its Sept. 14 meeting.

Could a solar farm proposed for Altamont Road in New Scotland impact the view from Thacher Park two miles away?
09/15/2020
Solar farm proposed at foot of escarpment

Could a solar farm proposed for Altamont Road in New Scotland impact the view from Thacher Park two miles away?

Could a solar farm proposed for Altamont Road in New Scotland impact the view from Thacher Park two miles away?

The University of Albany is now more than half-way to the metric of COVID-19 cases that would force classes to be given ...
09/15/2020
COVID-19 spike among UAlbany student grows

The University of Albany is now more than half-way to the metric of COVID-19 cases that would force classes to be given entirely remotely.

The University of Albany is now more than half-way to the metric of COVID-19 cases that would force classes to be given entirely remotely.

Of the 24 new positive COVID-19 cases reported Sunday morning in Albany County, 16 are connected to the University at Al...
09/14/2020
UAlbany COVID-19 spike continues

Of the 24 new positive COVID-19 cases reported Sunday morning in Albany County, 16 are connected to the University at Albany.

Of the 24 new positive COVID-19 cases reported Sunday morning in Albany County, 16 are connected to the University at Albany.

The former Clarksville Elementary School in New Scotland is already home to the sheriff’s public safety building; soon i...
09/13/2020
County’s new 9-1-1 service center to be housed in former Clarksville school

The former Clarksville Elementary School in New Scotland is already home to the sheriff’s public safety building; soon it will also house the county’s 9-1-1 call center.

The former Clarksville Elementary School in New Scotland is already home to the sheriff’s public safety building; soon it will also house the county’s 9-1-1 call center.

To cope with the economic strain caused by the pandemic and restrictions meant to stem its spread, several state and fed...
09/12/2020
Federal and state programs aim to heal the hurt caused by the pandemic

To cope with the economic strain caused by the pandemic and restrictions meant to stem its spread, several state and federal initiatives were announced this week.

The Albany County Business Development Corporation is being awarded $8,755,500 to help small businesses devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award is being given by the Economic Development Administration as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.

The award will establish an $8 million loan fund for small businesses in Albany County and also provides $755,500 to defray the cost of administering the loan fund.

Government programs were announced this week to help small-business owners, manufacturers, child-care centers, farmers, and workers who lost wages — all due to the pandemic.

The victim was a man in his seventies with underlying health conditions.
09/12/2020
Albany County suffers 134th COVID-19 death

The victim was a man in his seventies with underlying health conditions.

New York State announced a record-high number of test results as Albany County reported 28 new cases and its 134th death on Saturday.

The spike of COVID-19 cases at UAlbany can be traced back to athletes and to off-campus housing in the Pine Hills neighb...
09/11/2020
UAlbany takes ‘strong measures’ after overnight COVID-19 spike

The spike of COVID-19 cases at UAlbany can be traced back to athletes and to off-campus housing in the Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany, said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.

The spike of COVID-19 cases at UAlbany can be traced back to athletes and to off-campus housing in the Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany, said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.

“The focal issue for the legislature is we don’t want to become the dumping ground for New York State or for the Northea...
09/11/2020
McCoy signs county’s Clean Air Act into law

“The focal issue for the legislature is we don’t want to become the dumping ground for New York State or for the Northeast,” says William Reinhardt, who chairs the county legislature’s Conservation, Sustainability and Green Initiatives Committee and who sponsored the Clean air Act.

“The focal issue for the legislature is we don’t want to become the dumping ground for New York State or for the Northeast,” says William Reinhardt, who chairs the county legislature’s Conservation, Sustainability and Green Initiatives Committee and who sponsored the Clean air Act.

With no federal bail-out on the horizon Wednesday, local Assembly members and the state’s largest teachers’ union called...
09/10/2020
Week XXVI: Infection rates remains low but worries arise about ‘after-effects of COVID’

With no federal bail-out on the horizon Wednesday, local Assembly members and the state’s largest teachers’ union called for New York to raise taxes on the wealthy to help poor school districts hurt by aid cuts in the wake of the pandemic.

Read our roundup of the week's state and local coronavirus developments.

With no federal bail-out on the horizon Wednesday, local Assembly members and the state’s largest teachers’ union called for New York to raise taxes on the wealthy to help poor school districts hurt by aid cuts in the wake of the pandemic.

09/10/2020

Paging through Issue 9

Volunteers are being asked to help out at schools that are laying off staff because of drastic, last-minute, pandemic-in...
09/05/2020
Volunteers sought to help schools with slashed budgets

Volunteers are being asked to help out at schools that are laying off staff because of drastic, last-minute, pandemic-induced budget cuts. “We need volunteer organizations now more than ever,” said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy on Friday. “We need parents to help out, teach.”

Volunteers are being asked to help out at schools that are laying off staff because of drastic, last-minute, pandemic-induced budget cuts. “We need volunteer organizations now more than ever,” said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy on Friday. “We need parents to help out, teach.”

Resignations and allowing positions to go unfilled have permitted the Voorheesville Central School District to make abou...
09/05/2020
COVID-related hires at Voorheesville, but budget still OK, super says

Resignations and allowing positions to go unfilled have permitted the Voorheesville Central School District to make about five COVID-related hires this summer while keeping the district’s budget in check at a time when the state is withholding aid to school districts.

With school reopening right around the corner, Voorheesville is gearing up for the new normal.

#labordayweekend The Altamont Fair is hosting the Fair Food and Farm Frenzy —  today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday ...
09/05/2020

#labordayweekend The Altamont Fair is hosting the Fair Food and Farm Frenzy — today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris VanPatten, whose family owned a Guilderland farmhouse for nearly a century, before selling it five years ago, was ...
09/05/2020
Memories, but no people, hurt as VanPatten homestead burns on Friday

Chris VanPatten, whose family owned a Guilderland farmhouse for nearly a century, before selling it five years ago, was sad to see it burn on Western Turnpike near 84 Lumber Company on Friday.

Chris VanPatten, whose family owned a Guilderland farmhouse for nearly a century, before selling it five years ago, was sad to see it burn on Friday.

The death of a 20-year-old man found at the bottom of the escarpment in John Boyd Thacher State Park has been ruled a su...
09/04/2020
Asian man kills himself at Thacher Park

The death of a 20-year-old man found at the bottom of the escarpment in John Boyd Thacher State Park has been ruled a suicide, according to the Albany County Sheriff's Office. Police say he was from from outside of Hong Kong and here in New York for education.

A 20-year-old man from outside of Hong Kong died by suicide at Thacher Park on Wednesday.

09/03/2020
At noon on Wednesday, Scott Dansey, a senior staff member for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Selkirk, told the press that,...
09/03/2020
Safety restored after hazardous chemical leaked from train car, officials say

At noon on Wednesday, Scott Dansey, a senior staff member for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Selkirk, told the press that, in a day and a half, the hazardous situation, where a chemical had escaped from a train car, had been brought under control.

BETHLEHEM — At noon on Wednesday, Scott Dansey, a senior staff member for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Selkirk, told the press that, in a day and a half, the hazardous situation, where a chemical had escaped from a train car, had been brought under control.

“If you are being asked to evacuate, emergency responders will be coming to your location,” the alert from the town says...
09/01/2020
Residents within a mile of chemical spill at SABIC told to shelter-in-place

“If you are being asked to evacuate, emergency responders will be coming to your location,” the alert from the town says.

BETHLEHEM — Alerts sent out to residents by the town of New Scotland said that there had been a “hazardous materials incident” this morning just over the town border at SABIC in Selkirk; residents who live within one mile of the facility are being advised to shelter-in-place while non-essentia...

Nearly 20 people showed up at a Normanskill Road farm to show  support for the Donato-Neander family whose farm stand ha...
08/29/2020
New Scotland farm stand’s future is now a lot more firm

Nearly 20 people showed up at a Normanskill Road farm to show support for the Donato-Neander family whose farm stand had been shut down by the town of New Scotland for violations of the zoning code.

The next move is the town’s planning board.

The new testing site in Albany County is Walgreens at 41 Holland Ave. The free tests will use a self-collection model; r...
08/29/2020
New, free COVID-19 testing site — at Walgreens

The new testing site in Albany County is Walgreens at 41 Holland Ave. The free tests will use a self-collection model; residents will stay in their cars while assisted by pharmacists when necessary.

The state and the county continue to urge residents — even those without COVID-19 symptoms — to get tested for the disease despite new CDC guidelines that say otherwise.

On Friday, a statewide association for nursing homes wrote the governor to ask that New York’s requirements for nursing-...
08/29/2020
New York nursing homes push for less-stringent requirements

On Friday, a statewide association for nursing homes wrote the governor to ask that New York’s requirements for nursing-home visitors and COVID-19 testing be recast to match federal rules released this week.

On Friday, a statewide association for nursing homes wrote the governor to ask that New York’s requirements for nursing-home visitors and COVID-19 testing be recast to match federal rules released this week.

“The whole key to this is to get community involvement so that we foster that trust and fairness that I think we’re losi...
08/28/2020
Guilderland Chief McNally sees police reform as ‘super positive’

“The whole key to this is to get community involvement so that we foster that trust and fairness that I think we’re losing right now nationwide. It just opens up that dialogue so we’re all kind of on the same page, solving our problems together,” said Guilderland Police Chief Daniel McNally of the newly formed committee that will carry out the governor’s order to reform and reinvent the town’s police department.

“The whole key to this is to get community involvement so that we foster that trust and fairness that I think we’re losing right now nationwide. It just opens up that dialogue so we’re all kind of on the same page, solving our problems together,” said Guilderland Police Chief Daniel McNally ...

The Berne Town Board voted, 3 to 2, to approve a new labor union contract that guarantees a 10-percent raise by 2022 for...
08/28/2020
Berne highway workers get 3-year 10-percent raise in new contract

The Berne Town Board voted, 3 to 2, to approve a new labor union contract that guarantees a 10-percent raise by 2022 for the town’s highway workers, in addition to new longevity pay bonuses.

The Berne Town Board voted, 3 to 2, to approve a new labor union contract that guarantees a 10-percent raise by 2022 for the town’s highway workers, in addition to new longevity pay bonuses.

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The Enterprise needs to run an article on the plans the Guilderland Public Library is considering on possibly closing the library for over a year to speed up reconstruction under the bond proposal. During the Board meeting held last night some Board members indicated that since they were not approached by library patrons or emailed by many on the reopening plans, the general Guilderland population would not care if the library were closed for a year. That is not true. The fact is no one has been informed of what is happening.
I am hoping that the Enterprise can include information on the process for obtaining an Absentee Ballot of the 2020 General Election. My understanding is that an application has to be submitted and that residents will NOT automatically get a mail in ballot like we did for the primary. It is very important that the public is made aware of the requirements. Can the Altamont Enterprise include this most pertinent info to share with the readers?
Please if you can, look out for my sweet cat Levi. He’s been missing for 5 days now. I live on Gardner Road, closer to the 156 end. So he could be really anywhere. I’m hoping maybe someone took him in, but I need him home. He’s the sweetest, most friendliest cat. He had a gray seresto collar on. Please contact me if you see him. I need him back home❤️
Why is Joel Willsey putting the brakes on the Berne Farmers Market?
FYI
Has there been a date set for the Altamont town-wide, does anyone know or is that canceled of this year because of Coronavirus
Does anyone know any history about this dam in Partridge Run? It’s not far from the intersection of routes 6 & 13.
Handling food for for the public with no gloves..... Not the best picture to publish, Enterprise.
PLEASE SHARE. Gabby ( all white) and Daisy (black face) have been missing since last Thursday from Altamont-Voorheesville Rd. We are very worried. Gabby is just a yearling and Daisy is pregnant. Their trail was last seen near 788 Altamont-Voorheesville road. Do not try to catch them as a spook easily. If they are seen please call 518-339-1891
I’m not sure if this is allowed but my dog Copper got out today and has been missing all day!! I’d appreciate anyone who has any info to please contact me immediately I can be reached at all times!!! He is a very sweet pup just hyperactive! Thank you in advance