'Disgusted' by attack, local GOP sees no point in Trump removal

1/13/2021

Disgusting, disappointing, disturbing:
Those are the adjectives leading Schoharie County Republicans used to describe the January 6 riots at the Capitol and President Donald Trump’s role in inciting them.
But although they were repulsed and shocked at the vandalism and deaths, Republicans don’t believe President Trump should be removed from office.
Invading the Capitol, rioters smashed glass, fixtures and stole mementoes while legislators and aides fled the building.
Watching the break-in “while Congress was in session made me weep,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague, also the county Republican chairman.
“Unbelievable. It’s not who we are or what this co ...

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No answers yet on Zion fire, future

1/13/2021

Two months after a fire devastated Cobleskill’s Zion Lutheran Church, the congregation is anxious to see what step to take next.
Members are waiting on a report from insurance adjusters, but one of them has COVID, so the report will be delayed, Pastor Sara Litzner said Friday.
Except for a boarded window, the Main Street church looks solid from the sidewalk, but the interior’s a mess.
The November 7 fire was the second serious blaze at the church. A lightning strike set the steeple on fire in Feburary 2017, though it was replaced a year later.
And now, the pandemic and another fire.
“With the pandemic, the fire was a huge hit,” said Pastor Litzner.

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C-R starts info campaign on $14 million February vote

1/13/2021

A campaign to inform voters about Cobleskill-Richmondville’s large building project begins this week.
The campaign is in preparation for the public vote February 3 on the $14.1 million project.
Superintendent Carl Mummenthey briefed the school board Monday night, announcing that voters will learn more via C-R’s website, social media, news stories, a newsletter and virtual town hall meetings––all with the vote just three weeks away.
The first session is a virtual town hall meeting this Thursday at 7pm. People can view the meeting by going to C-R’s website, clicking the ‘February 3 Referendum’ button and then hitting ‘Livestream’ to get to the Schopeg broadcast.
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SEEC looks to redefine economic growth in 2021

1/13/2021

Looking forward—not backwards—and maybe even being a little opportunistic is the strategy SEEC is bringing with it into 2021.
There’s no doubt that will be a challenge—even the words “economic growth” are hard to say after the yeas that was 2002, SEEC’s Executive Director Julie Pacattte said Friday.
But like Schoharie County itself, the specific goals aren’t crazy or even lofty; think business retention and the Eagle Trail, Ms. Pacatte said—not Amazon—and different ways of measuring that growth “that remember who we are.”
SEEC kicked off 2021 with a Lodging Possibilities forum before pivoting to helping businesses negotiate the challenges of COVID-19, sharing resource ...

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State decision on Sharon solar Thursday?

1/6/2021

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment—the Siting Board—is expected to approve East Point Energy’s NextEra 50-megawatt facility in the Town of Sharon at a tele-meeting this Thursday.
If that happens, it would be the first solar project approved under the Article 10, which removes large-scale solar from local review and instead puts it in the hands of the state.
There will be no opportunity for public comment Thursday.
The NextEra project first came to light three years ago; the last round of public meetings were moved to virtual in October because of COVID and drew only a handful of speakers—either for or against it.
It woul ...

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