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Bethlehem seeks to reduce overtime

Police force biggest offender; unions unhappy with sick leave policy change

Town Supervisor John Clarkson said changes were being instituted at the Bethlehem Police Department after a recent study found overtime was far grater for police compared to other departments. Last year, Bethlehem spent about $1.4 million in overtime townwide, with highway and water departments also having high numbers.

Albany County Legislature reduction advances

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.

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Bethlehem Chabad’s Hanukkah celebration grows

Group hosts Hanaukkah Wonderland, inguaral parade of decorated cars

Since 2008, Bethlehem Chabad as hosted one of the largest Hanukkah events in the Capital District. The celebration has grown from a gathering to light the giant Menorah at Bethlehem’s Four Corners to hosting Hanaukkah Wonderland held at Town Hall.

EDITORIAL: A compromise must be made

This editorial appears in the Dec. 17 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Easement welcomed

This letter appears in the Dec. 17 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: VCSF presents first play

This letter appears in the Dec. 17 edition of The Spotlight.

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Albany County Legislature OKs ‘Toxic-free Toys Act’

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.

State Police kick off holiday ‘Drive Sober’ campaign

State Police are participating again in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which started on Friday and continues through New Year’s Day.

Monolith Solar seeks tax breaks from Bethlehem IDA

Monolith Solar went before the Bethlehem IDA on Monday, Dec. 1, with representatives seeking nearly $700,000 in benefits. The company would be the first tech tenant within the Vista Technology Campus.

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Jerry’s Law is on the books

V’ville teen suicide victim's family hopes legislation will spare others from tragedy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed “Jerry’s Law” last month, which ended the three-year crusade of Mary Clark to get a state law passed to help other families avoid the same tragedy her family faced.

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A tree’s tale

Mayes family has been providing the town tree for the past five years

For the past five years, Majestic Tree Farm has provided the Town of Bethlehem’s Christmas tree. Nanette Mayes, who owns the tree farm with her husband, believes they were originally contacted about providing the town tree because they had provided the town with wreaths for around a decade.

Albany County study proposes snowplowing changes

Shared Highway Services Study proposes plans to save county $300K

Results from an independent countywide study show Albany County and its municipalities could save more than $300,000 if officials decide to share highway services.

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Get To Know: Tim Wiles

This Get To Know appears in the Dec. 10 editions of Spotlight News.

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Get into the groove

Opera Saratoga hosts unconventional a cappella group

It may be fair to say that only in Saratoga Springs can one expect an opera to break out inside a night club?

Bethlehem school district talks tax exemptions

Conservation easement and veterans designations to be discussed at public hearing

Town officials have asked the Bethlehem Central School District to consider taking part in the new conservation easement tax exemptions for qualified landowners. District leaders are also weighing if it should participate in the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption.

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A season for the spectacular

Aerial acrobatics coupled with gravity-defying feats of balancing are the trademarks that have followed every Cirque Dreams production for the past two decades.

EDITORIAL: A game changer

This editorial appears in the Dec. 10 editions of Spotlight News.

LETTER: A neighborhood to be proud of

This letter appears in the Dec. 10 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Tax distribution still not fair

This letter appears in the Dec. 10 edition of The Spotlight.

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Albany duo charged with using counterfeit bills

Bethlehem police arrested two Albany residents on Friday, Dec. 5, for allegedly using counterfeit currency to pay for goods at several area stores.

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