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Senior reporter John Purcell has worked at Spotlight News for four years and covers Albany County suburbs.
Purcell covers the towns of Guilderland and New Scotland, the villages of Altamont and Voorheesville and Albany County news and feature stories. He also covers the school districts of Guilderland and Voorheesville. Previously, he covered Schenectady County for Spotlight News.
In the New York Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest he received third place honors in Spot News Coverage for his story on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Schenectady County. Also, in NYPA's 2010 contest he received honorable mention for best news story.
Before joining Spotlight, he interned at The Legislative Gazette covering state government. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Journalism. Also, he is a Schenectady County native.
More Capital District schools are moving to digital reports to allow parents an easy way to monitor a child’s progress
This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.
Planning Board hears residential proposal for 62-acre sub-division
Developers are looking to create a 22-lot residential subdivision on a 62-acre parcel off Route 85.
Event allows participants to show solidarity with those who don’t have a roof over their head
Around two dozen people will take an extended stay at Tawasentha Park this weekend as they raise money to help provide a roof over another person’s head.
‘Muffin Man’ expands fundraising efforts to breakfast in bed service
A basket of muffins might not change the world, but one man is proving it’s a good place to start.
Old favorites and new attractions showcased at weeklong event
Alongside fair food favorites, the Altamont Fair is offering up something new to taste with some local flavor.
Dr. Becker’s wish granted after his death
Dr. Milford Becker spent the last years of his life trying to preserve some of the land he owned, but he did not see his vision realized. Almost seven years after passing away, his wish is coming true.
Community Caregivers raffles custom pendant, to hold appreciation reception
Community Caregivers is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind gold pendant featuring the nonprofit’s logo of clasped hands forming a heart.
Neighbor complaints lead Voorheesville to draft changes to front-yard regulations
Voorheesville officials said several complaints about one home’s front yard fence spurred a local law to tackle the problem.
Commission set to clear 47 acres of black locust trees, reclaim landscape
Hundreds of invasive trees will be removed from the Pine Bush Preserve before next year, which will dramatically shift the landscape in preparation for a native habitat.
Democrats draft last-minute amendment to clear step for Solider On project
Dozens of veterans spoke out against Democratic legislators proposing to stall Solider On’s housing project, which spurred a last-minute amendment to clear a procedural step.