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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.
Snyder to leave post after school year; school board member resigning
Teresa Thayer Snyder is ready to step down from her leadership post at Voorheesville school district following a life-changing year.
AmeriCorps volunteers pitch in to spruce up, enhance county park
Lawson Lake County Park got an overdue makeover, with hundreds of volunteers coming together to help out and celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps.
NYCLU threatens lawsuit on revised statute after prior court victory
Albany County legislators are hoping their new cyberbullying law sticks, but a legal challenge has already been threatened.
Local officials are shaking their heads after a member of the Navy brought what appeared to be an improvised explosive device through a checkpoint at Albany International Airport.
Street fair celebrates the vibrancy of downtown Albany neighborhood
An outdoor block party in the Pine Hills area of Albany sets itself apart with its family-friendly vibe and activities for kids and adults.
Guilderland native builds website to crowd source online video; launches Indiegogo campaign
There is a seemingly endless stream of videos across the Internet, but a Guilderland native is hoping to make finding the best videos an engaging and simple experience.
Town targets Swift Road Park, eyes expanding scope to more areas
At least one park in New Scotland could be getting a makeover as town officials look to boost recreational opportunities offered.
Televised debate, two public forums planned for the 20th Congressional District race
Even before the 20th Congressional District candidates have officially squared off, both campaigns have debated the process of setting up debates.
Village officials to pursue funding options; county sets goal to pave pathway
Voorheesville isn’t receiving funding local officials sought to enhance its end of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, but their vision is still in focus.
New Scotland fails to draw bids for one contract, evaluating options
Little interest was drawn for contracts to construct the New Salem Water District, with one of the three contracts not receiving a single bidder.