RENSSELAERVILLE — William J McChesney Jr., once a longtime treasurer for the Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, spent his career with the same company and his summers in the same historic village.

After running the Medusa General Store where they perused its trinkets and treats as children, April Caprio and her husband, Jason, still have questions.

The historic venue for an annual chili contest and regular concerts in the hamlet of Rensselaerville may become more active with its administration controlled by a dedicated group, instead of the local church that owns the property.

The Town of Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance Squad donated $42,000 to the town, saying it can do without the money in order to relieve taxpayers.

The town's newest judge, Ronald "Joey" Bates, was the freshest face among those taking their oaths at the Jan. 2 reorganizational meeting in Rensselaerville.

To get ahead of unsafe snowmobiling in the state's wooded trails, police trained at Camp Cass in Rensselaerville are ramping up their presence in the snow.

Police knocked on doors in the Rensselaerville hamlet last month after a councilman called and complained about cars parked on the street. The response from residents was called a "small uproar" by the sheriff.

Albany County's emergency medical services coordinator, Brian Wood, said the third town that needed to bear the cost, Westerlo, of the program didn't agree to spend the money.

Rensselaerville's 2015 plan raises taxes for the general and highway funds by 1.3 percent, about half the increase first proposed when the board planned to override the state-set tax cap.

The position was decided several months ago when Bates, a Democrat and deputy sheriff, was endorsed by all four parties. Sitting Judge Timothy Miller, a Democrat, didn’t run for another term.


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