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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.
District to hold community workshop to generate ideas on building usage
Guilderland Board of Education members have decided to cancel the upcoming focus group that would have discussed the building capacity study, which lacked widespread community support.
District hoping to break even after nearly $100k deficit last school year
Voorheesville schools were in the vanguard of districts opposing more strict federal school lunch program guidelines, but an ongoing operating deficit has forced the district back in line.
Cornell Cooperative Extension unveils online ‘Ag Exchange’ service
Finding a buyer for an “Amish modified” New Holland 273 mini baler might not be done easily through traditional advertisements, but a new online service aims to fill that niche.
Construction costs, engineering expenses fall $110k under budget
About 4,000 feet of paved path will stretch through the hamlet of Guilderland Center next summer, which is a sight several residents have waited years to see.
New Scotland officials are eyeing town employees to complete a portion of the New Salem Water District project after one contract garnered no interest.
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.