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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.
Tkaczyk, Amedore differences clear at League of Women Voters' candidates forum
Displeasing looks aplenty were cast between candidates during a recent debate for the hotly contested 46th Senate District, as each listened to the opponent’s answers.
A typical single-family home in the Guilderland Sewer Improvement District will see their sewer bills increase $1.17 next year, which mostly covers increasing debt service costs.
Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More receives $650k in grants to relocate beloved amusement park rides
The “more” in Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More has taken on a whole new meaning after plans were announced to move the rides from Hoffman’s Playland to the store in North Albany.
Regional coalition kicks off awareness month with stories of addiction
One 13-year-old girl started out drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, but in four years, she found herself addicted to prescription pills. More than a decade later, she’s hoping her message of recovery keeps someone from ever starting down that same path.
Town Supervisor's proposal totals $7.2M, holds no staffing cuts
Town Supervisor Tom Dolin’s proposed budget holds a property tax levy just below New Scotland’s state imposed tax cap, while tapping less from its reserves.
Names of slain children not released, details on murders still sparse
Two Guilderland Elementary School children and two adults were found murdered in a Western Avenue home Wednesday, Oct. 8, and authorities have yet to name a suspect in the quadruple homicide.
Comptroller’s report finds Albany County, Town of Colonie are in better fiscal health than in years past, but areas of concern remain
Local lawmakers are still feeling financial burdens of living within the tax cap while balancing budgets, but there are signs of improvement.
District leaders review study, look toward community driven solutions
Guilderland school district leaders held a community meeting Monday, Sept. 29, to discuss factors leading to the building capacity study and reviewing some of the data presented in it.
Town Republican Committee gets reorganized, pledges grassroots effort
Doug Breakell is taking on leadership of the Guilderland Republican Committee, but his involvement behind the scenes started decades ago.
Old Songs announces third season of Community Dances with a sweet twist
Despite social media being omnipresent in many people’s daily lives, connecting a community can sometimes be difficult. A series of local events is hoping to change that by getting people on their feet and socializing in a more traditional way.