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John Purcell

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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.

Recent Stories

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Mixing it up on Upper Madison

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.

Making sure you saw it

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.

New Scotland mulls park fixes

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.

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Jim Fischer, Paul Tonko camps squabble over debates

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.

Voorheesville loses bid for Rail Trail grant

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.

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Number of bids sparse for New Salem water project

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.

Area schools awarded grant to review assessments

BOCES-led consortium wins nearly $440k for 12 districts

A dozen area school districts welcomed an infusion of state funding to help improve assessment practices.

Inaction irks developer

New Scotland Board mulls water lines for residential subdivision

Patience is running dry for a developer seeking a residential subdivision, with water infrastructure remaining a sticking point for town officials.

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Guilderland school board sets aside study scenarios

District looks at fresh start to discussions about unused space within its schools

Guilderland Board of Education members unexpectedly voted 7-2 at the Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting to set aside scenarios presented in the building capacity study in favor of community members and the board developing their own options.

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Tech Valley High makes a move

Regional program prepares for first year at CNSE’s Albany campus

The phones were still off the hook, but Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert could already hear educational opportunities calling area students.

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