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2019 in review: Reporters talk about the year's remarkable stories Other Voices

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The Enterprise experts in local news looked back at some of their most important stories for 2019.Noah Zweifel, who reports on the Helderberg Hilltowns, focuses on the Multi-Use Residential District proposed by Knox Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis to encourage business in the rural town. The two Democrats on the town board voted against the MRD because many of the people in the proposed district didn’t want it and because of environmental and safety concerns. A supermajority vote was needed because the Albany County Planning Board had recommended against it. Lefkaditis’s slate was elected in November so it looks like Knox will eventually have the new MRD. Zweifel also talks about highway safety issues raised by a Berne councilman who, come Jan. 1, will be the sole Democrat on a town board where all of the members have been backed by the GOP chairman, who is also the highway superintendent.Sean Mulkerrin, who covers the town of New Scotland and the villages of Altamont and Voorheesville, discusses two long-running legal challenges that had an effect on the ballot box. The Voorheesville School Board president was ousted in the spring after a popular girls’ basketball coach claimed in court papers that he was fraudulently forced to resign from his coaching post. He sued to get his job back. In Altamont, a group of citizens challenged the village board’s rezoning of property from residential to commercial to allow the Altamont Stewart’s to expand. In the March village elections, two incumbent trustees who had voted in favor of the rezone narrowly kept their seats. The village board then voted again in favor of the rezone. Elizabeth Floyd Mair, the Enterprise Guilderland reporter, talks about the evolution of a story on a Lynnwood teacher, Tod Mell, accused of inappropriately touching one of his students. Floyd Mair changed the narrative when, after quoting from glowing letters in a story on Mell’s sentencing, the victim came forward and told her side of the story to Floyd Mair. In the podcast, Floyd Mair also talks about how a sad story on the closing of Christ Lutheran Church in Guilderland led to a happy story about the Micronesians who joyously worship at the church.

The Enterprise experts in local news looked back at some of their most important stories for 2019.Noah Zweifel, who reports on the Helderberg Hilltowns, focuses on the Multi-Use Residential District proposed by Knox Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis to encourage business in the rural town. The two Democrats on the town board voted against the MRD because many of the people in the proposed district didn’t want it and because of environmental and safety concerns. A supermajority vote was needed because the Albany County Planning Board had recommended against it. Lefkaditis’s slate was elected in November so it looks like Knox will eventually have the new MRD. Zweifel also talks about highway safety issues raised by a Berne councilman who, come Jan. 1, will be the sole Democrat on a town board where all of the members have been backed by the GOP chairman, who is also the highway superintendent.Sean Mulkerrin, who covers the town of New Scotland and the villages of Altamont and Voorheesville, discusses two long-running legal challenges that had an effect on the ballot box. The Voorheesville School Board president was ousted in the spring after a popular girls’ basketball coach claimed in court papers that he was fraudulently forced to resign from his coaching post. He sued to get his job back. In Altamont, a group of citizens challenged the village board’s rezoning of property from residential to commercial to allow the Altamont Stewart’s to expand. In the March village elections, two incumbent trustees who had voted in favor of the rezone narrowly kept their seats. The village board then voted again in favor of the rezone. Elizabeth Floyd Mair, the Enterprise Guilderland reporter, talks about the evolution of a story on a Lynnwood teacher, Tod Mell, accused of inappropriately touching one of his students. Floyd Mair changed the narrative when, after quoting from glowing letters in a story on Mell’s sentencing, the victim came forward and told her side of the story to Floyd Mair. In the podcast, Floyd Mair also talks about how a sad story on the closing of Christ Lutheran Church in Guilderland led to a happy story about the Micronesians who joyously worship at the church.

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