Articles by Erin K. O'Neill

Ashlyn Peterson smiles with her caricature during the 2016 Niska-Day event. This year's event is Saturday.

A ‘magical’ Niska-Day 37 planned

“Magic is in the Air” for Niska-Day 37 on May 19, with a full day of entertainment on tap. Entertainment committee co-chairs Jay and Rachel Rourke are excited about the day’s activities, from magic to music. Magician Merdwin the Mediocre…


A rendering of the proposed Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial to be located at 2501 Troy Schenectady Road in Niskayuna. (Courtesy Dan Dembling)

Niskayuna pushes back vote on Holocaust memorial

JEFF WILKIN Gazette reporter NISKAYUNA — The Town Board has postponed a vote on whether to approve a Holocaust Museum proposed for a parcel off Route 7. The town had been scheduled to vote on a special use permit necessary for the construction of…


Keith Nautel runs chainsaws to help a friend cleanup the front yard after a tree toppled on Friday night along Lynnwood Dr. in Niskayuna. (Marc Schultz)

Fierce storm leads to two-day power outage

ANDREW BEAM Gazette reporter NISKAYUNA — Scores of Niskayuna residents spent last weekend without power after a storm knocked out service to most of Rosendale Estates and tens of thousands of other customers around the region. Many residents lost power…






Justin Black makes a throw during Niskayuna's youth sandlot baseball league Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Blatnick Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

AG accuses photographer of bilking Niskayuna parents

NISKAYUNA — A local photography studio has been targeted by the Attorney General’s Office for failing to provide youth baseball and softball photos to parents who had purchased them. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against GND…


From left: DEC forest ranger Ian Kerr; Tech. Lt. Peter Mclain; Blake Alois; Madison Popolizio; and Tech. Sgt. Brian Rumrill. Courtesy of New York State Police.

Rescued Niskayuna high peaks hikers visit angels

ZACHARY MATSON Gazette reporter The New York State Police Huey 2 helicopter that helped lift a pair of stranded hikers off the state’s second-highest mountain in December has a new name: Algonquin Angel. The Niskayuna hikers — Madison Popolizio and…


Blake Alois and Maddie Popolizio are seen at the hospital Tuesday. Photo provided.

Back in Niskayuna, rescued hikers begin recovery

Zachary Matson Gazette Reporter The day after they were rescued from the top of Algonquin Peak, Blake Alois, 20, and Maddie Popolizio, 19, were continuing to recover from two days stranded in the bitter cold and three feet of snow….


Kyle Markham, 9, left, and his sister Camille Markham, 7, of Glenville, sample cups of water at the Best Tasting Water in Schenectady County Competition on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Niskayuna voted best-tasting water in region

ALBANY — Niskayuna was voted the best-tasting water in the Capital Region, a press release said. Niskayuna won the most votes in the Capital Regional Tap Water Taste Contest at the Alive at Five concert on Thursday, August 4. Ninety…