Articles by Kristin Schultz

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Louis Lecce stands in front of the Albany Medical Center Urgent Care building at 1769 Union Street in Niskayuna Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Former City Squire may be razed, rebuilt as pub

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY – If everything goes according to plan, Upper Union Street will have a new watering hole before the year is out. The Lecce Group, in a joint venture with John and Katrina Isopo, hope…


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Juie Deo talks to students at Rosendale Elementary School about the annual Indian pilgrimage to Pandharpur.

It’s a small world

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA – It may have been the area’s only Lunch and Learn that included juice boxes and fruit cups, but for two-and-a-half  hours on March 7, Rosendale Elementary School students filed in and out of…


Photo courtesy Tom Swyers  Niskayuna resident Tom Swyers wrote his second novel, The Killdeer Connection, a legal thriller set in the Capital Region and North Dakota.

Swyers writes legal thriller for 2nd book

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter   NISKAYUNA – The local author who caused a stir with his first book, “Saving Babe Ruth,” is back with a second novel, this time a legal thriller called “The Killdeer Connection.” As a lawyer…


Photographer Ellen Hoverkamp will present on the art of scanner photography at the Edison Club on Wed., March 8.

Artist spotlight: Ellen Hoverkamp

By Kristin Schultz A camera isn’t the only way to capture striking images. Scanner photography is the art of arranging items on a flatbed scanner then editing and printing the results. Connecticut photographer Ellen Hoverkamp has been creating compositions using…


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Jad Jacob and Alexandra Burgess as The Phantom and Christine Daae in Niskayuna High School's production of Phantom of the Opera.

Phantom of the Opera opens at Niskayuna High

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter Love, drama, mystery and music will rule the Niskayuna High School auditorium this weekend as the music department presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Featuring around 30 actors on stage, 30 student-musicians in the…


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Niskayuna CSD, Chinese school near partnership deal

BY ZACHARY MATSON Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna school officials are closing in on a formal partnership with a private Montessori school in China to share curriculum and establish an exchange program for students and teachers. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr….


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The proposed cell tower would be located on the Niskayuna Highway Department's site on WTRY Road. Residents are invited to a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 27.

Verizon seeks to build 120-foot tower

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — More bars may be on the way for local Verizon customers, if Niskayuna’s Planning and Town boards approve construction of a 120-foot cell tower on WTRY Road. The tower is proposed for the…




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From left: Niskayuna Chief of Police Daniel McManus, N-CAP grant manager Kristin Sweeter, councilman Bill McPartlon and town Supervisor Joe Landry stand by the newly installed medication drop box inside the rotunda at Town Hall.

Niskayuna installs drug drop-off box

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — For the past six years, Niskayuna has participated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days typically held in April and October. On Feb. 16, the town installed a permanent drug drop-off receptacle in…


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Town Supervisor Joe Landry congratulates Maryle King for 30 years of volunteering to teach line dancing at Niskayuna Senior Center. Also pictured from left: Rosemarie Mullaney and Sue Whitaker.

Senior Center volunteers honored

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — “It has been said that if you continually give, you’ll continually have,” town Councilwoman Lisa Weber said at a program to recognize Niskayuna Senior Center volunteers. Twenty-one volunteers had an afternoon of appreciation…