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Backus wins open seat on Niskayuna school board

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Central School District’s Board of Education is back at full strength. Brian Backus defeated Christina Calabrese and Noney Grier in a special election on Tuesday to win the seat vacated by Patricia Lanotte in July. Backus expressed gratitude to his…


Occupants safely escape Niskayuna fire

NISKAYUNA — All occupants escaped safely after a fire Tuesday in Niskayuna, according to a Daily Gazette photographer on the scene. Schenectady firefighters arrived first to the fire at 2520 Grandview Ave. Flames were reported after 7 p.m. The fire…


Polls open today for BOE special election

The Niskayuna Central School District is holding a special election that started this morning at  7 a.m. Voters will choose one of three candidates to fill a board position vacated in July. Niskayuna residents Brian Backus, Christina Calabrese and Noney…


Emerald ash borer spreads through region

NISKAYUNA — The invasive emerald ash borer has continued its tear through Schenectady County and the state, leaving municipalities and landowners with difficult and pricey decisions. In Niskayuna, officials first learned that the destructive beetle had been spotted in a small…

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School board hopefuls participate in forum

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The three candidates running for the single spot on the Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education came together on Oct. 2 to answer audience questions. The election to replace Patricia Lanotte, who resigned from…

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Dance partners Natalia O'Connor and Florin Vlad are opening Dance Fire Studio in the Shop Rite Plaza in late October.

Ballroom duo opening studio

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter There’s a new business waltzing in the ShopRite Plaza in Niskayuna this month. Champion ballroom dancers Florin Vlad and Natalia O’Connor are opening Dance Fire Studio & Fitness, a ballroom dance studio where they will…