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2012 in Review, Part 1, Saratoga County

January

• The Town of Milton swears in new officials. Voters chose in November Dan Lewza as the new supervisor and Barbara Kerr as a new member of the Town Board.

• In Saratoga Springs, Judge Jeffrey Wait administers the oath of office to new Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan and Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen, as well as Mayor Scott Johnson, Account Commissioner John Frank and Public Works Commissioner Anthony Scirocco.

• The Ballston Town Board votes to reinstate the position of town bookkeeper. The reinstatement comes after the job was eliminated after the members of the board felt Supervisor Patti Southworth unfairly fired bookkeeper Joanne Bouchard.

• Saratoga Springs police arrest Nickolas D. Capone, 72, of Rodger Street, Glens Falls, and charge him with grand larceny in the second degree. Capone is alleged to have stolen in excess of $50,000 from an elderly female victim by using his status as power of attorney to misappropriate funds from the bank accounts of the victim, and then use those funds for his own personal use and the use of his family.

• The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County sponsors a community forum on voter suppression at Skidmore College.

• Saratoga Casino and Raceway officials announces preliminary plans for an expansion to the Racino that would include an additional 15,000 square feet of gaming space, a hotel, event center and more dining options.

• Ballston Spa National Bank announces a $10,000 donation to Brookside Museum, which is home to the Saratoga County Historical Society. The museum has seen its state aid dwindle in recent years and was dealt another blow when the county cut its 2012 funding in half.

• The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office investigate an apparent murder-suicide of an elderly Greenfield couple. After an investigation and an autopsy, police say Kenneth Sherman shot hiswife and then turned the weapon on himself.

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