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Senior reporter John Purcell has worked at Spotlight News for four years and covers Albany County suburbs.
Purcell covers the towns of Guilderland and New Scotland, the villages of Altamont and Voorheesville and Albany County news and feature stories. He also covers the school districts of Guilderland and Voorheesville. Previously, he covered Schenectady County for Spotlight News.
In the New York Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest he received third place honors in Spot News Coverage for his story on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Schenectady County. Also, in NYPA's 2010 contest he received honorable mention for best news story.
Before joining Spotlight, he interned at The Legislative Gazette covering state government. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Journalism. Also, he is a Schenectady County native.
Candidates for 20th Congressional District meet at forum, lay out vision for country
Job creation and growing the economy are crucial issues for residents of the 20th Congressional District, according to both candidates. However, they share diverging opinions on how to achieve those goals.
Only 15 legislators supported the move to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies, far under the supermajority need to pass
Tobacco can still be sold in local pharmacies after county legislators stood behind County Executive Dan McCoy’s decision to only ban the display of such products in those businesses.
Tkaczyk, Amedore differences clear at League of Women Voters' candidates forum
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Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More receives $650k in grants to relocate beloved amusement park rides
The “more” in Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More has taken on a whole new meaning after plans were announced to move the rides from Hoffman’s Playland to the store in North Albany.
Regional coalition kicks off awareness month with stories of addiction
One 13-year-old girl started out drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, but in four years, she found herself addicted to prescription pills. More than a decade later, she’s hoping her message of recovery keeps someone from ever starting down that same path.
Comptroller’s report finds Albany County, Town of Colonie are in better fiscal health than in years past, but areas of concern remain
Local lawmakers are still feeling financial burdens of living within the tax cap while balancing budgets, but there are signs of improvement.
Candidates for the 46th Senate District meet for first debate of the election season
One of the most contentious state senate races is on track to be a cutthroat contest featuring a rematch between two candidates looking for a knockout victory.
Annual event welcomes season with food, fun and fast cars
The leaves are starting to turn and the air is getting chillier so it can mean only one thing in Guilderland: It’s time to slurp some soup.
Cornell Cooperative Extension unveils online ‘Ag Exchange’ service
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NYCLU threatens lawsuit on revised statute after prior court victory
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