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Check Out The Action at The Painted Pony Rodeo!!!

  Everything Country Froggy 100.3’s that your summer fun isn’t complete without a trip to the Painted Pony Rodeo in Lake Luzerne! The season kicks-off Wednesday June 26th and Froggy 100.3’s giving you the opportunity to catch all the action! If you win, you’ll be in the running to get upgraded to season passes so…

Outlaws and Renegades

  Everything Country Froggy 100.3’s giving you ONE LAST CHANCE to see The Outlaws and Renegades Tour with Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band and The Cadillac Three! Next Sunday Night, June 23rd at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls! All you have to do is, Listen for Travis Tritt and Charlies Daniels Back To Back!…

Park Of Hope with the American Cancer Society

    Join us for a day of thrills and family fun on Saturday July 13th in Lake George, while raising money and awareness for the fight against cancer. The community is encouraged to join the American Cancer Society of the Capital Region at the park on this day to learn more about how you…

What Hole??

Everything Country Froggy 100.3 knows with the warmer weather coming, that means more tee time! Froggy 100.3 is giving one lucky winner a yearlong membership to Kingsbury National Golf Club with cart! All YOU have to do is Wake Up with Ben Ryan! At 7:30 Ben will reveal the hole of the day and then…

Uncle Kracker @ Upstate Concert Hall!!

  Everything Country Froggy 100.3 welcomes Uncle Cracker to Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, Friday July 19th! Listen for chances to win tickets all the way up to show-time! Uncle Kracker! Upstate Concert Hall Friday July 19th!   Friday, July 19 Upstate Concert Hall 7pm doors * 8pm show UNCLE KRACKER Tickets $18 advance/$20…

Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Week!

We would like to congratulate our new TCT Federal Credit Union Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Kristina Guernsey Art Teacher Ballston Spa Middle School – Ballston Spa   Mrs. Guernsey spends time getting to know each of her students and gives them time for creativity.  She always stays after school for students to drop in…

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Samaritan Rensselaer Children’s Center to remain open

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — After a three-week battle to keep the Samaritan Rensselaer Children’s Center open, parents are celebrating what they call a sweet solution.   

St. Peter’s Health Partners previously announced that they would no longer continue its over 30-year partnership with the center.   

Following community outcry, St. Peter’s Health Partners issued a letter stating that they would commit to remaining a partner to the center until September 2020 or until a new partner could be found.   

The letter to parents also states that they are actively working to find a new operator to continue daycare services at a new location. 

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing ‘painful’ past

WASHINGTON (AP) – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a “painful” family situation that would hurt his children and reopen “wounds we have worked years to heal.”

President Donald Trump announced Shanahan’s departure in a tweet, and said Army Secretary Mark Esper would be the new acting Pentagon chief.

“I believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family’s life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal,” Shanahan said in a statement. “Ultimately, their safety and well-being is my highest priority.”

His withdrawal from one of the most critical positions in the government comes at a time of escalating tensions in the Middle East, a day after the U.S. authorized sending additional troops to the region, and after months of unexplained delays in the confirmation process.

The acting defense secretary did not provide specifics, but court records show a volatile family history around the time of his 2011 divorce. The couple had been married since 1986.

His ex-wife, Kimberley, was arrested several times on charges that included burglary, property damage and assault. The assault charge was a misdemeanor for domestic violence in August 2010 when, according to police records, she hit Shanahan a number of times, giving him a bloody nose and black eye. The police report said she was not injured, and he was not charged.

There was also a separate November 2011 incident in which the couple’s son, who was 17 at the time, struck his mother with a baseball bat in the home where he lived with her in Sarasota, Florida, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced to four years of probation.

In an interview with The Washington Post shortly before Trump announced that Shanahan was withdrawing his nomination, Shanahan spoke about the circumstances surrounding his 2011 divorce and said he didn’t want to drag his children through the experience again.

“Bad things can happen to good families … and this is a tragedy, really,” Shanahan told the Post.

In his statement, Shanahan said he asked to be withdrawn from the nomination process and would work on an “appropriate transition.”

The Pentagon, in a statement, said Esper will take over the job at midnight Sunday. Esper and Shanahan met at length Tuesday to begin transition planning.

In his tweet, Trump simply said Shanahan had done “a wonderful job” but would step aside to “devote more time to his family.” Later, Trump told reporters at the White House that he heard about the problems for the first time Monday.

“I didn’t ask him to withdraw, but he walked in this morning,” said Trump. “He said it’s going to be a rough time for him because of obviously what happened.”

In noting Esper’s move, Trump added, “I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!” He said it’s “most likely” he will nominate Esper for the job “pretty soon.”

The post atop the Pentagon has not been filled permanently since retired Gen. James Mattis abruptly stepped down in December after delivering a blunt letter to Trump outlining a list of foreign policy differences and a warning that the administration should not allow relations with allies to fray.

Shanahan was put in place as acting secretary, but it wasn’t until May that Trump announced he would nominate Shanahan. That formal nomination has never come, inexplicably delaying the Senate process.

On Capitol Hill, the Shanahan news was met with mixed reactions.

Top Democrats said his sudden withdrawal underscores the shortcomings of White House vetting for key Trump administration jobs.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that “this Shanahan fiasco” shows that the administration’s national security policy is “a shambles.”

Senators said they were largely unaware of allegations involving Shanahan’s family situation when he was confirmed as deputy defense secretary in 2017.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal raised the possibility that Shanahan deliberately concealed the domestic problems, and he called for an investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general. Shanahan, he said, “had an obligation to reveal it himself. This is potentially a violation of law.”

Trump defended the vetting process, calling it “great,” and said the Shanahan issues were “very unfortunate,” and they “came up a little bit over the last short period of time.”

Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Trump called him about Shanahan on Tuesday. The president didn’t offer any specifics, Inhofe said, but mentioned “allegations that would be very uncomfortable and really not worth making sacrifices for.”

Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since Jan. 1, a highly unusual arrangement for arguably the most sensitive Cabinet position.

His prospects for confirmation have been spotty due in large part to questions about his lengthy work as former Boeing executive and persistent questions about possible conflicts of interest.

The Defense Department’s Inspector General cleared Shanahan of any wrongdoing in connection with accusations he had shown favoritism toward Boeing during his time as deputy defense secretary, while disparaging Boeing competitors.

In Shanahan’s tenure at the department he’s had to deal with a wide array of international hotspots, ranging from missile launches by North Korea to the sudden shift of military ships and aircraft to the Middle East to deal with potential threats from Iran.

Shanahan, 56, had extensive of experience in the defense industry but little in government. In more than six months as the acting secretary, he emphasized a shift from the resources and tactics required to fight small wars against extremist groups to what Shanahan called “great power” competition with China and Russia.

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Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly in Washington; Gene Johnson in Seattle; and Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.

Voters approve revised Johnstown school budget

JOHNSTOWN. N.Y. (NEWS10) — Johnstown voters approved the revised school budget on Tuesday.

The revised budget passed in a vote of 1393 to 803.

Tuesday’s vote comes one month after voters turned down a 35 percent tax levy increase. More voters said yes to the increase, but the vote tally still fell short of the 60 percent supermajority required to pass such a tax hike.

With only a 14.6 percent tax levy increase, the revised budget now only needed a simple majority to pass.

After the first budget failed, the district cut funding for most school sports. If Tuesday’s vote had failed, the community would have needed to fundraise approximately $500,000 to preserve school sports for next year.

The district has also allocated $200,000 for transportation costs in the new budget. In addition, administrators cut 19 staff positions across the district following the first vote’s failure.

Opponents of the budget said the board of education has long had spending problems, evident by the decision to build a new school. But supporters say the tax increase is necessary, not just for child education, but for the health of the entire city.

For more information on the revised budget proposal, visit: https://www.johnstownschools.org/budget-document-revote-june-18/

Lansingburgh voters approve revised school budget

LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Residents of the Lansingburgh Central School District approved a revised version of the 2019-2020 budget Tuesday. 

The Lansingburgh Board of Education approved a revised 2019-2020 budget of $50,055,470, which reflects a spending decrease of $641,329, or a -1.27% decrease over 2018-2019 school year expenditures.

District residents rejected the initially proposed 2019-2020 budget of $50,039,878 on May 21, 2019, by a vote of 390 (yes) to 284 (no). This version of the budget required supermajority voter approval, at least 60percent of voters, since it exceeded the district’s allowable tax cap, and only received 57 percent voter approval.   

The revised budget carries a 0.46% tax levy increase, which meets the district’s allowable New York State tax cap. This means the revised budget requires a majority vote, or 50 percent of voters, to pass.

The revised budget passed 551 to 227.

Since the revised budget meets the district’s tax cap, eligible district residents will receive their School Tax Relief (STAR) rebate check.

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