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March 29, 2014

Week in Review: Fire destroys historic Rexmere Building

This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:


Several local organizations are busily preparing to kick off a centennial celebration for the Walton Theatre on Saturday, and everyone’s invited.

In sports: Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff and Franklin’s Jordan Beers were named their classes’ players of the year in Section Four, and their coaches, Matt Miller and Mike Dutcher, respectively, earned coach of the year honors by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.


A new poll shows that a plurality of New York voters now believe it is possible that a Republican could defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year — and the state is sharply divided, by region, over key issues, including guns, immigration and criminal justice.

Also: A fixture in the state Legislature since 1991, 74-year-old Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, will have at least two opponents in his way this November in seeking another term.

On Monday, Brookfield Town Supervisor John Salka announced he will run as a Republican for Magee’s 121st Assembly seat. On Wednesday, Michael Hennessy, a stockbroker and former Oneida County legislator, declared his intention to challenge Magee in a Democratic primary.

In sports: If you didn’t know any better Monday, the presence of Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox at the Baseball Hall of Fame wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow.


More than 150 firefighters battled relentless flames in the village of Stamford on Tuesday as the old Rexmere Building, a historical landmark, rapidly burned to the ground.

In sports: As Hall of Fame Vice President of Exhibitions and Collections Erik Strohl pointed to the spot where Joe Torre’s plaque will hang come late July, the former New York Yankees manager spoke in a low tone.

“It’s not something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about,” Torre said to Strohl, “because this is for the elite.”

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