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Paul Antonelli


Paul is a graduate of SUNY Albany, and is a 10-time award winner of the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association and a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors. Antonelli covered 44 of Mike Tyson's 56 professional fights and was one of just five American journalists to cover Tyson's stunning loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. His Tyson stories appeared nationally (USA Today) as well as in some of the top publications internationally.

Antonelli was a long-time beat writer for the New York Giants, covering Super Bowl XXV and also spent three years covering the New York Knicks, including the team's appearance in the 1994 NBA Finals.

Antonelli lives in Amsterdam and is married with two children. He can be reached via email at

Adam Shinder


Adam Shinder has been covering sports at the Recorder since September 2008.

A native of Holland, Pa., Adam is a 2007 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University with B.S. in Newspaper. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 and 2009-10 New York News Publishers Association award for Outstanding Sports Writing.

Adam can be reached via email at


Michael A. "Mitch" Zajaczkowski

January 25, 2015 Michael "Mitch" Zajaczkowski, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in the arms of his beloved daughter, Linda. Born in Amsterdam, NY on July 2, 1924, he was the son of the late Wladyslaw and Mary Palewicz Z ...

Melissa J. Waight

Melissa J. Waight January 14, 2015 Mrs. Melissa J. Waight, died peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2015 at Albany Medical Center following a long illness. She was 46. Melissa owned and operated Mel's Pop-A-Top Redemption Center in Gloversv ...

Gerald Hay

January 24, 2015 Gerald E. Hay, 85, of McDonald Drive, Fort Johnson, NY, passed away Saturday evening at St. Mary's Hospital after a short illness. Born January 13, 1930 in Amsterdam, New York he was the son of the late Almon and Helena Justin ...

Joseph P. Grosso

December 21, 2014 Joseph P. Grosso, 79 passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the River Ridge Living Center after a long illness. Born in Amsterdam January 11, 1935, he was the son of Michael and Mary Pingatore Grosso. He was a life long c ...


Letters to the editor

Maintaining the turf fields To the editor: An article in last week's Recorder quoted GASD Superintendent Thomas Perillo as saying "the synthetic turf at the Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy needs to be refurbished because it is seven years past i ...

Letters to the editor

Stop, think and reconsider To the editor: Recently I learned of NBT Bank's plan to donate their property on North Main Street in Gloversville to St. Mary's Healthcare for a drug rehabilitation facility. As an investor in the Schine building (adja ...

Dough for doughnuts

By JAMES SHERIDAN For The Recorder In my youth I acquired a very strong addiction to any form of doughnuts. The reason my desire was so overwhelming was because in our house, in 1938, there wasn't enough money to acquire any doughnuts that oft ...

Main Street

Cheaper Transportation We'll just call them Mabel and Mae because one of them has appeared here so often lately that she is likely to get peeved if the headlines are thrown in her direction too often. But it's too good to keep -- how they manage ...


'Fortitude' begins with a murder at the edge of the world

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case. That's about the size of it in tiny Fortitude, population 713. Oh, there's also the weather. Fortitude is poised near the Arctic Circle north of Canada, on an isl ...

Melissa Rivers files suit in mom's death

By COLLEEN LONG The Associated Press NEW YORK -- While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. The 81-year-old comedian and star of "Fashion Police" on E! died Sept. 4, days after she went in for a routine endoscopy at Yorkville ...

Sam Smith nabbed for Petty larceny

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit "Stay With Me" for its similarities to his song "I Won't Back Down." Smith's representative said Monday the publishers of Petty's 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith's song, which was one of last year's biggest hits. Smith and "Stay With Me" writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty's song, written with Jeff Lynne. "Althou ...

'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring after SAG win

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood." Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. B ...
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