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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


Jason William Cowan

July 30, 2015 Jason William Cowan, 40, of Amsterdam passed away on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at Mountain Valley Hospice with his family by his side. He was born to William and Angela (Baldicini) Cowan on May 31, 1975. Jason graduated from Ams ...

Paul W. Luft

July 30, 2015 Paul W. Luft, 73, of The Town of Mohawk passed away peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born October 25, 1941 in Fort Plain, he was a son of the late Edward and Alberta Sparks Luft. Paul was a ...

Felice A. "Felix" "Shorty's Boy" Persico

Wednesday, July 29 Mr. Felice A. "Felix" "Shorty's Boy" Persico, 68, of Sanford Road, Amsterdam, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Amsterdam. Born in Amsterdam on November 3, 1946, a son of the late Carmen and Philomena Mor ...

Felix Persico

July 29, 2015 Felix Persico, 68, passed away suddenly Wednesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St. Burial is in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday f ...


Main Street

Seeing Things It may be the only one in town and then again they may be quite common. But in case you haven't seen one, there can be no harm in getting prepared so you won't fall for the gag. I saw some taken in last night and immediately there ...

Main Street

Circumstantial Evidence The passing of "Roger Bean," Chick Jackson's inimitable cartoon strip, brought general mourning from those who had followed it and who had sensed that here was a human interest portrayal very true to life. "Mrs. Probe" be ...

Letter to the editor

Growing up in the golden age To the editor: I contemplated writing this letter for the past few months. In light of the developments anticipated for our downtown area I thought this might be the right time. I am a lifetime resident of the city of ...

Letter to the editor

Answering the survey To the editor: Responding to a survey seeking input for use in development of a comprehensive plan the city's needs may prove to be an interesting exercise for some. Here could be a couple of the potential responses I might s ...


Jon Stewart signing off Daily Show's fake newscast for real

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Who could blame him for wanting to depart "The Daily Show" on this high note? Besides, maybe it had gotten too easy. By June, when Donald Trump jumped in ...

'Celebrity Family Feud' turned itself into a summertime hit

By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The survey says: ABC's version of "Celebrity Family Feud" ended its run on Sunday as an unexpected summertime hit. The Steve Harvey-hosted show, which aired six hour-long editions, averaged 9.1 million viewers and was the most-watched new television program this summer, the Nielsen company said. It more than doubled the viewership ABC had in the same time slot last year with "Wipeout." "We had hig ...

David Cassidy is preparing to auction Florida mansion

By JENNIFER KAY The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Like many of his baby boomer peers with grown children and debts to settle, one-time heartthrob David Cassidy is looking to downsize. He's taking some last looks around his five-bedroom Florida mansion, worrying over bougainvillea he has tended around the stone pool deck for 13 years and taking stock of the property he says is his favorite out of all the homes he's owned. But once he ...

LA Times movie guide

OPENING THIS WEEK "Best of Enemies" -- A documentary about the infamous 1968 televised clashes between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal and how they prefigured contemporary TV punditry. Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. (1:27) R. "Dukale's Dream" -- A documentary about the unlikely friendship between actor Hugh Jackman and an Ethiopian coffee farmer. Directed by Josh Rothstein. (1:10) G. "The End of the Tour" -- ...
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