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Maury Thompson

Post-Star reporter Maury Thompson at his usual spot at the press table at the Glens Falls Common Council meeting.

As Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond read a proclamation honoring Post-Star reporter Maury Thompson Tuesday night at the Common Council meeting, it occurred to me what a rarity this type of honor is for a newspaper reporter, especially one that covers city government.

Maury, who is retiring on Sept. 1, may indeed be the last of his kind, at least here in Glens Falls.

Maury went about his job the old-fashioned way. He walked his news beat like the cops of years past.

If you live or work downtown, you have undoubtedly seen Maury trudge by on his way to City Hall, his home or the newspaper.

This is not entirely by choice. Maury is actually legally blind and cannot drive a car so he is dependent on family, friends, colleagues and the Glens Falls transit system for him to get where he needs to go. But that limitation has never prevented him from getting a news story.

More importantly, Maury went about his job with an unflinching devotion to fairness. You may not have always liked what Maury wrote, but you could be sure it was fair and told both sides of the story.

Mayor Diamond proclaimed Tuesday to be Maury Thompson Day in the city of Glens Falls.

It was a well-deserved honor for one of the good guys.

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