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Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy was elected this week as second vice president of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, while Warren County Sheriff Bud York was elected to serve on the association’s executive committee during its annual winter conference this week.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office was honored at the meeting, receiving an award for innovation for a collaboration with Albany and Rensselaer counties to improve emergency dispatch services by combining forces.

Don Lehman

Wilton activist

records EP

Singer-songwriter and social activist Sam Reed, 20, of Wilton, has announced his latest release EP titled “Differences.”

The Saratoga Springs graduate was featured in a Post-Star article in 2016 for his first EP, called “One Bulb Short.”

His latest EP is a collection of original songs, focusing on current issues and events around the country. He focuses on hot-button issues such as immigration, climate change, Native American rights and political corruption.

His work can be found on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. His latest music video, “Doing Fine,” about politics and the media, uses Glens Falls as a backdrop.

— Adam Colver

SNAP helps people

Bennet Driscoll of Catholic Charities of Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties appeared before the Glens Falls Common Council on Tuesday to plug the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.Over 7,500 people from about 4,100 different families participate in the program, commonly referred to as food stamps, according to Driscoll.

“Each year, the program brings over $11 million into our economy to be spent at area supermarkets,” he said.

About 40 percent of people who receive the benefit are 16 and younger. About 25 to 30 percent are age 60 or older. The remaining third fall in between and are working or receiving disability because they cannot work, according to Driscoll.

Driscoll said the program is effective.

“Children who have eaten do better in school. Adults do better in the workforce and seniors are more independent and self-sufficient,” he said.

The goal is to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. He pointed out that the maximum benefit is close to $200 per person a month — about $2,400 per year.

“Putting your head on a pillow at Glens Falls or any hospital in the United States is going to cost more than $2,400 for a one-night stay,” he said.

Driscoll said there is a very small part of the population that tries to abuse the system, but they quickly get caught and “get their picture in The Post-Star.

Driscoll urged people to contact Catholic Charities on Broad Street at 518-793-6212 for more information.

— Michael Goot


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