Friday, May 03, 2013

Events may return to Fulton County Airport (NY0), Johnstown, New York

JOHNSTOWN - After several years of no community events at the Fulton County Airport, two are planned for this year, including one proposed by an operator of the Sno Kone Joe ice cream trucks.

Joshua Malatino, who made national news this week after Gloversville police charged him Tuesday with harassing competitor Mr. Ding-A-Ling, wants to sponsor a major event at the county airport on Route 67.

Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz recently told county officials Malatino wants to conduct a free Fulton County "family fun day" at the airport from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

The event - estimated to attract from 2,000 to 5,000 people - would feature fireworks at the end of the day.

The county Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee on Monday approved the request from Malatino to hold the event at the airport.

However, Mayfield Supervisor Rick Argotsinger, committee chairman, said today his committee will talk about the event again later this month in light of Malatino's arrest Tuesday.

Malatino, 34, and ice cream vendor and Amanda C. Scott, 21, both of 62 East Blvd., Gloversville, were charged with what Gloversville police said was the harassment of Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck operator Phillip Hollister, 53, of Montgomery Street.

Malatino and Scott were charged with second-degree harassment, a violation, and fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor.

Police said Malatino and Scott were stalking and harassing Hollister in an effort to force his business out of the city.

Argotsinger said today county supervisors "haven't discussed anything" regarding possibly denying Malatino's request for the airport event, but he said he committee "definitely" will discuss the situation May 29.

In his request to the county, Malatino indicated he would like Fulton County Family Fun Day to include a car show, clowns, food vendors, games, bounce houses and other activities.

Malatino stated in his request, "I will have multiple people working to make sure this day ran smooth, including parking cars, security, help setting up, and cleanup. ... I feel as this event would be good for our community."

The Twin Rivers Council of Boy Scouts also is proposing an event at the airport.

Mraz said the council wants to conduct its annual Fall Camporee from noon Oct. 4 to noon Oct. 6 at the airport off Route 67.

"There could be hundreds and hundreds of Boy Scouts attending this event," Mraz said.

According to its website, the Twin Rivers Council serves 13 counties in northeastern New York: Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. The council serves more than 11,000 youth and 6,000 adult volunteers.

Mraz told supervisors the only issue with the fall camporee might be parking. He said Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger was contacted, and there may be arrangements to shuttle Boy Scouts and their families to and from the airport from FMCC. People would be allowed to park at the college, and shuttle buses would be used during the camporee.

"That seems to be what's going to happen," Mraz said.

There would be a fireworks display the Saturday night of the camporee. Mraz said the event would feature activities such as tomahawk tossing, BB-gun shooting and archery, radio-controlled aircraft, wall climbing and soda bottle rockets. A tanker truck would be set up for water. The camporee would have six camping areas.

"It's a learning opportunity for the Boy Scouts," Mraz said. "It's a well-organized event and would be a great event."

Malatino and the Boy Scouts council filed applications with the county. Liability insurance is being reviewed by County Attorney Arthur Spring.

The full Board of Supervisors would decide whether to give the proposals final approval.


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