U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet, stopped in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region on Monday to strengthen services and address issues burdening U.S. servicemembers and reacted to the death of Gen. Colin Powell.

Officials are split on three of five special statewide propositions on the ballot this Election Day as advocates are urging New Yorkers to approve proposals that would remove voter registration deadlines, allow no-excuse absentee ballots and alter the state’s process to redraw election districts.

MALONE — One of Malone Village Memorial Park’s recreation directors was on hand at the town council meeting Wednesday, evening, urging the board to continue, and if possible increase its support of the community’s park.