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Beating back pandemic, city of Fulton intent of making progress happen in 2021 By Lou Sorendo Indeed 2020, is one for the record books. Deanna Michaels, in her first term as mayor of the city of Fulton, shared the lessons learned through encountering the challenge that was and still is COVID-19. “As with many of our neighboring communities, we found ourselves in uncharted waters,” she said. “From the onset of the pandemic, we knew there would be a great deal of hurdles to overcome and it was going to take a strong team, a committed focus and an open mind to navigate through this.” Michaels said she is proud of how Fulton, its businesses and residents continue to respond to COVID-19. “We have worked hard to keep everyone safe, keep everyone informed and keep us moving forward,” she added. COVID-19 arrived on the heels of the euphoria Fulton was feeling after recently becoming the recipient of a state-backed $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. Michaels said the Fulton DRI continues to move forward. “Throughout the pandemic, we continued to meet virtually with our partners in Albany and have held several virtual committee meetings,” she said. Late last year, the city finalized its slate of projects