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Ali Hibbs

Ali Hibbs

Enjoying the Long View

by Ali Hibbs April 17, 2014


  “Everything has really been win-win,” says Tom Rossi. “Especially the solar system. Ready to see the roof?” Rossi is eager to show off the solar panels he and his partner, John Blackburn, had installed on the ...


Covering the Job Creators

by Ali Hibbs March 20, 2014


  There is much confusion and misinformation surrounding Obamacare and how it’s affecting small businesses. What is going to change? Will it cost more money? How does the new exchange even work? I recently attempted to demystify ...


Stroll, Socialize, and Shop Local

by Ali Hibbs December 5, 2013


  Thanksgiving leftovers are nearly gone. Lights are going up and trees are cut down. Christmas is coming and we are now in the midst of the gift-giving season. Taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday ...

Art To Rebuild

by Ali Hibbs April 4, 2012


  “The first time I came in here with Darren Scott from the Housing Authority, we got dive-bombed by hawks,” Jeff Mirel says, noticing this reporter’s expression as I step over yet another dead crow. “There ...

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Peaceable Offenders

by Ali Hibbs November 16, 2011


As Occupy protesters downstate were being forcibly evicted from Zuccotti Park this week, local occupiers also were facing off with state police over real estate here in Albany. At the urging of the administration of ...


Violence Interrupted

by Ali Hibbs October 13, 2011


The statewide anti-violence program known as Operation SNUG (GUNS spelled backward) is scheduled to be shut down tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 14), prompting many who believe in the efficacy of the program to raise a call ...

The Home Front

by Ali Hibbs October 6, 2011

In just three weeks, the leaderless grassroots protest against a widely perceived corporate takeover of federal government known as Occupy Wall Street has seen significant growth in New York City and across the country. More ...

Share the Sacrifice

by Ali Hibbs October 6, 2011


  Yesterday (Wednesday), students and educators in the hundreds at UAlbany participated in the statewide SUNY Walkout/Teach-In to protest tuition hikes and education cuts. The protest began at 1 PM; a little after 2, UAlbany President ...


by Ali Hibbs September 14, 2011

The primary election held in Albany County on Tuesday, Sept. 13, resulted in the defeat of two incumbent county legislators: one who lost by a landslide and another who refused to go down without a ...

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Beating The Odds

by Ali Hibbs August 11, 2011


There were almost no horses, no hats, no photo finishes and, certainly, no big winners. Last year the Saratoga Race Track nearly stayed dark for the summer. “When I heard that they might not open, ...

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Rescue Me

by Ali Hibbs August 4, 2011


It’s a hot, muggy Monday afternoon, and no fewer than 25 kids between the ages of 10 and 15 are bustling around a 3,000-square-foot space in North Troy, cracking jokes, teasing one another and . ...

The Number Cruncher

by Ali Hibbs June 8, 2011


  Ever wonder which political entities in New York State receive the most money from “The Donald?” Or which businesses the State Pension Fund is most invested in? Maybe you just want to see a comprehensible ...

Better Learning

by Ali Hibbs May 18, 2011


"America is slowly coming out of the Recession of 2007—only to find itself on a collision course with the future: not enough Americans are completing college.” This is the disheartening conclusion reached by labor economists at ...

Going Green, Finally

by Ali Hibbs April 21, 2011


On Earth Day 2005, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, a national initiative launched by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to advance the goals of ...


Better Living Through Revelry

by Ali Hibbs April 6, 2011


It’s been been about a decade since electronic music events featuring superstar DJs were being thrown in vast music halls, abandoned warehouses and vacant fields across the nation. The rave culture phenomenon, which originated in ...


A Leg Up

by Ali Hibbs March 31, 2011

Community Loan Fund of the Captial Region

Lissa D’Aquanni admits that she didn’t really know what she was doing when she decided to turn her talent for making all-natural chocolate-dipped fruits, truffles, buttercrunch and fondants into a full-blown business 12 years ago. ...

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Presidential Endorsement

by Ali Hibbs January 26, 2011


On Jan. 21, President Barack Obama made his second visit to the Capital Region to talk about technological innovation and the benefits of sustainable energy production at the General Electric Plant in Schenectady. Obama championed ...

Asking the Oracle

by Ali Hibbs January 19, 2011


Looking to the 11th and 21st cards of the Tarot deck to consider what the 11th year of the 21st century may have in store ELEVEN IS MY FAVORITE number. I like how the ones stand ...

The Party’s Overspent

by Ali Hibbs January 19, 2011

State Senate Democrats didn’t just lose their majority; they lost control of their finances New York State Senate Democrats have come under scrutiny lately for the way they manage their own finances. The outgoing majority and ...


by Ali Hibbs January 12, 2011

The vote was tied 107-107. That is, until an unopened envelope was found in the trash. And so, it seemed, the hard-fought campaign to oust the Albany Police Officers Union—a local chapter of statewide law ...


Negotiations, Hired-Thug Style

by Ali Hibbs August 18, 2010

Ongoing hostilities escalated into violence this Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham when a private security guard hired by hotel management allegedly took a bullhorn from a picketer marching in front of the ...

Growing Services

by Ali Hibbs August 18, 2010

Packing boxes and plans for a greatly expanded space are both filling up as Albany’s Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood—one of Lark Street’s most enduring and visible presences—prepares to move to a new location in September. The ...

We Did Protest a Holiday Inn Express Last Night

by Ali Hibbs March 24, 2010

It has been a little more than a year since four employees of the Holiday Inn Express in Latham were fired, allegedly for spearheading a campaign to unionize in an attempt to secure better working ...

No Cheerleading Tonight

by Ali Hibbs March 10, 2010

Albany County Executive Michael Breslin gave his annual State of the County Address Monday night. The message, unsurprisingly, was bleak. “We are in extremely challenging economic times,” said the executive. “States, local governments and ...

High Hopes

by Ali Hibbs February 25, 2010

On Tuesday, the New York State Senate Health Committee passed legislation that would allow for the sale and possession of medical marijuana in the state of New York. Settle down, it’s not a law yet. ...