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A Clear Way Forward

by Ali Hibbs October 22, 2015


  Albany County has no idea what laws it has passed. Or at least, there is no easy way to find out. According to a recently formed coalition of county legislators and legislative hopefuls, there is ...

The Five-Year Plan

by Ali Hibbs October 8, 2015

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  CREDC receives $60 million from the state in 2014 to fund 93 regional economic initiatives The Capital Region’s Regional Economic Development Council (CREDC) submitted a detailed and ambitious plan to state officials on Monday (Oct. 5), ...


Positive Directions

by Ali Hibbs September 24, 2015


  Now in its third year, Troy’s annual alternative transportation festival, the PreRamble, will return this Saturday with a full day of tours and events to celebrate the long-awaited construction of the Collar City Ramble bike ...


Governance or Gambit?

by Ali Hibbs September 3, 2015

  In a press release on Tuesday, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced that the county has taken two separate legal actions “to protect the health and safety of Albany County residents in light of ...


Who’s Next?

by Ali Hibbs September 3, 2015


  On Sept. 10, three candidates will face off in a primary race to see who will become the Democratic candidate in the upcoming Troy mayoral election. The 2016 race to replace the outgoing mayor, Lou Rosamilia, ...


Take a Chance on a Job

by Ali Hibbs July 17, 2015


  Anyone interested in potential job opportunities at the new Schenectady Rivers Casino and Resort can attend a job fair this Saturday (July 18) at Schenectady County Community College. “We know there has been a lot of ...

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Two Years Later

by Ali Hibbs July 9, 2015


  This Monday marked two years since the highly publicized, massive explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people died and a community was gutted when 62 cars carrying ultra-flammable Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a ...


Better Mate Than Never

by Ali Hibbs July 2, 2015


  Facebook exploded in rainbows—and no little amount of relief—last week when the U.S Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman—as ...

Frack No New York

by Ali Hibbs July 2, 2015

  New York has finally reached an official decision on the question of whether to allow the practice of hydraulic fracturing to obtain shale oil from underground deposits across the state. Sorry pro-”frackers.” It’s not gonna ...

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Ali Hibbs June 25, 2015


  “This report is shocking,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “Without immediate action to curb the warming climate, EPA is predicting that all Adirondack trout and salmon populations will be dead within 85 ...

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Hidden History

by Ali Hibbs June 25, 2015


  “Saul Williams is coming? To where? Where the hell is that? This weekend? Of course I want to go!” I love a good random car trip—especially when it’s to somewhere I’ve never been or to experience ...

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Light at the Museum

by Ali Hibbs June 18, 2015


  On Monday, the New York State Museum at the Empire State Plaza announced a plan to spend $14 million over four years to renovate and update 35,000-square-feet of exhibition space. Once complete, the museum will ...

New York State Museum

In the Event of a Fire . . .

by Ali Hibbs June 18, 2015

  A year after Mayor Kathy Sheehan convened a “blue ribbon” panel to assess the safety of rail systems in Albany, officials are still concerned about what could happen in the event of a potential oil ...

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A Building With History

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015


  “Studio 40B is an art gallery and production studio,” said Alex Stokes Contompasis at the studio’s grand opening last weekend. “And the headquarters of News World: Albany Banana Corps.” In a loud floral shirt and aviator ...

Studio 40B

A Matter of Tasting

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015


  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has been good to small liquor distillers in New York state. Since the governor took office in 2011, small craft distilleries have been able to considerably expand their market reach—they can ...

Escarpment Enhancement

by Ali Hibbs June 6, 2015


  On Tuesday, state officials broke ground on a $3.8 million, 8,240-square-foot visitor center that will serve as the new focal point and information hub for John Boyd Thacher State Park. Designed to showcase the natural beauty, ...

Thacher Park

Beyond Obamacare

by Ali Hibbs June 6, 2015

  Last week, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that would create a publicly funded single-payer health care system in New York. The bill, which passed 89-47, would essentially bypass insurance companies altogether by funding a ...


Sale Leads To Speculation

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2015

The vacant properties on Lark Street that were home to DeJohn’s Pub and Legends Sports Lounge have finally been sold at auction—for far less than the original asking price. New owners, New York Business Development ...

Now Brewing on Broadway

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2015


On Tuesday (May 26), Druthers Brewing Co. opened a new 18,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant at 1053 Broadway in Albany’s warehouse district. This is the second local brewery, bar and restaurant for the brand, which opened ...

Save the Machine

by Ali Hibbs May 21, 2015

  “Our costs are $800 a month for rent and another $200 for utilities,” said Chris “Saucy” Caulfield, a local artist and member of The Machine: A Creative Co-op, whose bohemian public art space is currently ...

Clean is Possible

by Ali Hibbs May 21, 2015

  Environmental advocates met with more than a dozen state legislators this week in an effort to garner support for laws they say would be more reflective of the social and sustainability concerns of many New ...

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It’s About More Than Books

by Ali Hibbs May 14, 2015

  This Tuesday, May 19, Albany residents will vote on the 2016 library budget—including a small tax increase to cover rising health insurance costs for employees—and choose two new trustees to fill positions on the board ...

I Want To Ride My Bike

by Ali Hibbs May 14, 2015


  A small group of semi-naked cycling enthusiasts biked through the streets of Troy on Tuesday evening, May 12, in support of alternate modes of transportations and alternative lifestyles. “Essentially the purpose is to bring visibility to ...

Show Our Kids the Money

by Ali Hibbs May 9, 2015


  Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to provide a promised $6 billion to public schools across the state, according to a report released last week by Alliance for a Quality Education, Opportunity Action, and the Public Policy ...

The Question Man

by Ali Hibbs May 7, 2015


  “Bob Barker used a Sony ECM-51 on The Price Is Right,” says Joe Bellacosa of his favorite game-show host. “I got the Superscope EC-12B. The one used by Gene Rayburn on The Match Game. Nobody ...

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