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Ali Hibbs

Ali Hibbs

No Fair

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015

  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education issue of the day,” says Billy Easton, the executive director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “Raising the cap on privately run charter schools will do ...

In Sickness, Returning to Health

by Ali Hibbs January 15, 2015

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  For Christmas this year I got books, a new laptop, a trip to Victoria’s Secret, a tea stand . . . and diabetes. I got diabetes for Christmas. I’ve actually really had it for several months. When ...

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Buses and Butterflies

by Ali Hibbs December 24, 2014

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  The Capital District Transportation Authority and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission have teamed up to begin offering access to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, one of only approximately 20 remaining pitch pine scrub oak ...

Frack No!!!

by Ali Hibbs December 19, 2014

  Putting an end to years of uncertainty, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday (Dec. 17) that it will ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Citing public health and environmental concerns, the governor ...

Schenectady Hits the Jackpot

by Ali Hibbs December 18, 2014

  The panel tasked with selecting locations for up to four proposed casinos in three upstate New York regions announced its selections yesterday after months of deliberations. Choosing from among 16 developers and regions who believe that ...

Breathing Room

by Ali Hibbs December 18, 2014

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  The recent deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of law-enforcement officers have galvanized the nation. Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12-year-old Tamir Rice have become symbols of a system viewed by many as ...

The Albany County Legislature in Action

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014

  On Monday, the Albany County Legislature passed a budget that included no property tax increases, banned toxic toys and made some progress toward addressing a controversial issue regarding the downsizing of the legislative body itself. The ...

Gift Guide: Local Authors

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014

  For many New Yorkers, Christmas is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most beautiful, poignant and evocative. And Upstate New York has it all: the fir trees, the mountains, ...

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Now You See Them . . . .

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014

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  Jittery. Claustrophobic. Bleak. These are words that the band Better Pills use when attempting to describe their sound on a Friday afternoon at the Low Beat in Albany. “I’d say we were postpunk, but that’s kind ...

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Bitter Budgets and Bad Blood

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

  The ordinance to pass the relentlessly controversial Albany city budget as presented by first-term Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan finally passed this Monday with a vote of 11-4, following another week of acrimony between some members ...

Crude Progress

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office released a status report early this week on crude-oil transportation in New York state. The report outlines 66 actions taken by New York to strengthen standards, regulations and procedures, with the ...

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To Have and To Hold

by Ali Hibbs November 26, 2014

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  My reading list for this winter is daunting. More than 20 books, including authors such as Cormac McCarthy, T.C. Boyle, Tom Robbins, Willa Cather, Philip Roth, Howard Zinn, Umberto Eco, Edith Wharton and Thomas Pynchon. ...

Attention Chopper Shoppers

by Ali Hibbs November 20, 2014

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  “All right, it goes like this,” said Dana S. Owens, creator of smallbanytoons.com, a website dedicated to satirizing all things Albany. “Two weeks ago, Chip [Fasciana] says to me that he has a great idea ...

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Submitted for Review

by Ali Hibbs November 13, 2014

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  In the mid-1990s, the City of Troy went to the state Legislature to borrow $21.6 million in order to liquidate cumulative deficits in the city’s general fund for the years 1993-1995. New York State Local ...

Dems Lose in Midterms, but Greens get a Boost

by Ali Hibbs November 6, 2014

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  The progressive arm of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to fare too well in midterm elections of late—and this year was no different. While the nation saw conservatives take control of the Senate and expand ...

Govermonster

by Ali Hibbs October 30, 2014

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    “I’ve known [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] since he was 18 years old,” says Allen Roskoff at an Albany press conference in support of Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins. “And I’ve never cast a ballot for him. ...

FUSION

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  Duck liver mousse and country pate canapés, gravlax of salmon, port wine cheese balls, BLT deviled eggs, local smoked trout and apple salad, Thai and jerk spiced popcorn bags, an artisan cheese display. And, of course, ...

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The Light Turns Green

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  And so Albany’s red-light camera debate ends. Not with a bang, but with two hours of repetitive arguments. It seemed that almost every Common Council member had something to say—at length—before voting on the proposed ...

Revitalize

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that he’s awarding $20 million to land banks across the state as part of his Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative intended to “Help New York ...

Cooperation for Education

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

  Earlier this month saw the grand opening of an innovative new educational model benefitting Albany’s South End. Funded by a $4.98 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with “additional ...

Putting Out Fires

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

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  About 40 minutes into the Q&A portion of her budget presentation at John J. Bach Library on New Scotland Avenue this Tuesday, Mayor Kathy Sheehan was becoming visibly frustrated with the crowd—mostly firefighters concerned with ...

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The Honeymoon’s Over

by Ali Hibbs October 9, 2014

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  “For me, it’s a public-safety issue,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan when she requested red-light traffic cameras back in May, “This is not a revenue-driven decision at all.” Fast-forward to last week when the mayor released her ...

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WAKA, WAKA

by Ali Hibbs October 2, 2014

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  Kickball. It’s the new Match.com. “Our wedding was pretty much kickball, but without the grass,” says 35-year-old Elizabeth Galarneau. “It was a kickball wedding. And we wanted to do it that way because that‘s how we ...

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Stop and Think

by Ali Hibbs September 25, 2014

  Controversial red-light traffic cameras were the topic of discussion at the Albany Common Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting this week. Legislators considering the proposed ordinance heard comments from Deputy Police Chief Brendan Cox, Assistant Corporation ...

Empire State of Cheese

by Ali Hibbs September 18, 2014

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  “A lot of people aren’t even aware of how many world-class producers we have right here, within a 100-mile radius of where we’re sitting,” says Jonathan Milks, Honest Weight Food Co-op’s newest cheesemonger, at a ...