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Erin Pihlaja

Email: epihlaja@metroland.net

Erin Pihlaja

What’s the Tradeoff?

by Erin Pihlaja January 30, 2014

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testified on Monday (Jan. 27) before state lawmakers in Albany at a state budget hearing. He used the appearance to bolster his plan for universal prekindergarten in his ...

Nothing Left To Squeeze

by Erin Pihlaja January 23, 2014

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“To give you sense of the nature of the need that we’re talking about and the clientele that we’re serving,” said Larry Spring, “this year we’ve seen our attendance in school skyrocket. Not because of ...

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Detox: One Size Does Not Fit All

by Erin Pihlaja January 16, 2014

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It was sometime after the holiday season this year that I started feeling a little, um, jiggly? And slow. And tired. And kind of, how does one say this politely? Backed up. I’m not a health ...

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Stop and Think

by Erin Pihlaja January 16, 2014

  It was hard to miss the anti-fracking rally at the Empire State Plaza concourse when Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his 2014 State of State address last Wednesday (Jan. 8). The thousands of people waving signs ...

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Into the Shallow Weeds

by Erin Pihlaja January 9, 2014

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    “Twenty states have already started to use it, let's now initiate a program allowing up to 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana and we will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility ...

Extremes Makover

by Erin Pihlaja January 8, 2014

  Everyone is talking about the polar vortex right now, and while the buzz phrase doesn’t have a Twitter profile just yet, the whole topic of extreme weather was discussed at the Capitol on Tuesday (Dec. ...

New Year, New Council, New Troubles

by Erin Pihlaja January 2, 2014

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  The mood in the Rensselaer County Supreme Court on Troy’s Second Street was peaceful, even celebratory, on Tuesday morning (Dec. 31) for the swearing-in ceremony for seven of the nine total members of the new ...

Governor, You Can Help

by Erin Pihlaja December 18, 2013

A handful of people gathered in the chilly morning air outside of the Governor’s Mansion on Eagle Street in Albany on Wednesday (Dec. 17) to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re here to ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Locally Authored Books

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

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It’s that time of year again. The malls are chock full of specialty-item kiosks—puppy calendars, pillow pets, the weird As-Seen-on-TV gadgets. The mall is chaos. The other night I even watched a dogfight in the ...

Ready to Rip

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

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“This program has grown from year to year to year. We are bursting at the seams,” says Rev. Deb Jameson. “Programs like this just keep getting bigger. I’m not sure how we're going to be ...

Taxing News?

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

On Tuesday (Dec. 10), a state tax commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a report outlining recommendations for ways to provide relief to homeowners and business by reducing property and business taxes in the ...

Down to the Bone

by Erin Pihlaja December 5, 2013

On Tuesday (Nov. 26) the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State released the results of a survey that was conducted among organizations affiliated with the association. CP of NYS is multi-service organization with offices ...

Preserving the Past, Hopefully for the Future

by Erin Pihlaja December 5, 2013

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After working closely with perservation experts, the Troy Public Library Board has decided to remove sections of the marble balustrades from the South and West top cornices of the 117-year-old building that houses the main ...

Rolling Out a New Phase

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013

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On Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Lucas Confectionery (12 Second St., Troy) installed a retractable glass roof on its garden patio—the first of its kind in the Capital Region. The historic structure that houses the wine ...

Dream a Little Dream

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013

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  It’s 20 degrees outside, and Jamila Dadashova is wearing a backless gown and not much else. She’s standing in the middle of an odd-shaped intersection in Schenectady’s Stockade neighborhood in 4-inch heels, and two cars, ...

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On the Street

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013

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  Metroland: So tell us about your work. Alyssa Hardy: Milady is an educational provider for people in the beauty, health, and wellness industry. For Style Like U, I go to New York City and find people ...

Crash Diet

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2013

The Albany Common Council passed Mayor Jerry Jenning’s last budget this past Monday night (Nov. 18). There were some winners and losers, and some were left wondering what other projects will be on the chopping ...

On the Road Again

by Erin Pihlaja November 14, 2013

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“We are continuing to proactively deliver assistance to homeowners across the state that may be facing foreclosure,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo via press release. Cuomo deployed the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center to ...

Know Your Bean

by Erin Pihlaja November 13, 2013

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     “Fifty people in a room in the Capital Region, drinking coffee—black coffee,” Ron Grieco laughs, “for someone who works in a coffee shop that’s unheard of.” Grieco is the manager of both Albany Tierra Coffee ...

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Here’s What Happened

by Erin Pihlaja November 7, 2013

  The voters of New York state made their voices heard yesterday, and in case you missed it: Casinos are OK, as are veterans, the Adirondacks (and mining in the Adirondacks), and money for sewage facilities. ...

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A Better Cup

by Erin Pihlaja October 31, 2013

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  She looks like she's praying, this young woman, as she grasps the cup in both of her hands and brings it in to her face. Hands touch each other and then form a seal against ...

Positive and Negative

by Erin Pihlaja October 31, 2013

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  Keep your eye out for the results of the mayoral race in the city of Hudson this Tuesday (Nov. 5). What was already a competitive race between the Republican incumbent mayor, William Hallenbeck, and his ...

Bringing It Back

by Erin Pihlaja October 31, 2013

The Frear Building in Troy is now home to retail once more thanks to businesses like ‘e ko logic, owned by Kathleen Tesnakis (pictured above), who have set up shop in what was a retail ...

Healing Arts

by Erin Pihlaja October 24, 2013

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  “I was assaulted and had a stroke. Knitting brought back my affected side. I can not dance anymore, but my work can.” This is from the artist statement of Lorna Ritz from Amherst, Mass. Words ...

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Pushed Too Far

by Erin Pihlaja October 17, 2013

  The U.S. Senate proposed a deal on Wednesday (Oct. 16) to end a political stalemate that is going into its third week. The bipartisan deal, constructed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate ...