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Laurie Lynn Fischer

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Laurie Lynn Fischer

Lark Street Blues

by Laurie Lynn Fischer April 27, 2011

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Some call it the Tess Factor. Whatever bar or restaurant she’s running, loyal customers follow.   Vibrant, motherly and in-your-face, Tess Collins has been a fixture on Lark Street  for 25 ...

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Kicking and Squawking

by Laurie Lynn Fischer April 20, 2011

More than a dozen people spoke in favor of legalizing the keeping of hens before the Albany Common Council’s Law Committee on April 14. The committee dedicated an hour and a ...

Coming Soon to Cable Near You

by Laurie Lynn Fischer April 14, 2011

For more than 15 years, Albany has lacked true public-access television. But at last, the city is launching a public, educational and governmental (PEG) TV initiative in collaboration with ...

Making It Better

by Laurie Lynn Fischer April 6, 2011

Since 2002, many nonviolent offenders have admitted their wrongdoing and arranged to make appropriate amends through Albany County’s Community Advisory Boards. Instead of denying guilt to bargain for a lighter sentence, they come face to ...

March Mania

by Laurie Lynn Fischer March 31, 2011

On March 12, the Albany Police Department subdued a riot when “kegs and eggs” house parties in Albany’s so-called student ghetto spilled onto the street. On March 18, the department charged its own spokesman, Detective ...

Running on Empty

by Laurie Lynn Fischer March 23, 2011

Paul Tonko received a standing ovation Monday when he spoke at the sixth of seven meetings on the subject of peak oil at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. “I understand the concern over our ...

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Sunnyside Down

by Laurie Lynn Fischer March 16, 2011

The delicious buffet was the only thing that New York State Sen. Neil Breslin and Albany County Legislator Brian Scavo agreed on at a tumultuous organized-labor breakfast last fall. ...

Zero Support

by Laurie Lynn Fischer March 3, 2011

Albany County Legislator Brian Scavo (D-District 7) has proposed a zero-percent tax cap in Albany County. In a Feb. 25 press release, Scavo said he has drafted and submitted a zero-percent tax cap resolution to Frank ...

Plagued By the Bell

by Laurie Lynn Fischer February 23, 2011

Around 3 PM last Thursday, about 10 kids hung out in front of Dino’s Pizzeria on the corner of Lark and Madison in Albany. Some of them shouted obscenities at each other, others were slapping ...

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Plagued by the Bell

by Laurie Lynn Fischer February 23, 2011

Around 3 PM last Thursday, about 10 kids hung out in front of Dino’s Pizzeria on the corner of Lark and Madison in Albany. Some of them shouted obscenities at each other, others were slapping ...

Limits to Firepower

by Laurie Lynn Fischer February 16, 2011

On Feb. 7, the Albany Common Council passed a resolution supporting federal legislation that would prohibit the transfer or possession of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices. Aimed at clips that hold 10 rounds or more, the ...

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What Now, Albany?

by Laurie Lynn Fischer February 2, 2011

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Albany’s future looks grim unless it gets more state aid, Mayor Jerry Jennings said in his 2011 State of the City address. Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled New York State’s budget on Feb. 1, and the ...

Airing their Views

by Laurie Lynn Fischer January 26, 2011

The final public hearing on lafarge ravena’s cement plant modernization took place on jan. 20. All who spoke accepted that lafarge building materials, inc. Will get its permits. But like limestone dust, questions hung in ...

Cutting the Night Short

by Laurie Lynn Fischer January 19, 2011

It’s 4 AM on Sunday morning at Blue 82, and the loud crowd is still going strong as the lights come on. “Things start late in this town,” says Mike Ripley, owner of the Pearl Street ...

A Toxic Debate

by Laurie Lynn Fischer January 12, 2011

Time is running out for public comment before the State Department of Environmental Conservation decides whether to approve a proposed multimillion-dollar plant expansion that would enable French-owned Lafarge North America to produce more cement at ...

Puff Piece

by Laurie Lynn Fischer January 5, 2011

A new Albany County law for bids the sale of battery-operated liquid-nicotine delivery systems to anyone under the age of 18. Albany County is one of the few places in the nation to outlaw e-cigarette ...