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Election Preview

by Ali Hibbs October 29, 2015


  Voters in the City of Albany can expect to encounter two important ballot propositions at the polls this coming Tuesday (Nov. 3); county residents outside the city can vote on one of them. One will ...

Lights Through Airwaves

by The Staff October 22, 2015


  Waka waka means “shine bright” in Swahili, and the WakaWaka Foundation donates solar-charged portable light units from the WakaWaka company to areas in humanitarian crisis. WAMC stands for Northeast Public Radio and the station, as ...

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), ...


Leaving the Job Unfinished?

by Ann Morrow October 1, 2015


  General Electric is at the finish line of its sixth and final season of dredging the upper Hudson River for PCPs—and some river community residents are stating that the job isn’t done. About 200 miles ...


Fresh Lunches

by Ali Hibbs October 1, 2015

  Hundreds of thousands of dollars have just become available for school districts across the state to use to provide local, fresh and healthy food to their students. On Monday (Sept. 28), Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced ...


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, ...


No Home for Foam

by Ann Morrow August 27, 2015


  On July 1, New York City’s ban on single-use foam plastic—mostly those ubiquitous polystyrene (popularly, but incorrectly, called Styrofoam) cups, plates, and take-out containers—went into effect, making it the largest locality in the country to ...


Self-Service, Two-Wheel Style

by Ali Hibbs August 20, 2015


  This evening (Thursday), Troy Bike Rescue will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new bicycle repair station in Troy’s historic Mount Ida neighborhood. Located at 336 Congress St., the “fix-it” station is a bicycle repair ...


Dear DA

by Ali Hibbs August 13, 2015

Marquis Dixon’s grandmother pleads with the DA to release the 18-year-old from maximum security prison as his mother and sister (behind, left) fight tears

  In late 2014, 16-year-old Marquis Dixon was arrested for stealing a pair of sneakers—allegedly at gunpoint—from an online acquaintance he met with the expressed intention of purchasing the shoes. Now, at the age of 17, ...

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Getting to Know You

by Ali Hibbs August 6, 2015


  Neighbors, policemen, sheriff’s officers and local politicians congregated outside on an unusually temperate Tuesday night this week to eat barbecue, enjoy various activities and simply get to know each other. Neighborhood National Night Out activities took ...


Sunny Side of the Mountain

by Ali Hibbs August 6, 2015

  Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that three state-operated ski resorts have made a commitment to using solar power to operate their ski lift and snowmaking operations. The 25-year agreement with Borrego Solar is the ...


Sharing The Road

by Ali Hibbs July 30, 2015


Albany’s Madison Avenue is going on a diet in 2016. In an attempt to make the well-traveled corridor between Allen and Lark Streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles, the City of Albany conducted ...


Metroland for Sale

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  HERE'S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Metroland Ownership Group Seeks Buyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015 Albany, N.Y.: After 20 years of continuous publication, the current ownership group of Metroland is seeking to retire from publishing and find a ...

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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Mental Liberation Movement

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015


  It was Bastille Day on Monday (July 13) at the New York State Office of Mental Health in Albany, but nobody was waving a French flag. Instead, members of the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance were ...


Summertime Meal Times

by The Staff July 9, 2015

  Local schools are on summer break, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation—according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of children in need of nutrition during the summer months is increasing. Locally, there are ...

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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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 ...

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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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