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Small But Harmful

by Ann Morrow May 7, 2015

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  Microbeads are those tiny balls of plastic (and chemicals) that are found in hundreds of personal-care products such as face scrubs and body washes. They seem harmless enough, and are popular for softening skin by ...

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A Right to Know

by Ali Hibbs May 4, 2015

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  Inside the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon (April 28), hundreds rallied in support of a law that would require the mandatory labeling of food products derived from genetically engineered crops, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). “Hundreds ...

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Equal Treatment Now

by Ali Hibbs May 4, 2015

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  It was a perfect spring day in West Capitol Park on Tuesday (April 28) as hundreds gathered from across New York state in recognition of the 25th Equality and Justice Day. At the annual statewide ...

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Almost Ready to Roll

by Ali Hibbs May 4, 2015

  The City of Albany has finally chosen a company to supply the controversial red-light traffic cameras (RLCs) that legislators voted to install at 20 intersections around the city—and says they hope to have the new ...

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Off the Rails

by Ali Hibbs February 26, 2015

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  “It’s not if, it’s when,” repeated a small crowd of activists gathered outside Albany City Hall in frigid temperatures last Thursday. Bearing signs that read “What Will It Take?” and “Is Albany Next?” they were ...

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Going Off the Grid

by Ann Morrow February 20, 2015

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  “Where are the renewables in the state plan?” That question was asked on Feb. 5 at a public meeting on the future of New York state energy policies held at the University at Albany’s Page Hall. ...

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Lanes of Progress

by Ali Hibbs February 20, 2015

  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that work will begin Monday on a $22.3 million project to replace the I-87 bridges over Albany-Shaker Road in the town of Colonie. The two bridges, which were built ...

Lights, Cameras . . .

by Ali Hibbs February 20, 2015

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  Earlier this month, the city of Albany revealed the 20 locations at which it will place traffic cameras intended to catch scofflaws running red lights at those intersections. On Monday, the city will listen to ...

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A Healthy Simplification

by Ali Hibbs February 12, 2015

  Eighty percent of medical costs associated with billing and insurance practices in the United States—approximately $375 billion—is squandered annually due to systemic inefficiency, according to a study released last month by a group of physicians ...

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Uncontrolled Substances

by Ali Hibbs February 12, 2015

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  New York’s Medicaid system overpaid pharmacies by more than $1.1 million over a five-year period for narcotics and other controlled substance prescriptions that exceeded legal limits, according to an audit released earlier this month by ...

Cautious Hope

by Ali Hibbs February 5, 2015

  “This will actually be the longest speech I’ve ever given,” said the new speaker of the New York State Assembly on Feb. 3, as he began his eight-minute address to the chamber following his election ...

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Power Outage

by Ali Hibbs January 29, 2015

  Federal prosecutors launched a grand jury investigation into the activities of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) in June 2013, one month before the formation of Cuomo’s now-defunct Moreland Commission—but the powerful politician has been suspected ...

In Case You Forgot

by Ali Hibbs January 29, 2015

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  While it was immediately eclipsed by the FBI arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his 2015 budget and gave the annual State of the State address in Albany last week—an address ...

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Single-Payer Support

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

  Health-care professionals and patients rallied at the Legislative Office Building last week in support of legislation to implement a universal health-care system in New York State. Decrying the current system as too costly and exclusionary, ...

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Slack on Safety

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

  “The SAVE Act was passed by the state Legislature in 2000 to boost school safety and address violence in our public schools,” New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said last week after an audit revealed ...

State of the Protest

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

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  “I wasn’t read my rights or told [what the charges were],” Masai Andrews told friends on Facebook yesterday after being released by Albany Police following his arrest at a protest against police violence in the ...

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Pay It Forward

by Ann Morrow January 22, 2015

  Small businesses in New York state may be getting a break in the form of a phased tax cut that will bring this business tax to its lowest level since it was implemented in 1917. ...

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 Darkness We Trust

by Ann Morrow January 8, 2015

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  Skyglow may sound like a pretty phenomenon, but it’s not: It’s the light pollution from outdoor lighting, and it causes a range of problems, from interfering with bird migrations to disrupting the circadian rhythms of ...

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 ...

Economic Investments

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Thursday (Dec.11) that $709.2 million in economic and community funding has been awarded in the fourth annual Regional Economic Development Council awards. The Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier ...

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 ...