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Don’t Frack on Me

by Erin Pihlaja June 19, 2013

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In the largest anti-fracking showing in Albany yet, several thousand people organized at the Capitol on Monday (June 17), in another attempt to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state. Whether ...

Sound Turned Down

by Molly Eadie June 13, 2013

Bess Zafran, a junior at Albany High School, stood singing in the rain at the entrance of Pine Hills Elementary last Thursday (June 6). In one hand, she held a broken umbrella with rainbow polka ...

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Focus on Istanbul

by Erin Pihlaja June 5, 2013

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  “It’s not about just trees anymore,” said Hadiye Raymond. She identified herself as a Muslim woman, originally from Turkey, who now lives in the United States with her American-born husband and their children. She stood ...

Count Us In

by Molly Eadie June 5, 2013

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On Tuesday (June 4), the Women's Equality Coalition, a group of more than 850 organizations including Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, League of Women Voters, Volunteers of America Greater New York and New York State United ...

Voting With Their Stomachs

by Amy Halloran May 30, 2013

  Given the financial might of Monsanto and other companies that genetically engineer seeds, and the fact that the head of the USDA was a strong advocate for the company when he was governor of Iowa, ...

Private Intimidator

by Erin Pihlaja May 22, 2013

On May 9, at around 6:30 PM, a small group of union members, citizens, and employees of the Albany County Nursing Home held a peaceful vigil outside of the home of Albany County Legislator Mary ...

Hunger Games

by Amy Halloran May 22, 2013

The Farm Bill, also known as the Agricultural Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, passed in the agriculture committees of both the U.S. Senate and House last week, and moved on to the full ...

Getting to Know Your Candidates

by The Staff May 21, 2013

It's up to every citizen to make informed decisions when it comes to election time. If you live in Albany, today you may vote on who gets elected to the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees. ...

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Nixing the Sixth

by Erin Pihlaja May 15, 2013

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The Egg. The Empire State Plaza. The Capitol and the Million Dollar Staircase. Dutch traders. Tulips. There are certain things that are synonymous with Albany, and for anyone who has lived here during the past ...

They Paved Paradise

by Erin Pihlaja May 15, 2013

  Call it what you will—divine intervention, a stay of execution—but the resilient bell tower of St. Patrick’s church is just not coming down, as planned, anyway. On Tuesday (May 14), a crane was transported, in pieces ...

You’re Goin’ Down

by Erin Pihlaja May 8, 2013

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  How long does it take to demo a 19th-century building? Better question: How long to take down seven of them? Before 10 AM on Monday (May 6) an Albany-based demolition company, DiTonno & Sons, set ...

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Private Talks on Public Funding

by Erin Pihlaja May 8, 2013

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  The sign outside of Room 124 at the state Capitol may have read, “New York State Public Hearing,” but to the many people, including members of the media, who were refused entry to the proceedings, ...

Elephant Walk

by Erin Pihlaja May 1, 2013

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is coming to town this week (May 2 through May 5), and not everyone is excited about it. Animal-rights activists have historically lashed out at the 94-year-old ...

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Dredge Report

by Erin Pihlaja May 1, 2013

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  “I grew up in Greene County,” said Judith Enck. “I went to a high school that was right on the banks of the river. I remember being a teenager and going waterskiing, and the goal ...

Lost: Giant Metal Boot

by Darryl McGrath May 1, 2013

Albany police and parking enforcement agents are searching for a gray pickup truck whose driver apparently figured out how to remove the cast-iron-and-steel wheel-locking device known as a "boot." Boots are used to disable vehicles ...

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Promised Land

by Erin Pihlaja April 24, 2013

It’s been just over two years since Trinity Alliance and the Albany Housing Authority secured a $5 million grant for the development of the Capital South Campus Center, a 12,200-square-foot educational facility to be located ...

He’s Back

by Erin Pihlaja April 17, 2013

Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is looking to move into the mayor’s office, and on Sunday, Darius Shahinfar announced that he is ready to take her place as Albany’s chief fiscal officer. “It’s a stay-the-course race,” ...

Motor Donor

by Jason Bisnoff April 17, 2013

Almost 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Every 13 hours, another New Yorker dies while waiting. Still, only 20 percent of New Yorkers have enrolled in New York state’s Donate ...

We’ve Got a Race

by Erin Pihlaja April 10, 2013

“It felt good, it quieted all of the questions,” said Corey Ellis, Albany’s 11th Ward Democratic leader, after he officially announced last Friday (April 5) that he would run for mayor of Albany. “I felt ...

No Laughing Matter

by Erin Pihlaja April 10, 2013

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  Phil and Joanne Markham donned their finest garments and set up shop in Albany’s Townsend Park last Saturday (April 6) to hock homemade pickles. The main ingredient, discounting the shriveled ex-cucumbers, was fracking “brine”—a chemical ...

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Changing Spaces

by Darryl McGrath April 10, 2013

Dominick Calsolaro never thought people would be willing to walk a mile to avoid paying for parking, but that is exactly what dozens of out-of-towners do most weekdays when they leave their cars on Morton ...

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Sweet New Deal for an Old Building

by Ann Morrow March 27, 2013

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Shovel in hand, Vic Christopher is creating a business from the ground up. Literally. Last week, Christopher and his wife, Heather LaVine, purchased “the most endangered building in Troy,” a four-story commercial building that extends ...

Close Call

by Darryl McGrath March 27, 2013

Urban school districts have long used the combination approach to programs that are believed to improve student achievement, and Albany City Schools are no exception. And so when word recently spread that the school system's ...

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Raising the Bottom Line

by Erin Pihlaja March 21, 2013

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  The big New York state budget reveal probably won’t happen until sometime this weekend, leaving many interested parties in the lurch as they eagerly wait to see if their concerns are addressed. In regard to the ...

Hot for a Cause

by Erin Pihlaja March 6, 2013

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  Alana Sparrow stood on one leg in front of the mirror of a yoga studio in Latham, arms wrapped around one another and raised in front of her face. Sweat poured off her body; her ...