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Share the Road

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014


  The day before the annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday (May 21), Lorenz Worden was loading bikes onto a car-top bike rack. But these bikes were not for riding; they were “ghost bikes,” bikes painted ...

The Pot Thickens

by Ali Hibbs May 22, 2014


  Medical-marijuana legislation, introduced in some form every year since 1997, was approved by the New York State Senate Health Committee on Tuesday—for the first time ever under a Republican-controlled Senate. While the passage of the ...

Joe Triumphant

by Shawn Stone May 22, 2014


  On Friday (May 16), former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno was acquitted in federal court in Albany on both counts of fraud with which he was charged. Thus, a nine-year-long effort ...

Bringing Back the Block

by Ann Morrow May 15, 2014


  Lower Lark Street is a blighted stretch of the bustling avenue, but a new housing project has made a start on revitalizing this inner-city street: 126 Lark St., a three-story rowhouse, will be rehabilitated by ...

Marching for the Incarcerated

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014


  “My husband is incarcerated so I see personally what is wrong in our correctional facilities and they do need to be changed,” said Tammy Stanley from Rochester, who added that “75 percent of all prisoners ...

Not Older, Better

by Ali Hibbs May 8, 2014


  “It’s like living on a cruise ship,” said resident Mary Murphy, who has lived at Shaker Pointe with her husband for more than a year. The Murphys made the decision to leave their split-level home ...

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Signs of the Times

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014

  Why don’t those mini-billboards along the New Jersey Turnpike flash any messages? It’s because they aren’t billboards—though the rectangular screens can be viewed as an advertisement of sorts for New Jersey’s commitment to solar energy. ...

United Against Citizens United

by Era Bushati April 24, 2014

  “It begins to look like the privatization of elections,” said Anthony Cresswell, a member of Move to Amend. “It’s not democracy anymore, it’s a market and money drives it, not votes. And that’s really dangerous ...

Renew, Reduce, Evade

by Stephen Leon April 24, 2014

  With the April 30 cutoff for public comments approaching, critics of a long-term energy plan for New York state say that the process has undermined public participation and that the deadline needs to be extended. The ...

Letters to the Editor

by The Staff April 17, 2014

  Strangelove Science To the Editor: Thank you for your “drone” article [“Look Up in the Sky!,” Jan. 23]! While Metroland is exhorting readers to “Look Up in the Sky,” maybe it’s time to give us an article ...


by The Staff April 17, 2014

  Editor’s note: There was one omission in Readers’ Poll, and one error. We left out Best Local Website (Music), and, in Best Local TV News Anchor, we misspelled Phil Bayly’s name. We regret both mistakes. Best ...

Right of Water Way?

by Ann Morrow April 17, 2014


  “The creek is already heavily industrialized. More heavy industry will seriously damage the creek, and the Hudson River and Schodack Island,” said Barbara Heinzen. Heinzen is a member of the Coeymans Heritage Society, and she ...

Oil and Water

by Stephen Leon April 17, 2014

  The recent steep increase in the number of potentially dangerous oil-tank rail cars passing through the Port of Albany already has drawn sharp criticism from concerned citizens in the Capital Region. Last week, the Adirondack ...

Disaster Preparedness

by Ann Morrow April 17, 2014

  Troy’s historic assets are part of the city’s resurging downtown business climate. But one old structure could prove to be a serious detriment: the city’s 1922 seawall. The aging barrier was damaged by Tropical Storm ...


by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014


  The largest timber-frame structure in Albany County and the largest barn of its kind in the region, the Hilton barn in the town of New Scotland has many historic elements in addition to its exceptional ...


Anxious Days

by Bob Dreyfuss March 20, 2014


  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global Thanks to the Prague Post, we have the full text in English of President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing the annexation of Crimea and, more importantly, described at great ...

Moving Forward

by Era Bushati March 13, 2014

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  On Tuesday (March 11), Transport Troy held a presentation and public forum at Troy’s Oakwood Community Center to promote the proposed Collar City Ramble, a multi-use path that would connect Troy neighborhoods, parks, businesses and ...

iRide, uRide, millionsRide

by Ann Morrow March 13, 2014

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  Local bus ridership is up, and a long winter of treacherous roads, plowed-in cars, and iced-over windshields is only a small factor in the increase. As frequent CDTA customer Sean Gordon of Albany said, “It’s ...

Education by Subtraction

by Stephen Leon March 6, 2014

  New York state is failing to meet its constitutional obligations to provide an equal educational opportunity to all New York students, according to a report released Monday by the Alliance for Quality Education and the ...

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Just a Little Slip

by Stephen Leon March 6, 2014

  As if to underscore area residents’ concerns over the recent flood of crude oil shipments coming by train through the Port of Albany, 13 CSX tank cars carrying crude derailed at the Selkirk rail yards ...

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Crossing Wires

by Ann Morrow March 6, 2014


  Columbia County is widely famed for the beauty of its bucolic farmland, historic houses, and verdant Hudson Valley vistas. These vistas, and the county’s identity—its most important activities are agriculture and tourism—could be adversely impacted ...


Leave Those Kids Alone

by Natasha Scully February 27, 2014

  After Judd Krasher came out of the closet at 18, while still a senior in high school, adults began to approach the young man, telling him “there are ways that we can fix you.” Vulnerable, confused ...


Farm To Tasting Room

by Era Bushati February 27, 2014


  Alejandro del Peral grew up in Columbia County surrounded by apple orchards on his family’s nine-acre fruit farm, where he worked throughout his childhood. But after living in California, Wyoming and his native Spain, he ...

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Now What?

by Natasha Scully February 20, 2014

  There is now a new entity, the Albany County Land Bank Corporation, to address blight within Albany County. Community advocates and some politicians are not sitting in celebration, however, following the vote on Democratic Majority ...

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Free Alcohol, Free Love

by Cassandra Hamdan February 13, 2014

  “Having sex with someone is going into a comfort zone. Once you’ve had sex with them or they see you vulnerable, it opens you up to who they are and gives you another dimension to ...