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by Erin Pihlaja January 31, 2013


“We were pretty much packed the whole night,” said Pastor Keith Davey of New Hope Ministries at 148 Dove St. “At 11:30 [PM] the power went back on, and you could hear the cheers from ...

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Here’s the Plan

by Erin Pihlaja January 31, 2013


  If you were expecting Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings to slip in an announcement of whether of not he would run for reelection on Tuesday night (Jan. 29)—tough luck. At no point in his State of ...

Musical Chairs

by Erin Pihlaja January 24, 2013


  A thunderous round of applause broke out as Cecilia Tkaczyk stepped onto the Senate chamber floor yesterday afternoon (Jan. 23). She waved to the cheering people in the balcony and nodded at her colleagues, who ...

Don’t Tread on Us

by Erin Pihlaja January 24, 2013

National Gun Appreciation Day was recognized by thousands in Albany’s West Capitol Park on Saturday (Jan. 19) at a rally organized by a group called Guns Across America. Demonstrators unfurled banners reading “Don't Tread on ...

New York Fires First Shot

by Erin Pihlaja January 17, 2013


  On Tuesday (Jan. 15), Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature finalized the New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, making New York the first state to pass stricter gun legislation since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. Among ...

Caffeinated Showdown

by Erin Pihlaja January 17, 2013


  If you’ve ever met someone who can describe the difference between a coffee bean harvested in one country versus another, or the various ways that the bean can be processed once it is removed from ...

A Blow to Women

by Erin Pihlaja January 10, 2013


Is the Violence Against Women Act getting pushed off the fiscal cliff? The act, which provides federal funding for the investigation of cases of violence against women, and the prosecution of those perpetrators, has been renewed ...

The Capital Region is Funny

by Erin Pihlaja January 4, 2013

We saw a bit of the spotlight when The Colbert Report did a segment on Night Moves (a local all-nude establishment) that featured Times Union critic Steve Barnes, and it looks like we've caught some ...

Pick of the Scrum

by Erin Pihlaja December 27, 2012


  A nervous tension was in the air at Brown’s Revolution Hall last Thursday night (Dec. 20). Two emcees stood on a stage in the front of the room, and as the chatter died down, they ...

No Last Call

by Erin Pihlaja December 20, 2012


On Dec. 17, the Albany Common Council voted not to support a proposal by Raven’s Head Brewing Co. to convert the long-vacant St. Joseph’s church to a brewery and brew pub. While the final decision ...


Which Way to the River?

by Erin Pihlaja December 13, 2012

It’s pretty easy to hate on Interstate 787, but the “monstrosity,” as it was described during a public hearing on the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program in Albany, is just one of many impediments that will ...

Care for the Caregivers

by Erin Pihlaja December 6, 2012

When the Albany County nursing home was built in 1973 at 780 Albany Shaker Road, it was hailed as a $9 million “state-of-the-art” facility. Patients from the Ann Lee home and the Hun Memorial tuberculosis ...

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Uncle Sam Skates

by Erin Pihlaja December 6, 2012


  Glass shards from broken liquor bottles lie on the cement; small testaments of illicit behavior that goes largely unchecked under the highways at the foot of Hoosick Street, just before the Hudson River. Someone once ...

The No Zone

by Ann Morrow November 29, 2012


  Watervliet has only one “building of distinction” and as of last Tuesday, that building, known by its majestic 137-foot-high tower, may be doomed to obliteration. Two days before Thanksgiving, the Watervliet Common Council, in a special ...

Everyday Santa Claus

by Erin Pihlaja November 29, 2012


“When you get that call saying your family has been adopted, it's a huge sense of relief,” said Tawana Cook. Cook is a recipient of the Adopt-a-Family program facilitated by the Commission on Economic Opportunity ...

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Rave On

by Josh Potter November 29, 2012

With this Friday’s “Masquerave” rescheduled from Oct. 26, the Washington Avenue Armory will return to the concert business after being issued a cease and desist order from the city of Albany following the now-infamous Oct. ...

Thanksgiving Buzz

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2012

Like many area coffee roasters and cafes, Tierra Coffee Roasters has a weekly open mic night, its own freshly roasted beans, a customer base of caffeine-addicted students and professionals, and a little bit of sassy ...

Ready to Run

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2012

Kathy Sheehan

  In front of the sculpted, outstretched arms of the Moses sculpture in Washington Park, Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan addressed a small crowd on Saturday (Nov. 17) afternoon. “I am not running against anyone, I ...

For Earth’s Sake

by Marc Maximov November 16, 2012

  With the election over and the northeastern United States still drying its socks from the latest semiannual “storm of the century,” author, activist and Vermont resident Bill McKibben has been girding for battle. The day ...

Albany Gets Ready for Its Close-Up

by Ella Niyokindi November 15, 2012


  Crew members of C-SPAN, the cable television network that offers coverage of federal government proceedings and other public-affairs programming via three channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), will spend a week in Albany, in specially detailed ...

Disputed Lines

by Erin Pihlaja November 15, 2012

The third and final public meeting on the redistricting of Albany’s ward lines was held Tuesday night (Nov. 13) at the Arbor Hill Public Library. Members of the Reapportionment Committee, charged with submitting new maps ...

Democrat Party

by Erin Pihlaja November 8, 2012


After months of enduring increasingly negative campaign ads, stump speeches, and the repetitive talking points of pundits everywhere, the 2012 elections are pretty much over. Here’s how things shaped up in the Capital Region: Democratic U.S. ...


by Erin Pihlaja November 1, 2012

GAR Associates, a New York State real estate consulting and appraisal firm, recently finished collecting data on all of the properties in the city of Troy. The company was hired by the city to reevaluate ...

School House Switch

by Erin Pihlaja October 25, 2012


  The Philip Livingston Magnet Academy, formerly known as Philip Livingston Junior High, has seen better days. Named after Philip Livingston, who signed the Declaration of Independence, the building has been called a “centerpiece” of the ...

Redrawing the Map

by Erin Pihlaja October 17, 2012

  “Every 10 years, you get to shuffle this deck, and that’s a good thing,” said Aaron Mair, a local civil-rights activist. The shuffling in this instance will be Albany’s wards. Albany is divided into 15 legislative ...