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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 ...

Bitter Budgets and Bad Blood

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

  The ordinance to pass the relentlessly controversial Albany city budget as presented by first-term Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan finally passed this Monday with a vote of 11-4, following another week of acrimony between some members ...

Crude Progress

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office released a status report early this week on crude-oil transportation in New York state. The report outlines 66 actions taken by New York to strengthen standards, regulations and procedures, with the ...

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Attention Chopper Shoppers

by Ali Hibbs November 20, 2014

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  “All right, it goes like this,” said Dana S. Owens, creator of smallbanytoons.com, a website dedicated to satirizing all things Albany. “Two weeks ago, Chip [Fasciana] says to me that he has a great idea ...

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Green Evolution

by Ann Morrow November 20, 2014

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  Once it was part of the industrial revolution; soon, a 110-year-old building in north Troy will be a local flagship in the green revolution. The Urban Grow Center, on the far end of River Street, ...

Chopped

by The Staff November 13, 2014

  It began as Public Service Market and then expanded into Central Market, but most residents in the greater Capital Region have always known the Schenectady-based supermarket chain as Price Chopper. That’s going to change, as ...

Submitted for Review

by Ali Hibbs November 13, 2014

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  In the mid-1990s, the City of Troy went to the state Legislature to borrow $21.6 million in order to liquidate cumulative deficits in the city’s general fund for the years 1993-1995. New York State Local ...

A Driving Force

by The Staff November 13, 2014

  On Tuesday, the Albany County Legislature showed its support for Capital CarShare, the car-sharing service that offers affordable car rentals in urban neighborhoods—by passing a resolution to give the nonprofit service a county parking space ...

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Dems Lose in Midterms, but Greens get a Boost

by Ali Hibbs November 6, 2014

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  The progressive arm of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to fare too well in midterm elections of late—and this year was no different. While the nation saw conservatives take control of the Senate and expand ...

The Light Turns Green

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  And so Albany’s red-light camera debate ends. Not with a bang, but with two hours of repetitive arguments. It seemed that almost every Common Council member had something to say—at length—before voting on the proposed ...

Revitalize

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that he’s awarding $20 million to land banks across the state as part of his Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative intended to “Help New York ...

Cyclists Only

by Ann Morrow October 23, 2014

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  Earlier this month, a volunteer with the Albany Bicycle Coalition stood on the point at Madison and Western avenues, clipboard in hand. He was counting the number of bicyclists using the road during high-traffic times ...

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Cooperation for Education

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

  Earlier this month saw the grand opening of an innovative new educational model benefitting Albany’s South End. Funded by a $4.98 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with “additional ...

Putting Out Fires

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

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  About 40 minutes into the Q&A portion of her budget presentation at John J. Bach Library on New Scotland Avenue this Tuesday, Mayor Kathy Sheehan was becoming visibly frustrated with the crowd—mostly firefighters concerned with ...

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The Honeymoon’s Over

by Ali Hibbs October 9, 2014

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  “For me, it’s a public-safety issue,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan when she requested red-light traffic cameras back in May, “This is not a revenue-driven decision at all.” Fast-forward to last week when the mayor released her ...

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Let the Sun Power In

by The Staff October 1, 2014

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  There’s a lot of sunbeam power about to shine over the Capital Region. Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the NY-Sun initiative would be distributing almost $100 million in funding for large solar ...

More Time to Weigh In

by The Staff October 1, 2014

  Citing “broad public and community interest,” the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced late last week that it has extended the public-comment period for the Global Companies permit application that would allow the ...

One-Slate Committee

by The Staff October 1, 2014

  Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin was elected chair of the Albany County Democratic Committee on Monday night at the Polish Community Center on Washington Avenue, after weeks of infighting among party members. McLaughlin threw her ...