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Crossing Wires

by Ann Morrow March 6, 2014

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  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 ...

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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 ...

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Farm To Tasting Room

by Era Bushati February 27, 2014

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  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 ...

Speed Sating

by Era Bushati February 13, 2014

  “Most images that we see today of college students are in a sex-charged atmosphere,” says Kathleen Bogle in her 2008 book Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus. While Bogle states that the media ...

Troy Boils Over

by Natasha Scully February 10, 2014

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  On Tuesday (Feb. 4), Pastor Willie Bacote led a march of 100-plus Troy residents from Bethel Baptist Church down Fifth Avenue to a community hearing at Christ Church United Methodist. Bacote’s words echoed through a bullhorn: ...

A Hot Mess

by Natasha Scully January 30, 2014

  In 1971, William Law moved his family to the New Hope Ezra Prentice homes in Albany. Despite the clanking sounds from the nearby railroad line that echo through some of the houses, for 43 years ...

What’s the Tradeoff?

by Erin Pihlaja January 30, 2014

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testified on Monday (Jan. 27) before state lawmakers in Albany at a state budget hearing. He used the appearance to bolster his plan for universal prekindergarten in his ...

Nothing Left To Squeeze

by Erin Pihlaja January 23, 2014

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“To give you sense of the nature of the need that we’re talking about and the clientele that we’re serving,” said Larry Spring, “this year we’ve seen our attendance in school skyrocket. Not because of ...

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Stop and Think

by Erin Pihlaja January 16, 2014

  It was hard to miss the anti-fracking rally at the Empire State Plaza concourse when Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his 2014 State of State address last Wednesday (Jan. 8). The thousands of people waving signs ...

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Governor, Take Care of Your People

by Molly Eadie January 16, 2014

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  “In the future days . . . we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. . . . The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings ...

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Extremes Makover

by Erin Pihlaja January 8, 2014

  Everyone is talking about the polar vortex right now, and while the buzz phrase doesn’t have a Twitter profile just yet, the whole topic of extreme weather was discussed at the Capitol on Tuesday (Dec. ...

Message to You, Andrew

by The Staff January 8, 2014

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  Amid the hubbub of State of the State day at the Capitol, as many as two thousand demonstrators lined a long section of the Empire State Plaza Concourse yesterday (Wednesday) to remind Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

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The New Guard

by E.S. Cormac January 8, 2014

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  Hundreds of people packed into Albany’s Kiernan Plaza on Jan. 1 as Judge Margaret Walsh swore in Kathy Sheehan during an inauguration ceremony that was attended by many state and local dignitaries. She is only ...

New Year, New Council, New Troubles

by Erin Pihlaja January 2, 2014

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  The mood in the Rensselaer County Supreme Court on Troy’s Second Street was peaceful, even celebratory, on Tuesday morning (Dec. 31) for the swearing-in ceremony for seven of the nine total members of the new ...

True (Troy) Spirit

by The Staff December 20, 2013

We've been asked to share this info by Duncan Crary, notable Troy personality and a Metroland Best Of recipient, on behalf of Daisy Bakers—a Troy restaurant and downtown mainstay. A fundraiser is being held to ...

Governor, You Can Help

by Erin Pihlaja December 18, 2013

A handful of people gathered in the chilly morning air outside of the Governor’s Mansion on Eagle Street in Albany on Wednesday (Dec. 17) to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re here to ...

New Homes, New Hope

by Michael Bielawski December 18, 2013

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  Today (Thursday, Dec. 19), Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will cut the ribbon on 44 newly renovated studio apartments on Trinity Avenue, a project that is part of the Capital City Rescue Mission (259 South Pearl ...

Another Era

by Michael Bielawski December 12, 2013

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Capital Region residents crowded Monument Square, surrounding streets and the Troy Atrium on Sunday (Dec. 8) for Troy’s 31st Victorian Stroll. Vendors sold crafts and food, a local ballet school performed, an old-style fire truck ...

Taxing News?

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013

On Tuesday (Dec. 10), a state tax commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a report outlining recommendations for ways to provide relief to homeowners and business by reducing property and business taxes in the ...

Tech It Up

by Michael Bielawski December 12, 2013

Residents of the Troy City School District voted yes on an $8.4 million bond referendum for technology upgrades for its schools on Tuesday (Dec. 10). A statement on the district website read: “We are grateful ...

Down to the Bone

by Erin Pihlaja December 5, 2013

On Tuesday (Nov. 26) the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State released the results of a survey that was conducted among organizations affiliated with the association. CP of NYS is multi-service organization with offices ...

Foam ‘N Go

by Christina Dillon December 5, 2013

Styrofoam containers may cease to exist in Albany County, and on Monday night (Dec. 2) the floor of the Cahill Room (112 State St., Albany) was opened up to local residents and business people to ...

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Preserving the Past, Hopefully for the Future

by Erin Pihlaja December 5, 2013

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After working closely with perservation experts, the Troy Public Library Board has decided to remove sections of the marble balustrades from the South and West top cornices of the 117-year-old building that houses the main ...