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by Ali Hibbs January 29, 2015


  While it was immediately eclipsed by the FBI arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his 2015 budget and gave the annual State of the State address in Albany last week—an address ...

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Single-Payer Support

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

  Health-care professionals and patients rallied at the Legislative Office Building last week in support of legislation to implement a universal health-care system in New York State. Decrying the current system as too costly and exclusionary, ...


Slack on Safety

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015

  “The SAVE Act was passed by the state Legislature in 2000 to boost school safety and address violence in our public schools,” New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said last week after an audit revealed ...

State of the Protest

by Ali Hibbs January 22, 2015


  “I wasn’t read my rights or told [what the charges were],” Masai Andrews told friends on Facebook yesterday after being released by Albany Police following his arrest at a protest against police violence in the ...

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Pay It Forward

by Ann Morrow January 22, 2015

  Small businesses in New York state may be getting a break in the form of a phased tax cut that will bring this business tax to its lowest level since it was implemented in 1917. ...

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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  “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


  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, ...


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


  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


  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


  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 ...


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


  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 ...


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 ...