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Rolling Out a New Phase

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013

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On Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Lucas Confectionery (12 Second St., Troy) installed a retractable glass roof on its garden patio—the first of its kind in the Capital Region. The historic structure that houses the wine ...

Race on the River

by Michael Bielawski November 27, 2013

A series of projects, potential and already in the works, along the Capital Region’s Hudson River waterfront are driving the ongoing revitalization of the area’s ‘rust belt’ communities. The projects vary widely in scope from ...

Communication Failure

by Michael Bielawski November 21, 2013

“Yesterday, GE [General Electric] formally rejected our request to extend the bargaining period an additional 30 days and it is now clear that the company had no intention to engage in serious bargaining to save ...

Crash Diet

by Erin Pihlaja November 21, 2013

The Albany Common Council passed Mayor Jerry Jenning’s last budget this past Monday night (Nov. 18). There were some winners and losers, and some were left wondering what other projects will be on the chopping ...

On the Road Again

by Erin Pihlaja November 14, 2013

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“We are continuing to proactively deliver assistance to homeowners across the state that may be facing foreclosure,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo via press release. Cuomo deployed the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center to ...

Local or Global Agenda?

by Michael Bielawski November 14, 2013

  The Tech Valley Infrastructure Forum came to the Capital Region Oct. 30-31 at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie, co-sponsored by National Grid and the Center for Economic Growth. Hundreds of local leaders participated on drawing ...

The Heat Is On

by Michael Bielawski November 14, 2013

You’re going to have to pony up a little extra for heat this winter if some of the latest reports are true. Accodring to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, New York state already has heating ...

It’s Official

by Christina Dillon November 7, 2013

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  “What a great day to be a Democrat in the city of Albany,” said outgoing mayor Jerry Jennings to a crowd gathered on Tuesday evening (Nov. 5) to watch the results from the general election. ...

Here’s What Happened

by Erin Pihlaja November 7, 2013

  The voters of New York state made their voices heard yesterday, and in case you missed it: Casinos are OK, as are veterans, the Adirondacks (and mining in the Adirondacks), and money for sewage facilities. ...

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An Improved View

by The Staff November 4, 2013

"I believe that public art uplifts," said Debra Lockrow, community activist and owner of the boutique Artcentric (266 River St., Troy). Lockrow has released a call for art for a public exhibition, similar to two other ...

Positive and Negative

by Erin Pihlaja October 31, 2013

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  Keep your eye out for the results of the mayoral race in the city of Hudson this Tuesday (Nov. 5). What was already a competitive race between the Republican incumbent mayor, William Hallenbeck, and his ...

Soccer and the Cemetery

by Michael Bielawski October 31, 2013

At first you may feel like you are walking into a sporting-goods store. Walk down the hallway past the shop full of soccer gear, and you may feel like you entering a pub or arcade ...

Bringing It Back

by Erin Pihlaja October 31, 2013

The Frear Building in Troy is now home to retail once more thanks to businesses like ‘e ko logic, owned by Kathleen Tesnakis (pictured above), who have set up shop in what was a retail ...

Going Your Way

by Shawn Stone October 24, 2013

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  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) was at the College of Saint Rose for a press conference on Oct. 21 to announce that the Capital District Transportation Authority had developed plans to expand the BusPlus ...

A Decision Will Have to Be Made

by Christina Dillon October 24, 2013

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  Saturday (Oct. 19) was an international day of action to ban hydrofracking. The event, called Global Frackdown, united the Capital Region’s residents alongside 200 other towns and cities across the world. Albany’s Townsend Park attracted ...

Pushed Too Far

by Erin Pihlaja October 17, 2013

  The U.S. Senate proposed a deal on Wednesday (Oct. 16) to end a political stalemate that is going into its third week. The bipartisan deal, constructed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate ...

Don’t Go Near the Water

by The Staff October 17, 2013

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  The Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the presence of Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Albany’s Washington Park Lake this past week. The confirmation, according to the department’s website, means that “water sampling results have confirmed the ...

More, More, More

by Erin Pihlaja October 9, 2013

“These plan changes are to meet the developer’s needs, not necessarily the concerns of the people,” said preservation consultant Kimberly Alvarez, at a public hearing on Monday (Oct. 7) before the Albany Common Council. “It ...

Bolton Ending?

by Ann Morrow October 9, 2013

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  An amendment to Albany Medical Center’s Park South revitalization project will move a planned parking garage a block further uptown—and require the demolition of Bolton Hall, the parti-colored-brick building at the corner of Myrtle Avenue ...

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Good Vibes

by Kate Mikoley October 9, 2013

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  About 18 miles east of Troy, there is an easy-to-miss dirt road nestled in the woods. Up this road, in the middle of a clearing, is a rounded white structure with stairs leading up to ...

Herstory in the Making

by Erin Pihlaja October 3, 2013

  OK, so Argonia, Kan., may have beaten Albany, N.Y., by 126 years or so, but this year, New York’s capital city may finally be able to proclaim 2013 the “Year of the Woman.” City treasurer and ...

Closed, Back in . . . ?

by Erin Pihlaja October 3, 2013

  “We are out of the office on furlough and unable to take your call," said the voice on the recorded message of the media-relations office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Tuesday ...

Totally Tuberlar

by Erin Pihlaja October 3, 2013

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  It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, that’s a potato. But a rather large one, and it was parked on the streets of Troy on Monday (Sept. 30), stopped for a few hours while on a ...

Pat and Matt

by Erin Pihlaja September 25, 2013

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  “My dream was always to have a BMW convertible, and live in L.A. like Kelly Taylor,” says Patrick DiLascia, owner of the clothing brand Dilascia, and Par-LA, his West Hollywood store. Dilascia may not be ...

Tick Tock

by Erin Pihlaja September 18, 2013

The clock is ticking for members of the state Assembly and Senate to cough up the sources of their outside income that exceeds $20,000. Lawyers in the groups also were told to disclose their civil ...