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Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

by E.S. Cormac August 21, 2013

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“Who made the decision to allow Bombers to stay open during the demolition?” City Councilman Dean Bodnar (R-District 3) asked during last Thursday’s (Aug. 15) Troy Public Safety Meeting. “That was my decision,” said Troy Fire ...

Flock Together

by Erin Pihlaja August 21, 2013

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Dominique, a heritage hen, was one of many different breeds of chickens on show during the Troy Tour de Coop event on Sunday (Aug. 18). Her owners, Anne Marie Haber and Mitch Cohen, hosted one ...

Call for Help

by Erin Pihlaja August 15, 2013

    According to RealtyTrac, the California-based data firm, U.S. home foreclosures increased 11 percent  this May after steadily declining for a five-month period, and while a promising June saw foreclosure rates once again decreasing, thousands of ...

Name Dropping

by Erin Pihlaja August 15, 2013

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  In case you missed it, Albany mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan’s camp flexed some political muscle last Friday (August 9) when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced that she endorsed Sheehan’s candidacy. At the Ramada Plaza hotel ...

Calling Moscow

by Molly Eadie August 7, 2013

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  Vera Zenina stood in Albany’s Lafayette Park Sunday night (Aug. 4) while cars occasionally drove by, some honking. She held a sign that read, in Russian, “Children 404—We are with you, we support you.” The sign ...

What Would You Do to Improve Albany?

by E.S. Cormac August 7, 2013

  “I know what causes Albany’s small business owners to struggle. Every other week it looks like we have another small business that closes,” said Alex Portelli, the Libertarian Party candidate for mayor. A gathering of voters ...

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Sequestered

by E.S. Cormac August 1, 2013

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  It was supposed to be something so horrible that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress would do anything to avoid it. But when the moment came an agreement on budget cuts could not be met. ...

Trojan Power

by Erin Pihlaja August 1, 2013

  Whether they will decide on being called the Downtown Troy Restaurant and Retail Committee or Council, a group of business owners, residents, and others interested in promoting downtown Troy are making plans to improve the ...

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Bikers and Joggers, Meet Bulldozers

by E.S. Cormac July 18, 2013

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I Maybe you have been jogging on the Corning Trail along Albany’s riverfront. Maybe you’ve taken a bike ride with a close friend or maybe you just sat on one of the many benches to enjoy ...

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Seeking Justice

by Erin Pihlaja July 17, 2013

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Harmony Hamilton, age 10, left, and Eli Hamilton, age 12, right, joined other Capital Region community members on Monday (June 15), at a silent vigil at the Capitol to protest the not-guilty verdict in the ...

Fishnado, Coming Soon to a Port Near You?

by Molly Eadie July 17, 2013

“How cool is that when your grandchild comes home and says, 'I touched a shark today!’” This is Nancy Behrens' vision of an aquarium in Albany—a place for learning and exploring science, which she said could ...

The Writing’s On the Wall

by Erin Pihlaja July 10, 2013

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  Street art, a genre that includes graffiti, has become, in many cities, a widely accepted and revered form of art that helps to revitalize urban streetscapes. Once merely considered a nuisance and a crime, the ...

Digging Out

by E.S. Cormac July 10, 2013

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  Almost two weeks after a flash flood on June 27, Fort Plain residents and work crews continue to dig themselves out from the destruction caused when water from the Otsquago Creek rushed through town, damaging ...

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Correction

by The Staff July 3, 2013

In last week’s feature story “For Dog’s Sake” by E.S. Cormac, the “before” picture of the rescued dog Luna was altered during production. The correct “before” photo taken in Mexico, which was provided by Tracey ...

Occupy Albany Courthouses

by E.S. Cormac July 3, 2013

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  With a series of arrests just one year apart, a group of activists found themselves in two separate courthouses on the same day, and one trial placed all of them on the same side of ...

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It’s Gonna Blow

by E.S. Cormac July 3, 2013

There is something lurking under the manholes of downtown Albany, and it’s not adolescent pizza-eating turtles wielding nunchuks. Ten manholes have either exploded into the air or bellowed smoke since September 2012. City officials and National ...

Old City; New Visions

by Molly Eadie June 26, 2013

This past winter, The Arts Center of the Capital Region asked citizens for creative ways to improve Troy, and they received ideas as small as a smartphone app and as grand as building a Ferris ...

The Defense Rests

by Molly Eadie June 26, 2013

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On Wednesday (June 26), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. As soon as the ruling was reported, marriage-equality ...

Don’t Frack on Me

by Erin Pihlaja June 19, 2013

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In the largest anti-fracking showing in Albany yet, several thousand people organized at the Capitol on Monday (June 17), in another attempt to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state. Whether ...

Can’t Rain on the Parade

by Erin Pihlaja June 13, 2013

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Capital Pride Week culminated on Sunday (June 9) with a parade through Center Square and a festival in Washington Park under sunny skies. All seemed to go off without a hitch, despite the attempts of ...

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Sound Turned Down

by Molly Eadie June 13, 2013

Bess Zafran, a junior at Albany High School, stood singing in the rain at the entrance of Pine Hills Elementary last Thursday (June 6). In one hand, she held a broken umbrella with rainbow polka ...

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Focus on Istanbul

by Erin Pihlaja June 5, 2013

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  “It’s not about just trees anymore,” said Hadiye Raymond. She identified herself as a Muslim woman, originally from Turkey, who now lives in the United States with her American-born husband and their children. She stood ...

Count Us In

by Molly Eadie June 5, 2013

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On Tuesday (June 4), the Women's Equality Coalition, a group of more than 850 organizations including Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, League of Women Voters, Volunteers of America Greater New York and New York State United ...

Voting With Their Stomachs

by Amy Halloran May 30, 2013

  Given the financial might of Monsanto and other companies that genetically engineer seeds, and the fact that the head of the USDA was a strong advocate for the company when he was governor of Iowa, ...

Private Intimidator

by Erin Pihlaja May 22, 2013

On May 9, at around 6:30 PM, a small group of union members, citizens, and employees of the Albany County Nursing Home held a peaceful vigil outside of the home of Albany County Legislator Mary ...