Lucas Willard http://wamc.org en RPI Students Chat With Astronaut In Orbit http://wamc.org/post/rpi-students-chat-astronaut-orbit <div><div><p>A NASA Astronaut aboard the International Space Station spoke with students from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY live via Skype.</p><p>Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, who earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from RPI in 1987, spoke Friday with students at his alma mater. He was floating miles above the Earth.</p><p>"RPI, I hear you loud and clear! Welcome to the International Space Station," said Mastracchio.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 88535 at http://wamc.org RPI Students Chat With Astronaut In Orbit NYSERDA Awards Support Transportation Innovation http://wamc.org/post/nyserda-awards-support-transportation-innovation <p>This week, the Cuomo administration announced $4.3 million in grants for projects that would reduce the environmental impact of transportation in New York.</p><p></p><p>The 17 awards, administered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – or NYSERDA – are focused on technologies that would reduce dependence on fossil fuels, cut down on pollution, and promote healthier lifestyles.</p><p></p><p>Spokeswoman Kate Muller said NYSERDA’s focus on technology is an aspect of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:49:25 +0000 Lucas Willard 88511 at http://wamc.org NYSERDA Awards Support Transportation Innovation Walmart Could Bring Debate Back To Ballston http://wamc.org/post/walmart-could-bring-debate-back-ballston <p>Walmart has announced that it once again plans to build a new store in the Southern Saratoga County town of Ballston, but the presence of the retailer in the community may still prove controversial.</p><p></p><p>The nation’s largest retailer announced plans this week to build a new store in Ballston in a commercial development near the corners of Routes 50 and 67.</p><p></p><p>Walmart says the new store would bring with it 300 jobs, most of them fulltime positions.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:43:31 +0000 Lucas Willard 88446 at http://wamc.org Walmart Could Bring Debate Back To Ballston Craft Beverage Tour Headed To Lake George Region http://wamc.org/post/craft-beverage-tour-headed-lake-george-region <p>With the explosion of the craft beverage industry, advocates for economic development in Washington and Warren Counties are planning this summer to launch a regional tour as a means of connecting more tourists with locally made beer, wines, and other specialty beverages.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>John Davidson, co-owner of Davidson Brothers Brewing Co., announced this week the company produced the first brew from its new 22,000-square foot facility in Queensbury.</p><p>“Fifty barrels of our signature IPA that we brewed 17 years ago downtown,” said Davidson.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:22:31 +0000 Lucas Willard 88413 at http://wamc.org Craft Beverage Tour Headed To Lake George Region Sen. Gillibrand Says She Has No Role In Possible Sale Of Family's Land To Casino Developers http://wamc.org/post/sen-gillibrand-says-she-has-no-role-possible-sale-familys-land-casino-developers <p>U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has stated she has no involvement in any discussions related to the sale of her family’s Albany-area land to a casino developer.</p><p>Gillibrand said that she has no involvement in any future sale of the 60 aces owned by her family to casino developers. The Democrat said she trusts Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s judgement on whether the land located near New York State Thruway exit 23 would be a suitable location for a casino.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 88359 at http://wamc.org Sen. Gillibrand Says She Has No Role In Possible Sale Of Family's Land To Casino Developers Leaders Discuss Funding Priorities With Sen. Gillibrand At SUNY Adirondack http://wamc.org/post/leaders-discuss-funding-priorities-sen-gillibrand-suny-adirondack <p>U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited with community leaders in Queensbury, New York, today to hear from local officials their economic development needs.</p><p></p><p>On the campus of SUNY Adirondack, New York’s junior senator met with leaders of the business community and public officials from Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga counties.</p><p>Ed Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, addressed the upcoming closure of General Electric’s capacitor manufacturing plant in Fort Edward…</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:22:25 +0000 Lucas Willard 88356 at http://wamc.org Leaders Discuss Funding Priorities With Sen. Gillibrand At SUNY Adirondack Event Raises Awareness Of Public Services http://wamc.org/post/event-raises-awareness-public-services <p>Representatives of more than 100 social service agencies in upstate New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to raise awareness of available public services.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>At the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council celebrated its Annual Interagency Awareness Day.</p><p>A.C. Riley, President of EOC, said the event offers social service agencies from all sectors including healthcare, housing, and homelessness prevention visibility, and allows members of the public to become more involved with their communities.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:53:18 +0000 Lucas Willard 88352 at http://wamc.org Event Raises Awareness Of Public Services Albany Law School Introducing New Program On Racing, Equine And Gaming Law http://wamc.org/post/albany-law-school-introducing-new-program-racing-equine-and-gaming-law <p></p><p>Beginning in September Albany law school is launching a new concentration in equine, racing, and gaming law. The program is being introduced as states including New York and Massachusetts are expanding casino gaming.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:07:23 +0000 Lucas Willard 88103 at http://wamc.org Albany Law School Introducing New Program On Racing, Equine And Gaming Law Union Defeats Minnesota For NCAA Hockey Title http://wamc.org/post/union-defeats-minnesota-ncaa-hockey-title-0 <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;"><font color="red">Union</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">College</font> has won its first NCAA hockey title by scoring three times during a 1:54 span in the first period of a 7-4 victory over Minnesota.</span></p><p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The Gophers led 2-1 until Mike Vecchione, Eli Lichtenwald and Daniel Ciampini scored for the Dutchman.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Colin Stevens made 36 saves for <font color="red">Union</font>, which finishes the season 32-6-4.</span></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:17:38 +0000 Lucas Willard 88096 at http://wamc.org Union Defeats Minnesota For NCAA Hockey Title Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues http://wamc.org/post/capital-region-mayors-discuss-housing-issues <p>Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.</p><p>The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities &amp; Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:15:43 +0000 Lucas Willard 88016 at http://wamc.org Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues