Capital Region News

Maria Valvanis

A state assemblyman says he's concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town.

Assemblyman James Tedisco says the town of Glenville will be across the Mohawk River from the Rivers Casino and will have to deal with more traffic congestion. Tedisco has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.

Glenville is in Schenectady County, which will get a share of tax revenue from the casino.

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Vultures In Suburbia

Jan 21, 2015

Police in are using noisemakers and Canada geese decoys to scare away vultures lurking in a Capital Region neighborhood.

Neighbors have been complaining for years about the carrion-eating birds skulking on branches and rooftops. The Albany Times-Union reports that more than 30 black vultures have been observed hanging around the Guilderland neighborhood. Neighbors say the birds' smelly droppings are all over their yards and vehicles.

The Watervliet Arsenal is gearing up for 'Boots to Business.'

Spokesman Peter Gannon says the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership is hosting a business bootcamp January 26 th thru 30th, an event designed to  expand the reach of the McNulty Center in 2015:  "We're partnering with the small business development center at Suny Albany. We're gonna be offering a consolidated version of a very popular curriculum called 'Boots to Business' called 'Re-Boot'"

Troy Fire Department

A string of arsons in one Troy neighborhood has residents on edge and authorities on high alert.

MLK Observance In Albany

Jan 19, 2015

  A free public program at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany is scheduled Monday morning to mark the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  

Suzan Johnson Cook, an adviser to President Barack Obama will be keynote speaker at the annual event.


An award will be given to the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, an author and cultural historian who served as King's chief of staff.

  Albany County has cracked a prostitution ring.   Sheriff Craig Apple says ten people – one man and nine women ranging in age from 24-55 – are facing charges of Prostitution as part of a human trafficking case following raids on several unlicensed Asian massage parlors in the town of Colonie.  The arrests were initiated with the intent to help identify victims being exploited as sex workers. Apple plans to offer counseling to help the women, most of whom were from Flushing, NewYork.


The rising global financial tide appears to be brushing the shores of upstate New York's economy.

Gasoline at local pumps is under $2.50 a gallon as global oil prices bottom out. The price of milk is down in some stores. Early in 2015, things appear to be looking bright for people's finances.

A challenger has emerged against the sitting Albany County executive.  Albany School Board Member Dan Egan appears ready to roll against Dan McCoy in a Democratic primary.

Dan McCoy was elected in 2011 as Albany county's fourth executive: the former city firefighter once chaired the legislature, which holds much of the power to run the county. With the September primary nine months away, McCoy embarked on a very early media blitz of television ads over the weekend, which observers see as an indication he's not taking his electability for granted.

Schenectady's planning commission has approved zoning changes that will help pave the way for construction of the new $330 million dollar Rivers Casino project.

The panel met Wednesday night, giving the go-ahead for development by changing rules to allow casino developers to put up buildings as high as 110 feet and 20 square feet of signage at the former Alco site, between Erie Boulevard and the Mohawk River.

111th district assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara:

Albany County

New legislation has been proposed to enact a policy of paid family leave for employees of Albany County. 

The county presently requires employees use accrued time rather than compensate individuals when they take time off following pregnancy or adoption of a child. Albany County Legislator Chris Higgins says in today's economy, taking unpaid time off is a luxury, virtually impossible, regardless of the situation.