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The Schenectady County League of Women Voters is holding a series of forums looking at the importance of agriculture and the future of the family farm.

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A proposal leaked last week by the Associated Press indicating the State University at New York may spin its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany, creating a 65th campus, was addressed by a CNSE official Wednesday. New York has devoted millions of dollars in tax incentives to attract high-tech jobs through the research college center. The proposal was reportedly confirmed by two people familiar with internal discussions at SUNY. The move...

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This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a Mayor. Capital region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Albany's Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer Kathy Sheehan, the first person to launch an official campaign challenging incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings.

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The University at Albany’s community service efforts to improve the quality of life in the Capital Region has earned the institution a place on the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Honor Roll. Officials say that contributing to this national designation was the 39 percent student-service participation rate and three exemplar UAlbany programs including Albany, Hudson, Schenectady and Amsterdam, that address pressing community needs in the areas of minority health care, affordable mental...

The so-called "Skidmore Stalker" has waived extradition and will be returned to Saratoga County. Authorities tell the Albany Times Union that 49-year old Lance Leonard appeared in an Atlantic City courtroom on Wednesday and declared he would not fight his return to New York. He was arrested earlier this month after allegedly threatening a Skidmore College student. The campus was locked down for a time after the threat was received. Police say Leonard has a prior criminal history and suffers...

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A written proposal shows the State University at New York may soon create its 65th campus, spinning its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany. The proposal obtained by The Associated Press is confirmed by two people familiar with the internal discussions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the proposal. It would have to be approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees, Gov....

Director Stricken

Mar 12, 2013
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The founding director of Albany Pro Musica has suffered a major stroke.

Officials with the Albany Pro Musica board say David Griggs-Janower was stricken during surgery on Friday. After speaking with is family, a decision was made to give two performances scheduled for this weekend.

Concerts scheduled beyond this weekend are in question.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup for the 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world. Two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz comes to Saratoga at the end of June. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White says this year's roster of artists is nothing short of electrifying. The jazz festival will be held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing...

Safe streets are the goal of every major city. Albany is no exception, as details begin to surface regarding plans to improve traffic flow while accomodating pedestrians and cyclists. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. Some key streets in the capital city are in for some key makeovers: Madison Avenue is up for change. A new study by the city has determined that re-plotting the number of lanes along a mile-and-a-half stretch of Madison Avenue between South Allen and Lark streets...

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Business and energy industry leaders have gathered in Troy for the two-day "Capture the Energy" conference. Frank Murray is President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - NYSERDA helped sponsor the event, organized by New York Best, a consortium of government, academia and private industry focused on developing the energy storage industry in New York State. Michael Field is with the Raymond Corporation in Green, New York just North of Binghamton. He says with...

Residents in one Columbia County community have had it with wind turbines: neighbors along Carson Road on Winchell Mountain in Ancram say they've been awakened in the middle of the night by noises as loud as foghorns or hovering helicopters, so intense that the windows in their houses rattle.
The Columbia Paper reports that the Town Board has been fielding complaints about the racket since August. In February the board voted to begin the process of revoking the permits based on...

Police on Monday arrested a man who took a concealed gun into the Doane Stuart School. A Hudson resident was arrested after school officials at Doane Stuart noticed he was carrying a gun. The Albany Times-Union reports 44-year old Pierre Jeune has a child who attends the private school and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He was in the building looking for someone he claimed he had been involved in a "fender bender" with. School officials say he never threatened anyone. Police were...

This afternoon Albany Academy launched a 15-month bicentennial celebration. The symbolic chiming of the clock tower bells, rung for the first time in 84 years, commemorated the beginning of a third century of education at the Albany Academies. Students, parents, faculty and alumni gathered at the Boy's School Front Circle to mark the 200th anniversary. The Boy's Academy opened in 1813, followed a year later by the girls' school - the two have produced leaders on local, national and...

Looking for something to do today? A Cinderella story of sorts is taking place this weekend in the Catskills. Like the fabled pumpkin turned into a coach, a vacant Main Street storefront in Catskill has been temporarily transformed into an old-time cinema. Visitors to the third Annual Catskill Film and Video Festival are greeted by the aroma generated throughout the old Union Mills building by an antique popcorn machine. Showings are being held from noon to 6pm. The film festival is being...

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There's trouble ahead for a local Housing authority. It's been criticized in the past for poor financial practices. Audited by the State Comptroller's office last year, The Saratoga Springs Housing Authority may have to start from scratch: The Saratogian reports that City Accounts Commissioner John Franck is asking Mayor Scott Johnson to dismiss all sitting board members and begin again with a clean slate. Toward accomplishing that goal, Franck drafted a four page resolution which he plans to...

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The new president of the University at Albany is appealing to Capital Region business and community leaders to support a new five-year funding plan. President Robert Jones presented a plan that calls for $293 million over five years for critically important capital improvements, renovations, and upgrades to the university’s aging campus facilities, spanning more than 5.8 million square feet. He says the revitalization and renewal plan will preserve the university’s existing infrastructure...

New statistics released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that from June 2011 to June 2012 Saratoga County experienced the largest employment growth in New York State at 3.1 percent, with strong job growth in manufacturing and leisure and hospitality. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Alan Grattidge for his reaction to the positive numbers

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Business and political leaders met today in Schenectady to discuss the economic impact of long standing small businesses to the Eastern New York city …
Officials gathered at one of Schenectady County's oldest businesses, celebrating its 175th anniversary: the law firm now known as Higgins, Roberts and Suprunowicz dates back to the 19th Century - Michael Supronowicz notes the firm first hung out its shingle in 1837. Supronowicz believes the Capital Region is re-defining itself in areas...

More changes may be in store for Capital Region Television viewers. Two local broadcast outlets will soon be under the same roof, pending FCC approval. NewsChannel 13 and MY4 Albany will come together under terms of a "definitive agreement" between WNYT and Venture Technologies Group. WNYT will acquire the broadcast assets of WNYA as well as provide sales services to My4. Officials at WNYT say the deal does NOT include UHF Channel 15, which Venture Technologies plans to "re-purpose". In...

Some call it Albany County's "never-ending story" - the battle that pits the County Executive against the County Legislature. While other New York counties have sold or privatized their nursing homes. Albany County's Nursing Home and what to do about it has just about everyone frustrated. It's been the topic of debate - argued about for 23 years or more – with no resolution in sight. County Executive Dan McCoy is waiting for the County Legislature to approve a $400,000 per year lease...

A popular Albany public school official is on leave, without explanation. Officials with the Albany city school district say New Scotland Elementary School principal Gregory Jones has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. There was no explanation, no communication to parents regarding what has been termed an "unusual suspension". District spokesman Ron Lesko responded to emails about Jones' suspension with a simple "I cannot comment any further as that is a personnel...

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Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville — the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York. Irene wrecked 21 properties in downtown Prattsville . Brian Young is head of Young's General Store on Washington Street... the Prattsville Agway has been a fixture in town for over 54 years. 75 percent of the building had...

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old old woman has been charged with beating her 8-year-old grandson repeatedly over a prolonged period, eventually leading to his death. Gloria Nelligan of Schenectady was arraigned in city court on a manslaughter charge Monday and ordered held without bail. Police say Sha'hiim Nelligan was found unresponsive by family members in their Schenectady home Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Gloria Nelligan was his legal...

SARATOGA SPRINGS , N.Y. (AP) — The men's soccer team at an upstate New York college has had its spring season cancelled after school officials said players were involved in hazing during a party last November. Officials at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs announced Thursday that 24 players and four other students were disciplined for participating in an initiation known as "rookie night." Details of the hazing haven't been released. Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach says the college's...

Despite what you hear about recovery, you see indicators: gas back over 4 dollars a gallon. Many Americans still struggling to put food on the table unable to secure home and auto loans. Those tight lending practices apparently have trickled up to municipalities: the Daily Gazette reports the city of Schenectady failed a credit check for a loan to purchase eight new police cruisers and two vans for use in detective work. City officials tell the paper they found another lender that takes ...

Police in the city of Troy may soon get a bit of "enforcement assistance" with a new local law that supporters say would help control crime. Troy's City Council has been discussing creating a registration program for parolees that would require individuals fresh out of prison who take up residence in town to register with the Chief of Police. Councilwoman Nina Nichols chairs Troy's Public Safety Committee - she says registration would offer a valuable tactical tool the police department could...

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Albany, wrapping up the historic document's tour of New York state. The two-day exhibit opened Friday in the War Room on the second floor of the state Capitol. It features the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln's handwriting. The display also includes historical background and interpretation of the document, which was issued by Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862. The final Emancipation...

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Television viewers in the Albany area may have been checking to see if they were on the right channel as familiar local news personalities began showing up on other stations. Two Capital Region TV stations have merged their news departments. Amy Cutler is one of WTEN ABC News 10's on-screen reporters now doing double-duty appearing on Fox's WXXA . Viewers got their first hint something was happening in December when Cutler appeared on Fox23 covering the Sandy Hook School Shooting in...

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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Uncle Sam statues will begin popping up this spring in the upstate New York city that lays claim to being the birthplace of the iconic symbol for the United States. Thirty white fiberglass statues depicting a man with a goatee and wearing a tall hat were delivered last week to downtown Troy. Artists will decorate the life-sized statues, which will be installed on Troy streets in April.

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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Capital District college plans to establish a new education center in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in the college's educational leadership program.

Hochsprung, five other educators and 20 children were killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn.
The Sage Colleges has announced that its Esteves School of Education is creating the Dawn Hochsprung Center for the...

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