After oil train explosions made headlines on several occasions, residents in communities along the Hudson River became aware of the grave dangers in the day-to-day transporting of crude oil by rail. Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a crude oil training drill Wednesday.
Government officials and residents of Albany's South End neighborhoods have expressed concern about potential impacts related to crude oil transport and facilities in the area. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is rolling out an air sampling plan to screen for specific pollutants in the community.
Aside from worries over spills or derailments that could result in untold ecological harm and potential civil disaster, strange odors occasionally waft through downtown Albany neighborhoods, a constant reminder that oil trains are parked nearby.
The same week as an international firestorm over racist comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the question of what people can and cannot say — and where potentially offensive conversations take place — is echoing closer to home. The Albany City School District dismissed an employee after she re-tweeted a viral tweet on her personal account.
After a series of shootings, residents of Troy are being assured they'll be safe this weekend.
Officials in Troy invite you to come downtown over the weekend. There will be more police presence and visibility, especially around the vicinity of 4th and Congress streets, near Kokopellis nightclub, the scene of a January melee, and home to Gino's Pizza, where a gunman sprayed five customers with shots during the wee hours this past Sunday. The victims all survived, and police aim to reassure citizens it's safe to visit the Collar City.
Over the weekend, Americans observed the eighth annual "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day," an initiative to educate citizens about the potential abuse of medications that may be found around the home. Residents are being encouraged to make the one-day drive an everyday occurrence.