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Capital Region News
6:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Medal Of Honor Campaign Advances For Albany WWI Hero

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The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow the president to consider awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson, a World War I hero from upstate New York.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the bill's co-sponsor, says Friday that his measure passed unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the House for a vote. If approved, the legislation goes to the president for consideration.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month recommended awarding Johnson the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.

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4:39 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Trot Training Challenge Set to Launch

Organizers of the region’s largest turkey trot are launching a "Trot Training Challenge" to prepare novice and experienced runners for any of the six upstate New York turkey trots held Thanksgiving morning.

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2:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Retired Albany Police Chief John Dale Dead At 80

John Dale was the Albany Police department's first black sergeant and lieutenant.

He became a detective and a supervisor, serving as Chief from 1989 to 1995. The Korean War combat veteran joined the force in 1958 as a ptrol officer and worked his way to the top. Albany activist Alice Green tells the Times Union Dale was well-liked and always cordial, even when they disagreed, and was often called upon to be a liaison between police and the city's black community. He received many awards for his police work and for his commitment to community. John Dale was 80.

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4:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Charter School In Albany - Public Comments Sought

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The charter school business is booming in New York's Capital City, with 2,200 students are enrolled in nine publicly financed, privately operated charter schools in Albany. Five charter schools have filed applications that will be up for public comment Thursday.

The City School District of Albany has scheduled a public hearing Thursday at William S. Hackett Middle School at 6 p.m. to hear public comment on the applications, including one proposal that would create a new 400-student charter elementary school in Albany.

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4:49 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Casino Rezoning Hearing Set

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A rezoning hearing has been scheduled for the proposed Capital View Casino and Resort in East Greenbush. 

Developer Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Churchill Downs, are looking to create a planned development district for the proposed gambling venue on Thompson Hill Road. The Times Union reports the 152-acre parcel currently is zoned residential buffer. 

A hearing has been set 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the American Legion Hall on Columbia Turnpike.

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5:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Tobacco Ban Proposal Vetoed

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has vetoed a proposed law that would have prohibited the sale of tobacco products in licensed health care institutions, pharmacies and retail establishments containing a pharmacy in Albany County -  this isn't the end of the line for local anti-tobacco legislation.

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3:27 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

CDTA Gets First TIGER Award For Capital Region

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The Capital District Transportation Authority is getting $15 million in federal funding to replace its outdated dispatch and vehicle communication system with new state-of-the-art equipment.

The announcement was made by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.  Congressman Paul Tonko  provided a letter of support for the grant:   "Anytime we can improve the CDTA services and impact the ridership favorably, and strive and achieve greater efficiencies, that is welcome news, and we're doing it without relying on state or local revenues."

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3:59 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Fall Jobs Outlook Bright For Albany Area

Although U.S. businesses added fewer jobs than expected in August,  one expert says the fall jobs outlook for the Albany area is promising.

Reflecting the August lull in the national market, Capital Region weekly job postings were 1821 compared to 2480 the week before. NextAct of Colonie's Dan Moran believes the market is about to get more competitive

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3:53 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Albany Mayor, Dems Support Walsh Delegates

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan today endorsed judicial delegates supporting Family Court Judge Margaret “Peggy” Walsh for state Supreme Court over the party-backed candidate, county legislator Justin Corcoran.

There is much at stake in the judicial delegates race in Tuesday’s primary: a 14-year term on the Supreme Court in the 3rd Judicial District, covering Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Sullivan and Schoharie counties.

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1:32 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

College Of Saint Rose Adjuncts To Vote On Unionizing

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Unhappy with what they say is low pay and inconsistent scheduling, more than 300 College of Saint Rose adjunct professors are preparing to get out the vote in their upcoming union election.

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