The Albany Convention Center Authority was created in 2004. Now, a decade later, the Albany Convention Center plan is headed toward fruition. The idea for building an Albany Convention Center has been floating around for more than a decade, seeded in outgoing Mayor Jerry Jenning's "Capitalize Albany" plan.
Due to the shorter holiday shopping season, The Schenectady Salvation Army is more than $20,000 behind in red kettle donations – and also in toy donations that it begins distributing next week to hundreds of families. Kettle donations are down across the Capital Region, according to Major Michael Himes of the Schenectady Corps.
The Schenectady Salvation Army is scheduled to begin donating toys to more than 200 children on Tuesday – and Himes is concerned they won’t have enough. Toy donations can be dropped off at the Schenectady Corps, 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady, NY.
Albany Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan has been elected as the next chair for the Capital District Transportation Committee.
The CDTC handles federal transportation funding and programming for Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties. The agency nominated Sheehan last month and unanimously elected her as chairperson at the CDTC’s Policy Committee meeting on Dec. 5th.
The Committee meets regularly to develop the region’s Transportation Improvement Program and New Visions long-range transportation plan.
A former inmate and a former corrections worker will get together tonight in Albany to talk about their shared experience behind bars. In 1973, New York Legislators enacted statutes that created mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life for possession of four ounces of narcotics—a comparable sentence to second-degree murder. Those statutes became known as the Rockefeller Drug Laws and they prompted an unprecedented expansion of New York’s courts and prison system. Rockefeller’s hard-line approach set the tone for the nation’s “war on drugs.”
NSA surveillance evidence leaked by Edward Snowden could play a role in finding justice for two Albany Muslims nabbed in a FBI "terrorism" sting nine years ago.
You may recall Yassin Aref, the Albany imam convicted of material support for terrorism along with pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain following a massive FBI sting in 2004 that created international headlines.