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Capital Region News
8:22 am
Tue December 2, 2014

A Night Of Action On Albany And Troy Budgets

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The Albany Common Council passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s 2015 budget last night. The proposed $176 million budget was approved by an 11-4 margin after some stumbles last week when the Council tabled the vote. The meeting closed a $15 million budget deficit by making more than $5 million in recurring cuts. The mayor’s first budget was approved on deadline day.

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10:38 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Albany Budget Passes

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Tonight, the City of Albany Common Council passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s first city budget, a proposed $176 million budget for 2015.

“This is a fiscally responsible budget that controls taxes, prioritizes public safety, and invests in the future of all our neighborhoods,” Mayor Sheehan said, “and I’d like to thank the Common Council for working together and their overwhelming support of the budget.”

The budget was passed by an 11-4 margin.

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12:03 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Albany, Troy Down To The Wire In Budget Processes

In early October, the mayors of Albany and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals. The road from introduction to enactment has been a rocky one for both municipalities.

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4:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger

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Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.

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3:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Countdown To Coverage' Campaign Kicks Off 2nd Year

A Spanish-language version of the NY State of Health website is now available.
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A second year of "Countdown to Coverage" kicked off in Albany today.  Government and community leaders shared the podium to let area residents and small business owners know they need to enroll in health coverage by February 15th through the New York State of Health Marketplace — and how to get free help to do so.

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12:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Interim Siena President Now Permanent

Brother F. Edward Coughlin meets the press as 11th president of Siena College.
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Siena College has picked its 11th president.  Brother Edward Coughlin, who prefers to be called "Brother Ed," has hit the hallowed Siena grounds just outside Albany running, and believes the timing is "just right."

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12:42 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

College Community Shaken By Student Death

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The University at Albany is mourning the death of Trevor Duffy, a 19-year-old sophomore who died after a drinking binge that may be the result of a fraternity hazing incident.  

Thousands of college students a year drink so much they are hospitalized or even die.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Albany Firefighters Ratify Agreement With Mayor

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Albany Firefighters have overwhelmingly ratified an agreement its leadership negotiated with Mayor Kathy Sheehan that would maintain full-staffing and apparatus, including the South End-based Ladder 1. 

Firefighters Union president Bob Powers says his group worked cooperatively with the city to identify ways to recover costs for critical advance life support services and ensure minimum staffing levels across Albany.

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12:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

School Board Meets Over Niskayuna Principal’s Moonlighting As Sports Agent

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A special board meeting was held last night over the Niskayuna High School principal’s second job as a high-profile sports agent. The story has local residents wondering how he can do both.

Like many Americans, Principal John Rickert has held two jobs for many years, although his are slightly more unusual than most: one as an academic leader, the other as a professional sports agent.  Locals say the Niskayuna School District was aware of this and school board members would never address it, citing rules of privacy.

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4:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Global Partner's Community Meeting Tonight In Albany

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Another community public information session to discuss Global Partners’ application to modify its existing air permit is being held tonight in Albany.

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