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2:49 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Greenwich To Vote On Village Dissolution

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On Tuesday voters in the Washington County village of Greenwich will head to the polls to decide whether to dissolve their local government.

The southern Washington County village founded in 1809 is located within the town of Greenwich. A small part of the village lies in neighboring Easton.

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12:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NY Awaits High Court Ruling On Local Fracking Bans

Flashback to 2012: Hein Vs. Brine : County Exec Takes Stand Against Waste Fracking Fluid
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As New York awaits a decision from the state’s highest court on whether communities have the right to use local zoning laws to ban the use of land for oil and gas activities, several local governments in many states are regulating hydraulic fracturing.  Experts from affected states recently briefed reporters on the growing trend of community control over fracking.

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New York News
6:03 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Saratoga Springs Police Release More Documents Related To Mount Case

Public Safety Commissioner Chris Matthiesen
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The Saratoga Springs Police Department has released more photographs, video, and other documents related to the events last summer that led to the death of a Malta man in May of this year, but the family of the victim is still looking for more information. 

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4:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Sponsor of the medical marijuana bill Diane Savino
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After a lengthy debate of several hours, the medical marijuana bill was approved in the Senate, and now goes to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he'll sign it.   

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3:47 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

NY AG Schneiderman: Google And Microsoft Phones Will Ship With Kill Switch Technology

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Apple added what’s known as a "kill switch" to iPhones last September. Authorities say that has sharply reduced robberies and thefts of the popular smartphone. Now, Microsoft and Google will a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems.

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3:03 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New York State Senate Passes Medical Marijuana

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New York will permit medical marijuana for some patients, now that the legislature has approved the measure. But the lengthy debate in the State Senate included some objections.

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New York News
2:48 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

As Lawmakers Leave Albany, Some Items Unfinished

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business on the table Friday.

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12:58 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Hard Rock International Joins Rensselaer Casino Plan

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sign outside gaming complex in Macao
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Hard Rock Cafe has dropped into the competition for a regional casino on a 24-acre site along the banks of the Hudson River.

De Laet's Landing in the city of Rensselaer is where Hard Rock International, with partners David Flaum and Capital Region OTB, would like to site a $150 to $200 million gambling resort. Earlier this month, the common council voted 6 to 1 approving the casino project. Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer:  "That name is going to draw a lot of people." 

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New York News
11:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Officials Seek Study Of Expanding Saratoga & North Creek Railway

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Economic Development officials in Warren County are requesting funding to conduct a feasibility study to expand regional short-line rail service.

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8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Rensselaer Casino Announced By Hard Rock International

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Area media are reporting that Hard Rock International unveiled plans on Thursday for a casino and hotel in the city of Rensselaer. The company known for its popular Hard Rock Café, has sited the $200 million project on 24 acres along the Hudson River at De Laet’s landing. If approved, the casino, hotel, and allotted space for parking would garner $5.7 million in revenue for the financially stressed city. Hard Rock chairman and CEO Jim Allen said specific details on the casino project would be revealed after the casino application in filed with the state on June 30th.

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