WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Founded more than twenty years ago, Family Promise says its mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. The group has landed in Albany and has great plans for needy citizens.


A developer hoping to transform a portion Clifton Park’s central commercial district into a mixed-use development is at odds with the town government over a proposed zoning change.

Ever since New York’s nefarious Kinderhook ‘Kingfish’ unleashed the venal voice of political patronage that forever soiled what could have been a proud and venerable national heritage, with the merit-less motto of: “To the winner goes the spoils!”, those engaged in government via politics and pertinent appointments, at state and local levels, have made the concept of ‘You scrub my back and I’ll scrub yours,’ standard operating procedure.  The problem is that not a lot of dirty laundry has come clean, since political practitioners at state and local levels were seemingly seduced by Thomas Je