• Albany leaders back chief's absence from city amid violence

    Albany leaders back chief's absence from city amid violence
    ALBANY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Monday strongly defended Police Chief Eric Hawkins’ absence from the city during Saturday night’s rioting, saying the chief was at a “previously scheduled out of town event” and worked remotely.“He was gone before the protest was even scheduled. He has been out of town,” the mayor said in a news conference in City Hall. “He was working from a remote location but he did not return from his trip – nor did I ask h
  • Podcast: How a wooden phallus became the symbol of a Wilton man's fight with the town

    Podcast: How a wooden phallus became the symbol of a Wilton man's fight with the town
    Reporter Wendy Liberatore spares no detail in recounting the saga of a 7-foot pine penis sculpture that became the center of a Saratoga county squabble.Also in this episode, education reporter Rachel Silberstein talks about high school graduation ceremonies taking place in the region, and how some districts may not be following the rules.And real estate reporter Leigh Hornbeck takes us inside one of the region's most interesting buildings, the ornate Ballston Spa Village Hall.
  • Jason Gough's forecast: Scattered showers could lead to severe weather

    Jason Gough's forecast: Scattered showers could lead to severe weather
    An uninvited and "unforecasted" cluster of storms decided to fire up and spread south yesterday afternoon, throwing a lot of lightning and directing its wind to bring down some trees.
    While some may have been sticking pins in little Jason Gough dolls, I was doing my best George Carlin impression, adding more words to his "7 you can't say on television". Those environments can be tough to forecast, but that's of no consolation. I hate it when that happens.
    The forecast going forward will be bette
  • Two primary winners emerge in Albany area

    Two primary winners emerge in Albany area
    First Ward Councilwoman Sonia Frederick won her first primary election campaign after being appointed to her seat last December.
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  • Siena's Brendan White stays confident amid minor league uncertainty

    Siena's Brendan White stays confident amid minor league uncertainty
    White, a 26th-round pick of the Detroit Tigers last year, is still in the game and plans on being around for a while.
  • Absent students key group for Capital Region census count

    Absent students key group for Capital Region census count
    ALBANY – When the coronavirus pandemic forced college students to head home in March leaving UAlbany’s uptown and downtown dorms as well as those at other Capital Region campuses empty will have a strong presence when the 2020 Census is tallied.Students, prisoners, nursing home residents and others living in group living quarters make up as much as 10 percent of local cities’ population.  They’re not the traditional resident neighbors think about when they consider w
  • Ex-Saratoga sheriff deputy faces additional charge for alleged child sex assault

    Ex-Saratoga sheriff deputy faces additional charge for alleged child sex assault
    A former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy is facing an additional felony charge as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted two girls under the age of 13.
  • Ex-Saratoga deputy faces additional charge for alleged child sex assault

    Ex-Saratoga deputy faces additional charge for alleged child sex assault
    A former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy is facing an additional felony charge as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted two girls under the age of 13.
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  • Stewart's brings back Civility ice cream

    Stewart's brings back Civility ice cream
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stewart’s Shops said Thursday it will bring  back  its Civility ice cream. The company said, "with a world divided, Stewart’s Shops thought everyone could use a scoop of Civility."Stewart’s Shops president Gary Dake said, “Nice people really do make people nicer," said Stewart's President Gary Dake. "In these uncertain times, we are encouraging everyone to be more respectful, courteous and kind to one another. A scoop of Civility ice cre
  • New York has collected 6k air-travel surveys but many ignoring request for info

    New York has collected 6k air-travel surveys but many ignoring request for info
    The state Department of Health on Thursday said government workers had collected more than 6,600 questionnaires from travelers who have landed at New York airports in the four days since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had imposed a 14-day quarantine for people entering New York from states with high rates of coronavirus infections.But the effort to monitor the travelers and mandate compliance has not been seamless, with thousands of travelers declining to fill out the forms and at least one airline &mdash
  • New York state to open pools for July 4 weekend

    New York state to open pools for July 4 weekend
    New York state's public pools will open over the upcoming July 4 weekend, the governor's office announced.The pools will be opened under the conventional scheduled observed in the past by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, but social distancing rules will limit the number of people allowed in the pools.Visitors will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines and sign-in with contact information in case health workers needed to trace contacts if any bathers beco
  • New health care manufacturer, Hometa, comes to Albany

    New health care manufacturer, Hometa, comes to Albany
    The subsidiary of a major Mexican health care manufacturer has chosen the Capital Region to open a new plant building medical  devices such as intravenous tubes, anti-microbial products and syringes.
  • Schenectady citing some for fireworks violations

    Schenectady citing some for fireworks violations
    SCHENECTADY - Amid mounting public pressure to crackdown on illegal fireworks, the city earlier this week prosecuted a person for the first time this summer for igniting illegal fireworks in public in violation of the city code.City Attorney Andrew Koldin said Jason Starks was arraigned Wednesday in City Court for not having the required permit to discharge fireworks in public, which the defendant subsequently pleaded guilty to, agreeing to pay a $200 fine to resolve the matter.
  • Iroquois Museum outdoor exhibit explores stereotypes

    Iroquois Museum outdoor exhibit explores stereotypes
    HOWES CAVE — For well more than a century, pop-culture representations of Native Americans have almost always been stereotypes. The savage warrior and the inscrutable pipe-smoker of the 19th century gave way to to the viciousness of mid-20th-century depictions of alcoholism, and today we Native Americans portrayed as shamans or nouveau riche, rolling in money from casinos and tax-free cigarettes. The Iroquois Indian Museum explores the limited roles given to Native Americans, who hail from
  • Reformer groups call for end to Cuomo's executive power

    ALBANY - Reformer groups have joined the calls to end Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive power given to him to respond to the global public health crisis.A letter penned Wednesday to Cuomo and state legislative leaders by Common Cause New York, NYPIRG, the League of Women Voters of New York and Reinvent Albany calls for the Legislature to pull back on Cuomo’s expanded power and restore the balance of power.
  • Widower of Pittstown poisoning victim accused of beating man with hammer

    Widower of Pittstown poisoning victim accused of beating man with hammer
    PITTSTOWN — The husband of a woman who died with rat poison in her system has been charged for allegedly beating another man with a hammer.No one has ever been charged in connection with the death of Megan Dyer-MacLean, whose body was found June 4, 2018 on an old railroad bed behind her Johnsonville home. But the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office said that while detectives investigated Dyer-MacLean's death they learned that Duncan McLean, 36, attacked another man with a hammer in the year
  • Widow of Pittstown poisoning victim accused of beating man with hammer

    Widow of Pittstown poisoning victim accused of beating man with hammer
    PITTSTOWN — The husband of a woman who died with rat poison in her system is under arrest - for allegedly beating another man with a hammer.No one has ever been charged with killing Megan Dyer-MacLean, whose body was found June 4, 2018, on an old railroad bed behind her Johnsonville home. But the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office said that while detectives investigated Dyer-MacLean's death they learned that Duncan McLean, 36, attacked another man with a hammer the prev
  • Two Albany County restaurants close after employees test positive for coronavirus

    Two Albany County restaurants close after employees test positive for coronavirus
    The Albany County Health Department announced Thursday that two local restaurants have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The Philly Bar and Lounge in Latham and Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse on Central Avenue in Albany each had three employees test positive for the virus.Two of the three Philly Bar employees live in Albany County and one lives in Rensselaer County, the department said. Two of the three Delmonico's employees live in
  • Latham restaurant closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

    Latham restaurant closed after employees test positive for COVID-19
    The Albany County Department of Health has temporarily shut down a Latham restaurant after three employees tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Thursday.Two of the three employees associated with Philly Bar and Lounge are residents of Albany County and one is a resident of Rensselaer County. The state Department of Health will hold onsite testing for other employees Friday, and the restaurant will remain closed until all of the test results come back, Albany County officia
  • Court upholds abortion-related ruling against Catholic Church

    Court upholds abortion-related ruling against Catholic Church
    ALBANY – The region's mid-level appeals court on Thursday unanimously rejected the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany’s effort to challenge a state regulation that requires health insurers to cover medically necessary abortions.In a 5-0 decision, the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court's Third Department in Albany upheld a January 2019 ruling by state Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally, who determined that insurance policies that provide hospital, surgical or medical expense c
  • Mysterious landlord groups push money to Democrats

    Mysterious landlord groups push money to Democrats
    After struggling to gain influence in a state Legislature wholly controlled by Democrats, New York City’s real estate industry engaged in quiet but significant outside spending to influence two tightly contested Democratic state Senate primaries last week.Three outside groups funded by major New York City landlords spent $375,000. The two groups that were new this year – called “Fight Back Long Island” and “Hudson Valley Voters for Change” – disclosed li
  • McCoy says Clyne should wear mask

    McCoy says Clyne should wear mask
    ALBANY - County Executive Dan McCoy said he believed Democratic Election Commissioner Matt Clyne should be wearing a mask while absentee ballots are being counted this week.“For the safety of Board of Election workers and people who are down there doing the count, he should have one on or excuse himself and let someone else do it,” McCoy said.
  • Social media accounts flag disturbing incidents at Capital Region schools, colleges

    Social media accounts flag disturbing incidents at Capital Region schools, colleges
    Within the first 48 hours of its launch, more than 300 stories poured into an Instagram account called "MeTooBethlehem" .Current and former students of the Bethlehem school system submitted their experiences with sexual violence and discrimination on and off school grounds through an anonymous Google form, which were then posted to the social media site. Nearly 200 of those stories have been posted publicly, chilling descriptions that range from students who released "nudes" of other students, t
  • State Parks launch mobile app for visitors

    State Parks launch mobile app for visitors
    ALBANY — Information  on the state's parks and historic sites is available in a new app from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The app, free from Google or Apple, includes "directions, hours, amenities, fees and rates, trail maps, helpful know-before-you-go details, and the ability to receive important updates and alerts," according to the Thursday's announcement.
  • Albany pools open Friday

    Albany pools open Friday
    ALBANY - Three of the city's swimming pools will open at noon on Friday, city officials said. All three will have restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Ilion's Remington Arms is nearing bankruptcy

    Ilion's Remington Arms is nearing bankruptcy
    Remington Arms Co., which employs about 1,000 people in the Herkimer County village of Ilion and is the nation’s oldest gun maker is said to be close to filing for bankruptcy.
  • Schenectady Light Opera cancels 2020-2021 season

    Schenectady Light Opera cancels 2020-2021 season
    The Schenectady Light Opera Company is cancelling the entirety of the 2020-2021 season, the theater company's board of directors announced late Wednesday.
  • Troy man accused of May stabbing

    Troy man accused of May stabbing
    TROY – A 40-year-old city man has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in a May 17 stabbing, city police said Thursday.
  • Shopportunist: Money-saving road trip tips

    Shopportunist: Money-saving road trip tips
    AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips. A vast majority of those looking to escape and social distance elsewhere will ramble by road, marking the return of what AAA says is the Great American Road Trip.
  • Unemployment, initial jobless claims fall

    Unemployment, initial jobless claims fall
    The nation's unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent in June from 13.3 percent in May, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday.In a separate report, initial claims for unemployment showed little improvement, falling 55,000 during the week ending June 27 to 1,427,000, from the previous week's 1,482,000, which had been revised upward by 2,000.

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