McCoy announces green initiatives alongside signing bill, looks to expand ban past chains
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed the Food Service Waste Reduction Act into law Thursday, Dec. 12, at Bethlehem Town Hall flanked by local officials. The law bans polystyrene foam food containers and requires such businesses using disposable food service ware to use a “suitable, alternative product” that is compostable or biodegradable.
McCoy holds public hearing on proposed law, most residents urge approval
Leading supermarket chains voiced qualms over the Albany County Legislature’s recently adopted Food Service Waste Reduction Act, but not over the most contentious proposal banning Styrofoam containers.
Village and service company near agreement after sheriff intervenes
Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service members and village officials have locked horns for months over contract differences, but in recent talks, the atmosphere has become surprisingly civil as next year’s agreement deadline nears.
Town Board adopts spending plan raising taxes 1.7 percent, reserves tapped for $334k
The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, Nov. 13, unanimously adopted next year’s budget totaling almost $7.16 million and holds an overall property tax levy increase of 1.7 percent.
Albany County Legislature makes decision amidst community support, industry outcry
The Albany County Legislature on Tuesday, Nov. 12, approved the Food Service Waste Reduction Act by a vote of 24-12, which prohibits usage of polystyrene foam containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, at chain food service businesses. The ban will be effective in six months.
Former deputy exec now information officer; drug case still pending in court
Former Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn returned to work with the county last week after taking a nearly two month leave of absence following her arrest on drug possession charges.
Spending plan holds tax decrease, expenses and budgeted revenues increasing
The Guilderland Town Board held a public hearing on its proposed 2014 budget Thursday, Nov. 7, but no residents shared any remarks on the spending plan. Following the lackluster hearing, the board unanimously approved the budget.
Democrats sweep town races, Runion reelected to eighth term as supervisor
Guilderland Republicans presented a full slate of candidates for the first time in a decade, but failed to pick up any seats against Democrat incumbents and newcomers.
Results from the Albany County Board of Elections.
A scheduled forum involving candidates for local office in the Town of Guilderland was called off at the last minute when Democrats said the date and time was not amicable, nearly one month after invitations were first sent.
Insiders say GOP regrouping this year, plans to come out swinging in 2015
The New Scotland Republican Committee offered no candidates for town offices this year. Any voter who is disillusioned with incumbents or with how the town has been governed will likely have to wait another two years.
Grimm says budget layout less transparent, Runion argues opposite
Guilderland's revised preliminary budget for next year calls for a property tax levy decrease of around 1.35 percent, or $153,000, for a total of $11.1 million in tax revenues.
Supervisor offers $7.2M spending plan tapping $332k from fund balance
Town Supervisor Tom Dolin filed a 2014 Tentative Budget calling for a 1.66 percent property tax levy increase. Expenditures between the town’s four main funds would increase by around $24,500.
A series of candidate forums are approaching that are sponsored by The Spotlight, the League of Women Voters of Albany County and other local partners.
Proposal would fund county nursing home only to June 2014, planning on LDC takeover
McCoy released his 2014 Executive Budget to county legislators on Tuesday, Oct. 8, which proposes a 1.6 percent tax levy increase and appropriations totaling more than $574 million. The budget includes a three-year financial plan to bolster general fund reserves.
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