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Number of bids sparse for New Salem water project

New Scotland fails to draw bids for one contract, evaluating options

Little interest was drawn for contracts to construct the New Salem Water District, with one of the three contracts not receiving a single bidder.

Inaction irks developer

New Scotland Board mulls water lines for residential subdivision

Patience is running dry for a developer seeking a residential subdivision, with water infrastructure remaining a sticking point for town officials.

Albany County set to limit tobacco sales

Legislature passes ban on sales at pharmacies; McCoy to hold public hearing

Refilling your prescription medication and stocking up on cigarettes could require two separate stops a year from now.

Can a law mend fences?

Neighbor complaints lead Voorheesville to draft changes to front-yard regulations

Voorheesville officials said several complaints about one home’s front yard fence spurred a local law to tackle the problem.

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Oil trains ignite more opposition

McCoy wants Ezra Prentice residents moved away from rail line

As the smell of oil permeated the air and the rumble of oil trains being jerked into motion echoed in the background, residents of public housing in Albany gathered to hear officials ask for more regulations of the transportation of volatile oil.

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Veterans push Albany County legislators on housing plan

Democrats draft last-minute amendment to clear step for Solider On project

Dozens of veterans spoke out against Democratic legislators proposing to stall Solider On’s housing project, which spurred a last-minute amendment to clear a procedural step.

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Fowl are fair game in Guilderland

Zoning board precedent allows pet chickens, Town Board to weigh zoning revisions

Seeking to keep chickens on residential property in Guilderland will typically be much less of a public appeal — at least until any changes are made to the town code.

Court strikes down Albany County's cyberbullying law

State’s highest court rules statute unconstitutional, McCoy seeking new bill

The state Court of Appeals struck down the county’s cyberbullying law in a 5-2 decision Monday, July 1, with the majority ruling the statute as written was too broad and violated the First Amendment. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vowed to work with legislators to draft a new law.

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Third time’s a charm for Jerry’s law

State legislature passes bill spurred by Voorheesville teen’s suicide

Three years after Jerry Clark’s grandmother began lobbying lawmakers to protect other families from the tragedy her family faced, state legislators approved a revised version of her bill.

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Bethlehem, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school districts to collect own taxes

Bethlehem passes responsibility back to district officials

In a move to help Bethlehem residents save money, the town will no longer be collecting taxes on behalf of two local school districts.

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DOT cautious of Cumberland Farms plan

Guilderland Planning Board recommendation looms; site plan revised

Guilderland planners’ concerns over traffic impacts of a proposed Cumberland Farms at a busy intersection were not relieved after hearing a state official’s comments.

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Nugget of hope for chicken enthusiasts

Guilderland ZBA’s prior rulings could create pathway for fowl pets

Chickens could become a less public proposal in Guilderland if zoning board members determine past rulings set a precedent, despite prior claims against such ever being set.

Kenwood Avenue will get a new surface

Infusion of state money to fix one of Bethlehem’s pothole-plagued roadways

Bethlehem’s pothole problems along one particularly bumpy stretch will soon be fixed following an influx of cash from the state.

Easements could offer tax relief

Legislation that helps preserve open space awaits governor’s signature

The Town of Bethlehem is a step closer to providing tax exemptions on open space after the state legislature passed a measure to allow conservation easements for landowners.

Albany County neuters unscrupulous pet dealers

Legislature adopts law strengthening state regulations, seller voices concern

Fido would likely be wagging his tail if he knew stricter laws were recently adopted to protect his four-legged brethren in Albany County.

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