County executive focuses on nursing home, veterans, heroin scourge initiatives
County Executive Dan McCoy recently delivered his fourth State of the County address, which emphasized last year’s accomplishments and introduced new initiatives for his administration.
Cuomo unveils education reforms tied to funding increase; state aid runs absent
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed several initiatives targeting K-12 education during his joint 2015 State of the State address and budget presentation Wednesday, Jan. 21. Cuomo offered increasing funding to school districts statewide by $1.1 billion, but only if all of his education reforms are enacted.
There was plenty to speak about in 2014
A look back at the year that was in the towns of Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland.
Public hearing to be held on contentious downsize, some question timing
The Albany County Legislature voted 22-14 in favor of holding a public hearing Monday, Dec. 29, at 7:15 p.m., on amending the county charter to reduce the amount of legislators from 39 to 29 members.
Lawmakers approve ban on children’s products with known carcinogens
The Albany County Legislature on Monday, Dec. 8, voted 34-4 to approve Local Law J, known as the Toxic-Free Toys Act. The new law would ban the sale of children’s products containing benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium and cobalt within the county.
Albany County Legislative Chairman Shawn Morse and Democratic Majority Leader Frank Commisso introduced a local law Thursday night, Dec. 4, during a Democratic caucus. The legislature will set the date for a public hearing on the proposal at its meeting Monday night.
Report: A dozen toxic toys sold in county, call for local legislation
The Albany County Legislature held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 25, on its proposed Toxic-Free Toys Act, which would allow the county health commissioner to inspect merchandise sold in stores and issue fines for toys found to have dangerous levels of, or banned, chemicals.
Spending plan holds 1.94 percent property levy tax increase
Town Board members adopted next year’s budget totaling almost $7.23 million, which stays within the tax cap while tapping about $70,000 less from fund balances.
Adopted spending plan unchanged from preliminary, no public comments
Guilderland Town Board members on Thursday, Nov. 6, unanimously approved next year’s budget holding a property tax levy increase of 1.5 percent. The adopted 2015 spending plan totals $33.32 million.
GOP captures four of the 46th Senate District’s five counties
Amedore, R-Rotterdam, defeated incumbent Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, following a heated rematch for the Senate seat Tkaczyk had won two years ago by a little more than a dozen votes.
Democrat incumbents Fahy, Breslin reelected to state legislature
Democrat incumbent Phil Steck was reelected to the 110th Assembly District with 59 percent of the votes after residents went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, according to unofficial election results.
Democrat easily sweeps to his fourth two-year term
Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, was elected to his fourth two-year term after election results on Tuesday night, Nov. 4, grew to an insurmountable lead that Jim Fischer, R-Ballston Spa was unable to overcome.
Fahy touts her experience; Calhoun calls for citizen involvement
After both candidates ran unopposed in this year’s primary, Republican Jesse Calhoun will take on incumbent Democrat Patricia Fahy for the 109th Assembly District seat.
Candidates for 20th Congressional District meet at forum, lay out vision for country
Job creation and growing the economy are crucial issues for residents of the 20th Congressional District, according to both candidates. However, they share diverging opinions on how to achieve those goals.
Funds to help pay for employee time; discourage too many races on town roads
Organizers who hold road races within the town will now be charged a fee after town officials opted to end the practice of allowing police officers to work overtime to cover private events.
- Watch Cuomo's 2015 State of the State address
- State of the Fiscal Condition of Albany County [video]
- Proposed pet sellers and breeders local law
- NYS YMCAs to hold advocacy day at Capitol on May 7
- State Police arrest 59 protestors at Capitol
- Telephonic 'town hall' on economic development set for Feb. 28
- Watch the NYSOS14 address; Cuomo transcript and presentation
- [STORIFY] Cuomo's 2014 State of the State
- New Scotland 2014 Adopted Budget
- 2014 Albany County Executive Budget
- Bethlehem Primary Debate Highway Superintendant
- Bethlehem Primarary Debate - Town Justice
- NY2A Capitol Rally
- Bethlehem Town Board debate--Part 2
- Bethlehem Town Board debate--Part 1
- Touring the 'trains to nowhere'
- Bethlehem State of the Town
- Bethlehem Town Board debate
- Bethlehem Democratic Primary Debate