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Republicans trying to gain seats on New Scotland Town Board

For the first time in many years, candidates will be vying for several open Town Board seats. After Republicans sent no candidates forward for the past election, two new Republicans have stepped forward for this election season.

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Local officials propose consolidation

Report completed on efficiency plan, help save funds

Local government officials recently announced the completion of an efficiency plan spanning throughout Albany County that proposes collaboration between local governments in order to both help taxpayers and save millions annually.

County nixes downsizing

Proposal to hack number of seats voted down 21 to 18

The Albany County Legislature won’t be downsized any time soon.

County legislators OK fracking waste ban

Local law would prohibit disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste at landfills

Hydraulic fracturing is banned statewide, but county legislators want to ensure none of the waste produced from the natural gas extraction method enters local landfills.

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Tobacco display ban touted [video]

Retailers support county bill to shield tobacco products; push back over compromise

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Legislator Mary Lou Connolly, flanked by supermarket and pharmacy store representatives, announced a local law prohibiting the display of tobacco in retail establishments with a pharmacy.

Reaching out to younger voters

Bethlehem GOP hopes for big wins during campaign season this year

As campaign season gets underway, the Bethlehem Republican Committee is looking to reach out to younger voters and regain a seat on the Town Board.

Albany County redistricting violated Voting Rights Act

Court rules county plan diluted power of black voters, orders new minority-majority district

County officials are barred from holding elections until a new redistricting plan is drafted after a federal judge ruled the recent plan dilutes the power of black voters.

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Educators: Cuomo is failing us

Regional forum rallies for equitable education funding, local control of classrooms

Many education advocates over the last few years have criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not supporting public schools. Now some question if he’s intentionally working against them.

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McCoy eyes a healthier county

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.

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School leaders bemoan governor’s proposals

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.

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Year in Review: Looking back

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.

Albany County Legislature reduction advances

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.

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Albany County Legislature OKs ‘Toxic-free Toys Act’

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 Legislature could be shrinking

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.

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Advocates urge Albany County to pass ‘Toxic-Free Toys Act’

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.

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