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  • New look at vacant properties in city of Albany finds more than 1000 - Albany Business ReviewNew look at vacant properties in city of Albany finds more than 1000 - Albany Business Review

    Albany Business ReviewNew look at vacant properties in city of Albany finds more than 1000Albany Business ReviewA new, broader definition for identifying vacant buildings in the city of Albany, New York, found 1,044 structures — a number that highlights the challenges Mayor Kathy Sheehan faces as she focuses on problem properties at the start of her second term ...Albany vacant building list to help target problem propertiesAlbany Times Unionall 2 news articles »

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  • 1/16 Pet Connection: Molasses1/16 Pet Connection: Molasses

    Molasses – F – DSH – Tortie – 2 years old Molasses was found in our basement in December during that first cold snap. We had noticed some cat prints in the snow near the basement walk out, so we left the door open and set a trap downstairs near the furnace. Beautiful Molasses was in the trap the next morning. She was super friendly, and fortunately, she wasn’t pregnant! She was SUPER SKINNY, so while she might have been an owned cat early on in her life (she’s not scared of the vacuum cleaner!), it’s unlikely she’s had a home recently, since she was a 2-year-old UNSPAYED cat. She wolfed down each meal in mere SECONDS for the first few days, and she was also starved for attention. After she gorged herself she would pass out on my lap for half an hour, alternating between purring and snoozing. She gained over a pound in the first week we had her! Since she’s been spayed and ready for her furever home, she has integrated VERY well into our foster cat group. She was a bit scared of the other adult felines at first, but now she cuddles up with other cats and even gives the kittens the occasional bath. She gets along well with other cats, but she would also be okay as an only cat, as long as she has full-time attention from people. She LOVES to cuddle and be snuggled. She’s happy to play with the other cats and chase feather toys, but she is also quite content to just nap on a lap. She would be a great companion for a retired person or couple. Molasses is an awesome kitty who deserves a comfy, warm furever home. Kitten Angels 518-573-9906

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  • AG: Troy officer cannot be prosecuted in 2016 shooting deathAG: Troy officer cannot be prosecuted in 2016 shooting death

    Troy police investigate an incident Sunday, April 17, 2016, that involved a suspect allegedly pinning a Troy police officer with his car, with the officer shooting into the car killing the suspect. Sgt. Randall French fatally shot Edson Thevenin of Colonie on the Collar City Bridge following a brief chase.

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  • Pres. Trump’s physician says he’s in excellent healthPres. Trump’s physician says he’s in excellent health

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s overall health “is excellent” and he did “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening. That’s according to his White House physician, Navy doctor Ronny Jackson. Jackson is providing a more detailed readout Tuesday following Trump’s first physical last Friday at the Walter Reed military hospital. Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds — three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016. Trump’s blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended. Trump was 70 when he took office, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. Jackson says Trump is healthy and should remain so for the remainder of his presidency.

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  • Gov. Cuomo lays out plan to fix $4.4B deficitGov. Cuomo lays out plan to fix $4.4B deficit

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the FY 2019 Executive Budget on Tuesday. The governor’s office says the budget includes a number of proposals including fighting the federal tax assault to ending the opioid epidemic by holding pharmaceutical companies accountable to investing in education. “For the past eight years, we have restored fiscal discipline while achieving historic progressive accomplishments and strengthening middle class New Yorkers. The FY 2019 Budget builds on our strong record and continues to move New York forward, by protecting taxpayers against the federal assault, investing in education to support and train the next generation, and implementing bold progressive policies to make New York a more just and fair state for all,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Together, we will continue to deliver on the promise of progressive government -even while tackling unprecedented challenges head on. We will restore citizen confidence and ensure management competence. This bold agenda charts a path forward toward a better future for all New Yorkers.” Highlights of the FY 2019 Executive Budget: State Operating Funds spending is $100.0B – an increase of 1.9 percent (State Operating Funds exclude Federal funds and capital) All Funds spending $168.2 billion for FY 2019 Protects New Yorkers from federal tax assault Closes carried interest loophole Increases School Aid by $769 million – doubling the statutory School Aid growth cap and bringing total investment to $26.4 Billion Provides $7.5 billion in State support for higher education in New York– an increase of $1.4 billion or 24 percent since FY 2012 Provides $118 Million to continue the successful Excelsior Scholarship and extend the income cap to $110,000 Establishes a new opioid epidemic surcharge Imposes a Healthcare Insurance Windfall Profit Fee Defers Large Corporate Tax Credits Continues the phase-in of the Middle-Class Tax Cut for six million New Yorkers – saving households $250 on average and $700 annually when fully effective.

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  • New York to look at legalizing recreational marijuana - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNew York to look at legalizing recreational marijuana - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

    Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNew York to look at legalizing recreational marijuanaRochester Democrat and ChronicleALBANY - New York will study whether it's plausible to legalize marijuana for recreational use as neighboring states move ahead with it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Cuomo called on lawmakers to approve funding for a feasibility study as part ...Watch live: Andrew Cuomo delivers NY state budget proposalSyracuse.comAlbany's representatives respond to Cuomo's budget addressSpectrum NewsNY lawmaker heckles Gov. Cuomo during budget addressWCAXU.S. News & World Report -WPIX 11 New Yorkall 194 news articles »

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  • Clifton Park residents concerned over water contamination noticeClifton Park residents concerned over water contamination notice

    CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – About 2,000 Clifton Park residents received a notice just last week that a sample taken back in November reflected higher than expected levels of a carcinogen in their drinking water. The Clifton Park Water Authority says the report reflected contamination levels from months ago and the water is now safe. Some residents say they are still too concerned to take a drink. “Any carcinogen no matter how slight isn’t something I want to be drinking,” Ellwood Sloat, a Malta resident, said. A quarterly water sample taken in November revealed that Saratoga County residents between exits 10 and 12 could have consumed water contaminated with haloacetic acids or HAA’s. Those carcinogens formed during the disinfection process and the notice just reached thousands of residents. “I’m not happy at all. You know you expect to turn on the faucet and get clean water. You don’t expect to have to worry about contamination in your water,” Deborah Scott, a Clifton Park resident, said. The water authority says that the levels were just slightly above the 60 microgram per liter maximum set by the NY Department of Health. “We were at 63.5. That number was high enough to throw our annual average above the maximum contaminant level and it barely threw it over,” Don Austin said. According to the water authority, the notice reflects old samples, and the HAA levels are now “well below” that 60 microgram standard. “Because our levels are now already back down below normal there really is no immediate risk to public health,” Austin said. Residents are still left with questions about the process. “I’m wondering why it took so long,” Deborah Scott said. “It was discovered in November? And now I got it on January 12th? That’s a long delay,” Sloat said. NEWS10 ABC reached out to the State Department of Health about the process of informing residents. The agency says between processing the sample and confirming the results, the water authority had 30 days to give notice to residents, a deadline they met.

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  • Schenectady detective charged with violating court orderSchenectady detective charged with violating court order

    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A top Schenectady police officer was in court on Tuesday after an alleged incident with his ex-wife. The charge he’s facing has also put him on administrative leave from the department. It all stems from an alleged incident happening at the Union College ice rink earlier in the month and a violation of a court order. There was no comment from detective Mark McCracken of the Schenectady Police Department after his court appearance on Tuesday. He turned himself in after he allegedly violated a temporary order of custody and visitation on January 7th in regards to his ex-wife Cassie Walker. A source from inside the department tells NEWS10 ABC the issue stemmed from an alleged incident between the pair at an event their son was at the rink. McCracken faces one charge of criminal contempt for being “in close physical proximity to Cassie Walker.” Although he didn’t want to speak on camera on Tuesday, McCracken told NEWS10 ABC previously he believes it is all in retaliation to charges he filed against Walker last year. He claims she stole about $1,000 from his bank account. That issue is still being resolved. McCracken was released on his own recognizance and has a next court date of January 31 at 9 a.m. Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford issued the following statement Tuesday evening: On January 7th, 2018 the Schenectady Police Department became aware of an active investigation being conducted by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s department that involved Detective Lieutenant Mark McCracken. The Schenectady Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards joined the investigation at that time and worked with the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office to continue the investigation. On Monday, January 8th, Detective Lieutenant Mark McCracken was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Today, a warrant application was presented to the Schenectady City Court outlining a complaint alleged against Detective Lieutenant Mark McCracken. The warrant was endorsed by City Court Judge Mark Caruso and at 1:30 pm Detective Lieutenant Mark McCracken turned himself in to the court and was arraigned on Criminal Contempt charges and released. Detective Lieutenant Mark McCracken will remain out, suspended with pay, pending the conclusion of the internal probe. Due to the pending discipline process, no further comments will be made at this time.

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  • Albany area to get 4 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday - Albany Times UnionAlbany area to get 4 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday - Albany Times Union

    Albany Times UnionAlbany area to get 4 to 6 inches of snow by WednesdayAlbany Times UnionRiver ice at Riverside Park Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 in Schenectady, NY. Photo: Lori Van Buren, Albany Times Union. Image 1of/8. Caption. Close. Image 1 of 8. Buy photo. Stacy Brodfuehrer shovels the steps in front of her home on Eagle St. on Tuesday, Jan ...and more »

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  • Apple hiring for work from home positionsApple hiring for work from home positions

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Apple is looking to add to its workforce, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. The tech giant is looking to fill about 50 AppleCare at-home positions nationwide. Those hired will help provide tech support for Apple products like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. Apple says all at home advisers, even those who work part-time, get benefits, product discounts and paid time off. The company will also give you regular “coaching and mentoring to help you sharpen your skills” that will “help you succeed in practically any job, at Apple or beyond.” Those who make the cut will work during the company’s normal support hours, though there could be extra shifts for holidays and during “peak business hours.” You must also have a quiet room to work in your room and a high-speed internet. Apple will provide the iMac for all your work needs. Ready to apply? You can check the available positions by clicking here.

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  • NY Attorney General releases report into the death of Edson TheveninNY Attorney General releases report into the death of Edson Thevenin

    TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into a fatal officer involved shooting in Troy is complete. The AG’s office will not prosecute in the death of Edson Thevenin. According to the report, the attorney general’s office did not obtain adequate evidence to make a finding of criminal culpability. The AG stated Troy police committed several errors investigating the case and issued graphics to prove it. As a result, police made it impossible for criminal charges to stick, according to the report. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the following statement: Edson Thevenin’s death was a tragedy. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Our investigation uncovered significant problems with the Troy Police Department’s evidence collection, preservation, and analysis practices in this case. These problems included a flawed, prejudged analysis of the evidence and a failure to properly interview all of the available witnesses to the shooting. As detailed in the report, these failures undermined the homicide investigation and must be quickly and thoroughly addressed. As a matter of law, regardless of the ultimate conclusions reached by our office, criminal prosecution in this case was made impossible because the officer involved testified before a 2016 grand jury without having waived immunity from prosecution. We are always committed to conducting a fully independent review of the facts in these cases, and to providing an exhaustive and transparent accounting of our investigation. Gertha DePas, Thevenin’s mother, was not surprised by the attorney general’s report slamming the way Troy police investigated her son’s shooting death. Thevenin was shot by Troy Sgt. Randy French following a traffic stop in April 2016. The AG’s office said there were at least three witnesses prematurely turned away by police. One of them, investigators did not interview. The argument that Sgt. French was pinned by Thevenin’s car is “ultimately inaccurate,” according to the AG. Forensic evidence showed eight bullets fired by Sgt. French came from different directions. “It was heart wrenching; it was very painful because the perjury, from him lying, and then still he gets to get away with it,” DePas said. Because Sgt. French previously testified before a grand jury in the case, he cannot be prosecuted. “That Mr. Abelove would put this officer in a position where he can’t be touched, that in and of itself weighs in almost as much as the murder and the perjury,” Empire Christian Center Pastor Tre Staton said. Troy Mayor Patrick Madden disagrees with the AG’s investigation. He said it unfairly put the Troy Police Department in a negative light. He released a statement Tuesday afternoon: The City of Troy continues to be unfairly involved in the jurisdictional dispute between the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Rensselaer County District Attorney. We fundamentally disagree with the Attorney General’s findings contained within the SIPU report and are confident that the Troy Police Department’s operations and procedures remain consistent with best practices adhered to by law enforcement agencies across the state and nation. While we believe the factual inaccuracies and errors contained within the report unfairly put the Troy Police Department in a negative light, we will continue to fully cooperate with Attorney General’s office in their investigation and remain in communication to further discuss their findings. The AG’s office asserts the report speaks for itself and is urging Troy police revisit its policy on shooting at moving cars and wants Troy police to wear body cameras. In December, a grand jury handed up a three count indictment against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove for his handling of the case. According to the attorney general’s office, in March 2017, Abelove tried to stop the investigation stating it was unconstitutional. The New York Supreme Court rejected the claims in an August 2017 ruling. No word on when the trial will begin. Thevenin’s family said they will keep praying for justice. Read the full report.

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  • NY lawmaker calls for legalization of recreational marijuanaNY lawmaker calls for legalization of recreational marijuana

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – One of the people looking to take Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job says marijuana can help restore transportation systems across New York State. Former Erie County executive Joel Giambra is calling for a legalization of recreational marijuana statewide. He says the tax revenue that comes from marijuana sales can help with transportation infrastructure, including the New York City subway system and roads and bridges all over the state. Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states across the country. News 4 reached out to the governor’s office for a response to Giambra’s plan.

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  • New app contrasts selfies to works of artNew app contrasts selfies to works of art

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People everywhere are seeing themselves in a new way: their faces, compared to works of art! The Google Arts and Culture app went live in December 2017. Once the selfies began showing up on Twitter and Facebook, the app quickly shot to the top of the app charts over the weekend. It’s currently the top rated app on both the App and Google Play Stores.

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  • Supreme Court won’t take case of ex-NY assembly speakerSupreme Court won’t take case of ex-NY assembly speaker

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The high court declined Tuesday to get involved in the case. That allows for a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption charges in late 2015. But the U.S. court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturned that conviction last year and sent the case back to the trial court. The appeals court said that the trial judge would need to instruct jurors on the law in a different manner to conform with a 2016 Supreme Court decision that reversed the public corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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  • Banks drop off money for Cohoes fire victimsBanks drop off money for Cohoes fire victims

    COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Victims of a massive fire in Cohoes are one step closer to getting back on their feet. After months of waiting, they’ll receive some of the money that was raised for them. The money was raised through fundraisers and donations that was funneled into accounts at three local banks. More than $100,000 was collected. On Tuesday, those banks turned the cash over to the Catholic Charities of Albany. It will be the lead agency administering the relief funds. Case managers will meet with the 35 families who were affected and make sure the money is distributed in a fair and equitable way. Following the days and months since the fire, they saw a tremendous amount of love and generosity. “It’s not easy for everybody. There are disasters going on all over but somehow they were able to say let’s get to Cohoes and help those victims. So again to everybody who made this day possible and who has helped our city, I say thank you,” Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said. “This whole thing was a team effort from the firefighting all the way to the distribution of money and I couldn’t be prouder of Cohoes.” If you were a victim of that fire and are in need of assistance and haven’t reached out call (518) 641-6953. Officials want to hear from you.

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  • Police seeking info on attempted burglary in ColoniePolice seeking info on attempted burglary in Colonie

    COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Colonie Police are looking for a man they say tried to break into several homes Tuesday morning. Police say they received a call from a homeowner at 89 Miller Road just after 9:30 a.m. stating that a man tried to break into the backside of his home. Officers were able to track footprints to several other homes on the road and eventually down to the Valley View Apartment Complex. Police are looking for a white man, 6′ tall, thin build, and wearing a jacket with fur on it. He was last seen on foot headed toward Johnson Road. It’s unclear if the man was able to get away with anything. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colonie Police Department at (518)-783-2744.

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  • Lawmakers urging compromise on DACA dealLawmakers urging compromise on DACA deal

    WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – As immigration talks turn toxic in Washington, lawmakers and activists on both sides urge compromise in order to find a solution for DACA. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, says he wants to find a permanent solution for so-called Dreamers. “The only way you’re going to fix a problem in Washington is to get a bipartisan solution. I urge the president to lead us to that bipartisan solution,” Sen. Graham (R-South Carolina) said. On Monday, President Trump attacked Democrats in a series of tweets. One said, “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.” Democrats and activists blame the president for negotiations falling apart last week. “What the heck does it take to get this guy to say yes to a deal?  Two months ago the president said he wanted border security and DACA in one bill. The Democrats offered such a deal and he moved the goal post by adding additional categories,” Jose Magana-Salgado, an Immigration Consultant, said. Mitt Romney, who may be considering a run for Utah’s Senate seat, joined the debate with a tweet, saying, “The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race.  The sentiment attributed to POTUS is inconsistent with America’s history.” While Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a deal on DACA so far, some people can now renew their DACA permits.  The Department of Homeland Security announced they are once again accepting renewal applications following a court ruling out of San Francisco last week. “We don’t know what the court decision is going to mean moving forward.  It should in no way undermine the ongoing bipartisan discussions,” Magana-Salgado said. Both sides say they want a permanent solution and Sen. Graham says most Americans do too. “Reaching those goals will require action by Congress and the president’s signature,” Sen. Graham said.  

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  • Retailers are using sensors to track you, learn your shopping habitsRetailers are using sensors to track you, learn your shopping habits

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It’s a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping businesses explore with floor sensors that track people’s movements. The sensors can also be used in office buildings to reduce energy costs and in nursing homes to determine when someone falls. But retailers make up the majority of Scanalytics’ customers, highlighting one of several efforts brick-and-mortar stores are undertaking to better understand consumer habits and catch up with e-commerce giant Amazon. Physical stores have been at a disadvantage because they “don’t have that granular level of understanding as to where users are entering, what they’re doing, what shelves are not doing well, which aisles are not being visited,” said Brian Sathianathan, co-founder of Iterate.ai, a small Denver-based company that helps businesses find and test technologies from startups worldwide. But it’s become easier for stores to track customers in recent years. With Wi-Fi — among the earliest available options — businesses can follow people when they connect to a store’s internet. One drawback is that not everyone logs on so the sample size is smaller. Another is that it’s not possible to tell whether someone is inches or feet away from a product. Sunglass Hut and fragrance maker Jo Malone use laser and motion sensors to tell when a product is picked up but not bought, and make recommendations for similar items on an interactive display. Companies such as Toronto-based Vendlytics and San Francisco-based Prism use artificial intelligence with video cameras to analyze body motions. That can allow stores to deliver customized coupons to shoppers in real time on a digital shelf or on their cellphones, said Jon Nordmark, CEO of Iterate.ai. With Scanalytics, Nordmark said, “to have (the sensors) be super useful for someone like a retailer, they may need to power other types of things,” like sending coupons to customers. Scanalytics co-founder and CEO Joe Scanlin said that’s what his floor sensors are designed to do. For instance, the sensors read a customer’s unique foot compressions to track that person’s path to a digital display and how long the person stand in front of it before walking away, he said. Based on data collected over time, the floor sensors can tell a retailer the best time to offer a coupon or change the display before the customer loses interest. “Something that in the moment will increase their propensity to purchase a product,” said Scanlin, 29, who started developing the paper-thin sensors that are 2-square feet (0.19-sq. meters) as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. He employs about 20 people. Wisconsin-based bicycle retailer Wheel and Sprocket uses Scanalytics’ sensors — which can be tucked under utility mats — to count the number of customers entering each of its eight stores to help schedule staff. “That’s our biggest variable expense,” said co-owner Noel Kegel. “That sort of makes or breaks our profitability.” Kegel wants to eventually have sensors in more areas throughout his stores to measure where customers spend most of their time and what products are popular, but he said it’s too expensive right now. The cost of having the sensors ranges from $20 to $1,000 per month, depending on square footage and add-on applications to analyze data or interact with digital signs, Scanlin said. He said he’s working with 150 customers in the U.S. and other countries and estimates that about 60 percent are retailers. The emergence of tracking technologies is bound to raise concerns about privacy and surveillance. But Scanlin noted his sensors don’t collect personally identifying information. Jeffrey Lenon, 47, who was recently shopping at the Shops of Grand Avenue mall in Milwaukee, said he wasn’t bothered by the idea of stores tracking foot traffic and buying habits. “If that’s helping the retailer as far as tracking what sells and what not, I think it’s a good idea,” Lenon said. These technologies have not become ubiquitous in the U.S. yet, but it’s only a matter of time, said Ghose Anindya, a business professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. “In a couple of years this kind of conversation will be like part and parcel of everyday life. But I don’t think we’re there yet,” he said.

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  • Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in AlbanyPhotos: Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in Albany

    Keynote speaker Wintley Phipps sings "Amazing Grace" at the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance Program on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. Keynote speaker Wintley Phipps sings "Amazing Grace" at the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance Program on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. Children with 4th Family, Inc. organization gather at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Lincoln Park following the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance Program on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. less Children with 4th Family, Inc. organization gather at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Lincoln Park following the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance Program on Monday, ... more Members of the Girl Scout Troop 1550 out of Latham post the Colors as members of the musical ... (more)

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  • Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in Albany - Albany Times UnionPhotos: Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in Albany - Albany Times Union

    Albany Times UnionPhotos: Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in AlbanyAlbany Times UnionKeynote speaker Wintley Phipps sings "Amazing Grace" at the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance Program on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union). Photo: PAUL BUCKOWSKI, Albany Times Union. Buy ...and more »

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  • Carver Cos. would use Bethlehem site for tug boat, barge repairsCarver Cos. would use Bethlehem site for tug boat, barge repairs

    A view of the Port of Coeymans on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Coeymans, N.Y. A view of the Port of Coeymans on Tuesday, Sept.

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  • Rare chance to learn from two top legal mindsRare chance to learn from two top legal minds

    U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino is sworn in by Chief Judge Norman A. Mordue at the Federal Courthouse in Albany, N.Y. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

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  • Albany blue collar workers poised to get pay bumpAlbany blue collar workers poised to get pay bump

    Protesters chant loudly as Mayor Kathy Sheehan tries to offer her vision for the future of the city during her state of the city address at Albany City Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 in Albany, N.Y. The protesters were marching for Donald ODontayO Ivy and because the Albany local blue collar workers Local 1961 haven't received a raise in four years.

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  • Albany activist plan 2018 Women's MarchAlbany activist plan 2018 Women's March

    Resistance Day of Action demonstrators rally on the lawn of the Capitol Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 in Albany, NY. Resistance Day of Action demonstrators rally on the lawn of the Capitol Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 in Albany, NY.

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  • Albany blue collar workers poised to get pay bump - Albany Times UnionAlbany blue collar workers poised to get pay bump - Albany Times Union

    Albany Times UnionAlbany blue collar workers poised to get pay bumpAlbany Times UnionThe union's contract expired at the end of 2013, and as the local mayoral election heated up in Albany, blue-collar workers came out in force protesting Sheehan's pay increases for nonunion employees and demanded wage hikes. The union endorsed former ...and more »

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  • Albany activists plan 2018 Women's March - Albany Times UnionAlbany activists plan 2018 Women's March - Albany Times Union

    Albany Times UnionAlbany activists plan 2018 Women's MarchAlbany Times UnionResistance Day of Action demonstrators rally on the lawn of the Capitol Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 in Albany, NY. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union). Photo: John Carl D'Annibale. Buy this photo. Image 2 of 3. Buy photo. Protesters opposed to the incoming ...and more »

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  • Job fair draws hundreds of hopefuls to ColonieJob fair draws hundreds of hopefuls to Colonie

    Chris Young, left speaks with Tim Munro of Skidmore College at the Times Union Job Fair at the Albany Marriott Hotel Monday Jan 15, 2018 in Colonie, N.Y. Chris Young, left speaks with Tim Munro of Skidmore College at the Times Union Job Fair at the Albany Marriott Hotel Monday Jan 15, 2018 in Colonie, N.Y. There was a large turnout for the Times Union Job Fair at the Albany Marriott Hotel Monday Jan 15, 2018 in Colonie, N.Y. There was a large turnout for the Times Union Job Fair at the Albany Marriott Hotel Monday Jan 15, 2018 in Colonie, N.Y. With dozens of employers, Monday's Times Union Job Fair attracted a crowd.

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  • Rotterdam man killed Friday night was navigating constructionRotterdam man killed Friday night was navigating construction

    Rotterdam Police identified the man killed Friday Jan. 12 in a hit-and-run accident as Dramone Houston, 46, of Albany. Police said at about 11:15 p.m. Houston was walking south on Hamburg Street when he was hit.

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  • Seized ivory probed for clues that could help save elephantsSeized ivory probed for clues that could help save elephants

    In this Jan. 8, 2018 photo, Wendy Hapgood, left, and John Steward, directors of the Wild Tomorrow Fund, measure an elephant tusk at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation warehouse in Albany, N.Y. The tusk was part of a $4.5 million seizure of illegal ivory from a New York City antiques shop. To help support anti-poaching efforts, scientists will use carbon dating to determine when the elephant was killed and DNA analysis to pinpoint where it came from in Africa.

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  • Stanford Mausoleum resides in a hillside in Albany Rural CemeteryStanford Mausoleum resides in a hillside in Albany Rural Cemetery

    Josiah Stanford was born and raised in the area of Watervliet that is within the boundaries of the town of Colonie. He was a tavern keeper on the Schenectady road that connected the frontier trading posts of Albany and Schenectady, originally a dirt path through the woods.

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  • Ten Broeck Mansion celebrating Albanya s culinary historyTen Broeck Mansion celebrating Albanya s culinary history

    Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany will host a series of events this year called "Appetite for History: Albany County's Culinary Culture from the 1700s to Today." The first slate has just been announced.

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    In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. A lawyer who represented actress Paz de la Huerta has filed a lawsuit against Weinstein and a former New York prosecutor, alleging they coordinated in a scheme to get the actress to drop her sexual misconduct complaint against the movie mogul.

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  • Flooding watched in Schenectady, Thurman, BuskirkFlooding watched in Schenectady, Thurman, Buskirk

    Ice covers Riverside Park along the Mohawk River on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Schenectady, N.Y. Ice covers Riverside Park along the Mohawk River on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Schenectady, N.Y. Ice covers Riverside Park along the Mohawk River on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Schenectady, N.Y. Ice covers Riverside Park along the Mohawk River on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Schenectady, N.Y. A view of the ice built up on the Mohawk River, seen here on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Schenectady, N.Y. A view of the ice built up on the Mohawk River, seen here on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Schenectady, N.Y. SCHENECTADY - Flooding continued along the Mohawk River in the city's Stockade, as well as the Hoosic River in Buskirk and the Hudson River in Warren County, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.

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  • Poll: 74 percent say sexual harassment is a significant problemPoll: 74 percent say sexual harassment is a significant problem

    A new poll shows that 74 percent of voters believe workplace sexual harassment is at least a somewhat significant problem, while 36 percent say they're aware of harassment somewhere they've worked. According to a Siena College poll released Monday morning, 25 percent of voters say they've been a victim of sexual harassment.

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  • Fire breaks out on 2nd Street in Albany, burn victim taken to hospital - NEWS10 ABCFire breaks out on 2nd Street in Albany, burn victim taken to hospital - NEWS10 ABC

    Fire breaks out on 2nd Street in Albany, burn victim taken to hospitalNEWS10 ABCALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany Fire Department Chief Joe Gregory says a woman is being treated for severe burns after a fire on 2nd Street in Albany Sunday evening. Another person inside the home got out safely. But, there's still a very active ...and more »

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  • Money for nothing: Another year of corrupt payments in the state Legislature - New York Daily NewsMoney for nothing: Another year of corrupt payments in the state Legislature - New York Daily News

    New York Daily NewsMoney for nothing: Another year of corrupt payments in the state LegislatureNew York Daily NewsMonday was the first day of the Albany legislative session. Tuesday, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pam Harris was arrested for stealing. Wednesday, Speaker Carl Heastie handed out the first lulu payments to 115 members of the Assembly, 62 for his fellow ...

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  • What's next for Albany's 'dead zone' - Albany Business ReviewWhat's next for Albany's 'dead zone' - Albany Business Review

    Albany Business ReviewWhat's next for Albany's 'dead zone'Albany Business ReviewAltogether there are six acres — 4.67 acres of which are owned directly or leased by the Albany Convention Center Authority. The authority spent about $10 million in state taxpayer money to get control of the land for what was expected to be a $400 ...and more »

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  • Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan buys fixer-upper in Arbor Hill - Albany Times UnionAlbany Mayor Kathy Sheehan buys fixer-upper in Arbor Hill - Albany Times Union

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  • Lewza, town of Milton sued over sexual harassment caseLewza, town of Milton sued over sexual harassment case

    Ballston Spa The longtime confidential secretary to former Milton town Supervisor Daniel Lewza filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing him of "horrific and damaging sexual harassment" that she said lasted years and left her emotionally scarred and struggling to find new employment. The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, said the town treated Lewza as if he committed no wrongdoing despite evidence of his alleged sexual harassment. The town also failed to honor its promise — in a secret settlement agreement — that called for the victim, Theresa Wilson, to receive a new $40,000-a-year job with Saratoga County -after she ended her employment with the town at the end of 2016.

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  • Yepsen lands job with Mercury public-strategy firmYepsen lands job with Mercury public-strategy firm

    Joanne Yepsen, the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, has joined the staff at Mercury, a global, bipartisan public strategy firm, as a senior vice president.After 12 years in public office, Yepsen said joining Mercury will allow her to tackle issues she cares about with more resources. At the firm, she expects to specialize in politics, strategy, business development and marketing.

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  • Schenectady reaches 4-year deal with blue collar workersSchenectady reaches 4-year deal with blue collar workers

    SCHENECTADY -The city's roughly 146 blue collar workers would receive 2 percent pay raises for the next three years under a proposed contract that was voted out of the City Council finance committee Tuesday.The 4-year deal with AFSCME Local 1037, which also calls for a 2 percent in retroactive pay for 2017, must still be considered by the full governing body on Monday."We were asking for a lot more but we came to an agreement that a 2 percent for 4 years was probably the best we were going to get," said Adam Armour, president of the union, noting that under the old contract the highest pay hike they saw was 1. 75 percent.Still, he complained that the parks, waste and water departments, which the union among others represents, remains understaffed and that they need to hire upward of 15 more employees.

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  • Albany vacant building list to help target problem propertiesAlbany vacant building list to help target problem properties

    The city finally has its arms around its vacant buildings – all 1,044 of them.Less than a year into the task of combining multiple running lists of vacant buildings and various other data from different departments, Samuel Wells – Albany's neighborhood stabilization coordinator – has compiled a complete list of all dormant buildings in the capital city.The database program, funded by a grant through the state Attorney General's Office, allows officials to hone in on properties that have unpaid taxes, code violations, or police calls.

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  • Police: Greene County traffic stop leads to heroin bustPolice: Greene County traffic stop leads to heroin bust

    A couple stopped for a traffic violation on County Route 23B was allegedly in possession of a large quantity of heroin, New York State Police said.

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  • Developers' discovery of Rensselaer leads to apartment boomDevelopers' discovery of Rensselaer leads to apartment boom

    RENSSELAER – Developers have discovered what city officials call the "Rensselaer Triangle" with  their multi-million dollar investments to build 210 apartment units over the last year has increased the city's housing units by 4.5 percent."Rensselaer is in the center of a development triangle – Regeneron, the State Capital and the Rensselaer Tech Park," said Charles Moore, the city's director of planning and development.

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  • Status uncertain for Saratoga BrewingStatus uncertain for Saratoga Brewing

    Saratoga Brewing, founded in Saratoga Springs in 1997 and producer of its own line of beers as well as a busy contract brewer for other labels, appears to have closed, at least temporarily. Two senior employees tell me they believe it is out of business, perhaps permanently; the sentiment was echoed by several others I've spoken to who had regular business dealings with the brewery.

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  • AG Schneiderman sues feds over net neutrality roll-backAG Schneiderman sues feds over net neutrality roll-back

    AlbanyState Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was among nearly two dozen state attorneys general to sue the federal government Tuesday over its roll-back of Internet neutrality rules last month.Twenty-two attorneys general filed a challenge in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to challenge a decision by the Federal Communications Commission that ruled internet service providers could show perferential treatment to Internet content."An open internet – and the free exchange of ideas it allows – is critical to our democratic process," said Schneiderman. "The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers — allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online. This would be a disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet."

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  • Forest rangers rescue wounded snowboarder on Mount MarcyForest rangers rescue wounded snowboarder on Mount Marcy

    State forest rangers used a helicopter to rescue a snowboarder on Mount Marcy who bled profusely after his mouth was punctured by a stick, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.The 32-year-old Staten Island man was injured while he was riding at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

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  • Lawsuit tossed on farm workers' collective bargaining rightsLawsuit tossed on farm workers' collective bargaining rights

    AlbanyThe state's farming industry has fended off a lawsuit that sought to give farm hands the right to collective bargaining after the state had chosen not to resist the challenge.New York Farm Bureau President David Fischer called this month's ruling in state Supreme COurt a "defining moment" in the state's agricultural history.The Farm Bureau stepped in last fall after the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided not to defend the state against a lawsuit from the New York Civil Liberties Union, and two workers' advocacy groups, that sought to include tens of thousands of farm workers under state labor law for purposes of collective bargaining.

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  • Albany area to get 4 to 6 inches of snow by WednesdayAlbany area to get 4 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday

    A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday as snow steadily falls, the National Weather Service says.The advisory includes the Capital Region, eastern Catskill Mountains and the mid-Hudson Valley.

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  • Capital Bank opens branch in SchenectadyCapital Bank opens branch in Schenectady

    Capital Bank is opening a new branch at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady, its first location in that city.The 2,000 square-foot bank at the corner of Erie Boulevard and Rush Street includes a drive-thru window and a drive-up ATM. The Galesi Group is leasing the facility to Capital Bank.

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  • Report slams Troy police for their handling of fatal police shootingReport slams Troy police for their handling of fatal police shooting

    ALBANY – A Troy police sergeant cannot be prosecuted for the 2016 fatal shooting of unarmed motorist Edson Thevenin, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said Tuesday in releasing the findings of a more than one-year investigation.The attorney general's report about the predawn April 16, 2016 shooting of Thevenin, 37, sharply criticized Troy police. It cautioned the department to avoid "prejudging" and publicly announcing results of unfinished investigations and called the results of the department's probe "deficient and incomplete in several respects."

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  • Colonie police alert homeowners to potential for break-insColonie police alert homeowners to potential for break-ins

    COLONIE -- Police are looking for a man seen about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the backyard of a home on Miller Road near Johnson Road.A Miller Road resident reported seeing the man approach his back door and try to open it. The man saw the resident and left on foot toward Johnson Road.

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