Uncontested races the norm locally, some use paper ballots to keep costs down
Locally this month, there are elections in both the Village of Colonie and Voorheesville, with only the Colonie race seeing a contest. There is also a contested race in the Village of Ravena. Most village elections, however, don’t inspire the same political discourse of town, county or state races and the county Board of Elections often isn't involved.
County steps in to clear up ballot confusion
This year’s election cycle in the Village of Colonie is shaping up to be more contentious than in years past, with three candidates vying for two trustees seats.
Forum focuses on Common Core problems facing special education
Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Neil Breslin and Assembly members John McDonald and Phil Steck listened to comments from several speakers Tuesday, Feb. 11, discussing how implementation of the Common Core curriculum has exacerbated challenges for students with special needs.
Some supporters weary of shifting operations, McCoy wishes board selected sooner
The Albany County Legislature approved creating the nursing home LDC by 27-10 at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, with votes split across party lines, and appointed its board of directors.
Benedict steps down, but returns as deputy to ease party's transition
Albany County Legislature Minority Leader Lee Carman announced Monday, Feb. 3, that Christine Benedict was appointed as deputy minority leader, along with two new positions within GOP caucus.
McCoy signs executive order citing health concerns, lack of regulation
The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, has not gone unnoticed by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, who signed an executive order Thursday, Feb. 6, banning the use of the devices to match restrictions placed on tobacco smoking on county property.
Tkaczyk proposes moving primaries to June, or state covers $50M price tag
Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, held a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 29, to highlight a bill she recently introduced, which would move state primaries to coincide with federal primaries. The legislation also puts the onus on the state to cover state primary costs if the date is not moved.
Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned
The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.
Cuomo pitches two-year property taxes freeze, local leaders plan to stay within cap
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced details of a $2 billion tax relief proposal two days before his State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The proposals aim to reduce taxes and spur economic development, with homeowners benefiting directly from some initiatives.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined several new initiatives and built upon existing ones during his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 8. Check out a highlight of some initiatives affecting local residents and businesses outside of the governor’s proposed two-year property taxes freeze.
McCoy touts passion and experience for tapping outgoing Albany Deputy Mayor
Philip Calderone, who served as deputy mayor of Albany for 17 years, was sworn in Tuesday, Dec. 31, as deputy county executive, with Albany County Dan McCoy announcing his selection a few days prior. Calderone replaced Bradley Fischer, who is leaving for a job at the state Gaming Commission.
Mahan thanks supporters of her campaign and administration
The biggest storm of the year so far didn’t keep Town of Colonie employees from taking their oath of office.
Legislators amend proposal to fund nursing home through 2014
Albany County lawmakers adopted its first budget within the state mandate tax cap amid an amended proposal to continue funding the county nursing home through next year.
Colonie recently received a new bond rating that decreased the town’s interest rate, a development that is projected to save nearly $200,000 in interest over the next seven years.
In the last town board meeting of the year, Peter Berry promoted to EMS chief and Daniel Hornick ends his term
The end of year brought some changes in Colonie, with a new EMS chief being named and a board member stepping down after four years of service.
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