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Bethlehem likely to see tech upgrades

Efficiency grant would fund the purchase of items that would save time and money townwide

The town may soon be receiving long-awaited technology upgrades in almost every department through the use of grant funds.

County executive OK’s new cyber-bully law

Latest version addresses court’s free speech concerns

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has approved a new cyber-bullying law, after a previous law was struck done this summer by the state Court of Appeals.

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McCoy's proposed budget keeps county taxes flat

No property tax levy increase in $597M spending plan, 49 vacant positions cut

County Executive Dan McCoy is proposing to hold the line on property taxes next year and is projecting the county’s fund balance will close this year at its highest level in more than a decade.

New Scotland budget within tax cap

Town Supervisor's proposal totals $7.2M, holds no staffing cuts

Town Supervisor Tom Dolin’s proposed budget holds a property tax levy just below New Scotland’s state imposed tax cap, while tapping less from its reserves.

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Guilderland GOP elects new chair

Town Republican Committee gets reorganized, pledges grassroots effort

Doug Breakell is taking on leadership of the Guilderland Republican Committee, but his involvement behind the scenes started decades ago.

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Bethlehem's preliminary budget unveiled

Supervisor Clarkson proposes $39.7M spending plan that includes cost of living raises for town employees

In presenting the preliminary town budget, Supervisor John Clarkson said the Town of Bethlehem remains in good financial condition, and he has proposed a slight spending increase for the coming year.

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Cecilia Tkaczyk, George Amedore ready for battle

Candidates for the 46th Senate District meet for first debate of the election season

One of the most contentious state senate races is on track to be a cutthroat contest featuring a rematch between two candidates looking for a knockout victory.

Stacy Pettit tops Richard Sherwood in primary

Delmar Democrat says her interests, experience make her a good fit for Surrogate Court judge

Following a last-minute signature campaign to appear on the ballot, Stacy Pettit has won her Democratic primary bid for Albany County Surrogate Court judge.

Albany County OKs new cyberbully law

NYCLU threatens lawsuit on revised statute after prior court victory

Albany County legislators are hoping their new cyberbullying law sticks, but a legal challenge has already been threatened.

Bethlehem starts online deer poll

Concerns about Lyme disease, other incidents fuel approach

The Bethlehem Deer and Tick Borne Disease Committee launched a new online survey for residents to provide further community input on the issue of the town’s deer population, along with the pests they carry.

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Telecommunications merger possible

Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland

Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.

Local Law D vetoed

McCoy pushing instead for a ban on the open display of tobacco products in pharmacies

Despite vocal support for Local Law D at a recent public hearing, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vetoed the legislation that would ban tobacco sales in pharmacies in Albany County.

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Many voices for new tobacco rules

Proposed law would outlaw sales at pharmacies

A public hearing for a county law that would ban cigarette sales in some stores drew a crowd of mostly anti-tobacco supporters to voice their opinions.

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Bethlehem passes conservation easement law

‘Bare bones’ version allows tax breaks to preserve open space

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law allowing conservation easement exemptions for Bethlehem landowners, the town board took action on its local law last week.

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Jim Fischer, Paul Tonko camps squabble over debates

Televised debate, two public forums planned for the 20th Congressional District race

Even before the 20th Congressional District candidates have officially squared off, both campaigns have debated the process of setting up debates.