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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.

Voorheesville loses bid for Rail Trail grant

Village officials to pursue funding options; county sets goal to pave pathway

Voorheesville isn’t receiving funding local officials sought to enhance its end of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, but their vision is still in focus.

Assisted living center approved

Two apartments also move forward at Colonie Planning Board meeting

Progress continues on multiple projects in the Town of Colonie, as it will add an assisted living center and apartments for the town’s growing population.

Democrats get ready for showdown

Two ideologies struggle for dominance as key committee seats hang in the balance

Bethlehem Democrats could see a potential change in leadership as some committee members primary to keep their district seats, setting up a showdown between the party’s old guard and a progressive movement from within.

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Number of bids sparse for New Salem water project

New Scotland fails to draw bids for one contract, evaluating options

Little interest was drawn for contracts to construct the New Salem Water District, with one of the three contracts not receiving a single bidder.

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Colonie soccer complex decision delayed

Proposal set to go before zoning board in October

In his yearlong effort to construct a soccer complex on 969 Watervliet Shaker Road, Afrim Nezaj hit another snag when the town set aside his proposal until a later date.

Inaction irks developer

New Scotland Board mulls water lines for residential subdivision

Patience is running dry for a developer seeking a residential subdivision, with water infrastructure remaining a sticking point for town officials.

Albany County set to limit tobacco sales

Legislature passes ban on sales at pharmacies; McCoy to hold public hearing

Refilling your prescription medication and stocking up on cigarettes could require two separate stops a year from now.

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Second round for soccer complex

Change in special use options means approval more likely

Afrim Nezaj will once again go before the Colonie zoning board to get approval for a proposed soccer complex on Watervliet Shaker Road, a site adjacent to the Memory Gardens cemetery, and a change in the process makes it more likely he will succeed this time.

Can a law mend fences?

Neighbor complaints lead Voorheesville to draft changes to front-yard regulations

Voorheesville officials said several complaints about one home’s front yard fence spurred a local law to tackle the problem.

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Lower speed limit proposed on Hudson Avenue

Bethlehem officials cite pedestrian usage as primary concern

A road in Bethlehem with a unique speed limit may have it reduced following a request from the town’s highway superintendent.

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Oil trains ignite more opposition

McCoy wants Ezra Prentice residents moved away from rail line

As the smell of oil permeated the air and the rumble of oil trains being jerked into motion echoed in the background, residents of public housing in Albany gathered to hear officials ask for more regulations of the transportation of volatile oil.