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Guilderland elected officials sworn in

Democrats thank supporters, say they’re glad to continue serving town

Hours before ringing in the New Year, Guilderland Democratic candidates celebrated successful campaigns and took the oath of office amongst family and friends.

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Calderone becomes deputy county executive

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.

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Braving the weather to take an oath of office

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.

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Kotary marks the end of his tenure

Bethlehem councilman remembers past years as public servant

As two new Bethlehem town board members are scheduled to be sworn in this week, former Councilman Kyle Kotary said he will positively look back on his eight years of service with the town.

Albany County budget within tax cap

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.

New bond rating will save town money

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.

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Comings and goings in Colonie

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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Albany County Styrofoam ban becomes law

McCoy announces green initiatives alongside signing bill, looks to expand ban past chains

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed the Food Service Waste Reduction Act into law Thursday, Dec. 12, at Bethlehem Town Hall flanked by local officials. The law bans polystyrene foam food containers and requires such businesses using disposable food service ware to use a “suitable, alternative product” that is compostable or biodegradable.

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Grocers raise concerns over Styrofoam ban

McCoy holds public hearing on proposed law, most residents urge approval

Leading supermarket chains voiced qualms over the Albany County Legislature’s recently adopted Food Service Waste Reduction Act, but not over the most contentious proposal banning Styrofoam containers.

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Voorheesville ambulance contract talks stabilize

Village and service company near agreement after sheriff intervenes

Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service members and village officials have locked horns for months over contract differences, but in recent talks, the atmosphere has become surprisingly civil as next year’s agreement deadline nears.

New Scotland’s $7.16M budget within tax cap

Town Board adopts spending plan raising taxes 1.7 percent, reserves tapped for $334k

The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, Nov. 13, unanimously adopted next year’s budget totaling almost $7.16 million and holds an overall property tax levy increase of 1.7 percent.

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Styrofoam banned at chain food businesses

Albany County Legislature makes decision amidst community support, industry outcry

The Albany County Legislature on Tuesday, Nov. 12, approved the Food Service Waste Reduction Act by a vote of 24-12, which prohibits usage of polystyrene foam containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, at chain food service businesses. The ban will be effective in six months.

Revising residency laws for town employees

Bethlehem officials want to establish clarity

Bethlehem officials are looking to make changes to the law that establishes which employees of the town must also live within its borders.

Quinn returns to work at county

Former deputy exec now information officer; drug case still pending in court

Former Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn returned to work with the county last week after taking a nearly two month leave of absence following her arrest on drug possession charges.

Guilderland swiftly adopts $32M budget

Spending plan holds tax decrease, expenses and budgeted revenues increasing

The Guilderland Town Board held a public hearing on its proposed 2014 budget Thursday, Nov. 7, but no residents shared any remarks on the spending plan. Following the lackluster hearing, the board unanimously approved the budget.