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Guilderland denies chicken request

Town Board could still revise code to allow backyard coops

Neighbors won the battle in one man’s request to keep chickens, but the war of backyard pet politics is not yet over in the Town of Guilderland.

Soccer dome approved for Bethlehem

Inflatable dome will fit two fields and offices

The Bethlehem Soccer Club has received final approvals to move forward with construction of their indoor soccer complex on Wemple Road.

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Stram Center gets final approval

Former school district administration building to see new use as medical facility

The Stram Center of Integrative Medicine was back before the Bethlehem Planning Board for final approvals so the facility can relocate to 90 Adams Place.

Albany County’s hotel occupancy tax distribution debated

Legislators propose shifting funds from convention center but fail to gain support

Some county legislators do not believe funneling more than $7 million annually toward Albany’s convention center and civic center is the best use of its hotel occupancy tax revenue.

Colonie landfill operator fined

The Town of Colonie has approved a consent order permitting the Colonie Landfill operator to pay a fine to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for not reporting it exceeded the action leakage rate at the landfill.

Bethlehem landowners retain counsel

Law firm FOILs documents pertaining to reassessment

A group of large landowners in Bethlehem have hired a law firm to help with their protest against the recent townwide assessments.

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Albany County comptroller urges new course battling poverty

Annual address provides overview of county expenditures, revenue from last year

Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners believes the county is headed in a good direction, but it can’t leave behind those most in need.

Watchful eye over Feura Bush Park

Rash of damage spurs park surveillance system in New Scotland

Delinquents beware — more than the birds will soon be watching over Feura Bush Park.

Discontent brewing over Guilderland apartments

Developer’s study claims fiscal benefit greater with apartments over homes

There are still several hurdles before a 210-unit apartment complex off Western Avenue is approved, but a bevy of people have already expressed disapproval or support for the project.

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Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service contract signed

Town hands over reserve funds to VAAS, village holds onto reserves

This year’s Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service contract signing with the village didn’t go quite as smoothly as predicted months ago, but it’s still around two months earlier than last year.

Voorheesville adopts budget exceeding tax cap

Village spending plan totals $2.047M; fund balance usage decreases

The Voorheesville Village Board of Trustees approved a 2014-15 village budget exceeding its state mandated property levy tax cap, which totals slightly more than $2.047 million. The property tax levy is increasing 4.5 percent.

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Guilderland conditionally approves rezone for apartments

Town Board sends Wolanin project to Planning Board for site plan review

Several years after Wolanin Companies proposed rezoning property off Western Avenue for a luxury apartment complex, the request has been granted, conditionally. The contentious project still faces more hurdles before final approval.

Revisions eyed for Albany County Charter

Committee formed to tackle review commission recommendations

Albany County legislators have formed a committee to evaluate what recommendations from the Charter Review Commission’s report should be implemented.

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Bethlehem landowners stage protest

Group asks town to delay implementing reassessment until open space tax credits are looked into

A number of large landowners in the Town of Bethlehem staged a protest last week to speak out against the recent townwide reassessments.

Voorheesville plans to exceed tax cap

Village Board finalizes $2.05M budget, 4.5 percent tax levy hike

No residents on Monday, April 7, spoke during a low-key public hearing on Voorheesville proposed budget. Local officials, while not advertising the move, are looking to exceed the tax cap.