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.
After a tough year of budgeting resulted in the loss of a well-liked physical education teacher and football coach, among other positions, the South Colonie Central School District’s growth and assessment rate increase came in lower than projected in the spring.
Patrick O’Connor helped save three people suffering from cardiac arrest
Nearly a year after the most recent resuscitation, a local firefighter and Town of Colonie 911 dispatcher was honored for his involvement in saving three people suffering from cardiac arrest.
New connector path in Latham grants greater access to Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path
Before town officials and engineers had even arrived for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, people were already out enjoying the path, walking their dogs and riding bikes.
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.
Numbers come in lower than projected
The North Colonie Board of Education approved a tax levy increase of 2.55 percent, which is down from the 3.63 percent the board estimated in April.
Shaker Heritage Society carefully selects vendors for annual craft fair
A historic area in the Capital District is offering an opportunity to explore the booths of over 70 vendors, listen to music and watch numerous demonstrations that whole family can enjoy.
New play area at Blue Creeek Elementary built in memory of Vincenzo Rizzo
After 18 months of planning, fundraisers and bringing the community together to build a project in honor of a young student that died, the school has formally accepted the playground built for Vinnie Rizzo.
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.
Day of activities focuses on teaching skills to young people
Young adults from across the state gathered in Colonie on Thursday, Aug. 21, to learn new firefighting techniques and improve old ones with training from some of the best instructors around.
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.
District will place solar panels on 11 buildings
With schools across the state and nation facing tough decisions and budgets, one school district was able to find a way to save money every year on energy costs without taxpayers footing the bill.
Independent living center pulls up stakes after 143 years in Albany
On a recent afternoon, volunteers helped the Little Sisters of the Poor clean and remove items from the chapel of an independent living center that has been in Albany for 143 years.
Owner of El Charro Mexican Grill says the restaurant business is in her blood
A new restaurant in Latham already has a proven track record in Virginia and Maryland with an owner that grew up in the business.
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.
Loudonville woman writes book about how she lost pounds but kept her sanity
Having struggled with weight issues her whole life, Loudonville resident Stacey Morris had trouble finding the right combination of dieting and exercise to keep the pounds off. When she did finally find a combination that worked, she wrote a book to share her success with others.
Camp allows kids to play Bubble Balls
A summer camp that operates at different locations in the Capital District offers kids fun ways to keep active and enjoy their summer by bringing a unique item to the area.
Summer art classes for special education student help them gain life skills and more
Summer school is generally not something students clamor for, but there are some that enjoy the atmosphere and benefit from year-round learning.
Schuyler Bakery celebrates anniversary next month
A line of customers stretched from the register past a glass case filled with pastries to the door, and a bread-cutting machine hummed as it sliced loaves of freshly baked bread.
Colonie Golf Course to host fundraiser for Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Firefighters across the state put their lives on the line to help citizens on a daily basis, so an organization that helps the families of fallen firefighters has come up with a fun way to give back.
Villagewide competition encourages colorful blooms
In an effort to bring life and color to the main drag of Menands, the village created a competition in the hopes that neighbors will inspire each other to take pride in their property.
Non-profits partner up to make play space for dogs
A newly constructed play space for dogs at an animal shelter was created when four charitable and nonprofit organizations came together to help.
Albany County Bar Association helps Cohoes teen attend camp that sharpens law skills
A student from Cohoes High School was the first person to be given a newly created scholarship that helped her attend an educational camp in Lake George.
Food bank in need of volunteers as numbers dip during the warmer months
In summer, while many people are enjoying summer vacations and time off from work, there remains a desperate need for volunteers to help those less fortunate.
Data would be collected on Fuller Road traffic going in and out of Albany
The Town of Colonie recently received a grant to purchase police equipment that officers hope will help fight crime by gathering large amounts of data and storing it so they can pinpoint where a vehicle was in the event of a crime.
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.
BKK Bistro offers twist on traditional cuisine
After a decade of success in Vermont, the BKK Bistro Thai Food + Martinis held its grand opening at 728 Loudon Road in Latham on Wednesday, July 16.
Mercury project on track to finish at the end of the year
The former site of a mercury refinery that borders the towns of Colonie and Guilderland is on track to be cleaned up the end of 2014 as it enters phase two of the project.
Latham woman who lost her son to suicide wants to sell her family’s land for affordable housing for veterans
Sitting on the remains of an old wooden wagon, Gloria Knorr reminisces how her family has owned the Latham land for 100 years and explains her plans to create a community to memorialize her son.
Lawyer Mat Tully has first-hand knowledge of the challenging transition former members of the military face
It doesn’t matter whether you are a career soldier or someone who has transitioned from the professional world to the military and back again several times over. Reintegrating into civilian life can be a challenge.
New Blue Creek Elementary playground dedicated in boy’s honor
A North Colonie Elementary school received a new playground over the weekend as volunteers gathered to build the playground in memory of a young boy that died tragically and unexpectedly.
Volunteer company wants input from public before vote
The Midway Fire Department in Colonie is looking to build a new firehouse to replace the current building, which has several problems.
Landfill raises money for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
An interesting partnership resulted in two dogs hanging out and greeting visitors at the landfill who were taking advantage of an opportunity to get rid of their household hazardous waste.
Colonie’s amusement park will close in September
After 62 years, one of area’s best-known amusement parks is set shut down the rides for good at the end of the summer as the owners look to enjoy the rewards from decades of hard work.
Colonie Central student who spent her graduation in the ER dons cap and gown a second time
After years of hard work and dedication, a Colonie Central student was set to graduate when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital Friday, June 27. Following her recovery, her friends wanted to make sure she received her diploma in her cap and gown.
Iconic destroyer underwent $1.2M in renovations
After undergoing 12 weeks of repairs in Staten Island, the USS Slater, one of the last remaining ships of its kind, made it back to Albany in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
Loudonville man jokes his way to New York’s Friars Club
After being in the business just over 12 years, a born and raised Loudonville man was inducted into an elite club of comedians, actors and others in the entertainment business.
Fundraiser lets riders see the sights while raising money for diabetes
A local fundraiser rumbles its way through Albany by going past landmarks to raise money for a charity the organizer started after he found out his son had type I diabetes.
Kids from the city ready to experience an Upstate summer
A group of 27 children from New York City arrived in Loudonville recently to spend a week exploring the Capital District and enjoying many of the summertime freedoms they aren’t afforded in the city.
Special use permits open up more opportunities in town for development
In an effort to create more business opportunities, the Colonie Town Board has come up with a special use permit that officials say allows for a more “common sense” approach to development.
High levels of CO found in Latham couple’s home
Two elderly residents were found dead in their home in Latham after a concerned coworker called the Colonie Police Department asking officers to check on them.
Members of Menands Inquiry Team convince school board to make the switch from plastic to reusable silverware
A group of Menands students found that making a small change in the school’s lunchtime routine will save money and reduce pollution.
Planning board OKs waivers clearing the path for Colonie eatery
The Town of Colonie is on track to get a chain restaurant that serves drive-through Chinese food, a first of its kind in the area.
Local donor gives $31,000 to DARE program
The Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, June 19, welcomed a special guest to discuss how the county is doing overall, and talk about all the new things taking place in the town.
New currency exchange branch opens at airport
An easily accessible spot for foreign currency exchange will save international travelers time when they are trying to exchange money coming in or going out of the country.
Lawmakers seek to address safety issues, stiffen penalties
A virtual pipeline of volatile oil traveling through Albany County has local legislators scrambling to create safety nets to protect the county and its citizens in the event of an accident.
CDTA event tests the skills of its top drivers
There were plenty of cones, barrels and fancy maneuvering at a recent CDTA “roadeo,” but no bulls, horses or clowns as organizers crowned a repeat winner.
Second-grader raises money for tornado-damaged firehouse in Duanesburg
Colonie Central High School recently made headlines by raising money during Raiderfest for the American Cancer Society, but the altruistic spirit starts even younger at South Colonie, with an 8-year-old student at Forest Park who has done some fundraising of his own.
‘Railroad puppy’ grand marshal of benefit for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
When Paws in the Park kicks off, after not having a grand marshal last year and the same marshal the first few years, there’s a new dog in town that will be the star of the show.
Whole Foods Market sees itself as more than just a grocery store
A grocery store known for its fresh and organic groceries will be opening its first store in the Capital District, putting more than 50 local products on its shelves and adding 227 jobs to the area.