Membership drop forecasted as business owners shift to state health insurance exchanges
The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday, Nov. 7, its membership and program manager, Erika Gauthier, was selected as interim president. Gauthier will lead the Chamber for approximately six months as its board of trustees searches for a new president and strategically plan the direction of the organization.
Second referendum fails, sidelining football field light replacements and auditorium upgrades
Guilderland Central School District on Thursday, Nov. 14, presented residents with two building project propositions totaling $18.17 million. The first proposal totaling $17.32 million passed, but the second proposition, totaling around $845,000 failed by a narrow margin.
District plans to bring in K9 for locker searches; prior school shooting almost attempted
Guilderland school officials are implementing several measures to address safety issues, but the one attracting the most attention involves man’s best friend.
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.
High school boys name students in explicit rap song, video removed from YouTube
Four Guilderland High School students have been suspended for posting a video to YouTube consisting of a rap song detailing alleged sexual encounters of students in the school.
MiSci to hold Super Science Weekend, Dudley Observatory kicks off activities
Realizing the richness of the area’s science offerings will be a simple calculation at an upcoming inaugural science festival.
Albany County unveils $8.6 million technology generating clean energy from sewage
Albany County Sewer District and state officials have done just that, unveiling Wednesday, Oct. 30, a new multi-stage combined heat and power system at the county’s North Plant.
Thriller is a change of pace for high school acting troupe
The fall production for Guilderland High School’s drama club diverges from its typically comedic selection and turns to “Night Watch,” written by Lucille Fletcher.
Majority of GCSD's $18M project tied to infrastructure renovations; low turnout at meeting
Guilderland Central School District residents will head to the polls again on Thursday, Nov. 14, just over a week after Election Day to decide two building project propositions totaling $18.17 million.
Democrats sweep town races, Runion reelected to eighth term as supervisor
Guilderland Republicans presented a full slate of candidates for the first time in a decade, but failed to pick up any seats against Democrat incumbents and newcomers.
Albany Art Room reopens at new location, owner committed to staying in city
Finding a permanent home for a local business catering to artists of all ages ended up taking much longer than watching paint dry.
Residents near Western Ave. corridor want DOT to also target drainage
Residents and business owners were invited to share comments about proposed sidewalk improvements along Western Avenue in Guilderland, but most thoughts centered on drainage issues and fears that future repairs would require new sidewalks to be ripped out and repaved.
TSA ‘Pre-Check’ security program takes off at Albany Airport
Some passengers will be flying through the security checkpoint at Albany International Airport thanks to a recently implemented expedited screening program.
Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015
Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.
Retreat to solve conflicts causes finger pointing before it even begins
Guilderland Board of Education members are scheduled to hold a retreat next month to work out their differences, but some internal tensions spilled out into public before they could get away.
Agricultural land assessments held to 2 percent increase annually
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, capping agricultural land assessments at 2 percent annually. The measure aims to offer a more stable and predictable tax climate for the state’s agricultural industry.
Burbank to lead Community Caregivers, credited with transforming organization
Kathy Burbank will be leaving the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce after serving as the organization’s president for six years.
Guilderland schools librarians help parents and students become cyber savvy
Guilderland Central School District librarians hosted on Thursday, Oct. 17, a program titled “Cyber Smart: Succeeding in a Digital World,” a series of workshops featuring interactive presentations containing tips for using online tools and accessing district resources.
Guilderland begins eminent domain proceedings to acquire private road
The Guilderland Town Board proceed with plans on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to acquire Stitt Road through eminent domain after Fred Wagner, owner of Helderberg Excavating & Trucking, Inc., requested additional time to finalize a land purchase at the board’s Sept. 17 meeting.
Insiders say GOP regrouping this year, plans to come out swinging in 2015
The New Scotland Republican Committee offered no candidates for town offices this year. Any voter who is disillusioned with incumbents or with how the town has been governed will likely have to wait another two years.
Grimm says budget layout less transparent, Runion argues opposite
Guilderland's revised preliminary budget for next year calls for a property tax levy decrease of around 1.35 percent, or $153,000, for a total of $11.1 million in tax revenues.
Vendor mailing error affects Voorheesville and Bethlehem school districts
Plummeting test scores have been a widespread concern this year, but at least two area districts had more to worry about after the results were mailed out.
Guilderland native releases adventure fiction novel, initial installment of planned series
The first installment of Benjamin Deer’s adventure fiction series, “Emerus: The Beginning,” was welcomed during a launch party on Friday, Oct. 11, with family and friends offering congratulations and hugs to the newly published author.
Guilderland’s Trick-or-Treat Street offers festive indoor activities for local families
Guilderland High School is preparing to host its 10th annual Trick-or-Treat Street Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will see the school’s halls, cafeteria and gymnasium transformed into a Halloween haven.
Chain restaurant offers fresh seafood, specialty cocktails and Sunday brunch specials
Bonefish Grill, a casual dinning seafood chain restaurant, held its grand opening on Monday, Oct. 7, after holding a charity event benefiting the Capital District Habitat for Humanity the prior Saturday.
Supervisor offers $7.2M spending plan tapping $332k from fund balance
Town Supervisor Tom Dolin filed a 2014 Tentative Budget calling for a 1.66 percent property tax levy increase. Expenditures between the town’s four main funds would increase by around $24,500.
District scales back proposal for repairs, more projects likely in coming years
Voorheesville High School desperately needs a reconstructed, modern roof, according to district officials, and technology upgrades at all its buildings to prepare for the planned shift to computer-based testing and evaluations.
A 17-year-old Guilderland high school student allegedly crashed her car into a district school bus after failing to yield the right of way, according to police.
Albany County residents filed more than 93,000 prescriptions through program
Hundreds of county residents have paid less for prescription medication by simply presenting a card over the past few years. They’ve racked up $3.5 million in savings.
Albany County highlights Domestic Violence Awareness Month, services offered
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, joined by county Chief Assistant District Attorney David Rossi, recognized the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and honored county Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center Director Karen Ziegler for her efforts.
Guilderland Class of 1978 holds auction to benefit Make-A-Wish
The Guilderland Class of 1978’s reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, will honor more than 20 deceased classmates through an online auction benefitting the Northeast New York Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Proposal would fund county nursing home only to June 2014, planning on LDC takeover
McCoy released his 2014 Executive Budget to county legislators on Tuesday, Oct. 8, which proposes a 1.6 percent tax levy increase and appropriations totaling more than $574 million. The budget includes a three-year financial plan to bolster general fund reserves.
Experts say this fall has already been a banner year for leaf peepers. And locally, the peak is near.
Leaves are big business in New York. By official accounts, the yearly fall foliage fireworks draw billions in tourism dollars. And it is expected this year will offer a sensational season.
Officials tour environmentally friendly infrastructure throughout Albany County
The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County hosted a Green Infrastructure Tour Tuesday, Sept. 24, for elected and municipal officials, engineers and other community members to see for sites across the county where green ideas have been implemented to manage stormwater issues.
National Grid’s power outage map as of 5:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, indicated around 4,440 customers in Bethlehem have lost electricity to their property. This accounts for almost a third of the company’s customers in the town.
Fresh wounds before ambulance contract negotiations, committee proposed
Tensions between Voorheesville officials and its local ambulance service were reignited after the mayor voiced concerns in the village’s seasonal newsletter.
Grimm points to Runion placing home on market, incumbent says he’s downsizing
Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion is selling his 3,200-square-foot home, but he has expressed his intent to stay local and chided his Republican opponent for seizing on the sale as a political topic.
Village says leaky pipe has wasted more than 1 million gallons
Voorheesville officials have warned two village homeowners they could soon be without water after more than one million gallons of water has reportedly leaked from their connection since May.
Guilderland Community Fest offers family fun, proceeds help local nonprofit
Local families have chance for a great time with their neighbors while at the same time helping children who suffer from serious medical conditions have their “best day ever.”
Voorheesville school chef offering dinners to go as a ‘fun’ way to boost revenue
Two weeks ago, Voorheesville Central School District opened its doors and kitchen to the community through a new “Meals to go” dinner program, which is aimed at keeping its school lunch program in the black.
Guilderland will acquire private road through eminent domain after buses stop running
The Guilderland Central School District put the brakes on traveling down a private road to pick up children, which has spurred town officials to quickly make the road public.
Albany County highlights National Baby Safety Month, gives task force progress update
The Albany County Safe Sleeping Task Force’s latest initiative isn’t an exercise in remembering the alphabet, but rather another outreach effort cautioning parents and caretakers to not sleep in bed with an infant.
Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location
The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland.
Village trustees cite increased fee in plans for departure
The Voorheesville Board of Trustees signaled their intention to leave the county Stormwater Coalition during a workshop meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, after the annual membership fee for the village was more than doubled to around $7,300.
Colonie Youth Center holds 10th annual 5K and kids runs promoting health and wellness
The Colonie Youth Center will mark a decade of hosting its annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs on Sunday, Sept. 29, in The Crossings Park at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center located at 30 Aviation Road in Colonie. There is race-day registration available.
Funds will help build countywide emergency communications, terrorism prevention
On the eve of Sept. 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced the county had been awarded nearly $600,000 by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to help improve crisis communications and prevent terrorist attacks.
Plans advancing for chain’s ‘store of the decade,’ completion by end of year
Renovations are giving the Latham Price Chopper more than a fresh look and new layout, because prepared foods, a casual dinning experience and specialty food choices will soon present “chopper shoppers” with a top notch experience, according to Neil Golub, executive chairman of the Golub Corp. board.
New Scotland Town Board awards $4,500 to complete bridge work, open trail
The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, Sept. 11, approved donating $4,500 to the Friends of the Rail Trail to complete bridge renovations to open up a section of the Rail Trail from Upper Font Grove Road to the Route 155 bridge.
County bill would ban usage of plastic foam at chain businesses
Several proponents of a ban on polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, from chain establishments continued urging county legislators on Monday, Sept. 9, to approve the “Food Service Waste Reduction Act.”
Glenmont man’s short stories drawing from Vietnam experiences arranged into book
Albany Law School professor James Redwood started writing about Vietnam more than 25 years ago through fictional short stories.