Guilderland candidates nearly neck-and-neck in early fundraising efforts
Democrat and Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion has more cash on hand than Republican challenger Mark Grimm, but both have raised a similar amount of money since campaign season got underway.
Building renovations, enhancing security, technology upgrades proposed
The Guilderland Board of Education recently heard the district’s Facilities Committee unveil proposed capital projects totaling almost $18.2 million. If pursued, the spending would require voter approval.
Restaurant Week to feature 12 eateries, taste of cooking classes
Restaurant Week, coordinated by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, will run from Sunday, July 21, to Saturday, July 27, and feature 12 restaurants offering a variety of dining options.
Coming court battle could decide whether localities can keep out fracking
The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, July 2, approved joining an amici curiae, or friends of the court, brief supporting the towns of Dryden and Middlefield in enacting local laws banning natural gas drilling within the towns.
Voorheesville negotiations flatline, board awards funding despite objections
Despite opposition from a majority of the Voorheesville Board of Trustees towards approximately $8,800 in reserve funding in the Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service’s contract this year, the board awarded the money at its June 25 meeting.
Albany County Best Drinking Water contest sends town to regionals
The local first round of the state’s Best Drinking Water contest was held on Tuesday, July 10, in the lobby of the Albany County Office Building. The Town of Guilderland once again captured the favor of the majority of taste buds.
Lack of interest at high school prompts menu change, parents object
The Bethlehem Board of Education recently approved eliminating participation in the National School Lunch Program only at the high school after district administrators presented information showing a “steep decline” in the number of lunches purchased.
Nisky admin tapped for high school post, superintendent’s contract extended
Two new leaders have been selected to head up the Guilderland Board of Education, and the body has also chosen a new assistant principal at the high school.
Cuomo says initiative, laws aim to change behavior and save lives
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, July 9, while in Buffalo, detailed a $1 million summer initiative to increase enforcement of distracted driving laws by boosting undercover operations statewide.
Voorheesville student attends Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Voorheesville High School student Rebecca Barron was selected to study French horn at the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.
Guilderland Dem supervisor points to record, board incumbents seek reelection
Guilderland Supervisor and Democrat Ken Runion will once again seek his leadership position, with fellow Town Board incumbents likely to join him on the party’s ballot lines.
Tonko, UAlbany students urge Congress to freeze rates for two years
Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, SUNY officials and University at Albany students rallied on Monday, July 1, for a freeze of federal student loan rates at 3.4 percent for two years as Congress develops a long-term solution.
Bethlehem at epicenter of emerald ash borer infestation that expert says could explode
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County on Tuesday, June 25, hosted Mark Whitmore, a forest entomologist at the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, for a presentation on updated information about emerald ash borer infestations and what communities can do to address them. The emerald ash borer, or EAB, has already been confirmed at more than 20 locations in Albany County.
Local concert series offer a season of free entertainment
The towns of Bethlehem, Colonie, Guilderland and New Scotland offer several chances to enjoy the outdoors while bands perform. The venues range from the lawn outside of a library to a performing arts center stage, but the low price of “free” remains the same.
Nearly $80k awarded between Voorheesville and Altamont
The New York State Library has awarded more than $300,000 to Albany County libraries in an effort to help fund the needed projects, with nearly $80,000 awarded to the Voorheesville Public Library and the Altamont Free Library.
Low bid totals $315k to replace Irene damaged bridge, project FEMA and state funded
Two bids were received to replace the Wolf Hill Road Bridge in New Scotland, which suffered significant structural damage during Tropical Storm Irene. Unless the low bid is disqualified, the project will total nearly $315,000.
Guilderland Central School District on Saturday, June 22, held its Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, with approximately 400 students receiving their diploma.
Second "Fireflies and Fairy Tales: A Solstice Celebration"
The second “Fireflies and Fairy Tales: A Solstice Celebration” on Thursday, June 20, which was held along a one-mile portion of the Albany County Rail Trail.
Acoustic roots music festival welcomes families, keeps traditions alive
Traditional acoustic music will once again be played at the 33rd annual Old Songs Music Festival, which kicks off Friday, June 28, at 3 p.m. and ends Sunday night at the Altamont Fairgrounds.
Town Board will pursue further zoning refinements
The Town Board on Wednesday, June 12, unanimously approved a widespread zoning change intended to better reflect the character of the community and what the land is suited to contain.
Voorheesville event focuses on flag, guns and God
The second day of Freedom Fest ’13 on Saturday, June 15, focused on the Second Amendment and featured several speakers advocating for the SAFE Act to be overturned, or at the least revised.
New Scotland to review policies regarding dogs in town parks
The New Scotland Town Board heard from residents concerned about what rules do or don’t apply to dogs in the town’s Stephen P. Wallace Park off Swift Road at a Wednesday, June 12, meeting. Town Supervisor Tom Dolin said board members will review rules and relegations concerning dogs in town parks.
Candidates point to prior accomplishments, hopeful for support
New Scotland Democrats are winding up to stand behind incumbents this local election season, and pointing to their accomplishments.
Farm Bureau wants to see land assessments capped at 2 percent
Agricultural advocates are concerned spiraling land values are discouraging industry growth in the Empire State.
New Scotland will buy water from Bethlehem to form new district
The New Scotland and Bethlehem town boards each approved an intermunicipal water supply agreement for the newly formed New Salem Water District on Wednesday, June 12.
After pleading guilty to stabbing a Colonie man several times, Guilderland resident Elias K. Deligiannis was sentenced to eight years in State Prison, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
Education forum focuses on new testing requirements, state mandates
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, organized a forum, “Education at a Crossroads: A Forum on the Impacts of Testing and Mandates,” on Wednesday, June 5, in the Legislative Office Building at the Capitol.
New Scotland planners give preliminary approval for 12-lot project
A 12-lot subdivision in New Scotland saw considerably less public protest in its second public hearing before the town’s Planning Board, leading the board to move the project forward in the planning process.
Bethlehem celebrates Elm Avenue Pool Complex’s 40th birthday
Bethlehem celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Elm Avenue Pool Complex on Sunday, June 9, with a slide of cake, live band, bouncy house and of course swimming. There are several more events scheduled this year to continue the celebration.
Project will include improvements at small adjacent park
Finding a parking spot at Stuyvesant Plaza will be a little easier after 24 parking spaces are added at the shopping center.
Guilderland students bring historical figures to life at Living Museum
Stepping into a museum and having the famous faces come to life isn’t just a Hollywood fantasy for the silver screen. Guilderland High School students offered a chance to step into the fantasy.
Guilderland veteran receives his high school diploma 50 years later
Guilderland Central School District awarded Robert Lynch, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran, his high school diploma through Operation Recognition, which is a program allowing certain veterans to apply to receive a diploma if they didn't graduate from high school.
RCS students build floating creations for second Recyclable Boat Regatta
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students in Scott Peck’s Design and Drawing for Production course constructed boats complete with oars or paddles capable of powering an operator 75 yards across Lawson Lake for the district's Recyclable Boat Regatta.
Clothe a Homeless Hero program implemented at Albany International Airport
The Albany County Veterans Service Bureau is working with the Albany County Airport Authority, the Transportation Security Administration and the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society to distribute unclaimed clothing left at airport security checkpoints to homeless veterans.
Chairman touts endorsed candidates, optimistic to topple Dem stronghold
Guilderland Republicans have struggled over the years in the heavily Democratic community, but this year’s slate of candidates has the party’s chairman optimistic it’s time for the tides to change.
Preliminary maps comment period open, affects insurance rates and building requirements
The official flood maps in Albany County are in the process of being redrawn. Flood maps lay out floodplain boundaries and identify where flooding is most likely to occur in storms of varying strengths. The boundaries of flood zones can have a major effect on homeowners because it can greatly influence the need for flood insurance and what rates it might be offered at.
Project aims to improve pedestrian safety along Route 146
The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, May 21, took the first step towards following through on hamlet residents’ recommendation to install sidewalks. The board approved hiring Creighton Manning to design sidewalks on Route 146 in Guilderland Center.
Guilderland students helping to expand Pine Bush habitat
Students from Farnsworth Middle School are helping to monitor an area near the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Guilderland seventh-grade students were brought just past the City of Albany’s Rapp Road Landfill, where they looked for signs of life native to the Pine Bush at restored portions of land.
Environmental Fair at Five Rivers explores the present and past
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center hosted more than 600 students from around 10 Capital District elementary schools during the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s three-day Environmental Fair.
Bus and reserve fund propositions pass; uncontested board incumbents
Voorheesville Central School District's approved 2013-14 budget increases spending by almost $694,000, or 3.14 percent, and holds a property tax levy increase of 3.23 percent, which is within the district’s tax cap limit.
District's $1M bus and equipment proposition approved, uncontested board race
More than 60 percent of voters supported Guilderland Central School District’s proposed spending plan for next school year, holding a 3.39 percent property tax levy increase.
Crowds turn out to honor heroes at Altamont Memorial Day Parade
Despite a soggy start and drizzly finale, Altamont’s Memorial Day Parade went on as planned Sunday, May 19, when people lined the streets armed with umbrellas to honor those who made the greatest sacrifice for their country.
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week focuses on invasive insect’s threat, precautions
New York is recognizing Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week this year from Sunday, May 19, to Saturday, May 25. Residents and visitors are being encouraged to become more aware about the invasive insect and its destructive potential towards ash trees.
Teen’s suicide fuels push for legislation over school special education resources
Jerry Clark’s grandmother can’t fill the hole in her heart left by her grandson’s suicide, but she is continuing her efforts to keep it from happening to other families by lobbying for state legislation.
Two-year agreement holds annual 2 percent salary increase
The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, May 7, approved a new two-year contract with the town’s police union, which has around 35 members. The agreement provides a retroactive 2 percent salary increase each year.
New Scotland residents pack hearing to lament drainage issues, board rebuts claims
Neighbors of a proposed 12-lot subdivision in New Scotland fear their existing drainage issues would only worsen with new construction, but town officials and the developer claim the opposite is true.
Guilderland GOP robo-calls McKownville residents, supervisor says change not political
The Guilderland Town Board is backpedaling on a plan to establish a special taxing district in McKownville in a favor of a townwide fund aimed at fixing drainage issues across the board.
$3M extension hinges on purchase agreement with Bethlehem
The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, May 8, unanimously approved the boundaries of the New Salem Water District, but the town though must finalize a water purchase agreement with Bethlehem before the taps are turned on.
Volunteers pitch in to help Thacher Park for 'I Love My Park Day'
More than 50 people turned out to lend Mother Nature a helping hand at John Boyd Thacher State Park for New York state's second "I Love My Park Day" on Saturday, May 4.
Indian Ladder Farms showcases baby animals and activities
Baby animals returned to Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont on Saturday, May 4, with children clamoring to chicks, ducklings, bunnies, lambs, pigs and goats.