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Cohoes man charged with drug possession

MALTA, N.Y. — State Police in Malta arrested a Cohoes man, charging him with drug possession and on a parole violation. On Feb. 16, troopers said they arrested Derek Halikias, 25, of Cohoes, and charged him with one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and on a parol


Rensselaer County legislator charged with DWI

A Rensselaer County legislator is charged with DWI. Dan Casale was pulled over on February 8 in Brunswick. Police say he was given a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol content of .13 percent. That's above the legal limit of point .08 percent.


New York food stamp benefits to be released early

ALBANY, N.Y. — All recipients of food stamps in New York will receive their March benefits a week earlier than scheduled. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the early release is to ease the burden on those who stretched February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits during the federal government


NYC Plans Budget for 2020

New York, NY – New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio cautiosly has plans a budget for 2020 as finances face. headwinds in New York and across the country. In planning for the next fiscal year, we are facing new realities and tough choices. The economy is slowing and Washington and Albany are looking


Hoosick Falls native named grand marshal of St. Patrick's Day Parade

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — James "Jim" Shaw has been named the grand marshal of the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day Parade. Known for his smiling Irish eyes and gift of gab, Jim is a descendant of Dennis Crowley and Andrew Hackett, who emigrated from Ireland in 1866 and 1868. Born in town in February 194


Rensselaer County officials issue update on response to storm

RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. — Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin issued an update Tuesday afternoon on preparations and the ongoing response to inclement winter weather impacting the Capital Region.


John W. Taylor: New York’s (Almost Only) Speaker of the House

The title Speaker of the House of Representatives has received lots of attention during the past few years. It’s hard to believe that the nation’s fourth-most-populous state (New York — nearly always number one, and in the top five since 1790) has only one native who served in that position.


New Poke Bar Coming To Loudonville

If you are a fan of the Poke Bar that opened in Downtown Albany last year, you are going to love this one too!. Lark Street Poke Bar opened midway through the year in 2018 and many love it. It is in a great location on Lark. I know every time I ever went down Lark, it seemed they were doing well. So


Siena Poll: Majority of New Yorkers Approve Amazon HQ

Loudonville, N.Y. - Just days after Amazon is said to be having second thoughts of building their second headquarters in New York City, a new poll released by Siena College on Tuesday found that a majority of New Yorkers support the deal.


Gasoline prices fall in NY state, but national average rises

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Gasoline prices in New York state fell another 3.3 cents per gallon last week, settling at an average of $2.47 on Sunday, according to GasBuddy.com. But the national average crept upward for the second straight week.


Glens Falls woman faces felony drug counts

TROY -- A Glens Falls woman faces 15 drug charges after an investigation into drug activity in Troy, according to police. Elizabeth O. Henry, 48, was arrested Jan. 24, along with 35-year-old Troy resident Jimmy C. Smith, for allegedly possessing multiple types of narcotics, police records show.


New York State Funding Should Help Ease Waiting Lists

The weather the last few weeks has really reminded us what WNY winters can dish out. It’s seems like it’s been a long time since we have had such cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills, not to mention blowing and drifting snow. Since February is heart month, I just want to remind older a


Brackets, seeds sets for NY state wrestling tournament

Syracuse, N.Y. – The top wrestlers in the state will compete this weekend at the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday. Live results can be found on the CNYWrestling.com.


Get Out and About at These 7 Hudson Valley Events

A slope-style shred at Hunter, a sky-high stair climb in Albany, and more from this week’s picks for things to do around the Hudson River. February 23, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to shred it up at Hunter Mountain on Saturday, when the region’s best skiers and riders flock to the slopes for a pro comp


Feds: Man arrested in Schenectady raid admits to being in U.S. illegally

ALBANY -- An El Salvadoran man arrested in a December police raid at a Schenectady residence has admitted to being in the U.S. illegally, after having been previously removed from the country multiple times, records show.


Police: Missing Schenectady teen still sought; Two others found safe

SCHENECTADY - A missing Schenectady teen believed to have runaway from home last week remains sought, city police said Monday. Two other teens highlighted by the department on its Facebook page last week have been found unharmed and in good health, police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon said.


Cohoes-Waterford Bridge named '2018 Project of the Year'

COHOES, N.Y. — New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas recently announced a $21.9 million replacement of the Cohoes-Waterford Bridge over the Mohawk River between Albany and Saratoga counties has been named "2018 Project of the Year" for structures projects betw


Troopers: Gansevoort sisters charged with DWI within hours of each other

WILTON - Two Gansevoort sisters were charged with drunken driving within hours of each other Saturday, state police said. Both sisters were involved in the first incident, where they were also accused of fighting with troopers. The sister identified as the passenger in the first incident was then ca


Designer Harry Allen revives his upstate New York cottage with subtle modernist makeover

When diehard modernists dream about country life, they tend to conjure images of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House outside Chicago and Philip Johnson’s iconic house of glass in Connecticut. Harry Allen, a multidisciplinary New York-based designer, appreciates the allure of those particular archet


Winter continues: More snow expected Sunday night, Monday morning

ALBANY - Another three to six inches of snow is expected to fall Sunday evening into Monday morning, the National Weather Service said Sunday. The service issued a winter weather advisory for the region to go along with the forecast. The advisory runs from 9 p.m. Sunday to 4 p.m. Monday.