At UAlbany: Raising the alarm along post-truth front line

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21
Albany Journalist David Daley likened the state of America's democracy these days to a horror movie when something gruesome is about to happen: "The call is coming from inside the house," declared Daley, digital media fellow at the University of Georgia and the former editor-in-chief of "I don't like to be the voice of doom and gloom, but we are in a serious and chilling moment," Daley said Saturday, the second day of a two-day symposium titled "Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World" sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany. Daley laid out the upshot of an audacious redrawing of the U.S. electoral map following the 2008 Democratic sweep of Congress.

Air National Guard head to Antarctica

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21
Members of the 109th Airlift Wing load two LC-130s fitted for snow landings Tuesday before their annual trip to the Antarctic from Stratton Air National Guard base. Operation Deep Freeze is the logistical support that the military provides to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The first flight of the season launched on Friday, Oct. 13

Cops: Ballston Spa men steal tools, checks, equipment

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

BALLSTON SPA - Two village men were arrested last week for allegedly stealing tools, checks and lawn and construction equipment from numerous buildings in Ballston, Malta and Wilton, Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said.

$1.5M state grant will retool Glenville police station

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

GLENVILLE -The Glenville police department will soon be getting some much-needed upgrades that the chief hopes will improve safety thanks to a $1.5 million state grant courtesy of Sen. Jim Tedisco.

Police Chief Stephen Janik said Tuesday he would like to see money be used to renovate the front end of the station and the area where defendants and people taken into custody for questioning are brought into and out of the building. He said that's where the one bay that his officers pull up to with prisoners is located.

"The prisoner transfer area is very confined and I just don't think that it offers the best safety and security for the police officers," he said, adding to they have to bring those inmates and defendants through an open area that is adjacent to the main door of the police department that leads out to the parking lot.

Assembly Democrats doubtful about special session

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

ALBANY — The state Assembly's Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie said he doubted lawmakers would have to convene a special session before January's scheduled start of the 2018 regular legislative session – unless there's an unexpected cut in federal funding.

Schumer uses Pence visit to Buffalo to attack Trump tax package

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer on Tuesday used Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the upstate New York as a hammer against the Trump administration's proposal to end to deductions for state and local taxes.

''Vice President Pence might have visited Buffalo today, but he's been living in a tax twilight zone,'' Schumer said Tuesday in a press release, which included quotes from business leaders against eliminating the state-local deduction. ''This tax plan is a gut shot to the middle class and all of upstate New York's economy.''

Free symposium on American Revolution is Veterans Day

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

SCHENECTADY - The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson-Mohawk Valleys is hosting a free symposium on the war at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. at Schenectady College Community College, 78 Washington Ave.

Rensselaer County executive candidates face off at forum in Brunswick

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

BRUNSWICK - Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin referred to his battles in Albany, while Democrat Andrea Smyth drew on her leadership in state human services organizations to promote their qualifications to be the next Rensselaer County executive.

Saratoga Springs mayoral candidates attack each others ethics, intentions

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The city's mayoral race is heating up with Republicans criticizing candidate Meg Kelly for filing her financial disclosure forms late and Democrats complaining that candidate Mark Baker is taking in money from developers.

Troy issues boil water advisory

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

TROY – A boil water advisory has been issued until at least noon Thursday as a precautionary measure for an area ranging from Congress Street north to Frear Park that includes RPI and two hospitals due to repairs made to a cracked water main Monday night, city officials said Tuesday.

"It takes two days to clear," Chris Wheland, superintendent of public utilities, said Tuesday.

5 Albany properties lose their "mixed-use" tax break

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

ALBANY - Five properties in Albany will lose tax breaks given to them in error this year and in 2016, possibly boosting future tax revenue for the capital city and Albany County at least $60,000, based on calculations with the city's 2017 tax rate.

Preview: Yankees must hit Astros' McCullers to win ALCS

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

With Dallas Keuchel set to start Game 5, the Yankees, coming off a momentum-shifting 8-1 victory in Game 3 on Monday, have a great opportunity to even the series against Houston on Tuesday when the Astros put Lance McCullers on the mound.

McCullers, who had a hot start to the season cooled off by two separate stints on the 10-day DL with lower back problems, one in June and one that lasted the entire month of August, only made three starts in the regular season after July 30.

And they weren't particularly inspiring.

In those three starts, McCullers is 0-1 with 6.92 ERA in 14 innings pitched. He's allowed 14 hits, struck out 14, and posted 1.38 WHIP.

Mohawk River testing to be done near Colonie town dump

Times Union feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21

Waterford — Two towns opposed to a proposed massive expansion of the Colonie landfill are teaming up with the environmental group Riverkeeper to begin water testing of the Mohawk River near the landfill.

"We have felt that such testing should have been part of this review from the beginning," said Waterford Supervisor Jack Lawler on Tuesday."We are tired of waiting for the state to do it."

Lawler said his town and Halfmoon, which both oppose the landfill expansion, welcomed the support from Riverkeeper. He said sampling should show what pollution, if any, might be coming into the river from the landfill.

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DNA solves 1995 Schenectady murder cold case

Times Union feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:09
Schenectady More than two decades later, District Attorney Robert Carney said he still has vivid recollections of the gruesome crime scene the morning of May 30, 1995 when Suzanne Nauman's almost nude body was discovered in a field near the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. The strangulation death of the 17-year-old mother of an infant had vexed just about everyone working the murder case, including retired Schenectady police Detective Roy Edwardson, who pledged to buy a headstone for Nauman if police solved the case. Edwardson died in 2014 in a motorcycle crash.

Churchill: Troy's movie theater loss could be a gain for Cohoes or Colonie

Times Union feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:09
Troy Eighteen months hence, a Bow Tie Cinemas complex may be set to open in downtown Cohoes, along Route 9 in Colonie or elsewhere in Albany County. And Troy? It will still have its hole. That's 1 Monument Square, of course, the downtown site where proposals die. The Bow Tie Cinemas plan was perhaps the best one there in the six years since the old City Hall was demolished, and it is kaput now, too. "We just didn't see an end to the lawsuits," Joe Masher, chief operating officer at Bow Tie, said to explain why the company terminated the plan. "I'm devastated. I was really looking forward to putting a theater downtown and doing my hometown proud," Masher said.

Police: Scotia man charged with identity theft, grand larceny

Times Union feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:09

A Scotia man allegedly opened a credit card in an acquaintance's name and spent over $1,000 at various retailers in the Capital Region, State Police in Latham said Monday.

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