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County executive OK’s new cyber-bully law

Latest version addresses court’s free speech concerns

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has approved a new cyber-bullying law, after a previous law was struck done this summer by the state Court of Appeals.

New Scotland budget within tax cap

Town Supervisor's proposal totals $7.2M, holds no staffing cuts

Town Supervisor Tom Dolin’s proposed budget holds a property tax levy just below New Scotland’s state imposed tax cap, while tapping less from its reserves.

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Bethlehem's preliminary budget unveiled

Supervisor Clarkson proposes $39.7M spending plan that includes cost of living raises for town employees

In presenting the preliminary town budget, Supervisor John Clarkson said the Town of Bethlehem remains in good financial condition, and he has proposed a slight spending increase for the coming year.

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Cecilia Tkaczyk, George Amedore ready for battle

Candidates for the 46th Senate District meet for first debate of the election season

One of the most contentious state senate races is on track to be a cutthroat contest featuring a rematch between two candidates looking for a knockout victory.

Stacy Pettit tops Richard Sherwood in primary

Delmar Democrat says her interests, experience make her a good fit for Surrogate Court judge

Following a last-minute signature campaign to appear on the ballot, Stacy Pettit has won her Democratic primary bid for Albany County Surrogate Court judge.

Albany County OKs new cyberbully law

NYCLU threatens lawsuit on revised statute after prior court victory

Albany County legislators are hoping their new cyberbullying law sticks, but a legal challenge has already been threatened.

Bethlehem starts online deer poll

Concerns about Lyme disease, other incidents fuel approach

The Bethlehem Deer and Tick Borne Disease Committee launched a new online survey for residents to provide further community input on the issue of the town’s deer population, along with the pests they carry.

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Telecommunications merger possible

Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland

Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.

Local Law D vetoed

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.

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Many voices for new tobacco rules

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.

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Bethlehem passes conservation easement law

‘Bare bones’ version allows tax breaks to preserve open space

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law allowing conservation easement exemptions for Bethlehem landowners, the town board took action on its local law last week.

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Jim Fischer, Paul Tonko camps squabble over debates

Televised debate, two public forums planned for the 20th Congressional District race

Even before the 20th Congressional District candidates have officially squared off, both campaigns have debated the process of setting up debates.

Voorheesville loses bid for Rail Trail grant

Village officials to pursue funding options; county sets goal to pave pathway

Voorheesville isn’t receiving funding local officials sought to enhance its end of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, but their vision is still in focus.

Democrats get ready for showdown

Two ideologies struggle for dominance as key committee seats hang in the balance

Bethlehem Democrats could see a potential change in leadership as some committee members primary to keep their district seats, setting up a showdown between the party’s old guard and a progressive movement from within.

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Number of bids sparse for New Salem water project

New Scotland fails to draw bids for one contract, evaluating options

Little interest was drawn for contracts to construct the New Salem Water District, with one of the three contracts not receiving a single bidder.

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