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Bethlehem: Fresh faces lead GOP ticket

Party’s platform focuses on restoring town services

With younger, fresh-faced candidates, members of the town’s Republican party are hoping 2015 is their year.

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Tickets are complete

All but one race will be contested in November

The town’s political parties have finalized their endorsements for 2015, after making initial announcements earlier in the season.

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Local officials propose consolidation

Report completed on efficiency plan, help save funds

Local government officials recently announced the completion of an efficiency plan spanning throughout Albany County that proposes collaboration between local governments in order to both help taxpayers and save millions annually.

County nixes downsizing

Proposal to hack number of seats voted down 21 to 18

The Albany County Legislature won’t be downsized any time soon.

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BCSD SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Lynne Lenhardt

This is the third in a series of Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education profiles.

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BCSD SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Jonathan Fishbein

This is the second in a series of Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education candidate profiles.

Democrats name candidates

VanLuven in race for town board; county legislature nods pending

One week after the town’s Republican party announced its candidates for the upcoming 2015 elections, the Democratic party did the same, but the backing for some county legislature seats will have to wait.

County legislators OK fracking waste ban

Local law would prohibit disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste at landfills

Hydraulic fracturing is banned statewide, but county legislators want to ensure none of the waste produced from the natural gas extraction method enters local landfills.

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Our hats are in

Bethlehem GOP announces candidates

Surrounded by members of the town’s police force, the Bethlehem Republican Committee announced the majority of its candidates for the fall election last week.

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Tobacco display ban touted [video]

Retailers support county bill to shield tobacco products; push back over compromise

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Legislator Mary Lou Connolly, flanked by supermarket and pharmacy store representatives, announced a local law prohibiting the display of tobacco in retail establishments with a pharmacy.

Kuhn announces County Legislature run

Reinhardt, Dawson and Miller also intended for Democratic ticket

Weeks after announcing he would not be seeking reelection to the Town Board, Jeffrey Kuhn has made known his intention to run for Albany County Legislature with three other Bethlehem Democrats.

Reaching out to younger voters

Bethlehem GOP hopes for big wins during campaign season this year

As campaign season gets underway, the Bethlehem Republican Committee is looking to reach out to younger voters and regain a seat on the Town Board.

Albany County redistricting violated Voting Rights Act

Court rules county plan diluted power of black voters, orders new minority-majority district

County officials are barred from holding elections until a new redistricting plan is drafted after a federal judge ruled the recent plan dilutes the power of black voters.

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Shafer facing additional charges for dumpy dirty cat litter

Former county legislator resigns from Bethlehem Democratic Committee

Howard Shafer is facing additional charges tied to him allegedly dumping soiled cat litter several times near two homes, and he reportedly resigned his political committee position.

Jeffrey Kuhn decides against second term

Incumbants Clarkson and Dawson to run, Democrat fundraisers announced

With campaign season months away, town Democrats have already begun to fundraise and announce their intentions to run in the fall.

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