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December 1, 2015

County Executive Jimino's hearing on the Drinking Water Protection Law bill s scheduled for thisWednesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. in Conference Room A, which is located on the fifth floor of the County Office Building, 1600 7th Avenue, downtown Troy.

This is the time to once again call out the troops, this time not to yell and scream but to simply state to the hearing officer for Mrs. Jimino: "Please sign the Drinking Water Protection Law bill that the Legislature passed on November 23rd. This proposed law protects groundwater supplies that the county's rural residents depend upon for their drinking water supply. It also covers any blasting that the Northeast Energy Direct project will require, which is important since that project is the largest that the county has seen in years and may affect thousands of residents. Thank you."

I strongly recommend flooding her office with e-mails in support of her signing the bill. See below for a sample e-mail (the person copied on the email is Chris Meyer, Deputy County Executive).

Subject: Drinking Water Protection Law bill

November 30, 2015

One down!

Sheldon Silver, Ex-NYS Assembly Speaker: Guilty on All Counts


After a five-week trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the end came rather quickly and unceremoniously for Mr. Silver, 71, a Democrat who served more than two decades as Assembly speaker before he was forced to resign from the post after his arrest in January.

November 28, 2015

EDITORIAL: Will state learn from its mistakes?

What’s happened in public education over the last two years is remarkable and scary.

Read it here:

November 27, 2015

Safe Haven - no questions asked

Safe Haven programs protect newborns, parents

Early Friday morning, police found the body of a male newborn in a garbage bag inside a dumpster behind a Bells Pond XtraMart in Livingston.

Following the discovery of a newborn’s body in a Columbia County dumpster, officials want to emphasize the Safe Haven program.

Safe Haven is available across the United States. If a parent is unwilling or unable to care for an infant, he or she can give it up to a Safe Haven program without any questions asked
SCHODACK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Sheriff Deputies say they have found the body of 33-year-old Michelle Shrader of East Greenbush.

Officials say she was located deceased in a wooded area just off of route 150 in the Town of Schodack around 4 p.m. on Monday. She was positively identified by her husband.