June 16, 2017

Troy Police's entire drug unit placed on administrative leave

Troy's police drug unit put on administrative leave
By Kenneth C. Crowe II
Updated 10:38 pm, Thursday, June 15, 2017

The city police department's drug unit was placed on administrative leave Thursday, according to several city officials.

TROY – The city police department's drug unit was placed on administrative leave Thursday, according to several city officials.

Officers placed on administrative leave are still paid. They can only be suspended without pay following a hearing. Such a suspension would last for 30 days before they go back on the payroll.
City Councilwoman Kim Ashe-McPherson, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee, said she learned Thursday night that the entire unit was placed on administrative leave.

Ashe-McPherson said she was given a cryptic description that the situation involved "papers," but she was unable to learn more about what that means. She said she tried to contact police Chief John Tedesco for information but was not able to reach him.

The six-member unit is commanded by a sergeant and works off-site from police headquarters. It is based at a different location in the city to protect the identities of confidential informants.

The drug unit is about five percent of the police department's authorized strength of 130 officers.

Capt. Dan DeWolf, the department spokesman, referred all inquiries about the situation to City Hall.

Detective Aaron Collington, president of the Troy Police Benevolent Associationthat represents the six officers, referred questions to Mayor Patrick Madden.

The mayor's spokesman, John Salka, said, "It's a personnel matter. The city does not comment on personnel matters."

June 10, 2017

Tuesdays at the Park

Music in the Park

Event Date:
Tuesdays - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

June 6th (rain date 6/7/17) Peacefull Country Band
June 13th (rain date 6/14/17) Winchester & Young
June 20th (rain date 6/21/17) Triskele
June 27th (rain date 6/28/17) Tri-County Banjo Band
July 11th (rain date 7/12/17) Yankee Doodle Band

June 2, 2017

SCHOOLS 5 Capital Region schools earn state distinction for high achievement, progress


Five local high schools were dubbed “Reward Schools” on Friday, a state designation reserved for the highest achieving schools in the state that also serve as a model to others on markers like progress and academic equity.

The schools — Averill Park, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, Maple Hill in Schodack and Clayton A Bouton in Voorheesville — may be eligible for grants under the designation. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Niskayuna received the designation last year, as well.

To earn the title, schools must rank among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English and math performance and be among the top 10 percent of schools for gains in English and math performance.

June 1, 2017

Team Happy Feet!

Faculty/staff have organized a Dine to Donate evening on Thursday, June 1 to support Team Happy Feet in honor of Bob Horan. More info below.


May 31, 2017

The Town Clerk's Office is accepting park reservations for the 2017 season. Keep in mind, week-ends fill up quickly, so if you are thinking about booking the park for a special event you should download the form, fill it out and submit it with your check to the Town Clerk's Office.

Take a look...Special Events During the Summer months, the Town of Schodack sponsors events such as "Music in the Park". Please check www.schodack.org/parks  for additional information, dates, and times or call 477-7590 for updates.

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Parades

Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade
When: Mon, May 29, 10:00 AM
Where: Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
The annual Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 29, stepping off at 10 a.m. from Boltwood Avenue.