ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Unable to carry his beloved banjo, Pete Seeger used a different but equally formidable instrument, his voice, to instruct yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination two years ago.
A surging crowd, two canes and seven decades as a history-sifting singer and rabble-rouser buoyed him as he led an Occupy Wall Street protest through Manhattan in 2011.
"Be wary of great leaders," he told The Associated Press two days after the march. "Hope that there are many, many small leaders."
The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died Monday at age 94. Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him.
"He was chopping wood 10 days ago," Cahill-Jackson recalled.
COLONIE, N.Y. – An 18-year old East Greenbush student flew into the Albany International Airport on Friday with a 14-year old Tanzanian girl who will now spend her high school years in the Capital Region.
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Ali Reinhold is a senior at East Greenbush, and she raised almost $20,000 to pay for Arafa Salimu's travel and living expenses to attend school in the United States.
Reinhold met Salimu back in 2009 when she was part of a group of volunteers who went to Tanzania from Woodland Hill Montessori School in North Greenbush through the nonprofit WaterPowerPeace. Salimu is from Babati, Tanzania.
The FINAL pick-up for Peter's Dairy fund-raising T-shirts is set for Wednesday, January 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Peter Andrews VFW, Scott Ave. in the Village of Castleton. Those who have pre-ordered shirts must either pick them up or contact Linda Underwood -
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The governor will make the announcement during his State of the State address on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
The move would be a shift for Cuomo, who is up for re-election in November. As recently as April, he voiced opposition to the idea, questioning whether it could be properly regulated. But he also has said that he would keep an open mind on the issue, saying it is an "evolving one."