June 29, 2015

Got him!

Updated: Sunday, June 28 2015, 11:22 PM EDT CONSTABLE, N.Y. (AP) -- 
The latest on the manhunt following the escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison (all times local): 8 p.m.Read More...

A prosecutor says the surviving inmate who broke out of an upstate New York prison three weeks ago will be charged with escape, burglary and other counts.
David Sweat was captured Sunday afternoon after being shot twice by a state police sergeant less than two miles from the Canadian border.
Sgt. Jay Cook was by himself when he shot and wounded Sweat after the fugitive refused a command to stop.

Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Matt was shot and killed after being spotted by authorities on Friday.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie says Sweat has not been formally interviewed by investigators but any information he provides could be critical to the ongoing investigation. Sweat transported to Albany Med for treatment.

Two jail employees face charges in connection with the escape.



June 26, 2015

It's now the Law of the Land

Landmark: Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide
"It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves," Kennedy wrote. "Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

"When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free," the president said.

"Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

"There are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."

"Let's everybody remain calm."

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press.

Still, Christie stopped short of denying that an announcement was planned for next week at Livingston High School, which he graduated from in 1980. [Grammar alert! 'from where he graduated in 1980.']

Christie plans to make his announcement in the gymnasium of Livingston High School in the leafy suburban town where he grew up, about 30 miles west of New York City. He served as class president at the school for three years, and began his yearbook graduation message with the quote, "Great Hopes make Great Men." Christie often talks about how his upbringing shaped his rough-and-tumble persona.
After the announcement, Christie is scheduled to head to New Hampshire, where he will hold a town hall meeting in Sandown on Tuesday evening. He plans to remain in the state through July 4, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plan. The person lacked authorization to release details of Christie's rollout and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The decision underscores the importance for Christie of doing well in New Hampshire, which holds the party's first primary and has historically welcomed moderate candidates who visit often.

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June 25, 2015

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2015
Re: Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project

Dear Neighbor,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will soon hold scoping hearings in our area to hear from us how the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline project (NED) will impact our lives, homes, communities, towns and environment. This is our opportunity to tell FERC how the pipeline and compressor station will impact us and almost everything around us - water use and quality, health, fisheries, vegetation, wildlife, cultural resources, agriculture, farms, soils, land use, recreation, aesthetics, air and noise quality, security and reliability, historic sites, and more.
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STRIDE Adaptive Sports Featured in TIME

Local Wounded Warrior and his adoptive ‘Momma’ featured in TIME magazine

Rensselaer, NY – TSGT Timothy McDonough was living in Ghent NY when he met the CEO of STRIDE Adaptive Sports for the first time. He wore dark glasses, barely spoke and was attached at the hip to his German Shepherd Service dog, Bailey. Mary Ellen Whitney gently and consistently lured him into getting involved promising results if he would just try to step outside his belief that he was permanently disabled.

McDonough signed up for the STRIDE Warrior Snowfest at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in March of 2012, and learned to snowboard with some adaptive assistance from the STRIDE program operated there. The experience opened the door for him, and he began healing through getting involved in other programs. That summer, McDonough fell in love with STRIDE Center for Outdoor Recreation & Education (SCORE) camp in Chatham, as his solace and safe place for recreation, relaxation and building relationships.

Fast forward to 2015, McDonough now lives in Spokane Washington with his family, where his wife’s family hails. He is connected with numerous Wounded Warrior organization that offer adaptive sports that he loves, such as swimming, archery and shooting. Something clicked for McDonough, and his talents became apparent. A few short months ago, he attended the very first Wounded Warrior Air Force Trials, and took a bronze on freestanding rifle shooting. More recently, he earned the first ever Recurve Archery Gold for the AF trials. He also become a mentor for others and was given the Care Beyond Duty Mentorship Award. Not only has he pushed himself, but has been inspiring and pushing other wounded, ill and injured airmen.

His story was profiled in TIME magazine – just hitting the shelves, www.time.com/wounded-warriors , and he credits STRIDE Adaptive Sports and Mary Ellen Whitney as his adoptive “Momma’ .

Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO of STRIDE, couldn’t be happier “I am enormously proud of Tim and many others who struggle daily with demons of war memories; and yet they dare to step forward to learn a better way, through helping others. Integrating our veterans with youth who have disabilities is a powerful tool for healing, Tim is a fine example of this STRIDE philosophy”.

More info can be found by calling 518-598-1279.

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June 18, 2015

Project Red uncovered

Catherine Sager (SchodackSCENE)

In a covert effort to blow the roof of the mysterious warehouse project proposed for the corner of routes 9 & 20 and 150, I went undercover, posing as an interested resident prepared to bypassed security and shed some light on the possibly scandalous actions of Project Red.



June 16, 2015

Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline

Meeting tomorrow 7-9 PM at the senior center in Schodack.  about the high pressure, fracked gas pipeline and compressor station proposed to be located in Schodack

Sponsored by: Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline. If you want to learn more, you can visit www.stopnypipeline.org

For further information contact: John Serio, 518-733-0095
Email: Lisa Zimmerman at lisaz11659@gmail.com

Why so mysterious?

Town officials are quiet on a mysterious warehouse project proposed for the corner of routes 9 & 20 and 150. Suspiciously quiet.
Site of a proposed warehouse, known as "Project Red," off Route 150 in Schodack on June 1, 2015. (Bob Gardinier/Times Union)
"There is not much that we really know right now," Dowds said. "They were here with representatives from the county and said they really want a confidentiality clause at this time and we agreed."
Perhaps the reason for secrecy is the neighbors past resistance to commercial business on a large scale. The site is considered prime for commercial development but there is great opposition that business would be a disruptive presence that would harm the rural town's character.

2001 a proposal to mine gravel from the southwest corner of the intersection on 9 & 20 and Rt. 150 failed

In 2012, Dollar Tree proposed a 1-million-square-foot distribution center with pressure from residents on Julianne Drive and Richwood Drive.  Dollar Tree backed out.

Project Red has already come under fire from residents of the nearby neighborhoods.

The cloak and dagger approach isn't making the project very transparent.
That's never a good thing.


June 11, 2015



The Public Hearing for the mysterious warehouse called "Project Red" will be 7 PM at the next Schodack Planning Board meeting on Monday June 15 at the town hall. I have never seen an applicant with a large project get such fast and secretive progress toward getting approval.
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“Strides 4 STRIDE” 5K & 2K Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll

STRIDE Adaptive Sports celebrating Olympic Day with
“Strides 4 STRIDE” 5K & 2K Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll

Event to feature U.S. Paralympian Kim Seevers

ALBANY, NY – The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Albany, as STRIDE Adaptive Sports hosts a 5K & 2K Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll combined event in celebration of Olympic Day.

“Tall, Dark and Gruesome.”

Christopher Lee Dies at 93; Actor Breathed Life Into Nightmarish Villains
Christopher Lee, the physically towering British movie actor who lent his distinguished good looks, Shakespearean voice and aristocratic presence to a gallery of villains, from a seductive Count Dracula to a dreaded wizard in “The Lord of the Rings,” died on Sunday in London. He was 93.