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.

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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.

Michelle Shrader
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.

November 9, 2015

Open Meeting

Your presence is needed at Tuesday's RensCo Meeting
Once again it is important to show the Rensselaer County Legislature how determined we are to get a good Drinking Water Protection bill passed.

November 6, 2015

Call to action

On Wednesday, October 28th, Rensselaer County Chairman Stan Brownell and Vice Chairman Alex Shannon proposed another bill to protect drinking water , and we understand that they intend to bring it to a vote on November 10th.

The language of the bill reflects much improvement over the “eminent domain” version, and we now have a basis for moving forward to the development of a bill acceptable to us, the residents. However, it needs a lot of improvement. In fact, when comparing this bill to that which Legislator Alex Shannon and others introduced in August, this bill represents a significant step away from that bill's protections.

For example: The bill covers residents living within ¼ mile from a blast; the August bill protected residents living one mile from a blast: a 75% reduction in those protected. While we could live with covering residents living within ½ mile, ¼ mile – only 1320 feet -- is too small a radius.

November 5, 2015

Sectional Finals

Lady Devils advance to sectionals

The Columbia Girls Varsity Volleyball team advance to the finals in section 2 as they defeated the Averill Park LadyWarriors in 3 games @ Stillwater high school.

This Friday, for the 1st time since 1986, Columbia sends its girls to the section finale against Burnt Hills. Way to go Lady devils !!


Rensselaer, NY – November 5, 2015 –  STRIDE Adaptive Sports will host the 30 Years of STRIDE Gala Celebration on Saturday, November 14th, at 6pm in the new Renaissance Albany Hotel.  The event will be the hallmark event of STRIDE’s 30th anniversary year and will raise funds to support the nonprofit’s therapeutic sports programs for individuals with disabilities.

November 4, 2015

Election Results

Schodack Town Council

Kenney (R/C/WF/I/RF)26% (1,386 votes)
Rex (D)26% (1,358 votes)
Curtis (R/C/WF/I/RF)24% (1,280 votes)
Underwood (D)24% (1,244 votes)

Schodack Town Justice

Sober (D)42% (1,100 votes)
Peter (R/C/WF/I/RF)58% (1,525 votes)

November 3, 2015

For immediate release

Accepting Registration for 10th Annual 
Valatie Veterans 5K Run

The 10th annual Valatie Veterans 5K run, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 2114 of Valatie, N.Y., will be held on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 (Veterans Day). The run begins and ends at Glynn Square in Valatie, N.Y. The race starts at 10 am, followed by a Veterans Ceremony, raffle and presentation of race awards.

Early registration is $15. A registration form can be found at, or on-line registration is available at Day of race registration is $20 and begins at 9 am. Early packet pickup is available on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Valatie.

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November 2, 2015

Schodack Elections

Who is running?

Schodack Town Council

Underwood (D)

Kenney (R/C/WF/I/RF)

Rex (D)

Curtis (R/C/WF/I/RF)

Schodack Town Justice

Sober (D)
Peter (R/C/WF/I/RF)

Election Day November 3, 2015

Vote! There are a number of seats to be filled in Schodack!

• Schodack Town Supervisor Currently held by:
Dennis Dowds elected in November, 2009 - Running unopposed
• Schodack Town Clerk Currently held by:
Donna Conlin - Running unopposed
• Schodack Town Justice Currently held by:
Paul W. Peter was appointed Town Justice in 1992
Also running for Town Justice: Jennifer Sober
• Schodack Town Council (2 positions - 4 year terms) currently held by:
Frank Curtis won election in November 2005
Michael Kenney was elected to the Schodack Town Board in 2010 following his appointment earlier in the year.
Also running for Town Board: Trady Rex and Linda Underwood
• Schodack Receiver of Taxes Katherine E. Lubbers- Running unopposed.