February 27, 2016

The "drunk bus" charges fabricated

The Drunk Bus Photo: Brittany Gregory
The shocking allegations of a racially tinged assault at the University at Albany appeared to unravel Thursday as police accused three black students of making the story up and charged the women with assaulting a fellow bus passenger.
"It was a racial crime. They were calling us [N-word] and all this stuff," Agudio tells a 911 dispatcher, according to a copy of the call released by police. "And if someone doesn't come and take this down or something, I'm going to call the news."

February 25, 2016

ClassBook leaving Castleton?

Albany Start-Up NY company Classbook.com gets acquired
Castleton firm being bought was accepted into state program
By Larry Rulison Published 9:13 pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Classbook.com, an online educational textbook publisher based in Castleton that is part of the University at Albany's Start-Up NY program, has been acquired by the school book giant Follett Corp.
Terms of the deal were not revealed.
Anthony Pfister, Classbook.com's CEO, was not in the office Wednesday and did not immediately return a message left on his voice mail.


February 24, 2016

Public Meetings

Two meetings are scheduled this week--
SNYFGP will continue its efforts to oppose and stop the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline and its compressor stations.

Stop the NY Fracked Gas Pipeline meeting at the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem38 Church Road, Selkirk.Thursday, February 25, from 6-8 pm. 

After our recent successes, we will plan our efforts toward engaging more elected officials, fundraising, outreach, etc. This comes off the heels of the well attended public forum in January and the strong anti-pipeline resolution of the Bethlehem Town Board. Other towns are moving forward too--thanks to all of your efforts.  

Next week SNYFGP meets in Schodack at the Swartz Senior Citizen Center near the intersection of Rte. 150 and Rte. 9 & 20  March 1st at 6:30pm.

All are invited. Please invite friends and family to one of these meeting. 

South Schodack Friday Fish Fry

Lenten Fish Fries-

The South Schodack Volunteer Fire Company on Bame Road in Castleton will hold Fish Fry Nights every Friday night from February 10 to March 26, 2016. Eat in or take out.

February 23, 2016

Replanting the Streams of the Hudson Valley

Do you own or manage land along a stream?

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting along the tributary streams in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. We are looking for new sites for plantings. Our staff can help you with a planting plan and work with your volunteers on site.

Public Notice

Town Hall meeting next Monday, February 29, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the water in Hampton Manor. 

The Town Board and senior DPW staff will be in attendance. I will make a brief presentation on what I think are the options available to Manor residents, then we'll open the meeting to the floor and listen to what you have to say. 

This is a meeting for all of the people of the Manor, whether they have a problem with the water or not. All views will be respected.

February 22, 2016

Wild Cats Fundraiser

The Class of 2019 will hold a fundraiser at Scaranto's on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. 


February 19, 2016

Harper Lee, Dies At 89

Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' Dies At 89
 02/19/2016 10:42 am ET | Updated 7 hours ago
Celebrated American writer Harper Lee, best known for penning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89.

Woman arrested on Arson, Buster’s Law charges after Castleton fire

CASTLETON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A woman is facing multiple charges in connection to a fire.

Tammy Green, 44, was charged with Arson in the Third Degree, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, and four counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, also known as Buster’s Law.

A preliminary investigation revealed the fire was intentionally set by one of the occupants, according to New York State Police. Police believe there were three cats and one dog inside the home at the time of the fire.

Green was arraigned in Town of Schodack Court. She was remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

February 18, 2016


Call to action
Volunteers needed: Schodack joint forum/ town board 
Lisa Zimmerman

1. We had an organizational meeting to plan for a Schodack joint forum/ town board meeting to address the recent 9 proposed new locations for a compressor station in Rensselaer county. These include one off Rte 9 near Maple Hill Road, five between Burden lake road and Hoag's Corners roads and 3 near pike's pond - rte 43 and 66 locations. The meeting was attended by 26 people including 1 Schodack town board member, Tracy Rex.

Fire quickly destroys Castleton home

WNYT Staff Updated: 02/18/2016 5:15 PM Created: 02/18/2016 2:14 PM

CASTLETON - There is nothing left of the two story home that once stood at the corner of Green Avenue and First Street. The Fire Chief says that the one person who was inside the house when the flames began, got out safely.
Abigail Bleck

"Once it gets going, and during the day there's not a lot of fire fighters around to do the work, it can spread pretty quickly," explains Castleton Chief Brian Schanck.
Read more... 

Castleton Fire Department is an all volunteer fire department. Castleton Fire Department is always looking for Volunteers to help in the protection of life and property in the town of Castleton. We have a junior fire fighter program that starts at the age of 16.

Crippling power outage

DMV slowly returns to normal after crippling power outage
WNYT Staff Updated: 02/17/2016 7:06 PM Created: 02/17/2016 12:27 PM

It seems a significant power outage in the Swan Street Building in Albany, which serves as the DMV Central Office, has knocked out computers in every motor vehicle office across New York.

Hundreds of gallons of gasoline spills at Port of Rensselaer

WNYT Staff Updated: 02/18/2016 9:31 PM Created: 02/18/2016 9:30 PM

ALBANY- Several hundred gallons of gasoline spilled at a terminal at the Port of Rensselaer Thursday evening.

Firefighters tell us the spill happened while a tanker was being filled at the Buckeye terminal around 5:30 this evening. Things were quickly contained and most of the gasoline went into an underground tank.

A HAZMAT team was called in as a precaution, but no buildings or homes in the area were ever in danger. We've been assured none of the gasoline spilled into the river


February 17, 2016

STRIDE Heads to the Winter State Games


Rensselaer, NY – February 17th 2016 – Local youth with disabilities have an exciting new way to pursue their athletic potential through a Special Olympics Ski Team organized and run by STRIDE Adaptive Sports.

One of New York’s leading providers of sports opportunities for individuals with disabilities, STRIDE has been offering adaptive ski lessons since the organization’s inception in 1985. Of STRIDE’s 16+ different sports programs, STRIDE’s ski and snowboard program regularly attracts the most participants each winter, with lessons taught at Jiminy Peak (MA), Catamount (NY/MA), and Ski Sundown (CT).

February 12, 2016

This is Big

Albert Einstein

A landmark day for Einstein and our understanding of the universe: the detection of gravitational waves.

"This will go down in the history of science as a pivitol moment."
Holy moley!

NED Compressor Station may be relocated in Schodack

Hopefully, by now you have learned that the NED Compressor Station may be relocated in Schodack rather than Nassau as previously announced.
Maple Hill HS  being 1.6 miles from this location.
The Nassau location is a terrible spot for the NED Compressor Station and must be opposed, but so are the proposed locations in Schodack including the Rte. 9 (near Shufelt & Maple Hill Rd.) location and the 3 possible East Schodack locations between County Rte. 7 and Burden Lake Road. We need to oppose all the locations in Nassau and Schodack. All of them will hurt families and diminish property values and create health concerns.

CTE Spotlight: Aviation Maintenance

Aviation Maintenance Technology is a relatively new Career & Technical Education (CTE) program at Questar III—one of two State Education Department-approved programs to be added since 2010—and it has consistently drawn in students from school districts across the region since its inception.

February 11, 2016

BEATLES BREAK - Game Changer

February 9, 1964 | 52 Year Anniversary
The Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, 9th February 1964 ...

Feb 9, 2014 - Uploaded by The BeatlesWith George's bad throat now, thankfully, better; at 8pm on Sunday 9th February, 1964, the live broadcast of 

America meets the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show
At approximately 8:12 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, February 9, 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show returned from a commercial (for Anacin pain reliever), and there was Ed Sullivan standing before a restless crowd.


Family Fun!

There will be skating under the lights this Friday at Schodack Island State Park.  Visit the Friends of Schodack Island website.

From February 13th to the 21st, weather permitting, we’ll keep on skating. We will also have free skate rental IF you bring a non-perishable food item (canned or dry packaged food) to donate to The Anchor Food Pantry

February 9, 2016

Main Street

Hope everyone can make our next Economic Development Meeting next Wednesday, Feb 10th at 7pm upstairs in village hall.

Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline

Subject: Deny Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline right to survey or rescind survey permission

SEE SAMPLE LETTER SNYFGP WEB PAGE: STOPNYPIPELINE.ORG Here is the contact info for the KM land agent in Albany, Rensselaer and Schoharie County, NY: Steve Martin (603) 566 – 9207

Tennessee Gas Pipeline
Attn: Steve Martin
1615 Suffield St.
Agawam, MA 01001

February 5, 2016

Public Notice

Public Notice: Special MeetingPDFPrintE-mail

Notice is hereby given that the East Greenbush Town Board will be meeting on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The Special Meeting is being held to discuss the water in Hampton Manor.

  • Feb 29 - 7:00 PM - Special Meeting Re: Hampton Manor Water
The following is a summary of a resolution adopted by the Town Board of the Town of East Greenbush, Rensselaer County on January 27, 2016.  Said resolution supplements a bond resolution adopted on November 14, 2012 and authorizes the issuance and sale of a serial bond or bonds, and a bond anticipation note or notes in anticipation of the issuance and sale of said serial bond or bonds, in an additional amount not to exceed $1,600,000.  The proceeds from the sale of the obligations authorized in said resolution shall be used for the object or purpose of reconstruction of the Town wastewater collection and treatment system, including, but not limited to, reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant, pump stations and sanitary sewer collection system, including costs incidental thereto.  The estimated maximum cost of said object or purpose is $15,600,000, and the period of probable usefulness thereof is forty (40) years.
Town of East Greenbush

February 1, 2016

Annual Super Bowl Sub Sale


February 7, 2016
12” Subs with a choice of: Ham -Turkey-Italian Mix
$7 per sub