Tuesday, December 30, 2014
ALBANY, NY (December 30, 2014) The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has announced that on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, service will operate on a regular weekday schedule. To help support Capital Region Stop DWI efforts, CDTA will once again offer free bus service at all regular bus stops from 8:00pm on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 through 1:00am on Thursday, January 1, 2015.
CDTA is once again offering special Saratoga First Night transportation service on New Year’s Eve. Attendees who show First Night buttons may ride for free on all regular Saratoga bus routes and two special shuttle routes from 4:00pm – 1:00am. On New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015, service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Regular weekday service will resume on Friday, January 2, 2015.
CDTA’s Northway Xpress (NX) commuter service will not operate on New Year’s Day. Regular NX service will resume the day after the holiday.
Customers who need more information about CDTA’s Holiday schedule can call the CDTA Customer Service Center at 482-8822 or visitwww.cdta.org. Customer Service Representatives are on duty weekdays from 6:00am–7:00pm, from 8:00am–6:00pm on Saturdays, and 8:00am–5:00pm on Sundays and holidays. To stay connected with CDTA’s latest news visit facebook.com/CDTAiride or follow us on twitter.com (@CDTA).
Monday, December 29, 2014
"In addition to the neurological and neurosurgical care provided by our team, the new location allows us to share space with physical therapy, which will benefit many of our patients who need outpatient treatment for injury, concussions, headaches and other movement disorders or impairments," said Jeff Winacott, R.N., director of neuroscience at Ellis.
In addition, the newest physician to join the Ellis neuroscience team, Richard Jackson, M.D., will be seeing patients at both the Clifton Park and Schenectady offices.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling 518.243.3387 or online at ellismedicine.org.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Those who took their oaths included Richard Jones, Michele Bourgeois, and Barbara Belokopitsky for two-year seats on the village board. And Erica Milliner Gardner was sworn in for a four-year seat on the town council.
Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan officiated each of the oaths with the person's family.
Photos are below:
One of the projects is slated for the Capital Region. Summaries of the proposals are below. Also, be sure to check out troyrecord.com for up-to-the-minute information when the decision is announced after 2 p.m. at Meeting Room 6 of the Empire State Plaza.
Capital View Casino and Resort, East Greenbush (a.k.a. Casino at East Greenbush)
Location: Thompson Hill off Interstate 90 Exit 9
Jobs: 1,700 construction, 1,700 permanent (estimated $39.2 million annually in wages paid to local residents)
Square feet: 70,000 for main gaming area, casino and amenities will occupy a total of 174,000 and nearly 270,000 with the hotel
Hotel rooms: 100
Entertainment: 56 gaming tables, 1,500 slot machines, dining, retail
Investment: $327 million
Revenue: Estimated $22.8 million for location governments ($5.7 million for East Greenbush, $5.7 million for Rensselaer county, $11.7 million for nearby counties), estimated $800,000 in annual sales tax revenue, $11 million for city of Albany
Involved Parties: Saratoga Casino & Raceway and Churchill Downs
County vote on November casino referendum: 18,386 yes, 17,443 no (majority in favor in Rensselaer County)
Hard Rock Cafe Hotel & Casino
Location: DeLaet’s Landing along Hudson River
Jobs: 967 direct construction, 393 indirect construction, 900 permanent
Hotel rooms: 100
Entertainment: Live music, Hard Rock Cafe restaurant, 50 casino table games, 1,500 slot machines
Investment: $280 million
Revenue: $260 million total from gaming, (city of Rensselaer will get $5.7 million annually and county of Rensselaer will get $5.7 million), $11 million to city of Albany
Involved Parties: Hard Rock, Capital OTB and Global Gaming/Chickasaw Indian Nation; name of applicant was NYS Funding
County vote on November casino referendum: 18,386 yes, 17,443 no (majority in favor in Rensselaer County)
Howe Caverns Resort and Casino
Location: Off Interstate 88, adjacent to current Howe Caverns site
Jobs: 3,000 construction, 1,700 permanent
Acres: Up to 330
Square feet: 400,000 square feet for gaming facility, not including water park
Hotel: 10-floor hotel with waterpark and second hotel; both hotels with 250 rooms and three restaurants at each location
Entertainment: Casino, dinosaur theater, arcade/kids area called KidsQuest, convention center, and indoor/outdoor waterpark hotel, indoor waterpark is about 80,000 square feet and outdoor park is 1.5 acres
Investment: $350 million to $400 million
Revenue: A fund, starting with $1 million, will be created to promote local tourism and will add 2.5 percent from the resort annually
Involved Parties: Michael J. Malik Sr. and Full House Resorts Inc.
County vote on November casino referendum: 4,672 yes, 4,417 no (majority in favor in Schoharie County)
Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady
Location: Eric Boulevard along Mohawk River
Jobs: 1,250 permanent jobs
Acres: About 25
Square feet: Approximately 50,000-square-foot gaming floor
Hotel: 275 rooms over two hotels on site, one attached to the casino with 150 rooms and another at Mohawk Harbor
Entertainment: Sports lounge, steakhouse, marketplace food venue, banquet facility, day spa, walking/biking trails on riverfront
Investment: $330 million investment for casino, $150 million in adjoining mixed-use Mohawk Harbor for $450 million private investment
Revenue: $223 million in annual gaming revenue, projected $82 million in annual gaming taxes and fees ($4.1 million to city of Schenectady, $4.1 million to county, $8.1 million annually to surrounding counties, and $6.7 million through property tax, sales tax, and hotel tax)
Involved Parties: Galesi Group and Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming
County vote on November casino referendum: 13,767 yes, 16,316 no (majority opposed in Schenectady County)
Courtroom Trial Verdict Challenges Holiday History in Troy, NY
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TROY, NY (Dec. 15, 2014) -- A jury delivered a surprise verdict on Sunday, Dec. 7, finding that long-credited author Clement Clarke Moore did not write the most famous Christmas poem in history.
The holiday mock re-trial was held on Dec. 7, 2014 in the John T. Casey Ceremonial Courtroom at the Rensselaer County Courthouse in downtown Troy, the city where "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" was published anonymously, for the first time ever, in the Dec. 23, 1823 edition of the Troy Sentinel newspaper.
Six jurors, selected at random from the packed courthouse gallery, unanimously found that Major Henry Livingston Jr. of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. is the true author of those cherished verses that begin with the famous line "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
"The people of Troy do like to route for the upstate underdog," said trial creator Duncan Crary. "But this verdict came completely by surprise for all involved."
LIVINGSTON v MOORE
Now in its second year, "The Trial Before Christmas" is a full-blown mock trial to determine "Who Really Wrote 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." It is held in a real court, before a real (retired) judge, real attorneys, with real court guards and personnel.
The trial centers on a centuries-old authorship controversy between to old New York families.
Years after its un-credited publication in the Sentinel, in 1837, a wealthy Manhattan biblical scholar named Clement Clarke Moore claimed authorship and has been officially credited ever since. But descendants of Henry Livingston Jr., a gentleman farmer of the Hudson Valley, claim their ancestor was the true, unrecognized author. Backing their assertions is Vassar College professor and literary forensics expert Don Foster, whose 2000 book "Author Unknown" presented a strong case for Livingston. On the other hand, Dr. Joe Nickell thoroughly refuted those claims in his book "Pen, Ink and Evidence," also published in 2000. Both works and other research serve as inspiration for the upcoming courtroom showdown.
"There's no question that Santa is real -- because children believe in him!" said event creator Duncan Crary. "The question is: who wrote this magical poem that first sparked our belief in a distinctly American Santa known and loved around the world?"
After a hung jury on Dec. 18 2013, this year's case of Livingston v. Moore was once again tried by E. Stewart Jones, Jr., upstate New York’s preeminent trial attorney, representing the interests of Moore. Reprising their roles for the Livingston claim were Troy novelist/sole practicing attorney Jack Casey, author of "The Trial of Bat Shea," and his daughter, attorney Molly Casey of Albany law firm Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe.
Retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Edward O. Spain presided over this year's retrial.
Expert testimony was given by City of Troy and Rensselaer County Historian Kathryn Sheehan, as well as Canadian anti-smoking advocate Pamela McColl, who famously published a version of the poem with all references to smoking removed (during her testimony, McColl furbished a letter by Moore that deplored smoking, thus calling into question his authorship of a jolly, smoking elf).
Three ghosts took the stand to testify as well: Maj. Henry Livingston Jr. , played by Byron Nilsson; Sarah Sackett, played by Kathleen Carey; and Clement Clarke Moore, played by Patrick McKenna.
"If they can vote in Troy, they can testify," said each of the Caseys at different points, in response to Jones objections to calling the dead to the stand -- and in tongue-in-cheek reference to a long history of voter fraud involving deceased residents of that city.
MOORE AND LIVINGSTON DESCENDANTS PRESENT
Seated at Jones' table was Chris Post, a descendant of Clement C. Moore. Joining the Caseys was Mary Van Deusen, a descendant of Henry Livingston Jr., who was responsible for bringing the authorship controversy to the world's attention in 2000 by enlisting the help of literary forensics expert Don Foster.
"It shouldn't be surprising that Troy adopted Henry Livingston so enthusiastically, since Henry's authorship has been a matter of passionate belief by so many along the Hudson River for decades before I was ever born," Van Deusen said after the verdict. "If Henry belongs to anyone, it's to those people who grew up with Henry's same love of this vital and energetic Hudson Valley region."
Crary said he would not be surprised if this year's re-trial were declared a mis-trial, and for the Moore party to come back ready to reclaim their ancestor's author credit in the future.
"We may never know who the true author of this poem was," Crary said. "But the controversy is nearly as old as the poem itself, and this mock trial is a fun way to keep interest in this literature alive for another generation."
MAYOR PROCLAIMS HENRY LIVINGSTON JR. DAY
Friday Dec. 19, Noon Ceremony at Sentinel Bldg. Troy, NY
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia issued a proclamation to honor the jury’s historic verdict, finding Maj. Henry Livingston Jr. as the true author of "The Night Before Christmas."
The mayor will present the proclamation during a brief ceremony at noon, on Friday Dec. 19 in front of the historic Sentinel newspaper building in Troy at 225 River Street in downtown Troy. The ceremony will be attended by both the Jones and Casey legal teams, as well as by event creator Duncan Crary, and members of Gramercy Communications, major sponsors of The Trial Before Christmas.
Also present will be Uncle Sam re-enactor Fred Polnisch and "Sax-O-Claus" Luke McNamee.
"Troy, New York is the place where two of our greatest American icons, 'Uncle Sam' and 'Santa Claus,' first took shape," said Crary. "It only makes sense for them to attend our Friday ceremony to recognize our community's role in the history of national symbolism and myth."
Crary said a traditional St. Nicholas, or "Sinterklaas," will attend to meet his successor, Santa Claus, and that the two figures will exchange special gifts. (Dec. 19 is celebrated as "St. Nicholas Day" in orthodox countries.)
Dec. 21 SCREENING OF TRIAL VIDEO
The Trial Before Christmas was filmed for a live simulcast and webcast by RPI TV. A special, edited and re-mixed video, featuring additional B-Roll footage, will be screened at Brown's Revolution Hall on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. with suggested donation of $5.
Video editing and re-mixing is by Jersey Nerds. Revolution Hall is located at 425 River Street in Troy, NY. The edited video will be posted online at http://ChristmasTrial.com
Monday, December 15, 2014
Researchers Develop “Radio-genetics” – New Method Triggers Gene Expression With Radio Waves or Magnetic Field, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researchers Partner in Research Described in Nature Medicine
If passed, the bill would correct action taken by the Republican Majority in the Legislature that eliminated vital legal counsel for the Minority Legislative Office, yet retaining legal counsel for their own office. Since all six County Legislators from the City of Troy are members of the Minority Office, the Republican action deprives the people of the City of Troy of effective representation.
“While the Republican Majority continues to refuse the Minority Office of legal counsel, they are all supporting the denial of fair and effective representation for all citizens of Rensselaer County,” said Legislator Cynthia Doran.
The Minority Office represents one third of the County’s population. “A minority office has a vital role at any level of government, providing the necessary checks and balances to ensure honesty and integrity in government”, stated Minority Leader, Peter Grimm.
In Rensselaer County, the role of the minority is critical because both the executive and legislative branches of government have been under the control of one party for more than a decade. The action of the Majority had only one purpose — to cripple dissent and oversight.
“Although frequently disagreeing, Democrats and Republicans have collaborated productively on many issues. Common sense and the County Charter provide for a viable Minority Office. This position must be restored in fairness to the people we represent”, stated Legislator Len Welcome.
- Motorists wishing to go from I-90 eastbound to 787 northbound should follow the detour to southbound 787 and then to Exit 4B for Clinton Avenue. At that point, motorists should follow the signs (turning left at Broadway, then right onto VanTromp Street) to access 787 northbound.
- Motorists wishing to go from I-90 westbound to 787 southbound should follow the detour to 787 northbound and then to Exit 7W for Route 378 West. After exiting, motorists should follow the signs to access 787 southbound
Friday, December 12, 2014
Requires $145,000 Environmental Benefit Project
|Under a Consent Order, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) imposed a $181,000 penalty on Buckeye Albany Terminal, LLC for air permit violations, relating to the transfer of ethanol at its Port of Albany facility, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The violations did not result in any material air quality impacts. The order requires Buckeye to institute operational changes to ensure full compliance with state air regulations. Part of the penalty, $145,000, will be put toward an Environmental Benefit Project (EBP). DEC will work with the community to identify the EBP, officials said Friday.|
“DEC continues to vigorously enforce New York’s strict environmental rules and regulations to limit air emissions and protect public health and the environment,” Commissioner Martens said. “This enforcement action addresses Buckeye’s failure to comply with its air permit, and will ensure that the company’s operations at the Port of Albany fully meet air pollution control requirements.”
Buckeye owns and operates an ethanol truck loading rack on property leased from the Albany Port District Commission at the Port of Albany. The truck loading rack transfers ethanol from storage tanks to trucks for distribution. In early May, DEC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff conducted an inspection of the facility and discovered that an air pollution control device, called a vapor combustion unit, at the truck loading rack was not operating properly. The unit controls hydrocarbon emissions by heating vapors to high temperatures, which breaks them down into carbon dioxide and water.
Inspectors found that Buckeye had failed to supplement the vapor combustion unit with natural gas, which is necessary to ensure the breakdown of hydrocarbons. Although facility-wide emissions limits were met, DEC initiated enforcement action to ensure the company complies with all provisions of its Title V Air permit.
Under the Consent Order, Buckeye has implemented operational changes to its vapor combustion system, including installing a temperature control device that will shut down the system unless a minimum temperature is achieved, which will ensure efficient combustion of hydrocarbons to control emissions.
Over the next several months, DEC will require that Buckeye solicit input from local stakeholders on potential Environmental Benefit Projects and submit a proposed project to DEC for review and approval.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
From the Watervliet City Website:
For more information from Napier and his possible opponent, incumbent Roger Ceccucci, read this weekend's article.
UPDATE: Ceccucci was on vacation in Lake Placid when reached for comment and declined to say last week if he did plan to run for office again or not. He has confirmed that he does plan to run for re-election in the Fifth Ward.
- Call National Grid’s at 1-800-867-5222 to report a power outage.
- Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electricity wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
- If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.
- If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored.
- People who depend on electricity-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’sCustomer Service Center at 1-800-642-4272.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period
- The build up of ice and snow around or over gas meters and vents for natural gas appliances could pose a serious safety risk. Ice and snow falling from a roof can damage gas meters or service connections to customers’ homes or businesses, resulting in a gas leak.
- Ice and snow blocking vents could cause carbon monoxide (CO) to back up into a building and result in carbon monoxide poisoning for those inside.
- To avoid these dangers, National Grid advises natural gas customers to closely inspect areas around and over gas meters, service hook-ups and vents for ice and snow that could damage equipment or prevent CO from properly venting.
- National Grid advises that you take immediate action anytime you suspect a natural gas leak:
- The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the flu. Depending upon the amount of carbon monoxide in the air and length of exposure, symptoms may include headaches, weakness, confusion, chest tightness, skin redness, dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, fluttering of the heart or loss of muscle control.
- If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; then call 911. If symptoms are severe, get medical attention right away.