ALBANY COUNTY — With the same overall tax levy as last year, the $597 million budget proposed by county Executive Daniel McCoy avoids the controversial tax increases and nursing home debates of previous years.

With growing sales-tax projections, workforce trimming, and savings through union negotiations, the spending plan’s halt on tax increases answers a drumbeat McCoy said he heard listening to constituents this year.

The legislature will weigh in next month, with approval slated for December.

Opinion

Voorheesville librarian Gail Brown calls PTSD "a silent disease": we can talk about it and begin to understand it by reading Luis Carlos Montalvan's books. He'll be at the library with his dog on Nov. 7.

Guilderland

Guilderland Police arrested a 29-year-old homeless man for attempted burglaries, who then hanged himself in jail. The sheriff estimates the county's jail has one suicide a year.

New Scotland

Susan Kidder has been heading New Scotland Senior Services for the past seven years, where she helps elderly residents in need.

Sports

Soccer sectionals have started, and Voorheesville had an excellent win over Cohoes as the team will face Ichabod Crane, again.

Hilltowns

After a townwide letter was mailed to residents and an informational meeting held, the Knox fire commissioners are opening the polls for a second time, seeking permission to sell a tanker truck.

Regional

Once again, the political majority of the Senate hangs in the balance, depending on the outcome of this race and several others.