“During that time, you’re on your own,” said Captain Daniel McNally of the Guilderland Police.

He was referring to the minutes between a 9-1-1 call and the arrival of police. The national average is said to be three minutes, he said, “but I would argue it’s more than that.”

Opinion

After a plumber was arrested for stealing from his father, Robert LeVine couldn't get answers on how to recoup his losses. Those working in the justice system need to guide victims through it.

Guilderland

Guilderland Town Hall

GUILDERLAND — Julian LeVine is 93 and completely blind, he says. He has also had a stroke, and his memory isn’t good. So when the plumber his son had hired to do some repairs around his Guilderland home took the $600 he was given for parts and never returned, the elder LeVine was “very disappointed.”

New Scotland

One seventh-grader, Gabrielle Dowd, is a finalist in a national essay contest for her work eliminating Styrofoam from school cafeterias. 

Prose & Poetry

June Frances Coleman draws on her life to write, as honestly as she can, about what it is like to be black in America. In doing so, she captures a humanity larger than race.

Coleman’s short story, “Across 62nd Street,” is featured in our Prose & Poetry section.

Sports

Summer Smith died of a drug overdose. Her mother is organizing a May 14 run that will start at her daughter's alma mater, Guilderland High School.

Hilltowns

Although the recently elected supervisor said he wanted "new blood" on the planning board, the town board members re-appointed the board's 40-year member, Daniel Driscoll, over his objections.

Regional

NEW SCOTLAND — In 2007, bats started dying due to white-nose syndrome — a disease first discovered at Hailes Cave in Thacher Park.