In the last five years, 510,000 tons of solid hydraulic fracturing waste and 23,000 barrels of liquid waste were dumped in five landfills in New York State; the Albany county Legislature passed a bill to ban such dumping here.

Between sights of snow piled high and green that greets the eye, a smush is often underfoot this time of year.

Hedi McKinley says, "Why wait till you're old?" to talk to your grown children about how you want to die. She recommends reviewing a written living will every 10 years.

Homeowners can check to see whether the floodplain status for their property has changed by visiting https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search, entering an address, and then contacting an insurance agent.

ALTAMONT — The congressman, in a black overcoat and shiny shoes, bent down to touch a pile of rusty and broken pipes outside the cement-block well house on Gun Club Road. The wind was chill and the gray sky held snow on the first day of spring as a bevy of local officials clustered about Paul Tonko.

Jeffrey Moller, Altamont’s superintendent of public works, wearing a jacket with his name on it and work boots, had gathered the pipes to illustrate for the congressman some of what was underground in the village.

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