Archive » April 2020 » News

“If you live with an essential worker, you have a job, too,” said Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen, naming: practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a mask in public, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

GUILDERLAND — In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promised permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Gary Greenberg, a Democratic candidate for the New York Senate’s 46th District, has been found ineligible for a ballot position in the state’s June 23 Democratic primary and said he’ll appeal the decision by the state’s Board of Elections.

The Carey Institute for Global Good is putting together an interactive telling of the Anti-Rent Wars in Rensselaerville, using theater, music, and re-enactment. The production will be bolstered by grant money received from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Program. 

“I believe we came up with a local law to support solar energy while being mindful of vistas and scenic views,” said Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber.

The Altamont Planning Board on Monday extended the public hearing on Stewart’s Shops special-use permit application and site-plan approval for its proposed Altamont Boulevard project.

The Hilltowns Community Resource Center is on track to keep in-need residents well-stocked  for the time being, thanks to a donation from the Carey Institute totaling around $3,000 of food items, as well as the generosity of residents in Guilderland and Altamont, Program Coordinator Mary Beth Peterson told The Enterprise.

After the Stewart’s project generated interest among village residents in municipal government, Altamont’s long-time zoning board chairman was not reappointed to another five-year term. 

The State Education Department recently identified 582 schools, just 13 percent of schools statewide, as “high achieving” and “high progress” — two local schools made the cut.

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 12 steps that must be taken by regions across the state as part of an evolving phased reopening plan. One of those steps is that each region has to set up a testing regimen, prioritizing people with symptoms and people who have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Urgent-care centers, said Jonathan Halpert, M.D., are “uniquely positioned” to help with COVID-9. New York State has about 800 urgent-care centers, with about 30 in Albany County, he said.

ALBANY COUNTY — In the midst of the pandemic, Albany County is particularly concerned about its “vulnerable populations,” said Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen and last weekend did an extensive investigation of “cases and contacts.”

In an attempt to support local farmers and small businesses, Berne Councilwoman Bonnie Conklin has proposed a farmers’ market in Berne.

The Voorheesville School Board approved a $26 million spending plan for the 2020-21 school year, which comes with a 3.14-percent levy increase — if voters approve it. 

“We have people downstate who need food. We have farmers upstate who can’t sell their product. We have to put those two things together,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.