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GUILDERLAND — “My childhood friend had COVID. You saved her life. No words can express my gratitude.”

The Capital Region begins Phase 4 on Wednesday but large malls, gyms, and amusement parks are not allowed to open.

“Productions are currently seeking lower-density areas that can provide more flexibility and safety, and we can definitely do that here in Albany,” said Discover Albany Film Commissioner Deb Goedeke.

To make way for a new Stewart's shop, the Victorian two-family home at 107-109 Helderberg Ave. was torn down this week.

ALBANY COUNTY — For the first time, food and refreshment vendors will be able to sell their products along the nine-mile stretch of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail through food trucks, carts, or temporary stands.

Requests for proposals are due back on July 10.

At its June 24 meeting, the Guilderland Planning Board was asked by the town board to “make a decision on what improvements, if any, will be required at the Church Road/Western Avenue intersection and Church Road/Great Oaks Boulevard entrance.”

The current project rehabilitated the airport terminal and expanded parking with a new, multi-level, 1,000-space parking garage — a component of a $72.1 million state investment that upgraded the airport and the roads leading to it, including the creation of Exit 3 off the Northway after decades of delay.

“We need to stop the gun violence and take back our neighborhoods — not just say it … We need tangible results,” said Albany County Executive McCoy. He also said, “We need the buy-in from the community.

To close an expected budget gap, two Republicans on the Westerlo Town Board are recommending cutting the Democratic supervisor’s two staffers after the Democrats and one tie-breaking Republican authorized the layoff of two of the highway department’s roughly seven workers. 

Although she is grateful for the pledged donations, Altamont Fair Manager Amy Anderson says money for cameras isn’t what is needed right now. 

Customers in New Scotland’s Northeast Water District could have clearer water and fire protection if the town obtains grants that would lower the cost to connect to a new water source. 

Kathleen Spinnato

Westerlo Town Clerk Kathleen Spinnato announced at the town board’s special June 11 meeting that she would be resigning on June 21. On June 18, the town board appointed Deputy Clerk Karla Weaver as acting town clerk.

As of midnight on June 24, travelers from states with a high rate of COVID-19 — for now, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas — will have to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

David Soares

Early voting results for incumbent Albany County District Attorney David Soares look promising, but there are still a number of ballots to be counted. 

BERNE — On Saturday, a wildland fire at the Cole Hill State Forest was put out by the Berne and East Berne volunteer fire departments, aided by three state forest rangers.