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Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara

Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara holds a narrow lead over his challenger, Republican Paul DeLorenzo, commanding 6,000 more votes as of Wednesday morning.

Knox Highway Superintendent Matthew Schanz

Two uncontested Hilltowns elections went smoothly, with Matthew Schanz becoming the Knox Highway Superintendent and Karla Weaver becoming the Westerlo Town Clerk. Both had been serving in their respective positions on an interim basis after the sudden resignations of their predecessors.

ALBANY COUNTY — Patricia Fahy, the Democratic incumbent representing District 109 in the State Assembly, bested her opponent, Libertarian Robert G. Porter, winning 68 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Ten months into the coronavirus pandemic, Mary Beth Peterson, program coordinator for Hilltowns Community Resource Center Program, lays out her perspective of the state of the Hilltowns, which saw a spike in domestic-violence referrals and an explosive increase in donations — and clients — in the early months of the shutdown. 

As New York State continues to stem the spread of the coronavirus by focusing on micro-clusters, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the state accounted for 10 percent of all of the nation’s COVID tests, and just 2.5 percent of the nation’s new COVID cases while representing 5.9 percent of the total United States population.

Typically, in Albany County, about 140,000 to 144,000 residents vote in a presidential election. Matthew Clyne, the county’s Democratic election commissioner, estimated that — combining the early voters with the mail-in voters — about half that number had already cast their ballots before Election Day.

“There is no legitimate health reason,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters today of the current federal request for an identification number to administer COVID-19 vaccines, calling it an attempt to extort information that could be used to deport people. “I will not do it. I wouldn’t do it when they extorted me on [the] Trusted Traveler Program, and I won’t do it now,” said Cuomo.

After a rent increase following the COVID shutdown, photographer Chelsea Sylvester was forced to relocate her studio from Colonie to Altamont’s Maple Avenue, a stressful last-minute change that Sylvester nevertheless describes as a “dream come true.” 

The store had “never really grown to be a big financial producer for Phillips Hardware,” said Jonathan Phillips of his company’s Voorheesville store, which closed this week. 

To keep donors safe, a table for holiday gifts will be set up at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland from Nov. 8 to 13 and there will also be a drive-through for gifts to be dropped off on Nov. 21.

Over six months ago, Albany County set up a program to test residents in underserved neighborhoods for COVID-19. Today, New York’s governor and attorney general along with leaders of the NAACP and National Urban League called the Trump administration’s plan for distributing vaccines racist because it ignored the same communities that had been overlooked for testing.