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BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem Police have made four arrests to break up an identity-theft ring they say was responsible for stealing $100,000; the investigation is ongoing.

The ordeal started on social media and spilled into the real world this week.

The reasoning, according to a letter addressed to the Albany County Redistricting Commission by county legislature leaders, was that by adding two majority-minority districts to the county’s existing five, the communities within them might have their collective voting power diminished.

ALBANY COUNTY — “One thing that we love in the United States of America is a great underdog story …,” says Republican Alicia Purdy. “This is why we go to movies like ‘Rocky’ … We want to see the little guy win.”

ALBANY COUNTY — “I’m a voice often for the voiceless,” said Democrat Patricia Fahy who is making her sixth run to represent the 109th District in the State Assembly.

The two candidates have starkly divergent views on gun policies, abortion, and environmental issues. 

Reported vaccine uptake among children ages 5 to 11 and teenagers ages 12 to 17 has slowed in recent months, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, published on Sept. 30. Almost half of parents of kids ages 5 to 11 now report their child has gotten vaccinated.

The current 46th Senate District is represented by Democrat Michelle Hinchey who, as a of redistricting, will be replaced by either State Senator Neil D. Breslin, a Democrat who currently represents the 44th District, or her opponent from 2020, Rich M. Amedure Jr., a former State Trooper running on the Republican and Conservative lines. 

The suburban mall has a spotty history of weapon possession and violence.

Guilderland’s independent financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2022 received “a clean audit opinion — that is the highest you can receive,” said Jill M. Thaisz, a certified public accountant and partner at West & Company CPAs.

ALBANY COUNTY — The county is surveying residents on how to spend $29.6 million, a second round of federal funds to help with recovery from the ongoing pandemic.

Heidemarie Carle, who is set to retire as director of the Rensselaerville Library in November, accepted the position mere months before COVID-19 shut down the library in March of 2020, which she called a “bushelful of lemons” that she and her staff turned into “batches of lemonade.”

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the board adopted a negative state Environmental Quality Review Act declaration for the project, meaning it determined the proposal would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. 

New Scotland Senior Outreach Liaison Deb Engel said she was told her application is still in the running, but hasn’t heard anything about a final award. “It should be within the next few weeks,” she said when asked about when a decision would be made. 

Particular focus was given by the Westerlo Town Board to salaries and wages in the town clerk’s office which, under the tentative budget, would see a $14,500 jump overall for four employees.