Melissa Hale-Spencer

Governor Kathy Hochul said on Friday she would talk to her health experts “and then make some decisions in the next few days, the next few weeks about the requirements that we have in place to keep us safe and whether or not they’re going to be as necessary.”

On Friday, the Guilderland school superintendent emailed a notice to families that a sex offender has moved into the district. John E. McIntyre lives at 2360 Western Ave., according to the state’s sex-offender registry. Two other sex offenders are listed on the registry as living in apartments at that same Guilderland address, an old motel.

A memorandum from town attorney James Melita to Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber and the town board members says the property is being used illegally “as a commercial entertainment location” in violation of the town’s zoning code.

Asked how her department was able to get into homes and serve seniors during the pandemic while other counties did not, Commissioner for Aging Deb Riitano said, “Albany County adjusted its business model to help people in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. We did not have any reduction in services or programs.”

We strongly urge support of the Good Food Purchasing Bill, which will lead to healthier eating, a better protected environment, a more diverse workforce, and more resilient local economies and food systems.

On Tuesday evening, a Lake Placid athlete, Maxwell Menkel, ran to the hardware store on the edge of Altamont carrying a torch.

On Friday, Hochul announced the mask-or-vax requirement, initially set to expire on Feb. 1, would be extended until Feb. 10 and then re-evaluated in two-week increments. An appeal, now in New York’s middle-level court, has yet to be decided. On Monday, the court granted the health department’s request for a stay, which means the mask mandate can remain in effect through March 2.

The mask-or-vax mandate for indoor venues is being extended to Feb. 10, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday.

It was originally set to expire on Feb. 1, although Hochul has repeatedly said she may extend it, depending on coronavirus metrics.

Over the last two years, nursing homes in the county — which are required to inform the state, but not the county, of deaths — have not always informed the county’s health department in a timely manner.

New York State has requested an additional $1.6 billion from the United States Treasury Department to help tenants and landlords who have applied for Emergency Rental Assistance.


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