Within a matter of months of taking ownership, the land bank hopes to turn the property over to a responsible buyer who will put it back into productive use.

The planning board has unanimously passed three Route 20 business proposals on to the zoning board.

Last week, Crossgates Mall held a job fair to start hiring new people for the Crossgates’ new hotel, the dual-branded Tru and Homewood Suites by Hilton, opening this fall.

GUILDERLAND — The town of Guilderland was the only municipality in the Capital Region to make it onto an annual list, produced by a home-security company, of “50 Safest Cities in New York Report.”

GUILDERLAND — On Fletcher Road in Westmere — an older area of town where most houses were built after World War II when households typically had one car and driveways are not as long as they are in some newer parts of town — many residents have made L-shaped additions onto their driveways, to park more cars off the road.

GUILDERLAND — The zoning board of appeals unanimously granted a special-use permit and a variance in July for Riitano Senior Apartments, a planned 72-unit residential independent-living facility for people aged 55 and older at 6232 Johnston Rd. in Guilderland.

GUILDERLAND — A Guilderland property owner says he will soon be forced to sell the Western Turnpike land he had rented to Victoria Acres Equine Facility for six years, so that he can concentrate on getting medical treatment.

GUILDERLAND CENTER — Over the objections of about 10 residents who called the density too great for a rural-agricultural zone, the town’s planning board granted concept approval last month to Black Creek Estates, a conservation subdivision that will build a maximum of 20 houses between Hurst Road and Route 146.

Ricky W. Hines

GUILDERLAND — Nearly four months after the Bank of America at 1450 Western Ave. was robbed, Ricky W. Hines, 40, of Gloversville, was charged with third-degree robbery.

It was the ninth annual Adoption Day run by The Animal Hospital and Steve Caporizzo — the News 10 ABC weatherman who runs a Pet Connection program — with Healthy Pet Center. According to Caporizzo, about 30 rescue groups and shelters took part. The day brought at least 150 adoptions or applications likely to result in adoptions, Caporizzo said, and $20,000 was raised, with $18,000 handed out to the groups that participated.