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.

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.” 

Pyramid answered, for itself and the town of Guilderland, all the allegations — save one — brought against them in a suit alleging impropriety in review of  Pyramid’s Rapp Road and Western Avenue projects. The town answered the allegation that it hadn’t responded to a Freedom of Information Law request, saying the plaintiffs’ lawyer hadn’t pursued the appeal.

After two years and two lawsuits related to the project — with one suit still in progress — the Guilderland Planning Board approved Pyramid’s proposed 222-unit apartment and townhome development for Rapp Road.

Crossgates Mall has filed suit against another tenant for not paying rent. 

The public hearing on Pyramid’s proposed Rapp Road apartment project was kept open until Oct. 28, as one Guilderland resident questioned whether the Oct. 14 hearing should have even taken place. 

The town of Guilderland has asked an Albany County Supreme Court judge to dismiss Crossgates Mall’s tax-assessment lawsuit. 

Crossgates Mall

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on Crossgates Mall’s balance sheet, and the Guilderland retail center is just one of a number of Pyramid-owned malls that continue to deal with the fallout from the pandemic.

“It was scary,” said Bill Quay of the storm that tore through his Sunset Drive neighborhood. “I’ve never seen it blow so hard. The rain was coming sideways.”

The New York State Supreme Court has upheld its decision to dismiss an Article 78 filed by Christine Duffy, of Westmere, against the town of Guilderland over her neighbor’s driveway expansion because it was filed too late. 

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