Guilderland has joined neighboring municipalities in approving the burying of a cable to bring electricity from Canada to the New York City area. Several citizens and a dissenting town board member raised environmental and human-rights concerns about the megadams producing the hydropower.

“The homeless tend to be very vulnerable to COVID and that’s because there’s a good percentage of them that are older and also have pre-existing conditions — diabetes, heart problems as well as issues with substance abuse and mental health and behavioral issues,” said Albany County Department of Social Services Commissioner Michele McClave.

The statewide school boards association as well as the state’s largest teachers’ union supported the reopening of in-person learning but with caveats.

Albany County residents who call 518-447-7777 will be directed to services relating to health insurance, pregnancy support, domestic violence, addiction support, social services, and more. The monthly call volume has about doubled since June.

In a poll released today, half of the members of New York State United Teachers say they are reluctant or unwilling to go back to in-person instruction this fall amid ongoing concerns over the health and safety of reopening school buildings.

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending the look-back window for victims of childhood abuse to file claims under the Child Victims Act, regardless of when or how long ago the alleged abuse occurred.

The New York State Department of Health has set maximum levels for three emerging drinking-water contaminants: perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, and 1,4-dioxane.

“Here’s a virtual hug for everyone,” says Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy.

The “million-dollar question,” Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said, is: “Are we going to get back to some type of normalcy and how long will it take?”

The age group with the highest number of cases, at 480, remains those between the ages 20 to 29. Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen said she is concerned about that age group “in terms of spread and in terms of more potential infection.”

Food pantries are not income-based but rather serve individuals and families based on need.

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