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Seniors poured into the Guilderland Public Library on Jan. 16 for “The Doctor Is In,” a new program launched by Albany County executive's office.

Evelyn Kinnah

ALBANY COUNTY — Evelyn A. Kinnah says she sees herself in almost every case she works on for a noncitizen.

Kinnah, a lawyer who was born in Ghana and raised in Liberia, was appointed this week as the new director of the Albany County Immigration Assistance Center, which serves 14 counties.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has been accused in a federal lawsuit of exacting revenge on one of his former political pals. 

 ALBANY COUNTY — Albany County is slated to get $1,255,608 — part of $45 million being distributed to 57 counties and New York City to improve emergency communications across the state.

The third phase of Albany County’s proposed shared-services plan could save as much as $7 million in the long-term. 

“The county is not in the business of finding children for families. Rather, it is finding families for children,” says foster mother Sharon Astyk. “That sounds like a small difference but it’s an important distinction. The county is child-centered. This is not about going and picking out a kid.”

More foster homes are needed in Albany County not just because the number of children in the system has increased but also because 2018 federal legislation, which prioritizes family-based foster care, will limit reimbursement for certain residential placements in New York in 2021.

ALBANY COUNTY — On Tuesday, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy signed two local laws to help with environmental efforts: one is for a five-cent fee on paper bags at retail stores and the other creates a loan program for sustainable energy projects.

The requirement for a child’s placement should be a loving home. To deny children in need access to such homes because of prejudice codified into government rules is against the founding principles of our nation.

The ACCESS office

ACCESS Hilltowns will soon house a caseworker who will be able to support residents who have been victimized by a crime. 

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