Schenectady County

Paved Trail Opens In Schenectady County

Oct 3, 2018
Officials celebrated the new section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Pattersonville
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A new connector in the trail system that traverses New York state was celebrated Wednesday in Schenectady County.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about fireworks within Schenectady city limits and a proposed capital project at the Niskayuna school district

A Schenectady County middle school was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a threatening note was discovered inside a bathroom.

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Local officials and General Electric have announced what they tout as the largest and most ambitious municipal solar project to date in New York.

A freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in Schenectady County, impacting area traffic for most of the day.

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Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle has served his position for the past eight years.

A major upgrade will be completed at a Capital Region airport with the help of a state grant.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it will begin treating a popular Schenectady County nature preserve for an invasive pest.

A controversial housing complex will not be coming to a riverfront property in Schenectady County after all. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the developer pulled a proposal that faced opposition from some nearby residents.

The Schenectady County Town of Glenville is set to vote on a comprehensive plan. If approved, the document would be the first central planning document adopted by the town in nearly three decades.

Officials are investigating after an explosion at an asphalt plant in the Schenectady County town of Glenville rocked neighbors Thursday morning.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Schenectady County had the highest per capita crime rate in New York. Now, officials are looking to curb that statistic with a new county-wide policing strategy.

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A new medical marijuana cultivation and production facility will be built in the Schenectady County town of Glenville. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s one of several new facilities joining New York state’s program for the drug.

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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The opioid addiction crisis continues to grip upstate New York as well as the rest of the country. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer visited Schenectady to tout new legislation that is aimed at combatting the influx of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be many times more potent and lethal than heroin.

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With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

Due to last week's snowstorm, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has rescheduled a meeting for April 4th to discuss the next phase of a Superfund cleanup project in the Schenectady County town of Glenville.

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Schenectady County Law enforcement officials have announced an expansion of the county-wide drug unit to address heroin and opioid-related crime and addiction.

Schenectady County property taxes would not change under a 2017 budget proposal introduced Monday by County Manager Kathleen Rooney.

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Another upstate New York locality is considering banning the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21.

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On Thursday, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced $600,000 in state funding to make recreational and safety improvements at the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam.

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One of the volunteers who helped open Christmas cards for 8-year-old burn victim Safyre Terry has been charged with stealing money from the cards.

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Updated 1/14/16: Charges against Glenville farmer Joshua Rockwood were dismissed in town court Tuesday night.

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The Schenectady County Sheriff has opened a new Princetown substation in the western end of the county.

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Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino and members of the county legislature announced the creation of a county-wide drug unit this morning to address the growing heroin epidemic.