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Schenectady Planning Commission OKs apartments, theater

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady Planning Commission OKs apartments, theater

The city Planning Commission approved new apartments on State Street and a theater on North Jay Street during a meeting Wednesday evening.

CAPITAL REGION

Locally, opinions divided on Obama’s overtime rule change

President Obama’s attempt to make many more people eligible for overtime pay drew a range of reactions Wednesday from Capital Region business advocates and labor attorneys, ranging from it being a long-overdue worker protection to yet another burden business owners must shoulder.

ADIRONDACKS

Cuomo OKs plan to replace Adirondack rail tracks with trail

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved a controversial plan tear up historic railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, to convert the 34-mile corridor into a multi-use recreation trail.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

SPAC already at 80 percent of new capital campaign goal

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday announced a $5 million capital campaign that has already raised 80 percent of that goal.

Office/retail building in Scotia nearly done

SCOTIA

Office/retail building in Scotia nearly done

Years of waiting and months of construction are nearing an end on Mohawk Avenue in Scotia, as work wraps up on a new office/retail building near the gateway to the village.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Forum on Saratoga Springs panhandling problem Thursday night

An increase in panhandling has hit a nerve with a lot of people in Saratoga Springs, which relies on the way its downtown welcomes out-of-town visitors.

White House moves to make millions eligible for overtime

WASHINGTON

White House moves to make millions eligible for overtime

The Obama administration, in a far-reaching effort to improve the lot of workers that has ignited criticism from business groups, announced Tuesday that it was making millions more employees eligible for overtime pay.

SARATOGA COUNTY

Saratoga County supervisors OK settlement; GE to pay $5.3M

Saratoga County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement under which General Electric will pay the Saratoga County Water Authority $5.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit over costs tied to the PCB pollution of the Hudson River.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Constitution Pipeline appeals state denial of permit

Constitution Pipeline is fighting to keep alive its proposal for a 125-mile transmission line to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County.

New rule expands numbers eligible for overtime pay

New rule expands numbers eligible for overtime pay

The Obama administration will unveil a new rule Wednesday that would make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that delivers a long-sought victory for labor groups.

Hiring hurdle: Finding workers who can pass a drug test

Hiring hurdle: Finding workers who can pass a drug test

A few years back, heavy-equipment manufacturer JCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left.

Mop & Bucket Co. buys Schenectady building

SCHENECTADY

Mop & Bucket Co. buys Schenectady building

Mopco LLC, the parent company of the Mop & Bucket Co. based at Proctors, purchased the former firehouse on North Jay Street and plans to renovate it and relocate there.

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Boat club franchise sets up at Lake George marina

LAKE GEORGE

Boat club franchise sets up at Lake George marina

A new business is giving people a chance to go boating on Lake George with less money and a lot less work than it would take to own their own boats.

SCHENECTADY

Brown Transportation Co. demands access to video

Under threat of a potential lawsuit, Brown Transportation filed its own suit against the city last month demanding access to a video it had handed over to Schenectady police in an assault investigation.

'Captain America' is just one piece of Disney's plan to reinvent entertainment

'Captain America' is just one piece of Disney's plan to reinvent entertainment

Many entertainment industry observers love to focus on simple pawns, one move at a time. Disney, on the other hand, is playing multidimensional chess not only across films, but also across decades.

Beer purity law, a German tradition (and marketing tool), turns 500

Beer purity law, a German tradition (and marketing tool), turns 500

But even as Germans celebrate the anniversary of the purity law, with dozens of events planned throughout the year (among them, an art show themed around “the beer gut”), not everyone is so enthusiastic about it.

Start-ups turn to arbitration in workplace

Start-ups turn to arbitration in workplace

As once-plucky startups like WeWork grow — the company’s workforce has swelled to 1,500 from 300 a year ago — they are taking a page from the playbook of big corporations, which are increasingly using arbitration to thwart employees from bringing any meaningful legal challenge in court, an investigation by The New York Times found last fall.

Arts and crafts store helps women victims of trafficking gain respect

SCHENECTADY

Arts and crafts store helps women victims of trafficking gain respect

Quilting and cross-stitch, knitting and sewing, stamping and crochet. Whatever your craft, there are materials and tools for it at Her Treasure Box, a new arts and crafts thrift store on Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady.

Latham business capitalizes on growth of LEDs

LATHAM

Latham business capitalizes on growth of LEDs

LED lighting is far from a new technology, but in recent years purchase costs have decreased and installation incentives have increased to the point that conversions are now considered for entire buildings instead of individual bulbs.

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