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Ballston to test new farmland program

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The town of Ballston looks like it will be the first in the state to actually adopt a transfer of development rights law as a way of protecting farmland.

Open space plan has alluring targets

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The state’s new draft Open Space Conservation Plan calls for protecting Wolf Hollow/Hoffman’s Notch in West Glenville, expanding the Albany Pine Bush and keeping up the push to acquire Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks.

Ballston supervisor pushing Astorino

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Ballston town Supervisor Patrick Ziegler and his wife, Mary, have founded Upstate for Astorino, which Ziegler described as an independent group of volunteer supporters of Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive running against the well-financed re-election campaign of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Boat-washing law a fallacy without backing

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Making sure your boat is clean, drained and dry before you launch it is now the law of the land in New York state, not just at Lake George.

Oil train concerns shared up north

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
People from the low-income neighborhoods bordering the Port of Albany aren’t the only ones worried about the volume of volatile crude oil passing daily through the port.

Saratoga Springs' first mayor missed the boat, thankfully

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
When Saratoga Springs became a city in 1915, Walter P. Butler was the first mayor, having survived trans-Atlantic travel with a knack for booking the wrong boats at the right time.

Getting a handle on racing’s impact

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Saratoga County leaders will take another crack at figuring out how much money the thoroughbred racing industry pumps into the Capital Region economy.

It’s mano a mano in credit for nano

Saturday, July 26, 2014
If you want to be in the center of Tech Valley, the day is coming when you’ll need to move to Fort Plain.

Congress hopefuls fill their war chests

Saturday, July 19, 2014
The people running for Congress in and around the Capital Region — for the most part — have raised plenty of cash.

Exhibit explores vice in Spa City

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Congress Park in Saratoga Springs in the summer is the kind of zestfully green place where moms bring baby strollers and some people think the ducks can talk. If they could, their ancestors would have passed down dark stories of what humans once did inside the Canfield Casino, the great Victorian hall in the middle of the park.

Rumors at GloFo, troubles at tech campus

Saturday, July 5, 2014
The GlobalFoundries Fab 8 complex in Malta got a mention in the Taiwan press this week. Not an accurate mention, but close enough for work done on a digital deadline.

Boy Scout perseveres after fire

Saturday, June 28, 2014
A Boy Scout will be doing his Eagle Scout project this Sunday in Ballston Spa. Which doesn’t sound so remarkable, barely even newsworthy, except that Edward Rock and his dad were burned out of their Malta home — and basically lost everything — less than two weeks ago.

Rise in electrical demand taxes grid

Saturday, June 21, 2014
The accumulated demands on New York state’s electric power grid are growing — and we have ourselves to thank.

Charging stations added at Albany International Airport

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Albany International Airport has rolled out new services for people driving electric cars or who are heading for the cheese shops and ski slopes of Vermont.

Cuomo pushing electric car sales

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Andrew M. Cuomo and seven other governors have taken on an enormous challenge by adopting the Multi-State Zero-Emission Vehicles Action Plan. Its goal is to have 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on U.S. roads by 2025.

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