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ABC Nursery School: Closed, ASEP is openABC Preschool (Reynolds Rd): ClosedAcademy at Rensselaer Education Ctr: Closed, Regents PostponedAcademy of the Holy Names: ClosedAchievements & Kids Express Mplwood: ClosedAchievements St Kateri Tekakwitha: ClosedAchievements and Kids Express TBGC: ClosedAdams-Cheshire Regional SD: ClosedAdirondack Community College: Closed, All day and evening classes are cancelled.Adirondack Enrichment: ClosedAesthetic Science Institute: Closed, No Day ClassesAlbany City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedAlbany College of Pharmacy: Delayed Until NoonAlbany Community Charter School: ClosedAlbany JCC Early Childhood Ctr: Delayed 3 Hrs, open at 10 AMAlbany Law School: Delayed Until Noon, No Morning Classes, Classes will start at Noon Saff report at Noon Essential personnel only.Albany Leadership Charter High: Closed, Regents PostponedAlbany Public Library: Delayed, All locations open at noonAll Saints Catholic Academy Albany: ClosedAmbleside School: ClosedAmsterdam City SD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Reschedule Global History and ELA to Wednesday Jan 25 at 12:30PMAmsterdam Head Start: Closed, Staff reportAn Nur Islamic School: ClosedAndes CSD: ClosedArgyle CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedArlington SD: ClosedAugustine Classical Academy: ClosedAustin's School of Spa Technology: Closed, Closed Staff to report 10amAverill Park CSD: Closed, Regents Exams PostponedAverill Park Pre School: ClosedBArT Charter Public School: ClosedBallston Spa CSD: ClosedBelanger School of Nursing: ClosedBennington County Head Start: ClosedBennington Early Childhood Ctr: Closed, /wrap-around care openBerkshire Christian School (Lenox): ClosedBerkshire Community College: Closed, Day classes canceled. Evening classes to be decided by 3pm., Berkshire Community College day classes have been canceled. Decision about evening classes will be made by 3 p.m.Berkshire Country Day School: ClosedBerkshire County Head Start@Conte: Closed, No AM Head StartBerkshire Hills Regional SD: Delayed 2 HrsBerlin CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedBerne-Knox-Westerlo CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Budget Advisory Mtg. 6:00Best Fitness (Albany): Delayed, No Morning Classes, No morning classes kids club closed Club is open, No morning classes today, kids club is closed. Check back later for afternoon classes.Best Fitness (Schenectady): Delayed, No Morning Classes, classes are canceled kids club closed Club is open, All morning classes canceled. Kids club is closed. Check back later for afternoon classesBethel Full Gospel Church: Closed, No AM prayer mtgBethlehem CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedBethlehem Children's School: ClosedBishop Maginn HS: ClosedBlessed Sacrament School: ClosedBluebirds' Nest Preschool: ClosedBolton CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedBright Beginnings Daycare Center: Closed, ChestertownBright Horizons Adult Day Care: Closed, Beltrone site open, No transportationBrighter Choice Charter Schools: ClosedBrite Beginnings Day Care & Dev Ctr: ClosedBroadalbin-Perth CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, All district and building Offices closed.Brown School: Closed, No PLUS progamBrunswick (Brittonkill) CSD: ClosedBrunswick Center Services: Delayed 2 HrsBrunswick Children's Academy: ClosedBryant & Stratton College PSC: Delayed, No Morning Classes, Morning classes cancelled Staff report at 9:30 am PSC Classes start at 10am, All classes starting before noon at Albany, Malta and Wolf Rd are cancelled. PSC Insurance Classes will start at 10 am. All staff report at 9:30 am. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Due to power outage all offices closed staff do not report. BOE mtg cancelled.Butterfly Dreams Daycare: ClosedCEO Head Start (Rensselaer County): Closed, ALL CEO sites and programs closed.CNW School of Massage: Closed, : no classes, no clinicCOARC Adult Transportation: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransCairo-Durham CSD: Closed, Regemts/Exams Rescheduled See website or letterCaldwell Presbyterian Preschool: ClosedCambridge CSD: Closed, Todays scheduled Regents Exams will be given Weds., Local exams given on FridayCamp Fun Spot: Delayed, Opening at 8amCanajoharie CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Check website for Regents scheduleCapital Milestones Child Care: ClosedCapital Reg Career & Tech (Albany): Closed, No AM BOCES, No PM BOCESCapital Region Language Center: Delayed, No AM classes in both locations. No ESL. Check by 3 for evening update.Catholic Central HS: ClosedCatholic Charities Meal & Med Trans: Closed, Catholic Charities MOW's, D Dayhaven,Friendship Cafe's Medical Trans ClosedCatskill CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedCatskill Mt. Christian Academy: ClosedCenter For Early Learning: ClosedCentral Berkshire Regional SD: ClosedCharlotte Valley CSD: ClosedChatham CSD: Closed, Regents & BOE Mtg PostponedChatham Kids Club: ClosedChestertown Head Start Center: ClosedChild Time Childcare (Clifton Pk): Delayed 1 HrChildhood Friends Inc.: ClosedChildren's Place at the Plaza: Delayed Until 9a, All staff report at 9:00 amChrist Our Light Catholic Church: Closed, No Daily Mass or Faith Formation. Offices ClosedChrist the King Church: Closed, No 9:00 a.m. Daily Mass. Parish Offices are closed No AdorationChrist the King Early Childhood Ctr: ClosedChristian Brothers Academy: Closed, Regents PostponedCircle Of Friends (Delmar): Closed, Day care closed, Closed no wrap around program.Circle of Friends (Ravena): ClosedClarksburg Elementary: ClosedClifton Pk-Halfmoon Public Library: Delayed 3 Hrs, No preschool programsClover Patch Pre-School (Glenville): ClosedCloverpatch (Albany): ClosedCobleskill Campus Child Care Center: Delayed 2 Hrs, Check back for updatesCobleskill-Richmondville CSD: Closed, Offices will open at 10 am, Regents Exams postponed to tomorrow. For more information on exam schedule, check school website.Cohoes City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedCohoes Community Center, Inc.: Delayed Until 9a, Daycare opens 9:30 Snow Day Care 9:30 Pool opens 9:30, Center opens at 9am. Daycare will open at 9:30, snow day care will open at 9:30. Pool opens at 9:30College of Saint Rose: Closed, No Day or Evening Classes Offices ClosedColonie Senior Transportation: ClosedColonie Youth Centers: Closed, No BSP/ASPColumbia Christian Academy: ClosedColumbia Co Nutrition Pg (Philmont): Closed, Staff ReportColumbia-Greene Comm College: Closed, Day and Evening Classes Cancelled and College is ClosedCommunity Inclusion Project: Delayed 2 HrsCommunity Library Cobleskill, NY: ClosedCommunity Work & Independence, Inc.: Open, No TransportationCooperstown CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedCorinth CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedCoxsackie-Athens CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Details:Website or Facebook, Go to www.cacsd.org for more detailsCrossroads Center for Children: Closed, Day Care closed, Board Meeting postponedCrown Point CSD: Delayed 2 HrsDoane Stuart School: ClosedDolgeville CSD: Closed, Regents begin at 10:15 AMDuanesburg CSD: Closed, Closed. Board Mtg Canceled.EOC (Capital District): Closed, Day and evening classes cancelled. Staff to report at noon.Early Childhood Learning Ctr: ClosedEarly Childhood Education Center: Closed, all sites closedEarly Childhood Education Ctr-Troy: ClosedEast Greenbush CSD: ClosedEco Baby Daycare & Preschool: ClosedEddy Senior Care: Open, No TransportationEdinburg Common SD: Closed, 12 month staff dont reportEmma L. Miller Memorial School: ClosedEmma Willard School: Closed, No Morning Classes, No Evening ClassesExecutive Woods Childcare: Delayed 2 HrsFaith Bible Academy: ClosedFarmhouse Nursery School: ClosedFarmington River Regional SD: Closed, No TransportationFirst Friends Nursery School: ClosedFonda-Fultonville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedFort Ann CSD: Closed, No After Sch EventsFort Edward UFSD: Closed, No After Sch Events, Regents PostponedFort Plain CSD: Closed, ELA Regents will be Wed at 12:00, Other exams will be given FridayFranklin County Technical SD: Delayed 2 HrsFulton County Office for Aging: Open, No Transportation, No Social Adult Day Care No Home Delivered Meals Meal Sites ClosedFulton-Montgomery CC: Delayed 2 Hrs, Campus will open at 10 am.Gabriel Abbott Memorial School: Closed, No A.M. DaycareGalway CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGateway Community Industries: Closed, No Transportation, Gateway Community is open Transportation is cancelled Senior Meals cancelled, Gateway Community Industries is open, transportation is cancelled. Staff report. , Ulster County office of the aging home delivered meals servicce and congregated sites are cancelled for today. , PROS is cancelled. Staff Report.George Washington School: ClosedGermantown CSD: Closed, All Offices are closedGilboa-Conesville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGirls Incorporated (Albany): Closed, No Aft-Sch PgmGlens Falls City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedGlens Falls Common SD: ClosedGlens Falls Head Start Center: ClosedGloversville City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedGood Ground Christian School: ClosedGrace Christian School: ClosedGrand Gorge Head Start: ClosedGranville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGrapeville Christian School: ClosedGreen Island UFSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGreen Tech High Charter School: Closed, No After Sch Events, Regents PostponedGreenberg Child Care Center: ClosedGreenbush Child Caring: ClosedGreene County Transit: ClosedGreene County YMCA: Open, No Morning ClassesGreenville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGreenwich CSD: ClosedGrowing Up Right at the C.D.C.: ClosedGuilderland CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Special meeting of BOE still planned for 7 pmHFM BOCES Adult Literacy: Closed, ALZ Closed GLZ Closed, All programs are closed today for staff and students.HFM Career & Tech Center: Closed, Campus closed, All offices closed, No staff reportHVCC: Delayed, No Morning Classes, College is closed until 12:00 noonHadley-Luzerne CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedHancock Regional SD: ClosedHansel & Gretel Nursery School: ClosedHappy Kids Day Care Center: ClosedHarmony Kids: Delayed 2 Hrs, Doors will open at 9:00 am Staff arrive at 8:45 am.Hartford CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedHawthorne Valley School: ClosedHead Start - Adams: Closed, No AM Head StartHead Start - Lee: Closed, No AM Head StartHead Start @ Becket/Washington: Closed, No AM Head StartHead Start @ Johnson - North Adams: Open, No AM Head Start, No Transportation, Childcare OpenHead Start @ Meadow Lane Pittsfield: Open, No AM Head Start, No Transportation, Childcare OpenHead Start @ Muddy Brook - GB: Open, No AM Head Start, No Transportation, Childcare OpenHebrew Academy - Capital District: ClosedHelderberg Christian School: ClosedHelping Hands Pre-School: ClosedHenry Johnson Charter School: ClosedHerkimer CSD: ClosedHoly Spirit School (East G'Bush): Closed, Sports practices canceled Board meeting postponedHometown Health Center: Delayed Until 9aHoosic Valley CSD: ClosedHoosick Falls CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedHopeClub: Closed, All programs and groups are cancelled for today.Housatonic Academy: ClosedHudson City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedHudson Falls CSD: Closed, All Regents/Midterms will be rescheduledHunter-Tannersville CSD: ClosedIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedImmaculate Conception (Glenville): Closed, 9am Mass Cancelled. Offices delayed in opening -please call ahead.Indian Lake CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedJefferson CSD: Closed, Exams PostponedJohn Paolo's (Latham): ClosedJohnsburg CSD: ClosedJohnstown City SD: Closed, District Closed.Jubilee Child Day Care Center: ClosedKIPP: Tech Valley Charter School: Closed, Middle and primary schools closedKid Kampus: ClosedKiddie Academy II: Closed, Latham CenterKiddie Academy of Albany: ClosedKidsFirst Childcare Center: ClosedKim's Kids Daycare: ClosedKingsbury Seventh-day Adventist Sch: ClosedKingston City SD: Closed, Kingston City SD is closedLa Salle Institute (Troy): ClosedLake George CSD: ClosedLake Pleasant CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No BreakfastLakeside Nursery School: ClosedLanesborough Regional SD: ClosedLangan School: ClosedLansingburgh CSD: ClosedLatham Christian Academy: ClosedLearning To Know Educational Center: Delayed 2 HrsLee Public Schools: ClosedLenox Public Schools: ClosedLexington Center Fulton Co ARC: Open, No TransportationLiberty Ent/ Montgomery Co. ARC: Closed, No TransportationLife Kids Before/ After School: ClosedLifeSong Inc (Saratoga): ClosedLifeSong Inc (Schenectady): ClosedLifeSong Inc. (Albany): ClosedLifeSong Inc. (Rensselaer): ClosedLil Peeps Preschool: Delayed, No Transportation, Open at 10am Lil' Lambs Christian Daycare Inc.: Closed, No Staff MeetingLittle Feet Daycare Center: ClosedLittle Ones Too Preschool & Nursery: OpenLittle Tot Nursery School: ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Albany): ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Rensselaer): ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Saratoga): ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Schenectady): ClosedLong Lake CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedLoudonville Christian School: Closed, Today's exams postponed until Friday. Maimonides Hebrew Day School: ClosedMalta Montessori School: ClosedManchester Elementary & Middle: ClosedMargaretville CSD: ClosedMaria College: Delayed, No Morning Classes, All classes prior to 12 pm are cancelled, including clinicals. Staff to report.Mass. College of Liberal Arts: Delayed 3 Hrs, MCLA will open at 11:00Mater Christi School: ClosedMayfield CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMeals of Montgomery County: ClosedMeals on Wheels (Albany): Closed, No Transportation, all Senior Services and Cohoes Senior Center Programs are closedMechanicville City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedMekeel Christian Academy: Closed, Regents PostponedMemorial Hospital Nursing School: ClosedMenands UFSD: ClosedMettawee Community School: ClosedMiddleburgh CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMildred Elley (Albany): Closed, No Day Classes, Staff report at 10Mildred Elley (Pittsfield): Closed, No Day Classes, Staff report at 10amMilford CSD: ClosedMillview: ClosedMinerva CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedModern Welding School: ClosedMohawk Trail Regional SD: ClosedMohonasen CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMontgomery County Office for Aging: ClosedMoreau Community Center, Inc: ClosedMorning Star Learning Center: Closed, A day with your child todayMother Teresa Academy: ClosedMount Greylock Regional SD: ClosedMountain Road School: ClosedMountainside Christian Academy: ClosedMt Moriah Academy: ClosedMyers Education Center: Closed, 12-month Office on 2 hour delay, Open House rescheduled for Jan 31N. Greenbush Little Red School: ClosedNeil Hellman Day Treatment: Closed, Regents PostponedNew Lebanon CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedNew Paltz CSD: ClosedNew School Of Radio & TV: ClosedNewcomb CSD: Delayed 2 HrsNewmeadow at Malta: Closed, Parent Training Postponed.Newmeadow at Queensbury: ClosedNiskayuna CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedNiskayuna Community Day Care Center: ClosedNorth Adams Public Schools: ClosedNorth Colonie CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Office staff reports at 10 AMNorth Warren CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedNortheast Parent & Child Society: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransNortheastern Baptist College: ClosedNorthern Berkshire Voc SD: ClosedNorthshire Day School: ClosedNorthville CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Building/Office ClosedNotre Dame-Bishop Gibbons: ClosedNursery School College of St Rose: ClosedO.K. Kids, Inc.: ClosedOak Hill School: ClosedOakwood Christian School: ClosedOhav Shalom Nursery School: Closed, Ohav Shalom Nursery closed Beginnings program closedOnteora CSD: ClosedOppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville SD: Closed, Regents postponedOrlo School of Hair Design: ClosedOtsego Area Occupational Center: Closed, Regents PostponedOur Lady of Mt Carmel (Amsterdam): Closed, Senior Citizens Mtg for Tues at 1 pm canceledOur Lady of Victory Early Childhood: ClosedOur Savior's Lutheran School: ClosedOur World Montessori: ClosedOwen D. Young CSD: Delayed 2 HrsPal's Childcare & Education Center: Delayed Until 9aParsons Early Head Start Day Care: ClosedParsons Early Learning Center: ClosedPerth Bible Christian Academy: ClosedPine Cobble School: ClosedPine Plains CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedPineview Comm Church Pre-School: Delayed 2 HrsPittsfield Public Schools: ClosedPooh's Corner Child Care Ctr: ClosedPoughkeepsie City School District: Closed, Regents Postponed, Please check website for Regents Exam scheduled for today.Prospect Center: ClosedPumpkin Patch (Albany): ClosedPutnam CSD: ClosedQueensbury UFSD: Closed, Regents PostponedQuestar III BOCES - Sarah's Sisters: ClosedQuestar III Catskill Academy: ClosedQuestar III Columbia-Green Ed Ctr: Closed, Regents PostponedQuestar III Rensselaer Academy: ClosedQuestar III Rensselaer Edu Ctr: Closed, QIII New Vision is closedQuestar III Sackett Educational Ctr: Closed, Regents PostponedRainbow Express Children's Center: Open, No TransportationRavena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD: Closed, Exams Postponed, Regents Postponed, Exams moved to FridayRed Hook CSD: ClosedRedemption Christian Academy: ClosedRedemption Church of Christ: OpenRensselaer City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedRhinebeck CSD: ClosedRichmond Consolidated: Delayed 2 HrsRiverRun Community Montessori: ClosedRiverside Enterprises: Delayed 2 HrsRobert C. Parker School: ClosedRoots and Wings Montessori: ClosedRosa Venerini Early Childhood Cente: ClosedRoxbury CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Check our web page for exam updatesRutland Southwest SU: ClosedSUNY Cobleskill: Delayed, Classes are cancelled until noon. Check back for updates, Classes are cancelled until noon. Check back for updates. SUNY Delhi: Delayed, Classes will begin at 11 amSUNY New Paltz: Delayed 3 Hrs, Classes that begin before 11 am are cancelled, Classes that begin before 11:00 a.m. are cancelled. Class that begin at 11:00 a.m. or later will meet. Offices will open at 10:45 a.m.SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury: Closed, No Morning Classes, No Evening Classes, All classes are cancelled for today due to weather.SW Vermont Career Dev Ctr: ClosedSacred Heart School (Bennington): ClosedSacred Heart School (Troy): Closed, TSL is closedSage Colleges (Troy & Albany): Closed, No Day ClassesSalem CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedSamaritan Hospital Nursing School: ClosedSaratoga Academy Arts & Science: ClosedSaratoga Bridges: Open, No TransportationSaratoga Central Catholic HS: Closed, Regents PostponedSaratoga County Arts Council: Closed, No Morning Classes, No Evening ClassesSaratoga County Senior Meals: ClosedSaratoga Independent School: ClosedSaratoga Springs City SD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Building Offices Open at 10AMSaugerties CSD: ClosedSchalmont CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed Office Staff Report at 10AMSchenectady City SD: Closed, Exams Postponed, Regents Postponed, Regents exams rescheduledSchenectady Co Comm College: Delayed, Classes & events cancelled until 11 am. College open for other business., Daytime classes and events at SCCC have been cancelled until 11:00 a.m. The college is open for the conduct of other business and will resume classes and events at 11:00 a.m. Schenectady County ARC: Closed, Staff ReportSchenectady Jewish CC: Delayed, Will open at 7 amSchenectady Jewish CC Day Care: Delayed, Snow Day Program for Early Childhood and School Age Children will open at 8:30Schenevus CSD: ClosedSchodack CSD: ClosedSchoharie CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedSchoharie Career and Technical Scho: ClosedSchoharie County ARC: Closed, Day Services staff please report to a residenceSchoharie County Com. Action Prg.: ClosedSchoharie Cty Child Dvp Cobleskill: Closed, No AM Pre-K, No AM Head Start, HS & EHS closedSchoharie Cty HeadStart (Schoharie): Closed, No AM Head Start, HS & EHS closedSchonowe Preschool: Delayed Until 9:30a, Daycare opening 930amSchool's Out, Inc.: ClosedSchools Out Childrens Center LLC: OpenSchroon Lake CSD: ClosedSchuylerville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedScotia-Glenville CSD: Closed, Regents postponed until WednesdayShaftsbury Early Childhood Center: Delayed, No Transportation, Open at 10amSharon Springs CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedShenendehowa CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedShooting Stars Nursery & After Sch.: Closed, Afterschool opens at 12pmSkidmore Early Childhood Center: ClosedSouth Colonie CSD: Closed, No After Sch Events, Exams Postponed, Exams Postponed until Friday 1/27 at same time., All exams postponed until Friday 1/27 at the same scheduled time.South Glens Falls CSD: Closed, Regents Exams PostponedSouth Kortright CSD: ClosedSouthern Adirondack Edu Ctr: Closed, 12 month office on 2 hour delaySouthern Berkshire Regional SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-SchoolSouthwest Vermont SU: ClosedSpa Christian School: ClosedSpotted Zebra Learning Center: ClosedSt Ambrose School: ClosedSt Anne Institute: Delayed 1-1/2 Hrs, Staff Report, Exams Given, No Transportation, No school for day serviceSt Catherine's May School: ClosedSt Clement's Regional Catholic Sch: ClosedSt George's School: ClosedSt Gregory School: ClosedSt Jude the Apostle School: ClosedSt Kateri Tekakwitha School: ClosedSt Madeleine Sophie Pre-School: Closed, Open House PostponedSt Madeleine Sophie School: Closed, Open House PostponedSt Mary's Academy (Hoosick Falls): ClosedSt Mary's Institute ES (Amsterdam): ClosedSt Mary's School (Ballston Spa): Closed, No Extended Day ProgramSt Mary's School (Waterford): ClosedSt Mary's-St Alphonsus Rgnl Cath: ClosedSt Mary's/St Alphonsus Noah's Ark: ClosedSt Matthew Lutheran School (Albany): ClosedSt Paul's Childhood Center: ClosedSt Pius X School: ClosedSt Stephen's Pre-K Acad (Delmar): Closed, No AM Pre-School, No After-School ProgramsSt Thomas the Apostle School: ClosedStamford CSD: ClosedStepping Stone Pre & DCC (Albany): ClosedStillwater CSD: Closed, Regents Exams CancelledStory Place Preschool: ClosedStorybook Academy: ClosedSullivan BOCES: ClosedSunderland Elementary: ClosedSunnyside Center Day Care: Closed, No Aft-Sch PgmSunshine Kids Corner: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 9AMSusan Odell Taylor School: ClosedTLC Christian Day Care: ClosedTaconic Hills CSD: ClosedTech Valley High School: ClosedTemple Israel Nursery and Day Care: ClosedTendercare Child Center (Albany): ClosedTendercare Child Center (Selkirk): ClosedThe Albany Academies (AA & AAG): ClosedThe Beagle School: Closed, No AM Pre-School, No PM Pre-SchoolThe Dorset School: ClosedThe Downtown School: ClosedThe Kid's Place Preschool: ClosedThe King's School: ClosedTiny Tots Early Learning Center: ClosedTown of Ballston Community Library: ClosedToyland Day Nursery: ClosedTri-Village Nursery School: ClosedTrinity Nursery and Day Care Center: ClosedTroy City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedTroy Prep: ClosedTruthville Christian Academy: ClosedTutor Time (East Greenbush): Delayed 1 HrTutor Time (Troy): Delayed 1 HrTwin Valley Elementary School: ClosedTwin Valley Middle High School: ClosedUMC Daycare Norton Hill: Closed, No AM Pre-K, No PM Pre-K, No Afterschool programUlster County Community College: Closed, No Day Classes, Employee code is OrangeUlster-Greene ARC (Catskill): Open, No TransportationUlster-Greene ARC (Kingston): Open, No Transportation, Training Center is closed.University at Albany: Open, Classes delayed Classes resume at 10 amUnlimited Potential, Inc: ClosedUpstate Transit: ClosedVillage Of Colonie Senior Center: ClosedVillage School of North Bennington: ClosedVoorheesville CSD: Closed, Office Staff Report at 10AMWWAARC—Albany & Queensbury: ClosedWaldorf School (Saratoga Springs): ClosedWarren Street Academy - 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Open-source software moves into public sector

Open-source software moves into public sector

The open-source software revolution is ready to go public: The programs that were once relegated to

The open-source software revolution is ready to go public.

The programs that were once relegated to the niche fringes of the computer programing community and have more recently spread prolifically through the hard drives that power private business are now primed to make the jump into the public sector — and some would even argue they already have.

Increasingly, colleges and government agencies are relying on pliable and free open-source programs to fulfill needs that arise within their computer networks. Proponents argue that the software is a budget-friendly option to tailor computer systems in ways that more rigid proprietary software won’t allow.

But there’s a catch when it comes to deploying open-source programs broadly at public agencies. The process through which governmental and public education institutions seek to fill their software needs almost always favors private-license software companies.

The state procurement process often requires agencies to put out requests for proposals for software that will be broadly deployed. Because open-source software usually lacks the marketing structure of its commercial counterpart, these platforms are often overlooked when it comes to fulfilling needs within state agencies or educational facilities, even though dramatic savings and performance improvements can sometimes be realized.

“It’s difficult,” admitted Pat Masson, a Loudonville resident and chief information officer at SUNY Delhi who is urging officials within the state university system to consider a broader application of open-source software across its networks. “Open-source communities obviously don’t have sales and marketing departments, so there is no one really to respond [to requests for proposals].”

As a concept, open-source programing is about as old as computers themselves. The idea evolved from programers wanting to share transparent code that could be freely used and adapted by others.

With the growth of the Internet during the early 1990s, the concept of free and open software gained popularity among programers seeing the practicality in keeping a product’s code accessible to the user. But the concept was viewed largely as a fringe movement embraced by hackers and independent programers that would never gain an edge against behemoth mainstream software companies.

But in January 1998, the proliferation of free code gained the foothold it needed. Netscape released the code to its popular Web browser, prompting a wholesale rethinking of concepts governing commercial applications.

Less than a month after Netscape’s bombshell announcement, a group of programers created the Open Source Initiative, which launched a movement aimed at demonstrating the practical benefits of distributing free source code. The initiative gelled the open-source movement and led to the exponential growth of software projects founded on its principles.

Since that time, the open-source model has created ripples in the private sector, where businesses have been drawn to the flexibility and cost advantages of the software. By not protecting a software product’s code, a wider breadth of programers can have a hand in improving the functionality of a given software program.

“We work as teammates in an open environment,” said Will Schroeder, the president of Kitware, an open-source software development company based in Clifton Park. “It just lends itself to that collaboration.”

But the public sector — especially in New York — has lagged in its integration of open-source programs. Schroeder said only recently have public entities warmed to the notion of having transparent code deployed on a broad basis.

Kitware is among the companies now seeing the benefits of this detente between public agencies and the open-source community. It was recently awarded a $6.7 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop software that will enable computers to search images within video archives.

“There is a perception that open-source people are a bunch of yahoos,” he said. “The reality is, that could not be further from the truth.”

New York’s procurement language makes no specific mention of using open-source software. Instead, the state seeks “best value” for software when the need arises, explained Angela Liotta, a spokeswoman with the state Office for Technology.

Liotta said some open-source code is already employed around New York’s government agencies; for instance, the open-source operating system Linux is used in state data centers. However, she said a number of the state’s “mission-critical applications” require robust and timely vendor support, which is something open-source programs simply can’t provide.

“That requirement is not always available with open-source tools; therefore, we consider the use of open-source code when selecting software but only do so when there is adequate and cost-effective support available for the product,” she said.

This could change once the OFT implements the solutions presented in a joint study completed by the state last year. The multiagency study, titled “A Strategy for Openness: Enhancing E-Records Access in New York State,” outlines a strategy for the state to ensure electronic information is widely accessible by the public.

Among its findings, the study recommends broad implementation of an “open environment” by the state’s information technology work force. The study suggested including “the use of open standards and formats” in the existing procurement process and the state’s strategic IT plan.

Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, the OFT’s director and New York’s chief information officer, said the study’s findings show a wholesale shift in the state’s approach toward open-source software.

She said the new direction should take the state closer to broader acceptance of open-source programs.

“The public sector is lagging a little bit behind,” she said. “But that is our strategic direction and that is our priority.”

Some areas of state government are already beginning to use open-source software as a method to create open government. Earlier this year, the state Senate under Majority Leader Malcolm Smith hired Andrew Hoppin — a self-professed open-source aficionado and former volunteer with the Obama administration’s transition team — as the Senate’s first-ever chief information officer.

Hoppin said he plans to implement a number of widely used open-source programs to improve the transparency and efficiency of the Senate’s online functions. He said the malleability of open-source programs lends itself perfectly to his goal of transforming the Senate’s proprietary software-driven Web site into something that better serves both politicians and citizens alike.

“Open-source by its nature really puts us in the driver’s seat,” he said. “We save a lot of money and we can be taking advantage of the innovations that are being made within the [open-source] community.”

Soon, the Senate’s Web site will be powered by a package of open-source content management software that will allow broader public participation in the legislative process. The new site will feature everything from constituent input on bills to blogs for individual senators.

“For the first time, every senator will have a standard level of Web access with an ability to transmit Web content across the board,” he said.

Hoppin said such innovation wasn’t possible under the archaic proprietary software the Senate previously used. He’s now reviewing all of the licensed software used by the Senate to ensure that there’s a reason for not taking advantage of an open-source option.

“We’re doing a complete review of all of our internal applications to make sure that when we are using proprietary software, there is a compelling reason to do so,” he said.

Masson is making the same argument at SUNY Delhi, which recently hosted a conference on the open-source initiative and its broader implications for the higher education system. He wants the higher education system to at least consider open-source options when seeking contracts for new software applications.

“I’m not a zealot. There’s certainly a lot of room for commercial software,” he said. “But we don’t even include open-source in our procurement and evaluation process.”

That can mean missed opportunities for savings. Masson said his campus is among about two dozen using Moodle, an open-source course management system, instead of ANGEL Learning, a similar licensed platform used at other state colleges and universities.

Delhi switched to Moodle in 2007 after a study determined that the college could save more than $133,000 from the three-year licensing agreement it would need to enter with ANGEL. Moodle was found to have the same and even better functionality in some cases and would only cost $9,000 in remote hosting costs, according to the study.

Masson estimated that the savings across the state university system could total more than $5 million annually because ANGEL’s licensing agreement charges colleges on a per-student basis. And that’s just one program. “We’re seeing real dollar savings with the deployment of open-source, and I have the purchase orders to back that up,” he said.

Like Delhi, the University at Albany has broadly used open-source software. Derek Werthmuller, the director of UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government, said his campus has found a good balance between open-source software and commercially licensed programs.

Even so, he said the university and other public colleges should be cognizant of areas where open-source programs can be applied. He said the open-source industry is constantly and rapidly evolving, so programs that might not have worked well in the past could have new applications today.

“Awareness is important,” he said. “The academic community needs to be fully aware of open-source and looking at it as an option when they’re doing software selection.”

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