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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: ClosedAccess Transportation, Inc.: Closed, Closed to all transportation except DialysisAchievements & 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 Pine Bush Discovery Center: Delayed Until Noon, No Morning Classes, PB Pups program cancelledAlbany 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: ClosedArts Center of the Capital Region: Delayed 3 Hrs, No AM Pgm, No Morning ClassesAugustine 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 County Meals: Delayed, No home deliveries Bennington site open All other sites 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 PostponedBoys & Girls Clubs (Albany): Closed, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM ActivitiesBright 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: ClosedBrunswick Community Library: 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 United Methodist Chruch: ClosedBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Due to power outage all offices closed staff do not report. BOE mtg cancelled.Butterfly Dreams Daycare: ClosedCCV (Bennington): Delayed 2 Hrs, No Morning Classes, no 9am appointmentsCEO 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: ClosedCaldwell-Lake George Library: 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 scheduleCap Dist Ctr for Indp (Albany): Delayed Until 10aCapital 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.Carol Lawrence School Of Dance: ClosedCatholic Central HS: ClosedCatholic Charities Meal & Med Trans: Closed, Catholic Charities MOW's, 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 Church Preschool (GF): ClosedChrist 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 Park Nursery School: ClosedClifton Pk-Halfmoon Public Library: Delayed 3 Hrs, No preschool programsClover Patch Pre-School (Glenville): ClosedCloverpatch (Albany): ClosedCobleskill Campus Child Care Center: ClosedCobleskill-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 9:30Cohoes Senior Citizens Center: Closed, All center meals and programs cancelledCollege 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 County WIC Program: Closed, Valatie and Hudson closed, Catskill is openColumbia Cty Healthcare Consortium: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransColumbia-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 PostponedCornerstone Community Church (Troy): Closed, The Food Pantry is Closed; Tonight's Council Meeting is cancelled.Coxsackie-Athens CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Details:Website or Facebook, Go to www.cacsd.org for more detailsCrandall Public Library: ClosedCrossFit Schenectady: Delayed, No Morning ClassesCrossroads Center for Children: Closed, Day Care closed, Board Meeting postponedCrown Point CSD: ClosedDay Nursery (S Glens Falls): ClosedDiscovery Place Learning Center: ClosedDoane Stuart School: ClosedDolgeville CSD: Closed, Regents begin at 10:15 AMDoors of Hope: ClosedDreamLand Daycare: ClosedDuanesburg 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: ClosedEast Greenbush Community Library: Delayed Until 1pEco 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 PostponedFoothills United Methodist Church: Closed, Food Pantry is also closedFort 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: Closed, Classes CancelledGabriel Abbott Memorial School: Closed, No A.M. DaycareGalway CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGalway Public Library: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Morning ClassesGateway 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 PgmGirls Incorporated (Schenectady): 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: ClosedGood Shepherd Lutheran (G. Falls): Closed, Office closed No evening ConfirmationGrace 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 Nutrition Program: 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 pmGuilderland Martial Arts: Closed, No child care check back for PM classesGuilderland Public Library: Delayed 2 HrsGuilderland Senior Programs: Closed, No Transportation, No Lunch ProgramHFM 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 PostponedHope 7 Community Center: Open, at 8:30amHopeClub: Closed, All programs and groups are cancelled for today.Horace J. Inman Senior Center: ClosedHousatonic Academy: ClosedHudson City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedHudson Day Care Center: ClosedHudson Falls CSD: Closed, All Regents/Midterms will be rescheduledHunter-Tannersville CSD: ClosedIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedImmaculate Conception (Glenville): Closed, Classes Cancelled, 9am Mass Cancelled. Offices delayed in opening -please call ahead. No F F classesIndian Lake CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedJefferson CSD: Closed, Exams PostponedJohn Paolo's (Balston Spa): ClosedJohn 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: ClosedKinderhof Waldorf School: Delayed 2 HrsKinderhook Memorial Library: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at noon.Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist Sch: ClosedKingston City SD: Closed, Kingston City SD is closedLa Salle Institute (Troy): ClosedLake George CSD: ClosedLake Pleasant CSD: ClosedLakeside 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: Open, 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 Nursery (Schenectady): OpenLittle 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: Open, All day and evening classes cancelled.Marybeth's School Of Driving: Closed, All Lessons Cancelled, all lessons cancelledMass. 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 PostponedMechanicville-Stillwater Elks: Open, Bingo CanceledMekeel 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: ClosedMillbrook CSD: ClosedMillview: ClosedMinerva CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedModern Welding School: ClosedMohawk Trail Regional SD: ClosedMohonasen CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMontessori School (Schenectady): ClosedMontgomery 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: ClosedMrs. Puddle Duck's Childcare: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 9:00 amMt 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 Choices Recovery Center: Closed, Community Counseling Closed No Impaired Driving ProgramNew Lebanon CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedNew Paltz CSD: ClosedNew School Of Radio & TV: ClosedNewcomb CSD: ClosedNewmeadow at Malta: Closed, Parent Training Postponed.Newmeadow at Queensbury: ClosedNiskayuna CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Board meeting moved to 2/1Niskayuna Community Day Care Center: ClosedNorth Adams Public Schools: ClosedNorth Colonie CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, School, district offices closedNorth 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 Queen of Peace (Rotterdam): Open, No Faith Formation ClassesOur 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: ClosedPal's Childcare & Education Center: Delayed Until 9aPark Avenue Nursery School: ClosedParsons Early Head Start Day Care: ClosedParsons Early Learning Center: ClosedPember Library and Museum: ClosedPerth Bible Christian Academy: ClosedPine Cobble School: ClosedPine Plains CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedPineview Comm Church Pre-School: ClosedPittsfield 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: Closed, Regents PostponedQuestar 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 PostponedRPI: Open, 8AM classes are cancelled. Classes resume at 10am. Shuttle will begin at 9:30., 8:00AM classes are cancelled; Classes resume at 10:00AM;Liberal leave in effect;shuttle will begin at 9:30AM.Rainbow 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 PostponedRensselaer Public Library: Closed, Classes CancelledRhinebeck CSD: ClosedRichmond Consolidated: Delayed 2 HrsRight Way Driving Center, Inc.: Closed, All driving lessons & road tests cancelled. 5 Hr Course is on at 4pm., All, Driving lessons and Road Tests are cancelled for today. Please call the office to reschedule. The 5 Hr Course at Colvin Ave is running as scheduled at 4pm today.RiverRun Community Montessori: ClosedRiverside Enterprises: Delayed 2 HrsRobert C. Parker School: ClosedRoeliff Jansen Community Library: ClosedRoman Catholic Diocese of Albany: Delayed 2 HrsRoots 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 10AMSaratoga Springs Public Library: Delayed 2 HrsSaugerties 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 County Meals Program: 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 WednesdaySenior Projects of Ravena: ClosedShaftsbury 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: ClosedSmall World Nursery School: 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-SchoolSouthern Vermont College: ClosedSouthwest 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 Edward's Church: 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 Church (Crescent): Delayed, Morning Mass cancelled Offices open at 10amSt 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: ClosedSummit Afterschool Care: Open, Open at 9:00 a.m.Sunderland 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 Dance Studio: Closed, Classes CancelledThe Dorset School: ClosedThe Downtown School: ClosedThe Hyde Collection: ClosedThe Kid's Place Preschool: ClosedThe King's School: ClosedThe Richards Library: ClosedTiny Tots Early Learning Center: ClosedTown of Ballston Community Library: ClosedToyland Day Nursery: ClosedTri-Village Nursery School: ClosedTrinity Nursery and Day Care Center: ClosedTroy Boys & Girls Club: ClosedTroy City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedTroy Prep: ClosedTroy Public Library: Delayed 3 Hrs, The library will open at 12 pm today.Truthville 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.Union Missionary Baptist Church: Closed, No PM ActivitiesUnity Sunshine Program: Closed, Classes Cancelled, All programs closed. 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Outdoor smoking bans increasing in popularity

Outdoor smoking bans increasing in popularity

Smoking bans almost always produce ire at first. Locally, an exception has been public parks. Nobody

The small resort city of Norcross, Ga., made a bold move in February. It tried to ban smoking on or near all city property — its parks, its sidewalks, outside city buildings and more.

The ordinance backfired. And it wasn’t just smokers who were mad. Business owners were upset they might lose customers. Nonsmokers felt the government had overreached.

“That’s a good example of going a little bit too far,” said Theresa Zubretsky, of the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Smoking policies

Here are some local bans:

ALBANY COUNTY: The city of Cohoes and villages of Green Island and Voorheesville are 100 percent smoke- and/or tobacco-free in their parks. The town of Colonie has a smoke-free policy at The Crossings.

FULTON COUNTY: The city of Gloversville and village of Broadalbin are 100 percent smoke- and/or tobacco-free in their parks.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: The town of Mohawk and villages of Fonda, Fultonville and St. Johnsville are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free in their parks.

SARATOGA COUNTY: The towns of Greenfield and Moreau are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free in their parks. The town of Clifton Park has a smoke-free policy at its three outdoor municipal pools.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY: The village of Scotia and towns of Glenville, Niskayuna and Rotterdam all are 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free in their parks. The city of Schenectady is smoke- and tobacco-free at its playgrounds, pools, pavilions and ball fields.

Smoking bans almost always produce ire at first. Locally, an exception has been public parks. Nobody wants to advocate smoking in parks, which draw children to playgrounds and walkers and runners to green spaces.

In fact, if smoking bans were implemented anywhere outdoors, it seems the first place people would want them is at playgrounds, followed by pools, beaches and parks. With the recent effort to ban smoking in all state parks, some might be surprised to learn that their local municipalities long ago put similar bans in place, and the effort is not likely to stop anytime soon.

When the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced a smoking ban in April, it was met with some surprising backlash. The ban was never formally recognized, said smokers’ rights group New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (NYC C.L.A.S.H.).

Under New York’s rule-making process, the parks office would have to publish a regulatory impact statement and hold a 45-day public comment period on the ban before it could issue tickets to people who smoke in designated non-smoking areas.

The state complied, but NYC C.L.A.S.H. sued to get it to remove the “No Smoking” signs that remained in place at the parks. Leaving them up while smoking is still legal is misleading, the group said.

The recent kerfuffle is interesting to Zubretsky. More than 300 municipalities across the state have already adopted tobacco-free policies for their parks, pools and playgrounds. In the Capital Region, those policies range from an ordinance, which writes it into law and may come with a fine, to a non-binding resolution, which simply asks smokers to voluntarily comply.

Popular idea

“There’s overwhelming support in the community for tobacco-free parks, playgrounds and beaches,” said Zubretsky. “Across the Capital District, it varies some, but it’s been increasing steadily, and that’s even among smokers themselves.”

A survey conducted by the coalition in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties last year found that 82 percent to 84 percent of residents support an expansion of the Clean Indoor Air Law to playgrounds. More than three-quarters of residents support expanding it to municipal pools, and more than half support expanding it to public parks and outdoor recreation areas.

When smoking was banned from almost all indoor public spaces, the outdoors was seen as a safe haven for smokers — from the policies, the signs, the stares and the occasional harassment. But cultural attitudes shift.

“Over time, people’s attitudes catch up with what we’ve known for a long time,” said Zubretsky. “People understand even more deeply now about the dangers of secondhand smoke. We have so much more scientific evidence for the harms caused by secondhand smoke, and I think people are catching up to it.”

When the Clean Indoor Air Law was established, it was touted as a huge boon to the health of indoor workers, particular in the restaurant and tavern industry. Now, municipalities post signs at entry ways, colleges ban it on campus and people ask for clean air at their beaches. The cultural shift is trending nationwide, said Zubretsky.

But even with growing support for smoking bans in parks, how do you enforce a ban?

Setting limits

There are a lot of considerations. Some municipalities have no-smoking zones in their parks, meaning a playground area or a popular gathering spot might have a smoking restriction. The benefit of this setup is that it provides relief to smokers who don’t have to travel far to light up. The downside is that it’s hard to tell where such a zone ends.

The town of Niskayuna has a curb-to-curb ban, meaning the entire park is intended to be tobacco-free. The benefit of this is that parents don’t have to worry about “encroachment.” The lack of zones makes it easy to delineate.

In some places, the decision is as easy as where a complaint comes from. In Clifton Park, for example, there had been a complaint about smoking at the town pools. So the town enacted a smoke-free policy at all three of its outdoor pools with little fanfare.

“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a complaint about anything at the parks,” said Myla Kramer, director of the town’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Community Affairs. “Honestly, the town is extremely responsive to our residents and that’s why we never had a ban put in place at the pools. So if residents did have concerns, the board would consider it.”

There isn’t a smoking ban in the parks for that reason; it just hasn’t come up.

Niskayuna passed its law unanimously in June 2008. A month later, the city of Amsterdam began to consider a ban of its own.

This mulling period is usually about the time when the Tobacco-Free Coalition steps in. The Capital District branch promotes a statewide initiative known as “Young Lungs at Play” and provides “No Smoking” signs with the slogan at no charge to local parks departments. The idea isn’t just to eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke, said Zubretsky.

“We don’t want to just protect young lungs at play,” she said. “We want to protect everybody. But some places like to start with smaller steps of really trying to focus on areas that are almost exclusive family/kid areas. It depends on the perceived need of a community. Each municipality should hash it out in their own way.”

Unhappy campers

But Audrey Silk, of NYC C.L.A.S.H. disagrees, saying there is no valid scientific evidence that cigarette smoke outdoors poses a risk to anyone — child or adult.

“They resort to ‘for the children’ as emotional blackmail in their war on smokers,” she said in an email. “The park might be the only place a smoking parent might personally feel free to smoke. Do they then stop taking their kids to the park or leave them unattended while they move off site for a cigarette?”

The same groups that support outdoor smoking bans think nothing of the smoke from a barbecue or a fireworks display, she said.

The Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition is currently working on getting signs to the cities of Albany and Troy, which both recently approved smoking restrictions in their municipal parks.

One of the earliest adopters of bans in the Capital Region was the town of Glenville, said Zubretsky.

Additionally, the village of Scotia and the town of Rotterdam have 100 percent smoke- and tobacco free policies in their parks. The city of Schenectady enacted a smoke-free policy at its playgrounds, pools, pavilions and ball fields in June 2010. Smoking had previously only been banned at Tiny Tot Land in Central Park and at city pools.

The city also attached a $50 fine for any violations, but actually slapping someone with a fine is unusual. Most municipalities prefer the “voluntary compliance” method, said Zubretsky, and even those that impose fines usually do so for symbolism.

“They don’t have to impose a penalty at all,” she said. “A lot of the times it’s to elevate this action and say that it’s at least as important as scooping your dog’s poop or not littering in a public place. They’re saying that this is important enough to be worthy of a fine.”

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