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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 - The Bridge: Closed, Regents PostponedWarrensburg CSD: Closed, No Regents ExamsWashington County EOC: Delayed 2 Hrs, Staff Report, Cambridge HS closed Granville and WH HS closed Hudson Falls HS closedWaterford-Halfmoon UFSD: Closed, Regents PostponedWatervliet City SD: ClosedWells CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedWesley Evergreen Adult Day Program: ClosedWest Canada Valley CSD: ClosedWheelerville UFSD: ClosedWhispering Pines (Cobleskill): ClosedWhispering Pines - Schoharie UPK: ClosedWhispering Pines Pre Sc (Amsterdam): ClosedWhispering Pines Pre-sch (Delanson): ClosedWhispering Pines Presch - Boulevard: ClosedWhispering Pines Preschool at Meco: ClosedWhitehall CSD: Closed, Exams PostponedWhitney M Young Health Center: Delayed Until 10a, MMTP is openWildwood School: ClosedWilliamstown Public Schools: ClosedWilton Baptist Academy: Closed, No AM KindergartenWindham Southwest SU: Closed, All schools in the WSSU are closed dayWindham-Ashland-Jewett CSD: ClosedWonderland Nursery School: ClosedWoodland Hill Montessori School: Closed, No After Sch EventsWorcester CSD: ClosedWynantskill UFSD: ClosedYMCA (Bethlehem): Open, No Morning ClassesYMCA (East Greenbush): Open, No Morning Classes, or programs, Snow Day program opens at 8 , Child Watch opens at 9YMCA (Greater Glenville): Open, No classes until 4pm No babysitting until 4pm Snow day program begins 7amYMCA (Guilderland): Open, No AM Pre-School, No Morning Classes, No AM branch childcareYMCA (Schenectady): Open, No Morning Classes, No Afternoon Classes, Programs Cancelled til 2 PM AM Child Watch Closed Snow Day program Open at 7YMCA (Troy): Open, No Morning Classes, or programs, Child Watch opens at 9am, Snow Day program opens 8amYWCA of Schenectady Children's Ctrs: Delayed, SCCC site open at 11:00am WA site closed

Schenectady civilian police panel nears restart

Schenectady civilian police panel nears restart

The Civilian Police Review Board does not get high marks from the members who have labored on it for

The Civilian Police Review Board does not get high marks from the members who have labored on it for the last decade.

They said the board was ineffective, powerless and did not accomplish its goals of leading the police improvement and fostering better communication between police and the public.

But some of them still have hope for the next attempt.

The board is down to two members. City officials have asked the groups who appoint members to the board to make new appointments, in hopes of starting afresh in a couple of months.

Former chairwoman Emy Murphy and others said the board will have to change many things to become a useful agency.

“I never felt that it achieved the purpose it was meant to achieve,” Murphy said. “We were trying to recommend training [for the police] and nothing ever really happened.”

Other members echoed her, saying that nearly every effort they made to improve the police failed.

Former member Fred Lee said he gave up on the board.

At first, he said, he thought the board was an important tool to improve public relations with the police.

“Now I feel it’s absolutely irrelevant,” he said. “I’m really saddened about this.”

Rivera shooting cited

The board should have shown “leadership” after the shooting of Luis Rivera in 2011, Lee said.

While facing down police, Rivera pulled out a non-working gun, but threw it away and ran. The gun was real — but broken, so it could not be loaded. But police had no way to know that from their first glimpse of it. When Rivera pulled it out, they started to shoot. He died from his injuries.

Residents who saw only part of the shooting — an unarmed man running down the street and collapsing under police fire — were incensed. Until a video was released recently, some residents accused police of deliberately and unnecessarily executing the man.

Lee said the board’s role was clear.

“They should’ve immediately called a public forum … and have an open discussion about it,” Lee said. “They didn’t. They hid.”

Former member Helga Schroeter, who was on the board during the shooting, agreed that the board should do public outreach.

She also complained that the board was never given the file on the shooting.

“Those are the kinds of situations you might think would be at least cause for review,” she said. “The idea is to really make sure there’s an independent review if something really controversial occurs.”

But, she said, the board never gets to review controversial cases.

“We don’t have much power. That’s one of the frustrating parts. A case like that [shooting] never came to us,” she said. “It would be good to know why we don’t get any of the more serious cases.”

Training urged

She and Lee wanted the board to organize public training, to teach young adults what to do — and not to do — during a police stop. Top of the list: don’t pull out a gun, even to throw it away.

But, they said, police need training, too. Most of the complaints they received revolved around courtesy.

Again and again, residents said officers acted disrespectfully, or escalated a conflict, or failed to diffuse one.

Given the repetition of the complaints, Schroeter questioned how well police are actually trained to handle tense, nervous or angry citizens.

“We are always told they are constantly training. Well …” said Schroeter. “There’s a lot of room for improvement, on both sides.”

Murphy said training in courtesy, managing the mentally ill and diffusing conflict were regular points of frustration. As far as she could tell, police did not take her repeated recommendations to improve training.

She even managed to get a grant for a public talk on intolerance, which she envisioned as a community meeting that would include residents and the police.

The police department never used the grant, she said.

From success to nuisance

Former member Darlene Lee said the board was not always ineffective.

“I think in the beginning it was effective — it was very effective,” she said. “It took [police complaints] off the front page and it made people feel they had an avenue they could go to.”

But as time went on, the board did not bring change. And people sensed that, she said.

“They don’t feel anymore that if they file a complaint, anything will be done with it,” she said.

Board members said the public’s perception was right.

“To me, it felt like an exercise,” Murphy said.

She got the impression that police didn’t want the board’s input.

She called the experience “hair-pulling” frustration.

“The bottom line is, we were more of a nuisance,” she said.

But she had seen some reason for hope in the last year.

The new internal affairs officer, Lt. Edward Barbagelata, “actually listened,” she said.

Sometimes, when board members argued that a complaint was proven by witness statements, he agreed to change the department’s ruling on the case to “substantiated,” she said.

The board was never told how officers were disciplined in those cases, or why the department — which had the same witness statements — had originally decided that the cases were unsubstantiated.

While Barbagelata was better than previous internal affairs officers, the changes only happened “sometimes,” she said.

“But the sad thing is it’s all based on personality. So if he leaves, it doesn’t work again,” she said.

Chief of Police Brian Kilcullen did not return a call for comment but last month he spoke in support of keeping the review board.

New roles sought

Like other members, Murphy said the board must do more than simply review complaints.

She envisions an advisory group that uses data pulled from the complaints to set up community forums.

If the board saw a trend in racial profiling complaints, for example, she said an advisory group could hold a meeting in which the police and the public would learn about different cultures.

If complaints showed a trend of problems in Vale Park, the group could call together the relevant agencies that could solve those problems, she said.

“That’s what’s needed. Longtime leadership,” she said.

For now, Connie Richardson and Vickie Hurewitz are the only members on the board, after the City Council changed its makeup of the and eliminated certain seats.

But those two will soon be joined by others. The League of Women Voters has chosen its representative to the board, and the Schenectady Inner City Ministry is choosing its new representative soon.

SICM Executive Director Phillip Grigsby said he’s hopeful the “restart” will lead to a better board.

He wants the board to institute mediation between police and residents, which he thinks will have a direct impact on the way the public views the police. Mediation is allowed in the board’s charter, but hasn’t been implemented.

But most of all, he doesn’t want the board to die.

“Every community of our size needs a board to play a regular monitoring role,” he said. “Any system that’s watched gets better … Hopefully they’ll reconvene and move ahead.”

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