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Academy at Rensselaer Education Ctr: Delayed 2 HrsAcademy of the Holy Names: ClosedAchievements & Kids Express Mplwood: Delayed 2 Hrs, no before careAchievements St Kateri Tekakwitha: Delayed 2 HrsAchievements and Kids Express TBGC: Delayed 2 HrsAdams-Cheshire Regional SD: ClosedAmsterdam City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastAndes CSD: Delayed 2 HrsAugustine Classical Academy: ClosedAverill Park CSD: ClosedBallston Spa CSD: Delayed 2 HrsBattenkill Community Services: ClosedBennington College: Delayed Until 10a, Essential staff report as normalBennington Early Childhood Ctr: ClosedBerlin CSD: ClosedBerne-Knox-Westerlo CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastBethlehem CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESBrite Beginnings Day Care & Dev Ctr: Delayed 2 HrsBrown School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Morning PLUS ProgramBrunswick (Brittonkill) CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pgm, No BreakfastBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, 2-hr delay (Final) HS students check email for exam scheduleBurr & Burton Academy: Delayed 2 HrsButterfly Dreams Daycare: Delayed 2 Hrs, Daycare will open at 9;30amCairo-Durham CSD: Closed, Offices ClosedCambridge CSD: Delayed 2 HrsCapital Reg Career & Tech (Albany): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No AM BOCES, No AM classesCatholic Central HS: ClosedCatskill CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESChatham CSD: Closed, Pops Concert Pstpnd to 1-18Chatham Kids Club: ClosedChrist the King Church: Closed, No morning Daily Mass. Parish Office opens at 11 a.m.Christ the King Early Childhood Ctr: Delayed 2 HrsChristian Brothers Academy: ClosedCircle Of Friends (Delmar): Delayed 2 Hrs, Wrap around two hour delayCircle of Friends (Ravena): Delayed 2 HrsCobleskill-Richmondville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESCohoes City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM BOCES, No Breakfast, CDTA buses running on Delay schedule - 9:30 amCohoes Community Center, Inc.: Delayed Until 9a, /Day Care delayed until 9am /No AM care at elem schoolsColonie Youth Centers: Open, No AM ProgramColumbia Christian Academy: ClosedCorinth CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESCoxsackie-Athens CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastCrossFit Schenectady: Delayed, No morning classesCrossroads Center for Children: Delayed 2 HrsDoane Stuart School: Closed, NO Snow CampDuanesburg CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESDutchess Community College: Delayed Until 10aEOC (Capital District): Delayed 2 Hrs, Closed until 10 a.m.Early Childhood Education Center: Delayed 2 HrsEarly Childhood Education Ctr-Troy: Delayed 2 HrsEast Greenbush CSD: ClosedEco Baby Daycare & Preschool: Delayed Until 9aFarmington River Regional SD: ClosedFirst Friends Nursery School: Delayed, No AM Program, Enrichment program begins at 11:30amGalway CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastGateway Community Industries: Open, No Transportation, GCI open,trans cancelled SNP meals/cong.sites cancel PROS cancelled,Staff report, GCI is open but transportation is cancelled. Staff report., The Ulster County Office of the aging home delivered meals service and congregated sites are cancelled for today. , PROS is cancelled. Staff report. , George Washington School: ClosedGrace Christian School: ClosedGrapeville Christian School: Delayed 2 HrsGreen Island UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Breakfast, School opens at 9:40Greenbush Child Caring: ClosedGreene County Transit: Closed, No Transportation, all buses cancelledGreenville CSD: ClosedGreenwich CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESGrowing Up Right at the C.D.C.: ClosedGuilderland CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESHVCC: Delayed 2 Hrs, School closed until 10 am. staff and students report at 10 amHappy Kids Day Care Center: ClosedHawthorne Valley School: ClosedHelderberg Christian School: Delayed 2 HrsHelping Hands Pre-School: Delayed, No AM Pre-SchoolHoly Spirit School (East G'Bush): ClosedHoosic Valley CSD: Delayed 2 HrsHoosick Falls CSD: ClosedHudson City SD: Closed, Board Meeting TBD Office open at noonHunter-Tannersville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: ClosedJefferson CSD: Delayed 2 HrsKid Kampus: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 8:30AMKiddie Academy II: Delayed 2 HrsKiddie Academy of Albany: Delayed 2 HrsKidsFirst Childcare Center: Delayed 2 HrsKingston City SD: ClosedLa Salle Institute (Troy): ClosedLansingburgh CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Breakfast, 2 Hour Delay for Wednesday. No morning BreakfastLatham Christian Academy: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM KLife Kids Before/ After School: Open, No AM ProgramLil' Lambs Christian Daycare Inc.: Delayed 2 HrsLittle Feet Daycare Center: Delayed 2 HrsLiving Res DCOP (Albany): Delayed 1 HrLiving Res DCOP (Rensselaer): Delayed 1 HrLiving Res DCOP (Saratoga): Delayed 1 HrLiving Res DCOP (Schenectady): Delayed 1 HrLiving Resources DCOP (Columbia): Delayed 1 HrLong Trail School: Delayed 2 HrsLoudonville Christian School: Delayed 2 HrsMargaretville CSD: Delayed 2 HrsMechanicville City SD: Delayed 2 HrsMenands UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastMiddleburgh CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No Breakfast, One Hour Early DismissalMillbrook CSD: ClosedMohawk Trail Regional SD: ClosedMohonasen CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESMt Moriah Academy: Delayed 2 HrsMyers Education Center: Delayed 2 HrsN. Greenbush Little Red School: ClosedNew Lebanon CSD: ClosedNew Paltz CSD: ClosedNiskayuna CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESNorth Adams Public Schools: ClosedNorth Colonie CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, Check website/email for SHS exam scheduleNortheast Parent & Child Society: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransNortheastern Baptist College: ClosedOak Hill School: Delayed 2 HrsOakwood Christian School: Delayed 2 HrsOne Love Preschool: Delayed 2 HrsOnteora CSD: ClosedOur Savior's Lutheran School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM Pre-School, No LaunchpadPine Plains CSD: ClosedPittsfield Public Schools: ClosedPumpkin Patch (Albany): Delayed 2 HrsQuestar III BOCES - Sarah's Sisters: Delayed 2 HrsQuestar III Catskill Academy: Delayed 2 HrsQuestar III Rensselaer Academy: Delayed 2 HrsQuestar III Rensselaer Edu Ctr: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, Q3 New Vision is closedQuestar III Sackett Educational Ctr: ClosedRavena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESRed Hook CSD: ClosedRensselaer City SD: Delayed 2 HrsRhinebeck CSD: ClosedRobert C. Parker School: ClosedRoxbury CSD: Delayed 2 HrsSUNY New Paltz: Delayed 3 Hrs, Offices will open at 10:45, Offices will open at 10:45 a.m.SW Vermont Career Dev Ctr: ClosedSacred Heart School (Troy): Delayed 2 Hrs, TSL opens at 9am.Saratoga Central Catholic HS: Delayed 2 HrsSaratoga County Senior Meals: ClosedSaratoga Independent School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Before Care or AM Pre-KSaratoga Springs City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESSaugerties CSD: ClosedSchalmont CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastSchenectady County ARC: Open, Buses on Snow RoutesSchenectady Jewish CC: Delayed, Early Childhood Education will open at 8:30 amSchodack CSD: ClosedSchoharie CSD: Delayed 2 HrsSchoharie Career and Technical Scho: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESSchool's Out, Inc.: Closed, No AM ProgramSchuylerville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastScotia-Glenville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastSharon Springs CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastShenendehowa CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM BOCESShooting Stars Nursery & After Sch.: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-SchoolSouth Colonie CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESSouthwest Vermont SU: ClosedSpa Christian School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM Pre-SchoolSt Ambrose School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM PgmSt Catherine's May School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastSt George's School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-School, AEP begins at 11:30 amSt Gregory School: Closed, Classes CancelledSt Jude the Apostle School: ClosedSt Kateri Tekakwitha School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Breakfast, No Before Care. School doors open at 10:00 am.St Mary's Academy (Hoosick Falls): ClosedSt Mary's Institute ES (Amsterdam): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No BreakfastSt Mary's School (Ballston Spa): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-School, Before Care Opens at 8:00amSt Mary's School (Waterford): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KSt Thomas the Apostle School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KStepping Stone Pre & DCC (Albany): Delayed 2 Hrs, Open at 9:00Stillwater CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, Decision to close by 7amStory Place Preschool: ClosedSullivan BOCES: Delayed 3 Hrs, Offices will open at 11 am for 12 month staffSunshine Kids Corner: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 9 amTLC Christian Day Care: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastTech Valley High School: Delayed 2 HrsThe Albany Academies (AA & AAG): Closed, Check web later for athleticsThe Kid's Place Preschool: ClosedTiny Tots Early Learning Center: ClosedTroy City SD: Delayed 2 HrsTroy Prep: Delayed 2 HrsUlster County Community College: Closing Early 3:04p, Registration will resume on 1/18 from 10am-4pmUlster-Greene ARC (Catskill): Open, No Transportation, transportation cancelledUlster-Greene ARC (Kingston): Open, No Transportation, All Classes Cancelled, Kingston Transportation Cancelled Training Center Cancelled, Kingston Transportation Canceled., Rosendale Training Center classes Cancelled. , , Upstate Transit: Delayed 2 Hrs, School DivisionVillage School of North Bennington: ClosedVoorheesville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES No BreakfastWaldorf School (Saratoga Springs): Delayed 2 Hrs, 2 Day PreK begins at 10:30Warrensburg CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No AM Head Start, No BrkfstWaterford-Halfmoon UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastWatervliet City SD: Delayed 2 HrsWhispering Pines (Cobleskill): Delayed 2 HrsWhispering Pines - Schoharie UPK: Delayed 2 HrsWhispering Pines Pre Sc (Amsterdam): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-School, No morning Toddler Program No morning wrap aroundWhispering Pines Pre-sch (Delanson): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-School, No Toddler ProgramWindham-Ashland-Jewett CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Pre-K TodayWonderland Nursery School: ClosedWoodland Hill Montessori School: ClosedWynantskill UFSD: ClosedYMCA (Bethlehem): Open, No Morning ClassesYMCA (East Greenbush): Open, No Morning Classes, Or programs, Child watch Opens at 8am, Snow Day Program opens at 8amYMCA (Greater Glenville): Open, No programs until noon. No AM Childwatch.YMCA (Troy): Open, No Morning Classes, Or programs, No Child WatchYMCA Duanesburg: Open, No Morning Classes, No morning child watchYMCA Greene County Branch: Open, No Morning ClassesYMCA Southern Saratoga: Open, No Morning Classes

No state but N.Y. has a ‘Scaffold Law, and it isn’t needed

No state but N.Y. has a ‘Scaffold Law, and it isn’t needed

*No state but N.Y. has a ‘Scaffold Law, and it isn’t needed *Why’s Wege so negative on renewable ene

No state but N.Y. has a ‘Scaffold Law, and it isn’t needed

Even though there is only a week left in the 2013 legislative session, I still am hopeful that our elected officials will do the right thing and reform New York’s outdated Scaffold Law before the summer recess.

Most New York residents have no idea that such a law exists, so they couldn’t possibly know how this relic from the 1800s is affecting every taxpayer in this state.

People are aghast when I explain that the Scaffold Law holds a general contractor 100 percent liable, regardless of negligence, for any gravity-related injury on their job site; and that the general contractor can’t defend themselves in a court of law, even if the injured party was committing a crime, is inebriated on the job, or is not using the proper safety equipment provided!

Is there any other instance where a person can be sued, but is not allowed to defend themselves?

In effect, this law guarantees a courtroom victory as soon as a claim is determined to qualify for the Scaffold Law. This is the real reason that many lawmakers, who are beholden to the powerful trial lawyers’ lobby, are reluctant to enact any kind of reform. It is a cash cow for trial lawyers, and they know it.

Don’t be fooled by dire forecasts of increased risk for construction workers. Scaffold Law reform won’t eliminate wrongful death or injury lawsuits, but it will reduce flagrant abuse of a law that has made millions for trial lawyers. A negligence standard to protect business owners against workers who blatantly disregard their own safety is not an unreasonable request. No other state in the union has a law like this, and many states have better safety records than we have here in New York.

The true cost of this law is carried by everyone who pays taxes for municipal projects like schools and bridges, as well as any business who wants to build a structure, or anyone who wishes to buy or renovate a house.

The few insurance companies who are still willing to offer construction coverage in New York’s hostile business climate, have to charge exorbitant rates to cover the increased risk of multimillion-dollar lawsuits. All of these additional costs get passed on to consumers and taxpayers.

There are plenty of safety regulations in place to protect workers. I know — I was a carpenter and a roofer for three decades.

The businesses and taxpayers of New York deserve relief from the Scaffold Law!

Margie Miller

Scotia

The writer is the former president of the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association.

Why’s Wege so negative on renewable energy?

Re June 9 Viewpoint, “Alternate energy won’t be available by 2030”: With naysayers like Russ Wege, it’s a wonder any substantial renewable energy sources are being developed in the United States.

Mr. Wege is either an undercover representative of the gas and oil industry or a retired engineer fixated on out-of-date, environmentally destructive energy policies. His disregard of global warming is reflected in his consistent pro-fracking stance.

I’m not sure where his data on federal support of various sources of energy came from, but contrary to him I’m happy to see the overwhelming federal government support of renewable energy. Only through such a forward-looking policy will we be able to stem the rapid increase in global warming and provide a long-term, U.S.-based source of non-polluting energy.

As an aside, 25 percent of Germany’s electrical power comes from hydro, wind and solar. Despite its smaller size and Alaska levels of sunshine, Germany produces five times as much solar power as the United States.

Yes, Mr. Wege, New York is blessed with great natural gas reserves. We are also blessed with clean water, clean air and a beautiful natural environment. By developing and promoting non-polluting renewable sources of energy, we can keep it that way.

Charles Rielly

Altamont

Why snapping turtles are worth protecting

Re June 16 Viewpoint, “A Shell of an Idea” by Robert A. Michaels”:

Snapping turtles and other turtle species have an excellent advocate in Robert A. Michaels June 16 Viewpoint.

While it is true that snappers are not your average pretty face as regards environmental poster children and so have a bit of a disadvantage from the start, and while it is also true that their jaws can be dangerous if they are mishandled, they nevertheless are complex creatures that fill an important role in the natural world and so deserve respect.

The author’s experience in raising and releasing snappers brought to mind the three red-eared sliders I had as a young teen, those half-dollar sized turtles commonly sold in pet stores so many years ago for about the same price.

When they got to be about five inches in size, I took them out in the backyard one day, thinking they would enjoy being out of the tank and they would be easy to catch if they “ran” away. I set them down on the lawn, and they wandered off. But to a turtle, they stopped, looked around at the expanse of grass in front of them, turned, and not only crawled back to me, they tried to climb into my lap.

Mr. Michaels mentions imprinting and the animal behaviorist Konrad Lorenz, whose work with geese is well known. But birds imprint on parent birds (or people if raised by them) for protection, to be fed, and in order to learn the ways of their own kind.

Female turtles lay eggs, cover them, and go back to their own lives, never to return. Could it be that turtles imprint on the landscape of their hatching? This would explain their returning to the area, or the same type of area, when their need to lay eggs occurs in adulthood.

Paula M. Carosella

Scotia

Disturbing if Spring’s ‘snub’ was based on race

Reading the June 12 article about how Schenectady school Superintendent Laurence Spring is leading a statewide effort to challenge how state aid is distributed to minority school districts, I was struck that the story ended with the following: “Spring was invited to the state Legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus meeting, but then had the invitation rescinded.”

Scratching my head over why this occurred, I then read the comments by Albany City School District Superintendent Marguerite Wyngaard that cleared it up: “As a black woman, she said, she should play a key role in the effort.” Had she been invited to the Black and Latino Caucus, she goes on to state, “she probably would not have been snubbed.” Oh, I forgot to mention that Mr. Spring is white.

Two disturbing items here: the first is that on the face of the information, the caucus rescinded their invitation to Mr. Spring solely on the basis of his skin color. They did not postpone or cancel Mr. Spring’s appearance — they rescinded the invitation. What reason would they have not to hear from the individual leading this effort?

Secondly, the comments and reaction by the head of the Albany school system are disturbing. Ms. Wyngaard clearly implies that the rescission was due to the color of his skin and yet, does she condemn the action as discriminatory in nature? No. Instead, she explains it away as a “snub.”

I would have expected better from our political and educational leaders.

Terrence Dunphy

Scotia

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