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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: ClosedDoors 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, Afternoon Faith Formation Classes CancelledIndian 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 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 Postponed, GED Exams Postponed, TASC (GED) Postponed until Wednesday, January 25 at 2:30 PMQuestar 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: ClosedRensselaer 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): Closed, FF Classes cancelled No evening activitiesSt 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: ClosedSusan Sanford School of Dance: 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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Sharing the road is too often deadly for cyclists

Sharing the road is too often deadly for cyclists

Three years ago, Schenectady resident Tom Ambros was hit by a car while riding his bicycle and left

Three years ago, Schenectady resident Tom Ambros was hit by a car while riding his bicycle and left unconscious in a ditch next to Route 146 in Niskayuna.

One moment he was coming through a light, and the next he was on the ground, with a good Samaritan “asking me if I’m OK,” he said. He had no recollection of his crash and assumed that an equipment failure caused him to fall.

But then he examined his bicycle.

“I saw a strike on the left side,” Ambros recalled. “And as I looked further, I saw that my cleat was still in the pedal. That was kind of when I realized that I’d been hit.”

Three days later, Ambros went to the Niskayuna Police Department to report a hit-and-run. The officer he met with was skeptical, he said. “He said, ‘How do we know this even happened in Niskayuna?’ ” Ambros recalled. “It was clear he was probing, that he was not accepting what I had to tell him at face value.”

But thanks to a tip, the Niskayuna Police Department was able to solve the mystery of Ambros’ accident, and today the avid cyclist credits the department with conducting a thorough investigation and successfully prosecuting the driver.

He now wonders whether a recent fatal bicycle accident received the same level of scrutiny and consideration.

At the end of June, Johnstown resident Ed Lakata was riding his bicycle north along Route 29A in Johnstown when he was struck by a pickup truck, thrown from his bike and killed on impact.

White line

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey declined to press charges against the driver, John Damphier, also of Johnstown. He said Damphier reported that Lakata was having a hard time biking up a hill and “the bike started to wobble and wobbled right into the side of the truck.” He also said that if Damphier had crossed the solid white line between the shoulder and driving lane prior to the crash, he would be facing charges, and if Lakata had crossed into the driving lane, he would be to blame for the accident.

However, Ambros and other cyclists say the sheriff’s comments raise questions. They note that bicycles are considered traffic under state law and that they are permitted on the road even if there isn’t a bike lane or shoulder for them to ride in.

“New York state traffic law affords cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as motorists,” Ambros wrote in a letter to The Sunday Gazette. He added, “There is no mention of the white line in any part of this section.”

One cyclist, Doug Southwick of East Greenbush, pointed out that in 2010, a state law requiring motorists to maintain a “safe distance” when passing bicyclists “on the same side of the roadway” went into effect. In addition, state law also requires drivers to “exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist, pedestrian or domestic animal upon any roadway” and to “give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.”

Lakata’s death has exposed long-simmering tensions between cyclists and drivers. Some, such as Ambros, have written letters to The Gazette to defend cyclists and inform readers of their right to the road, while others have written to complain about how cyclists conduct themselves.

One Gazette letter writer, D.J. Potts of Schenectady, said laws cannot protect cyclists and “in their quest for health, exercise and well-being, bicyclists choose to put themselves into what is, by the laws of physics, a very risky endeavor.”

He added, “Being in charge of a 3,500-pound vehicle at 35 mph and putting on makeup, drinking coffee and/or talking on a cellphone (although illegal) happens and is wrong, irresponsible, selfish, etc. But it is, unfortunately, reality. Bicyclists need to understand their chances in such a conflict are poor. The laws of science are not in their favor. Lobby for a more extensive network of bike paths and use them. Exercise off the main roads. Take mass transportation. Show responsibility for your own safety and stop asking others to protect you from life.”

What the law says

New York state traffic law states that bicycles and inline skates “shall be driven either on a usable bicycle or inline skate lane or, if a usable bicycle or inline skate lane has not been provided, near the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue along near the right-hand curb or edge. Conditions to be taken into consideration include, but are not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, inline skates, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or traffic lanes too narrow for a bicycle or person on inline skates and a vehicle to travel safely side-by-side within the lane.”

Lorey defended his department’s handling of the accident.

“Several of us who were at the accident scene have investigated numerous accidents,” he said. “The people second-guessing [the investigation] don’t have any idea what happened.”

Last week, the sheriff said he was familiar with the “safe distance” law but maintained that “there was no hard physical evidence to prove which vehicle was on or over the line.” The only thing he and his crew could determine, he said, was that the crash occurred “on or very close to the line.” There were two witnesses, he said: an oncoming motorist and a man doing lawn work. However, “they were not able to provide us with a good description. There was no indication of which vehicle was where.”

To Dave Kraus, a cyclist who belongs to the Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club, the sheriff’s comments about the white line are troubling. “The sheriff seemed to be unacquainted with traffic law,” he said.

Josh Wilson, the executive director of the New York Bicycling Coalition, declined to comment directly on the accident but said his organization was looking into it.

Safe distance

Wilson said the New York Bicycling Coalition would like the state’s safe distance law to specify a distance. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states have safe distance laws; 22 of those states require a minimum three- or four-foot passing distance.

“Three feet is pretty standard,” Wilson said. “We think that if there’s a distance it will make it easier for law enforcement to enforce the law and that it will give drivers more clarity.”

Wilson said New York’s safe distance law was passed without much promotion. As a result, many people, including cyclists, are unaware of the safe distance law. There are also questions about whether such laws are enforceable.

“The problem with laws like this is that they’re useless,” Kraus said. “How do we prove that somebody is closer than three feet? The only de facto proof is if a guy hits you. Nobody’s out there with a ruler.”

Ambros said safe distance laws aren’t necessary.

“We already have laws on the books,” he said. “People have just got to follow them.”

Lorey, the sheriff, echoed this.

“I think it’s kind of hard to enforce,” he said.

Safety gear

Some cyclists objected to the sheriff noting that Lakata wasn’t wearing reflective gear or a helmet in his early remarks about the collision.

“He seemed to blame the cyclist,” Kraus said. “This is a pattern I’ve seen time and time again in stories like this.”

In his letter, Ambros noted that the accident occurred “at 9:28 a.m., approximately four hours after sunrise, on a partly cloudy summer day. There was enough light for the cyclist to be seen by an attentive driver.”

But Lorey said many of the cycling enthusiasts who bike through rural Fulton County wear reflective gear as well as helmets and outfit their bikes with mirrors. Lakata, he said, “had no safety equipment. … I don’t think a [reflective] vest would have helped him, but a helmet might have.”

He said that authorities checked Damphier’s cellphone and determined that he wasn’t using it at the time of the accident.

The fact that cyclists have a right to the road doesn’t make biking alongside cars easy or pleasant.

Many drivers “don’t bother to move over an inch,” Kraus said. “They pass on blind hills, they pass on blind curves. God forbid they be delayed for five or 10 seconds. … A minority of drivers are actively hostile. A majority are ignorant. They’ve never been on a bicycle in traffic, and they have no idea what it’s like when a car comes too close to you.”

He added, “It’s a dark joke among my cycling friends that if you want to kill someone, wait until they’re on a bicycle so you can run over them and get away with it.”

“We try to go on roads where there are less vehicles,” Southwick said. Cyclists often encounter shoulders that are narrow and in poor condition, he said, which necessitates biking on the road.

“You always have to pay attention,” he said. “What’s frustrating is if you’re out biking and people buzz right by you or hate bikes and purposely bike too close to you.”

“I generally avoid riding after work,” Ambros said. “Drivers are tired and angry.”

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