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ALBANY

Official defends Cuomo's program that has created only 408 jobs

New York’s chief economic development official faced sharp questioning on Wednesday from lawmakers who questioned the wisdom and effectiveness of one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature initiatives.

SCHENECTADY

Driver in fatal Schenectady crash says he never saw victim

Adimu Goodwin told a judge on Wednesday that he never intended to flee from the scene where he hit a pedestrian pushing a cart on State Street last August, but individuals in the area angered by the crash led him to fear for his safety.

ALBANY

Feds may require 95% student participation in state tests

As federal officials develop rules under the new national education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — one proposal steps knee deep into the battle in New York over statewide testing opt outs.

‘Friends’ producer visits loyal fan in Milton

MILTON

‘Friends’ producer visits loyal fan in Milton

When “Friends” producer Kevin Bright stopped by to see Lisa Emery on Wednesday, he quickly asked the most important question: “How’s the food?”

Philadelphia Orchestra’s season has thunderous beginning

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Philadelphia Orchestra’s season has thunderous beginning

There was a theme to the evening’s program as the Philadelphia orchestra kicked off its three-week run at SPAC: spirituality and universal brotherhood. Wednesday's opener was also 50 years almost to the day when the Orchestra opened the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Event at JCC aims for world’s largest Bokwa class

NISKAYUNA

Event at JCC aims for world’s largest Bokwa class

The Schenectady Jewish Community Center partnered with MVP Health Care to attempt to set a record for the largest Bokwa class, through Guinness World Records.

Schenectady searching for 2 middle school principals

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady searching for 2 middle school principals

As the academic year nears with new school configurations, two of Schenectady’s three middle schools are without permanent principals, and they may not be filled until Oct. 1.

History and Pokemon intersect in the Stockade

SCHENECTADY

History and Pokemon intersect in the Stockade

The Stockade is bursting with history and, lately, it’s been bursting with Pokémon.

Beekman 1802 moving HQ into Innovation Center in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Beekman 1802 moving HQ into Innovation Center in Schenectady

Beekman 1802 is opening its headquarters in downtown Schenectady to expand the business.

Schenectady woman admits role in lottery scam

ALBANY — A Schenectady woman charged with her husband in a lottery scam admitted to the charges Wednesday, two days after her husband pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors said.

Schenectady man killed on Thruway

CANAAN — A driver from Schenectady died Wednesday morning when his car ran into the back of a tractor-trailer on the Berkshire Spur of the Thruway, state police said.

Theater camps: At Proctors, students learn backstage jobs during musical

SCHENECTADY

Theater camps: At Proctors, students learn backstage jobs during musical

Thea Dimin and Kayla Petersen aren’t looking for a career on stage. They won’t require any makeup artists, curtain calls or adoring fans. They do, however, want a career in the theater, and at this summer’s Broadway Camp at Proctors, they’re learning exactly how that could all come to pass.

Theater camps: Park Playhouse gives kids a professional experience

ALBANY

Theater camps: Park Playhouse gives kids a professional experience

Owen Smith doesn’t expect to discover the next Brando or Sutton Foster. He’s just looking for some young people with acting chops, and he thinks he’s found them.

ALBANY

Albany issues boil water order

A boil water notice has been issued for the area of Madison Avenue from South Lake Avenue to Quail Street, Hudson Avenue from South Lake Avenue to Quail Street, and South Lake Avenue from Madison Avenue to Hudson, the Albany Water Department said.

Carpenters protest hotel contractor in Glenville

GLENVILLE

Carpenters protest hotel contractor in Glenville

About a dozen workers marched in a circle Wednesday afternoon near the Water’s Edge Lighthouse in Glenville to protest the contractor of the nearby hotel project.

Owner of jewelry store lost in Jay Street fire dies

SCHENECTADY

Owner of jewelry store lost in Jay Street fire dies

Benjamin Morales, the owner of Esmeralda Jewelry, which was destroyed in the fatal Jay Street fire last year, has died.

SCHENECTADY

OSHA: Workers sickened by mercury at GE site

Hazardous materials remediation workers removing mercury from a General Electric site suffered mercury exposure earlier this year and the contractor that employed them is to blame, according to a federal investigation.

Driver hits police car in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Driver hits police car in Schenectady

A driver hit a police car at the intersection of State Street and Veeder Avenue this morning while the officer was responding to a call.

Schenectady man allegedly sold crack in Saratoga County

BALLSTON

Schenectady man allegedly sold crack in Saratoga County

A Schenectady man was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of selling crack cocaine, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said.

113TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

Moser kicks off Assembly campaign, faces GOP primary

Gerard Moser of Malta officially launched his campaign for 113th Assembly District seat on Thursday, vowing to take on intrenched interests in Albany and in his own Republican Party.

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