US Rep Tonko to tour Schenectady redevelopment project
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Congressman Paul Tonko is poised to get an up-close look at a project to revitalize a neighborhood in Schenectady.
The Democrat plans to tour the Mill Artisan District on...
Politicians, NY sheriff back cook held by immigration agency
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A beloved soup kitchen chef didn't show up for work after a recent routine check-in with federal immigration officials landed him in jail and raised the possibility he would soon be deported.
Now, Kinimo Ngoran's immigration case has become a local cause celebre, as elected officials, political activists, faith leaders and a local sheriff are rallying to stop his deportation to the country he fled more than a decade ago to escape violence.
Bill would crack down on cyber bots buying up hot toys
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and several fellow Democrats want to crack down on technology being used to buy popular holiday toys in order to resell them at inflated prices.
Blumenthal says third-party sellers are using cyber bot technology to game online sales systems, making it nearly impossible for consumers to purchase certain hot toys online or in stores at retail price because the inventory has already been snatched up.
The Latest: Over 1,000 honor limo crash victims at vigil
LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people (all times local):
Over 1,000 people have jammed a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York.
Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them at Monday's vigil in Amsterdam, New York. Some victims lived in the small city.
EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers in shaping protections for human health.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Research into the execution of a New York soldier during the War of 1812 has led to an upstate congressman introducing legislation that would make it easier to correct military records when a serious error or injustice is discovered decades or even centuries later.
East Greenbush town historian Roberta Reno says she learned that Pvt. Samuel Helms was wrongly executed for desertion at an encampment in Rensselaer, across the Hudson River from Albany.
The Ukrainian-American community of the Capital District held a solemn commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor — the ''terror-famine'' in Ukraine many blame on the Soviet government — at a park on Pulaski Street in Cohoes. U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko and Assemblyman John McDonald attended. Andrij Baran, president of the local Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, introduced Lukera Kauta of Cohoes, right, a 94-year-old survivor. Baran summarized for the audience the historical record leading up to the famine, its execution and aftermath.
Colleen Deacon fires back at Rep. John Katko’s claim she hasn’t focused on Owasco Lake
OWASCO — One day after her opponent said she was "nowhere to be found" on Owasco Lake issues, Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon sought to set the record straight at a press conference Wednesday at Emerson Park.
Rep. Paul Tonko: Colleen Deacon will fight to protect Owasco Lake in Congress
OWASCO — With Auburn and Cayuga County officials concerned about tests showing low levels of blue-green algae toxins in the public water supply, Colleen Deacon pledged to make Owasco Lake water quality a high priority if she's elected to Congress.