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Property owners say Bethlehem reassessments are 'unfair'

BETHLEHEM - Bethlehem property owners are fighting new assessments they call 'shocking' and 'unfair.'

Residents held another rally Wednesday night.

They're worried they'll be hit with property tax bills they can't afford.

Some say they have assessments up to 3,000 percent higher than the old assessment.

They'd like Governor Cuomo to get involved.

Residents want the town to put- off the assessment project until next year, to buy them some time. 

Preventing drugs and alcohol consumption this prom season

COEYMANS - High school proms aren't that far away and prom season can bring problems with it.

A big concern is alcohol and drug consumption by teenagers celebrating their big day.

There is a forum on drugs and underage drinking Thursday night in Coeymans.

The New York National Guard's counterdrug task force is participating.

That’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Coeymans Fire Company at 67 Church Street.

Also in South Glens Falls there is a forum Thursday night at the high school.

That starts at 7 p.m.

Castleton woman accused of falsely claiming to be a lawyer

NEW SCOTLAND - Carina Comiskey wasn't talking as she was led by State Police into New Scotland Town Court.

She's accused of criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony that can carry a prison term up to seven years, as well as two lesser charges.

A source in the Governor's office says the 29 year old Comiskey was hired as a lawyer with the New York Justice Center in late March. She lasted just over a week

That's an agency of the state set up just last year in Bethlehem to oversee and safeguard interactions for people with developmental disabilities.

What's tough to understand is that prominent on the website is extensive discussion of background checks.

While it might not clearly state that a new hire claiming to have qualified to be a lawyer would be checked, you'd think most applicants wouldn't chance making false claims.

Albany man admits to robbing Delmar bank

An Albany man admitted in court on Wednesday that he robbed a bank back in January.

Darriel Murray, 21, stole $3,400 from the Citizens Bank on Delaware Avenue in Delmar.

After the robbery a dye pack exploded, and Murray was caught after he tried to exchange some of the stained money at a SEFCU branch in Albany.

Murray faces seven years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced in June.

He must also pay back the money he stole.

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Dani Moz says goodbye to 'The Voice' after live competition

After a great run, Delmar native, Dani Moz, says goodbye to The Voice.

She made it to the final 12 singers, but was in the bottom three last night.

With viewers tweeting one more singer to save, they didn't choose the Bethlehem High graduate.

Despite the loss, she says she's grateful for the once in a lifetime experience.

"This was honestly the wildest journey of my life. Just from everything. Not even from the reality television aspect but just being with so many talented people and getting to perform amazing music with amazing world class musicians, it can only go up from there,” says Moz.

Unemployment rates show improvement in Capital Region economy

New unemployment numbers in the Capital Region show the improvement in the economy over the past year.

In Albany County, for example, the unemployment rate for March has dropped to 5.2 percent from 7 percent last year in March.

In Saratoga County, the unemployment rate is 5.7 percent.

In both Columbia and Schenectady counties, unemployment has dropped to 6.2 percent.

All those Capital Region counties are among the state's 11 best.

Cuomo announces $90 million investment to improve state parks, sites

Several local state parks are about to get a facelift.

On Earth Day, which was Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will spend $90 million to improve parks and historic sites.

Thacher Park will see nearly $4 million of that.

The money will go toward creating a flagship visitor's center.

Renovations are also planned for Peebles Island and Saratoga Spa State Parks as well as the Olana State Historic Site.

This is third year of what the governor’s office calls a “sustained commitment” to improve the park system through the New York Work’s program.

Over the past two years, the program has pumped $265 million into 81 state parks and sites.