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Albany to get first-ever fire rescue boat


ALBANY - The Albany Fire Department is getting a boost from the Federal Government to help keep boaters safe on the Hudson River.

Senator Charles Schumer joined Albany officials down at the port Monday to unveil plans for the city's first-ever fire rescue boat.

The 30 foot boat will be state of the art, with the ability to rescue up to 14 people.


Pair charged after St. Patrick's Parade brawl

ALBANY - Police say they arrested two people after a fight broke out after the St. Patrick's Day parade Downtown.

Police say 19-year-old Clint Junco of Delmar was arrested, along with 17-year-old Najee Bennett of Bethlehem.

The fight broke out around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Washington and Swan.

Police say Junco lunged at and punched an on-duty officer in the face.

Junco was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

Bennett faces a disorderly conduct charge.

"That group for whatever reason decided they weren't going to leave and they engaged in that kind of behavior," said Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.

Chief Krokoff says the crowd dispersed shortly after police arrived at the scene.

NY Army Guard's 'Fighting 69th' honors Irish roots

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York military unit with roots in the 19th century Irish immigrant community will again lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.

State Army National Guard officials say the 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry, known as the "Fighting 69th," will be joined by the Army Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band and members of the 198th Army Band of the Army Reserve for the event on Saturday.
St. Patrick's Day is also when the unit annually recognizes the achievements of its soldiers.
The 69th was in action during the Civil War, both World Wars and in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Furloughed employees get time back

ALBANY COUNTY - Albany County employees who were furloughed back in 2009, will now get that time back.

County executive Dan McCoy says the furloughed employees will be reimbursed in additional paid time off.

The time must be used by Dec. 31, 2014.

It cannot be exchanged for money or any other incentive.

Police announce St. Patrick's Day DWI crack-down

 Police announce St. Patrick's Day DWI crack-down

State Police have a reminder for anyone planning to celebrate this upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend: Don't drink and drive.

State Police will be boosting patrols and checkpoints along the New York State Thruway starting Friday and continuing through Sunday.

Police in Albany County are planning a Stop-DWI blanket patrol for the weekend as well.


Bethlehem voters split on bond propositions

BETHLEHEM - It was a split decision from Bethlehem voters on Tuesday, approving a $20.2 facilities bond issue, but turning thumbs down to a separate $3.5 million proposition that would have financed a synthetic turf athletic field and a new 8-lane running track.

The larger, approved bond will cover a new roof for the high school, computer upgrades, and a security surveillance system.

Voter turnout was heavy and constant throughout the day, as more than 4,600 Bethlehem residents weighed-in.

"We take direction from the community," said Bethlehem Schools Superintendent Thomas Douglas. "Tonight with Proposition 1, the community says we should go forward with a lot of major construction projects that will help preserve the future of the school district."

The facilities bond passed 2,614 (56.46%) to 2,016 (43.54%).

The field project was rejected 2,996 (64.71%) to 1,634 (35.29%)


Deb Cavanaugh talks about Family Jam

March is Sing With Your Child Month.

There is an event coming up where you can do just that.

Deb Cavanaugh from Heldeberg Music Together joined us to talk about the Family Jam.

The Family Jam will take place on Sunday, March 17, from 11-2 p.m. at Old Songs, 37 South Main Street in Voorheesville.