APD Promotes Officers

From the APD:


On Wednesday October 8 , 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and Chief Steven Krokoff will be promoting eight Albany police officers at a ceremony inside Albany’s City Hall Rotunda.

  • Lieutenant. Michael Basile will be promoted to Commander
  • Sergeant. James Marcello, Jr. will be promoted to Lieutenant
  • Sergeant Darrell Gipson will be promoted to Lieutenant
  • Sergeant Willie Flack, III will be promoted to Lieutenant
  • Detective Matthew Fargione will be promoted to Sergeant
  • Detective Alfred Martin will be promoted to Sergeant
  • Officer Thomas Mahar will be promoted to Sergeant
  • Officer Norah Harrington will be promoted to Sergeant

Breslin No Longer Runs Unopposed

From Joe Sullivan:

This is unacceptable when the control of the State Senate hangs in the balance..
Voters of the 44th SD have a choice - write in (print)  Joe Sullivan
in the write in space on the ballot-  be sure to fill in the oval and stay within the write in space bounds
Control of the State Senate may come down to one vote - winner in the 44th State Senate District.
I am an enrolled Conservative, read my website  http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot.com/ which is read nationally and worldwide.
Compare what I stand for with what Neil Breslin does. Make the right choice on November 4.
Restore our Constitutional Republic and defend our Liberty.
PASS THE WORD TO ALL YOU KNOW.      Thank you   Joe Sullivan    438 5230


Details and Protocal for Casino Locating Board Public Hearing

Come on down but follow the rules, from the Gaming Commission:



 August 21, 2014 (today)


 The Gaming Facility Location Board will host one Public Comment Event in each of the three eligible regions. 




 The purpose of the Public Comment Events is to provide members of the public the opportunity to speak about any proposed project(s) within the applicable region.


 Meeting Logistics


 Time:  Each Public Comment Event will commence at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 p.m.


 Dates and Locations



September 22:      Capital Region Public Comment Event


                                    Holiday Inn Turf


                                    205 Wolf Road


                                    Albany, New York 12205




September 23      Catskills/Hudson Valley Public Comment Event


                                    The Grandview


                                    176 Rinaldi Boulevard


                                    Poughkeepsie, New York 12601




September 24      Eastern Southern Tier Public Comment Event


                                    Hotel Ithaca


                                    222 South Cayuga Street


                                    Ithaca, New York 14850



Seating:  Excepting limited reserved seating for members of the Board and the Board’s staff, seating at each event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Capacity at any given time will be subject to posted building code occupancy restrictions for each space.


 Remote access:  Each presentation will be streamed live and archived on the Gaming Commission’s web page (www.gaming.ny.gov).  Interested parties not wishing to speak are encouraged to watch the presentation via live stream in order to allow maximum occupancy for parties wishing to offer public comments.


 Public Comments


 Participation:  These public comment events are free, open to the public and do not require advance registration. 


 To allow diverse participation, the Board respectfully requests interested grassroots groups or formally constituted organizations designate a single representative to address the Board to avoid repetition.


 Time permitting, additional members of such groups or organizations may address the Board on a first-come, first-served basis.


 Length: To ensure fairness, individual comment segments will be limited to five (5) minutes each. 


 Comment Segment Reservations:  Five time slots per hour will be held for speaking time reservations.  To reserve a segment for a public comment event, members of the public should email their name, organization (if applicable) and desired time request to the following email addresses, respective to each location:




September 22, Capital Region Event:                            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


September 23, Catskills/Hudson Valley Event:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


September 24, Eastern Southern Tier Event:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 All reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and may be requested from August 21 through close of business on September 19. 


 The balance of time slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with sign-ups conducted at the meeting event location.


 Equipment and visual aids: No attendees may utilize multimedia visual aids.  Informational posters and handouts are permitted.


 Individuals making use of posters as part of their comment should submit a reduced-size copy of such if intended for inclusion in the formal written record.


 Written Submissions: In addition to oral statements, the Board will accept written submissions at the event and up to seven (7) days following the event.  Statements received beyond seven (7) days will not be included in the formal record. 


 All submissions should clearly identify the submitter’s name, and affiliation, if any.


 DecorumAll attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to attendees, commentators and Board members. 


 Disruptions will not be tolerated.


 Any person making offensive, insulting, threatening, intimidating or obscene remarks, or who becomes unruly during the Public Comment Event, will be requested to leave at the direction of any Board member. If necessary, the Board may request the assistance of law enforcement for the purpose of maintaining safety, order and decorum. 


Business Group (NFIB) Endorses Fischer over Tonko

From the Fischer Campain:

Congressional Candidate, Jim Fischer (R/C-Ballston), today received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, the largest small-business association in New York and the nation.

NFIB's New York State Director, Mike Durant, announced the endorsement during an event with Fischer at Krause's Homemade Candy an NFIB member and multi-generational family business in Albany. The current Congressman, Paul Tonko, has a zero rating with NFIB on key votes of importance to small business members.

"The Capital District's business community needs a leader in Washington who will stand up for them against excessive taxes, regulations and Obamacare's confusing and costly mandates. I will do just that as your next Congressman," said Jim Fischer. "As a small business owner for nearly 25 years and a proud NFIB member, I can attest that elected leaders like our current Congressman have treated small businesses as the enemy. Small business owners employ most of the workforce and create the most new private sector jobs. They care for their workers and their communities. Instead of setting policies to promote more growth, Congressman Tonko follows partisan leaders like Nancy Pelosi to install more harmful taxes, fees and penalties. They are a distraction from businesses ability to focus on growing their markets and reinvestment that stimulates job growth. When elected to Congress, I will be a strong voice for the 900 small businesses and their thousands of employees working hard every day to do a good job.

I am sincerely grateful for the support of NFIB and its members here in the Capital Region."

During his visit to Krause's, Fischer met third generation owner, Anne Marie Krause and her employees. The Krause family as been in business since 1929. Fischer heard first-hand how excessive taxes, fees, regulations and the skyrocketing costs of healthcare due to Obamacare are crippling the local economy. The costly burdens are making it difficult to compete and to invest in growth that would create more good paying jobs.


Banned Books Week, Come on Down

On Tuesday, September 23rd, 6PM, the New York State Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter will sponsor a local ReadOut! at the Albany Public Library Main Branch!  

A ReadOut is an event where local actors, writers, poets, and prominent community leaders read  brief excerpts from books that have been banned or challenged in America.  Historically, people have read from children books, classics, and modern works of literature.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to contact Joanna Palladino at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Cirrin at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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