FMCC to partner with SUNY Schenectady on cannabis programs, to receive state funding

FMCC to partner with SUNY Schenectady on cannabis programs, to receive state funding

SCHENECTADY — SUNY Schenectady Community College is working to partner with Fulton-Montgomery Community College and others to develop a program centered around the creation and marketing of cannabis edibles, which college officials hope to launch as soon as the spring 2023 semester.  Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced $5 million in awards to SUNY and CUNY community colleges to develop and strengthen cannabis-related programs already in place as a way to prepare New Yorkers for future career opportunities after state lawmakers last year moved to legalize marijuana and adopt a framework for future dispensary sales. "New York's new cannabis industry…
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Fundraiser created for Mayfield man who drowned saving daughter on Great Sacandaga Lake

Fundraiser created for Mayfield man who drowned saving daughter on Great Sacandaga Lake

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield man who drowned Friday while rescuing his daughter on Sacandaga Lake was a local pastor with four children who “loved selflessly,” according to a fundraiser set up in his name to help cover funeral expenses.  Albert Adamkoski Jr., 47, was boating on Sacandaga Lake near Beacon Island around 4 p.m. on July 8 when witnesses say he jumped from his pontoon boat to save his daughter who was screaming for help, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, one of a handful of rescue agencies that responded to the incident.  Police say Adamkoski was able to reach…
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Rep. Antonio Delgado appointed New York lieutenant governor

Rep. Antonio Delgado appointed New York lieutenant governor

ALBANY — Rep. Antonio Delgado, a native of Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood and a former standout on the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons basketball team, on Tuesday was appointed the state’s next lieutenant governor by Gov. Kathy Hochul, a move that could have national implications as Democrats seek to bolster their slim margins in Congress during this year's midterm elections. Hochul said she decided to appoint Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, following a rigorous vetting process, adding that the two-term congressman has an impressive resume and is a New Yorker through and through who shares her values and commitment to public service.     “We share the common…
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Capital Region lawmakers seek to address high gas prices

Capital Region lawmakers seek to address high gas prices

A pair of Capital Region lawmakers on Sunday announced plans to introduce legislation that would cap the state’s gas tax when the price of fuel hits $2.25 a gallon and suspend the tax altogether when prices reach $3 per gallon.Sens. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, and Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon, said their legislation, which has not yet been drafted, would provide relief to motorists that have been impacted in recent weeks by record-high fuel costs and direct money for projects funded through the gas tax such as road and bridge repairs when fuel prices drop.The bill would phase-in the suspension of the state’s…
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Johnstown hosts Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament

Johnstown hosts Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament

JOHNSTOWN — For the past two years, Ayla Naselli and her teammates have waited for a chance to compete.  They thought their opportunity might come last year, but the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament they spent months preparing for was canceled just days before the event was scheduled to take place. “It was an awful experience,” Naselli said. “We we were days away from competing. We worked so hard just to be let down because … of COVID. It was awful.” -More from Johnstown - The Leader-Herald- But the team, made up of seven Johnstown eighth graders, finally got their…
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New York to lift statewide school mask mandate by Wednesday

New York to lift statewide school mask mandate by Wednesday

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Sunday that the statewide masking requirement in schools will be lifted by March 2. In a briefing held in Albany, the Democrat cited declining COVID-19 cases and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said counties and cities could keep their own mandates in place, and parents could still choose to send their kids to school in masks. The new rules effective Wednesday apply to children 2 years and older in childcare facilities. New York State has 2.7 million schoolchildren, including about 1 million in New York City. Earlier this month,…
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