Friendly's in Clifton Park could get a drive-thru
The Friendly's in Clifton Park, New York, could be getting a drive-thru as the ice cream/restaurant chain experiments with a mainstay in the world of fast-food.
The Wilbraham, Massachusetts, company is asking the town planning board for permission to build a drive-thru window and lane at its store at 815 Route 146.
The change, if approved, would reduce the number of parking spaces to 67 from 81.
Friendly's has closed some locations in recent years, but Clifton Park remains a "high-volume, great-performing… Read More
Cuomo proposes legislation to close LLC 'loophole'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed new measures to limit the influence of businesses on state politics.
Cuomo is urging state lawmakers to pass measures to cap contributions from limited liability corporations at $5,000. At a minimum, he wants the restrictions in place for gubernatorial candidates.
"Pass all of them, or as many as you’d like, but at a minimum, pass the one impacting anyone running for the office of the governor. I will go first – pass it and I will sign it into law today," he said… Read More
Why Bruce Levinsky sold the Batcheller Mansion Inn in Saratoga Springs
Developer Bruce Levinsky sold the historic Batcheller Mansion Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York, for a simple reason.
"It's called retiring," Levinsky said. "I'm 74 now. I think it's time to pass a few things on to other participants."
The nine-room inn at the corner of Circular Street and Whitney Place, across from Congress Park, is a signature property in a city filled with architectural gems.
The new owners, Victor and Karen Abate, paid $1.8 million.
Victor Abate is chief technology officer… Read More
Stewart's to sell Saratoga Race Course season passes
If you're planning to pick up a season pass for Saratoga Race Course, you can soon grab it while stopping for milk on the way home.
For the third year, Stewart's Shops is partnering with the New York Racing Association to sell season admission passes for the 40-day racing season.
The passes are $35 for grandstand seating and $55 for clubhouse seating at the Saratoga Springs, New York, racetrack. They go on sale May 30.
Passholders will also be enrolled in the Saratoga Season Perks program, entitling… Read More
'Wheels are finally starting to move' for Uber, Lyft, assemblyman says
Lawmakers are working on a proposal that would change insurance requirements to make it easier for Uber and Lyft to operate in upstate New York.
The state Assembly will likely introduce and pass a measure focused on changing the state's automotive insurance rules for ride-sharing companies, Assemblyman John McDonald III from Cohoes said. Assembly Democrats met to discuss the issue Monday.
Uber and Lyft, which connect drivers with riders looking for transportation, have not been able to operate… Read More
Networking events aim to bring together creative freelancers
The Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy is bringing together creative freelancers in the area to show the breadth of creative talent in the Albany area.
The first networking event for creative freelancers is tomorrow at public broadcasting station WMHT in Troy. There will be quarterly networking events.
As a group, creative freelancers have a major impact on the region's economy. A 2014 report on the region's creative economy found more than half of all jobs in the creative industry involve… Read More
Saratoga group opposes Cuomo's plan for reprivatizing NYRA
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to extend his control over the state's racing industry and reduce funding for track improvements and operations, according to Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing.
The citizens group says Cuomo has been circulating a proposal to change the structure of the New York Racing Association board, which oversees three horse racing tracks in the state.
"We just know that the result of continuing government control over that board will diminish the board’s capacity to deal with… Read More
One of region's largest accounting firms splits 2 years after merger
SaxBST, one of the largest accounting firms in the Albany, New York, area, is dropping the "Sax."
Roughly two years after Albany-based Bollam, Sheedy & Torani CPAs, or BST, and New Jersey-based Sax Macy Fromm & Co. P.C., or Sax, merged to form one firm — SaxBST — the two are splitting.
When the two firms merged in 2014, SaxBST became one of the top 100 CPA firms in the nation.
As of July 1, the two firms will no longer work as one company. The Albany office will operate independently under… Read More
Execs: Even as IBM 'aggressively' transforms, it hires
Even as IBM shrinks in its legacy businesses, it’s actively seeking out tech resumes, a top exec said Monday during an analyst conference in Boston.
IBM (NYSE:IBM) is actively hiring, Chief Financial Officer Martin Schroeter told analysts during IBM’s presentation at the JPMorgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. But, elaborating on comments he’s made on analyst conference calls, he cautions that the high-tech talent pool isn’t always keeping up with the demand, specifically when… Read More
3 places to grab a bite open in Lark Street area
With summer only a few weeks away, Albany's Lark Street area has opened three spots in recent weeks to grab drinks, dinner, lunch or something sweet.
Click on the slideshow to read about them. Read More