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Earlier this week the New York State Senate overwhelmingly backed a measure that would bring ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to residents in Upstate NY. 

But don't get too excited just yet. We've seen this before

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Screenshot of Lyft App Home Screen

Since 1993, the Times Union Center has hosted American Hockey League (AHL) games, first with the Albany River Rats, and currently with the Albany Devils. Unfortunately for both local hockey and Albany Devils fans, a decision has been made to move the team from Albany to Binghamton, NY at the end of this season.

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Improved public transportation for the Capital Region has been on the wish list for Albany residents and elected officials for many years. With new plans for an aerial gondola connecting downtown Albany with Rensselaer train station across the river, those wishes just might come true!

With plans already in hand for the new gondola line, officials are keen to secure funding and get started on this exciting new public transportation solution that will connect Albany with Troy and Rensselaer. 

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Image of Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge.
Are you - or do you know - a community-minded young woman with clear leadership skills and community outreach goals?

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Tulip Queen and Court! The Albany Tulip Queen is a young woman between the ages of 18 and 24 who resides in Albany County and is dedicated to continuing Albany's long-standing legacy of community service during her year-long reign (May 2017 - May 2018). 

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It may still be five months away from baseball season, but it's not too early to look forward to another summer at The Joe! 

Many familiar faces will be back this year with the 'Cats, and recently announced changes to the field staff should get fans excited for what promises to be a fantastic 2017 season. Find out how to book your season passes now and get to know the new manager, hitting and pitching coaches, and athletic trainer!

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Lark Street is one of Albany's most historic districts, and for many years, it has been a hotspot for small businesses, restaurants, and the arts! In addition to the area being very accessible, business hours aren't limited, so some places can stay open until 4:00am or for 24 hours. However, the city's ReZone Albany plan is set to implement new restrictions, which has Lark Street lovers concerned about the district's future.

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You've probably seen the eyesore that is Tobin's First Prize Plant while driving on I-90. The former meatpacking plant has been closed since 1981, and yet still the deteriorating building stands. After numerous attempts to revitalize the property, a viable project is now in the works.

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Photo courtesy of Northeastern Abandoned Exploration
Most would agree that smoking in the car with children is wrong, but is this an issue the government should be regulating? The City Council in Schenectady thinks so, having voted this month to approve an ordinance that forbids smoking in a vehicle where a child of 16 or younger is a passenger.

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When you think of video games, does Troy come to mind? If not, it likely will soon. Two video game developers are on a mission to make Troy a focal point in the gaming industry.

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Have you been hearing the buzz about the new casino set to open in Schenectady? Word has come out that the project is ahead of schedule and will be opening in just a couple of months!

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An original rendering of Rivers Casino  




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