You think that the primary elections are over? Well I don’t know if anybody cares, but the senate seat race between Roy McDonald and Kathy Marchione is bordering on the ridiculous. Last Thursday an amount of people equal to a giant Thanksgiving dinner gathered to count 22 absentee ballots. There were lawyers, poll watchers, the media, and probably caterers to keep all those people happy. The good news is, they will do it again today to count ballots in the Counties of Columbia and Saratoga. Because there are more ballots to count, they will probably need more people. Really, why is it so hard to count a ballot. Why don’t they just put Kathy and Roy in a room with maybe one lawyer each and have at it. You could probably do it over breakfast (just don’t get any jelly on the ballot’s.)……….I am getting pretty sick and tired with this war in Afghanistan. We try to train these people so they can defend themselves, and they turn around and murder our troops. I was just watching the nightly network news and they showed this Afghan “police trainee” who was smoking hash the whole time he was on patrol. We are down to 68,000 troops, which is 68,000 too many. We need to get these men and women out of there now to avoid anymore senseless killing. We have been there way too long.………. All the “we have to save Albany from demolishing all the dilapidated buildings people” have won a round. The Albany Planning Board denied a request from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to tear down their falling down former rectory at 472 Western Avenue in the Pine Hills section of Albany. Just another case of the city caving to the folks who want to save every building in the city. I believe at one time they were more than happy to send over the bulldozer. A Common Councilwoman has said that she hopes the city will force the owners to rehab the building. Good luck. I don’t think they have several hundred thousand dollars hanging around. They can’t sell it because it’s not theirs to sell, and they can’t afford the rehab. So I guess we’ll let it rot in place. The city will do nothing to the church. Guaranteed.……….It’s something that doesn’t get mentioned enough, but four members of the Town of Coeyman’s Fire Company were awarded the prestigious “Firefighter of the Year” by the Albany County Volunteer Firefighters Association, for their heroic actions in rescue operations they conducted during Hurricane Irene last year. These four heroes, as well as all the volunteer men and women risk their lives on a daily basis just for the sake of protecting the people in their town. The next time you see these firefighters out collecting funds, throw in a few extra bucks, because you never know the next person they save may be you.
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