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Carpenters union searches for apprentices

State Carpenters Local Union #370 is recruiting new apprentices.

The program’s jurisdiction includes Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren and Washington Counties.

You must be 17-years-old and have a high school diploma or GED to apply.

Applications can be picked up at 27 Warehouse Row in Albany from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

For more information, please contact the NYS Department of Labor or call (518) (518) 438-0901.

Deputy Education Commissioner visits Cohoes Middle School

Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Slentz visted Cohoes Middle School on Friday.

He spoke to students about Common Core, state funding, and also met with eighth grade student ambassadors.

Slentz once taught middle school and worked his way up the ranks.

He became Deputy Commissioner of P-12 education 2011.

Cohoes Fire Department promoting two

Two members of the Cohoes Fire Department are moving up the ranks.

On Wednesday, Fire Lieutenant Otto Madsen will be promoted to captain and Firefighter Jason Geary will be promoted to lieutenant.

The ceremony will take place in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall at 11 A.M.

State budget deal: What's in it? What's not?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Here are some highlights of the proposed 2014-15 New York state budget negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders:

- Total proposal: $138 billion, plus $5 billion in off-budget one-time federal aid.

- Total growth held under 2 percent.

- A $1.1 billion, or 5.3 percent, increase in education aid, with high-needs districts getting almost 70 percent of the hike.

- Allocations of $340 million for universal pre-K during each of the next two years, with $300 million for New York City and $40 million for the rest of the state.

- A $2 billion bond act pending approval by voters in November that would allow borrowing to fund classroom computers and technology as well as building pre-K classrooms.

- Changes in implementation of the Common Core curriculum learning standards in English and math that will keep test scores off the transcripts of students in third through eighth grades through 2018.

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Watervliet man sentenced for crack cocaine sales

Police surveillance video recorded Milton Wood selling crack cocaine in Cohoes. - Albany District Attorney's Office

COHOES – A Watervliet man will spend 12 years behind bars for selling crack cocaine in Cohoes last April.

Milton Wood was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to sale of a controlled substance.

The 51-year-old was observed on police surveillance video selling crack cocaine for $100.

State Police then executed a search warren at Wood’s home and found marijuana, heroin and materials used to package narcotics for sale. They also found more than $1,750 in cash.

Troopers also found crack cocaine in Wood’s vehicle.

The guilty plea satisfies multiple drug sale and possession charges.

St. Rose, Siena, come together for 'One Billion Rising'

Two local colleges are coming together on Friday to help women who are victims of violence.

Events for the "One Billion Rising" campaign are taking place at St. Rose and Siena Colleges on March 28.

Through 1 p.m. the St. Rose event include representatives from Albany County Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center, among others. Additional events will also be taking place on the Siena campus.

Spindle City celebrating 20th anniversary

An organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings in Cohoes is celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Spindle City was first created to save the Silliman Memorial.

Their cause later expanded to other historic buildings.

The celebration will be held on March 29 from 3-6 p.m. at the Cohoes Visitors Center, 58 Remsen Street.

More information on Spindle City can be found here.