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Preparations underway for Cohoes Mastadon Challenge

Here’s something to get you thinking about spring.

Cohoes is already preparing for the “Mastodon Challenge.”

The 15k Race, 5k Run Walk, and Kids Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.

Each year, the race benefits the Cohoes Multi-Service Senior Citizen Center, and the Universal Pre-K program in Cohoes.

More information on this year’s race can be found here.

Forum to discuss heroin use in Capital Region

Some say heroin use is becoming an epidemic in parts of the Capital Region.

A community forum is being held on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

The forum is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. At the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Student Center and Lecture Hall, 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany.

Speakers will include Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, along With Assemblyman John Mcdonald, and others.

HVCC partners with agency to better serve student veterans

TROY -- Sean Sutton deployed to Afghanistan twice.  If you told the Marine from Colonie then that he'd be making flash cards now in preparation for a Biotechnology test, he probably would have laughed.

"Now I'm a full time student, and I'm probably in this room 90% of my day," explains Sutton

The room to which Sutton is referring is HVCC's Armed Forces Study area.  Today it was recognized by the New York State Industries for the Disables and is now an official "Battle Buddy Center."  The name is borrowed from a military technique that partners service men and women with each other both in and out of combat.

Weekly poll asks Cohoes residents to voice their opinions

Did you know Cohoes has a weekly poll where citizens can voice their opinions?

Each Wednesday, a new question is posted.

You can find the poll on the official Cohoes website by clicking here.

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Elected leaders put National Nutrition Month to the 'taste test'

COLONIE - Local elected leaders put their taste buds to the test for National Nutrition Month.

Albany County Executive Dan Mccoy, Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan, and Colonie Mayor Frank Leak all took part in a contest at the ShopRite on Central Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Mahan won the Golden Plate Certificate.

The lawmakers were hoping to prove that healthy foods can be just as delicious as the stuff we call junk food.

Advocates warn of education crisis

ALBANY -- Education advocates say New York's under-funding of schools has reached crisis proportions. They released their findings Monday after a tour of 14 school districts around the state.

As the State Assembly and Senate prepare their education budgets, the head of the Schenectady City schools calls this a situation beyond urgent-- less money for more students with greater needs.

Cohoes School Superintendent Robert Libby says unfair funding for education is a huge crisis.

"We could end up eliminating kindergarten," said Libby. "We could be mandated to provide universal pre-K, and there is no mandate for kindergarten. If finances get that bad, we may have to at least begin looking at half-day kindergarten, and then in future years even worse."

Sheriff's investigator accused of using criminal database for personal use

An investigator with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department is on the other side of the law.

Gabriel Rodriguez, 39, is accused of using a police computer to look up criminal records of others for his own personal use. The arrest comes after an investigation that started earlier this year.

Rodriguez is facing a felony computer trespass charge as well as misdemeanor charges for misconduct and falsifying business records.

State police say he has already been serving a suspension on unrelated charges.