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Scharfenberger ordained Albany's 10th Roman Catholic bishop

Bishop Edward Scharfenber smiles after being installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City has been ordained as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Hundreds of white-robed priests and bishops from across New York and New England attended the Ordination Mass at the gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex Thursday afternoon.

Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when he resigned on Oct. 31, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He served 37 years.

Scharfenberger, who is 65, has held a number of parish and administrative positions in New York City.

The Albany diocese has about 330,000 parishioners in 14 counties.

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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.

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.

'Bridges Out of Poverty' program coming to senior center

A program to educate people on poverty is coming to the Cohoes Senior Center.

Cohoes Bridges Out of Poverty trains people “about the hidden rules of economic class.” Part of that includes specialized training for businesses and agencies, and mentoring some who are in poverty.

For more information, please call Brittney Hunt at (518) 935-3381 or cohoesbridges@gmail.com or Keith Hornbrook, executive director of the Cohoes Multi-Service Senior Citizens Center at (518) 235-2420.

Parking restrictions for Cohoes snow removal

Courtesy: City of Cohoes

The City of Cohoes will be doing SNOW REMOVAL on Thursday, February 20 starting at 4:00AM on the following streets:

Columbia Street from Central Ave to James Street
Congress Street from Ontario Street to George Street
Ontario Street from Reavey Bridge to Delaware Ave
Seneca Street
2 Municipal Parking Lots on Remsen Street (Next to Smith's Restaurant and across from Smith's Restaurant)

Parking will be restricted on both sides of listed streets and from parking lots. "NO PARKING" SIGNS WILL BE POSTED ACCORDINGLY. Vehicles in violation of the snow removal process will be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

Parishioners pray for new bishop

ALBANY -- Many of the prayers during Tuesday's noon mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception were intended for Bishop-elect Edward Scharfenberger.

"I'm so pleased.  I've been waiting and praying that we get the man we need," said Theresa Tangredi of Delmar before the service.

With an imminent priest shortage and declining membership, the hope is a new leader will help to grow the diocese -- priests and parishioners.

"New life and energy. The young ones.  You have to bring the children back to our church," explained Gladys Mwesigwa, who was also attending noon mass at the cathedral just after the Scharfenberger announcement.

Since the decision came straight from Pope Francis, who seems to be wildly popular with the people, the expectation is Scharfenberger will unite the Albany Diocese.

Cohoes State of the City set for February 11

The annual Cohoes State of the City Address is set for Tuesday, February 11.

It will be held in the Common Council Chamber of Cohoes City Hall.

Mayor George Primeau plans to discuss finances, services, and public safety.

You can also watch the speech streaming live at the city of Cohoes website by clicking here.