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Gov. Cuomo hosts NY Rising forum

Texas Governor Rick Perry is visiting New York City this week.

He says he hopes to convince businesses to move to his state.

Governor Perry’s visit comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to advertise his Start-Up New York program in Texas.

Governor Cuomo hosted a conference of local planning committees on Wednesday in Albany, as part of New York Rising.

That program is focused on reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

The Towns of Schoharie, Middleburgh and Windham will all get federal funding for flood reconstruction.

Also, the Village of Waterford won an award for developing software to identify areas at high risk for flooding.

More snow in Schoharie County

Duncan McNicol shared this photo of snow falling in Charlottesville.

Just when you thought it was spring, Schoharie County brings you snow flurries

Schoharie students hope to win big with project

A group of Schoharie High School students are hoping to make history this month.

The four students presented a project at Catskill Regional History Day called, “Citizens’ Rights and Government Responsibility during Natural Disasters,” which focused on Hurricane Irene. 

Now the students, Emily Cooper, Sarah Cooper, Natalie Mitchell, Emma Smith-Trendell are taking the project to the NYS History Day competition in Cooperstown on April 28.

More about the students and the history competition can be found here.

Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

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90-year-old CEO keeps Middleburgh phone company buzzing

When it comes to phone service, you are probably familiar with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.

However, there is an independent phone company in the area that is giving the big boys a run for their money – and it’s run by a 90-year-old CEO.

Schenectady Red Cross volunteer heads to Washington for mud slide recovery effort

The aftermath of a mud slide in Washington State last month. -

A Red Cross volunteer from the Capital Region is heading out to Washington State to help with recovery from that devastating mud slide last month.

Thirty nine people are now confirmed dead in the community of Oso.

Searchers believe the final death toll will be 43.

Jeff Fox from Schenectady is a disaster mental health volunteer.

The Red Cross says he'll be manage a team of volunteers to provide mental health support for residents affected by the disaster.

Another Capital Region Red Cross volunteer, Angelika Klapputh of Sharon Springs recently returned from Washington. 

Schoharie board hears casino comments

RICHMONDVILLE - It already has the support of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, but on Tuesday night it was the residents of Schoharie County who had their say on the matter of casino gambling.

At a time when casino gambling is trying to win approval from both citizens and municipal governments, there are clear indications that it hasn't won the fight for legitimacy.

"Studies who that communities within fifty miles of a casino double the number of problem gamblers in their community," stated Dr. Rebecca Eckel, a Cobleskill physician. "Our mental health services are already stretched to the limit in our area. How can we accommodate treating a large number of problem gamblers?"