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Experts: problem gamblers a sure thing

ALBANY - Along with the inevitability of a Capital Region casino, addiction experts are also expecting another sure thing: problem gambling.

Even though we don't know yet where a casino will be built in the Capital Region, those same experts are saying they do know with a high degree of certainty, there will be negative consequences that go along with the hoped for benefits.

For many people, dealing with the inevitable spike in problem gambling is a fundamental moral issue. There appears to be a serious effort currently underway to make sure the proper procedures and protocols are in place long before anyone rolls the dice on a casino floor.

Long before the proliferation of casinos across the country, people were always willing to take a chance with their money.

New York receives 22 bids for casinos

The deadline has come and gone to submit a proposal to build a Vegas-style casino in the Capital Region.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board says they received 22 bids.

Four of those are in the Capital Region:

The Exit 23 proposal in Albany, near Exit 9 in East Greenbush, also in Howes Caves and one in the Town of Florida, near Amsterdam.

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

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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

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.