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Richmondville woman accused of assault, burglary

RICHMONDVILLE – A Richmondville woman is facing multiple charges after an assault on Thursday.

State Police say 25-year-old Lakiesha Smith entered a home on two separate occasions and assaulted the sleeping victim inside.

An investigation revealed that Smith also assaulted another victim earlier in the day.

Troopers say both victims suffered injuries from the attack.

Police believe the attacks may be related to a lovers quarrel.

Smith faces assault and burglary charges/

She is in the Schoharie County Jail in lieu of bail.

Scientists, researchers gather at UAlbany to discuss extreme weather

Atmospheric scientists and researchers are gathering at the UAlbany campus on Monday.

They’re discussing how to tackle future weather emergencies in a conference called "Facing The Storm: Preparing For Increased Extreme Weather In Upstate New York."

The college cites a recent report from the American Meteorological Society, which calls New York State the most vulnerable location for the weather to affect the economy.

The forum is partially presented by UAlbany and the NYS Emergency Management Association and NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The keynote speaker is Paul Tonko. Another speaker is Colleen Fullford from the Schoharie County Emergency Management Office.

The conference is set to go from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Race for 19th Congressional District officially begins Thursday

Sean Eldridge is taking a position most politicians have not.  In the race for the 19th Congressional seat the 27 year old Democrat is not accepting any financial support from PACS or big business.

"Corporate interests are dominating in Washington and the voice of the middle class families is drowned out by corporate money and special interests," explained Eldridge, outside his Kingston campaign headquarters in Kingston on Thursday.

Eldridge's opponent, two term Republican Chris Gibson, claims that's an easy give for Eldridge.  Eldridge is a multi-millionaire who Gibson acknowledges will outspend him.

Roads back open after Schoharie County standoff

GALUPVILLE – Roads are back open after a standoff on Wednesday evening.

The standoff began inside a house on Route 443 around 5:30 p.m. It was over about five hours later.

Police haven’t released very many details right now.

However, they say the man was captured, arraigned and is now in jail.

Gubernatorial candidate visits Capital Region

The Republican aiming to take on Andrew Cuomo for the governor's office will be in the Capital Region again Wednesday night.

Rob Astorino will be at a banquet in Troy at Franklin Plaza.

Then later Wednesday night, he'll be at the Rensselaer County GOP dinner at Franklin Terrace. 

Also, a candidate for the Green Party's nomination for governor will be in Albany.

Howie Hawkins finished third in the governor's race in 2010.

Consensus: Albany casino not worth the gamble

ALBANY - If casino developers were banking on support for their $300 million plan, the odds may have gotten a little bit longer Monday night. Even though several speakers at the Albany Common Council public hearing love the idea of a casino in Albany, many more were dead set against it.

On one side of the coin, a gambling casino would be a game changing savior for the economically depressed region.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for the city and lower property taxes and give people relief," said David Polen, an Albany resident.

On the other side, it's an affront to economic and social justice.