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Bethlehem residents weigh-in on 'nearby' casino

BETHLEHEM - Even though none of the six casinos that have been proposed for the Capital Region will be built in their community, on Wednesday night Bethlehem residents wanted to make sure they still have a say in what ever happens.

But even though there were mixed feelings at Bethlehem Town Hall, the majority of residents are clearly "against" the nearby proliferation of casino gambling.

When Bethlehem residents went to the polls last November, 61 percent of them voted "no" on proposal one. In other words, they feel they've already made it crystal clear they don't want casino gambling in their community.

"I'm concerned about the safety of my sons at Glenmont being so close to a casino," said Amy Scharf.

Albany casino proposed on land just off Thruway

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ALBANY – There’s a new casino plan in the Capital Region. This time in Albany, but it's not downtown.

The latest plan calls for a casino and resort off Exit 23 of the Thruway.

A meeting with the Albany City Council started at noon Friday.

The possible casino site is a large, isolated plot of land on the edge of Albany. It's a family compound of the late Polly Noonan, longtime close confidant of legendary Mayor Erastus Corning. The family includes U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, although the senator's current residence is in Brunswick.

The Noonan Lane property would give developers David Flaum and John Signor a location that's easy to get to, yet not in a neighborhood with neighbors and businesses who could suffer from casino-related problems.

Global Partners withdraws oil heaters building application

There will not be a new building for oil heaters at the Port of Albany.

Global Partners withdrew its application.

Their decision comes less than a week after Albany County Executive Dan McCoy issued a moratorium on the expansion.

Instead, Global wants to restore an existing building to hold their equipment.

The company is still hoping DEC will approve a change to their permit, allowing them to install four steam-generating boilers.

Jet Blue is coming to Albany International Airport in 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - JetBlue says it plans to start daily service at the Albany airport, the last of the large airports in New York state to land the low-cost airline.

Sen. Charles Schumer has joined local officials and executives from New York-based JetBlue to make the announcement Monday at Albany International Airport in suburban Colonie.

JetBlue will start operations at the airport in 2015. Schumer says Florida will be one of the destinations serviced by JetBlue. Specific routes haven't been announced.

Albany will be the airline's eighth market in the state. JetBlue already services Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Newburgh, Westchester and both New York City airports.

Schumer was at the Albany airport last month to call on JetBlue to start serving the state capital, a move that's seen as potential boost to the local economy.

Albany hopes to wrestle $3M out of Wrestling State Championship

The New York High School Wrestling State Championships will be contested at the Times Union Center all weekend. -

ALBANY - Albany County expects to wrangle a lot of money from some wrestlers and word smiths this weekend.

The New York High School Wrestling State Championships will be contested at the Times Union Center all weekend.

The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau says it expects more than $3 million to be spent in that time on hotel rooms, concessions, food and gas.

That figure also includes two days of New York State bar exams just concluding for more than 1,000 prospective lawyers at Empire State Plaza.

Palace Theatre goes digital

ALBANY - The Palace Theatre in Albany is going digital.

Thanks to a Regional Economic Development Grant from the state, the theater was able to pay for a new projector.

This will allow the theater to show current movies that are no longer available on film.

On Saturday, the Palace is hosting an Oscar weekend celebration with Oscar winning films for $5 a ticket.

They are also showing "Despicable Me 2" for free on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Projects up in the air after construction company suddenly shutters

ALBANY - A construction company has suddenly gone out of business in the middle of several high-profile projects.

Eastern Building Group, also known as Eastern Building and Restoration, a contractor based on Commerce Avenue told its employees Friday afternoon that they wouldn't be needed Monday.

According to a source, the sudden move leaves as many as six uncompleted projects that Eastern was working on, including the renovation of the Saratoga Springs Police Department headquarters in the basement of City Hall.

Eastern was just 10 days into that project on Friday afternoon when they suddenly let the city know they wouldn't be back.

The company had begun demolition of the police locker room and training room. Those areas remain torn apart as the city tries to figure out what to do now. Sarah Burger, the city attorney, says Eastern's withdrawal "brings the project to a standstill."