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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.

Road closures planned for Albany St. Pat's parade

ALBANY - St. Patrick's Day is on Monday, but celebrations begin Saturday with a parade.

This is the 64th year for Albany’s annual parade. It begins at 2 p.m. it steps off from Quail Street and works its way down Central Avenue.

There is also the North Albany Limericks Parade on Saturday, which begins at noon at the North Albany American Legion Post on First Street.

With the parades kicking off, there will be many road closures and parking restrictions taking place. Starting at noon Saturday, Central Avenue between Manning Boulevard and Quail Street will be closed for parade line up. At 1:30 p.m. the parade route will be closed to all traffic.

City of Albany Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for St. Patrick’s Day Parades – Saturday March 15, 2014

North Albany Limerick Parade – Noon -1:00 P.M.

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Parking restrictions in place as lobbyists head to state Capitol

ALBANY – Hundreds of lobbyists and demonstrators are heading for the state capitol Tuesday. So parking restrictions are being put in place.

There will be no parking inside Lincoln Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Madison Avenue will be closed to traffic and parking between South Swan Street and Eagle Street from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

About 1,500 demonstrators are expected to come to Albany on busses to ask for more money for public service workers across New York State. That includes teachers, police officers and nurses.

Also, reforms to Common Core will be proposed by Republican Assembly members.

Cuomo: NY ready for latest storm

NEW YORK -- Gov. Cuomo says the state is ready to tackle this storm, but he has a warning for residents as we prepare for the Nor'easter to hit.

"Prepare properly and avoid unnecessary travel" said Cuomo, as he announced that several agencies are already prepared for the snow to start falling.

So here is what is already in place ahead of the storms arrival -- New York State has 1,789 plows, 359 loaders and 4,185 operators stationed and ready for the storm, along with 291,000 tons of salt on hand statewide. DOT tells NewsChannel 13, they have 36,500 tons of salt to use in the Capital Region.

Also all Thruway and New York DOT maintenance headquarters will be fully staffed around the clock for the duration of the storm.

National Grid and NYSEG are on standby, ready to tackle any outages. 

NY governor declares state of emergency

More than 2,000 plow trucks have been deployed in New York State.

People seem to be heeding the warning and staying off the roads.

Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency. A section of Interstate 84 from the Connecticut border to the Pennsylvania border was shut down for a time, but has since reopened.

The governor says this winter has taken a toll on the state's resources. He says there is a shortage of salt in New York City and Long Island. They are trying to ship a surplus of salt from upstate New York to the downstate area.

Due to the storm, Colonie Center announced they would be closing early at 5 p.m.

Downstate weather forces 7 planes to land in Albany

Seven flights have been forced to land at Albany International Airport due to severe weather in the New York City area. - File / WNYT

COLONIE - Six flights to Laguardia and one flight to JFK were diverted to Albany International Airport Monday as a result of winter weather downstate, airport spokesman Doug Myers said.

Five of the flights are Delta and two are Jet Blue, Myers said.

The first diverted flight landed Monday morning and took off by noon, Myers said. The rest began to arrive at about 1 p.m. Several of them were still at the airport as of 4:30 p.m., waiting for clearance to leave.

Additional diversions to Albany are possible depending upon the severity of the storm.

Amtrak running on modified scheduled in Northeast

An Amtrak train arrives in the Albany-Rensselaer station. - File / AP

NEW YORK (AP) - Amtrak says the frigid weather is forcing it to curtail service throughout the Northeast.

The railroad says it is running on a modified schedule Tuesday on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston. In addition, Amtrak is running fewer trains than usual on the Empire line between New York City and Albany.

Meanwhile, overhead wire problems are being addressed near Trenton, N.J. The wire problems are causing extensive delays along the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak says it does not know when service will be completely restored.

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