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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

Columbia County men accused of stealing from Target

EAST GREENBUSH - Two Columbia County men are accused of stealing video game equipment.

Rickey Dymond, 29, of Valatie and Trey McCleese, 18, are accused of taking X-Box and PlayStation game controllers from Target.

East Greenbush police found their car outside a nearby video game store where they say they caught the pair trying to sell the equipment.

Police say Dymond also had drug paraphernalia on him.

Sand Lake man faces felony DWI charge

SAND LAKE – A Sand Lake man is under arrest after police say his blood alcohol level was close to three times the legal limit.

State police pulled over 56-year-old Ernest Maier on Burden Lake Road for speeding and failure to keep right.

They say the motorcyclist failed sobriety tests and was found to have a BAC of .21 percent.

Maier has previous alcohol convictions within the last 10 years and is facing felony charges.

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Former Rensselaer police officer pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

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Former Rensselaer City Police Officer Mark Fusco pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter on Friday.

Fusco, the son of Rensselaer Police Chief Rick Fusco, is accused of driving drunk and killing his friend in a car crash last year.

The ex-cop and son of the police chief in the city of Rensselaer is now on the other side of the law.

According to the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office, he's looking at prison time.

Mark Fusco was facing a slew of charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, for his alleged involvement in the deadly car crash a little over a year ago.

Investigators say Fusco's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he got behind the wheel.

They say he was traveling on Route 151 in East Greenbush when he went off the road and slammed into a tree.

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.

Scharfenberger ordained Albany's 10th Roman Catholic bishop

Bishop Edward Scharfenber smiles after being installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City has been ordained as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Hundreds of white-robed priests and bishops from across New York and New England attended the Ordination Mass at the gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex Thursday afternoon.

Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when he resigned on Oct. 31, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He served 37 years.

Scharfenberger, who is 65, has held a number of parish and administrative positions in New York City.

The Albany diocese has about 330,000 parishioners in 14 counties.

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