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Forum on heroin and opioid abuse in Troy

TROY - Residents in Rensselaer County say they have lost too many of their loved ones, especially young people to heroin.

Wednesday there is a community forum on heroin and the abuse of opioids.

It’s from 9 a.m. until noon at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

It’s sponsored by State Senator Kathy Marchione and the bi- partisan Senate task force on heroin and opioid addiction.

Saratoga Casino shares plans for East Greenbush resort

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It's an undeveloped 70-plus acre parcel that would be home to a full-fledged casino resort.

Plans call for a 300-room hotel, showroom, cabaret, couple of parking decks, and an 18-hole golf course and spa nearby.

One day after Saratoga Casino and Raceway said they were folding in their bid to bring a resort casino to Saratoga, they said they're all in in East Greenbush.

"It's by far the superior project we're going to see in the region. It's a superior location," said Rita Cox, vice-president of Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

The East Greenbush property, known as Thompson Hill, looks across the river at the Albany skyline. Developers say the easy access to major highways makes this $300 million proposal a winner.

Saratoga 'Racino' owner sets sights on Rensselaer County

If the plan to abandon the idea for a full fledged casino in Saratoga Springs has been in the works for a while, the developers have been wearing their poker face.

After pushing the plan to expand what's known as the Racino, the owners now have their sites set on an area in East Greenbush. Though, we don't know exactly where. And it comes only two days before a deadline for submitting a million dollar casino license application.

This, after a lot of casino push back in the Saratoga Springs community. Last month, the city council passed a resolution unanimously opposing a casino in the Spa City. In November, county voters overwhelmingly rejected the idea. And the members of a group called 'SAVE Saratoga' who've been fighting the casino plan since the fall couldn't be happier. 

STEM Career Expo for teens set for May 7

Recruiters are always looking for new people interested in STEM jobs – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math.

A STEM career expo for 8th-10th graders is scheduled for May 7 in the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy – 126 Campbell Avenue.

The expo is scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m., with presentations on technology at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation on healthcare at 6:00 p.m.

More information on the career expo can be found here.

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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.