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WERC
Posted on 2017-03-28

Nominations are Now Open for WERC’s 2017 Annual Awards

The Capital District Women’s & Employment Resource Center (WERC) will honor community leaders who have made important contributions to the personal and professional growth of women, as well as to the region’s economic vitality at WERC’s 13th Annual Awards Luncheon Celebration on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, New York.

WERC is seeking nominees for The Harriet Rifkin Leadership Award and The WERCing Woman Achievement Award. Full descriptions of awards criteria and nomination forms are available on WERC’s website at:

http://www.cdwerc.org/nomination_WERC_award.html

Nominations are open to any woman who has provided advancement to women in the workplace, is an excellent role model for those served by WERC, and/or has demonstrated leadership, volunteerism and professionalism as a way of life.

Nominations close Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5pm.

Mission Accomplished
Posted on 2017-03-28

Mission Accomplished Hosts 3rd Biennial Dance-A-Thon to help local millennials navigate the transition into the workforce.

On Saturday April 22nd from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished) will host an 8-hour dance marathon to help raise funds for customized, industry-focused job training and career coaching programs for millennials in the Capital Region who are un/underemployed, struggling to transition from school to the global workforce and higher education.

Since 2012 Mission Accomplished has helped over 513 millennials learn how to navigate the transition into the global workforce, secure employment, enroll in college and/or leadership development opportunities.

The Dance-A-Thon will take place at the Albany Elks Lodge located at 25 S. Allen St. in Albany and will be full of prizes, energetic dancing and physical activity, competitions and fun for the entire family. The winning dancer will take home $300 CASH! Fund event details at http://matransitionservices.org/events-page/dat/ .

Mission Accomplished will bring the community together on the dance floor to help raise funds for programming that help millennials overcome obstacles to entering the workforce. This year’s theme is “Dancing with the Community Stars.” At 4:00 pm, fifteen community and business leaders will be recognized and highlighted for helping millennial students gain access to careers and higher education.  

The Dance-A-Thon will feature a charity of choice, Tru Heart, which will receive a portion of the events proceeds. The Dance-A-Thon will include dance competitions, 7-minute challenges, vendors, fun and prizes for the entire family. Tickets are currently on sale, $25 per person, at http://matransitionservices.org/events-page/dat/ .

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2017-03-27

CAP COM to award over $75K in scholarships & awards

 CAP COM Federal Credit Union has opened its 2017 Scholarship and Award application and nomination period. Each year CAP COM’s charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation donates over $75,000 in scholarships and awards. New this year, CAP COM will recognize 3 teachers in addition to over 30 student honorees.

“We have carried the firm belief that education is the foundation of a better future, it’s our duty and privilege to honor young adults and educators who are making a positive impact and looking to achieve big dreams in the future,” said Paula A. Stopera, President/CEO, CAP COM.

Students pursuing degrees in higher education may apply for one of our scholarships by answering an essay question provided. Students and educators can also be nominated to receive a Making a Difference Award. Application and nomination forms are available at www.capcomfcu.org/community/scholarships .

The acceptance period will close on May 1. Winners will be recognized and awarded at CAP COM’s Annual Scholarship & Award breakfast in June. 

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2017-03-27

ValleyCats Unveil 2017 Promotional Lineup

Guidry and Brown bobbleheads, “Friends” theme highlight an exciting schedule

The Tri-City ValleyCats have unveiled their promotional schedule for the 2017 All-Star Season, their 16th year in the Capital District. The schedule features 15 fireworks nights presented by Market 32, two bobblehead giveaways, and four specialty jerseys. The ValleyCats are also set to host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on August 15 for the second time in franchise history (2008).

The ‘Cats open the home slate on June 21 with a three-game set against the Lowell Spinners. Opening Night, presented by the Rensselaer County Department of Health, will feature the first fireworks night of the season and every fan in attendance will receive a 2017 Schedule Magnet. The homestand also features Basketball Hoopla (June 22) presented by Texas de Brazil, and MiLB CommUNITY Night (June 24), which brings all 160 Minor League Baseball Clubs together to create an environment of understanding, acceptance and inclusion among all fans, players and staff members.

The first bobblehead giveaway will take place on "Dark Tuesday: Track Night," (July 18) as the ValleyCats pay tribute to the nation's leading horse trainer, Eclipse Award Winner, and Mechanicville native Chad Brown. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for Track Night. The second, "Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night," presented by BodyArmor SuperDrink (July 31), recognizes former Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry and his famous rehab start for the Albany-Colonie Yankees on July 23, 1986. The bobbleheads will be available to the first 1,500 fans in attendance.

Along with the giveaways, Tri-City has rolled out four specialty themed jerseys that the team will wear in 2017, all to benefit local charities. The jerseys will either be auctioned or raffled off during the game.

The 'Cats will wear Christmas-themed jerseys during Christmas in July (July 12) to benefit the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish jerseys for Make-A-Wish NENY: 30 Years of Wishes (July 30), and Friends-themed jerseys for The One With the Friends Theme (September 1)to benefit the MS Society.The final specialty jersey will be for Harry Potter Night presented by Fidelis Care (August 7), selected by fan vote on social media, as part of the ‘Cats “#FanFebruary” promotion.

Tri-City hosts the Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets affiliate) twice in 2017, with the first set of games beginning on Independence Day. For Military Appreciation Night (July 6), the ‘Cats will honor current and former military members at the ballpark. The second series of games against Brooklyn includes NFL Night (August 20) presented by Saratoga Eagle, and SouthPaw’s Not So Scary Halloween Party / Summer Reader Night (August 21) presented by NY’s 529 College Savings Program.

Other brand-new 2017 promotions include WWE Night (June 26), Broadway Night presented by TD Bank (July 17), Best of MiLB (July 27) presented by Texas de Brazil, Social Media Night (July 29) presented by Hannaford Supermarkets, Enjoy Troy (August 6), Viva Los Gatos: An Elvis Presley Tribute (August 16), and Disco Night (August 25). On Broadway Night, fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Team Poster, presented by TD Bank.


The ‘Cats have also partnered with Hannaford Supermarkets on Social Media Night to continue the “Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger” program. The first 500 fans to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to The Food Pantries for the Capital District will receive one ticket voucher redeemable for a home game this season (limit one per person).

When the ‘Cats throwback to the ‘90’s for TGIF Night on June 23, presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets, they’ll also recognize the youth leagues involved in the ‘4 in 24’ Field Renovation Program taking place in April, as part of Youth Baseball Night.

Community Heroes / Superhero Night (July 13) is back at “The Joe,” presented by Community Resource Federal Credit Union, and the ‘Cats are asking fans to nominate people for the Home Run Community Heroes Starting 9, who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact in the Capital Region. Those selected will be honored on the field prior to the game.

Multiple fan favorite nights return to “The Joe,” like Around the World in 9 Innings (June 25), Irish Night (July 11), Notte Italiana (August 5), Beach Party / Healthy Living Night presented by Adirondack Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery(August 17), SouthPaw’s Birthday Fiesta (August 19), 50’s Night: 50 Cent Hot Dogs presented by Helmbold’s Hot Dogs(August 31), and Bark in the Park Night (September 6) presented by Van Allen Apartments.

Also returning to the lineup is Hockey Night in the Capital Region (September 2) presented by Jewelry by Don Cook, and features a postgame Diamond Dig on the warning track for a limited number of ladies in attendance.

The ValleyCats will host two 11:00 am matinee games at "The Joe" on Wednesday, July 19, and Tuesday, August 1.

For the fourth consecutive year, the ‘Cats will play an exhibition “Education Day” game, slotted for Thursday, June 15. The special 10:00 a.m. first pitch is geared toward students, filled with baseball-related STEM curriculum, an anti-bullying segment.

The final game of the year will be Fans for Life Night (September 7) presented by the Rensselaer County IDA.

View the entire 2017 promotional schedule here. Individual tickets for the ValleyCats 2017 regular season and the 2017 All-Star Game go on sale Monday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m., and will be available for purchase online at tcvalleycats.com, at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium box office, or by phone at 518-629-CATS.

City of Troy
Posted on 2017-03-24

Major Water Main Replacement Scheduled to Begin March 27

Mayor Patrick Madden announced the City of Troy will begin operations to replace a major water main located in the city’s historic Lansingburgh neighborhood. The project, funded in part through grant assistance from New York State, is scheduled to start Monday, March 27, and will replace a century-old water transmission line which ruptured in January of 2016.

“We are thrilled to officially break ground on this important infrastructure project to improve the reliability of our municipal water network,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “This effort demonstrates the City of Troy’s ongoing work to make needed improvements to our water delivery system and ensures we can continue to provide clean, quality drinking water for generations to come. I want to thank Governor Cuomo and our state representatives for their support and commitment to investing in municipal infrastructure projects which strengthen local communities like Troy literally from the ground up.”

In August of 2016, the City of Troy was awarded approximately $3.2M in grant funding and financing through the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to fully fund the replacement of the water main. The project will replace the current 33-inch riveted steel line with approximately one mile of 36-inch ductile iron pipe. The line will be located on 121st Street between 3rd and 6th Avenue, and on 5th Avenue between 121st and Northern Drive.

“Replacement of the current transmission line not only expands the capacity of our city’s water network, it provides improved service for our nearly 135,000 customers across Troy and the Capital Region,” said Chris Wheland, Troy Superintendent of Public Utilities. “The scope of operations associated with the water main replacement will require significant excavation and we are asking for patience from both residents and businesses as we conduct this important work to strengthen our existing water infrastructure system.”

Initial staging operations have already begun, with excavation work scheduled to begin Monday, March 27. Installation of the line will be conducted in stages to limit disruption to neighborhoods in the vicinity of the line replacement. City crews will make all efforts to ensure local traffic will have access to houses and properties where possible. Multiple road closures are expected, and residents and drivers are asked to seek alternate routes, observe all posted parking restrictions and traffic detours. Troy residents located in the work area will receive additional notifications on the project by mail.

A link is available on the City of Troy website – www.troyny.gov – to provide weekly updates to the project schedule and status. Residents with general questions regarding the water main replacement are asked to contact the Department of Public Utilities at (518) 237-0241.

GTM Payroll Services
Posted on 2017-03-24

GTM PAYROLL SERVICES RELEASES NEW ONLINE PAYROLL PLATFORM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

GTM Payroll Services announces the release of GTM iPay, a secure, online payroll platform designed for small businesses.

Accessible 24/7 from a desktop PC, tablet, or mobile device, GTM iPay allows clients to add and edit employees; securely access payroll data in real-time with the ability to add hours, account for overtime, tips, and time off; and generate payroll data reports, view payroll registers, and access tax returns at their convenience.

"Last year, we released our Human Capital Management solutions for larger businesses to help them manage applicants, benefits, time tracking, and more. GTM’s iPay product is designed with small business owners in mind that don’t have the time or staff to handle payroll responsibilities. iPay’s simplicity allows business owners or other staff to manage their payroll when it fits into their schedule, even after hours or from the road," says GTM Payroll Services Founder and CEO Guy Maddalone.

St. Paul's Center
Posted on 2017-03-23

Clean Out Your Closets For Charity

Paul’s Center, an emergency homeless shelter for mothers and children, located in Rensselaer, is accepting donations of gently- and never-used handbags, scarves and jewelry to be used in their July 25th event, “For the Love of Bags & Bling”.

“It is possible that the donation of a rarely-used designer bag could cover a child’s shelter, food and services for a week. Last year’s event raised enough money to cover the unreimbursed shelter expenses for five families of three – five moms and ten kids – for 40 days. That is significant,” explains Tracy Pitcher, the Center’s executive director.

“For the Love of Bags & Bling” is scheduled for Jul. 25 at the Zaloga American Legion Post on Everett Rd., 5:30-8:30pm. This event is a great girls’ night out and offers the opportunity to buy great items for between $1 and $75. Raffles and silent auctions include bags and accessories along with items donated by local businesses including movie tickets, spa treatments, and family activities. All proceeds benefit St Paul’s Center and the families who rely on them for shelter, services and support. To donated, contact 518.434.2910 or tpitcher@stpaulscenter.com or jpremo@stpaulscenter.com. For further information, visit www.stpaulscenter.com or the Center’s Facebook page.

CDPHP & CDTA
Posted on 2017-03-22

CDPHP and CDTA Partner on Capital Region’s First Bike-Share Program

CDPHP and CDTA have joined forces to launch the Capital Region’s first bike-share program. CDPHP Cycle! will premiere in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga and will offer the community a healthy and affordable mode of transportation.

“For more than 30 years, CDPHP has been committed to improving the well-being of the communities we serve. Today, we are furthering that commitment with the launch of CDPHP Cycle!, an exciting new project that offers our community a healthy new way to get around town,” said CDPHP President and CEO John D. Bennett, MD. “I am thrilled to announce this partnership with our friends at CDTA, which shares our mission of giving back to the community we call home.”

“We are excited to partner with CDPHP and welcome them as the title sponsor of our regional bike-share program,” said CDTA Board Chairman David M. Stackrow. “CDPHP Cycle! is not only an investment in our community, but an investment in the health and well-being of the people who live and work here. We are proud to offer another mobility option that helps residents explore the region.”

The popularity of bike-share programs has risen in recent years thanks to their success with connecting residents and tourists with local businesses. CDPHP Cycle! aims to attract new individuals to the area and showcase the Capital Region as an ideal place to live, work, and be entertained.

The program will provide 160 bikes distributed among approximately 20 bike stations. Details on the exact locations of the stations will be announced this summer.

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2017-03-21

TBC Ranked As A Top Mid Atlantic CPA Firm by Accounting Today

When Accounting Today recently released its 2017 Top 100 Firms Plus Accounting’s Regional Leaders list in mid-March, TBC happily found itself included in the Top Firms: Mid-Atlantic Area. Among the list of the top 35 firms in the areas that consist of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, was TBC in the 32nd slot and a 4.3% rate of growth over the past year. This was the first year TBC has been included in the annual report measured by firm revenue.

“I find it extremely positive that our Albany, NY firm is inching closer towards being a top contender in a region comprised of 19 New York City firms that are included on the nation’s top 100 list,” said TBC’s managing partner James Drislane. “It’s surreal and a testament to our growth.”

Nearing its fifth decade of client service, TBC has been serving thousands of businesses and individuals in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services, as well as other specialty services including pension administration services, employee benefit plan audits, estates and trust planning and administration, business valuations, forensic accounting and cost segregation studies. Over the last 45 years, the Firm has significantly grown its client base and looks to continue this trend, while continuing to provide the close, personal attention that the clients need.

One aspect of the Firm that has certainly changed is its size. Starting with only four employees, today it employs 95 associates, including 53 CPAs which is the most in any Capital Region public accounting firm. While the Firm has moved its physical location several times to accommodate the growing number of employees, the current staff all operate out of one office building located at 7 Washington Square – and there are no plans to change the headquarters.

The Firm’s commercial clientele includes real estate developers, construction contractors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service firms, automotive dealers, retailers, technology companies, and wholesalers among other businesses. To learn more about TBC’s history and its continued growth, the Firm’s website includes a timeline of its milestones at http://www.tbccpa.com/about/history.

Saratoga National Bank Earns 5-Star Rating
Posted on 2017-03-20

Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company was recognized in March as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm. Saratoga National has earned this designation for the past 32 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating indicates Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn 5 Stars, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability, according to Karen Dorway, President of BauerFinancial.

Based in Coral Gables, Florida, BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to neither rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may learn more at bauerfinancial.com.

CEO
Posted on 2017-03-20

STUDENTS FROM CEO’S YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM ATTEND ANNUAL YOUTHBUILD AMERICORPS CONFERENCE OF YOUNG LEADERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

                               

Troy, NY – March 15, 2017– This week, Troy residents Acharu Major and Shakirra Byrd, graduates of CEO’s YouthBuild program, joined more than 100 other young leaders in Washington, D.C. at the 29th Annual YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders and the YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day.

The YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps Conference of Young Leaders brings together more than 100 low-income young people from across the country to share their experiences with each other, develop leadership skills, and participate in service projects. Major and Byrd were selected to represent CEO’s YouthBuild as successful program graduates.

In addition to skill building workshops, conference attendees will elect the Young Leaders Council, which serves as a national policy making voice for current YouthBuild students. Participants will also meet with their local Congressperson on YouthBuild USA Capitol Hill Day to communicate the importance YouthBuild programs locally and nationwide. 

CEO’s YouthBuild is a workforce development program for young people ages 16 to 24 that offers job training, education and case management to assist participants in removing barriers to employment. Participants have the opportunity to complete their high school equivalency, while also learning construction skills and earning certifications that may help them find employment after the program. The program works closely with Habitat for Humanity Capital District and AmeriCorps, donating thousands of hours of community service throughout the Capital Region.  

Spring Line Design
Posted on 2017-03-20

Spring Line Design Architecture + Engineering (SLD) is pleased to welcome Emily Konick, E.I.T. to the firm as a Structural Engineer. Ms. Konick formerly worked as an Assistant Project Engineer at The Chazen Companies in Troy. She holds a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

SLD is one of the leading building envelope design consultants for architects and engineers in upstate NY. Founded in 2000 to create durable and healthy spaces and buildings which make the best possible use of a project’s available assets, SLD’s clients include federal and state government agencies, municipalities, architects, engineers, commercial businesses, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and historic places in the New York State "Tech Valley" region including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga; throughout upstate New York State, and the Berkshires. SLD is a NYS certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE).

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2017-03-15

The Capital Region’s Homebuyers Workshop & Expo

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Albany Marriott the experts at Homeowners Advantage, the mortgage subsidiary of CAP COM Federal Credit Union will present The Capital Region's Homebuyers Workshop & Expo from 1pm-4pm.

Learn from the experts!

Our expert speakers will be joined by fourteen exhibitors, including local Real Estate Agents, a Real Estate Attorney, Licensed Home Inspector and other related homebuying and home improvement companies.

This workshop is free to the public.

To register visit: https://www.capcomfcu.org/events/homebuyers-workshop-expo.html

Questions can be directed to: workshops@capcomfcu.org

 

College Bound Workshop

CAP COM Federal Credit Union's College Bound will host a workshop on April 13, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Rd.

High school freshman, sophomores, juniors and their parents are invited to learn valuable tips on college search, selection, applications, and building a smart financing plan. Special guest speaker: Dr. Dean Skarlis, The College Advisor of NY.

Thursday, April 13

6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road.

This is a free workshop open to the public. To register please visit:

https://www.capcomfcu.org/events/college-prep-workshop.html

Questions can be directed to: workshops@capcomfcu.org

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2017-03-15

KINDERHOOK BANK CORP. AND PATRIOT FEDERAL BANK ANNOUNCE PLAN TO MERGE

Kinderhook Bank Corp. (OTCQB: NUBK), the parent bank holding company of The National Union Bank of Kinderhook (“Kinderhook Bank”), and Patriot Federal Bank (“Patriot”) announced today that they have agreed to merge in an all-stock transaction. The proposed merger of these two strong community banks is subject to approval by regulatory agencies and the shareholders of Patriot and customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The combined organization would operate as Kinderhook Bank with 11 offices across five counties  and, based on financial results as of December 31, 2016, approximately $601 million in total assets,  $446 million in total loans and $521 million in total deposits.

Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Patriot would merge into Kinderhook Bank and Patriot shareholders would receive 0.300 shares of Kinderhook Bank Corp. common stock for each share of  Patriot Federal Bank common stock. Upon closing, Patriot shareholders will own approximately 29%  of the stock in the combined company, on a fully-diluted basis.

Patriot, headquartered in Canajoharie, NY, is a federally chartered savings institution organized in 2005. It serves customers in Montgomery and Fulton counties, NY, from offices in Amsterdam, Canajoharie and Johnstown, all of which would remain open after the merger and operate as Kinderhook Bank branches. The National Union Bank of Kinderhook is a 164-year-old independent community bank with offices in Albany, Chatham, Delmar, East Greenbush, Greenport, Kinderhook, Latham and Valatie, NY.

John A. Balli, president and chief executive officer of Kinderhook Bank, will serve as president and chief executive officer of the combined organization. He expects the majority of Patriot employees will be invited to become part of the Kinderhook Bank team, and the bank will continue its focus on providing the highest level of customer service.

“We believe that combining Kinderhook Bank and Patriot will create greater opportunities to serve our customers and communities, provide for more career options for employees, and offer enhanced returns for our shareholders,” Mr. Balli said.

“Patriot’s strong residential lending expertise complements Kinderhook Bank’s robust commercial lending business. Both are strong community banks that are a good fit financially, strategically and  culturally, and the combined organization will be able to offer larger lending limits, creating a bank with greater scale, product breadth and efficiency to compete more effectively and deliver strong returns to our shareholders.”

Kathleen J. Wolfe, president and chief executive officer of Patriot, said: “Combining with Kinderhook was a clear strategic choice for Patriot. Our customers and communities will benefit from the resources of a larger banking organization committed to serving local businesses and individuals. We believe our combined growth prospects are strong.”

Endicott Financial Advisors LLC served as financial advisor to Kinderhook and rendered a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction. Cranmore, FitzGerald & Meaney served as legal counsel to KBC. The Bank Advisory Group served as financial advisor to Patriot and rendered a fairness opinion. Hunton & Williams served as legal counsel to Patriot.

Community Care Physicians, P.C.
Posted on 2017-03-13

Community Care Physicians now offers medical care through its telemedicine iPhone app to anyone in New York State

Community Care Physicians, P.C. (CCP) now offers convenient, remote medical care through its new telemedicine app, VICA – Virtual Care.  The app went live on the App Store Feb 14, 2017 and is now available to download. VICA – Virtual Care can be used to access certified CCP health care professionals – including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners –in real time for urgent, acute medical issues using video chat on an iPhone. Patients of all ages, within New York State, can use VICA. You do not have to be a patient of Community Care Physicians to use VICA.

VICA can be used for common conditions that can safely be handled virtually without an in person visit, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal issues, flu, colds and coughs, rashes, UTIs, bug bites/ticks, headaches, pink eye and more.  VICA should not replace a patient’s visit with their primary care physician. The service is particularly useful for those who can’t make it to the doctor for care or have limited access to physicians. “We see patients that have urgent needs but live in remote locations, have no transportation or limited mobility, have high deductibles, or may just be too busy to leave work or home,” said Rommel Tolentino, MD, physician lead on the project and practicing physician at Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of Community Care Physicians. “VICA – Virtual Care allows people easier access to the medical care they need from a physician group in New York that they may know of and can trust. It’s efficient and cost effective and patients can save on wait and travel time.”

The process is quite simple. You first register for the app with your name, email, and phone number, and accept the terms of use. Next, when you require an appointment, you request a call from the concierge to schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you and the practitioner. The concierge also collects demographic and payment information. At the time of your appointment, you “start your session” with the VICA practitioner and have your appointment using your iPhone camera.  The visit is documented in CCP’s electronic health record. Any necessary prescriptions will be sent to the patient’s pharmacy of choice in New York and notes documenting the virtual visit will be sent to the patient’s primary care physician.

“Continuity of care is as important with VICA as it is in our physical offices,” said Dr. Tolentino.

Community Care Physicians started investigating telemedicine services five years ago and decided to build its own prototype in 2014. A year later, the company began beta testing its product. “Beta testing was very deliberate and controlled,” said Dr. Tolentino. “We worked with patients of our practice in Schodack, as well as with our business partners, such as CDPHP, to create a product we knew would improve access to care, be simple to use, and convenient for patients.”

CCP’s VICA app is different than other telemedicine services. First, it was designed and developed by Community Care Physicians under the guidance of its physicians, operations, finance, IT and branding/design teams. This allowed the company to eliminate features and functionality not relevant to its business, saving a tremendous amount of development time and cost. Second, VICA is staffed by local CCP practitioners, which is advantageous to people in New York receiving care. CCP has provided care to the greater Capital Region of NY for over 30 years and knows the area. This makes any necessary referral and follow-up easier for the local NY population. If you are already a patient of CCP, the VICA team can access your electronic health record. If you are not a patient of CCP, providers will gather the necessary information and coordinate follow up care. Due to physician licensing, only patients within New York State can use the app.

It is free to download VICA from the App Store and there is a $45 fee for the virtual visit, which is comparable to an Urgent Care copayment and much less than an ER visit. This service is currently not covered by most insurance companies. Hours of service are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, with extended hours possible based on patient demand. To use the app, you must have an iPhone 5 or newer with iOS 8 or newer and a reliable network connection. VICA will be available for Android within the next 6 months. CCP is also exploring integrating the app into its offices for follow up care for diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety and other chronic conditions.

Visit vicaccp.com for more information or search for “VICA Virtual Care” on the App Store.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2017-03-13

National Anthem tryouts set for April 8 at Crossgates Mall

The Tri-City ValleyCats are set to host their 7th Annual National Anthem tryouts at Crossgates Mall on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will be located on the lower level outside of Lord & Taylor.

Auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-go basis in front of a panel of judges who will be judging on the criteria of sound quality, stage presence, and song accuracy. Anthem performances can be done individually or as a group, and must either be acapella, or performed with a musical instrument that does not require power.

The top five finalists will have their performances videotaped, which will then be placed online for a fan vote. The top vote-getter will receive the opportunity to perform on one of the biggest nights of the year at "The Joe," such as Opening Night and the 4th of July, in front of an average crowd of 5,000+ fans! The rest of the finalists will be awarded the chance to sing at another night during the season.

Jaime Roberts, host of Jaime in the Morning on 98.3 TRY, will be the guest MC of the event.

Individual tickets for the 2017 season go on sale Monday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m.. The ValleyCats home opener is set for Wednesday, June 21, and they will be proud hosts of the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 15 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany; Catholic Central High School; United Way
Posted on 2017-03-13

VITA Tax Program Helps People of Low and Moderate Income 

Catholic Charities is part of the United Way's CA$H Coalition and participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program each year. Though this program, people get assistance from IRS-trained individuals to help file income taxes - free of charge. Accounting students from Catholic Central High School in Troy give up their time to make sure people are getting the most out of their tax filing, saving our clients hundreds of dollars. For more informationon the program, visit http://www.unitedwaygcr.org/tax-preparation.

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Posted on 2017-03-11

AGC of America Recognizes Consigli Construction Co., Inc. for Volunteer Work to Update Boston Marathon Attack Survivor’s Home
Group of Volunteers Made Marc Fucarile’s House Fully Accessible

At its annual national convention in Las Vegas, the Associated General Contractors of America recognized Consigli Construction Co., Inc. with the “AGC in the Community Award” for the company’s volunteer work to update a Boston Marathon attack survivor’s home in Reading, Mass. led by Superintendent Todd Flanders.

Flanders, who accepted the award on behalf of the company, led a group of volunteers from Consigli and several local subcontractors to fully renovate and update Marc Fucarile’s house so he would have access throughout.

“Community service is a fundamental part of who we are at Consigli so we’re truly moved by this recognition,” said Matthew Consigli, President of Consigli. “Our team of volunteers led by Todd were determined to make a remarkable difference in someone’s life.”

“This is a very special honor for me to accept this award on behalf of Consigli and I’m proud that we were able to help a member of our community,” said Flanders. “This award is very humbling and we’re grateful to all who worked to make sure Marc could have full access throughout his home.”

Fucarile lost his leg in the attacks on the Boston Marathon in 2013 and his house needed specific structural upgrades to allow him to move around his house. Improvements included a wheelchair lift in the garage, wide hallways, sliding doors, as well as specially designed closets and ramps.

The award is handed out every year as part of an initiative of AGC Charities Inc. and is designed to showcase the community service projects of AGC of America’s chapters and members. The awards recognize specific service projects that epitomize the essence of charitable giving, through actual hands-on service and donations to charitable organizations.

Aside from Consigli, several subcontractors worked on the home as well, including Marshall Roofing, S&F Concrete, Prime Steel, The New England Carpenter Training Fund, HVAC contractor C.P. Blouin, Youngblood Plumbing and Heating, John Kaupman Plumbing, Local 103, Gaston Electric, material supplier SRS/Heritage, New England Foam, Century Drywall, Pavilion Floors, DePaoli Mosaic, Allegheny Floors, N.E.R. Construction Management, Exquisite Landscaping, G&C Concrete and excavation contractor W.L. French.

SEFCU
Posted on 2017-03-11

SEFCU and Tyler Technologies, a software company that provides software and technology services to schools, visited students at the Arbor Hill Elementary on March 9 and delivered 450 donated books, as well as a new bookcase for each classroom (40+ bookcases). The donation supports the school’s efforts to encourage a love of reading from an early age.

Photos feature SEFCU President and CEO Michael J. Castellana and Ryan Smithson, Proposal Specialist, Tyler Technologies and Arbor Hill Elementary School students.

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Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2017-03-11

Partner Sarah Robinson is named to Forty Under 40 List

Sarah Robinson, a partner at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) has recently been named to the Albany Business Review’s list of 40 Under Forty. The award honors 40 professionals in the Capital Region who are under 40 years of age for their outstanding business achievements and community influences. To be eligible, candidates must live and do business in the Capital Region counties that the Business Review covers for business news.

Robinson, 38 years old, is the third TBC employee to receive this accolade since the program’s inception in 2000. As one of the 40 honorees selected by an advisory committee of business leaders, she will be honored on May 12th at the Albany Capital Center, Albany’s newest convention center.

“It is an honor to be included on a list of such an accomplished group of people who have received the award this year and in years past,” Robinson said. "I've been fortunate to be involved with two great organizations throughout my career. At both TBC and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY I've learned a great deal from the people I've worked with which has helped me become the professional I am today."

Robinson joined the Firm in 1999, after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from the College of Saint Rose. She passed the CPA exam two years later. “I have been incredibly lucky to work with people who allowed me to take on leadership roles on client engagements early on,” Robinson said in regards to her advancement to partner at TBC. By 2014, she was named a partner at the Firm and found herself in charge of many of TBC’s client engagements in the various areas of the business including employee benefit plan audits, automobile dealerships and not-for-profit audits. Outside of the office, she gives back to the community in a significant way by participating as a Board of Director, specifically serving as the Treasurer, for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

According to Mark Quandt, executive director of the organization, Sarah is a model board member. Quandt says, “Sarah chairs the Finance Committee and has overseen a restructuring of the Food Bank’s investments and assisting with creating a new investment policy.  She has acquired new sponsors and auction items for fundraising events and is a generous contributor and supporter of these events.  Sarah always makes herself available for consultation when needed, and is a highly respected voice in discussions at Board meetings.  The Regional Food Bank is very fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring person on its Board of Directors and serving as Treasurer of the organization.”

In addition to Robinson’s client work, she plays an important role in leading the Firm’s internal senior accountant roundtable to encourage younger staff’s growth through sharing of experiences and knowledge. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is involved specifically with the AICPA's employee benefit plan quality control center and internally, she sits on the firm’s employee benefit plan audit niche committee.

"Sarah is a very team-oriented, hard worker who never wants to be called out for individual success. It makes me very happy to see her being recognized in this special way,” said James Drislane, managing partner. "On behalf of everyone at TBC, I want to congratulate Sarah on this incredible honor. As one of the younger partners, she's a role model to others who want to become outstanding professionals and community leaders."

SEFCU
Posted on 2017-03-09

SEFCU provides opportunity for members to ‘Share the Love’ and help community organizations

As a means of celebrating Valentine’s Day with its members, SEFCU conducted a “Share the Love” campaign on Feb. 14, during which credit union employees randomly selected members and asked them to choose one of several community non-profits to which SEFCU would donate $100 in their name. The total donated in members’ names across the regions SEFCU serves was $14,000.

By region, donations were made as follows: 

Capital Region

Food Pantries for the Capital District:  $4,500

Homeless and Travelers Aid Society: $2,600

Albany Housing Authority:  $3,000

Total:  $10,100

Syracuse

Samaritan Center:  $600

Clear Path for Veterans:  $600

Total:  $1,200

Buffalo

Food Bank of Western New York: $300

Buffalo City Mission:  $300

Western New York Veterans Housing:  $600

Total:  $1,200

Binghamton

Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse:  $400

Southern Tier Veterans:  $1,100

Total:  $1,500

The Share the Love campaign was held as part of SEFCU’s Giving for Good program, through which SEFCU members can agree to donate a minimum of $1 per month to help support the credit union’s mission of improving the lives of people in its communities by providing financial support to community organizations.

SEFCU
Posted on 2017-03-06

SEFCU Members Donate $38,000 through Holiday Sharing Program

SEFCU members helped the credit union raise thousands of dollars during the 2016 Holiday Sharing Program, through which SEFCU raises funds to support community programs and activities in the regions it serves across New York State. This year, the members donated $38,000 of the total $160,000 raised by SEFCU employees and through the SEFCU corporate match.

“Our members clearly recognize that there are people right in their own neighborhoods who are struggling to obtain basic necessities, such as food, shelter and clothing,” said Kathy Lanni, SEFCU’s chief community officer.  “We are grateful that so many of our members supported our Holiday Sharing program, which allowed us to help more than 6,000 people throughout the Capital Region, Binghamton, Buffalo and Syracuse.”

Community Hospice & The Eddy
Posted on 2017-03-06

The Community Hospice, Eddy Visiting NurseAssociation, Palliative Care Partners Join for First Annual “Swinging on a Star Gala” Fundraiser 

The Community Hospice,Eddy Visiting Nurse Association (Eddy VNA), and Palliative Care Partners will host their inaugural fundraiser, “Swinging on a Star Gala,” Saturday, Apr. 1, 5:30 – 11 p.m., at the new Rivers Casino & Resort, 1 Rush St, Schenectady.

Liz Bishop, WRGB CBS 6 News anchor, will serve as mistress of ceremonies. The evening will feature cocktails and gaming at the casino, a mission auction, followed by a scrumptious cuisine dinner, with musical entertainment from The Refrigerators, and dancing. About 500 people are expected.

The Swinging on a Star Gala is the first event to be held at the new casino, and brings together two premier Capital Region events and longtime favorites – The Schenectady Hospice Gala, and Eddy VNA’s Cuisine Magic. Proceeds from the new event will support the expansion of palliative care services in the community.

Palliative care is a specialized medical care that helps relieve seriously ill patients of the symptoms, pain, and stress of living with a serious or chronic illness, such as cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS.

“Palliative care is the single, largest opportunity to improve health care for people living with serious illness and their families,” said Michelle Mazzacco, executive director and vice president of The Community Hospice, Eddy VNRA, and Palliative Care Partners. 

“There is mounting evidence that the addition of palliative care services results in less symptom distress, improved patient survival, and decreased family stress,” added Mazzacco. “Palliative care patients can experience a wide range of symptoms, including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and depression.”

An interdisciplinary team works together with the patient’s community physician to not only treat the pain and other symptoms, but to help patients and their families understand the illness and make informed decisions about care. Patients can benefit from palliative care at any age and at any stage of an illness. It is also provided along with curative treatment.

Tickets for the gala are $150 each. Black tie optional. For more information or to attend, please contact (518) 482-4433, or register securely online at www.SwingingOnAStarGala.org.

CSArch
Posted on 2017-03-06

AIA Design Awards: The New Center For Advanced Technology At Mohoansen And The Redesign Of Albany High School

CSArch proudly accepted two design awards at last night’s American Institute of Architects Eastern NY awards ceremony, which takes place each year at the Troy Arts Center to honor members’ excellent design work and contributions to the built environment.

Congratulations to our design team members and our clients involved in the newly constructed Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen and the redesign of the Albany High School!

THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AT MOHONASEN

Jury Comments: “The project illustrates a clear and concise program and organization within the structure. The jury was impressed by this project, as the intent is clear and the architectural expression is appropriate to the function of the program.” 

Photography Credit: Architectural Photography & Design, Inc.

THE REDESIGN OF THE ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL

Jury Comments: “The jury acknowledges the level of effort of a project of this magnitude including the difficulty and enormous program. The scale of the project is impressive and incorporating the existing building is a task within itself which the design team has done successfully.”

 
 
 
The Rosenblum Companies
Posted on 2017-03-06

Rosenblum Receives IMPACT Award

We are proud to announce that The Stakeholders, Inc. has selected The Rosenblum Companies as the organization’s 2017 Community IMPACT Award recipient in the “Sustainable Communities” category.  The Sustainable Communities award recognizes an individual, business or group project for demonstrating leadership or innovation in programs or principles that advance sustainability and environmental stewardship in the community.

The Rosenblum Companies was nominated for the IMPACT Award by Ecovative, Inc., a locally based biomaterials company.  Rosenblum was the first commercial landlord to utilize decorative MycoBoard™ and MycoFoam™ wall tiles manufactured by Ecovative in lieu of traditional artwork for its office buildings.

Read more about some of Rosenblum’s other sustainability efforts:

Based in Albany, New York, The Stakeholders is a not-for-profit organization that inspires and equips people to take positive action in their communities. Stakeholders, Inc. is a Regional Volunteer Engagement Center for a five-county region, as well as an affiliate of the National Points of Light Institute.

The IMPACT Awards were designed to recognize companies, organizations and individuals who have provided exemplary volunteer services in New York’s Capital Region.  The other 2017 IMPACT Award winners are:

  • Alan Lobel, Volunteer of the Year Award

  • L. Clifford VanWagner / Franklin Community Center, Outstanding Service Project

  • Kelsey Carr, Young Philanthropist Award

  • Thomas Rice, Community Mentorship Award

  • Mathew B. Tully, Esq., Everyday Hero Award

  • Hewitt’s Garden Center/ Capital Roots, Business-to-Nonprofit Partnership Award

  • Alana McNulty and Katrina Colby, Skills-Based Volunteerism Award

  • Informz, Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Albany County and Excelsior College, Community Partnership Award

  • Jillian Hirsch, Arts Ambassador Award

  • VETCON, Business-to-Nonprofit Partnership Award (Tully Rinckney, PLLC, Berkshire Bank, OGS Division of Service Disabled Veterans Business Development, Sandler Training, BST, Innovate 518, University at Albany School of Business, Veterans Services Project at Living Resources, American Red Cross)

The IMPACT Awards will be presented in a Hollywood-style ceremony on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, New York. Two hundred Capital Region business and community leaders are expected to gather to honor the 2017 honorees, starting at 5:30pm with a lavish networking cocktail party, followed by the Oscar-style award show at 6:30 pm. Hosted by Robert Clancy, owner of Spiral Design Studio and author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Soul, the ceremony will be enhanced by performances from area bands and other musical groups.

Wojeski & Company CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2017-03-03

Bousquet Promoted at Wojeski CPA Firm

Bousquet0021HIRESMichelle Bousquet has been promoted to senior staff accountant at Wojeski & Company CPAs, PC, where she is a member of the audit team responsible for attestation engagements including audits, reviews, compilations, and other agreed-upon procedures. The firm, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, provides audit, tax, and consulting services to a broad range of clients.

Bousquet first joined Wojeski & Company through its student internship program in 2014. She was later hired by the firm as a staff accountant after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from The College of Saint Rose. 

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Posted on 2017-03-02

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HIRES CONSIGLI TO BUILD NEW PERFORMANCE AND REHEARSAL COMPLEX AT TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER

Climate Control Space to Open in Summer 2019; Will Be Available to the Berkshire Community During the Off-Season

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has hired Consigli Construction Co., Inc. to build a brand new, four-building complex at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox. The new space will support the Center’s reputation as one of the premier music festivals in the world and will include a multi-use, multi-season four-building complex designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC).The complex will be the focal point of a new initiative, the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI), offering wide-ranging education and enrichment programs designed to enhance the patron experience. 

“Tanglewood’s new building complex represents a major milestone for the BSO as it furthers its commitment to the Tanglewood Music Center by providing a new state-of-the-art facility to match the extraordinary level of talent exhibited by the Fellows each summer,” said Mark Volpe, Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “In addition, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will introduce an exciting new venture by offering patrons an entirely new paradigm of education and enrichment programs, sure to expand the reach of the festival and bring welcome newcomers to the BSO’s famed summer home.”

“The opportunity to have a lasting impact on one of the world’s most influential institutions of culture is a humbling experience and a true honor,” said Anthony Consigli, CEO of Consigli. “We’re looking forward to building a state-of-the-art space for the entire Tanglewood community to enjoy for generations to come.”

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new building complex will be the largest building project at Tanglewood since the construction of Ozawa Hall built in 1994.

The largest building of Tanglewood’s new four-building complex will provide state-of-the-art space for rehearsal and concert activities accommodating an audience of up to 200; multi-media education and lecture programs with a seating capacity of up to 300; and a wide variety of social and dining events. 

Additional buildings include a 150-seat dining cafe, designed in part as a hub for visitors, TMC Fellows and Faculty, and TLI participants, and two smaller studios providing additional space for rehearsal, performance, educational, and social activities. Located on the Tanglewood grounds in close proximity to Ozawa Hall, this new highly sustainable building complex will be climate-controlled to accommodate use by the Berkshire community in the off-season.  

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2017-03-02

YWCA-GCR Receives $7,500 to Drive Out Hunger From DeNooyer Chevrolet and SEFCU

To celebrate its 45th Anniversary, DeNooyer Chevrolet partnered with SEFCU to make a difference for the hungry in our community, donating $45,000 to local rescue missions and food pantries. Each month a different organization is selected to receive the funds. In addition, members of the community are encouraged to donate to that organization through SEFCU's text to donate program. SEFCU then matches up to $4,500 of community donations.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. (YWCA-GCR) was the selected charity for November 2016 and received $7,500+.

"We are grateful to be one of the chosen organizations to benefit from the Drive Out Hunger Initiative made possible by DeNooyer and SEFCU in honor of DeNooyer's 45th Anniversary and SEFCU's many social responsible initiatives carried out annually. What a social responsible way to celebrate a business' success - responding to food insecurity throughout the Capital Region. With the support of DeNooyer Chevrolet's $4,500 donation, our community and SEFCU generous match in the month of November, 2016, YWCA-GCR will receive a generous $7500+ donation for our Weekly Community Meal and Food Pantry services. This will help us feed more diners and to provide more individuals and families with 3-day food packages. Thank you, DeNooyer Chevrolet, SEFCU, WTEN, and everyone that contributed to this initiative. Your passion and taking action to address a need in our communities is remarkable. Congratulations to DeNooyer Chevrolet on 45 years of business!" says Daquetta Jones, Executive Director of YWCA-GCR.

Click here to read the full press release on Drive Out Hunger. 

City of Troy
Posted on 2017-03-01

Mayor Madden Announces Selection of Bonacio Construction to Redevelop
One Monument Square

Mayor Patrick Madden announced that Bonacio Construction has been selected to redevelop the One Monument Square site, the 1.6 acre parcel located at the former City Hall site on River Street. The selected proposal seeks to construct a multi-screen movie theater in partnership with Bow Tie Cinemas to support the continued growth of Troy into an active 18-hour city.

Mayor Patrick Madden said “Following a thorough review and interview process the One Monument Square advisory group agreed to select Bonacio Construction as the preferred developer for One Monument Square. Their proposal to build a nine-screen cinema will strengthen our city’s growing economic resurgence while further boosting Troy as a regional destination in the Capital District. With an estimated 10,000 weekly visitors this exciting project will support our downtown restaurants and small businesses while helping to attract additional investment to our community. We are thrilled to partner with Bonacio Construction and Bow Tie Cinemas on this important redevelopment effort.”

Steven Strichman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development, said “Bonacio’s proposed development will restore the site as a hub of economic activity and contribute to the creation of an 18 hour downtown. The proposal is in conjunction with a 10th screen at the nearby American Theater and should be complete in time for the 2018 holiday season. The phased construction will be designed to allow for future expansion of additional commercial or residential floors.”
 
Joseph Masher, Chief Operating Officer of Bow Tie Cinemas and Troy native, said “We have been following the remarkable progress in downtown Troy, and are thrilled to be working with Bonacio Construction and the City of Troy on the concept of bringing a world-class luxury cinema operation to the Collar City. The project will be the first of its kind in the area, with reserved luxury electric recliner seating and full in-theater dining and beverage options.”

Larry Novik, Director of Business Development at Bonacio Construction, said “We appreciate the efforts of the Advisory Committee and the Mayor and are excited to get to work on bringing a luxury theater to downtown Troy. Through our previous projects with Bow Tie, we know first-hand, the excitement and activity that they bring to a downtown core, and how successfully that energy meshes with downtown residents, restaurants and retailers.”

Russ Brooks, owner of River King Development and review committee member, said “As a member of the review team, I was pleased with the process and the opportunity it afforded us to discuss the proposals in detail and ask appropriate questions. I feel, as did the rest of the team, that use of this site for a theater will be a great benefit for downtown and all of Troy.”

Tobi Saulnier, CEO and founder of First Playable and review committee member, said “Bowtie’s Theater at Monument Square will provide a new and exciting entertainment amenity that benefits our employees and residents, helps businesses attract talented staff and elevates Troy’s renaissance to a new level.”
 
Matthew Ammerman, co-founder and Global Client and Partner CTO at Apprenda and review committee member, said "Monument Square is a central point in Troy. We felt that the best use of the space is two-fold – give Troy residents a place to regularly congregate and utilize the riverfront as they always have, and give folks from surrounding areas another reason to come downtown and enjoy Troy: dinner and a movie with Troy's distinct flair."

In the coming weeks, the city will work with Bonacio Construction to negotiate a Land Development Agreement for approval by the City Council, outlining the terms of the transfer, which include a sale price, process for approvals, and scheduled public hearings. It is anticipated that this will come before the City Council Planning Committee in April, and that the Planning Commission will review the Site Plan in May and June, with construction anticipated to begin in late fall 2017.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2017-03-01

SAGE ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT
Christopher Ames, Ph.D. to serve at The Sage Colleges’ 10th President

Christopher Ames

The Sage Colleges named a new president on March 1, 2017 after a nine-month national search. Christopher Ames, Ph.D., provost of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, longtime literature professor, and published author, has been selected to lead Sage into its second century.

Sage faculty, staff, students, trustees and local alumni were invited to hear firsthand the announcement of Sage’s next president – and meet him in person. Although Ames does not assume the post until July 1, 2017, he traveled to campus for the announcement and meet and greet receptions on both campuses.

The announcements were made by Tip Simons, chair of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees, and current president Dr. Susan C. Scrimshaw, who announced in June 2016 that she will be stepping down at the end of her contract in June 2017.

"I am delighted that someone with Dr. Chris Ames’ extensive experience and dedication to students, faculty and community will be the next president of Sage,” said Scrimshaw.

ABOUT THE NEW PRESIDENT

Since January 2013, Ames has directed academic affairs at Shepherd University, a public liberal arts university, where he also oversaw the NCAA Division II athletic program. He led the Martinsburg Center initiative, a satellite campus serving working adults pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates. He has collaborated with the faculty on the creation of new programs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Master of Science in Data Analytics and Information Science, and new undergraduate degrees in Music Performance, Early Education, Engineering Science, and Health Promotion and Exercise Science.

“I’m fascinated by the institutional mix at Sage – a residential women’s college in Troy, a co-educational undergraduate campus in Albany, and thriving graduate programs,” Ames said. “Making sure those different elements complement one another and inform a Sage that is even greater than the sum of its parts – that is an opportunity that greatly appeals to me.”

Ames, who taught 20th century literature and film for 15 years at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, says, “I believe in the profound distinctiveness of the women’s college and in the spirit of social change and inclusion that motivated the original formation of women’s colleges.”

Prior to joining Shepherd, Ames served as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University, a private liberal arts college in Atlanta, and provost and dean at Washington College, a private, independent liberal arts college founded in 1782 in Chestertown, Maryland.

“I am a firm believer in liberal education, but I do not believe that the liberal arts should be sequestered into one world while professional programs are housed in another,” Ames said. “If we believe in the power of broad liberal education, we believe in having liberally educated nurses, accountants, therapists, and managers, as well as professionally prepared artists, designers and social scientists. Sage has been dedicated to pragmatic liberal education from its founding, and I am convinced those values will inform the institutions that thrive in the century ahead.”

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ames earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from Stanford University in Stanford, California. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute of Educational Management and the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar on Leadership.

Ames has published two books: The Life of the Party: Festive Vision in Modern Fiction (University of Georgia Press, 1991), which was republished in 2010, and Movies about the Movies: Hollywood Reflected (University Press of Kentucky, 1997).

Ames and his wife will relocate to the Capital Region in July. “We are excited about Troy and Albany as new places to explore but also a part of the country that very much feels like home,” said Ames, who grew up in River Edge, Bergen County, New Jersey.

February 2017 Member News

Capital Roots
Posted on 2017-02-27

Amy Klein of local nonprofit Capital Roots celebrates 20 years of providing innovative solutions to our region’s food challenges. In recognition of the growth and success of the organization under Klein’s leadership, the Board of Directors voted in January 2017 to change her title from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer.

“Over its four decades of service to the greater Capital Region, Capital Roots has grown so much in size, scope and complexity that the Executive Director’s job title no longer really describes what she does,” said Jean Gerbini, President of Capital Roots’ Board for the 2017 term.“‘CEO’ is a better fit, and Amy Klein, who has overseen the organization’s phenomenal successes for the past 20 years, is the right person to wear that title.”

Klein joined the nonprofit organization, (then Capital District Community Gardens) in 1996 as Executive Director. She was one of just two employees at the time, sharing a small office in the basement of an old brownstone on 8th Street in Troy. Under her leadership, the organization grew by leaps and bounds. The year she arrived, Capital Roots, or CDCG as many knew it, served the Troy community with community gardens and street tree plantings with a $66,000 budget. However, as her years with Capital Roots grew, so too did the organization’s offerings. Today Capital Roots serves hundreds of thousands of people in four counties through 12 distinct programs, providing neighbors with access to fresh, affordable and often local food.

“Amy’s tenure as the leader of Capital Roots has been transformative for the organization,” said Sharon Bedford, Capital Roots’ Board member since 1998, “and for our community and for me personally as a board member.”

Klein successfully manages a $2 million budget and a constantly growing organization today while at the same time building, maintaining and growing strong community partnerships. Innovation and calculated risks are the keys to her success. Klein developed the original model for mobile markets when she created the organization’s Veggie Mobile in 2007. This model of bringing fresh affordable food directly into communities lacking food security is now used nationwide across countless American communities.

Klein opened the doors to the Urban Grow Center in December 2014, Capital Roots’ innovative headquarters and regional food hub, a project 10 years in the making. The Urban Grow Center now channels the power of local agriculture for the social, economic, and physical benefits of the entire Capital Region and its 11-county food shed.

“I could never have imagined 20 years ago when I became a part of Capital Roots that this journey would be so personally rewarding and professionally transformative,” said Klein. “I feel blessed to work alongside a Board who provides leadership and gives the freedom to innovate, staff and volunteers who give so much of themselves to realize our mission, and supporters who have been willing to support each turn in the road that we have taken to achieve our goals. It has been a dream job that I hope to keep pursuing for many years to come.”

In addition to her leadership at Capital Roots, Klein is the founder and co-chair of the Capital Region Healthy Communities Coalition, a board member of Troy 20/20, member of the Capital Region Diabetes Task Force, and part of the Albany & Schenectady Strategic Alliance for Health, the Rensselaer County Wellness Committee and Troy’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Posted on 2017-02-27

ANNUAL ONE GIANT TRY IT! OFFERS FREE ARTS PROGRAMMING FOR ALL AGES

The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY has 14 studios, performance spaces and galleries, all of which will be open to the public on March 19, 12-3PM.

Adults and children alike can explore our art studios and engage in interactive workshops. ACCR studios are housed in historic 19 th century buildings, and overlook beautiful Downtown Troy at Monument Square. 

Throughout the day, friends and family will experience art making first hand. Join international performer extraordinaire Aaron Marquise in our Black Box Theater for an exclusive look at circus and performance art. Salsa your way into our dance studio and learn the basics of On-One Salsa with David Aloka and Vivian Wilson. Learn how to create and demo Tech Valley Game Space video games on a giant projection screen. Experience our expansive pottery studios and learn about ceramic arts, work with the wheel, and explore all things clay! Join teaching artist Jeanine Mitchell in our multi-purpose studio for the ultimate summer art camp preview.

Other interactive art mediums available include drawing, painting, jewelry, photography, and more! 

Instructors and staff will be available to talk about the Center’s classes for adults and summer camps for children and teens. Summer camps are one week immersions into a broad range of arts materials, processes and the imagination. This year the ACCR will also be featuring Creative Every Day from 1-2PM in our Main Gallery. Join Ira Marcks, comic book artist and author of Creative Every Day, as he tells the engaging, and surprisingly entertaining story of his background as an artist and educator. His best known comic book, Creative Every Day, gives
readers a peek into in the lives of 40 of the Capital Region’s most creative individuals.

During Try It! the Center is offering an additional 10% discount on all summer classes and camps with opportunities to win a free camp or class or membership.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2017-02-24

Rubin Community Fellows Program seeking applicants for grant funding

The Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program is now accepting applications for grant funding to support nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Rensselaer County by partnering with local institutions.

Programs considered for grant funding should work toward strengthening the ability to effectively serve the needs of the people of Rensselaer County. Preliminary applications are due March 15, 2017, with final proposals due April 15.

To learn more about the annual grant program and how to apply, go to: sage.edu/rubin or e-mail rubinfellowship@sage.edu.

Now in its 27th year, The Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program is a cooperative venture of The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, and participating agencies of Rensselaer County. The program is administered by The Sage Colleges under the auspices of the Provost’s Office.

Rubin grant recipients for 2016-2017 were:

Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program, Inc. (TRIP)
Rehabilitating a vacant lot across from the front door of Public School 2 in Troy to create an outdoor classroom while simultaneously eliminating an eyesore from the neighborhood.
Rubin Fellow:
Amy E. Kiley, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Preparation, Hudson Valley Community College

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region
Developing a capstone program for the members of the YWCA-GCR patterned after the successful Signature capstone program at Emma Willard.
Rubin Fellow:
Jon Calos, Instructor and Chair, Science Department, Emma Willard School

Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Posted on 2017-02-22

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEADS CENTER OF GRAVITY IN NEXT PHASE OF MANUFACTURING INNOVATION
Holly Cargill-Cramer Caps Career in Tech, Education, Nonprofit
Management & Public Affairs

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The Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) has entered its next phase of growth this year with new leadership, a major manufacturing grant and an official designation as a certified business incubator.

In mid-January, Holly Cargill-Cramer became executive director of TVCOG, taking over the reins from Thomas Tongue, who will continue to serve the organization in the volunteer role of president.

"It takes most new not-for-profit organizations five to ten years to achieve milestones that Tech Valley Center of Gravity reached in its first three," said Cargill-Cramer. "This organization was birthed by passionate volunteers with extensive experience in technology, manufacturing and entrepreneurship for whom building this organization has been a part-time job. They recognized the need to bring in professional management to continue the growth trend, while allowing
them to step back and focus on strategy."

Cargill-Cramer brings to the fast-growing makerspace more than 25 years of experience in communications and nonprofit management. She has held management roles in higher education and regional organizations, including The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill), the New York State Restaurant Association and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Most recently she served as senior association management team leader at
Association Development Group (ADG), an association management company
in Albany, N.Y. that provides all manner of professional assistance to organizations. At ADG, Cargill-Cramer specialized in revitalizing challenged organizations and transitioning organizations from volunteer management to professional management.

In addition to tightening management structure, Cargill-Cramer's focus at TVCOG will be to increase the organization's visibility, forge new community and professional relationships with the organization, and develop programs to engage the members and develop a leadership structure. Since its founding in Dec. 2012, TVCOG has nearly 500 members on the roll.

A TECH VALLEY CAREER COMES FULL CIRCLE

Nearly 20 years ago, Cargill-Cramer's friend and former boss at the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Wally Altes coined the "Tech Valley" moniker to market the greater Capital Region as a high tech competitor to Silicon Valley and Boston.

"People laughed at the name 'Tech Valley' back then," she said. "Nobody's laughing at it today."

For Cargill-Cramer, her new position feels like completing a circle that began with the chamber at the birth of the Tech Valley movement, moved through multiple not-for-profit and education organizations, then brought her to an organization that epitomizes the Tech Valley idea conceived in that board room so many years ago. She brings with her all the professional experiences and relationships she garnered along the way.

Though the makerspace environment is a new setting for her, Cargill-Cramer is no stranger to the technology and innovation field. In 2006, as director of communications and public affairs at SUNY Cobleskill, Cargill-Cramer secured a $1.35 million appropriation via the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy for development of a Waste to Energy (W2E) gasifier that creates "clean" energy from animal manure. The $1.32 million appropriation was the first for SUNY Cobleskill and the SUNY System’s first Defense Department appropriation. It was followed in the two successive years with additional appropriations totaling over $6 million.

TVCOG RAPID PROTOTYPING CENTER

Among her responsibilities as executive director, Cargill-Cramer will be helping to cultivate the next big idea in technology, manufacturing and entrepreneurship through programing such as the TVCOG's hackathon series and its recently announced Rapid Prototyping Center.

This December, TVCOG was awarded $75,000 to establish the region's first Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) through the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund, which is administered by FuzeHub as part of its role as the Empire State Development (ESD) designated statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center.

The Rapid Prototyping Center will give regional manufacturers and startups access to professional manufacturing equipment that would typically be out of reach for a startup or small company. Equipment will include a CNC router table, a vacuum forming machine, a large laser cutter and a plasma cutting table.

Robert Hirsch, an engineer in the field of mechatronics, said the Rapid Prototyping Center will allow him to spend more time on design and less time on hand making components for his clients.

"The automated machines that will be available to me through the Rapid Prototyping Center will improve the products that I make, but it also means I can build things that I could never make before by hand," said Hirsch, whose Troy-based Shandor Engineering is one of five companies that have committed to using the RPC in its first year after completion. "The RPC lets me make lighter, more intricate and complicated parts that will look far more professional than what I make now through hand machining."

Hirsch also notes that the RPC may give rise to new small scale manufacturing in upstate New York, for companies that need to make only a few hundred parts rather than thousands or millions of parts (a quantity at which it becomes more economical to outsource abroad). Smaller scale local manufacturing through the RPC might also appeal to companies with a high end product (and therefore a higher profit margin) or those companies with a social justice aspect, which is becoming more popular, he said.

The four other companies committed to using the RPC in its first year are: One Husdon, Beckmann Engineering, Self Array, and Axiom North America, LLC. As many as 20 companies per year will have access to the Center's equipment in the future.

TVCOG NOW NYS CERTIFIED BUSINESS INCUBATOR

The TVCOG was recently designated as a New York State Certified Business Incubator, under a program administered by Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). That program provides up to $125,000 annually for five years to expand and scale incubation services for early stage companies.

Companies in the TVCOG incubator program that need to make a physical prototype can engage with the TVCOG's Rapid Prototype Center.

A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

While the RPC and incubators are focused on business and innovation, Cargill-Cramer said the TVCOG will continue to develop as a makerspace for creative collisions and encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle.

"Makerspaces are not just places where people build things to sell or try to manufacture or get a patent on, they're also places to play with technology, be creative, collaborate, repair and extend the life of things," she said. "Here, you can learn to continue the useful life of things that we might normally throw in the trash then go out and buy a new one."

All of the programs at TVCOG work together to create more reasons for people to live, work and play in this area, said Cargill-Cramer who intends to take each of the TVCOG's Zero To Maker classes to learn how each and every machine works.

DeCrescente Distributing Company
Posted on 2017-02-21

Three DeCrescente Employees Achieve the Rank of Certified Cicerone®

DeCrescente Distributing Company is proud to announce that employees William Ramsey, Marcus Harnichar, and Michael Read have earned the title of Certified Cicerone®. Ramsey, Harnichar, and Read now make a total of 12 people who have successfully completed the training program at DeCrescente Distributing to become Certified Cicerones.

“I am extremely proud of these folks and what they have accomplished,” said C.J. DeCrescente, president of DeCrescente Distributing Company. “The test is very difficult and few people pass their first time.”

In the beer industry, the Cicerone Certification Program is a comprehensive testing curriculum that provides a measureable means of designating the expertise of an individual in regards to every facet of beer. Certified Cicerone is the second level of certification. Those who achieve this certification have a solid and well-rounded knowledge of beer and beer service as well as basic competence in assessing beer quality and identity by taste. The four-hour Certified Cicerone exam includes written, tasting, and demonstration portions. A grade of 80 percent overall and at least 70 percent on the tasting portion are required to pass.

“We invest heavily in education,”added DeCrescente. “From putting all our beer salespeople through their Level 1 Certified Beer Server exam to funding any employee who wishes to take the Level 2 Certified Cicerone exam. We also have our own in-house brewery that is strictly used for educational purposes.”

There are 2,740 Certified Cicerones in the world and approximately 150 in New York State. DeCrescente Distributing is honored to have taught 12 of these Certified Cicerones, further demonstrating their established credibility in the beer industry and their continued commitment to superior customer service.

For more information about the Cicerone Certification Program, please visit: https://cicerone.org/

AAA Hudson Valley
Posted on 2017-02-21

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CDPHP
Posted on 2017-02-17

2017 Race Registration is Now Open
Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany, Vanderheyden to benefit

The race is on! Now is the time to sign up for the 2017 CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge.

Registration is open for the annual 3.5-mile road race, which takes place at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Participants are encouraged to sign up early, as the race will be limited to 10,000 registrants.
The event is much more than a race. It brings together people of all fitness levels from Capital Region businesses and organizations for an evening of entertainment, camaraderie, and healthy fun.

Most importantly, the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge serves as a fundraiser, not only for the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC), which organizes the race, but for local nonprofits chosen by the club. This year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and Vanderheyden will receive funding support.

Participants are invited to donate to the charities of choice when they register. With an anticipated sold-out race, organizers point out that even a small gesture can make a big impact. For example, if each registrant donates $2 to the charities, it could potentially raise $20,000!

Donations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany will benefit the organization’s Healthy Habits and Positive Sprouts program, which teaches club members healthy eating habits as youth grow their own produce and use it to prepare healthy snacks and well-balanced meals. The program is aimed at reducing childhood obesity and offers lifelong lessons that youth will share with family and friends.

Vanderheyden will use the donations to create Sanctuary Trails, a natural retreat nestled among the 80 wooded acres of the organization’s Wynantskill property. The trails will provide a quiet place for users to take a meditative walk and enjoy numerous fitness activities, such as hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and more. It will be available for public use.

The race also helps underwrite many of HMRRC’s activities and offerings, including college scholarships, grants, free races for members, and the Just Run® Program, which encourages grade school children to run for exercise and fun.
Participants are encouraged to share their experiences – pre-race, day of, and post-race – on the CDPHP Facebook Event page and on Twitter and Instagram using #WorkforceChallenge.

Express Scripts
Posted on 2017-02-17

Express Scripts Named one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies of 2017

Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) was recognized today by Fortune Magazine as one of the World's Most Admired Companies within the Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services category.

"Express Scripts is honored to be named one of the World's Most Admired Companies," said Tim Wentworth, CEO and President, Express Scripts. "This recognition is driven by the commitment and passion of our 26,000 employees to make medicine more affordable and accessible for the 85 million people we serve."

In partnership with the Hay Group, Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies list is based on surveys from 680 companies across 28 countries. To establish the rankings, company executives, board directors and outside analysts were asked to rate companies on nine criteria, including innovation, social responsibility and quality of products and services. 

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2017-02-16

VALLEYCATS ANNOUNCE 2017 BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAYS!

Former Yankee great Ron ‘Louisiana Lightning’ Guidry, and nation’s leading thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Brown will be this year’s bobbleheads

The Tri-City ValleyCats have announced which bobbleheads they will be giving away during their 2017 All-Star Season, and the first will take place on July 18, “Dark Tuesday: Track Night,” as the ‘Cats pay tribute to the nation’s leading horse trainer, 2016 Eclipse Award Winner and Mechanicville native Chad Brown.

The second bobblehead giveaway will take place on Monday, July 31, “Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night,” which will recognize Ron Guidry’s famous rehab start for the Albany-Colonie Yankees on July 23, 1986.

Also known as ‘Louisiana Lightning,’ Guidry played his entire 14-year career with the New York Yankees, was a four-time All-Star (‘78 - ‘79, ‘82 - ‘83), two-time World Series champion (‘77 - ‘78), AL Cy Young Award winner (‘78), and five-time Gold Glove Award winner (‘82 - ‘86).

On July 23, 1986, Ron Guidry made a rehab start at Heritage Park in Colonie, where over 14,000 spectators came to witness. With a stadium capacity of 8,000, fans stood wherever possible, even being allowed to stand on the warning track of the field itself.

Chad Brown, born and raised in Mechanicville, NY, has quickly ascended to the top of the thoroughbred horse trainer rankings, capturing the 2016 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer

A graduate of Mechanicville High School and Cornell University, Brown won his first horse race at Saratoga Race Course in 2008. This past summer, eight years later, he broke the track record with 40 winners. Brown has now saddled over 1,000 winning horses, including eight Breeder’s Cup winners, and has amassed over $95 million in career earnings.

Individual tickets for the 2017 season won’t go on sale until April 3, but fans can guarantee themselves a bobblehead through the purchase of a Heritage Series or Uncle Sam Mini Plan package. Both include tickets to six of the ValleyCats best games of the season, with the Uncle Sam Plan coming with the July 18 game, and the Heritage Plan the July 31 game.

For more information, visit the ValleyCats website at tcvalleycats.com, or call 518-629-CATS. Opening Day for the ValleyCats 2017 season is set for Wednesday, June 21 vs. the Lowell Spinners.

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Posted on 2017-02-16

HUMANE SOCIETY LEADERS TAPPED TO VISIT PUERTO RICAN SHELTER
Sister Shelter Project aims to provide support for overburdened shelters

While Puerto Rico is part of the United States, its extreme stray animal problems are a world away from ours. Tens of thousands of dogs roam the streets dodging cars and living under dumpsters. There is a 95 percent euthanasia rate for the dogs and cats entering shelters. For years, animal advocates in Puerto Rico have been trying to cope with the neglect, cruelty and massive stray animal population, where spay/neuter is not widely practiced, but animal abandonment is.

In 2015 the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the government of Puerto Rico launched a Humane Puerto Rico initiative aimed at addressing these problems. The Sister Shelter Project is an outgrowth of this initiative and next week nine animal welfare groups on the island will be paired with representatives from leading shelters across the U.S. to establish relationships that will provide ongoing mentorship, guidance and moral support. Among them are representatives from Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

On Monday, February 20, Brad Shear, MHHS president and CEO, and Todd Cramer, VP for operations, will travel to Penuelas Puerto Rico to spend two days with the staff of Animal Rescue and Protection Services Inc., a shelter that provides emergency and rescue services. Their mission: “ … rescue and protection of stray dogs thus saving them from a certain death on the streets of Puerto Rico.”

As HSUS Emergency Placement Partner members, MHHS leaders were selected from a network of over 285 shelters and rescues nationwide for their expertise and broad knowledge base in areas that will be of great benefit to the Puerto Rican shelters. MHHS has been able to reduce euthanasia by over 70% in the past 10 years and has built two low-cost spay/neuter clinics, in addition to developing a robust humane education program – all strategies and experiences that could help its sister shelter.

“Animal shelters in Puerto Rico face serious challenges. They are handling a tremendous number of animals and have limited funding. We are looking forward to working with our sister shelter to share our knowledge and give them the guidance they need to improve the lives of animals on the island,” said Shear.

Linium Recruiting
Posted on 2017-02-16

Linium Recruiting Wins Prestigious Industry Recognition: Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing® Client Award

 Fewer than 2 percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada are recognized

Linium Recruiting, the Capital Region’s leading professional staffing agency serving industries ranging from IT, science and engineering to health care, accounting and sales, announced today that it has won the prestigious Inavero's Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to its clients. 

Linium obtained satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 94 percent of its clients – significantly higher than the average winner’s score of 68 percent, and well above the industry average of 29 percent.  Fewer than 2 percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada earned the Best of Staffing® Award for service excellence.

Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.5 times more likely to be completely satisfied with services provided, as compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

“Delivering impeccable client service is more than a marketing slogan. At Linium Recruiting, it is part of our DNA,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Director, Upstate New York for Linium Recruiting. “This prestigious award is testament to the passion and commitment of an exceptional team that truly loves what it does: helping an outstanding group of clients hire world-class professionals to grow their businesses.”

“Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I’m proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”

Over the past decade, Linium has assisted more than 250 Capital Region companies in recruiting and hiring over 3,000 employees. Its expertise is also reflected in its exclusive Linium Hiring Index, a quarterly survey that is recognized as the region’s premier measure of the technology job market.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2017-02-16

YWCA OF THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION, INC. RECEIVES $7,500 TO DRIVE OUT HUNGER FROM DENOOYER CHEVROLET AND SEFCU

o celebrate its 45th Anniversary, DeNooyer Chevrolet partnered with SEFCU to make a difference for the hungry in our community, donating $45,000 to local rescue missions and food pantries. Each month a different organization is selected to receive the funds. In addition, members of the community are encouraged to donate to that organization through SEFCU’s text to donate program. SEFCU then matches up to $4,500 of community donations. YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. (YWCA-GCR) was the selected charity for November 2016 and received $7,500.

“We are grateful to be one of the chosen organizations to benefit from the Drive Out Hunger Initiative. The initiative was made possible by DeNooyer Chevrolet in honor of their 45th Anniversary Celebration in partnership with SEFCU and WTEN. What a social responsible action to take to celebrate a business success - responding to food insecurity throughout the Capital Region. With the support of DeNooyer Chevrolet’s $4,500 donation, the support of our community and SEFCU generous match in the month of November, YWCA-GCR will receive a generous $7500+ donation for our Weekly Community Meal and Food Pantry services. Thank you, DeNooyer Chevrolet, SEFCU, WTEN, and everyone that contributed to this initiative. Your passion and taking action to address a need in our communities is remarkable. Congratulations to DeNooyer Chevrolet on 45 years of business!,” says Daquetta Jones, Executive Director of YWCA-GCR.

YWCA-GCR is one of the area’s largest providers of supportive transitional and permanent housing to both homeless single women and women with children. Supportive housing has been proven to be the most effective method of reducing homelessness when coupled with supportive services that target specific needs. The organization provides 94 on-site supportive housing units and ten family apartments scattered throughout the community. The goal of YWCA-GCR is to surround its residents with 360° of Support—a range of services customized to address each woman’s individual needs. The supportive services are available to residents and community members and utilized through My Sister’s Closet, the Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work “Employment Training” Program, the Jamison-Rounds Ready for School Program and our food pantry and a weekly community meal. In addition, the organization provides homeless prevention and case management services to Rensselaer County residents facing eviction.

Mosaic Associates Architects
Posted on 2017-02-15

MOSAIC ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES

Mosaic Associates Architects announces the hiring of Rebecca Bruno and Alyssa DeMento as architectural designers.

Alyssa DementoDeMento is a recent graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Currently, she is working on projects for First National Bank of Scotia and assisting with a project at SUNY New Paltz.

 

Rebecca BrunoBruno is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and is currently working on projects for the YWCA in Troy and for the Troy City School District.

 

 

 

Gavant Software
Posted on 2017-02-14

Gavant Moves Into New Office Space

Gavant Software is excited to announce the recent relocation of the company headquarters. Previously located in a suite on the 2nd Floor of the Historic Rice Building in Downtown Troy, Gavant will now occupy the entire 5th Floor. Having seen considerable growth since 2013, the custom software firm quickly outgrew its office space on the lower floor, necessitating the move. While other locations in the Capital Region were considered, the Rice building ultimately afforded the best fit. Starting business in 2002, Gavant has been a tenant in the Rice Building since the company's inception. 

"I'm excited and proud to keep our company in the Rice Building. There's a rich history here; not only in the building but in Troy itself. The city is playing a big part in the revitalization of the region and I'm eager to remain a part of it,"€ says Jon Kloptosky, Gavant's founder and President.

With nearly double the space of the previous location, the 5th Floor provides room enough for the tech company to grow staff by more than 50%. Per Kloptosky, "This new office offers ample opportunity for growth. I look forward to what the next few years will bring.â€"

For a look at the new office space, you can explore the photo album posted on Gavant's Facebook page. Additional inquiries can be directed via email to info@gavant.com or via phone to (518) 273-2880.

Community Care Physicians, P.C.
Posted on 2017-02-13

Community Care Physicians, P.C. and CapitalCare Medical Group, LLC Announce Consolidation

Community Care Physicians, P.C. and CapitalCare Medical Group, LLC today announced their intent to consolidate to form a clinically integrated, independent medical system. The consolidated clinical service will improve access and enhance the patient experience. Care for the patients of each organization will be uninterrupted, as the practitioners and locations will not change.

Community Care Physicians is currently the largest independent multispecialty medical group of the Capital Region, with 1200 employees, including over 270 practitioners, and over 20 different medical specialties. CapitalCare, also a multispecialty medical group, has 650 employees, including 130 practitioners. The independent physician model is the key to achieve the quadruple aim of improving the patient experience, the health of the population, the health of practitioners and employees, and also controlling the total cost of care.  

“We share a vision for the future of healthcare. Our goal has always been to remain independent and continue to focus on what’s in the best interest of our patients,” said Shirish Parikh, MD, MBA, FACR, Founder, Chairman, CEO of Community Care Physicians. “This consolidation will enhance our delivery of top-quality, coordinated patient care by integrating the strengths of both medical groups.”

“The healthcare landscape is changing,” says Joan Regan Hayner, CEO of CapitalCare. “We are facing increasing downward pressure on cost, while facing lofty goals on improved outcomes. We wanted to see what our opportunities were to gain synergies, improve operational efficiencies and, at the same time, improve the patient and practitioner experience through collaboration.” 

Community Care Physicians and CapitalCare will create significant value by bringing together complementary capabilities. CapitalCare offers 10 different medical specialties, with the majority of practitioners in primary care. The organization has specialties not offered within Community Care Physicians, such as adult neurology, sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, nephrology, and developmental pediatrics. Community Care also has a focus on primary care, but offers a broader base of services, with over 20 different specialty services. The consolidation will deliver a greater array of services to patients and improved access. After the consolidation, the organization will offer: internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, developmental pediatrics, urgent care, medical imaging, audiology, behavioral health, bariatric medicine, dermatology, diabetes education, endocrinology, general surgery, hematology, interventional radiology, medical nutrition therapy, medical oncology, ob/gyn, occupational medicine, adult and pediatric neurology, nephrology, physical therapy, plastic surgery, podiatry, pulmonary and sleep medicine, radiation oncology, sports medicine, urology, vascular surgery, lab, and wellness services.

Community Care Physicians and CapitalCare Medical Group share many similarities within their organizations already.  Both are multispecialty medical groups that have been longstanding organizations in this community; Community Care Physicians was formed over 30 years ago and CapitalCare 19 years ago. Physicians of each organization have been providing care in this community for decades and each group has been recognized as a Top Workplace in the area as well as “Better Performing Practices” by the Medical Group Management Association. Both medical groups use Allscripts electronic health record and the FollowMyHealth patient portal solution. Community Care Physicians and CapitalCare are focused on innovating to improve the patient experience and provide greater access points for patients. In some offices, CapitalCare implemented TeleCare, a technology that assists practitioners by using nurse scribes through monitors in the exam rooms. Community Care Physicians recently launched a new telemedicine app for iPhone called VICA - Virtual Care, which is moving from its beta phase and will be released soon and available to patients throughout New York State.

“It has become very evident through the course of our discussions that each organization has been highly successful and our goal in the consolidation is to incorporate the best that each of our organizations has to offer to truly create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts,” says Ms. Hayner.

Once consolidated, the medical group will be governed by physicians from Community Care Physicians and CapitalCare Medical Group. Dr. Shirish Parikh will serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board and Joan Hayner will be President and Chief Operating Officer.

At this time, Community Care Physicians and CapitalCare Medical Group anticipate no changes in their workforce. Over the coming months, the medical groups will work collaboratively to finalize details of the consolidation. There is no definitive date set for becoming one organization. Additional details will be forthcoming. 

Erdman Anthony
Posted on 2017-02-12

Erdman Anthony Hires Jacob Rourke

thumbnail RourkeErdman Anthony has hired Jacob Rourke as an electrical engineer in the facilities engineering and design services core business in the Albany office. Rourke has a Bachelor of Science degree in energy engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. The Gansevoort resident is certified as a LEED® Green Associate™.

Rourke will be a key member of the Albany office team, which provides full-service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services. The Albany office, located at 11 Century Hill Drive in Latham, is celebrating its 20th year in the area as an award-winning multidisciplinary infrastructure engineering firm.

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2017-02-09

KINDERHOOK BANK HIRES VALERIE S. COOPER, COMMERCIAL PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Kinderhook Bank Corp., (OTCQB:NUBK) the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, has appointed Valerie S. Cooper as Commercial Portfolio Manager in their Latham office according to Senior Vice President, Lee Carman.

“Valerie brings very strong underwriting and credit analyst skills to our growing commercial lending team at Kinderhook Bank”, said Carman.  “Along with her credit administration and business relationship experience in the Capital Region and in Massachusetts, we will continue to help businesses expand and grow in the Albany market”, Carman added.

Cooper most recently worked for Citizens Bank in Albany, NY as a Business Credit Services Officer and previously held positions with Merrill Lynch, Guardian Loan Company of Massapequa, Inc. and Citizens Bank of Massachusetts.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and currently resides in Clifton Park with her family.

CSArch
Posted on 2017-02-09

CSArch Announces Retirement of Founding Principal/President Randolph Collins; Current Executive Principals to Co-Lead

CSArch, a leading architecture and engineering firm based in Albany and Newburgh, New York, announced today the retirement of Randolph J. Collins AIA, the firm's president and founding principal.  His retirement will take effect April 1, 2017. The current members of the firm's Board of Directors, Daniel Woodside, AIA LEED AP, Richard Peckham, AIA, and Thomas Ritzenthaler, AIA, will co-lead the business moving forward. 

"I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people in our industry and to collaborate with many long-term clients who are dedicated to making an impact," said Collins.

Since co-founding the firm in 1991 with Paul Scoville, Collins has led the strategic planning, marketing, and business development efforts of the firm and has been responsible for human resources and the construction management division. His vision has been instrumental in bringing innovative project delivery methods to public school clients and opening the door for alternative energy solutions to take root on campuses and in communities. He has also served for several years on local, state, and national boards of the American Institute of Architects. 

Today the firm employs more than 80 professionals with an impressive portfolio of significant education, corporate, and civic projects. This past November marked the firm's 25TH year in business, a milestone anniversary celebrated during one of the firm's most successful years in its history.

"The timing is right," said Collins. "The firm is really flourishing. We have a healthy project volume with some very exciting work on the boards and in the pipeline. We have a breadth of talented and capable staff in place, and I am confident CSArch will continue to provide the excellent service and high quality built environments our clients have come to expect."  

Woodside, Peckham, and Ritzenthaler have each been leaders at the firm for well over 10 years and have longstanding relationships with company clients and employees. They will continue to remain involved in projects and maintain their responsibilities in the firm's human resources, financial management, and marketing and business development efforts.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Randy over the past 20 years, and I look forward to seeing what his next chapter brings, said Woodside, referencing Collins' plans to pursue his personal passion for organic farming.  "Randy's unwavering commitment to CSArch and our clients have positioned us well for future success in the years to come." 

St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2017-02-09

First Recipients of Siena-Eddy Nursing Scholarships Announced

Siena College and The Eddy, the Continuing Care Division of St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), announce the first recipients of the joint full-tuition scholarship established last fall to encourage registered nurses who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing and are interested in the increasingly important field of population health.

Tiffany Maben of Albany and Nancy Watrous of Stuyvesant are both recipients of The Margaret Krause and Siena College Nursing Scholarship, which is funded through a unique partnership between The Eddy and Siena’s new Baldwin Nursing Program.

Maben currently works at the Eddy Visiting Nurse Association (Eddy VNA) in Troy;

Watrous is employed at the Eddy VNA in Catskill. They’re beginning their nursing studies at Siena this month.

While the initial scholarship was intended to grant one award, the scholarship selection committee members felt strongly that both nurses should receive the inaugural scholarship.

“We were very impressed with the evenly matched applications of both of these nurses, and the committee opted to select both candidates,” said Lisa. M. Flack, DNS, director of Siena’s Baldwin Nursing Program. “We wish them all the best as they continue their nursing education.”

As recipients of the scholarship, Maben and Watrous will be required to continue working full-time for three years after graduation at Eddy VNA or another Eddy organization, such as Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, The Community Hospice, or one of The Eddy nursing homes, which provide long-term care and short-term rehabilitation.

“Our Eddy nurses work more independently, often delivering care right in a patient’s own home, and therefore the broader range of clinical skills a BSN provides is important,” said Kim Baker, CEO of The Eddy and vice president of Continuing Care for SPHP.  “In addition, we find that RNs with their nursing baccalaureate are well prepared to lead teams, share what they’ve learned with others and move up into management positions.”

The scholarship program is named, in part, after Margaret Krause, the longtime president of The Eddy Board of Directors.

All RNs are encouraged to apply in the future for this scholarship that will be awarded annually. Qualified applicants from St. Peter’s Health Partners, the region’s largest health system, will be given first consideration, especially those who work for The Eddy.  Applications can be found at www.siena.edu/nursing. The application due date for the next scholarship is March 6, 2017.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2017-02-08

Gift from Hearst Foundation to Benefit Hudson Valley Community College’s Proposed Advanced Manufacturing Center

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation as part of its fundraising efforts to support the creation of the college’s proposed Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS).

“We are grateful to the Hearst Foundation for recognizing the importance of this new facility and how it can help the revitalization of manufacturing in New York State,” said Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak. “Our resurgent manufacturing base needs skilled workers, and this facility will be the linchpin for creating that workforce.”

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropies that assist organizations working in the fields of education, health, culture and social service. The funds awarded to the college’s project will be recognized with the dedicated William Randolph Hearst Laboratory at the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills.

“The Hearst Foundation is pleased to provide funding that will strengthen opportunities for New Yorkers to find training in advanced manufacturing, which is a vital component to the New York State economy,” said Alison Yu, program officer with the Hearst Foundation.

The college kicked off fundraising for the CAMS in 2014 with a $1 million commitment from the Gene Haas Foundation. Gene Haas is the founder and president of Haas Automation, Inc., which builds CNC Machine Tools for manufacturing. Haas Automation is a longtime partner of Hudson Valley and provider of the equipment used in training its students. Recognizing the economic development potential and workforce need in the area, New York State responded in December with an additional $1 million grant.

With additional fundraising, including substantial gifts from manufacturers such as General Electric and Simmons Machine Tool Corporation, the college Foundation is moving toward its goal of fully funding the new facility.

The new 37,000 square foot building will expand training opportunities for students in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree program and allow the college to double the program’s enrollment, while developing a new program to fill additional technical jobs in management, sales, marketing and procurement.

Fusco Personnel, Inc.
Posted on 2017-02-07

Lindsay Pierce 02-17Fusco Personnel, Inc. is proud to announce and welcome Lindsay Pierce, as a Recruiter within the healthcare division. She is responsible for recruiting and sourcing clinical and non-clinical positions.

Lindsay brings over 7 years healthcare industry experience, which includes a unique blend of human resources and non-for-profit community based advocacy.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY at Genesco. We are delighted have Lindsay on our team and look forward to a prosperous future with her.

Nick LongoFusco Personnel, Inc. is proud to announce and welcome Nicholas Longo, as a Client Coordinator in its sales division.

Nick recently graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Science in Management. We are delighted have Nick on our team and look forward to a prosperous future with him.

 

Ashley Cross

Fusco Personnel, Inc. is proud to announce and welcome Ashley Cross, as an Administrative Assistant to the firm.

Ashley recently graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. We are delighted have Ashley on our team and look forward to a prosperous future with her.

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2017-02-06

KINDERHOOK BANK CORP. REPORTS RECORD RESULTS FOR 2016

Kinderhook Bank Corp., (OTCQB:NUBK) the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, reported that total assets at December 31, 2016 and net income for 2016 were both at record levels, according to President and Chief Executive Officer, John A. Balli.

Consolidated net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 ($3.142 million) represents a 39% increase compared to 2015 ($2.260 million). The net income jump drove a 43% increase in earnings per common share (diluted) to $2.97 for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $2.08 per common share for the same period last year. Total assets at December 31, 2016 were $460 million, the highest quarter-end level ever, resulting in a year-over-year growth rate of 10%. Deposit balances ($398.6 million) were also at a record high year-end level and returned an 8.5% year-over-year growth rate.

“Our bankers have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these results in 2016. The banking consolidation in our markets gave us the opportunity to showcase a level of service that resonates with many new customers who appreciate our local focus and decision making”, said Balli.

“We see our record growth as a clear indication of the value a locally-based bank provides the community by serving customers who are also our neighbors. Our plans are to keep looking for ways to maintain the positive momentum by providing unmatched service that has made Kinderhook Bank unique for over 163 years”, Balli commented. In operation since 1853, Kinderhook Bank is the sole bank headquartered in Columbia County, NY. Kinderhook Bank’s branches are in Kinderhook, Valatie, Greenport, Chatham, East Greenbush, Delmar, Latham and Albany. 

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2017-02-06

TBC Named #1 CPA Firm in the Capital Region

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) remains on top of the Albany Business Review’s  list of largest CPA firms in the 11 county scope that encompass New York’s Capital Region. The list, which was published on Friday, February 3, 2017, ranks CPA firms based on the number of Certified Public Accountants employed in their Capital Region office.

The Firm has 91 associates in its sole location at 7 Washington Square in Albany. Of those associates, 53 are CPAs, up from 51 total CPAs in 2016 which then also put TBC as the largest firm among Capital Region accounting businesses.

Growth in the number of CPAs employed wasn’t the only increase TBC enjoyed in the last 12 months. In 2016, TBC moved up three slots on the Top 300 Firms List from #233 to #230. The Top 300 Firms List is a national ranking of public accounting firms based on net revenue published by Inside Public Accounting.

“To maintain our core values of delivering high integrity, and responsive, superior quality of work to our clients, we must continuously focus on our workforce,” said James Drislane, the firm’s managing partner. “We have always done well by being good to our employees, our clients, and the community. While CPA firms of our size may look to mergers and acquisitions for advancement, our priorities remain on expanding our capabilities by hiring CPAs and helping our associates earn their CPA license as our key strategy in sustaining the growth of our firm. The Firm’s lack of staff turnover gives TBC the unique advantage of having experienced, team-oriented staff, which results in the success of our firm’s ability to retain long-term clients and engage in new business relationships.”

Other recent accolades demonstrate the Firm’s ability to keep employees highly satisfied, such as the Albany Business Review’s Best Places to Work and the Times Union Top Workplace awards. Among the qualities that associates say differentiates TBC from other accounting practices is its strong community presence. As one testament to its commitment to giving back locally, the Firm just wrapped up celebrating its 45th year in business by completing a 45 Acts of Kindness campaign in which employees volunteered or the Firm itself donated financial means or goods to nonprofit organizations for 45 consecutive days.

TBC services business clients, not-for-profit organizations, government entities, employee benefit plans, and individuals in several different areas. These areas include accounting, auditing, tax, and advisory services such as trust and estate administration, pension plan administration, valuation and litigation services, and forensic accounting, among others.

More information about the CPA Firms list is available through the Albany Business Review.

Wojeski & Company CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2017-02-06

Wojeski CPA Firm Exceeds Yearly Charity Goal; Fund Benefits Underprivileged Children in Rensselaer County

Wojeski & Company CPAs has raised over $25,000 for the Wojeski Fund, which benefits low-income children and adolescents in Rensselaer County. The Fund was founded by the firm in 2004 and has raised nearly $200,000 to date. One hundred percent of the funds raised go to needy children in the community; there are no administrative charges for the program.

Wojeski & Company partners with CoNSERNS-U, a non-profit organization with a long history of supporting those in need in Rensselaer County, which assists with the administration and disbursement of the contributions raised by the Fund.

Now celebrating its 26th year in business, Wojeski & Company sponsors a fundraising event each December to benefit underserved children and youth. The 2016 event generated the most contributions made since the Fund’s inception.

Colleen Pidgeon administers the Wojeski Fund through CoNSERNS-U.

“I can’t say enough about how they have impacted the lives of a thousand youth in our community,” she said. “For 12 years, they have quietly and humbly provided the funds to serve low-income children and adolescents with life affirming moments and opportunities. They deserve the highest praise…for all they have done and continue to do for our children.”

The Fund provides essential items that are not covered through other governmental and charity programs. It also enables children to experience activities that their peers enjoy even if they cannot afford the cost.

In addition to essentials such as eyeglasses, medical copayments, clothing and shoes, the Fund also supports summer camp experiences, school field trips, work study programs, high school graduation caps and gowns, and many other items.

“One of the greatest gifts of my job is working with school, community and government professionals to provide financial assistance through a quick and simple referral process. This has only been made possible through the commitment, generosity and hard work of the partners and staff at Wojeski & Company CPAs,” Pidgeon continued, adding that the firm is “to be commended for starting and supporting this one-of-a-kind program that has already provided opportunities, experiences, health and educational benefits to a generation of youth.”

University at Albany, SUNY
Posted on 2017-02-03

President’s Forum on Data

The New Game in Cyber Security: Security Analytics

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Campus Center Ballroom
University at Albany, State University of New York

Through a series of interactive and dynamic conversations, the President’s Forum on Data brings together national leaders and scholars in advanced data analytics (ADA) with UAlbany’s ADA network and partners.

This year’s Forum will explore the new paradigm in cyber security, “security analytics,” and how academia, business and government leaders are each responding to and advancing this emerging and transformational discipline.

Please Register by Monday, February 22nd

Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot!

Parking will be available in the State Student Lot. Download a map with directions. Signage will guide visitors to the parking lot when they arrive on campus.

Parking will be available in the State Student Lot. For an interactive map with directions, go to www.albany.edu/map

For more information call (518) 442-5310 or email events@albany.edu

 

Unity House of Troy, Inc.
Posted on 2017-02-03

UNITY HOUSE TO HONOR MUSLIM SOUP KITCHEN PROJECT, GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, AND BRAD SHEAR AT ANNUAL GALA

Unity House will celebrate three honorees — the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project, Grace Fellowship Church and Brad Shear, executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society — for their commitment to community service and to making the Capital Region a better place to live. The honorees have all been long-time supporters of the Troy-based human services organization and will be recognized at the “I Love Unity House Gala” on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

Started in 2003 by a group of students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project has grown from a small effort aimed at helping the Troy community to a nationwide network of people on a mission to feed people in need in the Capital Region. The primary goal of the project is to aid the homeless and low-income people – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – by serving them free food on a regular basis. The now 150 dedicated volunteers conduct a variety of food and clothing drives, regularly prepare and serve meals for Unity House’s meals program and help stock Unity House’s food pantry. At the center of this effort is Uzma Popal, director of the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project. She has held the unpaid position of the group since August 2014. Popal is also the Nutrition Outreach & Education Program coordinator at Unity House.

“The members of the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project are among the most generous and caring individuals who volunteer at Unity House,” said Unity House CEO Chris Burke. “We can count on them to regularly support our efforts to feed those who come here for meals, either by their donation of food or through their help making meals and serving our visitors. In fact, last year they cooked and served Christmas Dinner here so our staff could be with their families.”

Grace Fellowship’s founder, Pastor Dr. Rex Keener, is a regular Unity House volunteer who performs intake assessments of consumers at The Front Door, Unity House’s community service headquarters. Through Grace in Action, Grace Fellowship members work throughout the community providing donations of food, clothing and personal care items for those in need, including the individuals and families that served at The Front Door and at Sojourner’s Place, Unity House’s domestic violence shelter. In addition, they often serve meals in the Unity House dining room. 

          “Grace Fellowship members are tremendously supportive of Unity House and the poor in our community,” said Burke. “Their commitment Unity House and to help the less fortunate among us is evident and we are grateful for the support they provide us.”

As the executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for lost, abused and unwanted animals, Brad Shear is a strong ally to Unity House and the individuals it helps through its domestic violence services program. Mohawk Hudson’s “Safe Haven” program shelters the pets of victims of domestic violence, providing a life-saving service since 20 percent of victims of domestic violence report the threat of harm to a beloved pet as a barrier to leaving an abusive situation. Shear’s organization works closely with Unity House’s domestic violence services team to ensure that pets are properly cared for when an abuse victim leaves a violent environment at home.

“Many of the victims who seek our help would not have the courage to do so if it were not for the Safe Haven program,” said Burke. “Brad’s support of our efforts to get these individuals away from their abusers has been tremendously helpful. Our gratitude for the work he and his organization does is immense.”

          For information about reservations for the I Love Unity House Gala, call 518.274.2607, ext. 4139.

Erdman Anthony
Posted on 2017-02-03

Johnsonville Bridge Project Recognized as APWA Capital Branch Historical Restoration/Preservation Project of the Year

The Capital Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) has recognized Erdman Anthony for its involvement with the historic Johnsonville Bridge (CR 111 over the Hoosic River) replacement project. Erdman Anthony is being honored for its design and construction support role in the project, which APWA Capital Branch recently selected at its annual awards banquet as the 2016 Project of the Year in the historical restoration/preservation (less than $5 million) category.

This $4.6 million Locally Administered Federal Aid Project involved the replacement of a 195-foot-long single-span steel-truss bridge over the Hoosic River in Pittstown, Rensselaer County. Built in 1891, the existing bridge was retained on-site due to its National Register eligibility. Additionally, a new vehicular bridge was constructed on the existing alignment with improved approach geometry.

Funding sources included the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and Rensselaer County.

Erdman Anthony and Rensselaer County worked with NYSDOT and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to determine that the existing structure would be rehabilitated and retained on-site, just downstream from its current location, as a pedestrian-only bridge. A new bridge was constructed adjacent to the pedestrian bridge on the existing alignment to accommodate all vehicular traffic and meet current design standards. The new structure is a two-span continuous-steel multigirder structure, with a center pier in the Hoosic River. 

Capital Roots
Posted on 2017-02-02

Capital Roots’ Raises $17,000 at 20th Annual Garden Bowl

Capital Roots, a Troy-based nonprofit, held its 20th annual Garden Bowl fundraiser at Uncle Sam Lanes this past Saturday, raising $17,000. Proceeds benefit the organization’s food access programs including 52 Community Gardens, the Veggie Mobile®, Healthy Streets, Squash Hunger and more. 

A total of 100 bowlers of all ages accepted the challenge of fundraising for the event, filling every lane at the bowling alley. Teams sported matching outfits and competed for high scores while attempting to win one of many raffle items at the event. Bowlers walked away with prizes such as ski passes, dining certificates, event tickets, gift baskets and more, generously donated by more than 60 local businesses. “We’re so thankful for the support of the community and those who came out to bowl,” said Amy Klein, CEO of Capital Roots. “After 20 years, the Garden Bowl continues to be one of our most well-loved family events.”

Special thanks to event sponsors including Troy Teachers Association, Cargill, Envision Architects, Hilton Garden Inn of Troy, Uncle Sam Lanes, Troy Cloth & Paper, Hodgson Russ LLP, Flowers by Pesha, Community Resource Federal Credit Union, Crisafulli Bros, Druthers, Repeat Business Systems and ASAP.

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The Chazen Companies
Posted on 2017-02-02

CHAZEN SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS ENGINEERING AWARDS

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC) selected The Chazen Companies (Chazen) for two 2017 Diamond Awards, the highest level achievable, in Engineering Excellence and will be honored at the 50th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in April.

The Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to projects that encompassed both the public and private sector in different categories. Each year, over 60 member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society. Awards are distributed based on the average scores by a panel of industry experts and are assigned one of four levels: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

Kaal Rock 2Chazen’s Kaal Rock Connector Feasibility Study won the Diamond Award in the category of Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services. The Kaal Rock project was commissioned by The Poughkeepsie Alliance to assess the feasibility of constructing a walkway around Kaal Rock Point called the Kaal Rock Connector. The one major technical challenge is a large rock outcrop that extends out from the shore into the Hudson River on City parkland, cuts the waterfront and proposed greenway in two. The team studied the site, geology of the rock and past design efforts and developed a walkway geometry that was best suited for the site. Chazen offered a public park design that integrates the walkway into the site, creates a quiet wooded oasis, allows users to experience the face of Kaal Rock and provides a “million dollar” view of the Hudson River. The project recently received a $500,000 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant to advance the design.

“A connector path or trail over or around Kaal Rock has been talked about for decades,” said Mark Kastner, President, The Chazen Companies. “Chazen is proud to have developed a study to identify a plan to make this dream a reality. The Kaal Rock connector bridge will be a signature feature of our home city.”

“The Poughkeepsie Alliance is proud to participate in a public/private partnership with The City of Poughkeepsie and The Chazen Companies on this transformative project,” said Paul Calogerakis, chair, Poughkeepsie Alliance. “The Kaal Rock Connector is a crucial element in the overall goal of connecting the waterfront and enhancing accessibility. The feasibility study was a first step to securing the $500,000 of State funding needed to bring the project from a line in a planning document to an executable design. Poughkeepsie Alliance looks forward to continuing our work with the City, Scenic Hudson and the community through the next phase of the project, where the final design will be set.”

The second Diamond Award was selected for Chazen’s work with RSR Corp., for the Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP) project in the category of Industrial and Manufacturing Process and Facilities. Chazen supported RSR from planning through construction for the WESP. The WESP technology removes pollution from the air using electricity and moisture. Chazen utilized 3D laser scanning to create a computer model of the existing equipment and structural components and used the model to design new structures, maintain existing clearance for access and forklift traffic below to provide accurate measurements to the steel fabricators. Chazen also designed a thirty-six feet wide, nine-feet deep and eighty-feet long steel truss to position new ductwork and carry workers across the railroad spur while still providing the necessary clearance for boxcars below. 

St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2017-02-02

Thomas Robert Named Chief Financial Officer of St. Peter’s Health Partners

Experienced financial executive Thomas Robert has joined St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) as chief financial officer. His appointment is effective February 6.

Robert joins SPHP from Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he served since 2010 as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. In 2016, he also served as chief operating officer for Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

In his role at Sisters of Providence Health System, Robert was responsible for the overall financial well-being of the organization, which includes a 355-bed hospital, a physician network made up of 250 employed and contracted providers, and a continuing care network featuring home health care, hospice, and multiple skilled nursing facilities.

“Tom is a strong leader with 30 years of experience in health care finance and a proven track record of success,” said James K. Reed, M.D., president and chief executive officer of SPHP. “We welcome him to St. Peter’s Health Partners, and look forward to benefitting from his knowledge and guidance as we continue to navigate this time of great change in how health care is delivered in our nation.”

Robert joined Sisters of Providence Health System in 1992, and served as director of corporate accounting and then controller before being promoted to chief financial officer in 2010.

At SPHP, Robert succeeds Thomas Schuhle, who retired from his role of chief financial officer on January 6.

Robert received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western New England College in Springfield, where he is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.

Robert is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has served as a member of Western New England University’s finance committee, and a board member and finance committee member of Genesis Spiritual Center.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2017-02-02

YWCAS OF NYS ENERGIZED BY STATE OF THE STATE FOCUS ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY SUPPORT FOCUS ON THE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS CRITICAL TO YWCA’S MISSION AND PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT NYS

As one of the largest service providers supporting women and their families in NYS, YWCAs recognize that increasing the financial self-sufficiency of the middle class results in benefits for the varied constituents we work with, from the single mom struggling in a minimum wage job, to the survivor of domestic violence re-entering the workforce, or a family in search of shelter because mental health challenges led to housing instability.

YWCAs throughout NYS are encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s proposals to increase access to affordable childcare, through tax credits and increased after school programming and preserve affordable healthcare – often the most crippling factors to maintaining economic stability for vulnerable families.  Eliminating student debt and reducing tuition costs will enable many more women, girls and students of color to access a college education.  As a social justice organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom anddignity for all, YWCAs applaud the Governor for his leadership in maintaining NYS communities as safe, inclusive and accepting of all races, ethnicities and religions.  Updating our voting systems and structures will ensure that our many diverse communities will be better able to exercise their most important and fundamental right of civic participation.

Additionally, the recently signed Executive Orders addressing pay equity are a major step forward in reducing the gender inequality that continues to plague women’s economic advancement.  “Women are the breadwinners in millions of households across New York State and they need access to employment that does not discriminate or devalue their economic worth based on gender or race,” stated Daquetta Jones, Executive Director of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. “From a woman in New York City making 80 cents to every dollar a man makes to a woman in Buffalo making 67 cents, and every community in between, addressing the injustice of pay equity is a tangible strategy for stabilizing households across the state.”

Community Care Physicians PC
Posted on 2017-02-01

Unveiling of New Medical Building in Town of Schodack

Community Care Physicians, P.C. and Columbia Development Companies showcase 20,000 square-foot Patient Centered Medical Home

On Friday February 3rd at 10:00am, representatives from Columbia Development Companies and Community Care Physicians, P.C. will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially unveil the new 20,000 square-foot, 4 acre medical building located at 35 Empire State Boulevard, Castleton. The new facility, built by BBL Medical Facilities and designed by HCP Architects, is home to Community Care Physicians’ practice, Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

The planning for this building coincided with the medical practice’s transformation into one of the area's first nationally recognized patient centered medical homes. This building leverages technology for better patient care, allows for open workspaces and improved collaboration, and has a fitness center exclusively for staff.

Interview opportunities are available with the speakers at the event. Tours of the building will be given immediately following the ribbon cutting.

Who:               Columbia Development Companies Vice President Richard Rosen
Community Care Physicians, Schodack Physician, Rommel Tolentino, MD

What:             Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of New Medical Building

When:             Friday, February 3rd, 2017
10:00 a.m.

Where:           35 Empire State Boulevard, Corporate Capital Campus
Castleton, NY 12033

Parking is available on site 35 Empire State Boulevard. Location is in the Corporate Capital Campus, approximately 1/3 mile down the road, first building on the left.

Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Posted on 2017-02-01

IRS, States and Tax Industry Renew Alert about Form W-2 Scam Targeting Payroll, Human Resource Departments

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.

This week, the IRS already has received new notifications that the email scam is making its way across the nation for a second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security number.

The W-2 scam first appeared last year. Cybercriminals tricked payroll and human resource officials into disclosing employee names, SSNs and income information. The thieves then attempted to file fraudulent tax returns for tax refunds.

This phishing variation is known as a “spoofing” e-mail. It will contain, for example, the actual name of the company chief executive officer. In this variation, the “CEO” sends an email to a company payroll office or human resource employee and requests a list of employees and information including SSNs.

The following are some of the details that may be contained in the emails:

  • Kindly send me the individual 2016 W-2 (PDF) and earnings summary of all W-2 of our company staff for a quick review.

  • Can you send me the updated list of employees with full details (Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Home Address, Salary).

  • I want you to send me the list of W-2 copy of employees wage and tax statement for 2016, I need them in PDF file type, you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.

Working together in the Security Summit, the IRS, states and tax industry have made progress in their fight against tax-related identity theft, cybercriminals are using more sophisticated tactics to try to steal even more data that will allow them to impersonate taxpayers.

The Security Summit supports a national taxpayer awareness campaign called “Taxes. Security. Together.” and a national tax professional awareness effort called “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself.” These campaigns offer simple tips that can help make data more secure.

January 2017 Member News

architecture+
Posted on 2017-01-30

moran

architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy, New York, has announced that Brian Moran, RA, has joined the firm as an Architect. Moran, of Schenectady, New York, holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University at Buffalo. His previous experience includes managing and designing projects for numerous healthcare and other institutional clients. At architecture+, he will be working on a variety of projects for our healthcare and higher education clients. architecture+ has been serving clients in healthcare, education, government, and other cultural and community organizations in the Capital District since 1984.

Erdman Anthony
Posted on 2017-01-30

Erdman Anthony Sponsors Middle School Competition

ErdmanErdman Anthony’s Albany office recently served as a sponsor of the Capital District Region Future City Competition, a program that helps increase public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession.  The annual competition engages middle school students interested in math, science, and technology, with hopes of shaping tomorrow’s workforce.

Every year, the competition introduces a theme, with an engineering problem that students are asked to solve. This year’s theme was “The Power of Public Space,” and students were asked to design innovative, multi-use public spaces that would serve a city’s diverse population.

Jerry Young, senior mechanical engineer at Erdman Anthony, had the honor of presenting the award for Most Innovative Use of Light to Saratoga County-based Acadia Middle School.

“Erdman Anthony is proud to be a sponsor of education programs that encourage students to develop their interests in engineering,” Young said.  “This program was especially meaningful to us, as our company has seen many positive changes in the Capital District in our 20 years serving the area; we’re excited to see where the students envision cities in another 20 years.”

The Capital District Region Future City Competition is one of 38 regional Future City Competitions and is part of the national DiscoverE Future City Competition held each year in February in Washington, D.C.

Mosaic Associates
Posted on 2017-01-30

MosaicCanStruction

Mosaic Associates is one of 16 teams participating in the Annual Capital Region Canstruction to benefit The Food Pantries for the Capital District. Canstruction is a friendly design competition fighting hunger in cities all over America. Here in the Capital Region, it brings together teams of local professionals in the AEC industry, challenging them to imagine and bring to life structures made completely of canned food goods, fondly referred to as “canstructures”. These canstructures are built and displayed in the New York State Museum and then each can is donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District.

With your help, we're striving to collect 5,000 cans and $5,000 for The Food Pantries for The Capital District during our 7th Annual Capital Region Canstruction event. A $1 donation can buy up to six pounds of food for local pantries.

 

 

 

 

 

Rensselaer County
Posted on 2017-01-30

Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino has been appointed to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties. 

Jimino, who was appointed by association President Bryan Desloge, is one of three county officials from New York state who will serve on the board.

"I am honored to represent Rensselaer County on NACo's Board of Directors," Jimino said in a news release. "I look forward to being a voice for our county, state and counties across the country. Serving on the NACo board will give Rensselaer County a prominent seat at the table for discussing federal policy decisions that impact our residents."

The board governs the strategic goals, policies and priorities of the association and oversees the group's policies, business and property. Board members are elected and appointed county officials from active member counties.

"It is my honor to serve on the NACo board, where I hope to assist them as the organization continues its long and prestigious history of ensuring our law-makers in Washington hear of the impact their decisions have on our local communities," Jimino said.

City of Troy
Posted on 2017-01-30

City of Troy Awarded $778K in State Grant Funding for Restoration of American Theater

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy was awarded $778,205 in revitalization funding to rehabilitate the historic American Theater located on River Street in downtown Troy. The funding, awarded through the Restore New York Communities Initiative, will assist in the rehabilitation of the historic theater and support Troy’s continued growth as a center for recreation, dining and culture in the Capital Region.
 
“The preservation of cultural assets like the American Theater is critically important to ensure the continued prosperity of the Collar City,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The restoration of this landmark space will not only attract new visitors and investment to our city’s thriving downtown it also supports the city’s long-term Riverwalk expansion effort. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and members of the legislature for their investment in strengthening the economic rebirth of legacy cities like Troy.”
 
Larry Novik, Director of Business Development at Bonacio Construction Inc. said: “We are very excited to be able to begin the work of bringing this historic theater back to life.  After years of undesirable usage and vacancy, we are confident that the American Theater will once again become a vibrant hub of activity bringing new faces and activity to our Downtown.  We appreciate the assistance provided by both the State and the City to make this project possible.” 

GreyCastle Security
Posted on 2017-01-25

GreyCastle Security Wins Inaugural Cyber Security Award

GreyCastle Security (greycastlesecurity.com) is the winner of the inaugural Cyber Security Award presented by the Albany Business Review, the leading business publication in Albany, New York.

The new awards program celebrates individuals and businesses in the Albany area that contribute to the success of the technology sector in the Capital Region. U.S. News and World Report has identified Albany as the best city in which to find tech jobs outside of San Francisco and San Jose. The Albany Business Review will honor GreyCastle Security and other winners of the inaugural Tech Awards competition at a luncheon on Feb. 17.

GreyCastle Security, a 5-year-old firm co-founded by Reg Harnish and Mike Stamas, is the leading cybersecurity services provider dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity and the practical management of cybersecurity risks. The company, which operates in 42 states, was ranked by Cybersecurity Ventures in 2015 and 2016 as among the Cybersecurity 500 hottest firms in the world to watch. GreyCastle Security solutions also were recognized as innovative in 2015 by the Center for Economic Growth.

“Awards and recognitions like these affirm that our exclusive focus on cybersecurity – all day, every day – is dramatically improving the way businesses and individuals are adapting by improving their cybersecurity awareness and managing their risks,” said Harnish, GreyCastle CEO. “We are proud of our approach and our people, and we’re grateful to be recognized with this Cyber Security Award for our efforts.”

architecture+
Posted on 2017-01-24

architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy, New York, has announced that Smruti Keshani, an Intern Architect with the firm, has earned LEED Green Associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. Keshani, of Troy, joined architecture+ in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is currently part of the team that is designing facilities for the Wyoming Mental Health Hospital in Evanston and Lander. architecture+ has been serving clients in healthcare, education, government, and other cultural and community organizations in the Capital District for over thirty years.

Spring Line Design
Posted on 2017-01-24

Spring Line Design Architecture + Engineering (SLD) is pleased to welcome Angelo Germano to the firm as Senior Project Manager. Mr. Germano formerly worked as Project Manager for Consigli Construction and for UW Marx Construction. Mr. Germano holds a BS in Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy.

SLD is one of the leading building envelope design consultants for architects and engineers in upstate NY. Founded in 2000 to create durable and healthy spaces and buildings which make the best possible use of a project’s available assets, SLD’s clients include federal and state government agencies, municipalities, architects, engineers, commercial businesses, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and historic places in the New York State "Tech Valley" region including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga; throughout upstate New York State, and the Berkshires. SLD is a NYS certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE).

United Way of the Greater Capital Region
Posted on 2017-01-23

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American Red Cross
Posted on 2017-01-23

American Red Cross of Northeastern New York Announces 2017 Fire + Ice Gala Honorees

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce its honorary co-chairs for the 2017 Fire + Ice Gala – Angela Beddoe, publisher and editor-in-chief of Herlife Magazine, and Ruth Mahoney, president of KeyBank. Both women will be recognized at the Red Cross’ signature fundraising event on April 1, 2017 at the brand new Albany Capital Center.

“This year’s Fire and Ice Gala is shaping up to be one of our best ever, and we are thrilled to be honoring Angela Beddoe and Ruth Mahoney as a part of it,” said Gary Striar, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.

Angela S. Beddoe is President and CEO of Beddoe Publishing and is publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Herlife Magazine-New York; the premier lifestyle magazine targeted to women in the Capital-Saratoga region featuring people who inspire and make a difference in their homes, businesses and communities. She is also Co-Founder and Principal at G-Force Consulting, a business development and strategic communication company.

Angela was formerly a corporate executive serving as Vice President-Public Affairs for Energy East Management Corporation and President of its foundation. She is also a past Chairman of the Board of Rebuilding Together, a national low-income housing organization, based in Washington, DC with over 200,000 volunteers and almost 200 affiliates nation-wide. She has been a guest lecturer for the business department at Skidmore College and the School of Public Relations at New York University on the topics of entrepreneurship and strategic communication respectively.

Angela is a graduate of Skidmore College. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and in 2014 was listed as a top ranked executive by the National Council of American Executives. 

Ruth H. Mahoney began her career in banking in 1991 as a member of KeyBank’s Management Associate Program in Albany, NY. She later worked for Bank of America (formerly Fleet Bank) in Albany, where she served as Private Bank senior vice president and city executive and global wealth management executive. Upon rejoining Key in 2006, she became sales leader for Key Private Bank’s Capital Region and Hudson Valley/Metro NY markets before being named president of the Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market in 2010.

Today, Ruth continues to oversee the full range of Key Private Bank financial services in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley/Metro NY markets. In addition, she leads Key’s economic and community development efforts in the Capital Region.

Ruth serves on the board of Albany Medical Center, the United Way of New York State, The Capital Region Chamber and is a member of the New York Bankers Association Executive Committee. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Capital Region.

Ruth’s professional and community efforts have earned her numerous recognitions, including the Corporate Champion Award from the Woman’s Club of White Plains and the 914INC Women in Business Award. She and her Key colleagues were recognized by American Banker in the Most Powerful Women in Banking issue for being part of the strongest team of women bankers. Ruth has also been honored by the Women’s Enterprise Development Corp, Girls Inc. of Westchester, Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council Woman of Excellence, Albany Business Review as a Forty under 40 award winner, and several others.

“In their careers and in their communities, Angela and Ruth are both truly committed to making a difference,” added Striar. “It’s our privilege to be able to recognize them at our Fire and Ice Gala, as we celebrate the tremendous local impact of the American Red Cross.”

The 2017 Fire + Ice Gala will be held at the Albany Capital Center on Saturday, April 1 – the first event of its kind at the new, downtown venue. Guests will enjoy gourmet cuisine, open bar and specialty drinks from Mazzone Catering, live music from the New York Players, spirited live and silent auctions, and the return of the Frank Adams Jewelers “Ice Bar”. NewsChannel 13 anchor Benita Zahn will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this black/red-tie affair. 100% of proceeds will support local Red Cross programs and services.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit redcross.org/NENYgala or contact Kaitlyn Van Dyke at (518) 458-8111, ext. 5108.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Posted on 2017-01-20

New Exhibitions Featuring Local Artists at the Arts Center

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibitions, Vantage Point, with works by painters Ben Schwab and James Thatcher; and Unearthed with mixed media artists Mandi Coburn and Grace Tatara. We look forward to presenting these two exhibitions featuring local artists from around the region.

Vantage Point:  Ben Schwab + James Thatcher
January 21-March 18, in the Main Gallery
Public reception: Friday, January 27, 5-9PM at Troy Night Out
Artist talk with Ben Schwab: Wednesday, March 8, 6:30PM

The paintings of Ben Schwab and James Thatcher are similar in their use of scale and perspective, though each artist has his own unique approach to expressing his surroundings. Thatcher’s mathematically based gradient paintings are massive yet minimalist, created using a combination of precise calculations and experimentation with materials. In contrast, Schwab’s densely packed abstract cityscapes include layers of architectural imagery, representing ever-evolving urban environments.

“I’m excited to see this exhibition come together,” said Sara Boylen, Director of Exhibits at the Arts Center. “The artists’ large scale paintings are well suited for the Main Gallery walls, and the dichotomy between their works resonates throughout the space.”

More about Ben Schwab and James Thatcher:
Ben Schwab received a B.F.A. in Painting from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and a M.F.A. in Painting from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Ben’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York State and around the country, and he has received multiple grants, awards and fellowships throughout his career. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing at The College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York.)

James Thatcher was educated in Washington, DC at the notorious Corcoran College of Art and Design (Fine Arts Diploma, 1984); where he studied with Robert Stackhouse and John Dickson. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous one person shows in art centers throughout the mid-Atlantic and upper Midwesternstates, and has been featured in group exhibitions in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States, including the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest, Hungary. In addition to his painting, James worked as a cabinet maker for 25 years, and his woodwork is in private collections including Bill Clinton and Lady Bird Johnson. James recently relocated to Portland, OR after living and working in the Capital Region for many years.


Unearthed: Mandi Coburn + Grace Tatara
January 21-March 18, in the Wallace Gallery
Public reception: Friday, January 27, 5-9PM at Troy Night Out


Abstract artists Mandi Coburn and Grace Tatara each work by releasing control over materials, allowing forms to emerge on their own. Through experimentation, the artists discover colors, shapes and lines that are later connected and manipulated by hand. Unearthed will feature a combination of paintings, ink drawings, and metal work.

More about Mandi Coburn and Grace Tatara

Mandi Coburn actively exhibits her work throughout the Capital Region, most recently at the TRASK Show in Saratoga Springs, and the Fence Show in Troy. She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a MS in Education from The College of Saint Rose. Coburn is an art teacher within the Schenectady School District at William C. Keane Elementary.

Grace Tatara received her BFA with a concentration in painting from Sage College of Albany, New York, and has exhibited her work extensively throughout the region. Grace also works as a certified framer, and freelances as an exhibition installer. Her recent work has evolved from painting into metal work, including experimentation with metal patina, and found object metal sculpture. 

Linium Recruiting
Posted on 2017-01-19

Linium Hiring Index Predicts Capital Region Tech Jobs to Grow, Together With the Challenge in Filling Them

Two-thirds of employers say the change in Presidential administration will not affect their plans for hiring in the first quarter of 2017 

Capital Region companies expect to start the new year by adding technology jobs – with few concerns about the change in Presidential administration – but they may be held back by a growing challenge in recruiting qualified candidates. Those findings are contained in the newest Linium Hiring Index, which was released today by Linium Recruiting, the region’s leading recruiter for technology-based positions.

The Linium Hiring Index for the 1st quarter of 2017 surveyed 56 hiring and human resource managers at companies throughout the region. Just over half, 52 percent, expect technology-based jobs to increase over the next three months, nearly identical to last fall. However, the number of employers that regard tech hiring as either challenging or a significant challenge – 82 percent – is the highest since the survey was launched in the fall of 2015. As has been the case in each previous survey, a skills gap is cited as the biggest challenge affecting the ability to hire.

Employers were also asked whether the new Presidential administration would affect plans for hiring during the first quarter. Nearly two-thirds, 64 percent, said hiring plans would continue to move forward as expected, while 30 percent said they would be more cautious and consider the policies and decisions coming from Washington.

“The year is new but the storyline is familiar: employers are ready to grow their technology workforces, but they’re having a hard time recruiting strong candidates,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Director, Upstate New York for Linium Recruiting. “In an environment where skilled professionals can virtually write their own ticket, companies need to be innovative and agile to find and hire good employees that will drive productivity and profitability.”

Despite the hiring challenges, expectations for high-tech job growth remain high: 71 percent of employers characterize themselves as either optimistic or very optimistic about the year ahead, and 62 percent consider the regional economy, including high tech, to be better or much better than the national economy.

The technology field showing the fastest-growing number of opportunities continues to be IT, cited by 46 percent of employers. But for the first time since the survey was launched, infrastructure positions, which include hardware, network, security and support, were identified as most in demand – named by 45 percent of employers – followed by development at 38 percent.

In addition to the skills gap, cited by 37 percent of employers, other challenges impeding the ability to hire included corporate finances (20 percent), overall business climate (18 percent), business development (14 percent) and health care costs (11 percent).

Linium Recruiting conducted the survey from December 6 through 22, 2016. Of the respondents, 59 percent came from companies with more than 100 employees and 41 percent from firms with 100 or fewer. Intended to help companies better understand the technology job market, the Linium Hiring Index is used by hiring managers to help develop strategies to recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce. The next quarterly index will be released in April.

CDPHP
Posted on 2017-01-17

CDPHP Makes Best Companies List for the Ninth Time

CDPHP has done it again! The Albany, N.Y.-based health plan has made the Best Companies to Work for in New York list for the ninth consecutive year.
The award, presented by the Best Companies Group, in conjunction with the New York State Society of Human Resource Management, is based on the company’s workplace policies, systems, and practices, as well as a survey, which was open to all employees, that measures employee engagement.

“At CDPHP, our employees are given the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally through a variety of benefits and programs,” said Dr. John D. Bennett, president and CEO, CDPHP. “Ultimately, it is our employees’ commitment to our members and to our community that fosters a satisfying work environment.”

That commitment was harnessed in the 2016 CDPHP Promise campaign, where employees pledged to always put the members first.

CDPHP employees enjoy comprehensive and flexible benefits, including an on-site gym with a full-time fitness specialist, an on-site cafeteria, tuition reimbursement, leadership development, worksite wellness programs, access to an on-site farmers’ market, and the ability to pursue community service activities.
CDPHP will be honored at an awards dinner in Albany on April 19, where final rankings will be announced. For more information on the Best Companies to Work for in New York awards program, visit www.BestCompaniesNY.com.

CDPHP
Posted on 2017-01-17

CDPHP employee-based fundraising reaches a major milestone - $300,000!

As 2016 comes to a close, CDPHP employees are celebrating a major milestone for the CDPHP Charity of Choice campaign. Over the past six years, the employee-based fundraising campaign has raised $301,647!

The American Heart Association, Northern Rivers Family of Services, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity Capital District, Capital Region Sponsor A Scholar, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region have all benefited.

“We many have dedicated local nonprofits on the front lines offering help to those who need it most,” said Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO, CDPHP. “We wanted to find a meaningful way for our staff to give back to these organizations – something that would allow us to make a real difference in the communities in which we live and work. And so, the CDPHP Charity of Choice campaign was born.”

As we look ahead to the future, CDPHP has created a new vehicle for strengthening its culture of giving – CDPHP® The Foundation, which will help the company focus the Charity of Choice and philanthropic efforts, ensuring that employees and community partners have even more opportunities to support and serve our community.

In 2017, the giving will continue as CDPHP employees have chosen the Bus Stop Club and Family Promise of the Capital Region as next year’s recipients.

Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC
Posted on 2017-01-17

Ryan E. Manley Joins Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC

Ryan Manley 2017Ryan E. Manley has joined Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC as an associate attorney. Manley, a former assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney, will focus his practice on personal injury, commercial litigation and criminal law.  He is a graduate of Albany Law School and the University at Albany. 

“Ryan brings extensive litigation experience to our firm that will be a tremendous benefit to our clients. We’re excited to welcome him to the team,” said Partner Michael Conway. 

Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC, is a full-service litigation firm that provides clients with a well-rounded, experienced approach to their litigation needs. The firm’s practice areas include but are not limited to Legionnaires’ Disease and toxic torts/exposures, personal injury/medical malpractice, beer distribution law, commercial & corporate litigation, and labor & employment litigation. For more information, please visit www.capitalregionlaw.com

Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying
Posted on 2017-01-13

Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis Hires Professional Engineer

Jerry CraigRyan Biggs | Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C., a firm specializing in structural and site engineering and surveying services in Clifton Park, NY, announced the addition of Gerald Craig, effective immediately.


Jerry Craig has been hired as a Professional Engineer in the Capital District office. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is ABET accredited. Jerry recently passed the Professional Engineering exam. He brings five years of structural engineering experience to the firm, with seven years experience in construction and construction management. He is a member of the New York Capital District Penn State Alumni Chapter. Jerry will be providing structural engineering support on the firm’s municipal building projects.

The Spinney at Pond View
Posted on 2017-01-11

The Spinney at Pond View Opens New Clubhouse Space for Residents and Community

The Spinney Group is proud to announce the grand opening of The Spinney at Pond View’s Clubhouse. The Spinney at Pond View is a “55 and better” active, adult
community with a unique take on living for a new generation. The new Clubhouse space enhances residents’ living experiences by providing them with a space to congregate with one another and further connect them with their community.

“The excitement behind The Spinney at Pond View’s Clubhouse dovetails from the overarching sense of community that has been fostered by our residents,” said Samantha Raynor, Director of Leasing & Marketing of The Spinney Group, a family owned and operated property management company which manages The Spinney at Pond View. “This space has been filled every day since the building’s certificate
of occupancy was achieved with residents who wish to connect with new and old neighbors and friends through Spinney sponsored and self-organized events. It has truly become the center of The Spinney’s operations and we are all so excited to see more relationships being cultivated and events taking place in the near future!”

The Spinney at Pond View’s Clubhouse is a 5,000 square foot multi-use space featuring a Great Room with a full-sized kitchen and fireplace, a Media Room with a projector and billiards table, a commercialsized washer dryer, a full service gym, and a spacious outdoor patio which will host summer gatherings and concerts. Numerous activities are already taking place in the Clubhouse such as Zumba Gold classes, yoga, neighborhood potlucks, knitting club meetings, game nights, paint and sip get togethers and so much more! This spring/summer, construction will begin on a pool for resident’s use as well as a Community Garden. 

In addition to the completion of The Spinney at Pond View’s Clubhouse, 70 new cottages are being constructed in The Spinney at Pond View’s second phase of construction, featuring a brand new unit type – a one-story 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom cottage with an attached garage and all of the other amenities highlighted in a Spinney cottage. The cottages at the Spinney at Pond View offer the opportunity for residents to right-size their lives while continuing to have all the comforts of a full-sized home without the woes of home ownership! Residents enjoy lovely features such as attached, directaccess garages, private front and back porches, modern finishes, and spacious open one-story layouts coupled with the conveniences of 24-hour emergency maintenance, snow removal and outdoor landscaping.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2017-01-11

Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College opens semester with mixed media exhibit by Sarah Walko, NYC artist

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces So That I Might Speak to You of Your Magnificence, an exhibition of sculpture, installation and drawings by Brooklyn artist Sarah Walko, on view Feb. 2 through March 4, 2017. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building on the Troy campus.

Walko will discuss her work on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, with a reception following from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Through sculpture, drawing and installation, Walko explores the mythic possibilities of objects, images and imagination. The artist mines the unknowable space between her combined materials for new possibilities of narrative, essence and reality. Using such disparate found materials as animal bones, bird nests, gems, flora, texts and test tubes, Walko distills their enigmatic qualities through
juxtapositions that establish unexpected tableaux or situations. As ancient alchemists sought in their proto‐scientific experiments a physical manifestation for intangible transitions of spirit and essence, Walko funnels these new relationships between objects to evoke the irrational and the illusory much as a shaman unites good and evil or consciousness and physical existence.


Through these concoctions and micro‐still‐lives conjured from the crystals and new‐age musings of chemistry and hard science, Walko says she seeks to create “experiences that allow one’s perceptions to shift from the historical, to the narrative, to the scientific, to the alchemical and to the magical. The work is a call to look closer and see larger how interconnected we all are and to all things.”


Walko holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. from the Savannah (Georgia) College of Art and Design. Her recent exhibitions include Earth Revisited, Film and Video, an exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge (DUMBO, Brooklyn); To Be Everything, Silo Gallery (New Milford, CT); Audubon and the
Avian Experience, Marietta College (Marietta, OH); Ley Lines, University of Wyoming Art Museum, (Laramie, WY); Raising the Temperature, Queens Museum of Art (Queens), and You and I Do Not Come Lightly to the Blank Page, Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI). She has held residencies at the Elizabeth
Foundation for the Arts (New York City), I‐Park Foundation (East Haddam, CT) and served as a teacher, lecturer or panelist at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York City); Endicott College (Beverly, MA); Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO); University of Missouri‐Kansas City and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Walko is the director of Education and Community Engagement at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Summit, NJ.


Teaching Gallery exhibitions are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media with assistance from the Cultural Affairs Program. All exhibitions are installed and staffed by students in Gallery Management classes.
Teaching Gallery hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: closed
Directions and more information: www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery

Capital Roots
Posted on 2017-01-11

Capital Roots’ Team Grows in New Year

Nonprofit welcomes new staff and promotes from within

Capital Roots recently welcomed two new staff members to its growing team and promoted two current members. Adding valuable experience across the organization will help Capital Roots achieve its mission of providing the Capital Region access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. Capital Roots nourishes more than 175,000 residents in four counties with 480 tons of fresh, affordable produce annually.

Matt Bruce from Baton Rouge, Louisiana joins Capital Roots as Volunteer Coordinator. Bruce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from Louisiana State University. He brings past nonprofit sector experience to his new role where he will recruit and organize volunteers and interns to assist with projects, programs and events.

Susan Merrick of Albany County joins Capital Roots as Marketing Coordinator. Merrick holds a B.F.A. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and has worked at multiple marketing agencies within the Capital District. She brings a strong graphic design skillset and knowledge of the marketing industry to her new role.

Hannah Rosen of Albany County moves into a new role at Capital Roots as Food Hub Buyer. Rosen has been with Capital Roots as Healthy Stores Organizer since April 2016 where she brought new locations into the program. In her new role, Rosen will continue to build strong relationships with the local agricultural industry.

James Surano of Schenectady County moves into a new role at Capital Roots as Healthy Stores Organizer. Surano has been Capital Roots’ Mobile Markets Assistant since 2015 where he built strong relationships with customers. In his new role, Surano will continue relationship building with a new focus on retail outlets.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2017-01-11

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. INTRODUCES THEIR NEW BRAND IDENTITY

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. (HRFM), is pleased to introduce its new brand identity today, the first major brand transformation the firm has undertaken in its 47 year history.  HRFM is the largest law firm in upstate New York dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation with 17 partners and a total of 32 attorneys and patent agents.

The new brand identity reflects its longstanding service to the innovative idea community and bright vision for the future.  HRFM has worked on building partnerships with its clients, the innovation community and the community at large. 

The new brand identity will be incorporated into all firm materials and collateral, including social media and an upcoming website design.

“The re-branding reflects both the history of the firm as well as its vision for the future” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

“The new brand identity emphasizes our forward-thinking mindset, we needed our brand to support our growth.” said Alison Anechiarico, the firm’s Marketing Coordinator.

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Mosaic Associates Architects
Posted on 2017-01-10

MOSAIC ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS ANNOUNCES NEW HIRE

Andrew JacksonMosaic Associates Architects announces the hiring of Andrew F. Jackson as architect.

Jackson is a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience designing buildings for K-12 and municipal clients. His responsibilities include conceptual and schematic design, design development and construction documentation, and administration. He graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Jackson is currently working on projects for Scotia-Glenville Central School District, Argyle Central School District, and Salem Central School District.  He lives in Troy.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2017-01-10

ASTROS, VALLEYCATS ANNOUNCE 2017 FIELD STAFF

MORGAN ENSBERG TO MANAGE THE ‘CATS IN 2017

The Houston Astros announced their minor league field staffs for the 2017 season on Tuesday, and have named former Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg the ValleyCats manager. Bill Murphy, coming off one season with Rookie-level Greeneville, will join the squad as the ‘Cats pitching coach. In his first year in the Astros organization, Jeremy Barnes will serve as hitting coach, and Daniel Cerquera joins the ‘Cats as Athletic Trainer.

Morgan Ensberg is the eighth manager in ValleyCats history. He takes over for Lamarr Rogers, who managed the 'Cats in 2016.

Ensberg returns to the Astros organization for his sixth season, and first as a manager. Last year, Ensberg was heavily involved in Houston’s player development. He joined the professional coaching ranks in 2013 as infield coach at former Class-A Advanced Lancaster, where he helped lead the club to an 82-58 record and both the first and second half South Division titles in the California League.

The former third baseman played eight seasons in the Majors, which included his first seven seasons with the Astros (2000, 2002-07) and stints with the Padres (2007) and Yankees (2008). His best season came in 2005, where he was an All-Star and Silver Slugger, and finished fourth in the National League MVP voting after hitting .283 with 30 doubles, 36 homers, 101 RBI and a .945 OPS (.388 OBP/.557 SLG).

Following his playing career, Ensberg returned to the University of Southern California in 2010 to finish his degree in finance while also serving as an undergraduate assistant coach for the school’s baseball team. He then moved on to be an assistant coach at the University of California, San Diego in 2012.

During his three-year playing career at USC, he hit .331 with 40 home runs and 149 RBI and is the only Trojan to have a 20-homer, 20-stolen base season. He was a member of two College World Series teams, including the 1998 National Championship squad.

Bill Murphy is set to join the Astros for his second season as pitching coach, and first with Tri-City. Before his season with Rookie-level Greeneville last year, Murphy was the pitching coach at Brown University following a stint as co-manager and pitching coach for the Northwoods Collegiate League Battle Creek Bombers.

In 2013, Murphy was a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown University, and also coached in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League with the Rockville Express. From 2010-13, Murphy coached at Roselle Catholic High School, which included stints as the varsity pitching coach. Murphy graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 and was a pitcher on the baseball team for three years.

Jeremy Barnes, originally from Texas, has spent the last four years in Canberra, Australia where he was in charge of the overall development of amateur baseball and coaching development in the Australian Capital Territory for the Canberra Cavalry.

Barnes played four years at Notre Dame before he graduated with an anthropology degree in 2009 as a four-year starter and captain for the Fighting Irish. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 11th round, and got his start in professional baseball with the New York-Penn League’s Williamsport Crosscutters. He guided the Lakewood BlueClaws to the South Atlantic League Championship in 2010, and the Canberra Cavalry to Australian Baseball League and Asia Series titles in 2013.

Though he never made the Major Leagues, Barnes made it as high as Triple-A ball. He was a two-time All-Star in the Phillies system and led the organization in doubles in 2010.

Following his stint in the Phillies system, Jeremy played internationally in the Australian Baseball League with the Canberra Cavalry (2012-13, 2013-14, and 2015-16) as well as with the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am Independent League.

The ‘Cats home opener is set for Wednesday, June 21. The 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game will take place at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Tuesday, August 15. Season tickets, mini plans and flex vouchers for the ValleyCats 2017 All-Star Season are currently available for purchase online at tcvalleycats.com or by calling 518-629-CATS. 

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Posted on 2017-01-09

MOHAWK HUDSON HUMANE SOCIETY RELEASES DATA ON ANIMAL LIVES SAVED
88% Live Release Rate is Highest in 130-Year History

The success of an animal welfare organization is typically judged on its number of adoptions. Yet adoptions only tell part of the story. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has just reported its 2016 “live release rate,” which not only includes adoptions, but also other life-saving outcomes, such as returns-to-owner and transfers to other organizations.

In 2016, 88% of shelter animals had these positive outcomes, the highest lifesaving rate in the 130-year history of the organization. In 2016, this translated to actual numbers of 4,278 animals saved. Euthanasia has dropped by 70% in the past 10 years.

The Society only euthanizes animals that may present a danger to public health or when medically necessary. Over time and with the addition of veterinary staff, MHHS is able to provide treatment, or adopters are willing to take on animals with manageable conditions that may have been cause for euthanasia in the past.

“We are able to find wonderful homes for animals once deemed untreatable,” said MHHS President and CEO Brad Shear. “In the past, shelters thought no one wanted older animals or those with medical challenges. But in this community, people open their hearts to those animals.”

“The strategic development and expansion of our programs and services, coupled with the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, has enabled us to make dramatic strides in saving more lives. The opening of our new Animal Care Center this summer will provide a vastly improved environment for the animals with increased efficiencies that will help us to do even more for the animals in our care and others in the community,” said Shear.

Saving more lives can be attributed to several factors, including:

·         High standards of sanitation and veterinary care to keeps pets healthy and give them a good start in a new home. Partnerships with area veterinarians who donate services beyond what can be provided in the shelter also contribute to adopting out healthy pets.

·         Effective adoption counseling – to ensure that good matches are being made from the start.

·         Accurate recordkeeping, diligence of staff, relationships with animal control agencies, and the Society’s online lost and found reporting tool were all factors in returning over 400 lost pets to their owners in 2016.

·         A dedicated network of over 200 foster homes enables the Society to care for more animals when shelter space is in short supply, as well as provide a homelike environment for special needs animals.

·         Positive relationships with other rescue organizations allow for mutual support when placement assistance is needed.

·         Skilled personnel to support cruelty investigations and rescue efforts.

·         With six adoption outlets and a strong corps of volunteers, MHHS is able have a wider reach to potential homes throughout the greater Capital Region.

Increasing the live release rate is just one of focuses of the Society’s strategic plan.

“It’s about doing as much as we can as well as we possibly can, keeping the greatest amount of animals in our community safe and, and helping not only the animals, but the people they are connected to,” said Shear.

Capital Roots
Posted on 2017-01-05

Capital Roots Welcomes New Board Leadership

Capital Roots has elected a new Executive Committee to its Board of Directors. The 19-member board works closely with Capital Roots’ staff to develop innovative programs that are implemented by the 40-year-old non-profit. Headquartered at the Urban Grow Center on River Street in Troy, Capital Roots currently nourishes more than 175,000 residents in four counties with 480 tons of fresh, affordable produce each year.

Jean Gerbini, Capital Roots Board President: Gerbini, former Board Secretary, is an attorney in Albany County. She joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2009 and has served as Chair of the Board Development Committee and as a member of the Capital Campaign Committee for Phase I of the Urban Grow Center.

Ellen Flink, Capital Roots Board Executive Vice-President: Retired, Flink is the former Director of Policy for the Office of Health IT Transformation within the NYS Department of Health. She joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2013 and has served on the Board Development Committee and Program Committee. In 2016, Flink served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Rachel Hye Youn Rupright, Capital Roots Board Vice-President: Rupright is the Comprehensive Cancer Care Control Coordinator with the NYS Department of Health. She joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Chair of the Fund Development Committee.

Cynthia M. Nixon, Capital Roots Board Treasurer: Nixon is Certified Public Accountant in a private practice. She joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2011.

Deborah Bennett, Capital Roots Board Secretary: Bennett is a devoted community volunteer throughout the Capital Region and a graduate of Russell Sage College. She joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Tom McGuire, Capital Roots Executive Committee Member, At-Large: McGuire is in the Commercial Real Estate group at KeyBank. He joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2009 and has served on the Finance Committee.

Michael Whiteman, Capital Roots Executive Committee Member, At-Large: Whiteman, attorney and former Board President (2012-2015), joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2007. He has served on the Fund Development Committee, Board Development Committee and Capital Campaign Committee.

Kim Hickok, Capital Roots Board Immediate Past President: Hickok served as Board President in 2016. She is a marketing consultant, founder of Marketing Kangaroo  and a local blogger. She joined the Capital Roots’ Board of Directors in 2010 and serves as Chair of the Program Committee.

Times Union
Posted on 2017-01-05

Nominations now being accepted

The Jefferson Awards recognize local people who do extraordinary volunteer work within our community. One of the Jefferson Award recipients each year is selected to represent the Greater Capital District at the National Jefferson Awards in Washington, DC in June.

The American Institute for Public Service was created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard. This public foundation established the Jefferson Awards, a Nobel Prize for Community and Public Service.

All of this year’s Jefferson Award recipients will be recognized at a dinner in April at the Century House.

The Jefferson Awards are sponsored by St. Peter’s Health Partners, WNYT NewsChannel 13 and the Times Union.

Nominations may be submitted at www.timesunion.com/jeffersonawards

Deadline to submit an entry is February 24, 2017.

CSArch
Posted on 2017-01-04

CSArch is celebrating its 25th anniversary amid one of the firm’s most successful years in business. Widely-recognized as a leading architecture and engineering design firm in New York State, CSArch has expanded its staff to more than 80 professionals who have earned the firm a reputation for design excellence, hard work, and long-term relationships. In-house services include architecture, MEP engineering, interior design, construction management, and energy services for PK-12 schools, colleges and universities, corporate, civic and institutional clients.  CSArch is based in Albany and Newburgh, New York. 

Mosaic Associates
Posted on 2017-01-03

MOSAIC ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS ANNOUNCES STAFF PROMOTIONS

Mosaic Associates Architects announced that Matthew Gaspary and Lauren Tarsio  have been promoted to associate.

Gaspary has been with Mosaic for more than15 years. He started as a designer with the firm, shortly after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2009, he became a registered architect and joined the American Institute of Architects. Gaspary has served as project manager on numerous projects for Hudson Valley Community College. He has also worked for clients in the PK-12 market, including Saratoga Springs City School District, Scotia-Glenville Central School District, and Troy City School District. Gaspary will graduate from the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Institute in March 2017.

Tarsio has more than 10 years of experience and has been with Mosaic for more than five years. She passed her Architect Registration Examination in 2015 and joined the American Institute of Architects. She has been a project manager on projects for the State University Construction Fund and SUNY Cobleskill. She has also managed projects for PK-12 clients including Saugerties Central School District; Ellenville Central School District; and the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation in Mexico, New York. Tarsio is a graduate of the Leadership Institute.

“Both Gaspary and Tarsio have been instrumental to the growth of Mosaic and we look forward to them taking on larger leadership roles within the company in the years to come,” said Partner Mike Fanning.

December 2016 Member News

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-12-30

SEFCU donates $260,000 across its regions to rescue missions and food pantries

Capital Region organizations receive $143,000

SEFCU has once again provided significant year-end support to many struggling rescue missions and food pantries in the Capital Region by donating $143,000 to local organizations, up from $135,500 in 2015. In total, SEFCU presented checks for $260,000 across the state today as part of this effort. This is the seventh year that the credit union has made donations to these organizations.

The donation reflects SEFCU’s longtime commitment to giving back to the community. The credit union focuses on a number of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, and the problems that result for families who do not have adequate food to meet family members’ needs.

"According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2014, there were more than 100,000 people in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties in 2014 who were food insecure. That’s 100,000 men, women, and children who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Michael J. Castellana, president and CEO of SEFCU. “We proudly support local food pantries and city missions in all of our markets, but our work is not done. There are still many neighbors who need our help to draw attention to the continued problem of hunger in our communities,” he added.

The donations were made to Capital Region, Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton organizations that serve the homeless and the hungry as follows:

Rensselaer County:

CoNSERNS - U Food Pantry (Cath. Charities) - $5,000

YWCA Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen - $5,000

Roarke Center (Catholic Charities) - $5,000

Hope 7 Food Pantry - $5,000

Commission on Economic Opportunity - $1,500

Unity House - $1,500

Albany County:

Capital City Rescue Mission - $15,000

The Food Pantries - $10,000

South End Children’s Café -Streams of Dreams - $7,500

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region - $5,000

Cathedral Food Pantry - $2,500

Schenectady County:

City Mission of Schenectady - $15,000

Bethesda House - $5,000

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) - $5,000

Saratoga County:

Saratoga EOC - $5,000

Greater Galway Comm. Services Association - $5,000

Christ Episcopal Church Food Pantry - $2,500

Columbia County:

Catholic Charities – Columbia-Greene - $2,500

Herkimer County:

Catholic Charities – Herkimer - $2,500

Schoharie County:

Catholic Charities – Schoharie - $5,000

Schoharie County Community Action Program - $5,000

Fulton County:

Catholic Charities – Fulton-Montgomery - $5,000

Catholic Charities – Hilltowns - $2,500

Syracuse:

Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen - $20,000

Oxford Street Inn - $20,000

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse - $5,000

Samaritan Center - $2,500

Food Bank of Central NY - $1,000

Syracuse Northeast Community Center - $1,000

Binghamton:

Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse - $20,000

Whitney Place Rescue Mission - $5,000

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry - $2,500

Buffalo:

Buffalo City Mission - $10,000

Compass House - $10,000

Food Bank of Western NY - $10,000

MVP Health Care
Posted on 2016-12-28

MVP Health Care donates nearly 6,000 warm winter coats to children in several communities in N.Y. and Vermont

In an effort to help ensure that children stay warm during the long winter months, MVP Health Care has once again spearheaded coat drives in the Capital Region and Rochester. For the second year, MVP and WTEN in Albany teamed up with local dry cleaners to collect gently used and new coats for children in the area. To help with the increased need for coats, MVP also purchased more than 2,500 coats from Lodge’s Department Store in Albany to supplement the donated coats. In total nearly 6,000 new and used winter coats were distributed to children in Schenectady, Albany, Utica, Rochester, Troy, and Syracuse, N.Y. and in Vermont. The donations were coordinated with several human service agencies and schools throughout the health insurer’s coverage area.

“Many parents in the communities we serve worry about keeping their children warm during the cold winter months, and we want to help alleviate some of that worry by providing winter coats to children who need them most,” said MVP Vice President of Community Engagement Ellen Sax. “No child should have to brave weather in the Northeast without a warm winter coat, and so we’re doing our part to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

MVP Health Care provides corporate support to a large number of community organizations that are aligned with its vision of creating the healthiest communities in the country.  It is engaged in several other programs that support the family with food assistance, education, health and wellness programs.

Unity House of Troy, Inc.; Bootleggers on Broadway; and La Salle Institute
Posted on 2016-12-22

Bootleggers on Broadway and LaSalle Team Up

Bootleggers and the crew from La Salle Institute helped assembled 100 boxed dinners – a complete family meal with all the fixins!- to donate to Unity House. This generous donation will go to families in need at a very special time of year.

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Saratoga National Bank
Posted on 2016-12-22

Saratoga National Bank Earns 5-Star Rating

Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company was recognized in September as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm. Saratoga National has earned this designation for the past 31 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating indicates Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn 5 Stars, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability, according to Karen Dorway, President of BauerFinancial.

Based in Coral Gables, Florida, BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to neither rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may learn more at bauerfinancial.com.

Saratoga National Bank provides banking, wealth management and insurance through nine locations across the Capital Region. More information is available online at saratoganational.com.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-12-21

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. ("HRFM"), an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas L. Sica as a Litigation Attorney with the firm. HRFM is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 17 partners and a total of 32 attorneys and patent agents.

Mr. Sica works as an associate with the firm's litigation group. He earned a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. During law school, he handled litigation work for the firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer in Manhattan. Additionally, he completed internships with the New York State Office of the Inspector General and the New York State Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection in their legal departments. Mr. Sica is currently awaiting admission to the New York State Bar.

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-12-19

CAP COM North Greenbush Branch Relocating

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is wrapping up construction on its new North Greenbush location at 100 Van Rensselaer Square. The new branch is expected to open on January 9, 2017.

CAP COM opened its current North Greenbush location just beyond Hudson Valley Community College on Route 4 in 2002. At that time, the location was CAP COM’s third branch. Now with 10 branches and more than 120,000 members, CAP COM has grown substantially. The current branch will close at the end of business on Jan. 7, 2017. The new North Greenbush branch has been built to better suit a growing membership.

“We are adding more space to help members within our branch as well as ample parking at this new location. The new branch will better align with the needs of our busy members and help bridge the distance between our North Greenbush and East Greenbush households,” said CAP COM President/CEO Paula Stopera.

CAP COM is working with BBL Construction, Woodward Connor Gillies & Seleman Architects and Bohler Engineering. The new branch features a modern, welcoming teller line and a rainforest-themed kids play area along with more space for members to meet privately with staff. This branch also features an upgraded ATM with image-enabled technology that makes it easier for members to deposit cash and checks.

Branch hours will not change

Lobby:
Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Drive Thru:
Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution based in the New York’s Capital Region with more than $1.3 billion in asset and 10 branch locations. The credit union is member-driven and focused on superior service, convenient products and competitive rates that help members save money and make life just a little easier. CAP COM offers all the products and services you’d find at a typical financial institution. Visit www.capcomfcu.org to find out more. Federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Equal Housing Lender. 

The Salvation Army
Posted on 2016-12-19

Kettle Donations, Bell Ringers and Toys Critically Short In Capital Region

With one week until the end of this year’s Red Kettle Campaign, the Capital Region Salvation Army fundraising efforts are down in  kettle donations and down in the number of  bell ringers needed, said Major Steven Lopes, executive director of the eight Salvation Army Worship and Community Centers that stretch from the Canadian border to the Catskills.

“Not having enough bell ringers means that we have sites that do not have the signature red bucket with a bell ringer there to accept donations,” Major Lopes said.

The army has bell ringers at Price Chopper, JC Penney, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Macy’s, Boscov’s and area malls and other locations. “We thank those businesses for their willingness to allow us to ring at their locations,” said Major Lopes.

The following Salvation Army corps need help with:

  • Troy – kettle volunteers and toys,
  • Glens Falls – kettles,
  • Plattsburgh – kettles,
  • Albany – toys and kettle volunteers,
  • Oneonta – kettles,
  • Gloversville and Schenectady – kettles.

Community donations collected in Red Kettles in each community are used for the holiday season and year-round to help feed hungry families, invest in young people through youth enrichment programs, and provide seasonal food baskets and toys.

If you can help with our Red Kettle campaign or with our toy drive, please contact your nearest Salvation Army.

Contributions can also be made on line at donate.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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Other Ways to Give this Holiday Season:

Bell Ringers and Red Kettle Holiday Kettle Campaign

You’ll start to see more red kettles in your community with volunteers, teens and businesses ringing the bell to help the local Salvation Army.  The army has bell ringers at Tops, Price Chopper, JC Penney, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, Walmart and other locations.  We thank those businesses for their willingness to allow us to ring at their locations.

From now until December 31, Dr. Pepper will donate ten cents per unit sold of the following specially marked products below:

  • 2-liter bottles - Canada Dry Ginger Ale (regular and diet), Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale (regular), 7UP (regular and diet), 7UP Cherry (regular), 7UP Pomegranate (regular), Squirt (regular and diet)
  • 20 oz. bottles - Canada Dry Ginger Ale (regular and diet), 7UP (regular and diet), Squirt (regular and diet);
  • 12 oz. can 12-packs: Canada Dry Ginger Ale (regular and diet), Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale (regular), 7UP (regular and diet), 7UP Cherry (regular), Squirt (regular and diet).

#Red Kettle Reason

An online peer-to-peer fundraiser. Choose a reason: Make Christmas possible, Feed the Hungry, Shelter the Homeless, Meet the greatest need.  Raise funds and change lives for your community.

End-of-Year Giving: One-third of online donations occur during the last two days of the year. Donors can benefit when it comes to their taxes if they donate to a charity and receive the proper documentation before January 1.

Text-to-Give

  • For the fifth year in a row, donors can support the national Red Kettle Campaign directly through their mobile phone.
  • Donors can text the word “KETTLE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign.
  • The donation will appear as a charge on the donor’s next mobile phone bill.
  • A one-time donation will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your

prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs. or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innogive Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t.  Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-12-19

Mayor Madden: City of Troy Seeking Qualified Developers for One Monument Square Project

Administration Releases Request for Proposals (RFP) to Redevelop Vacant Site in downtown Troy

The planned redevelopment of the One Monument Square site moved ahead this week with the announcement by Mayor Patrick Madden to seek proposals to transform the site into an economic and community anchor in Troy’s vibrant downtown.
 
“Strengthening our downtown requires a thoughtful approach to the One Monument Square property to enhance the expanding hub of economic growth in downtown Troy,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “Using the recommendations of our residents, community stakeholders and business owners, we look to take a comprehensive approach to the redevelopment of the site to attract additional investment into our community and strengthen Troy’s ongoing rebirth.”
 
Earlier this year, the Madden administration held a town hall meeting with residents, business owners and community representatives to gather feedback on what features could be integrated into the One Monument Square site. In response, the administration integrated several large themes provided during the session into the RFP for redevelopment of the property, including commercial business space, access to the waterfront and planned urban trails, and developing Troy into an active 18-hour city.
 
Interested parties can request a copy of the One Monument Square RFP by contacting Kathy Kussler at kathy.kussler@troyny.gov. Submissions are due by January 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Additional information on the One Monument Square project can be found online at the City of Troy’s Planning Department homepage: http://www.troyny.gov/cityprojects/monumentsquare

Times Union
Posted on 2016-12-15

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The winners of "The Big $100,000 Giveaway" were announced, and a BIG congratulations goes out to our nonprofit Chamber members who won $10,000 in advertising grants from the Albany Times Union! As the article states, this opportunity is for "helping to build new partnerships and shine a light on the good works performed by so many people in our community." Thank you all that you do!

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of AlbanyMohawk Hudson Humane SocietyCapital District YMCA and Capital Roots.

 

Read the full article here.

Capital Roots
Posted on 2016-12-14

The Urban Grow Center was recently selected for a 2016 Excellence Award for Design from the Center for Active Design. This award recognizes architecture and public space projects that have postitive impacts on community health. Capital Roots was recognized alongside Google and projects from as far away as China. According to award juror Mayor Chris Coleman (Saint Paul, MN), the Urban Grow Center "encourages healthy behavior not only among those in the bul=ilding, but also in the surrounding community. It capitalizes on its central location, offering a crucial neighborhood asset that's responding to community needs."

MVP Health Care
Posted on 2016-12-12

MVP Health Care, CapitalCare Medical Group, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences collaborate to help improve lives of patients with chronic illness

An innovative partnership among MVP Health Care, CapitalCare Medical Group, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is taking shape as the organizations work to assess and improve the way medications are utilized by patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Through the partnership, MVP and ACPHS are funding the addition of a clinical pharmacist to the CapitalCare team who is dedicated to serving the needs of patients with chronic illnesses.

The pharmacist, Ali Watson, works with patients to reduce medication errors and help them understand the complexities that occur when several medications are prescribed at once. Together with a multi-disciplinary team, she monitors patients’ medication therapy holistically, with the assistance of the patients’ physicians, based on all the medical conditions present in each individual.

One area of the program’s focus is on patients who have very complex medical regimens. Large numbers of medications can place patients at increased risk for interactions, side effects, and confusion about what they should be taking. In addition, the cost of these medications can be problematic for patients with limited incomes.

For example, one patient with whom Watson consulted had 26 prescribed medications that she took daily. Watson said, “When I met with her in the office she brought all of her medications with her and we reviewed each one so I could explain its purpose and help determine if it was still necessary. Following this review, I was able to work with her primary care practitioner to reduce or discontinue several medications at a cost savings of more than $75 per month. I also contacted her pharmacy to inform the staff there of the changes so they would no longer dispense these medications to her.”

Watson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPHS and completed a post-doctoral residency in ambulatory care at the Stratton VA Hospital in Albany. She has completed certifications in medication therapy management and pharmacist and patient-centered diabetes care and is a certified immunizing pharmacist in New York. She is also an assistant professor at ACPHS.

“The future of health care depends upon the seamless collaboration of health plans and physicians. This exciting new relationship with CapitalCare and the college has great potential to improve member health and safety through improved medication use,” said Dominick Bizzarro, executive vice president, business development and informatics at MVP.

The concept of embedding a pharmacist in a clinical setting is in line with national efforts, led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to improve the appropriate use of medications for conditions like heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure where dramatic improvements could be made.

“It is increasingly clear that the professional expertise of clinical pharmacists working in ambulatory care enables patients and practitioners to achieve the most benefit from pharmacologic treatment. Support from MVP has helped us to provide this important service here at CapitalCare,” said Lou Snitkoff, M.D., chief medical officer.

“It’s rare in New York State for a health insurer to get involved the way MVP has in this partnership, but it is consistent with what MVP is doing in the community to bring added value to our members,” said Bizzarro.

Watson works to gather data to identify best practices, proposed quality initiatives and value-based designs related to medication reconciliation and transition-of-care services. In addition, she analyzes data related to medication safety, effectiveness, and efficiency; promulgates guidelines for appropriate first-line therapy for common chronic conditions; educates patients and providers regarding optimal use of medications; and recommends lab tests necessary for monitoring outcomes of medication therapy.

“We applaud MVP and CapitalCare for recognizing the key role pharmacists play in improving patient outcomes and are pleased to contribute to this initiative,” said Robert Hamilton, Pharm.D., MPH, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at ACPHS. “By supporting this position, MVP and CapitalCare are not only showing how the pharmacist will play an expanded role in the future health care system, they are underscoring their commitment to outstanding patient care and value-based medicine.”

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Posted on 2016-12-08

Join the Music Hall as a Community Partner!

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is on a mission to have a positive impact in our community. You may have noticed that we have been busier than ever, offering more concerts, events, and programs than ever before. We hope that you have seen an increase in your businesses as we continue to add to our own calendar.
Today we are reaching out to ask for your participation in a Member Benefit program, designed to offer unique opportunities for the valuable donors to the Music Hall to explore the shops, restaurants, and boutiques that make Downtown Troy the vibrant gem that we know it to be. We have launched a Member Discount Card for local merchants, and we hope that you want to be part of this exciting initiative.


How does it work? Donors who have shown their commitment to the Music Hall with gifts of $50 or more are “Members” that receive access to priority ticket ordering, advance notice of shows, and now discounts at local merchants! By partnering with the Music Hall, your business will be promoted to these philanthropic members of our community, giving our members even MORE reasons to try new restaurants, visit new shops, or try out services offered in Downtown Troy. Each Membership is valid for one year, as shown on their Member Card (sample below), which can be presented to receive discounts or special offers at local businesses.


The level of participation is up to you. Let us know if you would like to offer an item, percentage, or dollar amount for customers who show their card. Some examples include:
• 15% discount off services (excluding gratuity)
• $5 discount off purchase of $30 or more
• Free appetizer with the purchase of two or more entrees
• Large coffee for the size of a medium with Member card


It is up to you! Participants will be added to the back of the member card, and a full sheet with discount details, restrictions, and blackouts will be mailed to the members along with their tax acknowledgment letters.


We hope that you will join us in supporting local business and rewarding the Members who frequent our community. Please respond by November 23 to be included in the official announcement of this new program! If you have any questions, please contact me at maureen@troymusichall.org or 518-273-8945.

Thank you!
Maureen Neufeld
Director of Development Troy Savings Bank Music Hall maureen@troymusichall.org 518-273-8945, ext. 16

Recovery Sports Grill - BBLHospitality
Posted on 2016-12-07

Recovery Sports Grill along with generous donors in the Capital Region have raised $9,027 for the Holy Trinity Foot­ball team after the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Field House burned down. In less than 24 hours, the GoFundMe page was trending and hit 75% of the $10,000 donation goal. The team was a day away from playing their first-ever playoff game and left with nothing. With donations from local high schools and colleges, the team was able to play Hoosick Valley. 

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-12-05

Six women to Graduate from YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc’s. Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work (JR-RFW) Program

WHEN: Friday, December 9, 2016, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE: YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., 21 First Street, Troy, NY

WHO: Elected officials and representatives will be present to offer remarks to the graduates.

Lisa Lagon, YWCA-GCR Board President, Daquetta Jones, YWCA-GCR Executive Director and JR-RFW Program staff will speak as well.

Fateema King, a Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Graduate will share her success story since graduating from the program.

Graduates of the program are: Tonya Harrison, Geneva Jones, Lataie McCall, Paradise Neville, Sara Nichols, and Mickey Stockholm. We will have a graduate available to speak on camera about her experience in the program as well as her future plans.

WHAT: Six women will graduate this month from the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc’s. Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program,a 12-week job readiness program. Ceremonies will include a presentation of certificates, graduates' five year plans, and a little about their journeys along the way. These women have successfully completed the 12-week ”job readiness” program that was designed to help them gain the skills necessary to obtain and maintain permanent employment.

The JR-RFW ”Job Readiness” Program provides residents and community members with on-site work experience as well as skill building workshops and trainings. This program was developed to address a variety of barriers that women face when seeking gainful employment.

These barriers differ from woman to woman and include:

  • Lack of high school diploma or GED
  • Lack of computer knowledge
  • Basic literacy and academic challenges
  • Limited or no prior work history
  • Life skill challenges
  • Lack of professional skills
  • Mental illness
  • Prior substance abuse
  • Former incarceration

Program staff assists participants with obtaining childcare, improving basic and financial literacy, goal planning, resume and cover letter writing, self advocacy, and learning/enhancing computer skills. Participants will also engage in workshops that will provide a variety of skill building topics such as professionalism, confidentiality, dressing for success, workplace etiquette, time management, and more.

The program is a collaborative effort with a variety of organizations from throughout the Capital Region, including (but not limited to), Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Questar III, Positive Health Alliance, Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, just to name a few. 

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-12-05

SEFCU announces winner of $25,000 Car Sweepstakes

A longtime member of SEFCU, Samuel Kershaw of Binghamton, has been selected as the winner of SEFCU’s $25,000 Car Sweepstakes.  Kershaw, who has been a member of the credit union since 2007, was announced as the winner at SEFCU’s Vestal branch on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

The contest allowed for the winner to select one of four 2016 model year cars with an average retail value of $25,000, or an equivalent amount in cash. Kershaw opted to take his prize in cash.

In addition, as the grand prize winner, he was able to select a non-profit organization within SEFCU’s giving guidelines to receive $1,000 from SEFCU. Kershaw chose CHOW – Broome County Council of Churches as the recipient.  A second prize winner also received a $2,500 MasterCard gift card, and a third prize winner received a $1,000 MasterCard gift card. Winners were selected in a random drawing of all entries conducted by an independent judging organization.

After registering for the sweepstakes, SEFCU members automatically earned 25 entries and then earned additional entries for each qualifying SEFCU product and/or service they utilize. More than 32,000 qualified SEFCU members entered the contest and their entries totaled more than three million chances to win. 

The Salvation Army
Posted on 2016-12-01

Troy Family Rings bells to Raise Funds in Grandson’s Memory TODAY and Saturday

Every year, the Newport/Bascom Family of Troy rings bells and raises funds for the Troy Salvation Army in memory of their grandson, Chris Bascom who while riding his bicycle, was struck by a drunk driver. Today, would have been his 30th birthday. 

When:           Today from 1-8 p.m.

Saturday: Columbia High School SADD club from 10-3 p.m. and Newport’s again from 3-5 p.m.

Where:         Walmart, East Greenbush, NY

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-12-01

2ND ANNUAL BRAVA, A UNIQUE STORY-TELLING EVENT BENEFITING YWCA-GCR RESIDENTS AND WOMEN IN THE COMMUNITY, RECEIVED MORE THAN 500 BRA DONATIONS

The 2nd Annual Brava, a fundraiser that will provide new bras to women at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the community, was held at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street in Troy on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The Arts Center was a partner in the event which featured 12 talented writers from around the region who performed jury-selected poems, essays, songs, and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces touched on the subject of bras from many viewpoints which range from the poignant to the hilarious. Submissions were reviewed and selected by a juried panel. Each of the pieces was limited to 750 words.

Artist Sharon Bates was on hand at the event to create a unique installation of the contributed bras. The event was emceed by Susan Arbetter, well-known Capitol correspondent and radio commentator. Attendees each brought a new bra to the event in addition to a $45 admission fee which covered savories, desserts and refreshments. More than 500 bras were collected at the event.

“YWCA-GCR is one of the area’s largest providers of supportive housing for both homeless single women and women with children. Women come to YWCA-GCR in times of crisis, for affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, economic and educational empowerment, basic needs such as food and clothing, advocacy, homelessness prevention, etc. YWCA-GCR ultimate goal is to provide each woman with 360° of Support – a range of services customized to meet each woman’s individual needs to empower them to become and maintain self-sufficiency,” said Executive Director Daquetta Jones. “But one thing we haven’t been able to provide in the past – something that is greatly needed; a necessity – is a new bra. This fundamental garment is key to helping rebuild women’s confidence and strength as they re-enter the world on a fresh path.”

The idea for the event developed out of a conversation between author, editor and teacher Marion Roach Smith, who teaches memoir writing at The Arts Center and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, Director of Development and Marketing at YWCA-GCR.“When we were discussing holiday needs for the residents, Malissa told me that bras are always in desperately short supply,” Roach Smith said. “This struck a powerful chord with me and we decided right there to do something about it.”

Those who couldn’t attend the event but want to still support the cause can drop off new bras year-round at YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. , 21 First St. in Troy, or make a monetary contribution toward the purchase of bras at http://www.fundabilities.org/Brava! The Town Shop, a well-known lingerie retailer operating in Manhattan, will provide the bras at wholesale cost, ensuring that individual’s donations go farther. The logo and other artwork for Brava! were designed by artist and educator Paul Miyamoto and his design class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

An event like this would not be possible without the help and support of so many people, organizations, and businesses. The event committee consisted of Marion Roach Smith and Malissa Pilette-McClenon. Sponsors for the event were: The Recovery Room, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Dali Mamma, and Braza. Additional special thanks go out to Susan Arbetter, Sharon Bates, Bonnie Benson, Brazabra, Shara Branon-Bender, Corinne Carey, Dali Mamma, Joe Donahue, Sue Dunckel of Sweet Sues, Wilhemina Hicks, Colleen Ingerto, Andrea LaRose, Paul Miyamoto, Elizabeth Reiss, Starletta Smith, The Town Shop, Valerie Weaver, Dr. Bethe Kelley of The Sage Colleges and her Women of The World Student volunteers, and all of the many dedicated volunteers, supporters, and Brava’s performers.  

November 2016 Member News

AAA Hudson Valley
Posted on 2016-11-29

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Northern Rivers
Posted on 2016-11-28

Northern Rivers Launches Holiday Giving Campaign

Northern Rivers Family of Services will officially kick off their Holiday Giving campaign on Giving Tuesday, November 29. For three weeks, the organization will work to make the holidays brighter for 1,000 children and families served by Northern Rivers member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center.  The goal is to collect 3,000 gifts by the campaign’s end on December 19.

“Our children and families combat abuse, neglect and poverty every day as they strive to reach their goals,” said William T. Gettman, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Northern Rivers. “It’s important that they still take the time to celebrate some of the joys in life, like the holidays. We want to help our children and families make fond families to build upon and last a lifetime—and we need everyone’s help to make that happen.”

There are many ways the community can support this initiative. Businesses throughout the area can “host” gift drop boxes. Donated gifts can also be dropped off at Northern Rivers’ Academy Road (Albany) and Genium Plaza (Schenectady) locations. For gift ideas, a full list of drop box locations, and information on becoming a “holiday helper,” visit www.northernriversholidaygiving.com

St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2016-11-28

St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), in appreciation of the generosity of 97-year-old philanthropist Heinrich Medicus, will announce the renaming of its Troy cancer centers at Samaritan and St. Mary's hospitals in memory of his late wife, Hildegard Medicus, at a commemoration ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5 – 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Hospital, 1300 Massachusetts Ave., Troy.

Medicus, who previously donated $10 million to SPHP’s Troy Master Facilities Plan (MFP), will announce an additional $1.5 million gift to advance cancer services. New donor walls for the centers will be unveiled simultaneously at the two campuses through a video connection that will allow guests at St. Mary’s to witness the unveiling at Samaritan Hospital as well.

The Troy MFP was designed to transform health care in Troy, Rensselaer County, and the surrounding communities. The comprehensive plan includes the construction, renovation and modernization of inpatient facilities on the Samaritan campus, and the relocation, expansion and enhancement of outpatient services at St. Mary’s.

Speakers will include: Norman E. Dascher, Jr., chief executive officer of Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals, and vice president of Acute Care Troy, SPHP; James K. Reed, MD, president and chief executive officer, SPHP; Peter D. Semenza, vice president of philanthropy, SPHP; Robert E. Benton, MD, FACC, CDPI, chief of cardiology, Samaritan Hospital, and co-chair of SPHP’s “Transforming Health Care in Troy, The Campaign for Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals” Campaign; and Heinrich Medicus, major donor.

Community Loan Fund
Posted on 2016-11-23

Community Loan Fund Needs Our Help

For the second year in a row, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region (CLFCR) has won a very competitive $1.75 million grant from the CDFI Fund of the U.S. Department of Treasury. The majority of the money will be used for lending capital to help micro-entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations throughout the Capital Region. In order to draw down the full award, CLFCR needs to match it dollar for dollar. In addition, CLRCR is the recipient of a NYS ESDC grant for lending capital - which needs to leverage additional lending capital for each dollar of the grant. 

Every dollar that is donated between now and the end of the year will draw down one dollar from the federal CDFI grant and leverage one dollar from the NYS ESDC grant - which triples your giving dollars and helps the Community Loan Fund increase its lending pool for community-based micro-enterprises and nonprofit organizations. 

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is a non-profit community development financial institution serving the Capital Region of New York State -- Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren & Washington Counties. Its mission is to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities. CLFCR provides access to capital by pooling investments and donations from socially concerned individuals and organizations, and re-lending it to non-profit organizations for affordable housing and community services, to micro enterprises for business development, and to individuals for home ownership and repair. It also offer training and technical assistance programs.

Since 1985, the Community Loan Fund has financed more than 825 community development projects, loaning more than $48 million and leveraging an additional $175 million.  Those projects have created or retained more than 2,000 jobs in the region and built or rehabbed more than 1,200 affordable housing units. Additionally, more than 300 micro-enterprises have been started or expanded, and thousands of local entrepreneurs have received free business counseling.

To learn more about how you can help the Community Loan Fund make this match, please contact Linda Chandler, Director of Development, at (518) 436-8586 x806 or email Linda@mycommunityloanfund.org

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-11-23

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Capital Roots & The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group
Posted on 2016-11-22

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Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany
Posted on 2016-11-22

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Wojeski & Company CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-11-21

Kokoras Joins Wojeski CPA FirmKokoras HIRES

Christina Kokoras has been named Senior Staff Accountant at Wojeski & Company CPAs, PC, where she is responsible for tax compliance for individuals and corporations. With 35 employees in its Capital District office, the growing firm provides audit, tax, and consulting services to a broad range of clients.

Kokoras brings sixteen years of tax and accounting experience to the firm, having previously worked at CPA firms in Albany and Western Massachusetts, most recently serving as Senior Staff Accountant for the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge. She holds a Master’s degree in accounting and financial management from the University of Maryland.

Visit www.wojeskico.com for additional information about the firm.

Unity House of Troy, Inc.
Posted on 2016-11-21

Unity House Seeks Help to Provide Gifts to Children in Need this Holiday Season

As Unity House kicks off its annual Adopt-a-Child Program, which provides holiday gifts for families receiving services through the organization’s domestic violence or Unity Sunshine day care programs, it is seeking businesses and individuals to “adopt” a family or a child by agreeing to purchase toy and clothing items. This year, the 15th year of the program, Unity House will provide gifts to more than 1,000 families. 

“For many of these children, the gifts we provide are the only gifts they will receive,” said Chris Burke, Unity House chief executive officer. “We continue to be grateful for the generous support our community provides to ensure that these families get the help they need.”

Unity House partners with Troy’s Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) to create a retail experience for families served by the two organizations’ poverty services programs.  By creating a holiday “store” where toys are organized by age-level appropriateness, the two human services organizations allow families to shop (at no cost) and choose gifts they would like to give their children.  They are seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys, which can be dropped off at either Unity House’s Front Door, located at 2431 Sixth Ave. or CEO’s offices, located at 2331 Fifth Ave., both in Troy.

“Our intention is to provide the recipients with a sense of dignity as they are able to select gifts for their children themselves,” said Burke.

The Unity House programs rely on donations and support from many local businesses, organizations, religious institutions and private donors. “At Unity House we understand that gifts during the holidays bring a sense of normalcy and calmness to many families living in poverty. If we can bring them that kind of peace, we will work hard to make certain it happens,” said Burke.

In addition to the toys and clothing, donations of gift cards for food or general household goods stores are encouraged. Individuals and organizations interested in adopting a child or a family, making a donation of cash or a gift card, or organizing a toy drive this holiday season can contact Mandy Brown at (518) 274-2607 ext. 4139 for more information about the Adopt-a-Child Program. Organizations that conduct a toy drive to support the program can arrange to have a Unity House staff member pick up the donations at their locations, also by calling Brown.

Mission Accomplished
Posted on 2016-11-17

Mission Accomplished C.A.R.E.s About Students Going to School

Going away to college can be difficult, from financing school to adjusting in a new environment. Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished), a local non-profit organization with a focus on coaching, training and mentoring millennial young professionals into careers, has set out to help ease the financial burden placed on students going away to school. Mission Accomplished has created the College and Room Essentials (C.A.R.E) Initiative. Students can apply to receive a bin filled with various college necessities to help them get started on campus.

The C.A.R.E. package is filled with classroom essentials such as notebooks, pens, binders and pencils, and also room essentials such as bedding, pillows, shower caddies, laundry bags, detergent and basic toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, and body wash.

Eligible students can apply late January – May 13, 2017 and will receive the bin before they go to school in August. In order to be eligible a student must be accepted to a college, university, or vocational program for the 2017 fall semester, and have an economic need for the package. Students will be selected based on the essays they write as part of the application process. Upon acceptance, the student must participate in a two day, six-hour higher education preparation course. The course is focused on building time and financial management skills, as well as stressing the importance of networking and building connections.

“It was greatly appreciated and will definitely help defray the cost of living on campus” said Brandon Fortuin, a recipient of a 2016 C.A.R.E. package. He goes on to thank Mission Accomplished for “the valuable information that [he] received through the Higher Education Prep Series.”

Since the C.A.R.E. initiative began in 2015, 44 students have benefitted from the C.A.R.E. Initiative and 60 students have applied. 72.9 percent of recipients have an average household income of less than $45,000 per year. The Selection and Review Committee, who decides which students receive the packages, is comprised of one member from Mission Accomplished and one representative from Cap Com Federal Credit Union. Cap Com, NYSUT and Dormco are some of the sponsors for the program.

Mission Accomplished was incorporated in 2012 by Carmen Duncan, a millennial social entrepreneur. The organization strives to prepare aspiring young professionals for the global economy by providing access to coaching, job training and professional development. Mission Accomplished offers individual coaching, group coaching and other initiatives. For more information, go to www.matransitionservices.org

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-11-17

Sage to Dedicate Multipurpose Renaissance Room

The Sage Colleges will dedicate a new and unique student lounge space on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Armory at Sage. This new multipurpose creative space is being dedicated as the Renaissance Room and was made possible by a generous donation from the Renaissance Corporation of Albany. The Renaissance Corporation of Albany was formed in 1997 by Morris “Marty” Silverman to collaborate and support the efforts of the surrounding educational organizations in the University Heights area, including Sage College of Albany. 


“Thank you to the Renaissance Corporation for your generosity in making this beautiful space for our students a reality,” said Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, President of The Sage Colleges. “Since 2011, Renaissance has supported many Sage initiatives, projects and programs. In addition to this room, Renaissance’s most recent gift established an endowed fund dedicated to helping first generation undergraduate students on our Albany campus.  Renaissance truly understands the value of investing in educational initiatives, both big and small. Sage would not be what it is today without the support of Renaissance.”

“We are so excited to be a part of the creation of this new multipurpose space that will benefit so many Sage students,” stated Carla Chiaro, President of the Renaissance Corporation. “It completely encompasses the vision of both Marty Silverman and John Egan for the continued growth of the Sage College of Albany campus.”

Until his death, John Egan served as the President of the Renaissance Corporation. He was a former member of Sage’s Board of Trustees and a generous supporter of The Sage Colleges who helped to bring the gift to renovate the Renaissance Room to fruition. In his capacity in managing the University Heights College Suites, John was an informal advisor and cheerleader to many students and a valued friend of President Scrimshaw and so many others.


WHAT: Dedication and Grand Opening of the Renaissance Room

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  The Armory at Sage, Room 234, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany              

VISUALS: Sage President Susan Scrimshaw and Renaissance Corporation President Carla Chiaro will cut the ribbon to officially open the Renaissance Room. The ceiling, skylight casings, and all the ceiling and baseboard trim were all re-purposed from the bleachers in Sage’s Kahl Campus Center gym that were replaced in 2014.  

Clement Art Gallery
Posted on 2016-11-17

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Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care
Posted on 2016-11-17

A special letter from Chamber member Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care:

It's Our Holiday Gift to You!

November 26 is Small Business Saturday. We love having a day to promote small business, but believe that you deserve more.

We care about health insurance and know that anything we can do to help you advertise means more money to offset your costs. For the next four week,  the homepage of our website will be used to promote, absolutely free, our members.

“Spreading Holiday Cheer” is a section devoted exclusively to small businesses. This space is yours. What are you selling? When are you open? How can we reach you?

We will share everything potential customers WANT and NEED to know to support your business through our website, email and social media venues also. (Have you liked us on Facebook?). It's absolutely free.

The Employer Alliance has more than 3,000 members representing 150,000 consumers throughout New York State, making this an inexpensive venue with maximum impact for you. It's also a great way for us to showcase New York's small business community.

Many of you are already spreading Christmas cheer, so we will start this feature TOMORROW, on Friday, Nov. 18. It’s free and requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Would you like to participate? Please email your name and contact information to pamela@employeralliance.com, or call (518) 462-2296.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-11-16

Paths to Fastest Growing STEM Jobs are Abundant at Hudson Valley Community College

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report on fast-growing jobs in STEM fields that require just a two-year degree or certificate. Hudson Valley Community College offers programs and pathways to nearly all the job titles that made the list.

According to the Bureau’s report, more employers are hiring workers with the right skills and credentials for a specific job, rather than simply hiring candidates with four years of schooling. With college costs on the rise, more workers are turning to community colleges for the workforce training required for in-demand fields.
The jobs that made the list represent the fastest-growing positions with the most projected openings between now and 2024 that require a two-year degree or less. The list includes computer user support specialists; web developers; computer network support specialists; electrical and electronics engineering technicians; electrical and electronics drafters; civil engineering technicians; chemical technicians; environmental engineering technicians; environmental science and protection technicians; industrial engineering technicians; forest and conservation technicians; and mechanical engineering technicians, to name a few.

Computer Information Systems
Aspiring web developers, computer user support specialists, and computer network support specialists—all jobs that made the list—can study in Hudson Valley’s School of Business’ Computing and Information Sciences Department. Check out the degree and certificate programs offered by the department and see how they match up to the list of fast-growing careers.

Electrical, Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering
Hudson Valley’s School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies houses degree and certificate programs that lead to several careers that made at least one of the lists. These academic programs focus on practical, hands-on training alongside theoretical knowledge. Hudson Valley’s A.A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology can lead to careers in building design and construction, highway and infrastructure design and construction and construction management under the supervision of engineers, designers and builders. The college’s Electrical Engineering Technology - Electronics A.A.S. degree is designed to meet the demand for employees with electronics skills. Students learn electrical and electronic theories and how to apply those theories in a laboratory setting. Graduates of the program can go on to become electrical and electronics engineering technicians.
The A.A.S in Mechanical Engineering Technology provides a foundation for graduates to perform tasks related to product testing, research and design working under the supervision of an engineer or product designer. This program would also be a good first step for those interested in industrial design at an entry-level position, which the Bureau projects will have more than 16,000 new job openings through 2024.
All of these technology-related programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which means they reach the highest standard for technical education.

Environmental Science and Forestry / Biotechnology
The pathway to becoming an environmental science and protection technician is through the college’s Environmental Science associate degree, offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department. Students in the Environmental Science program study biological, physical and social sciences as well as courses that focus on environmental issues. The associate degree incorporates a blend of theoretical concepts, policy analysis and laboratory experience.

The department also offers a 1+1 agreement with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, for those interested in becoming forest rangers. The first year of the program takes place on campus in Troy and the second year is spent immersed in nature at the SUNY-ESF Wanakena Ranger School, located in the northwestern corner of the Adirondack Park. The Ranger School curriculum educates students for outdoor careers in the areas of environmental conservation, forestry and surveying, while also providing preparation for continued education in related bachelor's degree programs.

The college’s Biotechnology degree and certificate programs can lead to another career that made the list of STEM careers with the most projected job openings – chemical technician. These programs offer a pathway to positions working in biological, chemical, food science labs assisting in testing and laboratory analysis.
Are you looking for a career in one of these STEM fields? More information can be found at www.hvcc.edu/programs. For enrollment information, contact the college’s Office of Admissions at (518) 629-7309.

Read the full Bureau of Labor Statistics report here.

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-11-16

Mark Vena Selected for 2016 Emerging Leaders Program

TBC Manager receives complimentary training from accounting industry thought leaders

Mark Vena 4x5Last month, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) manager Mark Vena was one of only 20 participants chosen to participate in the esteemed Emerging Leaders Program at the Wolters Kluwer, CCH Connections User Conference 2016 — the tax and accounting profession’s premier educational and peer networking event — held October 24-26 in Washington, D.C. Vena and other rising stars earned a complimentary opportunity to network with and learn from key industry thought leaders at the annual User Conference. They also took part in educational sessions designed to help them grow as professionals, better manage their areas of responsibility within their businesses and progressively rise as leaders within their firms.

“We take the training of our younger professionals very serious, that’s why our firm was so pleased to have Mark Vena chosen to participate in the Wolters Kluwer Emerging Leaders Program,” said Jim Drislane, Managing Partner at TBC.

“Mark is a tremendous asset to our practice and we’re excited to provide opportunities for him to attend such prestigious professional development opportunities such as the CCH Connections User Conference,” Drislane continued. “We know the key learnings and insight that Mark brought back from the User Conference will immediately benefit our practice.”

According to Wolters Kluwer Emerging Leaders Program nomination process, the participants are individuals who have been recognized for exceptional teamwork, being innovative contributors and for adding to their firms’ overall value on a variety of levels. They regularly provide a significant span of positive influence among colleagues and offer support by being active listeners, strong communicators, respected technology experts, enterprising decision makers and by consistently leveraging their skills to benefit their firms for future success.

“This new class of Emerging Leaders provided a fresh perspective on how firms can position themselves for future success,” said Jeff Schrantz, Vice President of Software Sales at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting. “The talent seems to only get better with each passing year, and we’re proud to provide this great professional development opportunity for future leaders in the profession. We learn as much from them as they do from us.”

Serving clients in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax, and advisory services, TBC offers specialty services such as trusts and estates administration, business advisory, business valuation, litigation support services, fraud investigation, forensic accounting, economic damage calculations, and pension services. The traditional accounting and tax services are provided to a diverse clientele in six primary markets: commercial businesses, governmental, employee benefit plans, labor organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. Commercial clientele includes construction contractors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service firms, automotive dealers, real estate developers, retailers, technology companies, and wholesalers among other businesses.

              

Times Union
Posted on 2016-11-16

Times Union announces the Big $100,000 Giveaway

On November 17, the Times Union will publish our special section on philanthropy, Capital Region Gives. As part of a contest, 10 local nonprofits will have the opportunity to share $100,000 in granted advertising space in the Times Union.

 Nonprofits and the businesses that support them will be the editorial focus of the special section. 

According to the Boston College for Corporate Citizenship, 2014 State of Corporate Citizenship study,     “the majority of executives view corporate citizenship as a way to achieve strategic corporate goals. It’s clear that executives understand the value of corporate citizenship and are investing in processes and programs that deliver both business and social value”. We thank the 27 organizations that supported this effort.

This year, 29 nonprofits will be eligible to win a share of the $100,000 grant. Voting to determine which  nonprofit will win one of the grants will be held on timesunion.com starting November 17. Voting ends on December 7. The 10 nonprofits receiving the most votes will be announced on December 15.

miSci
Posted on 2016-11-16

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Partners with miSci to Provide Hands-On STEM Education Programs to Underserved Youth

A $10,000 grant from GLOBALFOUNDRIES will enable 300 students from five Capital Region Boys and Girls Clubs to experience interactive exhibits, the Challenger Learning Center and the Suits-Bueche Planetarium at miSci

GLOBALFOUNDRIES has partnered with miSci (museum of innovation and science) to provide STEM education to historically-underserved communities in the Capital Region. Through a $10,000 grant, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will enable 300 middle school-aged students from five regional Boys and Girls Clubs to experience the immersive science programs and interactive galleries at miSci during school break in February 2017. The students'€™ agenda for €œGLOBALFOUNDRIES Week at miSci will include a mission at the Challenger Leaning Center (CLC), a show in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, and exploration of miSci'€™s hands-on galleries.

"€œExperiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making," said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, senior vice president and general manager of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8. "€œThe Challenger Learning Center program will provide each student the opportunity to become astronauts and engineers and work as a team to solve unexpected, real-world problems as they complete a simulated space mission."

"œAt GLOBALFOUDNRIES, we are committed to making investments of time, money, technology, and volunteer expertise to help improve the quality of life in our communities"€ said Steven Grasso, Corporate Communications Manager. "€œThe partnership with miSci is a natural fit as we both share the same desire to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."

 In year one, the GLOBALFOUNDRIES funding will provide admission, round-trip transportation and box lunches to sixty students from each of five regional Boys and Girls Clubs, including: Albany, Lansingburgh, Schenectady, Southern Rensselaer and Troy. miSci President William Sudduth, PhD and the Education team at miSci, have developed a customized agenda for the program, to include an advance workshop for the Boys and Girls Clubs€™ leaders, and activities to be completed by the students prior to coming to the science center. Club leaders will work with selected students to assign roles for their CLC missions and design astronaut €œpatches€ for their mission crews. The students€™ missions will be tailored to their grade levels and will be complemented by planetarium shows with related subject matter. miSci educators will also provide lessons to extend learning from the museum's current exhibits, which will include Discover Butterflies, The Living House, and Tinkering.

"€œmiSci is thrilled about its new partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES,"€ said miSci President Dr. William Sudduth. "€œCorporate partners like GLOBALFOUNDRIES make it possible for miSci to deliver its mission, so we are grateful for their good citizenship and commitment to STEM education in our community. We are excited to work with the Fab 8 team and to host an '€˜out-of-this-world'€™ February break for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Region in 2017.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES celebrated its new partnership with miSci at its annual FAB 8 Open House on November 10, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. €œGLOBALFOUNDRIES Week at miSci€ will occur February 20-24, 2017, with one Boys and Girls Club visiting from 8:45 AM to 2:15 PM each day that week.

St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2016-11-14

Eddy Visiting Nurse Association Raises $62K for Buffaline Memorial Patient Care Fund to Benefit Patient Needs in the Community

Eddy Visiting Nurse Association (Eddy VNA), a member of St. Peter’s Health Partners – the region’s largest health system – in collaboration with the friends and family of the Kathy Buffaline Memorial Patient Care Fund, has raised more than $62,600 to benefit patient care needs in the community.

The funds, raised collectively through the 13th Annual Kathy Buffaline Memorial Fundraiser held in October, and through patient and staff donations year-round, benefit the Buffaline Memorial Patient Care Fund which supports basic unmet needs for patients who do not have access to food, medicines, a bed to sleep on, transportation to a medical appointment, and more.

The October fundraiser drew 150 people and raised more than $21,600. Additionally, Eddy VNA raised $41,000 in the last year through patient and staff donations to the fund.

“We are very grateful to the entire Buffaline family for their generosity and all their efforts in organizing the fundraiser year after year,” said Michelle Mazzacco, vice president of Eddy VNA. “We dedicate 100 percent of the funds raised at this event to help hundreds of patients and families every year.

“We also want to express our great appreciation for the wonderful donations we receive from patients throughout the year, and for all our staff who open their hearts and give to those in need year-round,” added Mazzacco. “Their kindness and generosity enabled us to respond and fulfill nearly 300 requests for patients needs in the last year alone.”

From October 2015 to 2016, Eddy VNA funded such necessities as purchasing air conditioners and paying heating costs for patients, as well as supplying groceries, and providing medical supplies, such as wheeled walkers, grab bars, commodes, and other items.

The Kathy Buffaline Memorial Fund was established in 2003 in memory of a dedicated registered nurse who provided more than 30 years of compassionate care to her patients and their families. Each year since, friends and family hold an annual fundraiser to continue her legacy of compassion and caring. To help or to contribute to the Kathy Buffaline Memorial Patient Care Fund, please contact the Northeast Health Foundation at 518-482-4433.

Linium Recruiting
Posted on 2016-11-14

Linium Named a Best Place to Work by the Albany Business Review

Positive employee ratings enable prestigious honor among companies in New York’s Capital Region

Linium’s Albany recruitment office has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New York’s Capital Region by the Albany Business Review.

Linium was selected from more than 100 nominees representing businesses of all types, from small tech startups to 1,000-employee companies that have been around for decades. Winners in the highly competitive contest were chosen based on high employee ratings gathered through confidential surveys, which were conducted by independent research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska.

As a company in the people business, Linium is particularly proud of this recognition, which demonstrates both its expertise and commitment to building strong workplace teams and cultures.

“We love what we do, and are humbled to be recognized as one of the Capital Region’s Best Places to Work,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Director, Upstate New York for Linium Recruiting. “This honor is testament to the great staff at Linium, which is dedicated to helping our clients build winning teams that enable business success.” 

Winners were recognized in four categories – small, medium, medium large, and large – based on employee count. Of the honorees, the Business Review said, “One thing ties them together: Their employees say they’re engaged and fulfilled at work.” 

Linium will be honored along with other prominent Capital Region companies during a luncheon to be held Friday, December 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-11-14

G.I. Jobs Magazine Ranks Hudson Valley Community College as a “Military Friendly” School For Seventh Year In A Row

Hudson Valley Community College recently was designated a Military Friendly School for 2017 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This designation places the college in the top 14 percent of 10,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide in fulfilling its mission to educate military service personnel and veterans.

Originally established as the Veterans Vocational School in Troy, Hudson Valley has had a long tradition of assisting active duty personnel and veterans with benefits, counseling and academic advisement. The college offers transfer credit for military experience, tuition deferrals, dedicated study space, mentors and a host of other services.

The 2017 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 14 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus. The list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. The Military Friendly Schools® website, features the list and search functionality to help veteran and active duty service members find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Hudson Valley has made the list each year since 2011.

“Hudson Valley Community College is proud to have made the Military Friendly Schools list for the seventh year in a row, and would like to thank our student members of the Armed Forces for their service,” said President Drew Matonak. “The college has a variety of support services aimed directly at the student veteran or active duty service member, in an effort to make our campus a more welcoming place for veterans to pursue higher education. Programs like our veteran mentors and the Armed Forces Study Room aim to help replace the camaraderie that many of our veterans experienced in the military.”

The college’s student veteran mentors are peers who understand the unique situation of transitioning from the service to being a student. They are here to speak with students about military service, help build camaraderie among veterans on campus and share information about the services available to students. The college is also home to the Armed Forces Club, a peer-supported group for veterans on campus. The club provides a means for people within Hudson Valley Community College to support the efforts of veterans from all branches of the armed forces.

Active duty service members or veterans who wish to speak to someone at the college about their benefits may call (518) 629-4545. Those who wish to enroll in a degree or certificate program may call the admissions office at (518) 629-7309. To learn more about the programs and perks that Hudson Valley offers veterans, visit www.hvcc.edu/veterans.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-11-14

2017 NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME LOGO REVEALED

The Tri-City ValleyCats have revealed the official logo for the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, set for Tuesday, August 15 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy. 2017 NYPL ASG Official Logo

The logo pays tribute to the Tri-City area by featuring notable landmarks of the three cities, Albany, Schenectady, and Troy.

The Albany Skyline is showcased on the top left, highlighted by the Corning Tower, which is the tallest building in New York State outside of the New York City metropolitan area. The skyline also features the four surrounding state agency office buildings, and The Egg, a performing arts center located in the Empire State Plaza.

Running through the middle of the logo is a body of water that symbolizes both the Hudson and Mohawk River. The Mohawk passes through the city of Schenectady on its way into the Hudson, and is its largest tributary. The Hudson flows between Albany and Troy, the hometown of the ValleyCats.  

Two of Troy’s well-known structures are featured on the right, the Green Island Bridge, which connects the City of Troy to the Village of Green Island, and the Hedley Building, current home of Troy’s City Hall, featuring its riverfront smokestack.

Above the words "All-Star Game" you will see seven stars, symbolizing the ValleyCats seven Stedler Division titles. The logo also features the ValleyCats insignia with two stars, one on each side, representing the ValleyCats two New York-Penn League titles.

To create the logo, the ValleyCats worked in collaboration with HoB•ToP, a design company based out of Pittsfield, Mass.

All-Star Game festivities will include a Fan Fest the night before the game, autograph session with the players, and many more fan-interactive activities across the two days.

“We are thrilled to bring the New York-Penn League All-Star Game back to the Capital Region,” said ValleyCats General Manager Matt Callahan. “Our organization is looking forward to showcasing the best professional baseball talent across the league, while also providing a top-notch fun-filled experience for our fans.”

Each summer, the New York-Penn League All-Star Game brings players, staff, and fans from across each of the league’s 14 teams. In 2017, the New York-Penn League will celebrate its 79th season, making it the oldest continually operated Class A league in Minor League Baseball.

“The Joe” last played host to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game in 2008, which drew over 6,000 fans.

Individual tickets for the All-Star Game will go on sale in April, but fans can obtain tickets now by purchasing a ValleyCats mini plan, flex plan, or season ticket package. Also, the ValleyCats are currently taking group outing reservations, and have plenty of sponsorship opportunities available. To inquire, call the ValleyCats administrative offices at 518-629-2287.

Full details and ticketing information for the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game can be found online at tcvalleycats.com/AllStarGame.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-11-14

VALLEYCATS ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON SCHEDULE HOME OPENER SET FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

The Tri-City ValleyCats, Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, have announced the home schedule for their 2017 All-Star Season, which kicks off on Opening Night, Wednesday, June 21, the beginning of a three game set vs. the Lowell Spinners, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The ValleyCats first homestand then concludes with three games against the Vermont Lake Monsters on Saturday, June 24 – Monday, June 26.

July at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium begins with an Independence Day match-up versus the New York Mets affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones, who will be making their first of two trips to “The Joe” (July 4-6, August 19-21).

The month of July also includes games against the defending New York-Penn League Champion State College Spikes (July 11-13), Stedler Division foe Connecticut Tigers (July 17-19), New York Yankees affiliate Staten Island Yankees (July 27-29), and Vermont Lake Monsters (July 30-August 1).

August brings a jam-packed slate of games and events to Troy, highlighted by the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 15. A Fan Fest will precede the game on Monday night, August 14.

Opponents during the month of August include the Aberdeen IronBirds (August 5-7, August 31-September 2), Hudson Valley Renegades (August 16-18), and Lowell Spinners (August 25-27).

The 2017 schedule concludes at home with a two-game series versus the Connecticut Tigers on Wednesday, September 6 - Thursday, September 7.

Game times and a full list of promotions will be released at a later date. Season tickets and mini plans are on sale now, which include tickets to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. For full details, and to view the ValleyCats complete 2017 schedule, log-on to tcvalleycats.com.

GlobalFoundries
Posted on 2016-11-14

GlobalFoundries has partnered with miSci to provide STEM education to underserved communities in the Capital Region.

Through a $10,000 grant, GlobalFoundries will enable 300 middle school-aged students from five regional Boys and Girls Clubs to experience the immersive science programs and interactive galleries at miSci during school break in February 2017. The students will participate in a mission at the Challenger Learning Center, go to a show in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium and explore the hands-on galleries.

In year one, the funding will provide admission, round-trip transportation and box lunches for 60 students from each of five regional Boys and Girls Clubs, including Albany, Lansingburgh, Schenectady, Southern Rensselaer and Troy.

MiSci, Schenectady's museum of innovation and science, has developed a custom agenda for the students, including an advance workshop for the clubs’ leaders and activities to be completed by the students before coming to the science center.

“Experiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making,” Dr. Thomas Caulfield, senior vice president and general manager of GlobalFoundries Fab 8 said in a press release.

“The Challenger Learning Center program will provide each student the opportunity to become astronauts and engineers and work as a team to solve unexpected, real-world problems as they complete a simulated space mission.”

GlobalFoundries, which operates a plant in Malta, Saratoga County, is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry.

Hannaford & Illium Cafe
Posted on 2016-11-10
CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-11-10

CAP COM REWARDS MILITARY WITH FREE FLIGHTS HOME

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is reuniting hearts this Veterans Day with its Reunite Flight program. The program will help active military personnel travel to be with their families when it otherwise might not be possible. This is CAP COM’s newest initiative to recognize and thank active service members for all they do to protect and serve our country.

“What better way to thank our service personnel than with the gift of family. CAP COM is built on the credit union foundation of people helping people and strives to nurture the community in support of children and families. This is one of several new initiatives that CAP COM has been proud to launch this year in an effort give back in new ways,” said Sharon Phillips, CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s VP of Strategic Marketing & Public Relations.

Members of the credit union were able to nominate an active member of the military that they felt were deserving of a Reunite Flight. Of those nominated, a nominating committee consisting of representatives from the VFW, American Legion and West Point chose two deserving recipients.  These recipients will receive free, round-trip airfare to visit their family over the next year. Names and photos are included below: 

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Ethan Martinez 

  • Branch of Service-Army
  • Station-North Carolina

“Thank you to the CAP COM family and the community for allowing me the opportunity to visit my family. Anytime I get to see my family, holiday or not, it is always special. It means so much to me to have such caring individuals give their support to soldiers. We could not do what we do without support from people like you. Thank you,” said Ethan.

 

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Grady Ellis 

  • Branch of Service-Navy
  • Station-Texas

“This means a lot, thank you CAP COM for your support of the U.S. military.  Also thank you to the other men and women, that currently serve and have served our country.  With this opportunity I look forward to being able to spend time with my family and friends,” said Grady.

architecture+
Posted on 2016-11-10

architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy, New York, has announced that Mariel Hilowitz has joined the firm as an Interior Designer. Hilowitz, of Stone Ridge, New York, holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her previous interior design positions focused on healthcare environments and commercial offices. She will be working with the architecture+ interior design team on a wide range of projects. architecture+ has been serving clients in healthcare, education, government, and other cultural and community organizations in the Capital District since 1984.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-11-09

Sage Lights Up Blue for Diabetes Awareness Month

The Sage Colleges kicked off National Diabetes Awareness Month on Friday, November 4, 2016 by lighting up Bush Memorial Center on its Russell Sage College campus blue. National Diabetes Awareness Month is a way to raise awareness about the disease which more than 29 million Americans suffer from.

According to the American Diabetes Association 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes, and over 86 million Americans are at risk for diabetes. Diabetes causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

World Diabetes Day is November 14, 2016 and was founded in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness about the disease.  November 14 is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin in 1921.

Bush Memorial Center will remain illuminated in blue throughout the month of November. 

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-11-09

Hudson Valley Community College Ranked Among Top 100 Most Productive Community Colleges in the Country

Hudson Valley Community College ranks as one of the largest and most productive two-year colleges in the United States, according to a report released recently by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper. 


The Troy college awarded 1,870 associate degrees in 2014-2015, which places it among the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide in terms of annual graduation rate.

The college is 71st among the nation’s two-year schools in the number of associate degrees awarded during that academic year, which is the most recent year for complete data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Hudson Valley has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 community colleges for the past decade.


There are more than 1,100 public community colleges that offer associate degrees in the United States, according to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The nation’s community colleges enroll 45 percent of all U.S. undergraduates and annually confer nearly 800,000 associate degrees and nearly 500,000 academic certificates.

Hudson Valley is the fifth most productive college among the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system. Only Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College, Monroe Community College and Erie Community College awarded more associate degrees in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Community College Week also ranks the top 50 institutions by number of degrees awarded in certain academic areas based upon the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). Among all colleges nationwide awarding associate degrees, Hudson Valley ranked 17th in the number of criminal justice degrees; 20th in sales, merchandising and related marketing operations degrees; 21st in the number of parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies degrees; 23rd in engineering technology degrees; 26th in communication technologies/technicians and support services degrees; 33rd in business, management and marketing degrees; and 38th in science technologies degrees.

“These statistics show the enormous impact Hudson Valley Community College has on our region’s economic growth and our integral role in educating thousands of Capital Region residents each year,” said President Drew Matonak. “This past year, we began offering eight new degree and certificate programs, each of which is aimed at meeting a specific workforce need.”

The Salvation Army
Posted on 2016-11-09

Rensselaer County Red Kettle Kickoff

Join The Salvation Army on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on the exterior steps of the Uncle Sam Atrium on 3rd Street, Troy for the 2016 Salvation Army Rensselaer County Red Kettle Kickoff.

The Kettle Kickoff is one of The Salvation Army’s favorite holiday traditions. Each year, we “kick off” our season of red kettle collections with a significant promotional concert at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium on Thanksgiving Day. Internationally renowned talent will perform live during the game’s halftime show. We are very proud of our long-time affiliation with the Dallas Cowboys, and garners significant attention as a result. This focus helps The Salvation Army raise awareness and critically needed funding to support our programs.

The Salvation Army also garners great support from our friends and neighbors right at home in our local communities. These local kickoff celebrations unite community/business leaders, political representatives, other social service providers, and churches at one time and place. These are the people who work closely together, day in and day out, to insure that our poor - and those in greatest need - receive necessary resources. It is a time of celebration.

CDPHP
Posted on 2016-11-08

Brian O’Grady Named Chief Marketing Officer at CDPHP

CDPHP is pleased to announce that Brian O’Grady has been promoted to executive vice president, commercial business and chief marketing officer. In this role, O’Grady will provide oversight for sales, product development, and marketing strategy. He joined CDPHP in 2014 as senior vice president of sales.

“Brian has proven to be an incredible asset to the CDPHP team thanks to his extensive knowledge of our region and of the health care industry,” said CDPHP president and CEO, Dr. John D. Bennett. “His excellent relationships with local employers and brokers, as well as his commitment to providing outstanding products and services to our members, make him the clear choice to lead the commercial business team.”

“I will be looking to Brian to help focus the commercial business department not only on sales but on the financial performance of the commercial segment,” Bennett added.

O’Grady, who has two decades of health insurance leadership experience, earned an MBA in health care administration from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mary McClellan Foundation and is chair-elect of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region board of directors. He previously served on the boards of Hixny and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG).

 

CDPHP
Posted on 2016-11-08

BRIAN J. MORRISSEY PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT, PRACTICE SUPPORT SERVICES, LLC

CDPHP announced the promotion of Brian J. Morrissey to president, Practice Support Services, LLC and executive vice president, Partner Solutions, CDPHP. Morrissey’s promotion coincides with the formation of Practice Support Services, a subsidiary of CDPHP that will protect the independent practice of medicine by providing local physicians with the resources needed to succeed at value-based contracting.

Practice Support Services will serve as the umbrella organization to the recently announced Acuitas Health, a population health services organization created in partnership with CapitalCare Medical Group, as well as Strategic Solutions Management Corporation, a Clifton Park-based medical billing and consulting company. Strategic Solutions and its 100+ employees will remain in Clifton Park.

“Brian’s dedication and years of experience made him the perfect fit to lead Practice Support Services,” said CDPHP president and CEO, Dr. John D. Bennett. “I am proud to announce his promotion and the creation of a new entity that will allow CDPHP to continue its relentless pursuit of increasing the quality and affordability of health care in our community,” added Bennett.

Morrissey has more than 25 years of diverse experience in the health care industry. He joined CDPHP in 1999 and recently served as chief marketing officer. Morrissey was one of the early architects of the nationally recognized Enhanced Primary Care program, a patient-centered medical home model that rewards primary care doctors for quality over quantity. A recent study of EPC found the program saved more than $20 million in health care costs while improving a series of quality measures that include cancer screenings, immunizations, and well visits. 

Community Resource FCU
Posted on 2016-11-07

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FEDERAL SELECTED AS ALBANY BUSINESS REVIEW 2016 BEST PLACE TO WORK

Community Resource Federal Credit Union (CRFCU) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Capital District, according to the Business Review’s Best Places to Work 2016 list. CRFCU was one of over one hundred companies to qualify for consideration based on a third party administered survey of its employees’ overall satisfaction.

“We are honored to be recognized as a 2016 Best Places to Work finalist since employee satisfaction, happiness and career advancement are some of our core values,” stated CRFCU CEO, Terry Langlois. ”Iʻm proud of the dedicated employees who make up Community Resource FCU. Their focus on customer service and community involvement has created a culture of success for our organization. We are the friendly place to bank and everyone here works to make that obvious to our members and each other; that’s what makes Community Resource such a great place to work.”

The Albany Business Review Best Places to Work survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the Capital District, benefiting the local economy, its workforce and businesses. 

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-11-04

The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges Announces Schools Honored Nationally 

The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges is proud to announce that several of its New York schools were recently honored as National Schools and Districts of Character for 2016 by Character.org. Character.org is a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of character development in schools, communities and workplaces across the U.S. and globally. The schools were recognized in October during the 23rd National Forum on Character Education.

“The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges takes pride in educating and empowering our youth to make a difference in their schools,” said Dr. Philip Fusco, assistant director of the Academy. “We are proud to have worked with these schools to help them achieve this designation.  These students and administrators have committed a lot of time and effort to develop and foster positive character traits amongst their peers and within their school communities, and they have earned this well-deserved distinction.”

The schools that were honored from New York State include: 

Jonas E. Salk Middle School                                    St HOPE Leadership Academy

Levittown, New York                                                  New York, New York

Public • Grades 6–8                                                     Charter • Grades 5–8

Levittown Public Schools            

 

Turtle Hook Middle School                                      Uniondale High School

Uniondale, New York                                                  Uniondale, New York

Public • Grades 6–8                                                     Public • Grades 9–12

Uniondale Public Schools                                           Uniondale Public Schools

Valley Stream Memorial Jr. High School               Valley Stream South High School

Valley Stream, New York                                           Valley Stream, New York

Public • Grades 7–9                                                    Public • Grades 9–12

Valley Stream Central High School District               Valley Stream Central High School                                                                                     District

Yorktown Central School District

Yorktown Heights, New York

Public • Grades K–12


More than 835 educators from 33 states and 14 countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan participated in the National Forum on Character Education.

Sandler Training
Posted on 2016-11-03

Matt Scarchilli Joins Sandler Training

Winning Process LLC becomes the Greater Capital Regions Authorized Franchisee

Matthew Scarchilli, business entrepreneur and long-time Sandler trained sales professional, announced today he has become the authorized franchisee and owner of Sandler Training Systems of the Greater Capital Region.  Sandler Training is the largest provider of sales leadership and customer service training in the world, serving businesses of all sizes with training in the Sandler system.

Sandler Training Systems of the Greater Capital Region was founded by Lorraine Ferguson and Janice Gileski and has been providing Sandler sales training, coaching and customer service solutions since 2005.  In a planned business succession Scarchilli formed Winning Process LLC to become a Sandler franchisee and acquire Sandler Training Systems of the Greater Capital Region.  As part of the succession plan the entire staff will stay on onboard with Winning Process, LLC.  Ferguson, Gileski, and sales associate Lauren Valentine will continue in the operation.

Scarchilli previously had been co-founder and Vice President of Sales for SportsSignUp, a sports league management start-up founded in Saratoga Springs.  As that company grew and acquired more products he realized their way of selling was not working, and the company needed to scale and grow its sales team.  That was when Scarchilli enrolled the SportsSignUp sales and service teams in the Sandler Training Systems of the Greater Capital Region.

“The impact was immediate,” Scarchilli explains, “it provided the entire company with a common methodology that drove improved sales and superior customer service.”  He credits Sandler Training with helping put the company in the position to succeed.  In 2015 SportsSignUp was acquired by Time Inc., becoming Sports Illustrated Play.  After working the transition, Scarchilli was ready for his next venture.

“I want to bring that success, and the power of Sandler Training, to companies throughout the Tech Valley region.” Scarchilli states.  As the new CEO of Sandler Training Systems of the Greater Capital Region he brings over 15 years of leadership, sales team management, and growing businesses to the company.

“I am impressed with Matts uncanny ability to inspire and grow sales teams,” said Lorraine Ferguson, “and with his business experience, passion for growing companies and our expanding Sandler team, we are at a perfect time to turn the daily management and leadership over to Matt.”

Now operated by Winning Process LLC Sandler Training Systems of the Greater Capital District will focus on driving expanded programs and services to bring Sandler Training processes, behaviors and beliefs to clients throughout the Tech Valley region.

Winning Process LLC is the authorized Sandler Training licensee in New Yorks Tech Valley.  Located in Albany New York, our mission is to improve our clients business performance through training, coaching and reinforcement in the Sandler Selling System.  For information call 518-366-0004 or visit www.winningprocess.sandler.com

Marx Properties
Posted on 2016-11-02

MARX PROPERTIES BREAKS GROUND ON $21M RIVERFRONT APARTMENTS

Local leaders and government officials gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony at De Laet’s Landing, a 24 acre mixed use planned development site located at 575 Broadway in Rensselaer, former site of the Rensselaer High School.  The $21M, 96-unit apartment building will be the start of the mixed-use development and will be transformative for city residents, visitors and businesses as a driving economic force.

“We are very pleased to be starting the transformation of the riverfront in the City of Rensselaer.  The history of this site is very interesting, but today is the beginning of its future.  De Laet’s Landing has been a dream of the people of the City of Rensselaer for a long time.  It will now become a reality.  We are creating the most spectacular waterfront community in the Capital Region.  A project such as this would not be possible without everyone's input and assistance.  Thank you to all involved,”  said Peter Marx, President U.W. Marx and Marx Properties Partner.

“Marx Properties has shown persistence and commitment in spite of the challenges within the market, financing hurdles and other speculative interests over the years. The company has stuck to its original vision and the city and region will benefit greatly,” said City of Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer.

Plans for De Laet’s Landing include a mix of residential and commercial space tied together with expansive public green space, riverfront walkways and breathtaking views of the Albany skyline. This development will add vibrancy, activity and new local tax dollars to support further public investments in infrastructure and parks and enhance all local services.  Construction of the first Apartment building is happening simultaneously with the recently announced $3 Million Rensselaer Esplanade project.  Plans call for the first apartments to be available April 2018. \

Apartment Rendering Mixed Use Rendering

Peter Marx

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-11-01

Mayor Madden Announces Launch of Citywide Search for Troy Christmas Tree

With less than five weeks until the city’s 34th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the launch of the City of Troy’s annual Holiday Christmas Tree Search. The city is inviting Troy residents to donate a tree for possible selection as Troy’s 2016 Christmas Tree. The selected tree will be displayed in Monument Square in downtown Troy throughout the holiday season. Troy’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 4 during the Troy Victorian Stroll event, presented by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which includes activities from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
“The holiday season is a time where family and friends of all backgrounds and faiths gather together to celebrate community and their unique contributions to our city,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The lighting the city’s Christmas Tree during the Troy Victorian Stroll continues to be one of the most-popular Capital Region events of the winter season and a donation of this year’s tree from our residents will make this Troy holiday tradition even more special.”
 
Residents interested in donating a tree for possible selection as this year’s City of Troy Christmas Tree can contact the Mayor’s Office by email at MayorsOffice@troyny.gov or (518) 279-7130. If submitting by email, please include a point of contact and phone number with your message. Trees offered for donation should be approximately 15 – 20 feet in height, be located within the city limits of Troy and should easily accessible and away from electrical and telephone lines.
 
“Preparations for the 34th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll are well underway, and year after year the Chamber looks forward to this presenting this Troy tradition,” said Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Interim President Kate Ollier. “The day’s festivities culminate with the lighting of the tree in Monument Square, surrounded by family, friends and the community coming together while singing carols. You could help in the merriment by donating a Christmas tree for all to enjoy!”
 
The Annual Troy Victorian Stroll is one of the Collar City’s premiere free events which transforms downtown Troy into a magical stage featuring performers from across the region and offering more than 100 free attractions, including rides, refreshments, arts & crafts and much more. This year’s Victorian Stroll theme will be Celebrating Troy’s Bicentennial and will feature more than 100 live performances throughout the day. In addition, dozens of Troy small businesses, including clothing, jewelry, gift boutiques and restaurants will open their doors during the festival offering visitors and residents an opportunity to finish their holiday shopping while supporting the local economy.
 
The deadline for tree donation submissions will be Friday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.

October 2016 Member News

CEO
Posted on 2016-10-31

CEO’S YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM CELEBRATES GRADUATES

On Friday, October 28, members of CEO’s YouthBuild program received their certificate of completion in a graduation ceremony held at CEO’s Community Resource Center in Troy. Pictured in photo are Deon Pitt, Christian Vargas, Michael Smith, Ishmael Foster (left to right back), Shakirra Byrd, and Acharu Major (left to right front).

The ceremony also recognized participants who went above and beyond the requirements of the program, taking advantage of all the opportunities presented to them. Past graduates were also honored for obtaining and maintaining employment.

YouthBuild is a workforce development program for young people ages 16 to 24 that offers job training, education and case management to assist participants in removing barriers to employment. Participants have the opportunity to complete their high school equivalency, while also learning construction skills and earning certifications that may help them find employment after the program. The program works closely with Habitat for Humanity Capital District and AmeriCorps, donating thousands of hours of community service throughout the Capital Region.  

CEO
Posted on 2016-10-31

CEO Celebrates National Weatherization Day on October 30

This year the US Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is celebrating 40 years of improving energy efficiency in homes of income eligible people. Since 1976, the WAP has weatherized more than $7.4 million homes, saving low-income families an average of $250-$450 per year in heating, cooling and electric costs.  Observed each October 30, National Weatherization Day celebrates the success of the program that not only saves energy, but also improves the health and safety of thousands of families each year.

Locally, CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) provides weatherization services to residents in Rensselaer County. Last year, CEO completed work on 144 homes, nearly doubling the anticipated goal. Common weatherization methods include air and duct sealing, wall and attic insulation and furnace repair and replacement. Dedicated to helping people lower their utility costs, these changes reduce the amount of energy needed to heat homes and provide hot water, making homes energy efficient and more affordable.

“I would recommend the program to everybody,” said Mildred Williams of Troy. Knowing that she needed work done on her home, Williams reached out to CEO’s Weatherization Assistance Program for help. After completing an energy audit, CEO’s WAP staff added insulation to the walls and basement, repaired the furnace and added carbon monoxide detectors in her home. “My house is much more comfortable”, said Williams, “and one of the most pleasing things is my heating bill is a fraction of what it was.”

Serving Rensselaer County and the surrounding Capital Region, CEO’s mission is to create partnerships and develop opportunities for social and economic growth and empowerment in individuals, families and communities. To learn more about CEO’s Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit CEO’s website at www.ceoempowers.org

Spa Broadway at the White Sands
Posted on 2016-10-31

SPECIAL EVENT FOR CANCER PATIENTS

SPARKS OF LIGHT

Know a cancer patient who could use some TLC? Next Monday, November 7th from 10 am - 2 pm, we'll be bringing love & healing to those undergoing treatment for cancer along with their caregivers by donating 4 hours of mini spa treatments here at Spa Broadway as part of the national Sparks of Light cancer awareness campaign.

If you or someone you know qualifies to be treated to these services, please sign up by e-mailing Gretta by 11/5/16 (grettataglione@gmail.com).

Thank you to our product sponsors, FarmhouseFreshGoods and ToGoSpa for donating products as well as Tara, Justine & Michael...Spa Broadway staff who are volunteering their time & talent for this touching experience.

Will you please share this message with your friends & family? We hope to treat at least 25 deserving patients. 

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-10-28

Sage to Host Startup Weekend Troy for Innovative Entrepreneurs

The Sage Colleges is pleased to partner with In Focus Brands to host Startup Weekend Troy. The event will take place Friday, November 4, 2016 through Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.

Startup Weekend is a collaborative and intense 54-hour event which focuses on innovation and the formation of credible businesses over the course of a weekend. It brings together individuals with different skillsets to formulate and present successful ventures to launch.  Representatives from the manufacturing, information technology, medical, finance, media and software industries are among those who will be present.

The organizational team includes Dr. Kimberly Fredericks, Dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges and Robert Manasier, a serial entrepreneur and investor who currently serves as CEO of In Focus Brands, COO of Autonomy Distributors, and President of IFP Films.

“This event is a catalyst for innovative entrepreneurs and students,” explained Fredericks. “Sage is proud to host such a unique forum that will help to connect students and individuals from the business community with industry coaches and mentors and lay the groundwork to turn their visions and ideas into reality. It is a valuable opportunity for them to share resources and to create something substantial and sustainable.”

“We have added new services and experiences to the weekend that will enhance the learning and networking opportunities for all involved,” said Manasier. “In addition to a performance by a startup musician, we have partnered with the Troy Innovation Garage for a networking dinner, our television firm for viral videos and our recent launch partners for hiring opportunities. We always view the weekend as a comprehensive economic development starter and introductory collaboration point for the area and enjoy meeting and working with new contacts and old friends. I love the effort and excitement of a weekend of forming ideas into go-to-market action plans.”

Startup Weekends are designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. 


To register or view an agenda of the event visit: eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-troy-tickets-27340400875 .

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-10-28

Hudson Valley Community College has announced a new course offering: Human Resources for Small Business (CRN50726).  Heidi Gross from Pinnacle HR will be the instructor for the course that begins on Thursday, 10/27 and will run for 4 consecutive weeks until November 17th.  Classes are from 9 - 11 a.m. The cost is $130 per student plus a $10 materials fee.  Here is the link to the online registration portal:  http://www.hvcc.edu/communityed/fall/index.html

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-10-28

15th Annual Youth Leadership Summit “Citizen Leader: Become the North Star of your School”
The Sage Colleges Esteves School of Education, Troy Campus
65 First Street, Troy NY
Thursday, December 8th from 9:00am-2:30pm


This year our Youth Summit will feature Clifton Taulbert internationally acclaimed character development speaker, entrepreneur, businessman, and Pulitzer Prized nominated author (Last Train North). He has written thirteen books for children and adults, including Little Cliff and the Porch People and Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur. Taulbert received an invitation to address the Supreme Court from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He has addressed audiences at all levels of life from fortune five-hundred companies to K-12 classrooms around the world, from China to the Mississippi Delta. Taulbert has served as a presenter at Harvard University and the Virginia School of Business.


One of Clifton Taulbert’s main messages is that “The Impossible is Possible” because growing up in the Mississippi Delta, young Clifton did not always have a positive outlook that there was a life beyond the fields. Taking a job at Uncle Cleve’s ice house in his youth taught him about responsibility and in life as well as what it meant to represent not only himself, but others. His employment taught him to shift his thinking which is one of the main messages he promotes to his audiences.


At the Youth Summit, Clifton will explain his belief that in order to promote positive character changes in our youth, they have to change their perspective and look at the world through a different lens. This will lead to the attendees thinking more skillfully and acting more responsibly.
Additionally lunch and eight exciting workshops will be offered throughout the day. Details, updates, and a copy of the registration form are forthcom-ing on our website.


Please contact the Academy with any questions or for a registration form: 
518-244-2336  |  www.sage.edu/charactered
charactered@sage.edu

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-10-27

CAP COM reunites Active duty military families

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is reuniting hearts this Veterans Day with its Reunite Flight program. The program will help active military personnel travel to be with their families when it otherwise might not be possible. This is CAP COM’s newest initiative to recognize and thank active service members for all they do to protect and serve our country.

“What better way to thank our service personnel than with the gift of family. CAP COM is built on the credit union foundation of people helping people and strives to nurture the community in support of children and families. This is one of several new initiatives that CAP COM has been proud to launch this year in an effort give back in new ways,” said Sharon Phillips, CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s VP of Strategic Marketing & Public Relations.

Members of the community can visit www.capcomfcu.org/reunite to nominate an active member of the military that they feel is deserving of a Reunite Flight. Two people will be chosen to receive free, round-trip airfare to visit their family over the next year. Winners will be announced on Veterans Day and will have until the end of 2017 to book their flight.

All nominations are due by Monday, October 31 and can be submitted through CAP COM’s online portal at www.capcomfcu.org/reunite or nomination forms are available in all ten branch locations.  

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-10-26

75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor to be commemorated at Hudson Valley Community College with a special lecture on Nov. 10 by museum curator from FDR’s Presidential Library and Museum

Herman Eberhardt, supervisory museum curator at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY, will present “FDR and Pearl Harbor: Inside the White House on December 7, 1941” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus.

The attack on the Hawaiian harbor by 353 Japanese planes came in two waves just before 8 a.m. (1 p.m. EST), killing or wounding more than 3,000 Americans and damaging eight U.S. Navy battleships. The surprise attack shocked the nation and instantly plunged the United States into World War II, marking one of the most significant turning points in American and global history.

Eberhardt’s lecture will provide a behind-the-scenes view of President Roosevelt and his inner circle of advisors during the pivotal 24 hours that followed the attack. He will describe how events unfolded inside the White House, beginning at 1:47 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Dec. 7, when the President was informed of the attack, and ending early Monday afternoon, Dec. 8, when he delivered his famous “Day of Infamy” address to a joint session of Congress.

The Nov. 10 lecture is open free to the public and will be followed by a reception in the college’s Marvin Library Learning Commons where the sixth annual “Pride of Our Nation… Pride of Our College” exhibit is on view through Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7). The exhibition, a collaborative effort on the part of employees from several departments, is an ever-expanding collection of photographs and memorabilia of veterans and active military service members with a connection to the college, according to Alice Malavasic, associate professor, History, Philosophy and Social Sciences.

As supervisory museum curator, Herman Eberhardt oversees changing exhibitions in 3,000 square feet of special exhibition space at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum that underwent a major renovation completed in 2010. Prior to joining the Roosevelt museum staff in 2003, he worked as director of research and a principal at Chermayeff & Geismar, a New York City design firm noted for its work in museum and exhibition planning and design.

Throughout a more than 25-year career as a curator and interpretive planner, Eberhardt has worked on history exhibit projects for the National Archives and Records Administration; New York Public Library; NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and the U.S. National Park Service.

Eberhardt is curator of the current special exhibition, entitled “DAY OF INFAMY: 24 Hours That Changed History,” on view through Dec. 31, 2016 at the Roosevelt Library and Museum. A native of Philadelphia, he holds a B.A. in History from Fordham University and an M.A. and M. Philosophy in History from Yale University.

Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg & Griffin, P.C.
Posted on 2016-10-25

The Pattison Firm is pleased to announce that it has hired Carrianna C. Eurillo as its new Associate Attorney. Carrianna is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School of Union University where she earned honors in her concentration of Estate Planning. Often working in collaboration with accountants, insurance agents, and financial services professionals, Carrianna takes pride in the quality of her work and her dedication to helping her clients protect and pass on their wealth.  Her focus practice areas include estate and trust planning, estate and trust administration, long term care planning, corporate law, education law, including accreditation and Title IX, business succession planning, charitable planning, special needs planning and elder law. During her free time, Carrianna enjoys appearing at various speaking engagements, writing, volunteer work, and taking care of her family.

John Ray & Sons
Posted on 2016-10-25

John Ray & Sons' Pink Truck Delivers Over $110,000 to Susan G. Komen in Fight to End Breast Cancer

€“John Ray & Sons'€™ Pink Truck delivered almost 1.5 million gallons of heating oil and diesel over the past year driving their €œFueling a Cure€ donation to Susan G. Komen NENY to more than $110,000 over eight years. 

In 2008, the company painted one of its usually red and yellow trucks in pink and white, the signature colors of Susan G. Komen, and began the €œFueling a Cure€ program. The mission was to raise funds for continuing education, screenings, and treatment in the greater Capital Region, and also use the truck as a moving billboard to promote breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.

"The success of the Fueling a Cure program is a true community endeavor. Our customers are the ones that drive the number of gallons which determines our annual donations. The fuel delivered by the Pink Truck resulted in a $14,942.75 donation for this year," said Douglas Ranaletto, General Manager of John Ray & Sons'. "€œWe also thank our suppliers, associates, and colleagues who have continually supported this program."

"€œToday, I am glad also to announce that we are extending the €œFueling a Cure€ program for another year continuing John Ray & Sons€™' long-standing commitment to our local communities,"€ Mr. Ranaletto added.

"€œAll of us at Susan G. Komen appreciate the ongoing efforts of John Ray & Sons and their €œFueling a Cure€ program - not only for their fundraising, but by helping us promote awareness and early detection of breast cancer,"€ said Victoria Roggen, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York. "€œThey have been, and continue to be, a tremendous partner in the fight against breast cancer."

Check presentation was held on Monday, October 24, at John Ray & Sons'€™ Troy location.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-10-24

Teaching Gallery exhibit at Hudson Valley Community College features work by Fine Arts and Digital Media faculty members

The Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibit, on view Nov. 3 through Dec. 3, closes out 2016 in the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College. The exhibit features work by 16 artists, as well as talks by several of the exhibitors. The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Troy campus; the Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building.

Participating artists are: Justin Baker, photography; Milt Connors, photography; Tara Fracalossi, photography; Kyra Garrigue, video; Richard Garrison, painting; Benj Gleeksman, graphic design; Monica Bill Hughes, painting; William Jaeger, photography; Thomas Lail, collage; Jean O’Malley, photography; Julie Pamkowski, photography; Ryan Parr, painting; GG Roberts, painting; Linda Ryder, prints; Jason Kates van Staveren, photography, and Jacqueline Weaver, installation.

Four artist talks are scheduled for noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Bulmer
Telecommunications Center Auditorium: Benj Gleekman, Thursday, Nov. 3;
Justin Baker, Wednesday, Nov. 9; Thomas Lail, Thursday, Nov. 17, and Kyra
Garrigue, Wednesday, Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Teaching Gallery (www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery) is closed Sunday and Monday. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-10-21

The Sage Colleges Dedicates Centennial Sculpture on Russell Sage College Campus

The Sage Colleges held a Centennial sculpture dedication on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at its Shea Learning Center on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.

The sculpture entitled “Celebration” was created by sculptor Kathryn Field and includes steel and paint images of Russell Sage College students based on photography from Sage’s website. It is a gift from Russell Sage College alumna, The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees member, and Sage’s Woman of the Century Donna Robinson Esteves.

A Centennial sculpture for the Albany campus was unveiled in April just outside of the Opalka Gallery. “Inner View Nexus Open I” was sculpted by Caroline Ramersdorfer and was a gift from Chet and Karen Opalka. Chet is a member of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees.

City of Rensselaer
Posted on 2016-10-20

CITY OF RENSSELAER BREAKS GROUND ON $3.1M RIVERFRONT ESPLANADE
New 1,000 linear ft. Riverfront Park to Attract Visitors and Businesses

Local leaders and government officials gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Rensselaer riverfront esplanade, former Rensselaer High School site, located at 575 Broadway in Rensselaer. Many government representatives, project leaders and community members gathered to mark the start of the $3.1M project which will be transformative for city residents, visitors and its economic impact.

“I congratulate the City of Rensselaer on beginning this important project that will revitalize the City’s Hudson River waterfront for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike,” said New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “The New York Department of State is proud to support this esplanade and has long backed transformative projects in this City and region that spur economic development and have a positive impact on local communities.”

“Rensselaer County and the City of Rensselaer are quickly becoming known as new and exciting opportunities for developers and businesses to invest in,” says City of Rensselaer Mayor Daniel Dwyer. “The riverfront esplanade will only add to the exciting economic development and welcoming atmosphere of the community.”

The City of Rensselaer has received $3.1M in grants from New York State to support plans to design and build a riverfront esplanade along de Laet's Landing and is pursuing funding to continue it north to the city boat launch off of Forbes Avenue. The new 1.5 acre park and 1,000 linear ft. riverfront park will offer greenspace, a bike path and the potential to hold outdoor summer concerts while offering sweeping views of Albany across the Hudson River. There are plans to have commercial and residential economic development along the waterfront on the remaining 20 acres.

Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. was awarded the bid and the projected completion is set for May of 2017. Creighton Manning Engineering and Behan Planning designed the project with public involvement on behalf of the city.

Rensselaer Esplanade Groundbreaking 1

(l – r: Director and Deputy Secretary of State for the Office of Planning and Development Sandi Allen, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Interim President Kate Ollier, NYS Assemblymember John McDonald, NYS Senator Neil Breslin, City of Rensselaer Mayor Daniel Dwyer, Deputy Rensselaer County Executive Christopher Meyer, Harrison & Burrowes VP Chris DiStefano, Creighton Manning Project Manager Don Adams, City of Rensselaer Director of Planning Charles Moore)

 

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-10-19

BRING A BRA TO BRAVA A UNIQUE STORY-TELLING EVENT BENEFITING WOMEN TO BE HELD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

The 2nd Annual Brava, a fundraiser that will provide new bras to women at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the community, will be held at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St. in Troy, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The Arts Center is a partner in the event which will feature 8 to 10 talented writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject of bras from many viewpoints and range from the poignant to the hilarious. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a juried panel. Each of the pieces are limited to 750 words.

Last year’s sold-out event aimed to collect at least 200 new bras to be distributed to women at YWCA-GCR but more than doubled their goal by collecting over 500 bras. Artist Sharon Bates will be on hand at the event to create a unique installation of the contributed bras. The event will be emceed by Susan Arbetter, well-known Capitol correspondent and radio commentator.

Attendees must each bring a new bra (large sizes preferred) to the event in addition to a $45 admission to cover savories, desserts, and refreshments. A cash bar will also be provided. The food will be supplied by Dali Mamma, an Albany eatery that will locally source the ingredients and prepare an exciting menu with the help of YWCA-GCR residents and Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program participants.

“YWCA-GCR is one of the area’s largest providers of supportive housing for both homeless single women and women with children. Women come to YWCA-GCR in times of crisis, for affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, economic and educational empowerment, basic needs such as food and clothing, advocacy, homelessness prevention, etc. YWCA-GCR ultimate goal is to provide each woman with 360° of Support – a range of services customized to meet each woman’s individual needs to empower them to become and maintain self-sufficiency,” said Executive Director, Daquetta Jones. “But one thing we haven’t been able to provide – something that is greatly needed; a necessity – is a new bra. This fundamental garment is key to helping rebuild women’s confidence and strength as they re-enter the world on a fresh path.”

The idea for the event developed out of a conversation between author, editor and teacher Marion Roach Smith, who teaches memoir writing at The Arts Center and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, Director of Development and Marketing at YWCA-GCR. “When we were discussing holiday needs for the residents, Malissa told me that bras are always in desperately short supply,” Roach Smith said. “This struck a powerful chord with me and we decided right there to do something about it.”

Supporters can now purchase tickets online at www.ywca-gcr.org

Linium Recruiting
Posted on 2016-10-18

Linium Index of High-Tech Hiring Forecasts Continued Strength in Technology Job Market

Capital Region employers remain optimistic and expect tech jobs to grow,
though finding qualified employees is still challenging due to an ongoing skills gap 

Employers are bullish about the Capital Region’s technology job market, with both optimism and hiring expectations remaining high, but a skills gap continues to make recruiting and hiring a challenge, according to the latest Linium Index of High-Tech Hiring released today.

The region’s leading recruiter for technology-based positions, Linium surveyed 100 hiring and human resource managers at companies throughout the area – 52 with more than 100 employees and 48 with fewer than 100 – between September 13 and 29. The Fall 2016 Linium Index provides the first year-over-year assessment of the area’s technology job market. Full results are below, attached, and can be found here.

Tech workforces will either remain steady or grow in the 4th quarter, according to 98 percent of employers, which is identical to last year – though the number planning to add jobs dipped slightly from 63 to 51 percent. Expectations for high-tech job growth over the next year remained strong, with 72 percent of employers either optimistic or very optimistic, nearly the same as 77 percent in 2015. And, 65 percent of employers said the Capital Region’s economy, including high tech, was either better or much better than the nation’s – on par with last year’s 69 percent, and sharply higher than 42 percent from the previous quarter.

Filling tech jobs, however, continues to be difficult. Seventy percent of employers characterized recruiting and hiring as either challenging or a significant challenge, similar to last year’s 75 percent. The skills gap remains the biggest challenge – though it fell from 52 percent a year ago to 34 percent this year – followed by corporate finances, overall business climate, and health care costs, which at 12 percent were the highest since the survey began.

“The Capital Region’s technology job market should finish the year strong, continuing the momentum we’ve seen over the past year,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Director, Upstate New York for Linium Recruiting. “That’s the good news. The challenge is that too many employers are being held back by a skills gap that limits the availability of qualified employees. It’s vital for the region to work collaboratively to address that issue.”

The Fall 2016 Linium Index also showed that information technology jobs are again the most in demand, with 66 percent of employers citing IT as the fastest-growing field – up from 54 percent last year, and 46 percent the previous quarter. Within IT, the biggest opportunities were again seen in development jobs, including web, software and applications, cited by 42 percent of employers. Demand for infrastructure positions, including hardware, networking, security, and support, rose to 31 percent, up from 20 percent last year.

The Linium Index is designed to help companies better understand the technology job market, and to assist hiring managers in developing strategies to recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce. The next quarterly index will be released in January 2017.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-10-17

Troy Police Department Partnering with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the City of Troy Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will provide the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription pills. Troy residents and members of the public can bring their pills for disposal to the Troy Police Department’s Central Station, located at 55 State Street, Troy. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps; only pills or patches).
 
The event is part of the National Take-Back Initiative, a program launched by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010 which aims to provide local communities a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. The campaign also seeks to educate the public on the potential for abuse of prescription medications.
 
Last April, Americans turned in approximately 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 
 
According to the DEA, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
 
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Troy Police Department’s Community Police Unit at (518) 270-4686.

CEO
Posted on 2016-10-17

CEO’S 9TH ANNUAL “TASTE!” FUNDRAISER RAISES MORE THAN $40,000

Proceeds to Support Programs and Holiday Initiatives

CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) held its annual Taste! fundraiser, sponsored in part by CAP COM Federal Credit Union and the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, on Thursday, October 13th in Troy. More than 200 guests sampled signature dishes from local restaurants, participated in a silent auction, and enjoyed live music by local band, The Schmooze.

With the leadership of Honorary Chair Paula Stopera, President/CEO of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, the event raised over $40,000 to benefit CEO’s many programs and services. A special auction raised $4,800 to support holiday initiatives, which will help to purchase food baskets and gifts for families and children in need this holiday season.

"We had a wonderful turnout,” said Katherine Maciol, President/CEO at CEO. “Through the generosity of our sponsors, community partners and guests, we will be able to provide warm winter coats for children, holiday meals for families and purchase extra food and toiletries for CEO’s food pantry. We are so grateful to everyone who helped make this event a great success!”

Six local restaurants served samples of their best menu offerings: B-Rad’s Bistro, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Eatery at Carol’s Place, Old Daley Catering, Renaissance Hotels and The Rensselaer at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Beverage tastings were provided by Brown’s Brewing Company and Empire Wines. 

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-10-13

Sage to Host “Women of Influence in Politics” Panel

The Sage Colleges will host “Women of Influence in Politics” on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.  The panel discussion will focus on roles, challenges and triumphs and is sponsored by the Russell Sage College WORLD Program and the Department of History and Society. WORLD stands for “Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing.”

The discussion will be moderated by Pamela Katz, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at The Sage Colleges. Panelists include Carolyn McLauglin, President of the Albany Common Council; Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director of the New York State League of Women Voters; Lynn M. Kopka, Russell Sage alumna and Troy City Council member; and Kelly Ryan, Russell Sage alumna and attorney with Hinman Straub.


“Our nation is in the midst of a unique and unprecedented presidential campaign with a strong female leader as one of the nominees for President,” explains Pamela Katz, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science.  “Russell Sage College prides itself on empowering women and inspiring them to be women of influence and agents of change in their communities. This is a very timely panel and will foster a candid and insightful discussion about women and the challenges and triumphs they face throughout the political landscape.”

The event is free and open to the public.

GreyCastle Security
Posted on 2016-10-12

GreyCastle Security to Host Annual Symposium on Role of Technology in Global Security
Discussion with NYS Public and Private Sector Leaders Coincides with National Cybersecurity Initiatives

GreyCastle Security, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm based in Troy, N.Y., is hosting the 4th Annual Cybersecurity Symposium for business leaders and professionals on Wednesday, October 19 at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. The event, titled "Privacy vs. Protection: The Battle Between Convenience, Freedom and Security," will focus on how privacy and technology impact national security efforts, but will also examine privacy rights as they apply to data disputes between governments and technology companies.

Data ownership and encryption have been closely linked to many of the cybersecurity issues we see today, most notably in the fallout between Apple and the Department of Justice in the wake of December’s mass shooting in San Bernardino. To adequately address these topics, the symposium has been expanded this year with the addition of two simultaneous breakout sessions immediately following the panel discussion.

The symposium will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a networking breakfast. The program begins at 8 a.m., and will include a 50-minute panel discussion. Immediately afterward, two breakout sessions will be offered simultaneously, exploring cybersecurity issues faced by international businesses and the healthcare industry.  

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) will give a welcome address prior to the panel discussion. Will Pelgrin, former CEO of the Center for Internet Security, will moderate the conversation between security and legal professionals from both the private and public sectors, including Reg Harnish of GreyCastle Security, Jim Garrett of the NYS Office of Information Technology Services, Daniel Gibson of Ayco, A Goldman Sachs Company, and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Dr. Bertine McKenna, former COO and EVP of Bassett Healthcare and Timothy Shannon, Manager of Information Security at Autotask will lead separate breakout sessions.

The symposium is part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual initiative during the month of October designed to engage and educate the public and private sectors about ever increasing threats against cyber infrastructure.

Registration for the event and live streaming presentation is $20 per person. The entire event, including the breakout sessions, will be available through the live stream. Proceeds from the event will be put toward a scholarship fund for Capital Region students pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. Attendees can register through GreyCastle Security’s website

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-10-12

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES THEIR SHARED SPACE WITHIN TROY INNOVATION GARAGE

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., is pleased to announce its membership with the Troy Innovation Garage (TIG) in Troy, New York.

Matthew Hulihan, an Associate with Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, will be working in a private suite at TIG as a resource for TIG community members and affiliates to help address their intellectual property law needs.  Mr. Hulihan is part of the firm’s Computer Science and Electrical Engineering group.  He focuses primarily on patent prosecution utilizing his computer software and technology expertise, and trademark protection.

TIG is an entrepreneurial ecosystem for creative companies where ideas run free and people have the resources they need to fully tap their potential.  They understand the importance of both focus and fun, and realize that a co-working environment is the best way for driven entrepreneurs to succeed.

“Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti is excited to be a part of such a unique opportunity to share space with different people and companies in the community.  It is a great fit for Matt to have an office within the TIG co-working environment” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-10-12

CAP COM to Host Balloon Release of Hope for Breast Cancer

CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s CAP COM Cares Foundation will host a Balloon Release of Hope in honor of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer, those who continue to fight and also those who have survived. The release, to be held at the CAP COM Financial Center on Thursday, October 13th at 11 a.m., is an effort to raise awareness and funds in support of the American Cancer Society and its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

CAP COM has been a flagship partner of the Strides Walk for more than 21 years. To mark this long-term partnership, employees of CAP COM and representatives from the American Cancer Society will unite to facilitate the balloon release. The Town of Colonie and the Albany International Airport issued clearance to CAP COM allowing the balloon release and biodegradable balloons will be used to ensure environmental safety.

 

WHEN:           Thursday, October 13, 2016

                        11 a.m. 

WHERE:         CAP COM Federal Credit Union

                        4 Winners Circle Albany, NY 12205

WHO:             Paula A. Stopera, CAP COM Federal Credit Union President & CEO, CAP COM Federal Credit Union staff and representatives from the American Cancer Society. 

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-10-12

Mayor Madden Statement on $250K Grant Award from NYS Attorney General for Troy to Combat Vacant and Zombie Properties

 
“Yesterday’s announcement of $250,000 in critically important grant funding for Troy by Attorney General Schneiderman will provide much-needed assistance to strengthen our ongoing efforts to confront abandoned and vacant ‘zombie’ properties which plague our neighborhoods. These resources will be used to expand the capabilities of our Code Enforcement officers with necessary hardware and technology upgrades, increase our ability to enforce compliance against chronic code violators in our community, and leverage existing local and state resources to improve the quality of life in areas most impacted by blight and abandonment. I want to thank Attorney General Schneiderman, Governor Cuomo and our state representatives for their continued commitment to assist local communities like Troy in our fight against ‘zombie’ and abandoned properties.”

CEO
Posted on 2016-10-11

CEO’S 9TH ANNUAL “TASTE!” EXPECTS MORE THAN 200 GUESTS

Live Music, Local Food, and Good Cause Expected to Draw Supporters

On Thursday, October 13, 2016, CEO (the Commission on Economic Opportunity) will host its 9th annual “Taste!” fundraising event, sponsored in part by CAP COM Federal Credit Union, Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, Bouchey Financial Group, Ltd./Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc., Cool Insuring Company, Inc., and Key Bank. The event features signature dishes from popular restaurants throughout the Capital Region, a beer and wine tasting, silent auctions, and live music provided by The Schmooze. Funds raised from the event will support CEO’s many programs and services, including the food pantry, Thanksgiving food packages and holiday programs.

WHAT:                 Photo Opportunity - CEO’s 9th Annual Taste! Fundraiser

WHEN:                 Thursday,October 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE:               Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy

WHO:                  

  • Katherine Maciol, CEO President/CEO
  • Paula Stopera, CAP COM Federal Credit Union President/CEO
  • New York State Senator Neil Breslin
  • New York State Assemblyman John T. McDonald
  • Kathleen Jimino , Rensselaer County Executive
  • Patrick Madden, City of Troy Mayor
Capital Roots
Posted on 2016-10-07

Center for Active Design Excellence Recognizes Capital Roots’ Urban Grow Center

Capital Roots, the 40-year-old regional non-profit dedicated to nourishing healthy communities through fresh food and green space, continues to draw attention to Troy’s renaissance. The Urban Grow Center, Capital Roots’ innovative office and food hub recently won an international design award that recognizes the impact of architecture and public spaces on community health.

Capital Roots joined companies like Google and projects from as far away as China to be recognized by the Center for Active Design. The Urban Grow Center received a 2016 Excellence Award for design that encouraged biking and walking, an onsite produce market and its support of neighborhood development.

Award juror Mayor Chris Coleman (Saint Paul, MN) said the Urban Grow Center, “Encourages healthy behavior not only among those in the building, but also in the surrounding community. It capitalizes on its central location, offering a crucial neighborhood asset that’s responding to community needs.”

Envision Architects and Project Manager Jay Stasack were responsible for building design, Greco Construction LLC was the general contractor, but the Grow Center owes much to the staff who spearhead the project, the dozens of community members and artists who participated in its planning and construction.

“To have Capital Roots mentioned in the same sentence as Google is saying enough already,” said Capital Roots Executive Director, Amy Klein. “I am so gratified to have Capital Roots and the City of Troy recognized worldwide.”

Capital Roots Executive Director Amy Klein and Grow Center Planner Matthew Schueler will accept the award at a ceremony held October 28 in New York City.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-10-05

Mayor Patrick Madden Announces First Annual Troy Manufacturing Week

In recognition of the important role manufacturing has in supporting economic growth and jobs in Troy and across the Capital Region, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will launch the first annual Troy Manufacturing Week beginning October 7. The week-long effort which coincides with National Manufacturing Day will include visits from the Mayor and business representatives to educational training facilities and local manufacturing locations across the Collar City to highlight the important role manufacturing plays in strengthening the local, regional and national economy while promoting careers in the industry through open house events and public engagement. 

“Manufacturing has long maintained a strong connection to our city, with the iron, steel and textile industries contributing to the Collar City’s early prosperity” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “Like Troy, manufacturing has continued to evolve through the development of new technologies which has fueled much of our region’s growth. Events like National Manufacturing Day and Troy Manufacturing Week provide a unique opportunity to promote the need for further investment in growing our manufacturing workforce and celebrate local manufacturers, organizations and companies who are at the forefront of this effort.” 

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“The Center for Economic Growth’s Business Growth Solutions arm has spent nearly three decades helping Capital Region manufacturers unlock their stored potential, and in Rensselaer County this potential is now gushing,” said Michael Lobsinger, Center Director of the Center for Economic Growth’s Business Growth Solutions. “Over the last five years, the county has emerged as the second fastest-growing county in the region in terms of manufacturing job growth and it leads the region in total annual wages growth, more than doubling to $341 million. And with strong workforce training and innovation foundations, the county’s well of potential is only deepening. Indeed, Rensselaer County has much to celebrate this Manufacturing Week.” 

While the manufacturing industry represents the 9th largest economy in the world, a 2015 assessment found that nearly 2 million open skilled jobs are expected to go unfilled during the next decade, representing a significant shortage of talent available to fill these open positions. Troy Manufacturing Week will focus on highlighting the importance of education and training in developing the next generation of the nation’s manufacturing workforce through degree and certification programs available at educational institutions like Hudson Valley Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

“Hudson Valley Community College is proud to celebrate the legacy and the future of manufacturing in the City of Troy by participating in Troy Manufacturing Week,” said Drew Matonak, President of Hudson Valley Community College. “We know that a strong manufacturing economy requires more skilled workers and partnerships. Hudson Valley is poised to meet that demand with plans to double our Advanced Manufacturing Technology program enrollment and develop a new training center on campus to spur economic growth here in our hometown.” “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a vibrant hub of research and education in the area of advanced manufacturing", said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer. “Our state-of-the-art laboratories, cutting-edge research in multidisciplinary centers, and innovative curricula based on experiential learning position Rensselaer and the Troy region as a national leader in advanced manufacturing. We are educating graduates who are not only well-versed in time-tested manufacturing techniques, but also fluent in leading-edge micro-, nano-, and bio-manufacturing technologies. These graduates will invent technologies we haven’t imagined yet and launch new businesses that create jobs in our local, regional and national economy. We are truly honored to participate in the inaugural launch of Troy Manufacturing Week.” 

Troy Manufacturing Week will begin Friday, October 7 with a visit by Mayor Madden to Hudson Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology training facility to meet with faculty and students enrolled in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) degree program.

Troy Manufacturing Week will conclude with the National Manufacturing Day program hosted by Rensselaer on Friday, October 14. The event, to be held at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), will feature undergraduate-led group tours through Rensselaer manufacturing facilities, including the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL), along with student organization exhibits with a focus on Rensselaer manufacturing initiatives. The fifth annual event, sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft, Snap-On, and the City of Troy features a keynote address from Rensselaer Class of 2000 alum Ryan Patry, Manager of Manufacturing Technology for Manufacturing Engineering at Sikorsky Aircraft. 

Additional open-house events have been scheduled in conjunction with National Manufacturing Day and Troy Manufacturing Week to provide members of the public an opportunity to learn more about manufacturing in their local community. 

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold an open-house for their Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL) on Wednesday, October 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Members of the public can participate in group-led tours through the facility. For information and directions contact Sam Chiappone at chiaps@rpi.edu 

  • Ross Valve Manufacturing, located at 102nd Street in Troy, will offer guided tours of their facility during Troy Manufacturing Week. Tours will be available on an appointment-only basis. Individuals interested in participating can email nia@rossvalve.com to schedule a visit. 

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2016-10-04

Kinderhook Bank Corp., the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, has appointed Monofer Usman as Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager for their Latham banking office according to Senior Vice President, Jeff Stone.

“Monofer brings excellent leadership, customer service and sales management skills to our retail team at Kinderhook Bank”, said Stone.  “With his banking experience, he will help us continue to build our retail brand in the Capital Region market and deliver exceptional customer service”, Stone added.

Usman most recently served as Branch Manager for Citizens Bank in Albany, NY and was previously a Branch Manager for SunTrust Bank in Orlando, FL and Trustco Bank in Albany, NY. He holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business from the University at Albany, and currently resides in Delmar his wife Asma Khathija and son, Saaqib.

In operation since 1853, Kinderhook Bank is the only bank headquartered in Columbia County, with branch locations in Latham, downtown Albany, Delmar, East Greenbush, Chatham, Greenport, Valatie and Kinderhook. Voted Best Bank 2016 in the Capital Region Living readers’ poll. Member FDIC.  

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-10-04

Opalka at Sage to Host Women in Art Panel Discussion

The Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus is pleased to host a Women in Art Panel discussion on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

In the art world, as in the rest of the world, women have yet to achieve parity. More art by men is collected by museums and shown in galleries, even as more women graduate with fine arts degrees every year.  Why does the imbalance persist and what can be done about it? The panel will discuss these and other issues facing women in the art world and will be co-moderated by Opalka Director Elizabeth Greenberg and Julie Lohnes, curator of art collections and Exhibitions at Union College. Other distinguished guests include:


Cevan Castle, Center for Parenting Artists
Carol Diehl, writer, contributing editor, Art in America
Carrie Haddad, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Janet Riker, director of the University Art Museum, UAlbany
Julie Torres, artist and curator

The event is free and open to the public.  The gallery is located at 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-10-04

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES THAT THE AMERICAN INN OF COURT HAS BEEN AWARDED DESIGNATION OF A PLATINUM INN OF EXCELLENCE

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., is pleased to announce that the American Inn of Court has been awarded the prestigious designation of a Platinum Inn of Excellence by the National American Inns of Court in Washington, D.C.

Shareholder Susan Farley, as Secretary-Chair of the Intellectual Property & Innovation American Inn of Court, and United States District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino will be attending the award ceremony at the United States Supreme Court in November, 2016 to accept this award on behalf of the Inn.

The Intellectual Property & Innovation American Inn of Court consists of Judges, attorneys and law students from the Upstate New York area of Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, who specialize in intellectual property law and practice. 

The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. Through regular meetings, members are able to build and strengthen professional relationships; discuss fundamental concerns about professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day; share experiences and advice; exhort the utmost passion and dedication for the law; provide mentoring opportunities; and advance the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility. Inns have gained a national and international reputation as an organization that bridges the gap between formal law school education and legal practice by offering career-long continuing education.

September 2016 Member News

PRSA Capital Region
Posted on 2016-09-29

Call for Entries for the 2016 Capital Region MARCOM Awards Announced

Capital Region MARCOM awards will recognize outstanding work in marketing,

public relations and public affairs

The local chapters of the American Marketing Association (NYCRAMA) and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) are pleased to announce that the call for entries is now open for the 2016 MARCOM awards.

Awards will be considered in four categories:

Marketing Campaign (Budget: $0 - $150,000 and $150,000+)

A campaign consisting of a number of specific elements and activities developed to achieve a set of objectives, such as promoting a project, service or business. These elements and activities may include research, advertising, sales promotions, direct mail, pricing, distribution strategy, social media, etc.

Public Relations Campaign (Budget: $0 - $75,000 and $75,000+)

A campaign consisting of a series of activities planned in advance and executed in a strategic manner in order to achieve a specific goal or goals, such drawing attention to or promoting a nonprofit or for-profit organization’s products or services.

Public/Government Affairs Campaign (Budget: $0 - $50,000 and $50,000+)

A campaign specifically designed to influence public policy and/or affect legislation, regulations, political activities or candidates.

Integrated Campaign (Budget: $0 - $150,000 and $150,000+)

A campaign that employs the creative and effective integration and leadership of public relations strategies and tactics with other promotional marketing communications. Entries should demonstrate the integration of strategies, plus the budget and measurement of return on investment of the communications to any stakeholder group, including employees, consumers, the media or shareholders.

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

  • AMA and PRSA members: $75 per entry
  • Non-members: $100 per entry

Enter online at: http://crmarcomawards.com/

This year’s new Capital Region MARCOM awards will be held at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. 

Emma Willard School
Posted on 2016-09-28

What is the “Dill” with Pickleball?

Two-hundred-year-old school becomes first in Capital Region to embrace fast-rising sport with dedicated outdoor courts

WHAT:   Emma Willard School will be unveiling the Capital Region’s first dedicated outdoor Pickleball courts and offer an explanation and demonstration of the sport, which is one of the fastest growing in the United States. We will offer pickle treats and favors, and invite the public to see why Pickleball is sweeping the nation.

WHEN:   Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The event begins at 2:15 p.m.

WHERE: 285 Pawling Avenue in Troy, New York. The event will take place at the tennis courts near the back of campus. See parking and RSVP instructions below.

WHO:   Emma tennis coaches Jack and Judith Curry brought Pickleball to campus from Hilton Head, South Carolina. The ease of entry to this low-impact sport has brought students and adults together in regular, friendly competition. They will offer a detailed explanation and demonstration of the game at the event.

WHY:   Pickleball, a sport whose name derives from a cocker spaniel named “Pickles,” has been widely embraced since its invention in 1965. There are currently 2 million active Pickleball players in the United States but that number is estimated to skyrocket to 8 million players by 2018 thanks to increasing adoption by younger populations. 

The sport is gaining rapid popularity at Emma Willard School. In addition to the new outdoor courts, the school offers year-round opportunities for game play as part of our PE classes, clubs, and weekend recreational activities. The school hopes to be continue to expand its Pickleball program, and eventually host region-wide tournaments. Those who would like to play Pickleball at Emma should contact Judith Curry at 518.833.1316 for more information on weekly round robins.

Dean of Students and Wellbeing Shelley Maher: “This is a great team-building sport that doesn’t require a great deal of skill to play. It’s fun and it really gets people hooked. The dream is that Emma Willard School will be the Pickleball center of the Capital Region.”

Emma Willard School tennis coach Jack Curry: “The first thing you notice when people start to play is a smile. Trained tennis players can also benefit from this sport—it’s great for serious cross training.”

Visitors should park in the designated lot to the right after entering the Pawling Avenue entrance, or to the left of the gym if entering from Elmgrove Avenue. Please RSVP to Katie Coakley at kcoakley@emmawillard.org for clearance on campus.

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Posted on 2016-09-26

Humane Society’s Oktopurrfest Offers German Tradition with a Feline Twist, October 19

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society presents Oktopurrfest on Wednesday, October 19 at Brown’s Brewing Company’s Revolution Hall, located at 425 River Street in Troy, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. This new event features all the tradition of Oktoberfest with a fun feline twist. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Admission includes a signature pint glass. There will be great German-theme food, including vegetarian and vegan-friendly selections, pint specials on Brown’s Brewing Company’s award-winning beers, traditional live German music, the “Mewnich” Marketplace with items people and their cats will love and more fun surprises.

Celebrity Fest Meister for the event is Brian Williams (a.k.a. the Anchorcat), who belongs to Time Warner Cable News Anchor and YouTuber, Kate Welshofer. Brian is a shelter alumnus. Proceeds will support the Society’s work of keeping animals safe, an effort that plays out daily and in many different ways at their animal care facilities and throughout Capital Region communities. Tickets and information are available online at http://mohawkhumane.org/oktopurrfest2016.html and by calling (518) 434-8128 ext. 206.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-09-26

Mayor Madden Announces Completion of Public Budget Workshop Series

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the completion of his 2016 Mayoral Budget Workshop series held during the month of September. The three-part series, which concluded on September 20, was a first for the City of Troy and the Mayor’s office, developed as part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform the public on the financial constraints and challenges facing Troy and the historical background on what contributed to the city’s current fiscal issues. All materials presented during the sessions have been posted on the city website for review.

View Budget Workshop, Session 3: http://bit.ly/2dcVc5w

“Eight months ago during my first State of the City Address I stood before the residents of our city and promised to open a new dialogue with the public and committed my administration to transparency regarding Troy’s financial condition,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “While the financial challenges facing our city as outlined during these sessions may seem daunting, I remain optimistic about the future of Troy. I will continue to respectfully engage on these important issues, make the difficult choices, and work to develop a common sense budget proposal to build a stronger financial future for our city.”

Mayor Madden outlined his administration’s guidelines for responsible financial planning, including a commitment to fact-based budgeting which utilizes financial projections based on data and facts, and an avoidance of one-shot revenue transactions like the sale of city assets to pay for recurring expenses without dependable recurring revenues. In addition to the administration’s approach to realistic budgeting, the Mayor also detailed the city’s long-term debt obligations and breakdown of historical trends which have contributed to the fiscal constraints facing the Collar City, including:

  • The depletion of more than $7M in city reserves between 2006 and 2015

  • Annual payments of approximately $6M in Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) debt as a result of poor budgeting and overspending by the city during the 1980’s

  • Yearly revenue shortfalls which fell considerably below City Council approved estimates

The 3-session finance workshop series was part of the Madden administration’s continued effort to promote fiscal transparency and increase public engagement in the budget process. As part of the administration’s response to a critical February audit by the NYS Comptroller’s Office of the City of Troy’s financial condition for the period of January 1, 2012 through May 31, 2015, Mayor Madden implemented policies and procedures to ensure accurate financial estimates, analysis and reporting would be utilized in monitoring the city’s fiscal health. The administration has also delivered two on-time quarterly financial reports in 2016.

Mayor Madden and members of the administration have already begun visiting with community and neighborhood organizations to present the materials and information included in the workshops. Troy neighborhood associations and community groups interested in participating in one of the budget informational sessions are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s Office by phone at (518) 279-7130 or by email at MayorsOffice@troyny.gov

All three budget workshop presentations are available on the City of Troy website for download and review at http://www.troyny.gov

Budget Workshop, Session 1: http://bit.ly/2d3wJRw
Budget Workshop, Session 2: http://bit.ly/2ddGzCu
Budget Workshop, Session 3: http://bit.ly/2dcVc5w

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-09-26

Mayor Patrick Madden Releases Results of Downtown Parking Study

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the release of the Downtown Troy Parking Study. Funded with assistance of the Troy Local Development Corporation, the study takes a comprehensive look at how Downtown parking functions, how it is managed, and made various recommendations for improving the system.
 
“As our city’s vibrant downtown continues to thrive and grow, we need to explore new ways of managing and improving our parking options for visitors and residents alike,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The results of the Troy Downtown Parking Study provide the city short-term parking improvements to the traditional downtown area while keeping an eye on long-term planning and implementation efforts to improve residential parking options and enhance access to our local small businesses and various amenities across downtown.”
 
The Downtown Parking Study examined the area bounded by Federal and Liberty Streets, from 6th Avenue to the River. While the public generally feels that there is insufficient parking downtown, the study found that there is sufficient parking in downtown Troy, but recognized a need to manage the existing parking options better. The report also found that there is high demand for on-street parking near Monument Square area but that parking lots and parking structures are under-utilized.
 
In response, the City of Troy is implementing several short-term solutions identified in the plan such as additional parking kiosks, better way-finding signage, more consistent parking regulations and striping of on-street parking spaces to better delineate their locations. In addition, as part of Troy’s Complete Streets initiative to develop and maintain a safe, accessible multi-modal transportation network for users of all abilities, the city is exploring various traffic calming features such as striped bike lanes. The study also recommended a review of residential parking options. The city will continue to consider all recommendations included in the study and explore opportunities for long-term changes and improvements to the downtown parking system where possible.
 
Earlier this year, Mayor Madden tasked an informal group of community representatives headed by Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski to review the findings of the draft report and explore short and long-term solutions for implementing a comprehensive program to address the challenges and opportunities identified by respondents of the parking survey. The review group included local business owners, representatives of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District, the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, City of Troy department heads, and members of majority and minority conferences of the City Council.
 
The Troy Downtown Parking Study is available for review on the City of Troy website http://troyny.gov

Carter Conboy
Posted on 2016-09-23

MICHAEL MURPHY, JAMES HACKER ADMITTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS

Michael J. Murphy, Esq. and James E. Hacker, Esq. have become Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.  The induction ceremony at which Mr. Murphy and Mr. Hacker became Fellows took place recently before an audience of approximately 800 persons during the recent 2016 Annual Meeting of the College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. Michael J. Murphy is a managing director at Carter Conboy in Albany and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  He has been practicing law for 34 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumna of Albany Law School of Union University.  He practices complex litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law, civil rights and governmental law, and municipal law. Mr. Murphy holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Capital District YMCA and a member of ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group steering committee.  He is past President of the Federal Court Bar Association for the Northern District of New York and past Chair of ALFA International. James E. Hacker is a managing partner at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP in Troy, Albany and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  He has been practicing law for 32 years.  The newly inducted Fellow attended Hamilton College and Albany Law School of Union University.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Albany Law School Board of Trustees and is the President Elect of the Albany County Bar Association.  He is Regional Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Academy and is a past President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association.  Mr. Hacker devotes his practice entirely to civil litigation.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-09-21

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES THAT DAVID P. MIRANDA HONORED BY THE CAPITAL DISTRICT BLACK AND HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION

DPM PHOTO 2015 - USE H0427103xD16FBHeslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., is pleased to announce David P. Miranda, Partner of the firm, is being honored by the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association (“CDBHBA”) for his contributions during his year as the President of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) and promoting diversity throughout the legal profession.

During his term with the NYSBA Mr. Miranda started an initiative offering free association membership to all law students attending New York law schools, doubling law student membership to 4700.  He formed a committee on the NY State Constitution to prepare for the 2017 statewide referendum on whether to hold a state constitutional convention.  He also formed a joint Access to Justice committee of the State Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Association, to raise resources needed to address the justice gap. 

Lingualinx
Posted on 2016-09-20

LINGUALINX ACQUIRES LANGUAGE TRANSLATION, INC.

New acquisition strategy expected to fuel growth and improve service

LinguaLinx, Inc., a language translation provider recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine, announced today its acquisition of Language Translation, Inc. (LTI). The acquisition will allow LinguaLinx to tap into new sources of revenue and continue its aggressive growth in the language translation industry.

“Our growth to date has been organic,” Jonathan Smith, chief operating officer at LinguaLinx explained. “We have strategies in place to keep growing organically, but we realized it’s time to diversify our revenue streams. Acquisition is one more tool in our arsenal that we will use to maintain a strong position in this extremely competitive industry.”

The acquisition is expected to diversify LinguaLinx’s geographic presence and time zone coverage. LTI is a California-based company, and its location will increase LinguaLinx’s west coast presence. The benefit of expanding time zone coverage allows the translation provider to meet clients’ needs more efficiently, and exposes LinguaLinx to more projects. In addition, the acquisition will benefit LTI’s current clients, as they will have access to LinguaLinx’s expansive service offerings.

“LTI has a culture that is very similar to LinguaLinx, so it’s a fit,” said Jim Maziejka, director of sales at LinguaLinx. “It’s always great to have more boots on the ground that are capable of getting out and meeting with clients face-to-face. That has always been the way we do things here.”      

The acquisition will provide positive growth for both LinguaLinx and the companies that rely on LTI for their translation services. The translation provider has developed a continuity plan for LTI’s current clients so that there are no service disruptions or pricing changes.

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Posted on 2016-09-20

HUMANE SOCIETY BREAKS GROUND ON $7.2M ANIMAL CARE CENTER
New 32,000 sq. ft. Facility will be Transformative to Region’s Animal Care and Protection Efforts

“A better future begins today.” That was the promise conveyed by Mohawk Hudson Humane Society leaders and advocates at a groundbreaking ceremony held today on the site of a former dog play area at the organization’s 3 Oakland Avenue location in Menands. Dozens of community members, volunteers and staff members, gathered to mark the start of the $7.2M building project which will be “transformative” for the care and protection of animals in the greater Capital Region, according to President and CEO, Brad Shear.

“Our extraordinarily dedicated staff and volunteers do phenomenal work every single day – in a facility that works against them every single day. With a new building that provides them with the tools and environment they need to keep animals safe, happy and healthy, the sky is the limit for the quality and breadth of programs and services that we will provide,” said Shear.

Founded in 1887, parts of the Society’s current shelter facility are more than a century old. Over the years there have been additions and renovations, but none have come close to addressing the need for a much higher standard of care that is essential to the animals’ physical and psychological wellbeing.

The new 32,000 sq. ft. facility will increase physical size by 67%, with 27,000 sq. ft. devoted directly to animal care. A sophisticated system for optimal clean air exchange, as well as plumbing and drainage that will enable the staff to thoroughly and reliably clean and sanitize animal care and holding areas, will underlie maintenance of a clean and healthy environment.

Cat housing capacity will double and dog capacity will increase by 30% – that will translate to housing for more than 150 additional animals. But more importantly, those kenneling spaces will be significantly larger and more comfortable for the animals, and that will mean less stress.

“Stress plays a significant part in illness,” said Shear. “By providing larger, more comfortable, quieter and for some pets a more homelike and cage-free environment, our animals will be happier and consequently healthier while awaiting their new homes.”

The Center will include twice as much treatment space, which will allow for isolation of contagious illnesses. Rates of common illnesses, such as upper respiratory infections and kennel cough, are projected to decrease by 50% within the first year of operation. Expansion of surgical space will enable staff to perform an additional 3,000 surgical procedures per year and dramatically increase the Society’s low-cost or free spay and neuter programs for pet owners who are income-qualified.

A cleaner, brighter and more welcoming environment will add to a better experience for visitors. Many people are reluctant to visit a shelter for fear of the sad surroundings they expect to encounter. With welcoming spaces and the ability to offer other opportunities for engagement, such as through dog training classes and humane education programs for all ages, the Society hopes to dispel that fear and make the center a community destination.

According to Steve Caporizzo, a well-known  Capital Region animal advocate who serves as honorary chair for the Society’s building campaign, “This is an exciting time for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and so long overdue, after almost 130 years. A new shelter and everything that goes along with it will allow for even more pets to be given a second chance at life. This will be a special place where people will want to come and visit with their pets, enjoy the grounds and the new facility, and perhaps meet their new forever friend.”

A capital campaign to raise the needed $7.2M for construction began over the summer. 

“During the silent phase of our campaign we’ve raised more than half of the needed funds for this project,” said the Society’s board president, Miguel Berger.” Now that we’ve broken ground, I encourage all members of our community to bring this important project to fruition and support it with a financial gift. Large or small, every gift brings us closer to a better community for the animals and those who love them.”

While construction takes place, the current facilities will continue to operate. As sections are completed, transitions will be made to the new building and eventually the old buildings will be torn down. The projected completion is summer of 2017.

TRIP & RCHR
Posted on 2016-09-19

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden to be Honored by TRIP & RCHR at Annual Homecoming Dinner

Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP) and Rensselaer County Housing Resources (RCHR) will hold their Annual Homecoming Dinner on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden will be presented the Community Citizenship Award in recognition of his 30 years of service as Executive Director of TRIP & RCHR.  Kevin and Pat O’Bryan are this year’s Homecoming Dinner Honorary Chairs.

“We became involved with TRIP & RCHR many years ago because of then-executive director Patrick Madden’s passion for the organizations’ mission of connecting people with resources and knowledge to live in desirable homes and create vibrant communities,”  said Kevin and Pat O’Bryan.

“Patrick’s tenure with the organization is highlighted by an increase in safe affordable housing options in neighborhoods that have otherwise struggled with disinvestment,” said Christine Nealon, the organizations’ current Executive Director. “We’re so pleased to add Patrick to the list of Community Citizenship recipients for his tireless efforts.”

Also that evening, TRIP will induct the last ten years of Troy Treasures into the Hall of Fame.  Honorees include Troy residents and businesses that have served their communities ranging from Mac Henderson with Troy Little League (2015) to Lynn Kopka and the Washington Park Association (2005).

Honorary Committee tickets are $150 per person or $250 for two tickets.  Sponsorship is still available.  Dinner tickets are $75 per person.

To join the TRIP & RCHR Honorary Dinner Committee or to purchase dinner tickets for the 2016 Annual Homecoming Dinner, contact Cathy at TRIP, 518-272-8289 or cathy@triponline.org.   

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-09-16

Sage Ranked Among the Top 40 Best Colleges for Value and named in the Top 50 for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report

The Sage Colleges is pleased to announce that it was named 39th among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Value Schools. The rankings of Best Value Schools are based on the institution’s academic quality and the 2015-2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Sage ranked 49th in the Best Colleges for Veterans category. The list recognizes schools that participate in federal initiatives to help veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. Institutions in this category must be certified for the GI Bill; participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program; be in the top half of their U.S. News ranking category; and have 20 or more students who used GI Bill benefits to partially or fully finance their tuition and fees during 2015-2016.

The Sage Colleges was also ranked 85th among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Regional Universities North. That is an improvement of 15 spots from Sage’s 2016 ranking.  The U.S. News and World Report rankings emphasize academic excellence and schools are ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality.

“Sage is extremely proud of these designations from U.S. News and World Report, especially as we celebrate our Centennial year,” said Susan C. Scrimshaw, President of The Sage Colleges. “The upward trajectory of our rankings is a testament to our hard working faculty, administrators and staff who are committed to making our students individuals of influence and agents of change in their communities through a quality education. The preparedness of our incoming students, our excellent graduation and retention rates, and our stellar academic programs have all contributed to this improvement in our ranking.”

The complete list of U.S. News and World Report rankings can be viewed here.

In addition, in a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education entitled Fulfilling the Promise, Filling the Need Sage was named among 26 schools in the nation that enroll over 40% low income students and have good graduation rates and outcomes for those students which leads to a higher earning potential for those students. The report can be viewed here.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. & SEFCU
Posted on 2016-09-15

YWCA OF THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION RECEIVES MAKE OVER TO FOOD PANTRY FROM SEFCU’S RENOVATE THAT! TEAM

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. received a makeover to their Food Pantry courtesy of SEFCU’s Renovate That! Team.  Volunteers from SEFCU spent two days re-organizing and painting, transforming the space that provides emergency food to approximately 100 households per month.

With the addition of fresh coats of vibrant and welcoming colors to the walls, waiting benches with pullout crates filled with children’s books, beautiful décor and creative signage; the renovation created a more welcoming environment for the individuals and families utilizing YWCA-GCR’s Food Pantry.  The welcoming environment and added educational resources create a more comfortable experience and keeps children engaged as parents can read to them while waiting for their food packages.

This ultimately improves on the quality of our services as our volunteers feel less pressured to rush through each pantry order and are able to engage in conversation with those they are serving.  When people are more comfortable asking for help, they are more likely to share other needs they may have and our volunteers can guide them to appropriate YWCA-GCR staff or community resources.

“Words cannot express how grateful YWCA-GCR is to have had SEFCU’s Renovate That! Team transform our food pantry for a greater experience for those we serve,” said Daquetta Jones, Executive Director, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.  “SEFCU has supported YWCA-GCR’s food pantry for years and increased their level of support last year with a $15,000 donation to expand our food pantry and community meal services.  YWCA-GCR being selected as a SEFCU Renovate That! recipient is a priceless gift.  Look what dedication, support, talent, giving hearts and time can do in just two days!  The volunteers demonstrated their passion through their smiles, laughter, creativity and hard work.  Thank you, SEFCU for your continued support, time, hard work, creativity and dedication to making the experience for those we serve at YWCA-GCR’s Food Pantry more welcoming and engaging.”

“YWCA food pantry program provides a tremendous service to individuals and families who struggle with hunger or food insecurity,” said Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU president and CEO. “By unleashing some of SEFCU’s most creative volunteers in the food pantry space, we were able to help create a brighter environment that is even more welcoming and a dignified experience to those who visit it,” continued Castellana.  YWCA-GCR Food Pantry, being open four days a week, provides a three-day (nine meals) food package to YWCA-GCR residents, as well as community residents residing in the Greater Capital Region.

SEFCU recognizes that purposeful philanthropy is giving time, talent, and treasure. The Renovate That! Circle is designed to make a measurable difference by renovating spaces within our not-for-profit community to enhance service delivery. YWCA-GCR was chosen when SEFCU learned about the long amounts of time that consumers had to wait in line for food at the pantry.

Both residents and community members have shared a great deal of positive feedback and have expressed how nice YWCA-GCR’s Food Pantry looks, how much more comfortable it is waiting to be served and how it is less stressful when their children are with them now because they have something to engage them.

University at Albany, SUNY
Posted on 2016-09-15

UAlbany Unveils New Health Sciences Campus to Advance Major Academic, Research and Economic Initiatives

Includes the Launch of the UAlbany Innovation Center, New Academic Programs with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Enhanced START-UP NY Opportunities

The solid academic expansion initiated by UAlbany President Robert J. Jones continues as the University announces a Health Sciences Campus.

The newly named campus, a redesignation of the University’s East Campus in Rensselaer, N.Y., solidifies the strong intersection of academia, government and the private sector found there -- entities that collaborate in mutually beneficial ways to further the understanding of health and disease.

“The renaming of this campus will lead to student and public recognition for the University’s extraordinary assets in the health sciences,” said President Jones. “As the region’s only comprehensive public research university, our enhanced presence will attract a new cohort of high achieving students and world-class faculty.”

Home to the largest concentration of individual health science-related entities in the Capital Region, the Health Sciences Campus is anchored by the University’s School of Public Health and Cancer Research Center with its Center for Functional Genomics. Other campus residents include organizations such as Regeneron, Albany Molecular Research, Taconic, and select research divisions of Albany Medical College and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as a dozen other area start-up and biomedical organizations.

The campus is also home to a highly-collaborative, 30-year partnership between the School of Public Health and the New York State Department of Health.

Yielding New Academic Programs

The campus plan features new academic enhancements for students to study health science fields at a major public research university. Through agreements with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, students can now pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a master’s in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and/or a master’s in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytotechnology.

These new offerings will be added to the University’s current 12 health science degree programs and 10 joint/dual or early assurance arrangements with graduate and professional programs in the health sciences.

“We applaud this forward-looking initiative and are pleased to advance our partnership with the University at Albany by offering new opportunities for students to pursue professional and graduate degrees in health sciences,” said T. Gregory Dewey, Ph.D.,president, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “We look forward to an even stronger relationship with UAlbany and will continue to leverage this collaboration to educate the next generation of the health professionals.”

For more information about UAlbany’s health sciences program portfolio, visit http://www.albany.edu/healthsciences.

Driving the Region’s Economy

The health sector offers the strongest prospect for economic growth in New York’s Capital Region and UAlbany’s Health Sciences Campus creates important opportunities for new or deeper partnerships with other educational institutions, public-sector agencies and private-sector health-related businesses.

One example of this is the UAlbany Innovation Center. The Health Sciences Campus has been named the first home to the center which is designed to strengthen and serve the already bustling culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University, and accelerate the commercialization of university research and innovative ideas.

The center will initiate programs and participate in activities that bridge research and education with industry by connecting companies, educators, experts and students to collaborate on real- world problems and solutions. This will bring industry leaders together with University experts to fuel innovative thinking and to enable collaboration in various fields focusing on biotechnology.

“Working in this collaborative environment provides a variety of excellent benefits for our business,” said Phillip J. Albrecht, Ph.D., vice-president and deputy chief scientist at Integrated Tissue Dynamics, LLC. “I am able to interact with veteran scientists from academia, government, and industry on a daily basis, and by serving as an adjunct faculty member, our company has unparalleled access to young talent while offering students the opportunity to challenge themselves on front-line biomedical projects.”

Support for the new UAlbany Innovation Center at the Health Science Campus is provided through Innovate 518, the Capital Region “Innovation Hot Spot” designed to promote economic development by incubating technology-enabled businesses with a focus on the Capital Region. Other Innovate 518 program partners include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Center for Economic Growth, along with several area academic institutions, co-working spaces, investors and service providers.

Albrecht added, “As a past recipient of a CEG NYCAP grant award involving the UAlbany Center for Functional Genomics, I can attest to the direct benefits these important collaborations create.”

Through its affiliation, Albany Law School and UAlbany will develop an online tutorial called “Corporation in a Box” for early-stage technology start-ups leveraging Albany Law legal education services to support Innovate 518. The tutorial, which will reside on the Innovate 518 website, will provide an interactive experience to ensure businesses incorporate at the optimal level for their specific business and personal needs.  Additional tools and resources to assist companies in applying for SBIR/STTR applications through the Small Business Administration will also be developed as part of future phases of the collaboration.

“The University at Albany and Rensselaer County have a 20-year history of partnering to help create an environment that fosters economic development.  This was initially seen with the establishment of the East Campus and followed by the Cancer Research Center,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino. “With the Health Sciences Campus’s renaming as well the new businesses taking root through the Innovation Hot Spot, we are thrilled that Rensselaer County is again at the center of UAlbany’s ambitious growth within the region’s rapidly expanding health sciences sector.”

The new Health Sciences Campus also offers new space to advance the University’s START-UP NY plan. Via START-UP NY, the campus can provide businesses with access to laboratories, core facilities and faculty experts, while businesses create collaborations for researchers, and internships and jobs for students.

“The new name – the University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus -- will more clearly highlight the tremendous strengths already existing on the campus, and help the region and the state more clearly see the University’s exciting potential for enhancing the bio-medical sector of the regional economy,” said Laura Schweitzer, Ph.D., vice president for Health Sciences and Biomedical Initiatives, UAlbany.

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-09-12

New Partners Announced at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.

Albany based accounting and advisory firm Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) has announced the promotion of two audit managers to partners. Joining the ranks of partner are Paula Pierce, CPA and Vince Commisso, CPA. Pierce joined the Firm in 2005 and Commisso has been with TBC since 2007. In these new roles, both Pierce and Commisso will be directly responsible for client account management.   

Paula Pierce-4x5Pierce’s main responsibilities are managing and supervising a large client base, which includes commercial entities, multi-employer benefit plans, and not-for-profit organizations. She has been an instrumental member of multiple internal committees which include accounting and auditing, not-for-profit, and education, while also organizing the Company’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk team for the last eight years. Pierce serves on the programming committee of the Women’s Business Council, sponsored by the Capital Region Chamber. She is also the Treasurer of the Niskayuna Co-op, an organization that strives to provide its members and other patrons with quality goods at a fair price. Pierce, who accepted a position with TBC following the completion of her master’s degree, is a graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master of Science in Accounting.

COMMISSO VINCENT J-4x5Commisso joined TBC after working for a large international accounting firm and works with a wide range of commercial industries including manufacturers, contractors, and others, as well as government and not-for-profit entities. Internally, Commisso is a valuable member of several committees including the manufacturing committee, accounting and auditing committee, government committee, and he also mentors staff accountants. Throughout his tenure at the Firm, he has been an active member of various trade associations and chambers of commerce. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Tech Valley, a program sponsored by the Capital Region Chamber. Commisso is an active member of the board of Green Tech High Charter School, serving as the organization’s Treasurer. A graduate of Siena College, Commisso graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

“We are ecstatic to welcome these two self-motivated and vibrant people to our partner group. Both Paula and Vince have proven to be great assets to TBC. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to go above and beyond consistently exemplifies our Firm’s commitment to excellence,” said James Drislane, Managing Partner of TBC.

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-09-12

TBC Announces Staff Promotions

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) has announced the promotion of its staff. The Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) promoted this year to assume new positions of managers and supervisors are Mark Vena, Andrew Bowen, Denise Lurenz, Johanna Schweitzer, and MC Unger. The other four individuals promoted from staff accountants to senior accountants are Grace Finley, CPA, Megan Lacy, CPA, Jackie Young, and Jennifer Peone.

Vena has been named a manager respectively after previously holding the position of supervisor for the Firm. As a manager, Vena will now be responsible for managing and supervising all phases of audit, review, and compilation engagements of commercial entities units. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Vena received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, as well as his Master of Science in Accounting from Siena College. Since joining the Firm in 2012, Vena has worked with many commercial clients including real estate developers, home builders and construction contractors among others. He is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Committee and the Tax Department. Outside of the Office, he is on the finance committee for the Christian Brothers Academy.

Receiving promotions to audit supervisor this year were Bowen, Lurenz, Schweitzer, and Unger. All of them served in the capacities of senior accountants or senior tax specialists prior to the announcement and work on a wide range of business and individual clients in various industries. In their new roles they will supervise all phases of audit, review, and compilation engagements and a variety of tax services.

Bowen, who started working at TBC in 2012, has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration, both from Le Moyne College. He sits on the Firm’s Accounting & Auditing committee and Employee Benefit Plan Committee, and is an active member of Tech Valley Young Professionals Network and the AICPA.

Joining the Firm in 2009, Lurenz has her Accounting Certificate from Siena College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Business Minor, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. She is a member of the AICPA and is a volunteer for Toys for Tots.

Schweitzer has been with TBC since 2010 and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Business from the University at Albany. Internally, she is a member of the Accounting & Auditing committee and the Construction committee. Outside of work, she is a member of the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network and is the 2017 Chairwoman of the Executive Mentorship program. She is also an active member of the Northeastern Subcontractors Association, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association: Professional Women in Building Council.

Unger, who joined TBC in 2012, received an Associate of Liberal Arts from Simon’s Rock College of Bard, a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany, and a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from the University at Albany. She is a member of the AICPA and is also on the board for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. Internally, she is a member of the Firm’s Tax Department.

Receiving the promotion from staff accountant to senior accountant, Finley graduated from Army College in Quito Ecuador with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The State University of New York at New Paltz. She was hired by TBC in 2014 and is a member of the AICPA. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Albany Communication Action Partnership, as well as Consumer Direct Choices, while also volunteering with Sullivan County Archers Fundraising & Youth Summer Camp outside of the office.

Along with Finley, Lacy has now been promoted to senior accountant. Lacy, who was hired in early 2015, is a graduate of Siena College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting degrees. She is on the Firm’s internal education committee and is a member of the AICPA.

Hires from 2014, Young and Peone were both promoted to senior accountants this year. Young started working at TBC after earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ithaca College, as well as a Master of Science in Accounting from Siena College. Peone joined the Firm after earning her Bachelor of Science in Accounting, as well as a Master of Science in Accounting, both from Siena College.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-09-12

College Names Three New Department Chairs in School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hudson Valley Community College has announced new leadership for three academic departments in its School of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the new academic year, which began on Monday, Aug. 29.

Chase Heather 8907Heather Chase of Albany has been named the chair of the Liberal Arts Department, which oversees Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science and the Liberal Arts HonorScholar programs. She also will be overseeing the Liberal Arts Advisement Center.

Chase served as an advising specialist in the department and previously held several academic and administrative roles at ITT Technical Institute in Albany. She led ITT’s Academic Affairs unit, served as an academic dean and was an adjunct faculty member. Previously, she was a department chair and senior instructor at Empire Education, which operates two branches of Mildred Elley and Austin’s School of Spa Technology. Chase earned a B.S. from The College of St. Rose, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, and she is in the process of writing her dissertation for a doctoral degree in organizational leadership.

Hathaway Scott 8892Scott Hathaway of Waterford has been named the chair of the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department, which oversees students in three academic programs – Fine Arts, Digital Media and Theatre Arts as well as the college’s Teaching Gallery. The associate professor served as interim department chair for the past year.

Hathaway is a longtime faculty member at the college, having taught English Composition, Public Speaking, Advanced Journalism and Media and Culture courses for more than two decades. He earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. An alumnus of Hudson Valley with an A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hathaway also earned his bachelor’s degree in English and teacher education and his M.A. in English from the University at Albany.

maryannepepeMaryanne Pepe of Troy has been named the chair of the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department. The department oversees students in five degree and certificate programs related to human services, addiction counseling and disabilities studies.

A certified social worker and longtime faculty member in the department, Pepe also served as interim chair for the department for the past year. The professor has been involved in academic advisement, curriculum development and mentoring of new adjunct instructors in addition to her teaching duties. She has been a faculty member at the college for more than 25 years and was a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.

Pepe received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Siena College and her M.S.W. from The University at Albany.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-09-12

Sage to Host Second Restart Workshop for Entrepreneurs

The Sage Colleges is pleased to partner with In Focus Brands and Autonomy Distributors to host its second evening of Restart Workshops for local entrepreneurs. The workshop sessions will focus on crowdfunding.  The event is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6 to 8:00 pm in room 105 of Kahl Campus Center on the Sage College of Albany campus located at 140 New Scotland Avenue.

“This is a unique opportunity to present a wide variety of sessions designed to help entrepreneurs and local businesses work smarter, not harder,” explains Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges. “We will discuss the uses and types of crowdfunding as well as provide practical business solutions for raising awareness and donor and market development.”

Presenters include Dean Fredericks and Robert Manasier, entrepreneur-in-residence at The Sage Colleges.

In addition to Dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges, Fredericks, Ph.D, MPA, RD, is a professor and chair of graduate programs at Sage. She has expertise in social network analysis and evaluation within different public and nonprofit sectors. Fredericks has consulted for many groups and her work has appeared in numerous journals.

Manasier is a serial entrepreneur, multiple business owner with over 30 years of experience managing clients, staff and businesses. He has created and developed the Economic Development Acceleration Labs (EDA LABS) to assist small to middle market businesses to be faster, stronger and smarter in building and keeping their companies.

Topics include:

  • The Different Forms of Crowdfunding
  • Benefit Versus Equity
  • Creating the Crowd
  • Best Campaign Practices
  • Choosing a Platform

To register for the event visit http://tickets.sage.edu/event-registration/?ee=826.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Posted on 2016-09-08

Capital Region Serial Entrepreneur Named 2016 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumnus Robert L. Godgart ’82, founder of Autotask and ChannelEyes, To Be Honored October 7

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) alumnus and serial entrepreneur, inventor, and technology executive Robert L. Godgart ’82 has been selected as the 2016 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. Established in 1990, the award brings the world of entrepreneurship and innovation into Rensselaer classrooms by recognizing successful entrepreneurs and role models who share their wisdom and experiences with students.

As a successful entrepreneur, Godgart started five companies and turned them all into market leaders. His visionary ideas took him on a journey to transform not one, but several industries. At Rensselaer, Godgart pioneered early computer applications in architecture and soon launched his first company, Image Systems Technology. The CAD Overlay product would become the world standard to put paper drawings on PC computers for architects and engineers.

Next, Godgart teamed up to create the Capital Region's first seed venture fund, leading investments in successful Rensselaer alumni companies such as Learnlinc and Vicarious Visions. He started PowerAdz to revolutionize the newspaper industry, putting 1,800 newspapers online. Godgart is most well-known for founding Autotask, the world’s leading information technology business management software, and also started ChannelEyes to reinvent how indirect sales channels are managed. Today, he gives back to the community as an executive coach, mentor, board member, and angel investor who helps CEOs and entrepreneurs accelerate their growth.

“We are excited to honor Bob Godgart as the recipient of this year’s William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year, a hallmark event made possible due to the generosity of Bill Glaser in his dedication to promote and foster entrepreneurship in our world,” said Thomas Begley, dean of the Lally School. “Bob reflects the tenacity, innovation, and commitment of Rensselaer students and graduates who create solutions for a better tomorrow.”  

The Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year program will take place Friday, October 7, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the Rensselaer campus in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition from Rensselaer; however, it’s also for all the people behind these ventures that made them successful,” said Godgart. “Co-founders, management teams, investors, strategic partners, and most importantly, the employees and their families who spent so much of their lives dedicated to the startup life. I truly hope that my business journey will inspire young RPI entrepreneurs to pursue their technological dreams.” 

Godgart received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rensselaer with a concentration in building science, but ultimately became fascinated with computers. In 1980, before the days of personal computers and cell phones, he spent many nights in the lab pioneering computer applications in architecture.

Godgart has been anactive leader in the information technology community, serving as chairman of CompTIA, the information technology industry's largest association, and was named several times as a CRN Magazine Channel Chief, the MSP Mentor 250, SMB 150, and the Channelnomics 12 Channel Leaders to Watch. 

Today, the William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Award has become part of a tradition at Rensselaer. Each year, the award celebrates entrepreneurs whose vision, commitment, and creativity exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that is part of the past, present, and future of Rensselaer.

At Rensselaer, President Shirley Ann Jackson is guiding a transformation that fulfills the vision of The New Polytechnic, an emerging paradigm for teaching, learning, and research at Rensselaer. The foundation for this vision is the recognition that global challenges and opportunities are so great they cannot be adequately addressed by even the most talented person working alone. Rensselaer serves as a crossroads for collaboration—working with partners across disciplines, sectors, and geographic regions—to address complex global challenges, using the most advanced tools and technologies, many of which are developed at Rensselaer. Research at Rensselaer addresses some of the world’s most pressing technological challenges—from energy security and sustainable development to biotechnology and human health. The New Polytechnic is transformative in the global impact of research, in its innovative pedagogy, and in the lives of students at Rensselaer.

To RSVP for the 2016 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Award event, visit http://scte.rpi.edu/2016eoy.

For more about the Lally School of Management, visit http://lallyschool.rpi.edu/.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-09-08

YWCA OF THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION, INC.  ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE RESOURCEFUL WOMEN’S LUNCHEON AWARDS!

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., is pleased to announce Sabrina Mosseau BS, RN, OCN, clinical sales specialist with Genentech Corporation, will be honored as YWCA-GCR’s  2016 Resourceful Woman of the Year!  The 17th Annual Resourceful Women’s Luncheon Awards will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy

The event, emceed by Benita Zahn, DPS, Co-Anchor from Newschannel 13 serving as the Honorary Chair and Dan Bazille, anchor from NewsChannel 13, continues to grow exponentially each year, as it recognizes women in the Capital Region whose professional, community and volunteer pursuits help to advance the empowerment of women and girls. 

This year, YWCA-GCR extends recognition with its Young Girls ON A MISSIONcategory, celebrating girls 18 and under actively volunteering, engaging in community involvement and/or supporting a cause to make a difference in others’ lives.  Fifteen women and girls were selected in categories of Education; Entrepreneur; Health and Human Services; Management; Philanthropy; Public Service; Emerging Professional and Young Girls ON A MISSION. It is with much excitement and anticipation that we announce the winners!          

EDUCATION         

  • – The Sage Colleges
  • – The Sage Colleges

EMERGING PROFESSIONAL               

  • Mayleen Rivera – Department of Health

ENTREPRENEUR   

  • Jade Gibson-Lewis – Jade’s Hair Envy
  • Sheilah Sable – Call Sheilah!

FRONT-LINE         

  • Kate Fruscione – Albany Business Review

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES      

  • Christine Nealon - Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP), Inc.

MANAGEMENT    

  • Anzala B. Alozie – Capital District YMCA
  • Caryn Anatriello – Make-A-Wish Northeast NY

PHILANTHROPY  

  • Victoria Yusco – No Bottom Left Behind Diaper Bank, Inc.

PUBLIC SERVICE  

  • Kymlee Dorsee – Self Turn Around of Your Living Environment (STYLE)
  • Tye L. Woodson – NYS Executive Chamber
  • – Albany Common Council

YOUNG GIRLS ON A MISSION          

  • Sydney Noelle Kurzejeski
  • Alana McNulty and Katrina Colby

The Resourceful Women's Luncheon also honors a Woman of Inspiration.  We are proud to celebrate Felicia Ashley, former Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program graduate, for her many personal and professional accomplishments.  Despite obstacles, Felicia has worked to reach and maintain self-sufficiency for her and her children.  She illuminates something that every woman coming to YWCA-GCR receives:  HOPE!

The Resourceful Women’s Luncheon award, established in 2000, recognizes and honors those whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women and girls, a core value of YWCA-GCR’s mission. The luncheon strives to honor everyday women that make a difference in their work place, community and beyond. These accomplished, energetic and committed women represent the spirit of determination and empowerment held dear at YWCA-GCR.

All proceeds from the Resourceful Women's Luncheon Awards will benefit YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. to sustain, enhance and expand our unique and cutting-edge services. Your financial contribution will have a greater impact through a matching pledge: Through the end of the year, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match (1 to 4) of all public support funds raised by YWCA-GCR.

Women come to YWCA-GCR in times of crisis, for safe and affordable housing, victim advocacy, help with addiction, job training and career counseling, and case management. We give women and women with children a second chance and a fresh start, by providing supportive temporary and permanent housing combined with 360° of Supportin order to empower them to be able to achieve their goals and become and maintain self-sufficiency. Our supportive services are available to and are utilized by community members through My Sister’s Closet, Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work “Job Readiness” Program, Jamison-Rounds Ready for School Program, our Food Pantry and Weekly Community Meal. In addition, we provide Homeless Prevention and case management services to Rensselaer County residents facing eviction.

We invite the public to help us honor these amazing women. General tickets are $60.00 (price will go up $5.00 one week before the event: 11/4/2016-11/11/2016)). For more information, contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon at (518) 274-7100, malissap@ywca-gcr.org,  or visit our website: www.ywca-gcr.org

  

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-09-07

Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College exhibits paintings by Maggie Mailer

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces Floating World, an exhibition of paintings by New Lebanon artist Maggie Mailer, on view Sept. 15 through Oct. 22, 2016. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building on the Troy campus.

Mailer will discuss her work on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, with a reception following from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

The paintings in Mailer’s Floating World are richly layered, ambiguous landscapes that bravely embody the artist’s willingness to trust her viewers. According to the artist, the title refers to the “floating world” of 18th century Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, a worldview based on hedonism, pleasure and escapism. It was a world envisioned to be safe from danger, sadness or disasters, both real and imagined.

Mailer’s painting process is an intentionally unscientific combination of instinct, skill, accident and trust. Upon close inspection, any particular moment of a painting might contain layers of sheer, luscious color, references to classical masterworks, day-glow colors seemingly thrown down or scumbled, or thin layers that barely cover the canvas. In Mailer’s hands, these seemingly contradictory techniques coalesce into a view of a world that does indeed “float” – conceptually, visually and almost physically.

The artist writes, “like dreams, or perhaps the nature of things – I’m interested in imagery that lives within broken spatial orientations. These paintings hope to disrupt the viewer’s psychological code… And within the disruption, signal the ability to float.” In “Life, the Universe and Everything,” Douglas Adams, the late British author and essayist, described achieving flight as “learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” However, one must miss the ground accidentally. “…the trick usually lies in not thinking too hard, but just allowing it to happen as if it were going to anyway,” according to Adam. Mailer grants her paintings the freedom to happen, thereby ensuring their own graceful flight.

Born in 1971 in New York, Mailer studied architecture and fine arts, and received a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 1993. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has work in the collections of Rachel Maddow, Jimmy Buffett, and the Norman Mailer Center and Writers’ Colony in Provincetown, MA. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and in 2009, became the first artist in residence at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Her work has been featured in Art New England, with cover stories in The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times. She now lives and works in New Lebanon.

Teaching Gallery exhibitions are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media with assistance from the Cultural Affairs Program. All exhibitions are installed and staffed by students in Gallery Management classes.

Teaching Gallery hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: closed
Directions and more information: www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery

CEO & City of Troy
Posted on 2016-09-06

Mayor Patrick Madden, Commission on Economic Opportunity Announce Partnership to Confront Poverty in Collar City

Troy Mayor designates CEO as coordinating non-profit organization to form anti-poverty task force

CEO will oversee development of plan to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunity among Troy families, residents

Troy awarded state funding through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative to address the issue of poverty in their communities

As part of an effort to confront poverty in neighborhoods across the Collar City, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy has selected local not-for-profit Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) to develop and implement a plan to reduce poverty among households and families in Troy. The effort is part of New York State’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), a state program announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year which selected Troy as one of 16 communities across New York to receive important community assistance funding to be used toward planning and implementation of a local anti-poverty initiative.
 
“The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative is an important part of our ongoing efforts to tackle the challenge of poverty in the city of Troy,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “CEO is strongly-positioned to leverage their experience and programming through engagement of our existing non-profit network, local businesses and community stakeholders here in the Collar City to begin exploring additional ways to increase economic mobility and expand access to important support services for our residents. I want to thank the Governor for his commitment to improving the lives of all New Yorkers and look forward to working together with CEO to address this issue which negatively impacts our communities and neighborhoods.”

CEO will serve as the City of Troy’s designated not-for-profit and coordinating organization for ESPRI and will establish an anti-poverty task-force composed of local community organizations and oversee the administration of the entire initiative. With assistance and support from NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and NYS Department of State, the group will be tasked with identifying common issues that contribute to individuals living in poverty and develop comprehensive strategies and solutions to address those needs.
 
“The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative presents an important opportunity to strengthen the future of our community for all residents,” said Katherine Maciol, President of CEO. “In administering the ESPRI investment, CEO will seek to maximize the existing efforts of the many local organizations already committed to serving the needs of our community. Further, we will engage community members themselves to reduce feelings of disenfranchisement and affirm that Troy’s future holds a place for each of its residents.”
 
Mayor Madden identified poverty, particularly among Troy youth and those in minority communities, as a major issue which negatively impacts the city’s many diverse neighborhoods during his 2016 State of the City address and committed his administration to support efforts which address poverty, inequality, and the lack of economic opportunity.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-09-06

Sage to Host 5K Run/Walk in Celebration of its Centennial

The Sage Colleges will host a 5K run/walk in honor of its Centennial on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10 a.m.  It’s the first 5k to be hosted by Sage and coincides with Family Health and Fitness Day as well as Sagefest. The title sponsor is Hannaford Supermarkets and water stations will be provided by Sodexo Education.
The race route will wind through beautiful, historic downtown Troy, NY. The starting line is on First Street, south of Congress Street on the Russell Sage College campus.

Sign-in and packet pickup will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m.  The race begins at 10 a.m.  Participants are invited to stay for Sagefest at the conclusion of the race which will feature live entertainment, street vendors, fun and games!  

The race is open to the public. Per person registration fee is $25 through September 7th and $35 September 8th through race day.  Net proceeds benefit the Sage Colleges Centennial Scholarship Fund.  For registration, a course map and race information visit https://centennial.sage.edu/5K/.

For a complete listing of Centennial events visit centennial.sage.edu/events/.

Erik Bunaes
Posted on 2016-09-02

New Hire News: Please welcome John LeRoux to Endorphin Advisors!

John LeRoux Account Manager Endorphin Advisors LLC

John joined the Endorphin Advisors LLC team in May of 2016. John specializes in marketing strategy, email and social media marketing, content development, digital marketing, marketing technology and helping people navigate the world of digital marketing. John’s responsibilities include frequently communicating with clients, content creation, and assisting clients in developing new marketing campaigns. John graduated in May of 2016 from Siena College where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in business and concentrated in Business Management. Prior to Siena, John attended Catholic Central High School (Troy, NY) where he was very involved in athletics. John enjoyed a 5-year varsity baseball career as well as a notable golf career where Catholic Central took home a 2012 Section 2 Big 10 Golf Championship.   John is on the board of directors for the NYS Baseball Hall of Fame and the Upstate NY Basketball Hall of Fame. John is also a member of the Schenectady Old Timers Baseball Club. John resides in Troy, NY.

Carter Conboy
Posted on 2016-09-01

CARTER CONBOY CONTINUES EXPANSION WITH ADDITION OF FORMER ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY, THOMAS A. CAPEZZA

Thomas Capezza to Enhance Firm’s Complex Litigation and Law Enforcement Practices

Carter Conboy is pleased to announce that Thomas A. Capezza, former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of New York and, most recently, General Counsel to the Division of New York State Police, has joined the firm as a Director.  Capezza has over 18 years of criminal and civil investigatory and litigation experience, including 8 years as an AUSA with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York (Albany), 3 years as an AUSA with the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit), 3 years as Enforcement Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (NYC) and 4 years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.  He has broad experience with the investigation and litigation of matters involving health care fraud, pharmaceutical and FDA violations, financial fraud (including bank, wire, and mail fraud, and money laundering), securities and investment fraud, cross-border crimes, and violations of numerous other federal and state laws.

Capezza also has extensive legislative, policy making, litigation and investigatory experience as former General Counsel to the New York State Police.  During his tenure with the Division of the New York State Police, Mr. Capezza managed the formulation of proposed legislation, evaluated and implemented policy and legislative initiatives, managed civil litigation involving the State Police or its members, oversaw internal regulatory and compliance matters, and provided legal and ethical guidance to the Superintendent of the State Police and more than 4,500 sworn police officers. 

“Tom is a tremendous addition to our complex litigation, municipal, regulatory and law enforcement practices,” said Carter Conboy’s Chief Operating Officer, Michael Catalfimo.  “His experience with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and New York State Police will be a great asset to the firm and its clients.  We are thrilled to have him join us.” 

Said Mr. Capezza: “When deciding to enter private practice, Carter Conboy was my first choice given the firm’s rich history, standing in the legal community, excellent reputation, and talented team of attorneys and professional staff.  I look forward to integrating my public-sector experience into the firm and serving its clients with the same commitment to excellence.”   

Capezza earned his J.D. from Fordham Law School, and his B.S., in Computer Science, from Pace University, magna cum laude.    

 

August 2016 Member News

Oberlander Group
Posted on 2016-08-31

Celebrating 25 Years!

Looking forward while looking back

by Karen Paul, Senior Design Manager

This summer I celebrate 25 years of working with Oberlander Group. This is quite a milestone and I’ve been reflecting on where I (we) have been and what the future holds. It has been a wild ride.

When I graduated from college with my BS in Graphic Design in 1986, I was armed with basic illustration, photography, design and hand rendering skills for client comps (seen above in my college marker drawings). I learned how to spec type for a typesetter, how to use a STAT camera, and do a basic mechanical layout. I was on the cusp of the digital revolution with no computer experience.

In the fall of 1986 I got my first job and started working on the Macintosh Plus which had 1MB of RAM and an 800 KB floppy drive, and I was off and running!

I started with Oberlander in 1991 and have worn many hats over the years. I have to admit that I do not miss the mechanical paste-up, the exacto knife, the hot waxer and spray mount, the hours of mockup and comping, or retouching film. In case you missed the fun of this process, here’s a little video. Transitioning to the digital way of working has made me more flexible as a designer. I learned on the job in the real world, where new technology and client deadlines collide!

Think about all the ways we communicate today: brochures and direct mail, websites, email, social media, blogs, and podcasts. When I started working most of these media channels did not exist.

As marketing and branding evolve into more integrated, personalized communications, the need for a solid graphic design foundation is more essential than ever. That foundation relies on organizational, visual, and story-telling skills and is at the very heart of all communication. It offers strong brand recognition (internally and externally), effective messaging, and creativity.

One of the things I’m most grateful for in my years at Oberlander is the chance to work with the creative people who are my colleagues. I am proud to be a part of this company, which has award-winning designers, creativity, flexibility, and a focus on personal service that is very special.

It is exciting to look back at the last 25 years together even as we look forward. New ways of communicating with design arise every day.

 

Northern Rivers
Posted on 2016-08-31

Northern Rivers Hosts “Ready2Learn” 853 Special Education School Awareness

Lawmakers and education officials will join hundreds of students and staff at Parsons Child & Family Center’s Neil Hellman School’s “Ready2Learn” on September 16. "Ready2Learn" is a statewide celebration in recognition of New York State's 853 special education schools.

Please join us for a tour, picnic lunch, and an opportunity to meet the students and educational team of the Neil Hellman School. A breakfast event will also be held that morning at Northeast Parent & Child Society’s School @ Northeast in Schenectady. Attendees will receive information on the clinical, educational and therapeutic programs available to the 150 students in grades 1-12 who attend the school.

Please contact Eugene White if you are interested in attending, or would like to speak to a student or educational leader.

DATE: Friday, September 16

TIME: 12:00 Noon

PLACE: 60 Academy Road, Albany, NY (Parsons Child & Family Center Campus)

The Chazen Companies
Posted on 2016-08-30

CHAZEN APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The Chazen Companies today announced Sylvia Murphy has joined the firm as Director of Marketing and Business Development. Murphy brings over 25 years of marketing and management experience and has previously held positions in healthcare, manufacturing, insurance and public policy organizations.

“We are excited to have Sylvia as part of the Chazen team,” said Mark Kastner, president, The Chazen Companies. “Sylvia brings a depth of experience and talent to the organization and will help grow the business.”

Murphy lives in Kingston, N.Y. and is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University.  

3tarchitects
Posted on 2016-08-30

3t ARCHITECTS BOOSTS STAFF WITH NEW DESIGNER
Growing firm adds staff to meet demand for projects

Kyle T Headshot3tarchitects (3t) announces the addition of Kyle Tomisman as architectural designer. Tomisman joins 3t after having had successful internships with McKinney MacDonald Architects (MMA) which has since merged with 3t. He worked on several projects at MMA and now returning after the merger, is able to see them being constructed.

“We’re excited that Kyle has returned – it really has come full circle where he is able to see projects that he worked on from the beginning being constructed and completed in the field,” said Geoff MacDonald, Partner and Studio Director at 3t. “He also has a fresh outlook and high interest in sustainability and we’re looking forward to adding his fresh perspective to our projects.”

Tomisman received his Bachelors of Architecture in 2015 and Masters of Architecture in 2016, both from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He finished his last year with a Design Excellence Award in recognition of an outstanding thesis project focusing on about transforming refugee settlements into opportunities for growth for both the refugee and host communities, instead of creating more tent cities.

In his role, Tomisman will provide support to the firm’s staff developing designs, in the production of construction documents, and reviewing submittals to determine compliance with project specifications.

Currently, Tomisman lives in Niskayuna and in his spare time enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks, kayaking and is an avid concert goer.

“I see 3t as an opportunity to learn and grow with a dedicated group of individuals,” said Tomisman. “I am excited to work on interesting projects that help to improve communities and the lives of those who interact with our designs. I look forward to having a positive impact at 3t.”

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-08-30

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES ITS GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP OF WOMEN IN IP GLOBAL SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. (HRFM), an Intellectual Property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce its Gold Level sponsorship of The ChIPs Women in IP Global Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the Mandarin Oriental on September 14-16,2016.   HRFM will be sending to this summit four of its female IP attorneys who will be joined by four invited guests each a nationally renowned female IP industry practitioner or expert in IP law. The mission of ChIPs is to support and promote the advancement, development and retention of women in intellectual property and technology.  ChIPs brings together hundreds of highly accomplished women in the field of Intellectual Property Law having a wide range of scientific backgrounds across various industries, including private and public corporations, academia, law firms, judiciary, governmental agencies and institutions, and public interest.  The purpose of the summit is to engage these highly accomplished female IP practitioners in dialogues on cutting edge issues.

We are pleased to have the following HRFM participants attend this event: Susan E. Farley, Alana M. Fuierer, Erica M. Hines and Rachel Leah Pearlman.  Each brings vast experience in a wide range of fields to assist clients in the procurement, enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights, both domestic and foreign.

Their practices include patent, copyright and trademark protection and licensing, trade secrets, design protection, intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, IP transactions and protecting software rights and the patentability of software, with a collective expertise in numerous technical disciplines, including physics, electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, manufacturing design, hydrology, business methods, nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., celebrates its diversity with women comprising 12 of its 32 attorneys/patent agents and 2 of its 3 member management committee.  It is the largest intellectual property law firm in upstate New York dedicated exclusively to representing clients in the protection and commercialization of intellectual property, both domestic and foreign, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Wojeski & Company CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-08-29

Adornato Joins Wojeski CPA Firm

Dominique Adornato 0025HIRESDominique Adornato has been named staff accountant at Wojeski & Company CPAs, PC, where she is a member of the audit team responsible for attestation engagements including audits, reviews, compilations, and other agreed-upon procedures. With 35 employees in its Capital District office, the growing firm provides audit, tax, and consulting services to a broad range of clients.

Adornato earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in forensic accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Visit www.wojeskico.com for additional information about the firm.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-08-29

Sage to Welcome NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson for Centennial Founder’s Day Convocation

The Sage Colleges will celebrate the founding of Russell Sage College on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in Bush Memorial Center.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Sage Colleges, NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson, a native of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts, will deliver the 2016 Founder’s Day Centennial address to mark this historic occasion. 

Wilson began her career as an astronaut with NASA in August of 1996. She has been assigned many technical duties in the Astronaut Office including developing requirements for space station payload displays and procedures; serving as a Capsule Communicator working in the Mission Control Center as a prime communicator with several space shuttle and space station crews; serving as the Astronaut Office representative for the Orion Communications and Tracking System; and developing crew efficiencies in operations products.  In addition, Wilson spent two years as the Space Station Integration Branch Chief, where she was responsible for overseeing crew issues related to space station systems, payloads, operations products and software interfaces. Wilson is a veteran of three spaceflights. STS-121 in July of 2006 was a return-to-flight test mission and assembly flight to the International Space Station which tested new equipment and procedures that increased the safety of the space shuttle. Wilson served as the robotic arm operator for vehicle inspection and for the installation of the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module.  STS-120 in the Fall of 2007 delivered the Node 2 "Harmony" module to the station, establishing the necessary capability for future international laboratories to be added to the space station.  During ascent and entry, Wilson served as the flight engineer, assisting the commander and pilot with space shuttle systems. She was also assigned as the primary robotic arm operator for vehicle inspection and spacewalk support. STS-131 in April 2010 delivered hardware, supplies, experiments and equipment including a tank full of ammonia coolant that required three spacewalks and robotics to install.  Again Wilson served as the robotic arm operator for spacewalk support. Astronaut Wilson has logged more than 42 days in space.


“We are honored to have such a woman of distinction and influence help us celebrate the founding of our Russell Sage women’s college and the Centennial of The Sage Colleges,” said Susan C. Scrimshaw, President of the Sage Colleges. “We take great pride in celebrating the founding of Russell Sage College and the traditions and values that distinguish it as a treasured women’s college.”

Community Resource FCU
Posted on 2016-08-25

Groundbreaking of First New Branch for Community Resource FCU in the Capital Region

Local Dignitaries and CEO Participate in North Greenbush Ground Breaking Ceremony

IMG 0729Community Resource held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Community Resource North Greenbush Branch. Community Resource CEO, Terry Langlois and honored guests officially broke ground on the branch located at the corner of Routes 4 & 43. This new branch will provide credit union members with a convenient location to conduct their banking.

“Today, in breaking ground on the Community Resource FCU North Greenbush branch, we are opening a new chapter in our progress as a member driven Credit Union and providing our members with the access they desire,” CEO Terry Langlois said. “We are also coming together with the community to redevelop this site and revitalize the local economy.”

The branch will provide all traditional banking services to the North Greenbush community and Rensselaer County. "We’re excited about the fact that we will have physical presence in the community. Community Resource FCU is all about customer service and convenience. We anticipate furthering that message with this new location and can’t wait to serve our current and future customers from our new facility.” stated Marc DeNofio, VP of Marketing & Retail Delivery.

Community Resource FCU also has a branch location at 20 Wade Road in Latham, NY. Community Resource FCU opened for business in Albany in 1935 and celebrated its 80 year anniversary in 2016. Community Resource FCU is dedicated to providing exceptional service to its customers through their highly skilled and knowledgeable team of professionals. They offer a broad range of financial and credit services to personal and business customers in the Capital Region.

The new Community Resource FCU branch is scheduled to open in January 2017. For more information, visit www.communityresourcefcu.com

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-08-24

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ATTORNEYS NAMED TO SUPER LAWYERS

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an Intellectual Property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce seven Attorneys have been named as “Upstate New York 2016 Super Lawyers” by the publishers of Thomson Reuters. 

Partners Susan E. Farley, Nicholas Mesiti, Brett M. Hutton and David P. Miranda were named to “New York Super Lawyers”.  Mr. Mesiti was named in the field of Intellectual Property Law, and Ms. Farley, Mr. Hutton and Mr. Miranda were named in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation. 

Partners Erica M. Hines and Shanna K. Sanders with Associate Teige P. Sheehan were listed as “Rising Stars”.  Ms. Hines and Mr. Sheehan were named in the field of Intellectual Property Law, and Ms. Sanders was named in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation.

“We are very proud the legal community chose to recognize us this year in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers, and Rising Stars lists.  It is an honor to be nominated from such a diverse list of exceptional attorneys” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

The New York Super Lawyers represents the top five percent of attorneys in the State of New York, as chosen by their peer nominations and evaluations which are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. “Super Lawyers” a Thomson Reuters Business, makes the selections through a process designed to identify lawyers who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-08-24

Mayor Madden Announces Public Budget and Finance Workshops for City Council, Troy Residents

 
In an effort to increase public engagement and enhance the 2017 city budget process, Mayor Patrick Madden announced a series of finance workshops to be held in the month of September for Troy City Council representatives and members of the public. The workshops are an effort to encourage and expand discussions between the administration and City Council members on various components of the city budgeting process ahead of the release of the Mayor’s proposed FY 2017 fiscal budget plan scheduled for October 10, 2016.
 
“Historically the framework of Troy’s budget process has not provided an adequate level of understanding and analysis required for accurate and realistic financial planning,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. ”As we continue to confront the fiscal challenges facing our city, I am confident that these finance workshops will provide vitally important information while fostering honest discussions to create a more productive budget process with better outcomes for residents and taxpayers of Troy.”
 
The finance workshops are part of the Madden administration’s ongoing effort to promote fiscal transparency, improved oversight through timely and accurate financial reporting, and increased public engagement in the budget process. The administration has delivered two on-time quarterly financial reports in 2016 as part of their response to a February audit by the NYS Comptroller’s Office of the City of Troy’s financial condition for the period of January 1, 2012 through May 31, 2015, which was critical of the city’s previous financial estimates and reporting.
 
The budget workshop series will be held on the following dates:
 

  • Wednesday, September 7 | 6:00pm

  • Tuesday, September 13 | 6:00pm

  • Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00pm

 
All meetings will be held in the Main Conference Room in Troy City Hall, located at 433 River Street, 5th Floor, Troy, NY. The workshops will be open to the public and all residents are encouraged to attend.

Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany
Posted on 2016-08-24

ANNUAL LOW VISION TECHNOLOGY FAIRS SHOWCASE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO HELP THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) will be hosting their eight annual Low Vision Technology Fair on October 19, 2016 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For the first time, there will be a similar event on October 20, 2016 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY. The fairs are free to the public. People with vision impairment as well as family members, caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.   

The purpose of a Low Vision Technology Fair is to showcase the latest in technologies designed to assist the visually impaired with reading and daily activities. Low vision technology and other companies will be showcasing state-of-the-art products that help with reading and everyday tasks. Other related organizations will be available to provide service information including the Lions Clubs, NYS Talking Book & Braille Library, WMHT RISE Radio, the NYS Commission for the Blind, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, CDTA, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, local eye care professionals and more.

Local ophthalmologists and eye care professionals will be guest speakers presenting the latest in eye health research and treatment, particularly for the “aging eye”.  Speakers to be announced shortly.

“Low vision” is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery and that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities. Many Americans with low vision have difficulty reading mail, shopping, cooking, watching TV and even reading this article.

For over 105 years NABA, a nonprofit organization, has been fulfilling its mission to provide services and support to help blind and visually impaired people achieve independence and growth. NABA’s vision rehabilitation therapists work in-home and on-site with individuals to develop the skills and techniques that facilitate independent living. Located at NABA’s facility at 301 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York, the Dr. Harry M. Judge Vision Rehabilitation Center performs examinations by a low vision specialist for prescribing magnifiers, special glasses and adaptive devices. Services are no charge to the legally blind.

For more information about NABA’s Low Vision Technology Fair, contact Cheryl Lawyer at (518) 463-1211,  clawyer@naba-vision.org or www.naba-vision.org.

CEO
Posted on 2016-08-24

CEO PARTNERS WITH RENSSELAER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH TO DISTRIBUTE BACKBACKS TO LOCAL CHILDREN

More than 600 backpacks filled with supplies will be handed out to children in Rensselaer County.

CEO, in partnership with Rensselaer County Department of Youth will provide backpacks to children in Rensselaer County on Friday, August 25. Eligible children were referred to the program through agencies including CEO, Rensselaer County Mental Health Department, Troy Housing Authority, Troy Boys & Girls Club, Roarke Center and others. Back to school supply drives to fill the backpacks were held at local businesses throughout the Capital Region and backpacks were provided by CAP COM Federal Credit Union, SEFCU and Fidelis Care.

WHAT: Photo Opportunity – Kids Receiving Backpacks

WHEN: Friday, August 25 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

 

WHERE: Italian Community Center, 1450 5th Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

St. Paul's Center
Posted on 2016-08-19

St. Paul's Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Homeless Mothers & Children

St. Paul’s Center opened its doors in October 2006 to serve our most vulnerable families – homeless mothers and their children. Since them, more than 2,100 homeless families have turned to St. Paul’s Center for shelter, support and services, all delivered with compassion and respect.

The concept for the St. Paul’s Center began in 2001 when St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rensselaer merged with St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in North Greenbush. Faced with the decision of what to do with a 100 year old building in the inner city, a task force was formed to study options. After 18 months of extensive research and a visit to Commissioner John Beaudoin of the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services, the task force learned that shelter beds for homeless women and children were the most critical unmet need in the county. Under the inspired leadership of Pastor Lee Dyer, the congregation voted unanimously to donate the building to the project. The Center opened the doors of this 19-bed shelter to guests on October 2, 2006.

It was Pastor Dyer’s deep belief in the project and the compassion, dedication and vision of its founding Board of Directors that brought the project to life. Founding Directors, Sharon De Martini, Marilyn Dyer, Marge Hopkins, Elizabeth Wade, and Darlene Ward will be honored at a Sept. 17 10th Birthday Bash for Big Kids event and will receive the John Beaudoin Compassion Award to recognize their significant contribution to the Center in meeting the needs of homeless families.

Paul’s Center, located in Rensselaer County, provides emergency housing for homeless mothers and their children and provides support and services to help families move out of homelessness. Since St. Paul’s Center opened its doors in October 2006, more than 1900 mothers and children have received assistance.

 “The 10th Birthday Bash for Big Kids will honor those who worked hard to bring about a valuable service to the community at the same time, celebrate the strides the homeless community has made to serve those in need,” said Tracy Pitcher, Executive Director of St. Paul’s Center.  St. Paul’s Center Board President Ginny O’Brien added, “The good work being done by St. Paul’s Center is making a difference in reducing the number of homeless families, but the Center does not make these strides alone.  It is the commitment of the entire community that helps support the mothers and children who come to our doors.  This event supports that good work and allows the community to come together to show their support for the Center and the mothers and children the Center serves.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $60.00 through the Center’s website.  To find out more information about St. Paul’s Center and to purchase tickets for this event, visit the Center’s website at www.stpaulscenter.com.  All proceeds will directly benefit the St. Paul’s Center and the women and children empowered through its services. 

AAA Hudson Valley
Posted on 2016-08-18

Local Insurance Agency Poised for growth with new Manager, Eman S. Badr

AAA Hudson Valley Insurance Agency welcomed Eman S. Badr as its new Insurance Manager on August 16, 2016. Ms. Badr brings over 13 years of insurance industry experience to her new position. She will report directly to Michele Van Epps, President and CEO of AAA Hudson Valley. "We're thrilled to welcome Eman Badr to our management team. Her experience and customer-centric approach will help AAA deliver excellent service and new insurance options to our members," said Van Epps. Badr, a capital region resident for over 15 years, offered her view of AAA. "AAA is a trusted brand with a strong presence in the capital region. I look forward to working with the insurance team to support AAA's commitment to its members." Ms. Badr also brings over a decade of retail management and customer service to her new position. She will be based out of AAA Hudson Valley's main office in Albany, NY.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-08-18

Mayor Patrick Madden, Troy Fire Department, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy African American Pastoral Alliance Announce Launch of Joint Community Youth Recruitment Initiative

 
As part of an effort to grow the ranks of the Fire Department in Troy and diversify the city’s workforce, Mayor Patrick Madden, the Troy Fire Department, Hudson Valley Community College and members of the Troy African American Pastoral Alliance today announced a joint youth recruitment initiative to encourage young people in Troy to consider a career in the fire service. The program aims to engage minority and disadvantaged communities in the Collar City through public outreach by the Troy Fire Department and HVCC in an effort to highlight the benefits of joining the fire service and the various educational opportunities available to those interested in entering the public safety field.
 
“This recruitment effort and joint partnership between the Troy Fire Department and Hudson Valley Community College is an important first step in addressing the challenge of expanding economic opportunity in minority communities,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “By encouraging our young people to consider a career in public safety, we can direct them on a path toward a more secure future through stable employment in the respected field of firefighting and an opportunity to make a real difference in their local neighborhoods.”
 
“The young men and women of our city have tremendous employment, training and educational opportunities available to them through careers in the fire and emergency medical service fields,” said Troy Fire Chief Tom Garrett. “This joint initiative with Hudson Valley Community College and the Troy African American Pastoral Alliance allows us to directly engage the youth of our city, enabling the Troy Fire Department to continue building the next generation of firefighters while strengthening the proud tradition of the fire service in Troy.”
 
Mayor Madden highlighted the lack of available employment opportunities in many of Troy’s minority neighborhoods during his 2016 State of the City address and outlined his administration’s commitment to leverage city resources in support of efforts to diversify the composition of Troy’s municipal workforce. Discussions began earlier this year between the administration, the Troy Fire Department and the Troy African American Pastoral Alliance, a group of local faith leaders and pastors representing several congregations in the City of Troy, on providing vocational opportunities to underrepresented communities in the Collar City resulting in the development of a recruitment initiative in coordination with Hudson Valley Community College.
 
Representatives of the Troy Fire Department will be conducting outreach during public visits to the Troy Boys & Girls Club in the month of August with members of the Troy African American Pastoral Alliance to engage with young people regarding the available employment opportunities with the department. Hudson Valley Community College will be coordinating with the Troy Fire Department on the educational component of the recruitment campaign to provide information on their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program, which offers valuable training, skills and certifications which can prepare individuals for careers in the fire department and other emergency services, and highlight available financial assistance for those who qualify.
 
“Hudson Valley Community College is excited to partner with the City of Troy and the Troy Fire Department to educate the youth of the City on career opportunities in public safety,” said Robert Philip, Paramedic Program Director at Hudson Valley Community College. “The Emergency Medical Services program at HVCC can provide young people with an education that prepares them to become New York State-certified EMS providers. These are career opportunities with near 100 percent employment rates.”
 
Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a firefighter with the Troy Fire Department or want additional information on available financial assistance for qualified applicants can contact the Troy Fire Chief’s office at (518) 270-4471 or Hudson Valley Community College’s Department of Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine at (518) 629-7454.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-08-17

TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS TO HOST THE 2017 NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME

The Tri-City ValleyCats and New York-Penn League announced on Tuesday night that the ValleyCats will be the host team for the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The two-day event will take place in mid-August with the exact date to be announced in October. Joseph L. Bruno Stadium last played host to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game in 2008, which drew over 6,000 fans.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the New York-Penn League All-Star Game back to the Capital Region,” said ValleyCats General Manager Matt Callahan. “Our organization is looking forward to showcasing the best professional baseball talent across the league, while also providing a top-notch fun-filled experience for our fans.”

All-Star Game festivities will include a Fan Fest the night before the game, autograph session with the players, and many more fan-interactive activities across the two days.

Each summer, the New York-Penn League All-Star Game brings players, staff, and fans from across each of the league’s 14 teams. In 2017, the New York-Penn League will celebrate its 79th season, making it the oldest continually operated Class A league in Minor League Baseball.

“The New York-Penn League is excited about returning to New York’s Capital Region for our 2017 All-Star Game,” said league President Ben J. Hayes. “When the ValleyCats hosted the game back in 2008, it was a tremendous success. I know their staff will go out of their way to ensure another first-class event in 2017.”

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2016-08-17

scott shalloKinderhook Bank Corp., (OTCQB:NUBK) the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, has elected Scott D. Shallo, CPA, Esq. as Board Chairman.

“Scott has served on the board of Kinderhook Bank Corp. and National Union Bank of Kinderhook since 2006 and was elected by his fellow board members at the annual corporate reorganization meeting,” said John A. Balli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kinderhook Bank.

Shallo follows former board chair Brian Kelly, who served as chairman for almost fifteen years and guided the bank through tremendous growth and who remains on the board as a director. “Scott shares the same vision for the continuation of our growth and brings a unique combination of the financial and legal expertise to help us achieve that growth,” added Balli.

Shallo currently is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Columbia County Bar Association and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He serves as the Treasurer of the Columbia Greene Humane Society, is the former Treasurer of the Hudson Opera House, and the former Treasurer of the Hudson Area Association Library.

Shallo received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont in 1989. In 1992, he earned a Juris Doctor at the Albany Law School of Union University.  Shallo practices as both an attorney and certified public accountant in Hudson, NY.  He currently resides in Kinderhook, NY.

In operation since 1853, Kinderhook Bank is the only bank headquartered in Columbia County and has recently expanded its branch network to Latham and downtown Albany, NY in addition to branches in Delmar, East Greenbush, Chatham, Greenport, Valatie and Kinderhook, NY.  Recently voted Best Bank 2016 in the Capital Region Living readers’ poll.

Capital Roots
Posted on 2016-08-16

Capital Roots Welcomes New Staff Members

Capital Roots recently welcomed three new staff members to its growing team and promoted a fourth. Adding valuable experience across the fields of communications, regional planning and design will help Capital Roots toward its mission of providing the Capital Region access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. Capital Roots nourishes more than 175,000 residents in four counties with 480 tons of fresh, affordable produce each year.

IrvingBrent Irving of Albany County joins Capital Roots’ as Healthy Communities Coordinator. Irving recently received his Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany and holds a Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy. Irving previously interned at Alta Planning + Design, assisting with the design, planning and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities for Yonkers Rail Trail and South Albany Waterfront Connector Feasibility Study.

MarinoDanielle Marino of Rensselaer County joins Capital Roots’ as Community Gardens Organizer. Marino is a recent graduate of the Industrial Design program from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is passionate about sustainable design and healthy living while also believing in the power of community-based sustainability.


MorganLiza Morgan of Albany County joins Capital Roots’ as Marketing Coordinator. A SUNY Albany alumni- Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and was formerly Capital Roots’ Communications and Marketing intern. Morgan brings to her role a background in photography and a talent in graphic design and analytic research.


WhalenRebecca Whalen of Rensselaer County moves into a new role at Capital Roots as Communications and Development Manager. A Troy native, Whalen worked as Capital Roots’ PR and Marketing Coordinator since early 2015. She brings to her new role a strong background in communications, journalism, relationship building and strategy development.

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-08-16

SEFCU to give away a car valued at $25,000 in the SEFCU Car Sweepstakes

SEFCU, one of the largest credit unions in upstate New York, will give away a brand new car to one of its members this fall. The SEFCU Car Sweepstakes gives the credit union’s current members and new members who join before Oct. 15, 2016 the opportunity to win one of four 2016 model year cars with an average retail value of $25,000.

Once members register for the giveaway, they will automatically earn 25 entries into the sweepstakes. They will then earn additional entries for each qualifying products and/or services (ranging from 10 to 25 entries for each ), including using SEFCU OnLine and the SEFCU Mobile App , having an active checking account, enrolling in eStatements and ENotices, and being an active SEFCU MasterCard Debit or Credit Card user.

One grand prize of a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL, Buick Verano, Jeep Renegade Sport 4x4 or Subaru Forester from Goldstein Auto Group will be awarded on or about Oct. 24. In addition, the grand prize winner will select a non-profit organization within SEFCU’s giving guidelines to receive $1,000 from SEFCU. A second prize winner will receive a $2,500 MasterCard gift card, and a third prize winner will receive a $1,000 MasterCard gift card. Winners will be selected in a random drawing of all entries conducted by an independent judging organization.

SEFCU members can register for the sweepstakes by completing an entry form at any participating SEFCU branch, by printing an entry form at www.SEFCU.com/sweepstakes or through home banking by logging in to SEFCU OnLine and clicking on the sweepstakes banner. Members must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry. The entry period ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016.

For official rules visit www.SEFCU.com/sweepstakes.

architecture+
Posted on 2016-08-16

Keshani

architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy, New York, has announced that Smruti Keshani has joined the firm as an Intern Architect. Keshani, of Troy, holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, she worked as a Summer Intern as well as a Research Assistant in New York, Tennessee, and Georgia. architecture+, located in Troy, New York, has been serving clients in healthcare, education, government, and other cultural and community organizations in the Capital District for over thirty years.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-08-16

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEY HAVE MADE THE LIST OF TOP PATENT FIRMS OF 2015

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. (HRFM), an Intellectual Property (IP) law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce they have made the list of “Top Patent Firms of 2015”.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with a total of 32 attorneys and patent agents.

Saratoga National Bank & Trust Co.
Posted on 2016-08-16

Saratoga National Bank Partners with Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program

Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company recently partnered with Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP) to help income eligible families in the Capital District get started on the path to homeownership.

Saratoga National Bank offers qualifying first-time homebuyers a loan program featuring low down-payment requirements with numerous cost-saving options. The Bank is one of a handful of institutions partnering with TRIP, a not-for-profit organization that assists families at all income levels in the greater Troy area become homeowners.

Along with presenting affordable housing opportunities to residents, TRIP provides access to financial education and counseling; homebuyer education; grants and matched-savings programs; default and foreclosure prevention counseling and home maintenance training. For additional information on TRIP, visit triponline.org.

Headquartered in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga National Bank provides banking, wealth management, insurance and other financial services through nine locations. For more information, visit saratoganational.com.

Sunmark FCU
Posted on 2016-08-12

Sunmark Federal Credit Union Breaks Ground At New Branch Location

New Branch Opening In Rotterdam This Fall

Sunmark Federal Credit Union (Sunmark) officially broke ground at their new branch location to better serve the Town of Rotterdam and Schenectady County residents.

Once completed, the 15 hundred square foot branch on Altamont Avenue, will be a full service location with most members doing their banking with new Interactive Teller Machines (ITM’s). The new branch will also be staffed, during regular business hours, with customer service personnel  to assist members on an as needed basis.  The new branch will offer two lanes of drive through service, and after daily operating hours, the ITM’s will be available for members to use on their schedule.

New technology at the new Sunmark location will also include video conferencing.  Visitors to the branch interested in one of the many products Sunmark has to offer such as a mortgage, will have the option to speak immediately to a Sunmark professional in that specific area of interest through a video conference.

Sunmark CEO, Frank DeGraw said “It’s exciting to break ground on this branch expansion project for Sunmark. We are not only bringing the latest technology to our new Rotterdam branch, we look forward to serving the Rotterdam Community. 

The Rotterdam branch location, the first new Sunmark branch opening in more than 10 years, is scheduled to open in late fall 2016. Empire Real Estate Management, LLC is assisting Sunmark on the project.

 

H2H Associates
Posted on 2016-08-12

H2H is pleased to announce the newest member of our team, Stephen Spath.He will be serving as an Engineering Technician in our CADD Department. Mr. Spath holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University.

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-08-11

CAP COM Federal Credit Union will host its 1st Annual CAP COM Cares Tour the week of August 15, 2016. The goal of the initiative is to share random acts of kindness throughout the community.

CAP COM will collaborate with local Chambers including the Capital Region, Rensselaer, Southern Saratoga and Saratoga Chambers, in addition to other business partners including Coccadotts Cake Shop to “share the care” in big and small ways. Members of the community and businesses can get involved by posting a story or photo of themselves delivering an act of kindness in the community between August 15-19 on CAP COM social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #capcomcares and #sharethecare.

On August 22, CAP COM will randomly select three acts of kindness from those that have tagged our social media sites. Winners will each receive a $250 donation in their name made by CAP COM to the charity of their choice.

Sharon Phillips, CAP COM’s VP of Strategic Marketing & Public Relations said, “This initiative is all about paying it forward to thank members of our community for the impact they make to better lives every day. We are truly living the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” through our CAP COM Cares Tour.”

Some acts of kindness will include surprising individuals at Hannaford by paying for their grocery bills, visiting Colonie Center with our ice cream van to give out free ice cream, and delivering Coccadotts cupcakes to various businesses in our region.

To learn more about becoming a part of the mission visit: https://www.capcomfcu.org/random-acts-kindness.html

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-08-11

WORLD RENOWNED BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO APPEAR AT JOSEPH L. BRUNO STADIUM IN TROY

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the Capital Region, and will appear at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Sunday, August 21.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon in front of the main gates of "The Joe" beginning at 3:30 p.m., and will be available for pictures until 4:15 p.m.

The “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track beginning at 4:30 p.m. Decorated U.S. Army Captain and Vietnam War Veteran William Allendorph will ride in on the wagon, and be recognized for his service to our country.

Allendorph commanded a rescue mission of the only imprisoned American soldier ever to be forcibly returned to friendly control during the war. He was recently inducted into the U.S. Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

On this night, military personnel can receive a free ticket by showing a valid military ID at the ValleyCats box office.

The Clydesdales’ appearance in Troy is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches.  Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s.  Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail.  A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian.  In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo.  They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-08-11

Mayor Patrick Madden Announces Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Future of One Monument Square

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, August 24, beginning 6:00PM, to discuss the future of the One Monument Square site in Downtown Troy. The meeting will be held at Bush Memorial Hall located on the Sage College campus, 65 1st Street in Troy, and will provide residents and city stakeholders an opportunity to participate in a community conversation regarding the future redevelopment of the vacant site and provide their input and ideas in a public setting.
 
“The One Monument Square site is one of Troy’s more high-profile properties and an important part of the future of our downtown,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “By further engaging the public on the redevelopment of the property we can foster an important dialogue between business owners, residents, community members and public officials that will be utilized in the development of a new RFP expected to be released this fall.”
 
The meeting scheduled for August 24 is part of the administration’s commitment to transparency and increasing public involvement in the continued revitalization of our neighborhoods and communities. Previous community meetings held by the administration were focused on the city’s finances coinciding with release of quarterly financial reports by the City Comptroller’s office. Future town hall meetings are anticipated, details of which will be announced by the Mayor’s Office at a later date.
 
Residents interested in receiving additional information on upcoming town hall meetings and other announcements from City Hall can sign up for the City of Troy’s Community Email List here.

Dowling Law
Posted on 2016-08-10

DOWLING LAW CERTIFIED AS A WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Law Firm Meets New York State Standards as a Woman Owned Business

DOWLING LAW, PLLC has received certification as a New York State Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). “We are proud to be certified by Empire State Development’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development through its rigorous review,” said DOWLING LAW’s founding member Joanmarie M. Dowling, Esq.

Dowling Law’s WBE certification helps clients to achieve their diversity initiatives with a certification that is recognized across New York State. WBE’s New York State certification confirms the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. By including womenowned businesses among their vendors, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and forprofit corporations demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity.

About DOWLING LAW, PLLC

DOWLING LAW serves notforprofit and forprofit organizations across New York and has extensive experience in advising and representing organizations in labor and employment, governance, and corporate policy matters. Dowling Law’s practice is concentrated on providing proactive legal counseling, administrative and litigation defense, management representation in union matters, and handbook and policy review.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-08-09

TRIO OF ‘CATS SELECTED TO NYPL ALL-STAR GAME

Enrique Chavez, Taylor Jones and Chuckie Robinson have been selected to the North Team’s roster in the 2016 New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The showcase will be held on August 16th, 2016 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY. Tri-City’s Athletic Trainer John Gregorich will also represent the ‘Cats, one of four trainers selected.

“You can’t say enough about how much these three guys have contributed to our team,” Manager Lamarr Rogers said. “They’re all incredibly deserving. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish not only in the All-Star Game, but in their careers as well.”

This is the second time that Hudson Valley has hosted the New York-Penn League All-Star Game in franchise history. In 2007, 4,827 fans saw the American League NYPL Affiliates beat the National League NYPL affiliates 6-4 at Dutchess Stadium.

“The ValleyCats are incredibly proud to send three players to this year’s All-Star Game,” General Manager Matt Callahan said. “Enrique, Chuckie and Taylor are excellent examples of this organization, and we wish them all the best in the game.”

Chavez has thrown the most innings of any ValleyCat this season, and in 10 games (six starts) compiled a 3-1 record and a 2.41 ERA. The righty's best outing of the year came against Vermont on July 25 when he struck out seven in five innings, allowing just one baserunner, and retiring the first eleven he faced.

Jones, the Houston Astros 19th Round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, has a team-leading six home runs, 13 doubles, 43 hits and 25 RBI. The first baseman's six round-trippers put him in third place in the league.

Robinson, taken two rounds after Jones, has split time with former ‘Cat Jake Rogers, who was promoted to Class-A Quad Cities last week. In 26 games, the catcher has a .330 batting average, the highest of his career, and a .868 OPS, tops on the team. He’s committed just one error this year, and has thrown out six base runners.

The trio joins six Renegades, five Connecticut  Tigers, four Vermont Lake Monsters, four Lowell Spinners, three Auburn Doubledays and two Batavia Muckdogs on the North squad.

Spring Line Design
Posted on 2016-08-09

Spring Line Design Architecture + Engineering (SLD) is pleased to welcome Nathaniel Crow to the firm. Mr. Crow was formerly Office Engineer with the Middlesex Corporation. Mr. Crow holds a Master of Engineering with a Structural and Materials Engineering specialization from Clarkson University. At SLD, Mr. Crow will be responsible for structural engineering project work.

SLD is an integrated architectural design and structural engineering firm founded in 2000 to create durable and healthy spaces and buildings which make the best possible use of a project’s available assets. SLD’s clients include federal and state government agencies, municipalities, architects, engineers, commercial businesses, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and historic places in the New York State "Tech Valley" region including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga; throughout upstate New York State, and the Berkshires. SLD is a NYS certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE).

For more information, contact Andrea Morris, Marketing Administrative Manager at 518-487-4755 or am@springlinedesign.com.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-08-09

Simmons Machine Tool Corporation Donates $125,000 to Hudson Valley Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center

 The Albany-based Simmons Machine Tool Corporation (part of the NSH Group) today announced a donation of $125,000 toward the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) fundraising campaign at Hudson Valley Community College. The gift to the college’s Foundation will support the construction of a state-of-the-art electro/mechanical industrial maintenance lab at a new training and education facility planned for Hudson Valley’s Troy campus. 

“We at Simmons and the NSH Group do not see this as a donation, but rather an investment in our future and the Capital District,” said Simmons President David William Davis, who is the co-chair of the CAMS Campaign Committee. “I was making my rounds in our facility recently, and noticed that every person in the machine shop at that moment was an HVCC graduate. Every precision-machined part they were working on came from projects that HVCC students and HVCC Professor David Larkin himself helped to design, program and manufacture. And all of these parts are critical to maintaining the wheels of this country’s locomotives.”

“The Gene Haas Center project is the perfect investment, and Simmons and the NSH Group are excited to be a part of its success. It is a NSH focus to be globally involved in furthering next generation education and skills development,” said NSH Group CEO John Oliver Naumann.

“Hudson Valley Community College greatly appreciates this extraordinary gift from Simmons Machine Tool Corporation and the NSH Group. We’re proud to be their partner in the reinvention and major expansion of manufacturing education in our region. Led by Professor Dave Larkin, Hudson Valley’s new center is the epitome of public-private partnership, and together we’ll provide one of the most advanced training centers for manufacturing in the US,” said Drew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College.

College plans for the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills call for a new $14.5 million, 37,000 square foot building to be complete in summer 2019. The center will expand training opportunities for students in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree program and allow for the college to double the program’s enrollment, while allowing the college to develop a new program to fill additional technically related jobs in management, sales, marketing, procurement etc. 

Public sector and private industry investment in the center is crucial for both the college and the region’s manufacturing industry. By 2020, 220,000 new positions are expected for machinists and industrial maintenance technicians nationwide. With a new training facility, Hudson Valley is poised to help fill the shortage of well-trained, skilled craftspeople and help manufacturing firms to expand, create new jobs and contribute to economic growth.

In September 2015, Hudson Valley received a leadership challenge gift of $1 million from the Gene Haas Foundation for the new facility. Gene Haas is the founder and president of Haas Automation, Inc., which builds CNC Machine Tools for manufacturing. Haas Automation is a longtime partner of Hudson Valley and provider of the equipment used in training its students. Recognizing the economic development potential and workforce need in the area, New York State responded in December with an additional $1 million grant. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology program prepares graduates for immediate employment with high-tech manufacturing companies performing advanced machining processes that produce tooling and components used to make everything from electronics and defense equipment, to power generators and aerospace apparatus. The program’s coursework satisfies educational requirements for New York State Machinist, Toolmaker, CNC Machinist and CNC Programmer apprenticeships. 

An important aspect of the program is the partnerships shared with manufacturing companies in the region. A number of companies in the region provide financial support including scholarships for books, tuition and fees, as well as part-time jobs for students that lead to full-time employment upon graduation. The program has a 100% job placement rate for graduates, with nearly all students securing jobs prior to of graduation.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
Posted on 2016-08-09

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce we've partnered as a "blanket buddy" with Albany-based Twill. 

Twill is a socially-conscious company that donates one blanket to a non-profit, like Catholic Charities, for each blanket purchased through their website. Twill blankets and tote bags are made of 100% organic cotton, made in the USA, and make great gifts!

You can purchase your blanket to help Catholic Charities at www.mytwill.com or by clicking the logo above. Just chose "Catholic Charities" as the blanket buddy from the drop-down menu when purchasing.

Whitney Young Health
Posted on 2016-08-09

Whitney Young Health Unveils New Watervliet Health Center During National Health Center Week

Ribbon Cutting

Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center unveiled, along with federal, state and local officials, the new Watervliet Health Center with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. The Watervliet facility offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services to adults and children residing in Watervliet and its surrounding communities.  The office accepts most health and dental insurance plans and offers a sliding fee scale for those who are uninsured or under-insured. This is Whitney Young’s third community health center. 

The health center uses a family practice staffing model for primary care to maximize the ability to engage patients and families across the life-cycle. In addition to providing primary care, dental care, diabetes counseling, and behavioral health services on-site, OB/GYN services will be added next year. “We are thrilled by the warm welcome we have received in Watervliet and look forward to being an integral part of this community,” says President & CEO David Shippee.

Watervliet Mayor Michael Manning Assemblymember John T. McDonald Senator Neil Breslin and Congressman Paul Tonko

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning adds, “Every single member of our community deserves access to quality healthcare, and by opening the doors to this Health Center, we have taken a step forward in making that a reality. This expansion will provide essential medical, dental and behavioral health services to so many of our friends and neighbors who previously had limited access to care. A sincere thank you to Whitney Young Health for helping to improve the health and wellbeing of so many residents and their families here in Watervliet, and we welcome you with open arms to our community.”

“Now more than ever we need the presence of an organization such as Whitney Young in our communities,” says Assemblymember John T. McDonald III. “When one looks across the medical landscape as I have in my medical background, it is solid primary care that has the largest gaps in providing effective health care in our communities.  I have the distinct honor to represent Whitney Young in its other two locations in the Capital Region and have witnessed the great work they do day in and day out. I am confident that the presence in Watervliet will have a positive impact in the quality of lives for community members and beyond.”

“Whitney Young has always been committed to delivering high quality, affordable health care to its patients throughout the Capital Region from their offices in Albany and Troy,” says Senator Neil Breslin. “By expanding their footprint into Watervliet more patients will have access to their services and will now be able to receive the health care they need and deserve.” 

In May 2015, Whitney Young was awarded a $600,000 federal grant by the US Department of Health and Human Services(HRSA) to help open and operate the new facility. Generous donations from First Niagara Bank Foundation, Review Foundation, Troy Savings Bank Foundation, JM McDonald Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, Fidelis Care New York, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region also help make this health center expansion possible. These donations went towards furnishing and equipping the new site. The contributions of our corporate and foundation partners continue to bear witness to the level of interest and the aspiration of many in the region to address the disparities in access to health care for many lower income area residents that struggle to find a health care home to meet their needs.

About Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc.

Since 1971, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center (WYH) has been providing much needed primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care to some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. Through multiple medical and dental centers, school-based health centers, addictions programs, a mobile health unit, and numerous outreach programs, WYH serves more than 18,000 men, women and children annually. More than one-third of our patients (38%) live at or below the federal poverty level; about 19% do not have any health insurance; and 59% rely on Medicaid.  Nearly half (43%) of our patients are children and adolescents.

WYH has been recognized, for a third time, by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home at both the Albany and Troy health centers. WYH has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care.  For more information, please visit us on the web at www.wmyhealth.org.

 

The Community Foundation - Greater Capital Reg.
Posted on 2016-08-08

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region (CFGCR) has welcomed John Eberle as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Eberle, who began work at CFGCR today (August 8), is the fourth permanent leader of the 48-year-old philanthropic organization. In his role as President and CEO, Eberle will lead CFGCR in managing $60 million in assets and more than 420 separately-managed charitable funds, allocating approximately $4 million annually in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to local students, and guiding local stakeholders and partners in developing and implementing solutions to some of the Capital Region’s most pressing needs.

Initiatives include homelessness outreach and prevention, quality childcare, capacity-building support for small-to-midsized local nonprofit organizations, and regional economic development through the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy and the upcoming Breathing Lights public art initiative. Eberle will also coordinate CFGCR'€™s support for the organization€™s two geographic affiliates, the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation and the Niskayuna Community Foundation.

"€œI am honored to be joining the great board and staff of the Community Foundation – and thrilled to be moving to the Capital Region,"€ said Eberle. "€œTogether, we'€™ll work with leaders and supporters to honor the legacies of smart and generous community members who have given to support the region’s changing needs."

€œ"Ia€™m very excited to listen, learn and spend time in each community that represents this great region,"€ Eberle continued. "€œCommunity foundations strengthen and preserve communities. "

Generous donors provide the wisdom, passion and giving legacy, foundations provide infrastructure, community knowledge, and stewardship to make sure resources deliver a triple bottom line: Gifts to the Community Foundation are managed and grown over time. Grants from funds have immediate and lasting impact on the community. Funds live and give in perpetuity to always support and benefit the greater Capital Region.

"€œThe Search Committee faced the daunting challenge of identifying its next leader at a time of incredible growth and innovation at the Foundation,"€ said Susan Picotte, Esq., Chair, Community Foundation Board of Directors. "€œBlessed with dedicated donors and exceptional staff, we sought the individual who would lead the Foundation toward and beyond its 50th Anniversary. In John, we were delighted to find not only a wealth of community foundation experience but also a deep understanding of the Community Foundation’s unique stewardship of our donors€™ funds and philanthropic endeavors. John exudes a thoughtful and creative energy that will propel the Community Foundation forward and enhance its positive impact upon the lives of residents of our greater Capital Region."

Eberle'€™s selection followed a six-month national search undertaken by CFGCR’s Board of Directors and coordinated by Sutherland~Edwards, LLC. Sutherland~Edwards assists community and private foundations with strategic planning, organizational development, governance, executive transition, capacity building, and facilitation services.

ABOUT JOHN EBERLE John Eberle brings a wealth of charitable leadership expertise to CFGCR. He previously served as First Vice President and Officer for the Central New York Community Foundation, and Secretary for the CNY Philanthropy Center, LLC affiliate in Syracuse. In 2015, Eberle and staff awarded $11 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and programs. Eberle joined the staff of the Central New York Community Foundation in 2006 as a program officer, and was promoted to Vice President, Grants & Community Initiatives in 2008. Eberle served as founding chair and managing partner for the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, helped develop and launch CNY Vitals, a homegrown community indicators project with 80+ community partners, and served as developer and manager of the Strategic Partnership Fund at the Central New York Community Foundation. Eberle also was the initial convener and facilitator of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative: Greater Syracuse Steering Committee and Learning Network, which helps low-income Syracuse households to reduce energy usage and health and safety hazards. Eberle earned an M.A. in Public Administration from the Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he focused on nonprofit leadership and management and earned an additional certificate of advanced study in conflict resolution. Eberle earned his bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia International University (formerly known as Columbia Bible College and Seminary). He is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, and a 2015 graduate of CF Leads Executive Leadership Institute. Before joining the Community Foundation in 2006, Eberle worked for 14 years as an executive with the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, a major nonprofit organization focused on food security and homelessness prevention throughout Central New York. Eberle and his wife Pamela were lifelong residents of central New York until their move to the Capital Region. The couple have four adult children and enjoy travel, outdoor activities and volunteering in their community.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-08-05

City of Troy Fire Department Awarded $972,000 in Federal SAFER Grant Funding

“The critically important federal funding made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFER grant program, which allows for filling of existing vacancies in the Troy Fire Department, not only strengthens and improves the department’s firefighting capacity and rapid response capabilities, it also gives the department the flexibility it needs to continue providing important emergency services to our residents when they need them the most. I want to express my thanks and appreciation to Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, and Congressman Tonko for their continued support and commitment to building a safer community here in the Collar City.”

Whitney Young Health
Posted on 2016-08-05

Whitney Young Health to hold open house during National Health Center Week at Watervliet Health Center

WHO: US Congressman Paul Tonko, New York State Senator Neil Breslin, New York State Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Watervliet Mayor Michael Manning, David Shippee, President & CEO, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:15am

WHERE: Whitney Young Health, 1804 2nd Avenue, Watervliet, NY

During National Health Center Week, Whitney Young Health will join hundreds of other community health center organizations across the country in celebrating the role of community health centers in improving the health of millions of Americans.

On Tuesday, August 9th, federal, state and local officials will join Whitney Young Health CEO David Shippee in unveiling Whitney Young Health’s new Watervliet Health Center.  Speakers will address how the Watervliet Health Center is expanding services to those with limited access to primary medical, dental and behavioral health care in the Capital Region, as well as Whitney Young Health’s plans for additional expansion.

The public is invited to attend a brief news conference followed by an open house. Watervliet Health Center staff will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions. 

The Chazen Companies
Posted on 2016-08-03

CHAZEN EXPANDS AGAIN, ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW OFFICE IN NASHVILLE

The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Nashville, Tennessee and the relocation of a long-time engineering manager to lead the expansion effort. Chazen’s new office in Nashville is located in the West End/Vanderbilt area at 3200 West End Avenue, Suite 500.

Chazen is no stranger to Nashville, having provided engineering services in the area for the past three years. Peter Romano, a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and one of the firm’s principals, has been with Chazen since 2003 and is spearheading the company’s expansion into the Nashville market. Chazen believes the location is a natural fit for the company as its rapidly-growing government, healthcare, entertainment, and education sectors have significant consulting engineering needs.

Chazen President Mark Kastner, P.E. said, “Nashville is a strong emerging market allowing us to diversify our geography. We have worked on many projects in the Nashville area over the last three years, and the time is now right for us to establish a physical presence there.  Our success and rapid growth in the Nashville market give us tremendous confidence that this is the right time, and Nashville is the right place, for Chazen to branch out from our roots in New York State.   Pete immediately seized the opportunity to open an office and lead our expansion in Nashville, and decided to relocate with his family.  Pete’s combination of engineering expertise, ability to develop relationships, and business development acumen make him the perfect choice to lead a new office for us.  I have every confidence Pete and Chazen will be highly successful in the Nashville market.”

The Nashville office will initially focus on providing civil engineering services, and Chazen’s New York staff will continue to work on Nashville projects and support Romano during this transition.  Chazen plans to begin hiring additional staff in the Nashville office later this year.

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2016-08-03

KINDERHOOK BANK CORP. EARNINGS INCREASE 40%

 Kinderhook Bank Corp., (OTCQB:NUBK) the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, reported a substantial increase in earnings for the first six months of 2016 as compared to the same period last year, according to President and Chief Executive Officer, John A. Balli.

Consolidated net income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 ($1.595 million) represents a 40% increase compared to the first six months of 2015 ($1.140 million). The net income jump drove a 45% increase in earnings per common share (diluted) to $1.51 for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $1.04 per common share for the same period last year. The year-over-year growth rate for total assets (11%), net loans (10%) and deposits (11%) all remained strong.

“Our strategy of generating profitable growth at Kinderhook Bank is working because of our exceptionally talented, energized team and our customers who value the benefits of a local bank run by their neighbors”, said Balli.

“We are all tremendously grateful for our growth and warmly welcome our new customers to Kinderhook Bank”, Balli commented. ”While we are excited to offer innovative mobile and internet banking services, advanced function ATMs and commercial remote banking technology, our pledge is to maintain the outstanding service and commitment that has made Kinderhook Bank unique for over 163 years”. 

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-08-03

SEFCU Announces ‘Paying it Back,’ A Program for Active U.S. Military and Veterans

SEFCU, one of the largest credit unions in upstate New York, has announced the creation of a program to assist active U.S. Military and Veterans from all five branches of the armed forces and the National Guard.

The program includes a 0.25% Annual Percentage Rate reduction on all SEFCU auto, RV/boat, sportscraft, and fixed-rate Home Equity Loans on top of all other rate reductions (Home Equity Lines of Credit coming soon), as well as waiving the $350 commitment fee and $175 application fee for any mortgage.

“SEFCU has established this new program to show our gratitude for the sacrifices our active military and veterans have made. These men and women have paid it forward and now it’s our turn to pay them back,” said Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU President and CEO.

To apply for a loan, individuals must be (or become) SEFCU members. Qualified applicants will need to show military/veteran IDs or other proof of military status, in addition to meeting all underwriting criteria. Those interested in this program, can visit sefcu.com/militaryprogram for more information.

H2H Associates
Posted on 2016-08-03

This article was originally published in The Daily Gazette on July 2, 2016

We pull out into the Mohawk River on what must one of the best boating days of the year: Bright blue skies, warm water, lazy current, warm dry air.

But we’re not out to go wakeboarding, or catch fish, or just enjoy the breeze through our toes this morning. The plan is to create a map of the river bottom, and in the process — just maybe — offer some answers to a woman who has been working 18 years to learn what became of her daughter.

The skipper of the little boat packed with high-tech tools is water expert Mark Farber and the pilot is geologist Michael Polacco, both of Troy-based consulting firm H2H Associates. Riding along are Mary Lyall of Ballston Spa and her friend Grace Bogaert, who is writing a book about the disappearance of Suzanne Lyall in 1998 and the work Suzanne’s mother has done since then as an advocate not only for her youngest child, but for missing people everywhere.

Suzanne was 19 years old and attending the University at Albany when she disappeared. She was last seen getting off a CDTA bus the evening of March 2, 1998, returning to campus from a part-time job. Extensive police searches that month came up empty and a long-running police investigation remains open today, without the concrete result everyone wants — Suzanne has not been found and no one has ever been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
Mary Lyall said roughly 75 psychics have offered her advice about her daughter over the years, many of them saying Suzanne is underwater. She discounts their advice in general, and their insight about water in particular — there are so many bodies of water near the University at Albany or Ballston Spa that vague ideas of “underwater” create more questions than answers.
That said, for the past 18 years, Lyall has always had an odd feeling as she crossed over the Mohawk River on the Route 9 bridge. Bogaert reached out to H2H on behalf of The Center For Hope — the advocacy group for missing persons that Lyall formed with her late husband, Doug — and H2H offered to donate its services for a search near the bridge.

Farber and Pollacko pick up Lyall and Bogaert in Waterford, and then a Gazette writer in Colonie, and out we go the morning of June 24.

H2H Associates isn’t in the business of forensic investigations — it’s an environmental, geological, mining, construction and hydrogeologic consulting firm. Underwater mapping is just one of the services in its toolbox. It has become a steady presence as a contractor on the state canal system, where Farber uses the boat we’re riding in to detect underwater defects as small as a softball in the canal infrastructure.

However, H2H also has played a supporting role in a number of criminal investigations — once intentionally, twice inadvertently. Farber was in the Oswego River in 2014 testing sonar gear when he found three submerged cars, one of which was later found to contain the body of Carol Wood, a local woman who’d gone missing 18 years earlier. While scanning the Hudson River in Troy on another job in the summer of 2015, Farber found no fewer than 11 submerged vehicles. The state police hauled them out one by one and determined most had been stolen or reported stolen as part of insurance fraud schemes.

H2H also was involved this past December in the search for Noel Alkaramla, a Troy woman believed to have been killed and stuffed into a suitcase that was thrown in the Hudson. The suitcase was later found several miles downstream, victim inside.

As Polacco trolls the boat up and down the north bank of the Mohawk, gradually painting a digital picture of the river floor, I ask if anything that went into the river in the winter of 1998 could possibly still be there today, after all the tropical storms and raging floods and ice jams of the past 18 years.

Absolutely, Polacco and Farber both answer.

“Things get cemented into the sediment,” Farber says.

But things also get washed away, as the river reshapes itself or is reshaped by human activity. An entire field of technical and scientific knowledge — fluvial geomorphology — has been built about such movement.

“It’s a dynamic environment on the channel bottom,” Farber says.

As we pass in and out of the shadow of the Route 9 bridge, Mary Lyall tells me she still has mixed emotions about the search for her daughter — this search in particular and the ongoing search in general.

“Hopeful, in a way,” she describes herself. “You want to know the answers, and yet you don’t want to know the answers.” She adds: “I would dearly love to find my daughter. And then find the person that did this to her.”

The New York State Police have been the lead agency investigating Lyall’s case through the years, and continue to be so today. Troop G spokesman Trooper Mark Cepiel explained that the primary mission of the troop’s Major Crimes Bureau is assisting state troopers in satellite stations with active investigations as needed and helping other police agencies that request assistance. When the members of the bureau aren’t doing this, they each have a cold case to work on. One of them is assigned the Lyall case.

“Those cases are never closed,” Cepiel said, but he added that they do grow harder to investigate, as witnesses age and their memories fade, and evidence is obscured or vanishes.
“Each day makes it a little more difficult, but it doesn’t mean we don’t pursue leads and look for new avenues,” Cepiel said Thursday.

As he spoke, though, no leads were being pursued on the Lyall cold case, for the Major Crimes Bureau was out in the field fulfilling its other mission — assisting the Hamilton County sheriff with an active investigation into the disappearance of Rachael Mattice, a young Johnstown woman last seen in the southern Adirondacks on June 22.

In the years that followed the disappearance of their daughter, Doug and Mary Lyall managed to become known not just as Suzanne Lyall’s parents, but as advocates pressing for more attention and resources for missing persons cases, and serving as a resource for people who’ve had their own loved ones disappear.

They founded The Center For Hope and scored a series of legislative victories, including the federal passage in 2003 of Suzanne’s Law, which requires that police agencies report the disappearance of anyone age 18 to 21 to the National Crime Information Center. (Previously, only children under 18 were reported to NCIC.)

Doug Lyall died in 2015, and Mary Lyall continues to run The Center For Hope today, providing advice and resources to the families of the missing. The work never ends: The day before going out on the boat, she went into the Center’s Ballston Spa office after an absence and found 45 messages on the answering machine. She does her best to answer them all. But even after 18 years, she finds some aspects of the role difficult.

“When I do talk to people,” Lyall said, “I never tell them why I’m doing it. If they I ask, I’ll tell them. But I don’t want to dash someone’s hopes whose child has only been missing for a few months when I tell them my daughter has been missing 18 years.”

On the whole, she feels the mission has been a positive factor in her life since Suzanne went missing. Farber’s 24-foot Hanko’s Work Boat is equipped with a multibeam sonar system that provides data for a computer-generated image showing objects large and small hidden by darkness or sediment in the water. For added accuracy, there’s a range-measuring device on the roof that maps out above-ground features with 72,000 laser pulses per second. Combined with GPS data, it can chart an area with sub-centimeter precision.

It’s the tool they use for underwater mapping and inspection on rivers and canals; similar portable technology allows them to map quarries and caves as well. (Farber was heading out to Wyoming this past week to map a cave that’s become as a time capsule for the remains of now-extinct creatures that fell in over the millennia and couldn’t climb back out.)

As the sun climbs higher above the boat’s aluminum cabin, Polacco flicks on the fan closest to him, for there’s no breeze coming through the front at the moment. The mapping technology is running at full speed but the boat is barely at a crawl, using a small fraction of the potential of the two 150-horsepower engines bolted on the back.

We putt-putt our way through the main channel, into the shallows where some anglers are casting fishing lines from the Halfmoon shore, then back into the main channel. Gradually, a detailed picture emerges on the screen: The steel ribs of the Route 9 bridge overhead come into plain view, as do the submerged stone piers from the Crescent Aqueduct, built as part of the old Erie Canal nearly 200 years ago.

Anyone who has spent any time on the Mohawk River knows how much debris clutters its banks — tires, coolers, bottles, traffic cones, unidentifiable mud-covered junk. Some of it winds up submerged, and on the screen there appears to be at least one sizeable piece of — something — near the Route 9 bridge. Is it a stone from the old aqueduct? A refrigerator? An electrical box? That’s something Farber and Pollaco can’t tell from the boat.

Determining what it is, and whether it might have any connection to Suzanne Lyall or any interest to the state police, will require time-consuming processing and analysis back at the office.
Mary Lyall says she doesn’t mind the wait.

“It’s an emotional thing,” she explains. “But I’ve been through this so many times with no results, you kind of say ‘If it happens if it happens.’ ”At one point, she said, she asked the state police to stop updating the family on the case unless they had something definitive to say — there were just too many ups and downs.

But the boat trip almost immediately accomplishes another goal — keeping Suzanne from losing whatever place she holds in the public consciousness. After an account of the June 24 search went on Facebook and Time Warner Cable News, Mary Lyall heard from someone she hadn’t talked to before.

“A guy who knew Susie called, a guy police had never talked to,” she said.
The conversation offered nothing definitive, but it was something new, and it showed that someone was thinking of Suzanne.

“That’s why we do what we do,” Mary Lyall said. “People’s lives move on, and ours doesn’t.”

July 2016 Member News

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Posted on 2016-07-29

Humane Society President & CEO Elected to International Animal Welfare Board, New Community Programs Manager Named

Mohawk Hudson Humane SocietyPresident and CEO Brad Shear has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), an international nonprofit individual membership organization of professionals in animal welfare, care and control, dedicated to the advancement of the industry. SAWA strives to advocate humane ideals through professional development of members. Animal welfare leaders network with peers, establish mentor relationships, share best practices, and form successful collaborations. Founded in 1970, SAWA currently has more than 1,000 members from the United States, Canada and Australia.

“We are thrilled to have Brad join SAWA’s Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our association and will be an outstanding addition to our powerhouse board,” said Jim Tedford, SAWA President & CEO.

In 2010, Shear was accredited as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), a program developed by SAWA for top-level managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies to gain recognition for their knowledge, experience and expertise. Candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements and pass an exam in leadership, management, and animal welfare experience.

Originally from New York City, Shear has been the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s Executive Director since April of 2007 and has been working in the animal welfare field for 19 years in Colorado, Georgia and New York.


Caitlin Davis has been named Community Programs Manager. This new position leads MHHS’s pet retention efforts with an emphasis on increasing programs that make resources easily accessible to all members of the community. Davis began her career with the Humane Society in 2012 as an animal care and customer service associate. She then managed PetSmart Charities’ Everyday Adoption Center in Latham, a collaboration with MHHS. She attended the University of New England and studied animal behavior. 

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2016-07-26

KINDERHOOK BANK APPOINTS JOSHUA M. CUKERSTEIN, VICE PRESIDENT, C&I RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

Kinderhook Bank Corp., (OTCQB:NUBK) the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, has appointed Joshua M. Cukerstein as Vice President, Commercial & Industrial  Relationship Manager, according to President & Chief Executive Officer, John A. Balli.

“Josh is a great addition to our growing commercial lending team”, said Balli.  “With over 15 years developing banking and commercial relationships in Columbia County and throughout the Capital Region, he will help us continue to grow our commercial loan portfolio while developing new banking relationships”, Balli added.

Cukerstein is originally from Hudson, NY and most recently served as Relationship Manager and Vice President for First Niagara Bank.  Josh began his career with Hudson River Bank & Trust as a financial analyst and advanced to portfolio manager, commercial credit analyst, and banking officer at First Niagara. 

Cukerstein is a member of Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Northeastern Sub-Contractors Association, Metroland Executives, and the Southern Saratoga YMCA Advisory Board.  He holds a BA in Math from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, NY and currently resides in Clifton Park with his wife Alyssa and children, Kaehley and Carter.

GTM Payroll Services
Posted on 2016-07-26

GTM Payroll Services Donates $1,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region as Part of 25th Anniversary Celebration

As part of its silver anniversary celebration, GTM Payroll Services has donated $1,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region.

To recognize its 25 years in business, GTM is donating a total of $25,000 to several community organizations that serve the Capital Region. These groups provide essential services for the elderly, disadvantaged families or children fighting life-threatening challenges.

“Much like GTM, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region has a long history of serving the community,” said GTM Founder and CEO Guy Maddalone. “The Ronald McDonald House has provided comfort and a compassionate environment to countless families who are facing health crises. The organization is an indispensable resource for the Capital Region.”

“We chose GTM as our payroll partner many years ago after getting to know them. We appreciated their professionalism and knew from a business perspective, our payroll needs would be met in a very affordable manner and our monies would be safe,” said Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region Executive Director Jeff Yule. “However, it was their commitment to the community, and to their employees that tipped the scales. To be part of their 25th Anniversary celebration means a lot and their gift is a huge help.”

Year after year, GTM Payroll Services and its employees get involved in the community by volunteering their time, participating in fundraising events, making donations and contributing goods to local organizations.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-07-26

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO WELCOME GIANLUCA NOTARO FROM ITALIAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM BUZZI NOTARO & ANTONIELLI D'OULX

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an Intellectual Property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to please to welcome Gianluca Notaro of the Italian Intellectual Property law firm Buzzi Notaro & Antonielli d'Oulx based in Torino.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 17 partners and a total of 32 attorneys and patent agents.

Gianluca Notaro arrived in Albany, NY on July 17th and is visiting us until September 1st.  He will be working closely with the Attorneys in our office to learn more about the U.S. patent prosecution process.  Mr. Notaro’s main areas of expertise are mechanical and automotive engineering with a background in Aerospace engineering.  He spent four years at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Torino, Italy in the Product Development Department, prior to joining Buzzi Notaro & Antonielli d'Oulx in July 2015 as patent attorney. 

“We are pleased to have Gianluca join us for the rest of the summer.  We hope to learn more about European patent practice, and along with that, we will provide a window into US intellectual property law practice for Mr. Notaro and his colleagues in Italy” said Victor Cardona, Partner at the firm.

Best Western Franklin Square Inn
Posted on 2016-07-25

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The Best Western Franklin Square Inn is undergoing a $3.5 million renovation in partnership with BBL Construction. This will add 28 rooms to the hotel located in downtown Troy, New York. The hotel has seen an increase in bookings due to more events being held at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, July 22, 2016. 

 

 

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-07-25

Sage to Host Restart Workshops for Entrepreneurs

The Sage Colleges is pleased to partner with In Focus Brands and Autonomy Distributors to host an evening of Restart Workshops for local entrepreneurs. The workshops will take place on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 6 to 9:00 pm in room 105 of Kahl Campus Center on the Sage College of Albany campus located at 140 New Scotland Avenue.

“This is a unique opportunity to present a wide variety of sessions designed to help entrepreneurs and local businesses work smarter, not harder,” explains Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges. “Our panel of expert presenters will provide practical and simple business solutions to do-it-yourself marketing, time management, recruiting and retaining talent and finding new sales channels.”

Presenters include Dean Fredericks; Robert Manasier, entrepreneur-in-residence at The Sage Colleges; Tim Katusha, principal of Autonomy Distributors; and John Kvocka, Strategic Business Advisor with In Focus Brands.

In addition to Dean of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges, Fredericks, Ph.D, MPA, RD, is a professor and chair of graduate programs at Sage. She has expertise in social network analysis and evaluation within different public and nonprofit sectors. Fredericks has consulted for many groups and her work has appeared in numerous journals.

Manasier is a serial entrepreneur, multiple business owner with over 30 years of experience managing clients, staff and businesses. He has created and developed the Economic Development Acceleration Labs (EDA LABS) to assist small to middle market businesses to be faster, stronger and smarter in building and keeping their companies.

Katusha has assisted both U.S and International organizations in their distribution and exporting needs. He helps companies streamline their logistics and distribution processes as a principal of Autonomy Distributors.

Kvocka, Strategic Business Advisor with In Focus Brands, assists start-up, established, and troubled businesses in developing performance improvement plans to enable a sustainable future.

To register for the event visit http://tickets.sage.edu/event-registration/?ee=445.

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-07-22

CAP COM Hosts Family Fun Day at St. Catherine’s Marillac Family Shelter

For more than the past decade, CAP COM Cares Foundation, the charitable giving arm of CAP COM Federal Credit Union has partnered with St. Catherine’s Center for Children to host a Family Fun Day at their Marillac Family Shelter. This year, CAP COM delivered the best day yet, bringing a carnival, DJ and ice cream van onsite to entertain dozens of families all day.

“We aim to deliver smiles and make memories that are unforgettable. That is exactly the result of Marillac Family Fun Day every year that we have participated. The smiles say it all,” said Paula A. Stopera, President/CEO of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, who was onsite for the day.

Marillac Family Shelter is a temporary residence that provides supplemental services for families who have lost their homes. This is one of the only shelters in the region specifically designated for families. 

Amanda Goyer, Foundation & PR Administrator said, “This group has a special place in our heart, as they were one of the original organizations we began supporting when the Foundation started in 2003. We love to support organizations that help families get back on their feet.

Later this year, CAP COM will also support Marillac Family Shelter by delivering backpacks filled with school supplies. The Foundation will also provide Thanksgiving meals and adopting their families during the holiday season.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-07-22

Sunday Funday Game Features Peanut Free ZonePEANUT FREE ZONE NIGHT

The Tri-City ValleyCats have partnered with Capital Bank and SMPR Title Company to turn a portion of "The Joe" into a peanut-free zone on Sunday, July 24, 2016 for the 5:00 p.m. matchup against the Vermont Lake Monsters.

“A peanut-free atmosphere allows fans who might not usually be able to come to the ballpark a chance to enjoy ValleyCats baseball in a safe environment,” ValleyCats General Manager Matt Callahan said.

Peanuts will not be served at the stadium and there will be a special peanut-free kiosk near the designated seating sections. The 24th is also the second “Sunday Funday” of the 2016 season! Fans can purchase the “Sunday Funday” package of (4) tickets, (4) hot dogs, and (4) sodas starting at $25.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. for the ‘Cats Sunday Summer Reading program, beginning at 3:30. Members of the team will read a book to the kids, who will receive a copy of the book. Fans can also take part in an on-field pregame catch at 4:00 p.m. and kids can run the bases after the game.

 

Monday, July 25: The ValleyCats will host Nickelodeon Night, featuring Spongebob Squarepants. The team will be wearing custom SpongeBob SquarePants themed jerseys, and those will be raffled off with all proceeds benefitting the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Raffle tickets will cost $5 and there will be jars for each player's jersey. Winners will be chosen at random!

Tuesday, July 26: Tuesday’s series final against the Lake Monsters is Dark Tuesday: Track Night. Each fan through the gates will receive a 2016 ValleyCats team poster, sponsored by TD Bank, and, as part of our Dark Tuesday festivities, the ValleyCats will be running a Fascinator Contest. Fans are encouraged to wear their best track themed hat to have an opportunity to win a Saratoga prize package, including two pilsner glasses and a blanket, and four tickets to an upcoming ValleyCats game. 

Additionally, Tuesday’s game is a “Tunes for Tuesday” event, featuring the Hot Club of Saratoga, the Capital Region's premier gypsy swing ensemble. They will be performing near the Brown's Brewery Kiosk from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

The Chazen Companies
Posted on 2016-07-21

CHAZEN WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is excited to welcome Brit Basinger, RLA to the Chazen team as Director of Landscape Architecture Services.

Brit Basinger is an award-winning licensed Landscape Architect (RLA) in New York and Michigan. Mr. Basinger brings 25 years of experience as a design leader to the Chazen team, including many notable landscape architecture, community planning and higher education projects. His recent projects include the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge, Brentwood Downtown Strategic Visioning, Re-Imagining the Entrance to Watkins State Park and the Richard F. Brush ’52 University Quad at St Lawrence University. His work encompasses a broad spectrum of visioning, master planning, community planning, mixed-use waterfront projects, park and recreation facilities and site specific design projects. His responsibilities are focused on expanding Chazen’s services in various market sectors throughout New York.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-07-21

THE SAGE COLLEGES TO JOIN EMPIRE 8 ATHLETIC CONFERENCE IN 2017-2018

The Sage Colleges’ is pleased to announce that, after an extensive selection process, its athletics program has been accepted into the Empire 8 as the conference’s newest member. The Sage Colleges’ move to the Empire 8 will coincide with the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, as the Gators will become the ninth full-member.

“Sage is an excellent academic institution with strong athletic programs and leadership," said Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. “They are a terrific fit for the Empire 8 and we are excited to welcome them to the Empire 8 family.”

“The Presidents of the Colleges within the Empire 8 Athletic Conference voted unanimously to extend this invitation to the Sage Colleges,” remarked Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich, President of Hartwick College and Chair of the Empire 8 President’s Council. She added, “Our confidence is well earned - their athletic director Danielle Drews and President Susan Scrimshaw impressed us with their commitment to membership in the Empire 8 as well as their commitment to the transformative experience of Division III athletics.  My presidential colleagues and I welcome them, their scholar-athletes, and their Sage colleagues to the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.”

“Sage is excited to be joining the elite Empire 8 Athletic Conference," exclaimed President Susan Scrimshaw. “We are so proud of our athletic department, its staff and all of our Sage Gator athletes. Sage's athletic program has now grown to 15 Division III teams and this move is a natural fit that will continue to propel our athletic department forward and enable our teams and student-athletes to continue to thrive.“

“We are honored by the invitation from the conference presidents to join the Empire 8, one of the most well-respected conferences in Division III” noted Sage’s Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dani Drews. She added, “Sage embraces the new challenges and opportunities this new membership provides and are grateful to Commissioner Chuck Mitrano and the entire Empire 8 conference for their consideration and support.”

Drews also continued, “It is a bittersweet moment for us to be leaving the Skyline Conference after this year.  Commissioner Linda Bruno and the Skyline members have done so much for Sage, helping our department grow from five teams to 15 varsity programs in just a few short years.  We are indebted to them for everything they have done for Sage and our Gators.” 

About the Empire 8

The Empire 8 has been serving its membership in various forms over the past 40 years. The Empire 8 has established itself as an innovative and progressive athletic conference that is considered a national leader in sportsmanship education and policy. Empire 8 is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of its student-athletes and celebrating the academic and athletic achievements of its young men, women and member institutions.

In 1964, Alfred University, Clarkson University, Hobart College, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence University, and Union College joined together to form the Independent College Athletic Conference (ICAC). Its primary purpose was aimed at schedule making for a few major sports. Union soon dropped out to be replaced later by Ithaca College and RIT. The conference remained at seven institutions for 20 years. Hobart and William Smith merged as one member and Hartwick College entered the conference in 1991.

In 1991, the ICAC reorganized and the Empire Athletic Association (EAA) emerged as a quality conference composed of institutions with top academic and athletic reputations.

Since 1993, the EAA served as a single sport conference for Men and Women’s Basketball. Soon after the departure of Hobart/William Smith, RPI, and St. Lawrence, Elmira College, Nazareth College, and Utica College joined the EAA to maintain six members and a cohesive basketball alignment. In 1998, Alfred University and St. John Fisher became the latest of the eight official members.

In the Fall of 1999, the EAA officially became the Empire 8 which evolved into a comprehensive conference for 13 sports for men and women. The conference also employed its first full-time Commissioner. In August 2001, the conference hired its second and current Commissioner, Chuck Mitrano. In July of 2002, the conference hired its first part-time SID, Timothy Farrell. On August 7, 2002 the Presidents Council officially became part of the governance structure and a new revised Constitution was adopted. In March 2006, the Empire 8 announced that Stevens Institute of Technology would become a full member of the conference in Fall 2007.

The members of the Empire 8 are committed first and foremost to the pursuit of academic excellence and aspire to be regarded as an outstanding NCAA Division III conference. The membership seeks to distinguish itself among its peer group for its quality institutions, spirited and sportsmanlike competition, outstanding services and highly ethical policies and practices. Its commitment to serve the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of the Empire 8.

The Empire 8 evolved from the Independent College Athletic Conference and Empire Athletic Association. Ithaca joined the ICAC in 1971 along with current Liberty League members Clarkson, Hobart, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, RIT, and St. Lawrence.

The Empire 8 sponsors championships in 23 sports- 12 for women and 11 for men. The Empire 8 champions receive automatic bids to NCAA Division III Championships in 14 different sports.

About The Sage Colleges

The 3,000 students at The Sage Colleges pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campuses in Troy and Albany, NY, as well as online.

Programs are available at the coeducational Sage College of Albany in New York’s capital city; the historic Russell Sage College for women in downtown Troy; the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences, and the School of Management, which operate on both campuses; and online through Russell Sage Online.

Students participate in a learning environment that offers varied interdisciplinary academics, opportunities for community engagement, options to study abroad, and a range of artistic and athletic endeavors.

Northern Rivers
Posted on 2016-07-20

Gettman Begins Tenure as Northern Rivers CEOBillGettman2

The Northern Rivers Family of Services board of directors is pleased to announce the official start of William (Bill) T. Gettman, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Gettman, who began his official duties earlier this week, will work together with President and Chief Operating Officer Audrey LaFrenier, LCSW-R and the Executive Leadership Team, to enhance the system of care that the 1,300-strong workforce of Northern Rivers and member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center provide to the 11,000 children, adults and families they serve each year throughout New York State.

Gettman brings more than 30 years of executive management experience in nonprofit, private and public sector organizations. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of St. Catherine's Center for Children in Albany. He also held the role of Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). He has also held leadership positions for private and public sector organizations focused on providing child welfare services, including MAXIMUS, the NYS Child Support Processing Center (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS), the NYS Department of Social Services and UNISYS Corporation.

Gettman earned his Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University. He serves as Chairman of the New York State Justice Center Advisory Council and is a Member of the New York State Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council. He is a member of the Albany County Homeless Coalition, a treasurer and board member of the State Children's Mental Health Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA).

“Bill joins us at a transformational point in our history,” said Kimberleigh Phelan, chair of the Northern Rivers Board of Directors. “We are confident that he is the right person to lead us in developing an infrastructure that will support us in continuing to provide care for those we serve - and guide us forward.”

“I am looking forward to jumping right in and getting to know the team who provides our care, and the children, adults and families who receive it,” said Bill Gettman, Northern Rivers CEO. “The Executive Leadership Team and I are committed to supporting the rich traditions of care the Northeast and Parsons workforce have provided for more than 300 combined years, while keeping an eye toward the future.”

St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2016-07-20

St. Peter’s Health Partners to “Top Off” Five-Story Heinrich Medicus Pavilion on Samaritan Hospital Campus

St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) – the region’s largest, most comprehensive health system – will celebrate a major milestone in its $99 million Troy Master Facilities Plan with a “topping off” ceremony to mark the placement of the last steel beam atop the new five-story patient pavilion being constructed on the Samaritan Hospital campus.

SPHP’s Troy MFP is a strategic, multi-phase plan aimed at transforming the future of health care in Troy, Rensselaer County and the surrounding communities.

WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 21, 1 - 2 p.m.

WHERE: Samaritan Hospital (Roof of Parking Garage) 2215 Burdett Ave., Troy (parking garage entrance on Eagle St. between Burdett Ave. & 17 St.)

In attendance will be:

James K. Reed, MD, president and chief executive officer, SPHP; Norman E. Dascher, Jr., chief executive officer of Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals, and vice president of Acute Care Troy for SPHP; co-chairs of SPHP’s “Transforming Health Care in Troy” Campaign – Tom Amell, president & CEO, Pioneer Bank, and Robert E. Benton, MD, FACC, CDPI, chief of cardiology, Samaritan Hospital; along withHeinrich Medicus, the 96-year-old Troy philanthropist who pledged $10 million to the Troy MFP. 

St. Peter’s Health Partners to “Top Off” Five-Story Heinrich Medicus Pavilion on Samaritan Hospital Campus

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-07-19

The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges Hosts Summer Learning Camp for Children in Troy

The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges is hosting its summer learning camp, “Going for Gold @ Griswold Heights”, through July 29, 2016.  The camp is open to residents of the Troy Housing Authority Griswold complex who are in grades one through five and accommodates up to thirty children.

“The Monday through Friday program focuses on activities to help reinforce and instill positive character traits in the children such as respect, responsibility, empathy, excellence and good citizenship,” explains camp director Philip Fusco, Ph.D. “The hands on learning activities designed within a character centered classroom setting seek to improve habits of good behavior and academic skills among youth during their summer vacation.”

Children participate in daily cultural and academic enrichment experiences which include lessons on developing good fiscal responsibility habits that reinforce math and reasoning skills as well as making decisions to maintain healthy lifestyles which include science learning opportunities. Campers have already participated in a reading, writing and rhyming exercise with former radio personality Richie Phillips and a field trip to Pioneer Bank for a career exploration experience. Students will present a final performance project on Thursday, July 28. Camp sponsors include Pioneer Bank and Durham School Services.

As part of the program, on July 26 at 11:30 am Sage professor Ellen Adams, Ph.D., will lead a discussion at the Griswold Community Center on parent literacy and strategies for assisting parents in reading with their children.

The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum, the Academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development, reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government. The Academy, which operates within Sage’s Esteves School of Education, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.

American Red Cross
Posted on 2016-07-18

Red Cross Seeks “Real Heroes” Nominations

Local lifesavers and other community heroes will be honored on November 2

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is seeking nominations of individuals and/or groups to be honored at its Real Heroes Breakfast this fall. Specifically, the Red Cross wants to know about ordinary people in the greater Capital Region who have performed extraordinary acts of service and bravery in the last year.  

“We know that lives are changed – and sometimes actually saved – by people who have the courage to act in the face of emergencies,” said Gary Striar, CEO, American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. “That’s what we aim to do every day at the Red Cross, and it’s the reason we make a point of honoring those people at our Real Heroes Breakfast.”

The Red Cross’ Real Heroes are selected based on nominations from the community. Heroes may be nominated in six categories: Adult Good Samaritan, Youth Good Samaritan, Blood Donor Hero, Emergency Relief Hero, Lifesaving Hero and Military Hero.

To submit a nomination, visit redcross.org/NENYheroes and click on the “Nominate Your Hero” link. Additional award descriptions and criteria can be found on the nomination form. All nominations must be received by August 31, 2016.

The Real Heroes Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. Proceeds will support the lifesaving programs and services of the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit redcross.org/NENYheroes or call (518) 694-5110.  

Saratoga National Bank
Posted on 2016-07-15

Saratoga National Bank Earns 5-Star Rating

Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company was recognized in June as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm. Saratoga National has earned this designation for the past 29 consecutive quarters.

The 5-Star rating indicates Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn 5 Stars, banks must excel in areas of capital quality, asset quality and profitability, according to Karen Dorway, President of BauerFinancial.

Based in Coral Gables, Florida, BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to neither rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may learn more at bauerfinancial.com.

Saratoga National Bank provides banking, investment, insurance and other financial services through nine Capital Region locations. More information is available online at saratoganational.com.

American Red Cross
Posted on 2016-07-15

Northeastern New York Red Cross Elects New Board Members and Officers for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is pleased to announce the additions of Renee Abdou-Malta (Beacon Health Options), Jeff Lovell (Park Strategies, LLC), Krista St. George (GE Ventures) and MC Unger (Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.) to its Board of Directors. The Red Cross is also pleased to confirm the appointment of new board officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2016.

“Volunteer leadership is critically important for us at the Red Cross,” said Gary Striar, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. “Each one of our board members provides tremendous expertise, passion and commitment to help fulfill the Red Cross mission in our community. We are thrilled to welcome four new members to our board this year, and we look forward to the impact they will make as leaders in our organization.”

Renee Abdou-Malta is the Upstate New York Regional Vice President for Beacon Health Options. In this role, she is responsible for overall operations and administrative management, working closely with clients and key stakeholders to ensure optimal operational performance and client satisfaction. Abdou-Malta is a registered nurse, holding Red Cross certifications in CPR and basic life support. In 2014, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber.

Jeff Lovell serves as Managing Partner at Park Strategies, LLC. He brings more than 30 years of state government experience to his position, having worked at the highest levels of the Executive and Legislative branches. An acknowledged expert on high-tech economic development, Lovell was the state’s point person in landing billions of dollars in investment throughout New York. He is also recognized as one of the state’s leading experts on elementary and higher education policy.

Krista St. George is the Director of Market Development for GE Ventures, based in Albany, New York. She is accountable for identifying and developing commercialization opportunities for GE technologies. St. George joined GE in 1996, and was previously the director of Global Programs for GE Company. She holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

MC Unger is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. Unger currently holds the title of Senior Tax Specialist, with responsibilities including managing client accounts, helping to develop firm policies, reviewing tax returns and researching tax law, IRS procedures and state regulations. Before joining Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, Unger worked for KPMG in Albany. She is a graduate of the State University of New York, University at Albany and holds a Master of Science in Accountancy from the same institution.

The Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York now comprises 24 elected members and five honorary members. The following members have been selected as officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year:

  • Chair: Denise Sheehan (Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.)
  • Vice-Chair: Elizabeth Peters (M&T Bank)
  • 2nd Vice-Chair: Sujata Chaudhry (Tangible Development)
  • 2nd Vice-Chair: Chris Dowd  (Ballston Spa National Bank)
The Chazen Companies
Posted on 2016-07-11

CHAZEN EXPANDS INTO CENTRAL NEW YORK WITH OPENING OF NEW OFFICE, HIRES LOCAL ENGINEERING MANAGER

The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is excited to announce the opening of a new branch office in Central New York, and the hiring of local engineer Eric Haslam, P.E. to manage the new facility. Chazen’s new office in Central New York is located in downtown Syracuse at 721 East Genesee Street, in the same building occupied by Sack & Associates Consulting Engineers.

Eric Haslam, P.E. has joined the Chazen team as Director of Engineering Services and Central New York Office Manager. Mr. Haslam is a licensed professional engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience serving municipal and industrial clients across New York State, with a focus on water resource projects. His responsibilities include leading Chazen’s growth throughout the Central New York region.

“Expanding into Central New York is a logical next step for Chazen as we branch out beyond our roots in the Hudson Valley,” said Chazen’s president, Mark Kastner, P.E. “We are excited about bringing Chazen’s breadth of services to Central New York, and we are confident in Eric’s abilities to establish and grow a highly-successful branch office to serve our clients in the region. We look forward to being part of the Central New York community for many years to come.”

“Eric impressed our senior leadership with his professional relationships and proven ability to develop business in the Central New York region. His familiarity, expertise and prior success make the expansion in Central New York a natural evolution for Chazen,” said Chazen President Mark Kastner, P.E.

The Chazen Companies
Posted on 2016-07-11

CHAZEN WELCOMES NEW TRANSPORTATION SERVICES MANAGER

The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is excited to welcome Tom Johnson, P.E, P.T.O.E. to the Chazen team as Transportation Services Manager.

Tom Johnson is a Certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (P.T.O.E.) and Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Mr. Johnson brings 28 years of experience to the Chazen team, including many notable traffic planning and infrastructure projects such as Schenectady’s Rivers Casino & Mohawk Harbor and Glens Falls’ Centennial Circle. His work also encompasses safety studies, traffic impact studies, and the design and construction detailing of intersectional signal systems.

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-07-11

CAP COM partners with Mission Accomplished to provide dorm room essentials

For the second year in a row, CAP COM Cares Foundation will partner with Mission Accomplished Transition Services to assist in funding their C.A.R.E. Initiative, which provides college bins filled with dorm room essentials to young adults that have applied for assistance. CAP COM Cares Foundation, the charitable giving arm of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, will fund and help pack bins for 27 students through the initiative.

“This community partnership is an example of the positive impact that can be made when two groups unite to support a common cause. With this program we are providing educational backing for tomorrow’s future leaders,” said Amanda Goyer, CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s Foundation and PR Administrator.

Volunteers will collaborate to fill the C.A.R.E. packages at CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s Financial Center on Wednesday July 13. Bins will include bedding, towels, toiletries and school supplies to get these young adults prepared to start their college careers with confidence.

“Mission Accomplished is honored to partner with the CAP COM Cares Foundation to help remove financial barriers when it comes to purchasing basic college and dorm essentials for 27 students. We are not certain these students would have received the support they needed to pursue their dream careers without the investment of time and money made by the CAP COM team,” said Carmen Duncan, CEO & Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services.

The 27 young adults chosen to receive C.A.R.E. packages for their dorm rooms filled out an application through Mission Accomplished Transition Services that asked what their college goals are and why they feel they are an ideal candidate for C.A.R.E. Initiative program support. In addition to the CAP COM Cares Foundation, other top C.A.R.E. Initiative supporters include NYSUT and DORMCO.

PHOTO AND VIDEO OPPORTUNITY:

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: CAP COM Financial Center, 4 Winners Circle Albany, NY 12205

WHO: Volunteers from CAP COM Federal Credit Union, including President/CEO Paula A. Stopera and Mission Accomplished Transition Services volunteers, including Founder/CEO Carmen Duncan.    

Wojeski & Company CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-07-07

DiMaria Joins Wojeski CPA Firm Betty DiMaria

Betty DiMaria has been named Chief Operating Officer at Wojeski & Company CPAs, PC, where she is responsible for strategic planning, finance, human resources, IT, and office administration. With 35 employees in its Capital District office, the growing firm provides audit, tax, and consulting services to a broad range of clients.

DiMaria has over 30 years experience in organizational performance, management, and technology. She is the founder of Aras Performance Group, a consulting firm focused on leadership development, team building, strategic planning, and change management. She previously served as chief performance officer of PERMA, chief operating officer of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers, and president of Write Way Communications.

DiMaria earned a B.S. degree in computer science and applied mathematics, summa cum laude, from SUNY at Albany. She serves on the board of directors of The Food Pantries for the Capital District, and on the Marketing Committee of the Capital Region Human Resources Association.

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Posted on 2016-07-06

Consigli Construction Celebrates the Opening of the Saratoga Casino Hotel

$40 million project includes 117-room hotel with indoor pool and lobby bar

Today, Consigli Construction joined casino executives and local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of a brand new, four-star Saratoga Casino Hotel. The 117-room facility includes an indoor pool, fitness center, Morton’s® The Steakhouse, lobby bar, outdoor terrace, meeting rooms and a grand ballroom that offers more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Additional guest amenities include a café, reception area, a vehicle circulation space and full valet services.

“This beautiful hotel will serve as a key building block for the area’s most exciting entertainment venue as it strives to be a premiere destination resort for the entire region,” said Greg Burns, President of New York Operations for Consigli. “This project is the result of an incredible joint venture and we thank our partner Tishman Construction as well as JCJ Architecture, all of the subcontractors and especially the community for their support.”

The hotel will also include a 5,000 square-foot signature Morton’s® The Steakhouse restaurant with a supportive 3,500 square-foot kitchen and 3,000 square-foot ballroom. The hotel is an exciting addition to the 75-year-old harness racetrack and casino that features more than 1,700 slot machines and electronic table games.

“Our new hotel will transform the entire guest experience at Saratoga Casino Hotel,” said Tom Wiedmayer, General Manager at Saratoga Casino Hotel.  “We are now a dynamic entertainment destination offering something for everyone, and offering visitors yet another reason to visit Saratoga Springs all year long.”

The entire project scope included the expansion of infrastructure and electric services to support the increased volume of guests as well as all associated site work.

Construction took place on an active campus. To maintain access to the existing casino operations, Consigli was creative in logistics planning and reconfigured vehicle roads, pedestrian walkways and the development of handicapped parking spaces to minimize impact on operations.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-07-06

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE SHANNA K. SANDERS AS NEW PARTNER

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an Intellectual Property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Shanna K. Sanders (O’Brien) as a new Partner with the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 17 partners and a total of 32 attorneys and patent agents.

Shanna K. Sanders received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School (2005) and graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (2003).  Prior to joining Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., she worked at the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center’s Clinical Mycobacteriology Laboratory.  Ms. Sanders focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, in addition to providing counseling related to trademarks, copyrights and IP transactions.  She is a member of the firm’s Startup practice group and frequently lectures on topics related to intellectual property law.

“We are happy to name Shanna as a partner with the firm.  Her legal abilities and work, particularly in area of IP litigation, have made her a very important member of our team” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner. 

Ms. Sanders was selected as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, published by Thompson Reuters, in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 

Ms. Sanders lives in Sand Lake, New York with her husband, Glenn, and their two daughters.

 

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-07-06

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ERICA M. HINES AS NEW PARTNER

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Erica M. Hines as a new Partner with the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 17 partners and a total of 32 attorneys and patent agents.

            “We are happy to name Erica as a partner with the firm.  Her knowledge and legal expertise, especially as a chemical patent practitioner, have become an invaluable asset to the firm and its clients” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

            Erica M. Hines is a registered patent attorney who focuses her practice exclusively on intellectual property law, including on strategic IP counseling, patent preparation and prosecution (primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and materials science arts), appeals, and post grant procedures.  She also assists clients in protecting trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. She represents a wide range of clients, both domestic and foreign, from individual inventors and startup companies, to universities and Fortune 100 companies.

Ms. Hines graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Albany Law Review.  She received her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Boston College, and also has an MBA from Union Graduate College, and a degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.

Ms. Hines is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Chemical Society, the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where she serves on the Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee.  Ms. Hines is a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society, and, from 2013-2016, has been recognized as an Upstate New York Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law by Super Lawyers magazine.

 

Ms. Hines lives in North Colonie with her husband, son, and two daughters.

MVP Health Care
Posted on 2016-07-05

Colonie Center Wins Gold Award in ICSC’s 2016 U.S. MAXI Awards 

Country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC RECon

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2016 U.S. MAXI Awards, highlighting the retail real estate industry’s most innovative events, programs and technologies that added value to shopping centers across the country. ICSC honored the winners during RECon, the global retail real estate convention in Las Vegas.

ICSC has named Colonie Center in Albany New York as a Gold Award winner for excellence in the NOI Enhancement Partnership Marketing/Sponsorship category. The award recipients outpaced the competition across the categories of leasing, marketing/sponsorship and operations/overall.

The winning entry, “MVP Health Care® Goes Retail” is a multi-dimensional retail effort including traditional advertising elements as well as a unique kiosk-type structure designed to be flexible enough to accommodate private meetings with consumers during health insurance open enrollment periods.

The space offers seating for individuals with embedded charging stations and an oversized video wall, providing a 'digital billboard' for key healthcare messages. Additionally, the brand elements are carried throughout the area with escalator and column wraps as well as banners, floor decal and dedicated iPad work stations.  MVP Health Care® is also providing a source of great events at the mall including the “Striders Walking Club” with a map of designated routes in the mall to help count your steps and inspire healthy activities.

“It was a decision on our part to make a commitment to meet people where they are,” said MVP President and CEO Denise Gonick.  “It has been great to partner with the team at Colonie Center. When you think about how much time people spend at the mall to shop, or for entertainment, whether it’s going to the movies or going to dinner, plus it’s the employees too, who might be interested to get answers to their questions about health insurance.”

The MVP Health Care® advertising package was custom designed for the health insurance provider for maximum visibility, impact and relatability. The opportunity to gain brand awareness while adding services and programming to Colonie Center shoppers is a win for both the insurance provider and the mall.  

“Offering one-of-a-kind advertising opportunities which meet the needs of our partners and create dynamic new ways to use our inventory is what makes the process unique here at Colonie Center,” said Susan Spaccarelli, Business Development Manager. “By fashioning the way we offer advertising space and opportunities we are creating long-lasting community partnerships, not just client relationships.”

In July of 2016, Cap Com Federal Credit Union will be the next Capital Region business to delve into the retail market.  “Cap Com Federal Credit Union is a leader in their industry and will bring a creative and engaging partnership to Colonie Center. With programming that goes beyond that of your average hometown bank, we are excited to see what they will bring to the center and our shoppers,” said Spaccarelli.

The MVP Health Care® kiosk is located on the lower level near the center court elevator and is open: Tuesday, 10am-2pm; and Wednesday and Thursday 2pm to 6pm.

June 2016 Member News

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-06-30

Sage Names New Dean of Sage College of Albany

The Sage Colleges is pleased to announce that Jean Dahlgren has been named Dean of Sage College of Albany. Dahlgren began teaching at Sage in 1988 and became program coordinator for Sage’s graphic design program in 1996. In 2002, she spearheaded the development of the four-year program in graphic design.  Dahlgren received her B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts from SUNY Oswego, and her M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Marywood University. She will begin serving as Dean on July 1.

As Dean of Sage College of Albany (SCA), Dahlgren will provide strong academic leadership and vision for the future of SCA.  She will support new and evolving pedagogies, civic engagement, global and diverse educational programming, and undergraduate research. Her commitment to the Boyer model of scholarship will ensure that she is a strong mentor and advocate for faculty professional development and advancement. Dahlgren will also maintain an active presence in the internal and external communities and work collaboratively with the Office of Student Life to ensure a culturally and intellectually enriching student-centered environment.  She will also work with faculty in the development of a vision for the college and the development of strategic goals.

“I am excited to begin working with students, faculty, and administrators in this new capacity as Dean of Sage College of Albany,” shared Dahlgren. “I am proud of all that I have accomplished as Chair of the Department of Art +Design at Sage and will bring that same passion and dedication to my role as Dean.”

Dahlgren is a member of the leadership team for the College Board/Educational Testing Service Advanced Placement in Studio Art, and serves on the Upstate NY Board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.  Her design work has been featured in Vogue, Town and Country and Martha Stewart magazines and was included in the Urban Forest Project in New York City’s Times Square.

In addition to Dahlgren’s appointment, Sage professor Matthew McElligott has been named Chair of the Art + Design department. McElligott has been a member of the Sage faculty since 1998. He teaches illustration, graphic design, and digital multimedia courses. He is a graduate of Alfred University and the University of Buffalo, and is a former president of the Graphic Artists Guild of Albany. McElligott is the author and illustrator of fourteen books for children including the Mad Scientist Academy series, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, and the Benjamin Franklinstein series. His books have been published in six languages on five continents, and have sold over a quarter million copies around the world. 

Upstate Concierge Medicine
Posted on 2016-06-30

Telemedicine for NYS Firefighters

It's late at night and firefighter Kevin Haggerty has a rash that started a few days ago and is getting much worse, typically it could be a sleepless night of itching and stress. When would he get to the doctor to get it treated? Maybe he would feel forced to go to the emergency room because he knows it's open 24/7? However, this time, he clicks on his app and within minutes is connected to a NYS Doctor who confirms his diagnosis of poison ivy and sends a prescription directly to the pharmacy. Within an hour, he's already on his way to recovery. Kevin already has this service but now the rest of the firefighter in NYS will also be able to enjoy the same cost savings and convenience.

Upstate Concierge Medicine has partnered with the New York state professional firefighters association (NYSPFFA) to provide telemedicine services to New York's bravest. NYSPFFA which represents approximately 18,000 firefighters across NYS is holding its annual convention in Binghamton, NY this week. There, Upstate Concierge Medicine (UCM) and the NYSPFFA announced that concierge telemedicine services are available for all firefighters and their families to take advantage of. This means that NYS firefighters will have access to emergency medicine trained providers in New York State via phone, video and secure messaging. Firefighters will have the opportunity to become members on their own or in collaboration with their local unions.

"Firefighters spend their life dedicated to helping others, we are honored to provide our service that is dedicated to helping them and their families."  Keith Algozzine, CEO

Firefighters often work long and unconventional hours and seeking affordable, quality, healthcare can be difficult. Now, anytime, day or night with a simple click on their smart phone app they can be connected to a Doctor who can diagnose, prescribe medications when appropriate, order labs and x-ray and even refer to local primary care and specialists when needed. As part of UCM's commitment to quality and their concierge level of service, that same doctor will follow up with the firefighter or their family member and make sure that they're getting better and don't need any further assistance.

"Our provider group and management team have a unique level of expertise and commitment to the region that allows the highest quality collaborative telemedicine care to be delivered to the firefighters and their families."

 

Kinderhook Bank
Posted on 2016-06-30

Kinderhook Bank Corp., the holding company for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook has appointed Edward J. Campanella as Chief Financial Officer, according to President and Chief Executive Officer, John A. Balli.

“We are excited to have someone with Ed’s strong asset-liability management skills and knowledge base in risk and liquidity management, loan and deposit pricing, and other bank finance and treasury operations joining the Kinderhook Bank team”, said Balli.  “With over 19 years in finance and banking management, he will bring an experienced and fresh perspective to the Bank as we continue to grow and move forward in the greater Capital Region,” Balli added.

Campanella, originally from Massachusetts, most recently served as SVP, Treasurer & Director of Finance for Opus Bank in Irvine, California and previously as First Vice President & Treasurer for Cambridge Savings Bank.  Ed began his career working for private bankers Brown Brothers Harriman & Co in Boston, MA and also worked for Darling Consulting Group, a nationally-recognized bank consulting firm in Newburyport, MA.

Campanella holds a BS in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Being new to the area, Ed is getting settled in Newtonville and enjoying his time exploring the Capital Region.

In operation since 1853, Kinderhook Bank is the only bank headquartered in Columbia County and has recently expanded its branch network to Latham and downtown Albany, NY in addition to branches in Delmar, East Greenbush, Chatham, Greenport, Valatie and Kinderhook, NY.  Recently voted Best Bank 2016 in the Capital Region Living readers’ poll.  Member FDIC.  

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-06-29

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES ARTICLE BY PARTNERS, FUIERER AND MIRANDA, PUBLISHED IN THE NYSBA “INSIDE NEWSLETTER”

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany and Rochester, New York, announces the publication of an article, “The Importance of a Comprehensive Trademark Enforcement Program: The Changing Tides of Trademark Infringement”, written by Alana M. Fuierer and David P. Miranda, in the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Inside Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2016 edition, Vol. 34, No. 21. 

This article by Ms. Fuierer and Mr. Miranda analyzes best practices for policing and enforcing trademarks against the current trend of online infringement, counterfeiting and piracy.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-06-29

The City of Troy’s Powers Park Concert Series to Kick Off 13th Season

Long-running Collar City summer music & entertainment staple to launch with special Monday night performance on July 4
 
Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the kickoff of the 13th annual Powers Park Concert Series, presented by the City of Troy and 88.3 FM WVCR - The Saint. This season’s line-up features a diverse collection of musical acts performing across eight weeks in July and August. Local rockers Super 400 and Blue Machine will co-headline a special Independence Day kick-off show on Monday, July 4. All shows are free to the public.
 
“The City of Troy continues to be the place to be for summertime entertainment,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “This season’s Powers Park Concert Series combines the incredible music of the area’s top performers with a family-friendly atmosphere, making it a great place for residents and visitors to spend their Saturday nights.”
 
Powers Park is located at 110th Street and Second Avenue in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood. With the exception of Monday, July 4, each show will be held on Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the event. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Powers Park.
 
The 2016 Powers Park Concert Series schedule is as follows:
 
July 4*              Super 400 / Blue Machine
July 9               Matt Mirabile Band
July 23             Al Bruno
July 30             Blue Hand Luke
August 6          Skeeter Creek
August 13        The Refrigerators
August 20        Nick Coluccio
August 27        Emerald City
*Monday night show
 
The July 4 Powers Park kick off concert will also feature a 50/50 raffle to benefit Heroes at Home, a Vet2Vet Peer Program which provides support to veterans and their family members in Rensselaer County. In addition to offering one-to-one peer support services, Heroes at Home also organizes social and recreational activities to connect veterans with the community.
 
“The Troy community has a strong tradition of supporting our service members after they return home and readjust back to civilian life,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “Veterans groups like Heroes at Home of Rensselaer County provide critically important services to those who served in uniform to protect this country, and we are proud to support and partner with veteran outreach organizations from across the Capital Region as we renew our commitment to the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness here in the Collar City.”
 
Additional sponsorship and support for the 2016 Powers Park Concert Series comes from 88.3 FM WVCR – The Saint, the Troy Record, Whitney Young Healthcare, the Tri-City ValleyCats, Advance Auto Parts, WellCare, Snowman Ice Cream, Lansing Laundry, Beverage Barn, Perfection Painting, Collar City Masonry, Friends of 112th Street, and Warren W. Fane Inc.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-06-29

Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak Announces Plans to Retire in 2018

Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D., the sixth president of Hudson Valley Community College, today informed students, faculty and staff that he will retire on August 31, 2018 after 13 years of leadership at the college and a career in higher education spanning four decades. He shared his plans with the college’s Board of Trustees at its June 28 meeting.

President Matonak, better known on campus and in the greater community simply as Drew, became president of Hudson Valley on April 18, 2005. His tenure thus far is marked by impressive growth and innovation in academic programming and student services, as well as the striking transformation of the college’s 120-acre campus.

“Hudson Valley Community College is an incredibly special place, and it’s been my privilege to serve this institution, its dedicated board, amazing faculty and staff for more than a decade now. I’m proud of our collective accomplishments that will have a lasting impact on our students, workforce and community partners. The college has advanced and changed for the good in many ways, but the commitment we share to our students’ success and our region’s progress remains constant. We are well positioned for the future, and sharing my retirement plans now provides ample time for a national search and our leadership transition at the college,” said Drew Matonak.  

                “Drew has provided remarkable leadership for Hudson Valley through a period of incredible growth and dynamic change. We’re extremely grateful for his years of dedication to the college and also for his commitment to partnership and service within the greater community. We’re grateful for the time to conduct a deliberate and thoughtful search for the college’s seventh president. As we begin our process, we’re starting from a position of strength thanks to Drew’s long-range planning and the many initiatives he began that will continue into the future,” said Neil Kelleher, Chairman of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

Under President Matonak’s leadership, the college introduced more than 25 new degree and certificate programs while significantly expanding online offerings and high school pipeline programs such as the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School. In addition, President Matonak has overseen the expansion of progressive student support services including the recent creation of the Center for Academic Engagement, the Marvin Library Learning Commons and the Wellness Center.

President Matonak has guided a $200 million facilities master plan and the construction of a pedestrian-friendly, high technology campus with several new, state-of-the-art buildings including the $47.4 million Science Center; $13.5 million Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta; $9.4 million Administration Building; as well as the $4.5 million parking garage and $4.5 million Outdoor Athletic Complex to be complete in August 2016.

Another hallmark of President Matonak’s tenure was United States President Obama’s campus visit in 2009 to discuss the importance of community college economic development and workforce training initiatives similar to those developed at Hudson Valley. Recognizing the vital role Hudson Valley plays in economic and community development, President Matonak took on leadership positions with numerous organizations and boards, including the Capital Region Economic Development Council, the Capital Region Chamber, Center for Economic Growth, Saratoga Economic Development Council and Troy 2020 to name a few.

Prior to joining Hudson Valley, President Matonak served as president of Northwest Iowa Community College. He also served in leadership positions at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio; Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina; University of Houston; Lee College in Baytown, Texas; and Eastern Iowa Community College District.

President Matonak earned an associate degree at Butler County Community College in Butler, Pennsylvania, an experience that shaped his personal and professional life. He continued his education at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, followed by a master's degree in student personnel administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Houston in Texas.

                “Beginning my higher education at a community college had a major influence on my career path. Capping my career at Hudson Valley, one of the most productive community colleges in the nation, is a fitting closing chapter. I look forward to enjoying more time with family during my retirement, but Hudson Valley Community College will always be in my heart.”

                Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D. biography http://www.hvcc.edu/about/pres_message.html

architecture+
Posted on 2016-06-28

Lomonaco

architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm, has named Felix Lomonaco, AIA, of Albany, New York, as an Associate. Lomonaco, who holds a Masters of Architecture from University at Buffalo, joined architecture+ in 2003. He has worked on a variety of planning and design projects for institutional clients in higher education and healthcare. He is currently working on the new Student Life Center on the Word of Life Campus in Schroon Lake as well as renovation and new construction projects at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers in Saranac Lake. architecture+, located in Troy, New York, has been serving clients in healthcare, government, education, and other cultural and community organizations in the Capital District for over thirty years

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City of Troy
Posted on 2016-06-27

Mayor Patrick Madden Announces Troy Public Pools Set to Open July 1

Ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend, Mayor Patrick Madden today announced that the City of Troy’s public swimming pools will open for the summer on Friday, July 1, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
“Summer is officially underway in the Collar City with the opening of our municipal swimming pools,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “With an expanded swimming lessons schedule and improved hours of operation, families and residents have plenty of ways to keep cool this summer and enjoy Troy all season long.”
 
The Knickerbacker pool, located at 104th and 7th Avenue, and the South Troy pool, located at 4th Street and Tyler Street, will be open to city residents seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be no cost for swimmers under the age of 17. There will be a $1.00 charge for individuals ages 17 and over.
 
The City of Troy will also be providing four weeks of free swimming lessons for children at the South Troy and Knickerbacker pools this summer. Lessons will be held Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon, beginning at the South Troy pool on Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 22. Beginning Monday, July 25 through Friday, August 5, lessons will be available at the Knickerbacker pool.
 
In addition to the opening of the Knickerbacker and South Troy pools, Mayor Madden has announced that four of the city’s spray pools are now open for the summer season. The spray pools are located at Corliss Park, Frear Park, Prospect Park, and Riverfront Park. Both spray pools located at the Knickerbacker and South Troy pools will be available beginning July 1 during normal hours of operation between 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

architecture+
Posted on 2016-06-27

architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy, New York, has announced that Hiroki Sawai and William Dorgan have joined the firm as an Intern Architects.

Sawai

Sawai, of Albany, has been working at architecture+ since 2015 as a Student Intern while completing a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During that time he contributed to a number of healthcare and education projects.

Dorgan, of Troy, holds a Bachelor of Science from the University at 

Dorgan

Buffaloand a Master of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he worked as an Intern Architect and
Construction Administrator at firms in New York and Connecticut.

architecture+ has been serving clients in government, healthcare, education and other cultural and community organizations in the Capital District since 1984.

Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C.
Posted on 2016-06-27

Longtime Chamber Member Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

This month marks the 45th anniversary for Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC).

John Chiaramonte, a founder of the public accounting firm, now serves as Chairman. He recently shared his reflections on doing business locally for 45 years.

“The automation and tax complexity has definitely changed from then to now, but the way we do accounting has always been the same,” said Chiaramonte. “It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve really been blessed with good fortune and associates, and we’ve grown because of them.”

The other namesakes of the Firm, Ron Teal and Larry Becker founded TBC with Chiaramonte in 1971. Ron Teal, who last worked at TBC during tax season in 2015, congratulated TBC on its 45th anniversary. “I’m glad I was a part of it for many years and that they are continuing.” said Teal. “I always enjoyed working with all of the people. It was a very friendly atmosphere to work in, and I think that helps to make the Firm continue.”

Becker, who left his career in public accounting in the 1980s to establish a real estate development business, has been a loyal client for more than 30 years.

“Windsor Development has happily used TBC for tax services since its inception,” Becker said. “I have watched the growth of TBC with great admiration always knowing it would be a success, and am sure that success shall continue in the future.”

Nearing its fifth decade of client service, TBC has been serving thousands of businesses and individuals in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax and advisory services, as well as other specialty services including pension administration services, employee benefit plan audits, estates and trust planning and administration, business valuations, forensic accounting and cost segregation studies. Over the last 45 years, the Firm has significantly grown its client base and looks to continue this trend, while continuing to provide the close, personal attention that the clients need.

One aspect of the Firm that has certainly changed is its size. Starting with only four employees, today it employs 95 associates, including 52 CPAs which is the most in any Capital Region public accounting firm. While the Firm has moved its physical location several times to accommodate the growing number of employees, the current staff all operate out of one office building located at 7 Washington Square – and there are no plans to change the headquarters.

In addition to real estate developers, the Firm’s commercial clientele includes construction contractors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service firms, automotive dealers, retailers, technology companies, and wholesalers among other businesses. To learn more about TBC’s history and its continued growth, the Firm’s website includes a timeline of its milestones at http://www.tbccpa.com/about/history.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-06-27

The Sage Colleges is proud to announce that The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program will provide over $32,000 in funding to two community projects.

A grant of $25,100 will be awarded to the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program (TRIP) to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s Hillside North neighborhood. In partnership with Troy School 2, the project will engage 4th and 5th graders to participate as community planners and teach them how to be stewards of the land. Through service learning and the involvement of Capital Roots, local artists and other partners, the vacant lot will be transformed from an eyesore into a lovely oasis in the urban street scene that will include community art and plantings. By improving the physical look and environment of 10th Street, the goal is to help students see hope and opportunity on their way to and from the school and teach them to become “agents of change” in their community while learning basic math and science skills to help develop a creative and artistic urban greenspace.

A second grant of $6,930 will be awarded to the Emma Willard School to work in conjunction with the YWCA-GCR to develop a personalized capstone program. The capstone program will teach participants important skills and will emphasize educational activities such as literature research; critical thinking; community outreach; mentorship; and public speaking. The program will provide a framework to help YWCA-GRC members to set goals and to pursue passions and achieve goals through new community connections and mentors. It will also link Emma Willard students to the community in meaningful and impactful ways and serve as a bridge between Emma Willard and the Rensselaer County community.

The Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, which is administered by The Sage Colleges, is a cooperative venture of The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, and participating agencies of Rensselaer County. The program supports fellowships for faculty of these institutions to work with agencies in Rensselaer County.  The Rubin Community Fellows Program seeks to create collaboration partnerships, leading to creative solutions to economic, organizational, social and managerial problems challenging our community. The program was established in June 1990 with a gift from the Louis Rubin Family.


For more information about The Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program contact Fred Alm, Rubin Fellows community project administrator at rubinfellowship@sage.edu, or visit sage.edu/rubin.

Albany Symphony
Posted on 2016-06-24

ALBANY SYMPHONY TO PERFORM AT 2018 SHIFT: A FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS

Albany Symphony is one of four American orchestras selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and showcase recent works by Tower, Daugherty, Torke and more.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts has announced that the Albany Symphony has been selected to participate in the second Annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, taking place at the Kennedy Center and other locations around Washington D.C. from April 9-15, 2018.

SHIFT shines a weeklong spotlight on North American orchestras of all sizes, and celebrates their vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation’s capital.

The Albany Symphony is one of four orchestras chosen from a pool of applicants from across the country- each of which will offer a Kennedy Center Concert Hall performance and a city-wide residency. For their Kennedy Center debut on April 11, 2018, the Albany Symphony will feature tuba soloist Carol Jantsch and pianist Joyce Yang on a program of works by Joan Tower, Michael Daugherty, Dorothy Chang and Michael Torke.

As part of the SHIFT Festival residency, the Albany Symphony’s 16-member new music ensemble, Dogs of Desire, will collaborate with Theo Bleckmann and the six composers of Sleeping Giant on a full-evening “lieder-abend,” and bring its treasured composer residency program to D.C. area middle schools.

Co-Presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, the festival’s title, SHIFT, recognizes the dynamic, evolving work of orchestras in the 21st century and expresses a commitment to shifting pre-conceived notions about orchestras. 

In announcing the Albany Symphony’s selection, David Alan Miller commented: “The Albany Symphony and I are deeply honored to represent the Capital Region in the nation’s capital at the 2018 SHIFT Festival. We are particularly excited to have the opportunity to showcase not only the unique programming of the full orchestra, but also our one-of-a-kind new music ensemble, “Dogs of Desire,” and our very special community outreach and engagement activities.  We hope all of our Capital Region friends will journey with us to the Festival to celebrate our community, its uniqueness, and the rivers that surround and connect us to each other and to the larger world.”

The festival’s presence in Washington also provides an opportunity for orchestras to interact with elected representatives in order to educate members of Congress about the value of the arts and orchestras in particular. The League of American Orchestras will partner with SHIFT to facilitate engagements on Capitol Hill and conversations about the impact and value that the arts and orchestras can provide to their communities.

Generous support of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by Daniel R. Lewis.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Posted on 2016-06-23

President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

Rensselaer Will Lead Northeast Regional Manufacturing Center Hub

During the third annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, D.C., held on June 20, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, United States President Barack Obama announced that the the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE).

The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from more than 30 states—and from across academia, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), industry, and nonprofits—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama Administration, will focus on innovations such as smart sensors that can dramatically reduce energy expenses in advanced manufacturing, making our manufacturing sector strong today and positioning the United States to lead the manufacturing of tomorrow, helping sustain the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing currently underway.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute also will launch five regional manufacturing centers across the United States, each focused on local technology transfer and workforce development. UCLA will lead the California regional center, in partnership with the city of Los Angeles, harnessing its ability to tap the largest manufacturing base in the United States. Texas A&M University will lead the Gulf Coast center, a region anchored in the chemical, oil, and gas sectors; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will lead the Northeast center, where glass, ceramic, and microelectronics manufacturing have a strong presence. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will lead a hub in the Northwest, and NC State will spearhead a regional hub for the Southeast.

Rensselaer will be responsible for administering the center for the DOE Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) programs, involving regional partners from industry, academia, and government. Overall, the CESMII partners will bring more than $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop smart technologies and systems for use in advanced manufacturing.

“Advanced manufacturing is accelerating the translation of U.S. innovations in science and technology into new products and processes, and helping to create jobs across all technology sectors,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “We are very pleased that Rensselaer has been selected to lead the Northeast center of a new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and to contribute even more vigorously to the revitalization of our nation’s manufacturing base.”

“At Rensselaer, we work within a paradigm that we term The New Polytechnic, in which we serve as a great crossroads for collaboration—working with partners across disciplines, sectors, and geographic regions—to address complex global challenges, using the most advanced tools and technologies, many of which are developed at Rensselaer,” President Jackson said. “The leadership we provide to the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be the finest possible example of The New Polytechnic in action.”

“Our nation’s renewed desire to invest in advanced manufacturing and an innovation economy is tailor-made for institutions like RPI to give domestic manufacturing a boost. The Capital Region is the hottest real estate in the country for this type of work, and this partnership will grow quality jobs and advance our own unique brand of Empire State innovation. In Congress, I look forward to continuing my work to expand programs like the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation that give cutting-edge organizations the tools they need to grow the green collar job market and win the global marketplace of tomorrow,” said U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20).

“We must see Made in America again, starting right here in upstate New York,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute will help rebuild America’s proud manufacturing tradition and ensure our country remains globally competitive. This investment would help advance the cutting-edge research and development already happening at universities like RPI in the Capital Region. New York’s great manufacturing communities are best positioned to be home to one of these innovation hubs, sparking more growth in high-tech manufacturing sectors, jumpstarting new businesses, and creating good-paying jobs right here where we need them the most. This funding for New York would help create new opportunities for our universities and manufacturers to lead the way in this growing industry.”

Craig Dory, who currently serves as director for business development in the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer, will serve as the Northeast Regional Director for CESMII. Modeling, design, and controls expert B.Wayne Bequette, professor of chemical and biological engineering, will serve as the chief technology officer for the Northeast region, planning and coordinating R&D activities with academic and industrial partners.

In addition to the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), Rensselaer research centers involved include: the Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC), the Computational Center for Innovations (CCI), which is home to the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputer, and the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES). 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and United Technologies (UT), members of the Institute, are also key industrial partners involved with engaging the business community around this manufacturing opportunity.

“CESMII will provide unique opportunities for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to enable transformational improvements in energy efficiency and U.S. manufacturing productivity while also creating high-skilled jobs,” said Mike Russo, director for U.S. Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “We believe that CESMII will offer an unparalleled opportunity for developing our current and future workforce. We are looking forward to being part of CESMII and connecting with other academic members such as RPI and SUNY to support a new generation of scientists and engineers.”

“United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is excited to be part of the SMLC Institute. As the innovation engine of UTC, we understand the value of energy efficiency as a key differentiator for U.S. manufacturing competitiveness,” said John Milton-Benoit, director of the Manufacturing & Service Technologies Program at UTRC. “This Institute will help to develop and demonstrate advanced technologies required to achieve this goal.”

Additional industrial partners include: Corning Glass, Saint-Gobain, Praxair, Pfizer, EWI, MathWorks, Analog Devices, and Eastman Business Park.

Academic partners for the CESMII Northeast Manufacturing Center include: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the University of at Buffalo (UB), University of Connecticut (UConn), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rutgers University, Syracuse University (SU), and the State University of New York System (SUNY). The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) programs in each state will work to ensure outreach, training, and support. Several testbeds are planned, including a semiconductor device manufacturing testbed located at the Manufacturing Technology Education Center (MTEC) in Saratoga County, N.Y.

No stranger to the field of manufacturing, the School of Engineering at Rensselaer already has an established manufacturing network that offers students, faculty, and industry access to a variety of fabrication and production services and expertise. For example, the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab (MILL), which is helping to revitalize advanced manufacturing education at Rensselaer, will be used to bring smart manufacturing concepts to undergraduate and graduate education.

In addition, last fall, the School of Engineering announced the launch of the newly created Manufacturing Certificate. The certificate is the first of its kind at Rensselaer focused on new process development and systems management in advanced manufacturing. The certificate includes a project-based lecture and laboratory curriculum for graduate students. Courses are taught by faculty members from the School of Engineering, a team of leading experts in advanced manufacturing, micromachining, high-speed machining, metals and ceramics processing, along with additive, composites, and digital manufacturing.

CESMII programs will include a wide range of projects, across manufacturing sectors and business sizes, including implementation of the Smart Manufacturing Platform, mathematical modeling and data analytics, and developing and implementing advanced automation and control algorithms. Some of the CESMII partners measured goals include: doubling the energy productivity in U.S. manufacturing every 10 years, reducing the cost of deploying smart manufacturing (SM) systems relative to state-of-the-art systems in five years, increasing the SM workforce in the U.S. multifold in 10 years, doubling the SM supply chain rate of increase in value and participation, and reducing U.S. energy use in 10 years while increasing manufacturing competitiveness.

To ensure that all American businesses, regardless of their size or potential resource limitations, have the opportunity to benefit from the Institute’s progress, the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute will use an open-source digital platform and technology marketplace to integrate advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling technologies into commercial smart manufacturing systems. The Institute also will provide the manufacturing communities with easy and affordable access to real-time analytic tools, infrastructure, and industrial applications.

In June 2011, the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to the President on “Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing.” Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson co-authored this report, which provided an overarching strategy and specific recommendations for revitalizing the nation’s leadership in advanced manufacturing. The report helped to inspire the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a series of linked hubs for advanced technologies, each with its own concentration, which now includes the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Appointed by President Obama, Jackson served on PCAST from 2009 to 2014. She also served on the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Steering Committee, which made further recommendations to the President on enhancing the nation’s capacities in advanced manufacturing.

After a decade of decline from 2000 to 2010, the U.S. manufacturing sector has added over 800,000 jobs since February 2010 and remains more competitive for jobs and investment today compared to recent decades. And just last month, a new survey of CEOs from around the world declared the United States the most attractive country for investment for the fourth year in a row.

 

BlueShield of Northeastern New York
Posted on 2016-06-23

Rensselaer County Residents Named BlueShield Scholars
13 Students Honored for Demonstrating Strong Core Values

BlueShield of Northeastern New York is proud to honor 107 local high school seniors, including 13 residents of Rensselaer County, as the 2016 recipients of the 5th Annual BlueShield Scholars Award. Now in its fifth year, BlueShield has awarded over $125,000 to over 500 local students since the program’s inception.  

BlueShield Scholars is an annual program recognizing exceptional high school seniors who are pursuing higher education for a career in the fields of health or human sciences.  Local high school guidance counselors and administrators nominated deserving seniors that represent BlueShield’s core values of respect, personal responsibility, excellence, teamwork, passion, and integrity.


“A solid education plays a vital role in shaping the future of not only our children, but our community,” said Dr. Kirk Panneton, Vice President, Regional Executive and Medical Director, BlueShield of Northeastern New York.  “These hardworking students, their parents, and teachers, make our region a better place to live, work, and play. That’s why we’re proud to recognize this year’s Scholars and help provide opportunities for today and tomorrow.”


Each of the 107 winners receives a $250 scholarship towards his or her continuing education and a certificate of recognition. Extended profiles of each of the recipients are featured at bsneny.com/scholars.

Rensselaer County Recipients:

Scholar

High School

Attending College/University

Intended Major

Steven Beattie

Averill Park High School

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Doctor of Pharmacy

Erin Condo

Columbia High School

Undecided

Bio-Chem

Marcella Davis

Troy High School

Hudson Valley Community College

Nursing

Paige Francesconi

Catholic Central High School

Siena College

Pre-Dental

Courtney Guynup

Beekmantown High School

SUNY Plattsburgh

Psychology

Taylor Jarosz

Lanisingburgh High School

Southern Vermont

Nursing

Adrianna Jones

The Doane Stuart School

Undecided

Nursing

Lyndsey Miller

Berlin High School

Russell Sage College

Nursing

Jaden Moulton

Tamarac High School

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pharmaceutical Studies

Blain Neary

Hoosic Valley High School

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

Nursing

Sirawit Ratchatacharoenpong

Rensselaer Jr./Sr. High School

University at Albany

Pre-Med

Garrett Renslow

Maple Hill High School

University of Rochester

Pre-Med

Keelan Seifert

Hoosic Falls Jr./Sr. High School

Undecided

Nursing

 

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-06-22

CAP COM Awards $67,500 in Scholarships at Awards Breakfast

CAP COM Federal Credit Union will award $67,500 to 27 young adult members at the annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast on Thursday, June 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy.  

Each year CAP COM’s charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, awards scholarships to students who are looking to further their education. This year CAP COM will award the Weidner “Ed” Davis, Harold Horning and Tony Celeste Scholarships. These three unique scholarship programs enable a variety of individuals with differing strengths to shine and be rewarded for creativity of thought, innovation and hard work. The CAP COM Cares Foundation received nearly 400 scholarship applications this year and 27 winners were selected through a very competitive judging process.

2016 winners are:

Weidner “Ed” Davis Scholarship Recipients: Jessica Berdar, Sarah Butts, Genevieve Dominiak, Joshua Drabek, Sadie Dunn, Kaylyn Garland, Meghan Gassett, Danielle Gormley, Jacob Gorneau, Maria Holland, Caitlyn Long, Paige McNamara, Luke Mysliwy, Ishan Parashar, Garrett Renslow, Quintin Rogan, Lydia Schifley, Gabby Serafin, Dominick Timpanaro and Catherin Wesoloski.

Harold Horning Scholarship Recipients: Jenna Fiacco, Brittany Reed and Katelyn Roddy.

Tony Celeste Scholarship Recipients: Demos Efstathiou, Timothy Granger, Jonathan Hemingway and Tyler Hynes.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union President/CEO Paula A. Stopera said, “Education is at the forefront of our dedication to the community. Each year we aim to increase our scholarship programs so that more young adults have the opportunity to attend college and achieve their dreams. We are honored to award these recipients for their work ethic and determination and wish them much success as they embark on their academic journeys.”

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-06-21

Mayor Madden, Troy Police Department Announce Troy SafeCam Program

Community-assisted public safety effort will strengthen Troy Police investigations in Collar City
 
Mayor Patrick Madden and the Troy Police Department today announced the launch of a new online initiative called Troy SafeCam. The program is a new crime investigation and prevention tool which allows members of the Troy community to register their private security camera with the Troy Police Department to help solve crimes in their neighborhood. Residents and business owners can sign up online through a simple registration process at TroyPD.org
 
Citizen-provided security camera footage is one of the most effective pieces of evidence used by police departments to solve crimes and put offenders away. By voluntarily participating in the Troy SafeCam program, residents and business owners increase the number of available cameras which can be utilized by the Troy Police Department detectives in criminal investigations. Following a verification process, the private security cameras are added to a centralized Troy SafeCam database, allowing detectives to quickly identify camera locations in areas where crimes have been committed.
 
“Increased community involvement strengthens the Troy Police Department’s ability to confront and deter crime in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The Troy SafeCam program provides residents an opportunity to assist our detectives with crime prevention efforts which will enhance public safety across the City of Troy.”
 
“The Troy SafeCam Program is another tool to enhance our officer’s investigations across the Collar City,” said Troy Police Chief John Tedesco. “By registering their camera with the department through the SafeCam program, residents are directly helping the Troy Police Department identify criminals, solve cases and keep their neighborhoods safe.”
 
Similar Safecam programs are utilized by the cities of Buffalo, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, and many other law enforcement agencies across the country. Residents and business owners can participate in the Troy SafeCam program by registering their private security camera with the Troy Police Department at http://www.troypd.org
 
The Troy Police Department will not monitor any resident or business owner’s camera recordings, and any cameras registered with the SafeCam program will remain privately owned and controlled. If detectives believe there is video footage of a criminal incident which has occurred in the vicinity of a private security camera, the owner may be contacted by police personnel to view the video images to assist in the investigation.
 
The Troy SafeCam program is the second online initiative implemented by the City of Troy and the Troy Police Department. The online crime reporting system CopLogic was launched last September.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-06-21

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. NAMES ALISON R. ANECHIARICO MARKETING COORDINATOR

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison R. Anechiarico as Marketing Coordinator of the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 15 partners and a total of 33 attorneys and patent agents.

As the Marketing Coordinator for Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Alison will be responsible for overseeing overall marketing initiatives within the firm, including day to day business awareness, focused marketing initiatives and outreach to the business community.  She will be implementing processes to help the professionals at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. expand their presence in the industries served by the firm and help them grow their practices, along with servicing existing clientele.   

 “We are pleased to have Alison in this important position.  Her enthusiasm and dedication will help grow our marketing initiatives to the next level” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-06-20

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. will proudly host its 17th Annual Resourceful Women's Luncheon, at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy. Last year's event was our biggest and most successful event ever! More than 425 people joined us in honoring Benita Zahn, DPS, of NewsChannel13 as the 2015 Resourceful Woman of the Year along with 20 other amazing women who strive to empower and make positive changes in the lives of others in their workplace and communities. Last year's event raised nearly $35,000 and we look forward to exceeding that success this year. We're pleased to announce that Benita Zahn will serve as our Honorary Chair for this eventand will be emceeing along with Dan Bazile, anchor from NewsChannel 13.

It is our distinct pleasure to announce Sabrina Mosseau BS, RN, OCN, clinical sales specialist with Genentech Corporation, as YWCA-GCR's 2016 Resourceful Woman of the Year. Sabrina has been a tireless advocate for the patients and families served by Samaritan Hospital Radiation Oncology, Samaritan Women's Health Center and St. Mary's Cancer Treatment Center for over 19 years. Sabrina has been responsible for coordination of all services to oncology patients and their families. She has worked in conjunction with staff to develop and implement innovative patient centered programs such as "No Woman Left Behind", "No More Sleepless Nights", Patient Navigationand Survivorship Programsthat are locally and nationally recognized as best in practice. She is also responsible for raising in excess of $600,000 over the past 9 years with the Visions of Strength event, whose proceeds provide access to the integrative wellness services that individuals living with cancer need. Sabrina's warm beautiful smile exudes her passion and compassion. She is selfless and generous, working tirelessly to raise funds to help those in need and truly embodies what it means to be a Resourceful Woman.

The Resourceful Women Awards were established in 2000, to recognize and honor those whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women, a core value of our mission, which is Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women and Promoting, Peace, Justice, Freedom and Dignity for All. YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.'s fundraisers are some of the largest special events in the Greater Capital Region, and are true community affairs. This event is a great chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and network with business owners, patrons and elected officials while honoring empowering Resourceful Women and (new this year) Girls!

If you know a Resourceful Woman or Girl who embodies the mission of YWCA-GCR by advancing the empowerment of women and or girls, please click the link above to fill out our online nomination form. 

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-06-20

The Sage Colleges to offer Public Health Major in Fall 2016

The Sage Colleges will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in fall of 2016.  The program is designed for students who are looking to use their education to improve population health and the environment in which we live. The major builds upon Sage’s existing public health minor and capitalizes on the breadth of offerings at The Sage Colleges.

The Bachelor of Science in public health exposes students to the multitude of factors that influence health and health behaviors. The interactions between humans and between humans and the environment are explored and ways to improve health discussed. Students will use critical thinking and analytical skills integrating their learning over the course of their academic program. Based upon their interests and future goals, students will select an emphasis within the public major. The major tracks align with the core disciplines of public health. Students will also have the option of a focus in nutrition. Course work and internships will help students focus their interests and make career choices more evident.

“As someone who has been a global and public health advocate for most of my life, I recognize the importance of making public health education available to our students who are looking to make a difference locally and globally as a public health professional,” said Susan Scrimshaw, President of The Sage Colleges. “TheAssociationofSchools of Public Health estimates that by2020 therewillbea needfor250,000 additional publichealth workers and The Sage Colleges is proud to help educate and train students to help fill this gap.  Also, the trend is for all health professionals to become more interdisciplinary and this program will help prepare students who expect to enter health professions in addition to public health, such as medicine, nursing and nutrition.”

The delivery of the core public health courses at The Sage Colleges will incorporate experiential assignments and activities to facilitate development of core public health knowledge, interdisciplinary public health knowledge, professional skills, and ethics.

“As public health is an interdisciplinary field it aligns nicely with the Sage Vision to require and reward collaboration across majors and professions,” explained Dayna Maniccia, assistant professor and coordinator of Public Health at Sage. “With its strong programs in nursing and biology, as well as a solid foundation in the liberal arts, Sage is well positioned to implement an undergraduate public health program. This program will help to meet the growing need for public health professionals as our students will be trained and ready to work upon graduation or well prepared to pursue a Master of Public Health degree.”

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-06-14

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AMANDA J. WEBSTER HAS JOINED THE FIRM AS PATENT ATTORNEY2016 AJW H0600849xD16FB

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda J. Webster as a Patent Attorney with the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 15 partners and a total of 33 attorneys and patent agents.

Amanda J. Webster is a registered patent attorney with Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., her practice includes all aspects of patent prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Ms. Webster’s experience includes patent preparation and prosecution in the mechanical, electronic, and computer science arts.  Her experience also includes aspects of patent licensing and infringement issues.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Webster was a practicing patent attorney in the Buffalo, New York, area.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron school of Law while working part-time as a registered patent agent.

Early in her physics education, Ms. Webster received a Fisher Fellowship that allowed her to model the coronal distribution of an x-ray binary star system by refining and analyzing data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.  Later in her physics education, she was part of a two-man team that applied a maximum entropy approach to Bayesian inference principles in order to introduce an alternative method to the commonly used linear-extrapolation stringing technique for bloodstain pattern analysis in forensic science. 

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-06-13

We Stand Stronger When We Stand Together

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. Executive Director, Daquetta P. Jones, is among a select few women leaders in the YWCA USA network attending the White House Summit on the United State of Women on June 13-15, 2016 at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Invited to represent local YWCA Associations in the USA, Jones will be in the company of a diverse group of business leaders, academics, activists, nonprofit leaders and elected officials who are creating change and growth in the world.

The Summit is the first of its kind, delivering empowering messages to girls and women to change the world. "Because when we stand together; we stand stronger," says Michelle Obama, this event ignites the mission that Today, We Will Change Tomorrow.

Since Ms. Jones became Executive Director of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region in December 2013, she and her team continue to lead the organization to local recognition through sustaining their unique cutting-edge services and programs, enhanced marketing and communications, community engagement, local and federal advocacy, compliance with funders and YWCA USA branding and membership standards and requirements...just to name a few.Out of 220 localYWCAAssociations nationwide, YWCA-GCR is one of eleven YWCAs to receive a special invitation to the Summit as a YWCA delegate, projecting national recognition for the local Association. YWCA-GCR will be participating in seminars on Education:  Shattering Stereotypes Creating Opportunities for Women and Girls in Non-Traditional Careers and Technical Education and Entrepreneurship:  Ideas with Us in Mind:  Innovations that Create Social Impact.

There's a lot that's been done by and for women and girls, but there's still plenty to do. Convened by the White House, this Summit will be a moment to mark the significant progress made on behalf of women and girls both domestically and internationally over the course of the Obama Administration, and will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions to the challenges they still face. It will focus on pressing issues impacting women and girls relating to Educational Opportunity, Health and Wellness, Economic Prosperity, Violence Against Women, Civic Engagement and Leadership and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The Summit, being held in conjunction with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, the Tory Burch Foundation and the Ford Foundation, expects an attendance of more than 5,000 individuals celebrating what's been achieved in gender equality issues and how to take action moving forward. Follow this nationwide movement and show your support with #stateofwomenand @uswomen2016 .

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-06-13

Hudson Valley Community College to Host Information Session on New UAS/Drone Flight Training Course

Those interested in learning about flying small unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/drones for fun or for a potential career can attend an information session, Tuesday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to noon at Hudson Valley Community College.

Representatives of the college’s Workforce Development Institute as well as SkyOp, LLC will discuss new opportunities in drone/UAS training offered on campus. The information session will take place in Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 100.

Brian Pitre, co-owner of SkyOp, LLC, will discuss the training, give a live demonstration and answer questions. The Canandaigua-based company has already partnered with several other SUNY community colleges to offer the training.

The course, which will be taught by SkyOp instructors, will be offered on three consecutive Saturdays - July 23, 30 and August 6 - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn to fly UAS, learn about different types of flight systems, how to perform routine maintenance as well as the rules and regulations that guide unmanned flight. Each student will also be provided a remote controlled training quad copter for practice.

The potential for commercial use of small UAS may explode over the next several years. According to SkyOp, the Federal Aviation Administration is set to release commercial small UAS flight rules this month that could make the path to an operator certificate much less onerous. Drone use already has applications in several professions and the list is growing – law enforcement, agriculture, real estate, construction, insurance, to name just a few.

“The commercial potential for the use of drones is astounding; it will literally transform industries,” said Pitre. “The challenge is there is so much more to know than buying a drone and trying to fly it in your backyard. There are a variety of systems and components to learn, safety concerns, regulations and more to know before taking to the sky.”

For more information about the training or the information session, call (518) 629-4111 or email workforce@hvcc.edu.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-06-09

Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw to Step Down in June 2017

The Sage Colleges has seen a Rebirth under Scrimshaw’s LeadershipSage President Susan Scrimshaw 1

President of The Sage Colleges Susan C. Scrimshaw announced today that she will step down at the conclusion of her contract in June 2017 after nine years at Sage and nearly 50 years in higher education. Scrimshaw, who has served as president of The Sage Colleges since 2008, has led Sage through a dramatic reinvigoration including growing enrollment, expanded academic programs, renewed fiscal health, increased visibility and diversity, and a highly successful Centennial campaign that is nearing a successful conclusion.

Under President Scrimshaw’s management, Sage has seen significant achievement. It has emerged from a budget deficit and is now operating with a balanced budget, Moody’s has upgraded its rating to “stable,” the endowment is up by almost 50%, all while Sage was holding the line on tuition for six straight years to keep a quality education affordable for students and their families.

“Our success is due to the efforts of the Sage community,” said Scrimshaw of The Sage Colleges. “There has always been a strong sense of family at Sage. I have enjoyed working to position Sage to thrive in its second century, so while this decision is bittersweet, the timing makes sense. When I began my work as president there were quite a few hurdles to overcome to ensure Sage’s viability. We all sat down, rolled up our sleeves and came up with a strategic plan to ensure Sage’s future for the next generation of students. I am proud of the milestones that I have been able to accomplish together with the faculty, staff, board, alumni and other community partners.”

With the help of her admissions team, undergraduate applications have increased by almost 157% since 2008, undergraduate enrollment has increased by over 4% and new graduate student credit hours have increased by more than 52%. Diversity on its campuses has increased by 12%. Sage is proud to host students from Afghanistan, China, Dubai, Greece, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Thailand.

In 2009 Sage restructured Sage Graduate School around three key areas of strength and expertise to create the donor funded Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences, and School of Management. Through President Scrimshaw’s efforts, Sage has seen the addition of an online division – Russell Sage Online, the School of Management has earned accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Educators, and Sage has expanded its MBA program to Saratoga County and its Educational Leadership program to New York City.

President Scrimshaw oversaw the development of the Sage for the Second Century plan which formalized the ability for students from either campus to take a major at either campus while still preserving Russell Sage College as a leading women’s college. During the plan’s first year, more than 70 students have taken advantage of the cross-college enrollment.  Now the Sage Colleges offers more than 70 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on its two campuses in Albany and Troy, NY and online. 

“President Scrimshaw is a bold visionary, and her innovative and forward-thinking helped to transform The Sage Colleges at a pivotal time,” explained chair of the Board of Trustees Tip Simons. “We were very fortunate to have her at the helm.  She had to make some difficult decisions since being appointed, but because of those tough choices, Dr. Scrimshaw is leaving a lasting legacy for the next generation of students. Because of her efforts, The Sage Colleges is stronger than ever – a vibrant, diverse and academically outstanding institution that is on its way to university status.  The education it provides to its students will continue to change lives on a global level for another 100 years.”

Other milestones under President Scrimshaw’s leadership have included the acquisition and renovation of the Armory at Sage, a state-of-the-art Shea Learning Center, the addition of the M & T Bank Stock Trading Simulation Room, the Hannaford Nutrition and Physical Assessment Lab, the Manor Nutrition Lab, and the new Art + Design Technology Center which combines a Mac lab with heavy equipment like a 3D printer, laser cutter and large format printer, for use by students and faculty in the arts.

President Scrimshaw is also proud of the beautification projects on both campuses that have included the addition of sculptures, gardens and the planting of perennial native plants, all of which are enjoyed by the surrounding communities. She will also be leaving a greener Sage. By fall of 2016, Sage will be powering 80% of its campuses with solar energy through a remote net metering program with Monolith Solar.

Sage has experienced the growing recognition of its arts venues including the Theatre Institute at Sage, the Opalka Gallery and the Little Gallery. The athletics program has grown to include 15 NCAA Division III sports. President Scrimshaw and her husband Allan Stern are amongst the teams’ biggest supporters.

During her administration at Sage, President Scrimshaw has worked to foster community relations on both campuses and has encouraged the involvement of students, faculty and staff in community service projects with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, The Troy Business Improvement District, and the cities of Albany and Troy to name a few.

President Scrimshaw has spearheaded the launch of Sage’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of The Sage Colleges with a goal of $50 million. Due to the work of President Scrimshaw and her advancement team, to date, Sage has raised over $48 million toward that goal.

Interdisciplinary and high quality academics, the integration of liberal arts and professional disciplines, community engagement, international exposure, artistic and athletic endeavors remain among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges, which has 37,000 living alumni and currently enrolls more than 2,900 students.

Today, The Sage Colleges consists of Russell Sage College in historic downtown Troy, New York, a comprehensive four-year college for women offering bachelor's degrees in the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional fields; and the coeducational Sage College of Albany, in our capital city offering bachelor's degrees and practical experience designed to prepare

students for the careers of today and tomorrow.  Through its School of Professional and Continuing Education, Sage offers bachelor's degree completion programs designed for busy, working adults. Sage’s graduate-level professional schools – Education, Health Sciences and Management – are coeducational environments offering advanced study for professional practice and leadership through master's degrees, post-master's certification in a wide variety of applied disciplines and doctoral degrees in professional disciplines. They serve both recent college graduates, including Sage students in accelerated bachelor's/master's programs, and individuals already at work in their professions. Students can also pursue select bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs online through Russell Sage Online.

The Sage Board of Trustees will immediately begin the process of a national search for a new President. In the coming year, President Scrimshaw is looking forward to visiting with alumni across the nation, concluding the Centennial campaign, positioning Sage to apply to New York State for University status and leaving a strong platform for the next leader.  


After stepping down, President Scrimshaw will keep some ties to the local region by serving on a local board. She will continue her professional involvement with the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin and the National Academy of Medicine. President Scrimshaw is also looking forward to completing the second edition of her co-edited book The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine, traveling with her husband Allan Stern, and spending time with grandchildren and friends.

ABOUT PRESIDENT SCRIMSHAW

In January of 2015, she began a three-year term as Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine/ National Academy of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. In her role as Co-Chair she most recently presided over the release of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. When she was elected to the IOM in 1993, she and her father became the first father/daughter IOM members. She has chaired the IOM Committee on Communication for Behavior Change: Improving the Health of Diverse Populations, and served as a member of many IOM Committees, including the Committee on Health Literacy. Dr. Scrimshaw also served as a member of the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP). 

Dr. Scrimshaw was honored in March with the Champion of Public Health Award by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. In October of 2015, Dr. Scrimshaw received the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for her service to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  In December of 2014, she was awarded the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Career Achievement Award for helping to advance the field of medical anthropology through her career-long contributions to theory and method, and for her success in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics.

A respected and accomplished scholar, Dr. Scrimshaw is the author of five books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports. In the public health field, she has served with distinction on the Chicago Board of Health and the Illinois State Board of Health. She is a former chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health.  Dr. Scrimshaw is currently a member of the Minority Health Council for New York State.

For her work on the health of Latino populations, she received a gold medal from former President Vicente Fox of Mexico. Her many awards also include the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology and Distinguished Career Awards from the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. 

    

GTM Payroll Services
Posted on 2016-06-09

GTM PAYROLL SERVICES TO DONATE $25,000 TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AS COMPANY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS

In celebration of its silver anniversary, GTM Payroll Services is donating a total of $25,000 to several community organizations that serve the Capital Region.
These groups are:
• Albany Stratton VA Medical Center
• Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York
• Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center
• Big Brother Big Sisters of the Capital Region
• Double H Ranch
• Hannah’s Hope Fund
• Homeless and Travelers Aid Society
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York
• Mother Teresa Academy
• Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region
• Senior Services of Albany

Year after year, GTM Payroll Services and its employees get involved in the community by volunteering their time, participating in fundraising events, making donations and contributing goods to local organizations.

As an example, GTM partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York’s “Adopt an Angel” program by sponsoring a wish for an “adopted angel” and gathering donations during the holiday season.

“We’re a team that not only supports local businesses with our services but the local community as well with our time and resources,” said Guy Maddalone, founder and CEO of GTM Payroll Services. “It’s very important, as a homegrown company, to give back and support the region we call home.”

Maddalone founded GTM Payroll Services in August 1991 and the company quickly became one of the leading providers of payroll and tax solutions for families who employ domestic help such as a nanny or housekeeper. In 2002, GTM expanded beyond households to offer payroll services that can adapt to any size or type of business.

Over the years, GTM has been at the forefront of trends in workforce management for businesses and household employers. Going beyond payroll and tax filings, GTM offers a comprehensive suite of services including workers’ compensation insurance, health insurance, retirement plans, time and attendance solutions and human resources assistance.

GTM has also capitalized on emerging technology to make payroll, compliance, benefit enrollment and workforce management easier and more affordable for businesses and household employers.

“Employers can’t just pay their employees, file taxes and call it a day. There’s compliance, back office efficiencies and attracting and retaining your best workers to consider,” Maddalone said. “And it’s all tied to their payroll. We capitalized on the opportunity to be the workforce management service provider employers need and then worked hard to make our offerings easy to use and affordable.”

Compliance with payroll, tax and labor laws, in particular, has become increasingly complex. GTM – with a team of experienced and certified employment experts – offers services to help employers manage their Affordable Care Act requirements, comply with minimum wage and overtime rules and more. This saves employers time and money as well as helps them avoid costly fines and penalties for non-compliance.

“Recognizing and acting on these trends has contributed to our tremendous growth over the years,” Maddalone said. “We also have a passion for customer service. An ecstatic client base is our number one core value as a company and it shows.”

GTM now employs more than 60 professionals at its headquarters in Clifton Park and recently added a second office location in Glens Falls.

Brown's Brewing Company
Posted on 2016-06-09

BENNINGTON BATTLEFIELD AND BROWN’S BREWING CELEBRATE PATH THROUGH HISTORY WEEKEND BATTLE BITE BEER

Brown’s Brewing Company’s Walloomsac Taproom and the Bennington Battlefield will partner on Saturday, June 18 during New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. The Bennington Battlefield will host two “History on the Hill” sessions on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am and 3 pm as part of New York State’s Path Through History weekend. Musicians, speakers, and reenactors will share the history of the battle and tales of the Revolutionary War soldier’s experience.

The battlefield is located off Route 67 in Walloomsac, NY. Tickets will be sold the day of the event for both the 10 am and 3 pm sessions. There is a suggested donation of $5 for individuals and $10 for families, cash or check only. Space is limited. Email David Pitlyk, historic site assistant, at
david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov to RSVP.

The Walloomsac River played a vital role during the Battle of Bennington, and Brown’s Walloomsac
Brewery and Taproom sits on the banks of the historic river just a short drive from the Bennington
Battlefield. After the Battlefield events, visitors are encouraged to visit Brown’s for related activities. Including a British encampment, the 34th Regiment of Foot and Phil Leonard with the Hoosick Township Historical Society. The encampment, set on the banks of the river, will portray life of a soldier in 1777. Mr. Leonard will be on site from 12 to 5 pm to chat about the Stevens & Thompson Paper Company and the three falls on the Walloomsac River as well as the area and role the township has played throughout history.

Brown’s will feature a “Then and Now Bite and Beer.” According to BeerAdvocate “Beer was a
significant staple for soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and measures by Congress included
rationing to each soldier one quart of Spruce Beer or Cider per man, per day.” Duncan MacCrea,
Brown’s brewer states “Alcohol in many forms were a common ration because water was often unfit
to drink, especially in the navy. The combination of boiling beer and the alcohol in it managed to keep it clean and safe to drink.” Brown’s Walloomsac Brewery and Taproom will feature a “Then and Now Bite and Beer,” a taste of the foods and beer that soldiers may have consumed in 1777 paired with the taproom’s 21st century interpretation, for $10 per person. Enjoy a Brown’s pint along the Walloomsac and consider the role this waterway had in shaping American History and imagine the building through the eyes of the factory workers in the 19th century. Guided tours of the brewery and the historic facility will be offered from 12 to 5 pm ($5 fee and includes a branded pint glass).

Patrons can also take advantage of the full menu of food and beer, the Walloomsac Taproom is open from 12 to 9 pm on Saturdays. 

About the The Battlefield and Brown’s Brewing Walloomsac Taproom:

The Bennington Battlefield is the site of an August 16, 1777 patriot victory over Crown forces. At this New York State location, forces under the command of General John Stark and Colonel Seth Warner defeated a detachment from British General John Burgoyne’s army seeking muchneeded
supplies in nearby Bennington, VT. Victory at Bennington set the stage for victory at the Battle of Saratoga and contributed directly to American victory in the Revolutionary War. Today the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation holds much of the land related to the first engagement of this pivotal battle.

Brown’s Brewing Company’s Walloomsac facility is steeped in manufacturing history and the current
production brewery and taproom is just a part of several structures that occupied the site over the
last 150 years. The original factory was built around 1854 by the Stevens & Thompson Paper
Company (a.k.a. Stevens and Thompson Wall Paper Mills) as a wallpaper manufacturing plant and
became the Walloomsac Paper Co. around 1904. By 1943, the building became the WhiteFlomatic
Corporation which manufactured water system valve products. Flomatic Corporation operated in the
space until the mid1980s when it expanded internationally and moved its manufacturing operations
in 1996. Brown’s Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery in Hoosick Falls opened to the public in 2014 in a beautifully renovated 19th century brick factory building also housing Brown’s bottling facility on the Walloomsac River. The comfortable taproom allows for peaceful relaxation paired with freshly
brewed beer and delicious food. Learn more about Brown’s Brewing at www.brownsbrewing.com

UAlbany
Posted on 2016-06-08

danesacademy

The men’s soccer staff at UAlbany is hosting soccer camps the week of July 18-22. There is a day camp for boys and girls (ages 6-13) from 9am to noon Monday through Friday and an evening camp for boys (ages 12 -14) Monday through Thursday from 6 – 8pm. For complete information, and registration, please go to www.danesoccer.com

 

 

 

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-06-08

Mayor Madden: Troy Parking Ticket Amnesty Program Ends June 15

As the City of Troy’s Parking Ticket Amnesty Program enters its final week, Mayor Patrick Madden is reminding individuals with outstanding parking violations issued by the city that time is running out to participate in the program. The amnesty program, which ends Wednesday, June 15, offers a one-time forty percent (40%) reduction on open parking violations issued between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2016.
 
“With just a week to go, those with overdue parking tickets still have time to take advantage of the discount available through our amnesty program,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “This program will no longer be available after June 15, so I encourage all those with delinquent tickets to utilize this one-time opportunity.”
 
Individuals in possession of unpaid parking violations who qualified for the amnesty program were notified by direct mail notification with detailed instructions regarding payment options. Payment of tickets can be made online via the City of Troy website or by visiting http://parkingticketassist.com/troy. Tickets can also be paid by mail or in person at the City Treasurer’s office, located at Troy City Hall, 433 River Street, Troy, NY. All payments received will be accepted in full satisfaction for the above referenced open parking tickets. After this time period, penalties will be re-instituted by the city, and all appropriate enforcement and collection procedures will be implemented.
 
The amnesty program is part of a larger overhaul by the city of its parking violation & ticket collection systems which provides significant benefits and cost savings at no cost to taxpayers, including:

  • Updated software & technology upgrades (modern handheld units provided to the city at no additional cost)

  • More robust delinquent collection program

  • Online payment options

Individuals with questions regarding the amnesty program or are unsure of the required information to participate can call 1-800-272-1635 during normal business hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Vanderheyden and Capital Roots
Posted on 2016-06-08

Vanderheyden Partners With Capital Roots

Vanderheyden has announced a collaboration effort with Capital Roots in Troy, where local fruits and vegetables will be supplied and delivered by the Virtual Veggie Mobile for the more than 230 meals served on a daily basis at our Main Campus in Wynantskill.

The fresh, local produce will be used for both our lunch and breakfast programs at our school cafeteria in the Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center.  In the near future, produce from Capital Roots will be served in our Group Homes at several locations in the Capital Region.

Deliveries Right to Vanderheyden's Door

"This is just the type of collaborative partnership that Capital Roots envisioned when we created the Virtual Veggie Mobile," says Amy Klein, Executive Director of Capital Roots. "Our online marketplace is filling an important niche in our community, and we are happy to be providing a service that will help organizations, such as Vanderheyden, improve the quality of the meals they provide to constituents."

Vanderheyden's President and CEO Karen Carpenter Palumbo states "This united effort will serve both our organizations well, and we are thrilled to begin using the program.  The Capital Roots produce will also enable us to increase the fresh, healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables we serve our students and staff, at more affordable prices." 

Vanderheyden's Food Service Manager John Piombino says the program is beneficial in many ways. Piombino says "the Capital Roots website is user friendly, and provides great detail on each produce item, as well as the exact farm the produce is coming from."  He adds "the quality of the produce has been outstanding."

Piombino says "when using these produce items, we will be serving local produce from local farmers. The exact growing location of these items will be known.  This program will also enable us to serve our students and staff fresh, healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables."

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-06-07

‘CATS TAKE THEIR “SHOW ON THE ROAD" TO TROY'S CENTRAL LITTLE LEAGUE

The Tri-City ValleyCats and Hannaford Supermarkets have teamed up to host the 4th Annual "Show on the Road" at a Capital Region youth baseball game, featuring Troy Central Little League. The game will be played at Troy Central’s field, located at3201 7th Ave. in Troy, on Sunday, June 12, at 5 p.m., and will showcase Pfeil Hardware against Ross Valve Manufacturing Co.

The 'Cats and Hannaford will create a family day atmosphere with events that include a pregame picnic, entertaining promotions throughout the game, and much more! The 'Cats recognize the important role that youth sports play in leading a healthy lifestyle, developing skills for the future, having fun and learning about sportsmanship.

As part of the "Show on the Road," there will be pregame entertainment, ceremonial team introductions, a live performance of the national anthem, and in-game promotions, including fan favorites such as the mayors' race, t-shirt tosses, pony hops and more.

The ValleyCats and Hannaford formed the "Show on the Road" in 2013 to reward local youth leagues that exhibit sportsmanship, both during play and throughout the community. This year's "Show on the Road" will also be celebrated on Youth Baseball Night at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Friday, June 24, as the ValleyCats take on the Vermont Lake Monsters. For ticket information, log-on to www.tcvalleycats.com, or call 518-629-CATS. 

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-06-07

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE NATHAN B. DAVIS HAS JOINED THE FIRM AS A PATENET AGENT

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Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Nathan B. Davis as a Patent Agent with the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 15 partners and a total of 33 attorneys and patent agents.

Nathan B. Davis has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Union College. His primary focus is on patent preparation and prosecution. Mr. Davis is familiar with numerous technologies with particular emphasis in the chemical and nanomaterials fields including semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots) and their inclusion into matrix materials such as epoxies, sol-gels, resins and polymers used in spin coating, drop casting, and printing.  He also worked extensively in the integration of nanomaterials into such applications as LEDs, photovoltaics (solar cells), electroluminescent devices, and barcodes.  Additionally, he has experience with semiconductors, solid state lighting, medical devices, software, NMR and MRI, and mechanical engineering. Mr. Davis has also researched inclusion chemistry of nanoclays incorporating heavy-metal scintillator materials, particularly Cerium based organometallics, developing the synthesis, characterization, and optimization of an organocerium scintillator material.  He has also used such materials to develop thin films, studying the luminescent properties of scintillators and self-assembly of nanoscale clays.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis was a patent agent at Hoffman Warnick LLC. Before this, Mr. Davis also served various roles at Evident Technologies, including managing the intellectual property portfolio, drafting patent applications and responses to office actions for outside counsel, analyzing and assessing internal invention disclosures, client management, and completing patent landscapes. He also assisted with the development of new technologies, as well as with the trademark portfolio and branding of Evident’s previous technologies.

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-06-06

Hudson Valley Community College to Offer New Special Education Assistant Certificate Program Starting This Fall

Hudson Valley Community College will offer a certificate program starting this fall for those who are interested in becoming special education assistants in a school setting.

This new program, which consists of eight classes, will allow students to focus their studies on special education and will prepare them to earn the New York State Teaching Assistant Certification, Level III.

Students earning this certificate would be prepared for a position as a teaching assistant in a public school, K-12, as a paraprofessional working in a self-contained special education classroom, as an assistant in a special education center or as a direct support assistant working in a group home or facility for persons with disabilities.

“Many students in our Teaching Assistant certificate program have expressed interest in working with students with special needs. This new curriculum allows those students to focus their studies on coursework that will prepare them to work directly with the developmentally disabled,” said Teacher Preparation Department Chairperson Dr. Dawn Kolakoski.

The college’s Teacher Preparation Department also oversees certificate programs in Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Administration, as well as associate degree programs in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Administration and Liberal Arts and Science: Adolescent Education.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact the college’s Admissions Office at (518) 629-7309.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-06-02

Herring return to Wynants Kill after 85 years: Dam removal project in Troy is first of its kind in Hudson River Estuary – part of new initiative to restore historic spawning habitat

The removal of a dam in the Wynants Kill, a Hudson River tributary, has succeeded in restoring more than a quarter mile of spawning habitat for river herring – reviving a historic spawning run for the first time in 85 years. 

The project – a collaborative effort by Riverkeeper, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the City of Troy – is the first of its kind in the Hudson River estuary. It signals the potential for many more such projects under a new state initiative.


 “The restoration of historic spawning habitat is an important component of DEC’s river herring fisheries management plan,” Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “This barrier mitigation project is the first of its kind on a tributary of the Hudson River estuary and will also help reduce localized flooding and improve water quality.”
 
River herring are one of the most important species that return to the Hudson from the Atlantic to spawn. Since the 1960s, river herring populations up and down the Atlantic Coast have significantly declined due to overharvest and the loss of spawning habitat. Federal and state biologists prioritize the restoration of this habitat as one of the best ways to encourage herring stocks to recover from current historic lows. 

Following the removal of a metal barrier May 4 by the City of Troy, the DEC observed hundreds of alewives, a species of herring, entering the stream. (Click here for video.) American eel, white sucker, yellow perch and other fish have also gained access to the Wynants Kill. 

The dam removal was funded by the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) through a Hudson River Estuary Program Grant for “Tributary Restoration and Resiliency,” awarded to the City of Troy in January of this year.

“We're very proud of the City of Troy for being first in this initiative. By helping to restore life to this stream, Troy is demonstrating that communities can not only benefit from the river, they can also benefit the river in return,” Riverkeeper Captain John Lipscomb said. “The river is better off today than before Troy took this action. How many communities can say the same?” 

Fish and many other organisms use tributaries to the Hudson (creeks and streams) as pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Many dams and culverts are blocking those pathways and dramatically shrinking the habitat available. Dams block fish passage, as do culverts that are too small. All affect hydrology, sediment transport, and water quality of tributaries, and cost money for local communities and the state to replace and maintain. 

An interactive “Aquatic Connectivity” map, posted on the website of Cornell’s New York State Water Resources Institute, identifies areas throughout the Hudson River estuary where species would benefit from being able to pass. 

“Environmental improvement efforts like the removal of the Wynants Kill Dam are critically important to maintaining a healthy Hudson River ecosystem,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “The City of Troy is very proud of our partnership with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Riverkeeper to complete this necessary environmental restoration project.”

Riverkeeper first identified the opportunity for the Wynants Kill dam removal during its Hudson River patrols, when John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper’s boat captain, alerted the DEC to a discharge from an unused mill building near the stream. Lipscomb discussed the opportunity with DEC Environmental Conservation Officers, Lieutenant James Hayes and Officer Scott Daly, who investigated by land with Lipscomb on June 5, 2013.

DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program then provided technical, strategic and funding support to the City of Troy to assist in the removal of the dam. 

“We talk about environmental damage as 'death by a thousand cuts,'” Lipscomb said. “This heals one of those cuts – a really bad cut. The construction of the Wynants Kill barrier almost 100 years ago cut off a tributary that was owned by the herring and other species. Now it’s theirs again. That's how the Hudson River will recover. That's how the Hudson will be restored. By healing one cut at a time. We can be proud of this. And we need to immediately look for another opportunity."

3tarchitects
Posted on 2016-06-01

3tarchitects EARNS TWO PRESERVATION MERIT AWARDS
Projects honored for historic adaptive re-use and preservation efforts

Since 1976 Historic Albany Foundation (HAF) has given annual awards for projects, individuals and organizations that demonstrate excellence and a commitment to preservation initiatives. 2015 was no different and HAF celebrated several Albany projects for an exceptional year of preservation and historic adaptive re-use. 3tarchitects was recognized for two projects this year; 488 Broadway (The Arcade Building) and 58 North Pearl Street (Steuben Place). This makes it the 4th and 5th HAF awards respectively that 3t has been the architect on over the past several years. 58 North Pearl 1

The Arcade building is located at 488 Broadway, an adaptive retrofit of a five story, mixed-use downtown building featuring 60 luxury apartments with a high end retail space on the first floor. Contemporary accents add to the historic building and lend itself to an art deco feel adding to downtown’s vibrant atmosphere. Also located in the heart of downtown Albany, 58 North Pearl is a six-story building bordered by a pedestrian walkway known as Steuben Place. The historically rich structure includes 29 market rate apartments above with Steuben Street Market on the first floor. The conversion uncovered hidden details and restored the exterior to its original historic glory. Modern upgrades and contemporary finishes and amenities were added to the interior.

“We are proud to be recognized by the highly respected Historic Albany Foundation once again this year,” said Scott Townsend, Partner at 3tarchitects. “We would like to thank our clients, Fairbank Properties, Omni Development and Dawn Homes. Their trust in us and our ability to assist them in helping their vision come to life is what make these projects so successful.”

The foundation awarded sixteen preservation projects with 6 different awards. The group hosted a ceremony at their annual meeting on May 19th, from 5-7 PM. The meeting was held at Livingston School Apartments, 315 Northern Boulevard, Albany. During the ceremony photos of the award winner’s projects were shown with over 200 people in attendance.

3tarchitects was also the architectural firm for 374 Broadway, Overit Media Offices and 62, 68, and 70 Morton Avenue, all Merit Award Winners from past years. This year, the firm recently finished the Larson Building on the corner of Lark and Madison, 33 2nd Street in Troy and is currently working on the adaptive re-use of 160 Myrtle Avenue, 22 High Street in Rensselaer, 21 & 25 Second Street (Pioneer Bank) in Troy and, as a team member, the adaptive re-use of 444 River Street also in Troy, NY. 3t is also the architect for Sheridan Hollow Village, a 2013 ENY/AIA award winning project for the planning of 8 city blocks in a distressed neighborhood found directly adjacent to the historic fabric of Downtown Albany. When completed this summer, 37 new buildings, housing 87 residential units with street level commercial spaces and urban parkland will emerge.

Geoffrey MacDonald, partner at 3tarchitect added, “We take great pride in being recognized by our peers and by organizations of such great standing. Thank you to Historic Albany Foundation for continuing to recognize historic buildings and transformative projects.”

May 2016 Member News

Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition and SmokeFreeHousingNY
Posted on 2016-05-31

On World No Tobacco Day, Upstate New York Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities Programs Urge Public to Take Action to Protect Children from Tobacco Marketing

New campaign launches and youth unveil fence art to say #SeenEnoughTobacco Marketing to Kids 

 Upstate New York youth have seen enough tobacco marketing and it’s time to protect them and put an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use. To safeguard children from the billions of dollars of vivid tobacco marketing in places where they can see it, the #SeenEnoughTobacco campaign launches today and area students unveil fence art to draw attention to this pediatric epidemic on World No Tobacco Day, May 31.

Fence art at eleven locations in seven counties—including Niskayuna High School, the Strand Center in Plattsburgh, Veteran’s Memorial Field in Amsterdam, and Cobleskill Little League Field—spotlight shocking youth smoking statistics.

Reality Check youth from eleven communities in the Capital, Central and Northern regions of New York, are calling attention to the impact of tobacco marketing on youth, spotlighting the fact that 90% of adult smokers started before the age of 18.1 The students chose today, World No Tobacco Day, to create eye-catching fence art to raise awareness among their peers and the greater community that reducing young people’s exposure to tobacco marketing is key to ending the tobacco epidemic. This effort compliments a new digital campaign with the same focus.

Online #SeenEnoughTobacco campaign highlights tobacco marketing impact on kids

The #SeenEnoughTobacco campaign takes a hard look at what’s happening with tobacco marketing and children through the use of video, social media (#SeenEnoughTobacco), digital advertising and a “Jack and Jill (and Tobacco)” storybook that describes children’s encounters with tobacco marketing in convenience stores. Provocative images creatively combine cigarettes with common children’s items, like crayons and birthday cake, in scenarios intended to grab the attention of community members and parents and prompt their outrage. Viewers will be compelled to learn what they can do to protect children from tobacco marketing at the campaign’s new website www.SeenEnoughTobacco.org.

In New York State, the average age of a new smoker is 13 years old,[1] and 90 percent of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18.[2] The U.S. Surgeon General calls smoking a “pediatric epidemic” and says, “Advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.”[3] Even with all of this data, research shows stores popular among adolescents contain almost three times more tobacco marketing materials compared to other stores in the same community.[4]

“Data released just this past March indicates that 85% of high school students were aware of tobacco-related ads in convenience stores, supermarkets, gas stations or pharmacies in 2014,” according to Jeanie Orr of the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition. “Non-smoking adults may not notice, but kids do.”

“Thirty-two square feet of tobacco products on display in stores is like an indoor billboard,” said Kelsey Madden, Capital District Reality Check Coordinator. “The tobacco industry can’t use billboards on a highway but then can have billboard-like marketing in convenience stores and pharmacies.”

“The amount of tobacco marketing in communities gives youth a real mixed message about tobacco. If tobacco is so deadly, why is it so visible and accessible everywhere we go?" said Bianca Schiocchetti, volunteer for Niskayuna Students Advocating for a Positive Environment.  

Additional findings about tobacco industry marketing and the effect of smoking on children and young adolescents indicate:

  • The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars on promotions, in places where children can see them.
    • More than 92 percent of high school students reported awareness of pro-tobacco marketing in 2014.[5] This includes 85 percent awareness of advertising in the retail environment.
    • The U.S. tobacco industry spent an estimated $9.5 billion on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in 2013.[6] This includes nearly $220 million annually in New York State, or nearly $602,000 a day.[7]
  • Smoking at an early age is likely to have a detrimental impact on the health of young people.
    • An “earlier age of onset of smoking marks the beginning of exposure to the many harmful components of smoking. This is during an age range when growth is not complete and susceptibility to the damaging effects of tobacco smoke may be enhanced,” according to the U.S. Surgeon General.[8]            
  • There is also sufficient evidence from the U.S. Surgeon General to infer a causal relationship between active smoking and:

▪       Impaired lung growth, respiratory symptoms and asthma-related symptoms during childhood and adolescence

▪       Early onset lung function decline during late adolescence and early adulthood8

  • 5.6 million children under the age of 18 who are alive today will die prematurely as a result of smoking, including 280,000 children in New York State alone.2

About Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities (ATFC) and Reality Check (RC)
Four ATFC and RC programs are supporting the efforts of youth advocates from 12 upstate New York counties. The participating programs are Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities of Hamilton, Fulton & Montgomery; Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition; Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie; and Tobacco-Free Clinton, Franklin, and Essex. The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control funds ATFC and RC programs to increase support for New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement. Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven, and cost-effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit, and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information about the harmful effects of tobacco marketing at the point-of-sale, visit www.SeenEnoughTobacco.org. To preview the fence art messaging, visit http://bit.ly/1TYHX6a.  

For details about activities planned at participating locations, reach out to the media contact in your area:

Hamilton, Fulton & Montgomery counties:
Sara Kraemer W 518-762-8313, C 518-368-5244, sarah.kraemer@cc-fmc.org

Albany, Rensselaer & Schenectady counties: 
Jeanie Orr, W 518-459-2388, C 518-522-5911, Jeanie.Orr@sphp.com

Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie counties: 
Linda Wegner, W 518-255-5364, C 518-560-0489, wegnerl@cobleskill.edu

Clinton, Franklin, and Essex counties:
Dana Isabella, C 518-570-7784, tobaccofree@cvfamilycenter.org

 

 

 

 
Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-05-31

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE HYE JIN “LUCY” SONG HAS JOINED THE FIRM AS PATENT ATTORNEYH0596431

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Hye Jin “Lucy” Song as a Patent Attorney with the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 15 partners and a total of 33 attorneys and patent agents.

Lucy is a patent attorney with substantial industry and academic experience in all areas of computer-software, esp., system, network and wireless communication. Her R&D experience includes development of and implementation of new technology specifications and standards of leading international electronic companies.  Lucy has worked in the IMT2000 Development Group and Communication Laboratory on 3G CDMA wireless telecommunication network switches. Conducted 3G CDMA protocol research, network processor study and integration/coordination with main processor and switchboard, switchboard initiation program firmware development, switchboard hardware function diagnostic, and network processor driver program and software interface development for 3G CDMA switches and 10BT/100BT Ethernet Switches, particularly by machine-level programming on custom processors.  Lucy has provided technical support to pSOS real-time OS (RTOS) developers including troubleshooting and developing various RTOS embedded systems, especially aspects of OS interface, device driver programming on proprietary pSOS and supported processors, such as digital camera, telecommunication system, VOD set top box, and electronic surveillance system, using Intel, AMD, and ARM processors, via assembler programming and/or RTOS support package.

Lucy is bilingual in Korean and English, with professional interpretation/translation skills.  Lucy received an L.L.M. from the John Marshall Law School, and M.A. in International Law from the Handong International Law School, an M.S. degree in Computer Science (Operating System) from Seoul National University and B.S. degree in Computer Science from Ewha Woman’s University.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-05-31

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE STEPHEN P. SCUDERI HAS JOINED THE FIRM AS PATENT ATTORNEYH0415367

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce the addition of Stephen P. Scuderi as a Patent Attorney with the firm.  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 15 partners and a total of 33 attorneys and patent agents.

Stephen P. Scuderi was a professional design engineer for more than 20 years prior to entering private practice as a patent attorney and is an inventor on several issued patents. As a patent attorney, he has had substantial experience in both corporate and law firm settings. His practice involves all phases of intellectual property law, including the drafting of hundreds of patents in the electrical and mechanical arts. His practice includes a diverse array of experience in such technical areas as internal combustion engine design, power generators, refrigerant recovery machines, safety mechanisms for firearms, ink jet printers, computer memory arrays, and semiconductor wafer boat design. Additionally, Mr. Scuderi has written and prosecuted patents and patent applications for the semiconductor industry, which include technical subjects such as tunneling field effect transistors, formation of isolation regions in semiconductor structures, amorphous metal applications in semiconductor processes, self-aligned double patterning techniques, formation of self-aligned cuts in mandrel and non-mandrel metal lines for semiconductor interconnect systems for the 14 nanometer technical node and down, CB and CA contact structures and more. Mr. Scuderi has advised national and international clients on such issues as patent and trademark prosecution strategies, reexamination filings, infringement and patentability opinions, licensing and litigation. Mr. Scuderi also has substantial experience in negotiating, drafting and administering agreements related to corporate and IP matters.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Posted on 2016-05-31

LOCAL TEAMS PARTNER TO PRESENT “TRI-CITY STRONG”

The Tri-City Bombers travel baseball team have partnered with the Tri-City ValleyCats to put on the “TRI-CITY STRONG Game Day,” a day-long fundraiser event including several exhibition games for youth baseball players. The event is in support of Noah Roman, a 15-year-old on the Bombers who lost his entire family and home in a tragedy on February 9th of this year.

The event, to be held June 25, 2016, will be held at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, and feature a jamboree set-up of multiple 2-3 inning games from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5.00, with net proceeds going directly to Noah’s established trust fund. 

“We are honored to be able to help Noah in any capacity we can,” ValleyCats General Manager Matt Callahan said. “This event will bring our community together through the game that we all love to support an important cause.”

There will be additional fundraising activities at the stadium throughout the day with traditional minor league baseball entertainment provided by the ValleyCats during the event. Concessions will be open and parking for the event is free. The event will include an opening ceremony, local honor guard, and traditional throwing of the first pitch by a local honoree. 

“The game of baseball will not change the traumatic circumstances which have impacted Noah’s life," Noah’s coach Tom Forstner said. “However, we among the Tri-City Bombers baseball family will do our very best to support him and continue to provide Noah with a safe and positive environment to enjoy the game he loves."

Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.tcvalleycats.com/tricitystrong. For additional information, call the ValleyCats ticket office at 518-629-2287.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-05-31

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES THAT DAVID P.
MIRANDA RECEIVES DEAN’S MEDAL FROM ALBANY LAW SCHOOL

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., is pleased to announce David P. Miranda, Partner of the firm, and President of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) received the Dean’s Medal from Albany Law School for his contributions to the legal profession and law school community.  

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“Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. supports the New York State Bar Association and is proud of all the work David has done over the past year.  The Dean’s Medal award from Albany Law School exemplifies David’s contributions to the legal profession and law school community” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

Miranda’s remarks receiving the award can be viewed at:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y70eTHHVJ4o.

During his term Mr. Miranda started an initiative offering free association membership to all law students attending New York law schools, doubling law student membership to 4700.  He formed a committee on the NY State Constitution to prepare for the 2017 statewide referendum on whether to hold a state constitutional convention.  He also formed a joint Access to Justice committee of the State Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Association, to raise resources needed to address the justice gap.  His initiatives have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, New York Law Journal, Times Union, Business Review, Huffington Post and Newsday.

As President Mr. Miranda visited London, where he represented the Association at ABA ceremonies celebrating the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, and met with representatives of the NYSBA International Section’s UK Chapter and with leaders of the Law Society of England and Wales. Mr. Miranda appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., where he made the oral motion for admission of Association members to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Miranda has also visited Sao Paulo, Brazil where he met with the U.S. Ambassadors to Brazil and the President of the 900,000 member Brazil Bar Association; and Krakow, Poland, where he spoke on a panel at the New York State Bar Association International Section’s spring meeting on the subject of Cross-Border Personal Data Transfer.

Secretary of the New York State Bar Association and in the House of Delegates for the ABA and NYSBA. He also served as General Counsel and on the Board of Directors of the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, and is a recipient of the Capital District Business Review’s “40Under Forty” award for community service and professional achievement. In 2009, Mr. Miranda was appointed to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Third Judicial District of the State of New York. In 2002, Mr. Miranda was appointed by Hon. Judith Kaye, then Chief Judge of New York’s Court of Appeals, to the statewide “Commission on Public Access to Court Records.”  

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Posted on 2016-05-27

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Victorian Tea in Troy such a success!

More than 160 people attended YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.'s 3rd Annual Victorian Tea in Troy fundraiser on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Bush Memorial Hall on The Sage Colleges-Troy Campus. Dr. Lori V. Quigley, Dean of Education at the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges, served as our Honorary Committee Chair. It was a wonderful event full of fun, delicious food, unique and moving entertainment, fancy hats, history, and of course, tea.

The event raised $14,500 (a more than 30% increase in net proceeds from the previous year). The net proceeds from the Victorian Tea in Troy will benefit YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, one of the area's largest providers of safe, affordable and supportive housing for both homeless single women and women with children. Our supportive services are available to and are utilized by community members through My Sister's Closet, Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work "Job Readiness" Program, Jamison-Rounds Ready for School Program, our Food Pantry and Weekly Community Meal. In addition, we provide Homeless Prevention and case management services to Rensselaer County residents facing eviction.

The day's events included a presentation of Victorian Dance by students of Albany Academy for Girls Dance Workshop who performed six Isadora Duncan's turn-of-the-century modern dance pieces such as, "Revolutionary." Finn Jacobson-Schulte delighted tea goers with a piano solo of Victorian Music by performing Chopin's Polonaise in F Sharp Minor, Op 44. This year's raffle and hat contests were by far the most successful. There were over eighteen raffle winners and 3 hat contest winners of fun, relaxing, entertaining and extravagant items-all made possible by our raffle donors! The event capped off with a historical trolley tour of downtown Troy with a guide by Rensselaer County Historian, Kathy Sheehan from the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

CAP COM FCU & YMCA
Posted on 2016-05-26

CAP COM partners with Capital District YMCA to support Running Start Program

CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, has announced eight lucky winners of its spring BIG Benefit Raffle fundraiser. Proceeds from the raffle support the CAP COM Cares Foundation’s community outreach and scholarship programs, while delivering BIG cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Through our annual Spring BIG Benefit Raffle fundraiser, CAP COM Cares Foundation donated $2 per ticket sold to the YMCA’s Running Start Program so that more kids have the opportunity to start school with the tools they need to succeed. This YMCA program aims to provide brand new backpacks, school supplies, clothing and sneakers to children who may not otherwise have the resources to make these purchases.

For BIG Benefit Raffle participants, this contribution to help children and families in our neighborhoods added a very special element to the drawing this year. CAP COM staff and volunteers gathered in the lobby of the CAP COM Financial Center on Wednesday, May 18, with members of the YMCA while the winning raffle tickets were drawn and CAP COM presented a check for $8,000 to the YMCA.

CAP COM Cares Foundation Administrator, Amanda Goyer said, “It is our hope that these funds from our BIG Benefit Raffle will enable more children to start the school year on the right foot and know they have a community behind them that cares.”

“Our YMCA communities want children to succeed; we want them to enter the new school year confident and on equal footing with their peers. We are grateful for our longtime partnership with CAP COM Federal Credit Union that enables us to make a bigger impact in our community together,” said David Brown, President and CEO of the Capital District YMCA.

The 2016 Spring BIG Benefit Raffle Winners are:

  • $10,000: Dan Morin, Delmar, NY
  • $5,000: Lisa Ryan, Loudonville, NY
  • $1,000: Mike Rossi, Cohoes, NY
  • $1,000: Brittany Reed, Rexford, NY
  • $1,000: Robert Perrone, Atlantic Beach, NY
  • $1,000: Tina Yetto, Walton, NY
  • $1,000: Joanne Drake Clifton Park, NY
  • $1,000: Tammy Gorman, Averill Park, NY

The CAP COM Cares Foundation’s next BIG Benefit Raffle will kick off in September of 2016 and a new local benefactor will be announced later this summer!

 

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-05-26

SEFCU awards $54,500 in scholarships

High school and college students throughout the Capital Region, Syracuse and Binghamton were awarded a total of $54,500 in scholarships this week by SEFCU as part of the credit union’s annual scholarship program.

Students’ applications are evaluated based on academic achievements, leadership positions held, a written essay, and community service. This year, the SEFCU scholarship recipients completed more than 46,000 hours of volunteer service in their communities.

SEFCU offers the following scholarships:

  • Smart Sense Scholarship, available to high school seniors
  • John Ilacqua Memorial Scholarship, available to one student planning to attend Siena College
  • Robert Berroyer Memorial Scholarship, available to one student who attends LaSalle Institute
  • Jean Myers Memorial Scholarship, available to one student who attends South Colonie High School
  • Campus Connect Scholarship, available to one college student
  • Rensselaer Scholarship, available to one student attending Rensselaer
  • University at Albany Scholarship, available to one student attending the University at Albany
  • University at Buffalo Scholarship, available to one student attending the University at Buffalo
  • Skidmore Scholarship, available to one student attending Skidmore College

The scholarships were awarded at ceremonies in Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse.

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City of Troy
Posted on 2016-05-26

Mayor Patrick Madden Announces Hire of Economic Development Coordinator

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the hiring of Cheryl Kennedy as Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Troy.
 
“Cheryl’s enthusiasm for our community and neighborhoods is a major benefit to her new position as Economic Development Coordinator for the Collar City,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “I am confident that with her assistance my administration can continue to expand upon our city’s recent economic growth, support our vibrant small businesses and attract new investment to our city.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be working in my own community,” said Cheryl Kennedy, who has lived South Troy for the past 10 years. “The culture of Troy is strong and our neighborhoods are very engaged; the municipal government plays a pivotal role in fostering that engagement and cultivating inclusion for all of the citizens of Troy. I look forward to continuing the great work of Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski achieved in her former role, extending the revitalization efforts to reach the entirety of Troy and making sure that community members and businesses are informed about the resources at their disposal.”
 
In her role as Economic Development Coordinator, Ms. Kennedy will be responsible for planning, developing and implementation of marketing strategies to promote the retention and expansion of business and development in the City of Troy. In addition to serving as a liaison with the business community and Troy’s diverse neighborhoods, she will also coordinate projects and grant programs in fulfillment of the City of Troy’s economic development objectives. Ms. Kennedy’s first day will be Tuesday, May 31.
 
Ms. Kennedy comes to the position from Excelsior College, where she served in various capacities, including Annual Campaign and Grants Manager. She oversaw the management of all fundraising marketing and communications for the Annual Campaign and coordinated project launches and developmental oversight for grants. Previously, she served as Publications Coordinator and Logistics Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, where she was responsible for the oversight of internal and external fulfillment operations, data management, and project procurement.
 
The post of Economic Development Coordinator was most recently held by Monica Kurzejeski who currently serves as Deputy Mayor for the City of Troy.
 
“Economic development remains a critically important component to strengthening the future of Troy,” said Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski. “Cheryl brings to the table a fresh and creative approach to marketing our city which will build upon our past successes and ensure Troy remains a great place to do business. She will be a strong addition to this administration and I look forward to working closely with her and our private and public partners to foster economic growth in the Collar City.”

St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2016-05-25

St. Mary's Hospital Recognized With "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award"

St. Mary’s Hospital of Troy, a member of St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) – the region’s largest health system – has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to GWTG-stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years, and 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight GWTG-stroke quality measures. St. Mary’s also received the GWTG-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2015.

“We are committed to the highest quality care possible for our patients so we are pleased to once again be recognized with the gold level award for our stroke care,” said Norman E. Dascher, chief executive officer of Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals, and vice president of Acute Care Troy for SPHP. “St. Mary’s serves as an official Designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health for prompt, coordinated care and treatment of strokes.”

“We are proud of this award which signifies the extraordinary efforts of our entire clinical team at St. Mary’s, including the physicians, nurses and ancillary support staff in our emergency department and stroke units who all work together as one to achieve the best possible care and outcomes for our stroke patients,” said Dorothy Urschel, vice president of the cardiac and vascular service line for SPHP.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize St. Mary’s Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the GWTG program.”

GWTG quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of saving lives, speeding recovery, and reducing disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling. The program also includes best practice discharge protocols and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance, help patients manage their risk factors, and educate patients to recognize the warning signs of stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. For more information, please visit www.heart.org.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
Posted on 2016-05-25

HESLIN ROTHENBERG FARLEY & MESITI P.C. ANNOUNCES THAT ERICA M. HINES IS NAMED FELLOW OF THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce Erica M. Hines has been named a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation (TNYBF).  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to Intellectual Property law and related litigation in upstate New York with 15 partners and a total of 33 attorneys and patent agents.

Fellows of TNYBF are members of the bench and bar who are recognized for outstanding professional achievement, for dedication to the legal profession, and for commitment to the organized bar.  “Being a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation is an honor,” states Chair of the Fellows, Emily F. Franchina.  “Fellows represent one percent of the New York State Bar Association membership.  Being nominated and elected is a notable achievement.”

“Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. has had a long tradition of support and involvement with the New York State Bar Association and we are proud of Erica’s selection as a Fellow” said Nicholas Mesiti, the firm’s Managing Partner.

An eighth year associate, Ms. Hines assists clients with the domestic and international strategic management of their intellectual property portfolios, including patent preparation and prosecution (primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and materials science arts), post-grant practice, regulatory counseling, and transactional and opinion work.  She also assists clients with matters relating to trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  She is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, where she serves on the House of Delegates and as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section.  She is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where she serves on the Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee. Ms. Hines is a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society, and is recognized as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Posted on 2016-05-25

Animal Lovers Wanted for Paws in the Park, June 25
Walk for Animals Supports Humane Society’s Mission to Keep Animals Safe

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society presents the Paws in the Park walk for animals on Saturday, June 25 at Siena College, 515 Loudon Road in Loudonville, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The eventfeatures activities for people and dogs and raises money to help the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society care for literally thousands of the Capital Region’s animals through sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, animal enrichment, cruelty investigation, low-cost spay/neuter and many more programs that keep animals safe in our community. Activities include a Doggy Fun Zone, blessing of the animals, claw clipping and microchipping for dogs, the Flea-less Marketplace which features vendors, along with music, contests, prizes, food and more. Participants may walk as individuals or as part of a team, with or without a canine companion. Walkers collect pledges and earn prizes based on the amount raised. Register online at http://pawswalk.mohawkhumane.org/. Call 518-434-8128 ext. 206 for more details.

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Mona, a Mohawk Hudson alum, will be dressing up pretty and walking to help her animal pals at Paws in the Park on June 25.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-05-24

Ahoy Troy! Mayor Patrick Madden Announces Opening of Troy Marina

Visitors to the Collar City have even more ways to ‘Enjoy Troy’ this summer with the opening of the Troy Downtown Marina and the 2016 boating season. Representatives of the Troy business community and local officials joined Mayor Patrick Madden today on the city’s vibrant waterfront to encourage boaters to make a stop in the Collar City this summer.
 
“In addition to serving as another gateway for visitors to our city, the Troy Downtown Marina provides significant economic benefits to our restaurants and small businesses,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “Troy’s unique location on the Hudson River allows boaters direct access to our downtown and the many signature entertainment events happening here in the Collar City throughout the summer season.”
 
The Troy Marina continues to be one of the region’s favorite stops for boating enthusiasts from across the state, country and globe who utilize the Hudson River each year. Boaters and their guests will have access to gas, diesel, restrooms with hot shower facilities, and local business information. Conveniently located in downtown Troy along the Hudson River just north of the Green Island Bridge, the marina directly connects boaters and their guests with local businesses and restaurants, along with the city’s summer events like Rockin’ on the River, Troy Pig Out, Troy Riverfest, and the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market.
 
“Downtown Troy businesses are eager for the opening of the Troy Downtown Marina,” said Interim Director of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District Katie Hammon. “We welcome visitors to come shop, dine and explore our city’s creative and walkable downtown this summer.”

“The opening of the Troy Downtown Marina is a kick-off to summer celebration for the city,” said Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Mike O’Sullivan. “Visitors can easily access all of the amenities at the marina as well as explore and enjoy Downtown Troy’s remarkable history, businesses, restaurants and events.”
 
Boats can dock at the marina for both short term and long term stays. Additionally, parking will be free for the Troy River Fest, Rockin’ on the River and the Troy Pig Out. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted at the Dock Master Station.
 
For more information on the Troy Marina, please contact Dock Master Eric Ferraro at 518-764-0716 or visit the Troy Downtown Marina Facebook page: http://facebook.com/TroyDowntownMarina
 
In addition to the opening of the Troy Downtown Marina, the city also announced the opening of the Lansingburgh Boat Launch located at 123rd Street in the City of Troy. Usage of the boat launch and dock is free with easy access for boats and non-motorized craft to the Hudson River, Peebles Island and is conveniently located across the river from the Village of Waterford and their many river-based festivals and activities.

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St. Peter's Health Partners
Posted on 2016-05-24

Three Eddy Nursing Homes Recognized for Quality and Performance by New York State Nursing Home Quality Initiative

Three nursing homes operated by The Eddy not-for-profit network of continuing care services, and members of St. Peter’s Health Partners – the region’s largest health system – were recognized by the New York State Department of Health’s Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) as “top-performing facilities.” The three are among only four such facilities named in the immediate Capital Region.

The Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy, Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland, and St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albany were listed on the health department’s NHQI list as having achieved the “top quintile” in each NHQI over the last three years – 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The NHQI is an annual quality and performance evaluation project to improve the quality of care for residents in Medicaid-certified nursing facilities across the state. Nursing homes are rated on a point system based on numerous quality and performance measures in the components of quality, compliance, and efficiency during the previous calendar year. On-site inspections are also conducted as part of the survey process and included in the scoring.

“We are committed to providing high quality and compassionate care for all our residents and we are pleased that three of the four skilled nursing centers recognized in the region are Eddy facilities,” said Kim Baker, chief executive officer of The Eddy. “This achievement truly reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff in everything we do.”

Baker urges families and caregivers in search of nursing home care to become educated, visit different facilities, and meet the staff at different centers so they can witness the care firsthand. For more information on skilled nursing services, please call The Eddy’s centralized referral line at 518-382-4502, or visit www.nehealth.com/Senior_Services/Nursing_Homes/.

For more information on the Nursing Home Quality Initiative, please visit https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/nursing_home_quality_initiative.htm.

City of Troy
Posted on 2016-05-23

Mayor Patrick Madden Announces Selection of Troy Planning Commissioner

Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the selection of Steven Strichman as Commissioner of Planning and Community Development for the City of Troy.
 
“Steven understands the many challenges facing our upstate communities,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “The unique set of skills and knowledge he brings to the Planning Commissioner position will be critically important in strengthening the diverse neighborhoods across Troy, expanding economic opportunity and help shape the long-term development of our city. I look forward to working closely with him as we prepare to connect Troy today to the Troy of the future.”
 
"I am excited to return to Troy to support and drive the transformation that is now underway,” said Steven Strichman. “I look forward to working with Mayor Madden and the people of Troy, using my successful experience in planning and neighborhood revitalization to further the redevelopment efforts in the Collar City."
 
In his role as Planning Commissioner, Mr. Strichman will oversee the Planning and Community Development Departments and will work closely with the Mayor’s office and other departments to develop and administer projects, plans and programs to improve commercial, housing and economic conditions in the City of Troy. He will also direct the final development and implementation of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Troy’s first in six decades, which will guide the development of the Collar City for the next 20 years.
 
Most recently, Mr. Strichman served as Executive Director of The Capital Region Land Bank and Zoning Officer for the City of Schenectady, where he oversaw zoning and planning operations, including community redevelopment efforts to address abandoned and blighted properties and regional initiatives. He has been the City liaison to the Metroplex Construction coordination group that has driven Schenectady Economic Renaissances with new investment of over $750 million dollars. He currently serves as the Secretary of the New York State Land Bank Association.
 
Mr. Strichman’s first day will be Monday, June 13, pending final approval by the Troy City Council.

CSArch
Posted on 2016-05-23

CSArch Hires New Senior Mechanical Engineer

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CSArch has hired Jing Song, PhD, PE, LEED AP as a lead mechanical engineer. Jing  brings extensive worldwide experience leading the design of mechanical building systems and performing energy modeling and energy audits for a broad range of market sectors. His portfolio includes work at top universities, museums, and laboratories in the U.S. and large mixed-use developments in the Middle East and China.

About CSArch

CSArch is a widely recognized design firm in New York State, providing architecture, MEP engineering, construction management, and energy services to PK-12 schools, colleges and universities, corporate, civic, and institutional clients. The firm is based in Albany and Newburgh, New York. 

Hudson Valley Community College
Posted on 2016-05-20

Athletic Department at Hudson Valley Community College Gives Citizenship Award to William F. Fagan

William F. Fagan of Troy, a 1973 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, was recently given the John L. Buono Award for Citizenship from the college’s Athletic Department in recognition of his commitment to Hudson Valley and its student-athletes.

As a member of the college’s Faculty Student Association Board of Directors, Fagan was instrumental in moving the soon-to-be constructed, $4.5 million Outdoor Athletic Complex from concept stage to development. In addition, he is a supporter of Hudson Valley’s athletic teams, regularly attending home athletic contests.

The complex, which will include new state-of-the-art turf and natural grass fields, an eight-lane track, a concession and storage area, box office, grandstand seating and bleachers and an electronic scoreboard, is scheduled for completion in August 2016 to serve academic and athletic departments as well as community organizations and the general public.

Fagan is president of Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, Inc., an insurance agency in Troy. He has served on the FSA board since September 2010 and on the college’s Board of Trustees since 2009. Previously, he was a member of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board from 1994 to 2015.

“Bill Fagan is well known around the area as a proud alumnus and an advocate for Hudson Valley. He’s certainly deserving of this honor, and we’re extremely grateful for his decades of service to our college, the athletic program and to hundreds of student athletes,” said Drew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College.

While a student at Hudson Valley, Fagan was on the college’s 1972 championship boxing team coached by Phil Brown. According to Brown, Fagan was one of the top Capital Region lightweight boxers in the early 1970s.

The Athletic Department’s citizenship award is named for Hudson Valley’s fifth president, John L. Buono who served from 1998 to 2003. An alumnus of the college, President Buono was a staunch supporter of the college’s athletic program and its student-athletes. 

Center for Economic Growth
Posted on 2016-05-20

The 2016 High School Business Plan Competition, presented by the Center for Economic Growth, will be hosted by Siena College!

When:  May 25th, 2016

Where:  Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211

Building:  Sarazen Student Union, MAP

The high school business competition provides an opportunity for teams of high school students to win prizes and exchange ideas in an intellectually vibrant environment. Teams will receive feedback from members of the community, management scholars, and business leaders. To enter the competition, each student team must develop a unique and innovative business concept and prepare a ten-minute presentation geared towards motivating potential investors to fund a company started to execute the students’ business concept.

Submissions

To pre-register please follow this link.  When we receive the registration CEG will follow up with individual team registration information. If you have any questions , please contact Ellyn Ford at CEG.

Presentations

Selected teams will present their idea at Siena College.  See the HSBPC Official Rules for further details.  Finalists will repeat their presentation before a larger panel of judges immediately preceding the award ceremony. If the judges like your 10 minute presentation, your team could win prize money!

Presentation guideline available!

Note on Customer Discovery – Customer discovery is a crucial element to successful venture creation and is being taught widely at the collegiate level. Teams who have gained feedback from the market will have a stronger business model and in turn, a stronger competition pitch. To better understand the customer discovery process, please view this short video.

 

Coaching

Teams are encouraged to evaluate and/or incorporate the judges’ feedback in preparation for final presentations. Coaches will consist of current students, alumni, faculty and members of the business community.

Judging

At the end of the 10 minutes, the judging panel will have 5 minutes to ask questions and provide feedback. They will base their decisions on the professionalism of the presentation, as well as the feasibility, potential profitability, and merit of the business idea. Judges will consist of community members, faculty, staff and alumni with varying backgrounds in entrepreneurship and business.  The judges will evaluate each team using the Judges Evaluation Form.

Prizes

Cash prizes and awards will be provided in different categories for this event. We’re working out the details and will share them soon!

Pre-Registration is now open.

For questions, please contact Ellyn Ford at ellynf@ceg.org.

CAP COM FCU
Posted on 2016-05-19

CAP COM Federal Credit Union Board Member Wins NAFCU Volunteer of the Year

Harold Horning, Vice Chair of CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Horning and other winners in NAFCU’s 2016 Annual Awards Competition will be honored during NAFCU’s 49th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Nashville, Tennessee June 14-17, 2016.

“For over 45 years, Harold Horning has been a valuable asset to CAP COM and the credit union industry as a whole. Harold’s exemplary leadership skills and ardent dedication is an inspiration,” said Paula A. Stopera, President/CEO, CAP COM Federal Credit Union. “This award is a testament to his outstanding services on behalf of our members.”

This year’s competition honored the CEO of the Year, Federal Credit Union of the Year, Professional of the Year and Volunteer of the Year in each of two asset-size categories: $250 million or less, and more than $250 million. Harold Horning was a winner among credit unions with more than $250 million in assets.

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is the only national organization that focuses exclusively on federal issues affecting credit unions, representing its members before the federal government and the public.

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-05-19

SEFCU’s annual Monopoly Tournament raises $25,000 for Center for Disability Services

Monopoly players 2016

On May 17, SEFCU held its 24th annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit the Center for Disability Services. This year $25,000 was raised, bringing the total raised over the years to more than $250,000.  In addition, the winner of the tournament, Justin Reuter, was awarded $5,000 to donate to the local not-for-profit of his choice. Reuter chose Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, of which he is executive director, as the recipient of SEFCU’s donation.  Representatives from St. Anne’s Institute won the business sponsors portion of the tournament and selected St. Anne’s as the recipient of its $5,000 award from SEFCU.

Nearly 225 people, including community members and SEFCU employees and business partners, participated in the 2016 tournament.

Final Table: Linda MacLeod of SEFCU, Justin Reuter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, volunteer banker Rob Concolora of

Finalists: Jessica Lourinia, a parent affiliated with the Center for Disability Services; Rob Concolora of St. Anne’s Institute; Linda MacLeod of SEFCU; Tom Niles of JANNEY Montgomery Scott, LLC.; Justin Reuter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany; and Kevin Lourinia, another Center for Disability Services parent.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-05-19

Sage to Host Startup Grind Albany and Entrepreneur Anu Duggal

The Sage Colleges is pleased to host Startup Grind Albany and presenter Anu Duggal in Bush Memorial Center n the Russell Sage College campus in Troy on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Startup Grind Albany is an interactive videocast focused on entrepreneurship.  Each segment features an entrepreneur who has made their mark in his/her field.  This month’s entrepreneur, Anu Duggal is the founding partner of Female Founders Fund. Duggal believes that the next generation of successful venture-backed entrepreneurs will include talented female founders. Duggal’s many successes include starting India’s first wine bar – The Tasting Room, as well as co-founding Exclusively.In, an Accel and Tiger-backed e-commerce company based in India. Duggal graduated from Vassar College and holds an MBA from London Business School. She currently serves on the board of ELOQUII and the Rubin Museum.

Startup Grind is a global startup community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and is designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.  Startup Grind hosts monthly events in more than 185 cities and 70 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. This global community has connected over 215,000 founders and hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.  Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-05-16

Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw to Deliver University of Minnesota
School of Public Health Commencement Address

President of The Sage Colleges Susan C. Scrimshaw will deliver the University of Minnesota School of Public Health commencement address on Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m. in the Northrop Auditorium on its Minneapolis campus.

Dr. Scrimshaw has served as President of the Sage Colleges since 2008. In addition to her numerous roles in the higher education community, Dr. Scrimshaw is a medical anthropologist whose work has focused on health disparities and health equity, minority health, health literacy, social determinants of health and has included areas ranging from reproductive health to global health to HIV/AIDS, health literacy and violence prevention.                                                              

In January of 2015, she began a three-year term as Co-Chair of the IOM/NAM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. In her role as Co-Chair she most recently presided over the release of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. When she was elected to the IOM in 1993, she and her father became the first father/daughter IOM members. She has chaired the IOM Committee on Communication for Behavior Change: Improving the Health of Diverse Populations, and served as a member of many IOM Committees, including the Committee on Health Literacy. Dr. Scrimshaw also served as a member of the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP).

Dr. Scrimshaw was honored in March with the Champion of Public Health Award by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. In October of 2015, Dr. Scrimshaw received the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for her service to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In December of 2014, she was awarded the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Career Achievement Award for helping to advance the field of medical anthropology through her career-long contributions to theory and method, and for her success in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics.

A respected and accomplished scholar, Dr. Scrimshaw is the author of five books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports. In the public health field, she has served with distinction on the Chicago Board of Health and the Illinois State Board of Health. She is a former chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health. Dr. Scrimshaw is currently a member of the Minority Health Council for New York State.

Dr. Scrimshaw serves in leadership capacities in numerous professional and academic organizations. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, and is a past president of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Internationally Dr. Scrimshaw has served as president of the board of directors of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Capital District Physicians Health Program (CDPHP).

For her work on the health of Latino populations, she received a gold medal from former President Vicente Fox of Mexico. Her many awards also include the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology and Distinguished Career Awards from the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Scrimshaw was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Guatemala until age 16, when she and her family returned to the Boston area, where her father chaired the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Northern Rivers
Posted on 2016-05-16

Northern Rivers Names New Leaders

The Northern Rivers Family of Services Board of Directors announced today that William T. Gettman, Jr. has been selected to replace retiring Chief Executive Officer John Henley. Audrey LaFrenier, LCSW-R, Northern Rivers current Chief Operating Officer, will assume the newly-created role of President and Chief Operating Officer of the organization.

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Gettman, who will formally join Northern Rivers July 18, currently serves as Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany. Previously he was the Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). He has also held leadership positions for private and public sector organizations focused on providing child welfare services and programs, including MAXIMUS, the NYS Child Support Processing Center (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS), the NYS Department of Social Services and UNISYS Corporation. He will oversee the construction and development of care systems, provide strategic guidance and ensure that the organization is poised now and in the future to provide both traditional and innovative services throughout New York State.

LaFrenier, who joined Northern Rivers member agency Parsons Child & Family lafrenierCenter more than 30 years ago, will assume the President’s role immediately. She became Chief Operating Officer upon the establishment of the organization in 2012 through the affiliation of Parsons and Northeast Parent & Child Society. She will serve as the architect for the organization’s transformative work to prepare for the new Medicaid managed care environment while preserving the interests of children, adults and families.

“Together, Bill and Audrey possess the qualities critical to continuing the growth and alignment of services that meet the ever-evolving needs of those we serve,” said Kimberleigh Phelan, chair of the Northern Rivers Board of Directors. “They were chosen with an eye towards the future of our organization—a future that will transform the way we provide our Life changing care to those we serve.”

”I am looking forward to joining Northern Rivers,” said Bill Gettman, incoming CEO. “For me, it’s about making a difference. I am confident that my experience, combined with the knowledge, skill and passion of the Northern Rivers workforce, will help us continue to make a significant impact upon the lives of children, adults, families and communities throughout New York State.”

“I have an enduring commitment to the mission of this organization,” said Audrey LaFrenier, President and COO.  “I very much look forward to continuing to build upon our successes and providing a means by which we can assure quality services are available and accessible to those who need them.”

SEFCU
Posted on 2016-05-12

SEFCU Honors Top Savers in School Banking Program

As the school year comes to a close, SEFCU has honored Top School Bankers, elementary school students who were their school’s top individual saver based on frequency of deposits in the credit union’s School Banking Program.

SEFCU began the School Banking Program in the fall of 2011 and currently brings the program to 28 schools in the Capital Region, Syracuse, Binghamton, and Buffalo. Students are encouraged to make deposits into their accounts on regularly scheduled "bank days.” 

“The amount of the deposit doesn’t matter; it could be five cents,” said SEFCU President and CEO Michael J. Castellana. “What we’re encouraging is regular savings habits.”

“SEFCU’s mobile branch has visited many schools throughout the year, giving school bankers the opportunity to make a deposit at a real SEFCU branch. School-wide tours of the mobile branch have become a huge hit with students and allow faculty and staff to take advantage of this convenient banking opportunity as well,” Castellana added.

Students from the Capital Region schools were recognized at a recent event and presented with a prize pack. The students are: Azia Sky Barao, Albany Community Charter School; William Hausler, Altamont Elementary; Andrae Surgick, Albany School of Humanities; Miguel Fontanez, Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys; Destinee Morris, Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls, Christy Jordan, Broadalbin-Perth; Amber Reedy, Eagle Point Elementary; Riley Mattison, Gordon Creek Elementary; Alex Parmerter, Guilderland Elementary; Dallisea Daley, Henry Johnson Charter School; Ryan Rainka, Lynnwood Elementary; Kylee Mead, Marie Curie Institute; Mason Rouse, New Covenant Nursery; Joshua Kovelman, Pine Bush Elementary; Madelynn McDade, St. Jude the Apostle School; Addelayde Ross, St. Mary’s Institute; Alfred Sun, Westmere Elementary School; and Kassie Hutchings, Woodlawn Elementary School.

Goold Orchards
Posted on 2016-05-12

KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 

The Hudson Berkshire Wine and Food Festival

May 28-29, 2016; Saturday 11 am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5 pm

THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT!!

The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail will host its Annual Wine and Food Festival Memorial Day Weekend , Sat.-Sun. May 28th -29th at the historic Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY.

This unique INTERSTATE event will feature award-winning wineries, distilleries, cideries, farm producers and crafters from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region all together under one roof! There are displays by local artisans. Our Pride of NY and Berkshire Grown food producers will be selling and sampling gourmet cheeses and creameries, bakeries, grass fed meats and more!  Throughout the weekend there will be wine, cider and beer seminars by Fred LeBrun and Stephen Cassles, food pairings by local Chefs and restaurateurs and so much more!   Of Course it’s a holiday weekend.. so we have lots of family friendly fun activities.

Tasting Tickets are $25.00 per person. General Admission Tickets are $10.00

Children 12 and under are free.  Saturday Hours 11 am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5 pm

We’re Sorry… No Pets Please !! Columbia Co. Fairgrounds does NOT allow pets.

FOR DIRECTIONS AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT:                                 www.hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com

Event is proudly sponsored by Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail and its Members, UnCorkNY, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Corp and Burch Bottle & Packaging. Our Festival Media Partners include; I-Heart Radio, WUPE Radio, Our Towne Magazine

For more information on this and all the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail events please contact Trail Director Karen Gardy at 518-732-7317 or by email Karen_Gardy@yahoo.com

Community Foundation - Greater Capital Region
Posted on 2016-05-11

Community Foundation to Honor Creative Economy Leaders, Local Mayors at Celebration of Philanthropy

WHAT: 2016 Celebration of Philanthropy 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2016; registration 11:30 a.m.; luncheon/program noon - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wolferts Roost Country Club, 120 Van Rensselaer Blvd., Albany  

WHO: Honoring Philanthropic Catalysts Ellen Sax, MVP Health Care, and Jeffrey Stone, Kinderhook Bank; Creative Cultivators Robert Altman, WMHT, Philip Morris, Proctors, and Maureen Sager, Spring Street Gallery; and Community Conveners Patrick Madden, Mayor, City of Troy, Gary McCarthy, Mayor, City of Schenectady, and Kathy Sheehan, Mayor, City of Albany. 

WHY: Celebration of Philanthropy honorees are among the greater Capital Region’s most generous, effective and innovative individuals and organizations. This year’s honorees have catalyzed efforts to strengthen our region’s cultural and artistic assets, and driven economic growth benefiting the entire region.  In 2015, the efforts of these honorees resulted in more than $8 million in private and government funding for regional creative projects, including Breathing Lights, one of four national winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge; the relocation of the American Dance Institute to Catskill, NY, from Washington, DC; the formation of the Film Commission Alliance; and three free educational and networking events for freelancers, attended by more than 500 people.

MORE:  •The 2016 Celebration of Philanthropy is chaired by John J. Nigro.  •Nonprofits who register as members of the Grateful Community by May 20 will be recognized in the event program and entered into a drawing for a $1,000 unrestricted grant from the Community Foundation, which will be drawn at the event. 

•Individual tickets are $75. For more information, visit www.cfgcr.org/upcomingevents.php. 

•The 2016 Celebration of Philanthropy is presented by KeyBank, Nigro Companies, and Tri-City Rentals. Additional support from Cornerstone sponsors: Albany Medical Center, Austin & Co., and MVP Health Care; Pillar sponsor: University at Albany Foundation; and Corporate Community Investors: architecture+, Berkshire Bank, CDPHO, DeCresecente Distributing Company; Deloitte, Fenimore Asset Management and FAM Funds, Keeler Motor Car Company, Kinderhook Bank, Marvin & Company, McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Omni Development Company, Inc., SEFCU, SPAC, and Whiteman, Ostermann & Hanna, L.L.P.

The Sage Colleges
Posted on 2016-05-11

Sage to Recognize Donna Robinson Esteves as Woman of the Century

The Sage Colleges is proud to name Donna Robinson Esteves, RSC ’70 as its Donna EstevesWoman of the Century. Sage will honor Esteves with a special medallion during its Centennial Commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Houston Field House on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in Troy. Esteves is also an honorary degree recipient and will receive a Doctor of Public Service.

“Donna Robinson Esteves exemplifies what it means to be a true woman of influence,” said Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw. “As we celebrate our Centennial, it is a fitting tribute to recognize this remarkable woman for the leadership she has provided The Sage Colleges at the end of our first century and for leading us boldly into the second century. Her commitment, leadership and generosity as our lead donor parallels that of Sage’s founder Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage. We thank her for her contributions and for helping to empower so many others to make a difference through education.”

Throughout her career, Esteves has been an educator, saleswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Russell Sage College.

After starting a teaching career in the bayous of Lafitte, Louisiana, Esteves received her Master’s in Teaching from Tulane University, taught college and high school English for ten years, and was elected English department chair by her fellow teachers.

Esteves went on to join Mary Kay Cosmetics where she rose to become a “top twenty” director in retail personal sales, placing her in the top one fifth of the top one percent of 13,000 directors nationwide. Esteves then founded her own lighting installation firm, Free Lighting Corp, hiring and training all-women installation crews. When she sold her company twelve years later, Free Lighting was the nation’s largest residential energy efficient lighting contractor with offices in four states.

In 2002, Esteves turned to donating her time and the proceeds from the sale of her company to educational, cultural and women’s causes. Through her philanthropy and community service, she has donated and pledged more than $18 million to dozens of organizations and causes. The greatest beneficiary, by far, has been The Sage Colleges. In total, Esteves has donated and pledged a total of $14.9 million to Sage. The Sage Colleges has recognized these contributions in the naming of The Esteves Chemistry Labs, The Esteves Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Esteves Science Hall in Albany and the Esteves School of Education.

For eleven years, Esteves has served as a trustee of The Sage Colleges, completing the maximum three terms as board chair, and she currently chairs its $50 million Centennial Campaign. 

WHITEMAN OSTERMAN & HANNA LLP
Posted on 2016-05-10

WHITEMAN OSTERMAN & HANNA LLP ATTORNEY HONORED WITH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDALLION  

John R. Dunne, Senior Counsel with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, will be honored with the Distinguished Service Medallion by the Nassau County Bar Association on Saturday, May 14 at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale, New York.  The award acknowledges his notable career and accomplishments in the legal field, government and public service.    

John Dunne is the former United State Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President George H. W. Bush and Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate.  During his tenure as the nation’s chief civil rights counsel, he was responsible for the enforcement of all federal statutes affecting civil rights and was an active member of inter-agency task forces addressing issues including immigration, employment discrimination, aging and disability compliance.  Mr. Dunne was a prominent Long Island attorney and was elected State Senator from Nassau County for 13 terms rising to the position of Deputy Majority Leader.  He chaired numerous Senate committees including judiciary, insurance, environment, corporations and prisons and was responsible for significant state legislation.  

As Senior Counsel at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Mr. Dunne concentrates his practice on Environmental, Government Relations, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation. In 2006, he received the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal Award, the Association’s highest recognition for service to the Bar and the community. Additionally, he received the Correctional Association of New York’s award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Service in 2007.  In 2010, he was awarded the Fund for Modern Courts’ Career Public Service Award and the U.S. Department of Justice created the John R. Dunne Award, recognizing professionals who have furthered the cause of civil rights through non-litigation activities. 

Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, has developed a reputation for innovative solutions and professional leadership. Through integrated, firm-wide collaboration, it offers clients a broad range of expertise in business, corporate, education, cleantech, energy, utility regulation, environmental, land use, health care,