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29-year-old candidate for Congress says youth is asset

WILTON - Elise Stefanik wants to be the Republican candidate for Congress in New York's sprawling 21st District, which includes Warren, Washington, and part of Saratoga county.

Stefanik entered the race before Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat, announced his retirement.

“I got in this race when it was toughest, taking on a 3rd-term incumbent, holding him accountable for his deciding vote on Obamacare,” said Stefanik.

At 29, Stefanik is no political newcomer. She was a policy advisor in Washington, and worked in the Bush White House for three years.

She grew up in Albany County, went to Albany Academy and then Harvard.

Stefanik moved to her parents' home in Essex County last year and registered to vote.

She does marketing and sales for the family business, Premium Plywood Products of Guilderland Center.

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering welcomes guidance counselors

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering is welcoming Capital Region guidance counselors on Tuesday morning.

The guidance counselors will take a tour of the facility and review and learn about the opportunities the college can provide to students.

The counselors come from Albany, Amsterdam, Averill Park, Ballston Spa, Broadalbin-Perth, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Brunswick, Clifton Park, Cohoes, Colonie, Craryville, Davenport, Duanesburg, Fayetteville-Manlius, Hoosick Falls, Guilderland, Lansingburgh, Latham, Mayfield, Northville, Queensbury, Red Hook, Saranac Lake, Schodack, Sharon Springs, and Voorheesville.

Watervliet company donates shuttle to Saratoga non-profit

SARATOGA – A Watervliet company has donated a gift in-kind to a Saratoga non-profit.

M&W U.S. donated a shuttle bus that was utilized at their GlobalFoundries site to Saratoga Bridges.

The bus, estimated at a $5,400 value, will be added to the fleet of vehicles known as Saratoga Shuttle.

These vehicles transport 450 individuals with disabilities to their daily programs, vocational sites, community-based homes and recreational endeavors.

M&W is a global engineering, construction and project management company.

Venting about high heating bills

CORINTH - High heating bills have been a hot button issue for a lot of people in the Capital Region.

If you've received a high bill, you have a chance to talk to National Grid and the Public Service Commission Monday night.

Town leaders in Corinth will join company and government leaders to hear from concerned residents.

They will attempt to explain why bills are so high and what's next.  The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at Corinth Central School. 

New York officials looking for ways to battle heroin abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A legislative task force in New York is taking a look at ways to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.
    
Beginning Tuesday, the Senate task force is holding 12 forums around the state to gather information about the increase in opiate use.
    
The bipartisan task force was created to recommend better treatment and prevention programs.
    
Tuesday's forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood Campus.
    
The task force is chaired by Republican Sen. Phil Boyle, who leads the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

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Weapon registration deadline approaches

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Many gun owners expect the deadline for registering assault weapons under New York's strict new law to be largely ignored.
    
The state law passed soon after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Connecticut immediately banned New York sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines and one military-style feature.
    
For an estimated 1 million older guns already owned by New Yorkers, including popular AR-15s, the law requires registration by April 15.
    
State police have established simple online registrations but refuse to say how many they've received.
    
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the gun law. When asked recently about registration, he said he didn't know.
    

Budget allots for program to train police in dealing with mentally ill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's new budget allots $400,000 for a pilot program to train police officers in dealing with the mentally ill.
    
Mental health advocates proposed the training to help officers assess and de-escalate confrontations when called to incidents involving psychologically troubled people.
    
The so-called Crisis Intervention Team model is already used in some form by 2,700 jurisdictions nationwide.
    
It teams police officers with mental health professionals.
    
The program includes guidance for 911 dispatchers on gathering information on mental health and addiction issues.
    
It also includes 40 hours of training for patrol officers on topics like maintaining a safety zone while assessing the situation and avoiding the temptation to immediately answer a crisis with force.