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Colonie school budget eliminates 9 jobs

COLONIE - The South Colonie School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to a adopt a new budget that was both difficult and unpopular, and eliminates nine jobs.

It was another one of those jam-packed school board meetings that have become all too common lately. South Colonie is yet another district being forced to do more with less money and less staff.

First grade teacher Darcie Jaskot is one of the Colonie teachers who says she'll be out of work at the end of the school year.

"It has become increasingly harder and harder to deliver quality, early intervention in a way that is most effective for students," Jaskot says.

In addition, the district will trim the roster of school bus drivers by 23 positions.

"If I make one mistake in my bus," according to 15-year driver Jack Pulver, "None of your kids is going no place except the hospital."

Cuomo maintains lead over gubernatorial challenger

Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger.

The Siena College poll released Tuesday morning shows Cuomo leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 58 to 28 percent.

He had a slightly higher lead in last month's poll, 61 to 26 percent.

Astorino announced his candidacy last month, but remains largely unknown.

Colonie marathon runner reflects on this year's race

There were 36,000 people who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday, one year after two bombs exploded near the finish line.

With added security measures, this year, the 118th race went off without a hitch.

A Colonie man is among the dozens of local runners who took part in the marathon.

For Jerry Abelnour, this was his 15th Boston Marathon.

He ran last year and was at the 24.5 mile mark when the first bomb went off.

That wasn't going to stop him this year.

He runs to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

$400,000 over the past 15 years.

Register for the Walk to Cure Arthritis

COLONIE – There’s still time to register for the Walk to Cure Arthritis next month.

Nearly 1,000 walkers are already registered for the annual event to help raise funds for the number one disability facing the nation.

The walk starts at 10 a.m. on May 18 at the Crossing in Colonie.

The goal for this year’s walk is $125,000.

For more information call 518-456-1203.

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Parishioners gather in Albany for Bishop Scharfenberger's first Easter Mass

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger celebrated Easter Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. It's his first Easter following his ordination and installation as bishop of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese a little over a week ago.

“To me I'm doing what a priest does on Easter Sunday. I'm celebrating with my flock and I'm doing basically the same thing,” said the bishop.

Scharfenberger was installed and ordained on April 10, replacing Bishop Howard Hubbard. He says other than a few different faces, celebrating mass here is like being at his old parish back in Brooklyn.

A significant and special day for Christians around the world, they believe Easter Sunday is the day Jesus was resurrected. People like Diane Piegare, who lives in Glenmont, specifically came here to be a part of the celebration.

Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

Jefferson Awards honor community service participants

Each year, NewsChannel 13 joins the Times Union and St. Peter’s Health Partners in presenting the Jefferson Awards.

Ten people from the Capital Region were honored on Thursday evening for their community service. One of them, Mary O'Keefe, has been selected to represent the area at the national level.

A reception was held for the five medalists and five finalists Thursday evening at the Century House in Latham.