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Well, the Civil War-era political general is in Albany County, NY, at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through February 8. It was sold out on preview and opening nights last Thursday and Friday, but we got in Saturday and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at PlanetAlbany
While I usually discuss local issues by phone on Jason Subik's radio show, this time he's having me come to the studio to talk Trump and impeachment*. Can I make the defense case, even though I preferred Obama's policy of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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A Walter Launt Palmer exhibit is one of the things worth seeing now at the Albany Institute of History and Art. This one is called "Library at Arbour Hill," and is an interior view of the Ten Broeck Mansion in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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The Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning is putting on eight events in January 2020 at its Schenectady campus. I will be participating (as seen above) in one on January 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at College Park Hall... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
Below is printed an unedited exchange from this morning's Facebook thread of Casey Seiler, with his permission. Seiler is managing editor, and former state editor, of the Albany Times Union, for which he also writes a weekly column in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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The most famous Corning Tower is the Albany skyscraper, the centerpiece of Empire State Plaza, which is named after Erastus Corning 2nd, the long-serving 20th century mayor of Albany. But the city of Corning in the southern tier is named... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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Nice column in the New York Post this week by Michael Benjamin, about the idiocy of New York City political and educational leaders crusading against gifted-and-talented programs. The establishment reasoning is that such programs tend to have too many Asian... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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That's the wife in the doorway of McGeary's in downtown Albany, where we went Monday to catch Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band, a lively bunch of good musicians including our friend the drummer Tim Coakley. The house on the left... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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Those few empty seats had filled up by the 8 p.m. start time for "In the Heights" at the Park Playhouse in Albany, where the guy who introduced said it was the biggest Tuesday night crowd he'd ever seen there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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Who could possibly have guessed this would happen? That the federal government would put the Saratoga Center nursing home in Ballston Spa "on a watch list of the most troubled facilities in the nation." Or that staffing and other cuts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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The Greek Festival kicked off this evening with a big crowd at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road in the city of Albany. It runs through Sunday. I ran into a couple of people I know, an AP... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
Bill Buell retires today after many years at the Daily Gazette, and will become Schenectady County historian. Here's a recent story of his about Steve Trimm of Albany, pictured above, a longtime key volunteer at Grant Cottage. I'm quoted in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
George Saunders, left, and Donald S. Lopez Jr. discuss Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo on Tuesday evening at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. It was the first of three evening events linked to an exhibit of Tibetan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
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This gentleman, like me, was waiting for his son to arrive late Sunday night (during a snow storm) at Albany International Airport. The waiting area, near security, has changed since my last visit, less than a year ago. They tore... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
[View of Albany from east side of the Hudson River in Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, Courtesy of The Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York] Lincoln's long pre-inaugural railroad tour took him all through New York state, with the first stop in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
A new sculpture by Dexter Benedict of William Henry Seward and Harriet Tubman is scheduled to be installed on May 17 outside the main branch of the Schenectady Public Library. It looks good to me. Seward was a graduate of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at PlanetAlbany
This portrait of William Henry Seward by Chester Harding can be found in the Hall of Governors at the New York State Capitol in Albany. It was painted more than two decades before today's date in 1862, when US Secretary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
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Abraham and Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck were presiding today, in these 1763 portraits by Thomas Mcllworth, over Albany's Ten Broeck Mansion, which they didn't get around to building until 1797. Also in evidence were Christmas decorations and a Daniel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
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Cindy Hyde-Smith's election to the US Senate in the Mississippi runoff pretty much brings an end to the midterm elections (Deo Gratias), and may mark a high point for the electoral prowess of Donald Trump. In fact, it would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
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Republican US Rep. John Faso's defeat by Democrat Antonio Delgado was in part the result of the same mistake made by Jim Tedisco's congressional campaign in 2009, going negative against a neophyte politician. But my post last week pointing that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
I've never joined Twitter because its format funnels debate into nasty exchanges of shallow ideas, but sometimes it crops up on a Google search, as this did this morning with something from Paul Grondahl, former longtime Times Union reporter, current... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
So if you're still trying to figure out the bizarre story of the Albany Times Union's retraction this morning (or last night) of their prior endorsement of state Sen. Jim Tedisco, tune in to WCSS (1490 AM, 106.9 FM) after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
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The Albany Times Union, on this evening before Election Day, has reversed its Oct. 31/Nov. 1 endorsement of state Sen. Jim Tedisco. Don't bother trying to look the old editorial up online. The relevant section has been excised and replaced... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
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State Sen. James "Jim" Tedisco today told both PlanetAlbany and the socially conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Political Action Committee that the Albany Times Union Opinion page misquoted him in its Oct. 31/Nov. 1 editorial regarding the Reproductive Health... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at PlanetAlbany
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The pic shows Jason Subik, Gazette reporter and WCSS (1490 AM and 106.9 FM) talker, on whose radio show I'll be yakking at about 9:40 this morning. I used to be a semi-regular on Talk 1300 when Jim Franco had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at PlanetAlbany