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Niskayuna reminds residents building permits may be needed

NISKAYUNA – With spring in the air, the Town of Niskayuna is reminding residents that many outdoor projects require building permits.

The following projects need prior approval:

Pools (in-ground, above-ground, soft wall/self-set pools), soft wall/self-set pools require fencing, fences, sheds, decks, sun rooms, porches, roof replacement & repairs, additions & alterations to existing buildings, sprinkler systems, retaining walls, drainage systems, windows new and replacement, siding, doors new and replacement, plumbing and generators.

You’re also reminded that New York State requires your address number to be seen from the street.

The street number needs to be a minimum of 4” tall with a minimum width of ¾”, and color must contrast with the background color.

Search for missing Scotia man postponed due to weather

The search for a Scotia man who went missing 10 years ago has been moved to next week.

Craig Frear was last seen in 2004.

Crews were planning to look for new clues on Wednesday, but had to postpone the search due to the weather.

Police say they have received two new leads since last spring.

They plan to search an area near Alpaus Avenue and Maple Avenue in Scotia next Wednesday.

Search scheduled for Scotia teen missing since 2004

Craig Frear has been missing since June 2004. -

GLENVILLE - Police are working to gather new information on the case of missing local teen, Craig Frear.

They plan on conducting a search on Wednesday in connection with the case.

It will be centered in the area of Maple Avenue at Alplaus Avenue in Glenville.

Police say they're searching the area after receiving two leads following last spring’s search of the wooded area behind the Glenville Price Chopper.

Frear has been missing since June 2004.

Glenville woman dies in car crash

GLENVILLE – A Glenville woman is dead after an early morning car crash on Tuesday.

Police say 19-year-old Caitlin Callahan was driving on Glenridge Road around 5 a.m. when her car left the pavement and struck the concrete wall that supports a railroad overpass.

Fire crews from Alplaus and East Glenville used the Jaws of Life to free her from the vehicle.

Callahan was transported to Albany Med where she later died.

The accident is under investigation and police say an autopsy will be performed.

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Niskayuna school board to select interim superintendent

NISKAYUNA – There will be a special board meeting Tuesday night to select an interim superintendent for the Niskayuna School District.

Last week, the school board accepted the resignation of Susan Kay Salvaggio.

The resignation took effect on Tuesday.

She's been superintendent since July 2011.

The board said her departure is "voluntary" but there have been disagreements over the best course of action for the district.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the district board room.

$1 million grant to help fight crime in NYS

A nearly $1 million grant will help fight crime in New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that $976,790 will be split among 31 law enforcement agencies as part of “Operation Impact Tools Grants.”

Grants in our area will go to police in Colonie, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rensselaer, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Each one will receive a grant between $18,200 and $50,000.

The counties who were able to apply have higher crime rates and were not already funded by the Operation Impact or GIVE programs.

The governor says the money will help fight and prevent crime by giving agencies the tools they need.

Three appointed to Appellate Division of NYS Supreme Court

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of several new judges to the State’s Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

They include Christine Clark in Schenectady County and Eugene Devine and Michael Lynch in Albany County.

All three are graduates of Albany Law School.

More information on the appointees can be found in the official release by the governor’s office below: