State Budget

Double-dippers increased by 10% last year

BY CAITLIN GILLIGAN The number of state and local government early retirees collecting both a paycheck and public pension grew by 10 percent last year, according to data posted today on, the Empire Center’s transparency website. The increase was largely driven by

NY Assembly

Miller:  HEAP can help you stay warm this winter

BY MICHAEL MILLER New Yorkers are no strangers to the frigid temperatures, lake-effect storms and walloping Nor’easters that define winter here in the Empire State. Whether upstate or downstate, we aren’t fazed by slush-covered streets and subway entrances or the

NY Assembly

Santabarbara announces military banner program

The City of Amsterdam in conjunction with local partners will be announced details of its’ new Military Banner Program at Amsterdam City Hall on Tuesday.  The program gives residents the opportunity to honor both active military and veterans who served in


Good help is hard to find

BY NORBERT RUG I ran a handyman type business part-time for 35 years until health problems caused me to quit. I put an ad in the paper for just one week and was as busy until the day I closed

Health and Wellness

Exercise your mind

BY NORBERT RUG I do Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles and write 7 days a week 52 weeks a year. I feel that keeping my brain healthy is as important as keeping my body healthy. I recently found some support for


The Club 747

BY NORBERT RUG In the 60’s and 70’s, the drinking age was 18 in New York, which meant I was sneaking into bars when I was 16, and I was not the exception. Live music was everywhere. I learned a