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Motorists to build New Albany data center -
Motorists Insurance Group on Thursday unveiled plans to become the newest tenant in New Albany's Research and Information District with an 18000-square-foot data center. The Columbus-based company said it signed a deal for seven acres in the district...
Integrity wanted: Scathing ethics report shows Albany must create ... - New York Daily News
With Albany neck-deep in scandals, it's long past time to scrap the commission, fire every poseur commissioner and can the entire see-no-evil staff. Then bury the thing in the grave of bad ideas. Then start over with a truly independent corruption...
Tifton dealership kicked out of Albany - WALB-TV
By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia dealership was forced to stop selling cars in Dougherty County on Thursday. The Sheriff's Office got complaints that Interstate Nissan from Tifton was breaking state law by having...
New Albany Police pursuit ends on Sherman Minton Bridge - Evening News and Tribune
A police chase that included New Albany and Louisville Metro police departments ended on the southbound lanes of the Sherman Minton Bridge at 9 pm, according to emergency scanner reports. A suspect reportedly jumped or fell from the bridge,...
Ricchiuti: “Together we can build a better Albany.” - Albany Times Union
“I'm running because I know what it's like to be a homeowner in Albany, and I want other homeowners to remain here with me,” said Ricchiuti, 48, a South End native and retired city police sergeant. Ricchiutti, who is also executive director of the...
Kids Cafe kicks off at Albany Boys & Girls club - WALB-TV
By Kimberly Page - bio | email ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A program that will help ensure children don't go to bed hungry kicked off Thursday in Albany. That's renowned Atlanta chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis cooking a healthy, kid-friendly meal to...
Albany Moves to Enable Extended Jobless Benefits - New York Times
By PATRICK McGEEHAN Lawmakers in Albany agreed on Tuesday to change the state's unemployment insurance system in order to prevent more than 100000 New Yorkers from running out of jobless benefits starting later this month. The changes, included in...
GE to Build Locomotive-Battery Plant - Wall Street Journal
By PAUL GLADER General Electric Co. said it will build a $100 million plant near Albany, NY, that will employ 350 people to make batteries for hybrid locomotives and other applications. The move will extend ge's decade-long effort into high-tech...
No sign of Northwest at Albany Int'l Airport -
Delta moves up from being the fourth largest carrier at Albany International Airport to the third largest, behind Southwest and US Airways, respectively. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK,...
New Albany High School to perform 'The Mikado' - Evening News and Tribune
By CHRIS MORRIS Like a drill instructor getting troops ready for combat, New Albany High School choir director Linda DeRungs was all business following a recent rehearsal of “The Mikado.” She was giving directions, making suggestions to her cast of 75...


Albany is common place name. It is derived from Alba (Gaelic for Scotland) and its Latinisation, Albania. In older English it is used to mean Scotland generally, and in particular Scotland north of the Firth of Forth and Firth of Clyde. It is also the archaic name for Albania, the modern sovereign state in south-eastern Europe. The two have nothing in common and are uncorrelated.

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Albany County, New York

Seal of Albany County, New York

Albany County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York, and is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is from the title of the Duke of York and Albany, who became James II of England. As of the 2000 census, the population was 294,565. As originally established, Albany County had an indefinite amount of land, but has only 530 square miles (1,372.69 km²) as of March 3, 1888.

Albany County was one of the original twelve counties created by the Province of New York on November 1, 1683. At that time it included all of the present Bennington County, Vermont, all of New York state north of the counties of Dutchess and Ulster, and theoretically stretched west to the Pacific Ocean.

On May 27, 1717, Albany County was adjusted to gain an indefinite amount of land from Dutchess County and other non-county lands.

On October 7, 1763, King George III, as part of his Proclamation of 1763, created the new province of Quebec, implicitly setting the northern limit of New York at the parallel of 45 degrees north latitude from the Atlantic-St. Lawrence watershed westward to the St. Lawrence River, implicitly setting the northern limit of Albany County, but it was never mapped.

On July 20, 1764, King George III established the boundary between New Hampshire and New York along the west bank of the Connecticut River, north of Massachusetts and south of the parallel of 45 degrees north latitude. Albany County implicitly gained present-day Vermont. Although disputes occasionally broke out later, this line became the boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont, and has remained unchanged to the present. When New York refused to recognize land titles through the New Hampshire Grants (towns created earlier by New Hampshire in present Vermont), dissatisfied colonists organized in opposition, which led to the creation of independent Vermont in 1777.

On July 3, 1766, Cumberland County was partitioned from Albany County to cover all territory to the northern and eastern limits of the colony, including Windsor County, most of Windham County, and parts of Bennington and Rutland counties in present-day Vermont.

On June 26, 1767, Albany County regained all of Cumberland County.

On March 19, 1768, Albany County was re-partitioned, and Cumberland County restored.

On March 16, 1770, Albany County was again partitioned. Gloucester County was created to include all of Orange, Caledonia and Essex counties, most of Washington County, and parts of Orleans, Lamoille, Addison and Chittenden counties in present-day Vermont.

On March 12, 1772, Albany County was partitioned again, this time into the counties of Albany, Tryon (now Montgomery), and Charlotte (now Washington). This established a definite area for Albany County of 5,470 sq mi (14,167.23 km²).

On March 24, 1772, Albany County was partitioned again, with an additional 50 sq mi (129.5 km²) handed over to Cumberland County.

On March 9, 1774, Albany County was partitioned again, this time passing 1,090 sq mi (2,823.09 km²) to Ulster County.

On April 1, 1775, Albany was again partitioned, this time giving up 60 sq mi (155.4 km²) to Charlotte County, who then exchanged this land with a like parcel in Cumberland County.

On January 15, 1777, Albany County was again partitioned, this time on account of the independence of Vermont from New York, reducing Albany County by an additional 300 sq mi (777 km²).

On June 26, 1781, Bennington County, Vermont attempted to annex a portion of Albany County that today includes portions of Washington and Rensselaer counties to form what they called "The West Union". The fledgling United States - under the Articles of Confederation - arbitrated this annexation, and condemned it, resulting in Vermont ceasing the annexation on 1782-02-23.

On April 4, 1786, Columbia County was created from 650 square miles (1,685 km²) of Albany County land.

On March 7, 1788, New York, refusing to recognize the independence of Vermont, and the attendant elimination of Cumberland County, attempted to adjust the line that separated Cumberland from Albany County in present-day Vermont, but to no effect.

On February 7, 1791, Albany County was partitioned again, this time to form Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. Rensselaer received 660 square miles (1,700 km²), while Saratoga received 850 square miles (2,200 km²). Also the town of Cambridge was transferred to Washington County. A total of 1,680 sq mi (4,351.18 km²) changed hands.

On June 1, 1795, Albany County was once again partitioned, this time losing 460 sq mi (1,191.39 km² ) to Schoharie County.

On April 5, 1798, another partition took place, with 90 sq mi (233.1 km²) passing to Ulster County.

On March 25, 1800, once again Albany County was partitioned, with 360 sq mi (932.4 km² being used to create Greene County.

On April 3, 1801, all New York counties were redefined, with Albany County gaining 10 sq mi (25.9 km² ).

On March 3, 1808, Albany County turned Havre Island over to Saratoga County, with no resultant loss in land.

On March 7, 1809, Schenectady County was created from 230 sq mi (595.7 km²) of Albany County land. The result was the production of Albany County as it exists today.

Albany County is in the east central part of New York State, extending southward and westward from the point where the Mohawk River joins the Hudson. Its eastern boundary is the Hudson River; a portion of its northern boundary is the Mohawk River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,381 km²), of which, 523 square miles (1,356 km²) of it is land and 10 square miles (25 km²) of it (1.83%) is water.

The terrain of the county ranges from flat near the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers to high and hilly to the southwest, where the Catskills begin. The highest point is one of several summits near Henry Hill at approximately 2,160 feet (658 m) above sea level; the lowest point is slightly above sea level along the Hudson.

As of the census of 2000, there were 294,565 people, 120,512 households, and 70,981 families residing in the county. The population density was 563 people per square mile (217/km²). There were 129,972 housing units at an average density of 248 per square mile (96/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.19% White, 11.08% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 2.75% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 3.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.2% were of Irish, 16.0% Italian, 11.0% German, 6.1% English and 5.1% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000 . 90.4% spoke English, 2.7% Spanish and 1.0% Italian as their first language.

There were 120,512 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,935, and the median income for a family was $56,724. Males had a median income of $39,838 versus $30,127 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,345. About 7.2% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.9% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Albany County was governed by a board of supervisors until 1967. On January 1, 1968 a 39 member County Legislature came in to being. On January 1, 1976, Albany County government was revised once more when a new county charter went into effect with provisions for a county executive along with a 39-seat county legislature. The current County Executive is Michael G. Breslin (D) and the Chair of the Legislature is Charles Houghtailing (D). Other county elected officials include County Sheriff James Campbell, County District Attorney David Soares, and County Comptroller Michael Conners.

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Albany International Airport

Albany International Airport on a clear August day

Albany International Airport (IATA: ALB, ICAO: KALB) is an airport of entry serving Albany, New York. It is located in the Town of Colonie, New York (more specifically, it is in Latham, New York), about 6 miles (10 km) north of Albany.

Albany International Airport can accept most aircraft. In the past, most airlines operated mainline aircraft to ALB, and the biggest aircraft that flew into ALB was Air Force One (Boeing 747) in 1995, The C-5 Galaxy has landed for training and during Hurricane Katrina, and Air Canada's Airbus A340-300 (which has seating for 286) made an unscheduled arrival on December 21, 2007. Occasionally Delta runs a Boeing 757-200 during holiday periods, and many times a week, UPS runs a 757-200 in for cargo. FedEx Airlines brings the Boeing 727-200 to the airport about 5 times a week for cargo. Today, about half of the planes that depart and land in ALB are operated by regional aircraft. The only airlines to still operate mainline aircraft are Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. The largest passenger aircraft to fly into ALB today is the Boeing 737-400, which is operated by US Airways. However, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines do use an Airbus A320 on their routes from Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois, with seating for 148 passengers. Although the airport is significant and well-equipped, it is essentially a domestic airport, with its only scheduled international flights to Canada.

ALB has pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi access throughout the entire airport provided by WiFiFee.

Albany International was the first, and remains the oldest, municipal airport in the United States. In 1908 the airstrip was located on a former polo field on Loudonville Road, three miles (5 km) north of the city in the town of Colonie. In 1909 the airport was moved to Westerlo Island, which is in the city of Albany, but at that time was in the town of Bethlehem. The airport was named after Teddy Roosevelt's son, Quentin, a fighter pilot during World War I. A $10,000 prize was established for sustained flight between Albany and New York, Glen Curtiss achieved this feat on May 29 1910. Other early pioneers of aviation that stopped at this early field were Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and James Doolittle.

Mayor John Boyd Thacher II once said "a city without the foresight to build an airport for the new traffic may soon be left behind in the race for competition". He therefore decided to build in 1928 a new modern airport on the Shaker site near Albany-Shaker Road in Colonie, not far from the original polo fields used as the first site of the municipal airport. The Shakers not only sold the land used but also loaned the use of tractors and tools.

The early Albany Airport was often closed and threatened with closure which prompted repeated improvements in the late 1930s and 40's. The airport was closed from January 1939 until December 1940 when it reopened to traffic during daylight hours only, and then with no restrictions since January 1942. The airport has not been closed (other than for weather related reasons and emergency landings) since.

The airport up until 1960 had been jointly owned and managed by the city and county of Albany. It was in 1960 that Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd ended the city's stake. The Albany County Airport Authority was created by the county in 1993 with a 40 year lease to operate the airport in 1996. A new terminal was begun on May 16 1996, officially opening June 1998.

In early 2001, CommutAir started to invest in an Albany hub. The hub was to connect smaller cities with bigger cities with Continental Express and mainline. At its peak CommutAir served Allentown, Bangor, Binghamton, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Elmira, Portland, Harrisburg, Nantucket, Scranton, La Guardia, Islip, Hartford, White Plains, Manchester, Providence, Syracuse, Rochester, Lake Placid, Montreal, Ottawa, and Plattsburgh. The hub was closed down in late 2005 to shift operations to Cleveland. A few the markets did do well. The hub was served by Beechcraft 1900's operated by CommutAir for Continental Connection.

There have been discussions between the Town of Colonie and The Albany Airport Board regarding the construction of a new concourse. The concourse will be built to satisfy the needs of a growing US Airways and Southwest, and will also become an international concourse with immigration and customs facilities. Southwest only has two gates for their operations which is not enough. At times, aircraft have to wait until one of the two gates open up or passengers have to deplane on the tarmac via airstairs. The new concourse will also be useful to attract new airlines to ALB. The concourse will have approximately 10 gates. However, there is insufficient space for the new facility on airport property at this time.

There are a total of 21 gates in the airport.

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Duke of Albany

Duke of Albany is a peerage title that has occasionally been bestowed on the younger sons in the Scottish, and later the British, royal family, particularly in the Houses of Stuart and Hanover.

The Dukedom of Albany was first granted in 1398 by King Robert III of Scotland on his brother, Robert Stewart, the title being in the Peerage of Scotland. "Albany" was a broad territorial term representing the parts of Scotland north of the River Forth, roughly the former Kingdom of the Picts. The title (along with the Dukedom of Rothesay, the first Dukedom created in Scotland) was forfeited in 1425 due to the treason of the second Duke.

The title was again created in 1458 for Alexander Stewart; the title became extinct when his son John died without heirs in 1536. It was created again in 1541 for Arthur, second son of James V of Scotland, who died in early infancy. The fourth creation, along with the Earldom of Ross and Lordship Ardmannoch, was for Mary, Queen of Scots's king consort Lord Darnley, whose son, later James VI and I, inherited the titles on his death. That creation merged with the Scottish crown upon James's ascension. The title, along with the title of Duke of York, with which it has since been traditionally coupled, was created for a fifth time in 1604 for Charles, son of James VI and I. Upon Charles's ascent to the throne in 1625, the title of Duke of Albany merged once again in the crowns.

The title was next granted in 1660 to Charles I's son, James, by Charles II. When James succeeded his elder brother to the throne in 1685, the titles again merged into the crown. The cities of New York and Albany, New York were thus both named after James, as he was the Duke of York and Albany. The pretender, Charles Edward Stuart, gave the title Duchess of Albany to his illegitimate daughter Charlotte; she died in 1789.

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Albany Great Danes men's basketball

The Albany Great Danes Basketball team is the basketball team that represent the University at Albany, The State University of New York in Albany, New York. The school's team currently competes in the America East Conference and plays its home games at SEFCU Arena. The team played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in both 2006 and 2007, and are currently coached by Will Brown.

Richard “Doc” Sauers served as Great Danes men's basketball coach from 1955-1997. He led the program to eleven NCAA and four NAIA post-season tournament appearances in his tenure. Sauers finished his career with a 702-330 record in 41 seasons. Sauers achieved the 700-win mark on February 8, 1997 in an 89-71 victory over the University of Bridgeport. He would retire one month later and be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2004. A banner is flown in the rafters of the SEFCU Arena honoring Sauers accomplishment of 702 wins. The college is also planning on naming the court at SEFCU Arena in his name in the near future.

On March 11, 2006, the men's basketball team won the America East conference tournament, earning the school (and the SUNY system) its first ever berth to the NCAA Tournament, defeating the University of Vermont 80-67 in a sold out RACC. The Great Danes were seeded #16 in the Washington, D.C. region and were matched up against top-seeded UConn. Despite the #16 seed being 0-87 before Albany took the floor, Head Coach Will Brown believed that his team had a chance to beat UConn in the tournament. With that, the team took the motto, "Why Not Us?".

On March 17, 2006, the Danes nearly became the first #16 seed to defeat a #1 seed in the Division I tournament. The Danes, down only 1 at the half, went on a 13-0 run early in the second half to take a double-digit lead over the Huskies. With the game televised on CBS, the Danes led 50-38 with just over 11 minutes left in the game. However, a late run by the Huskies' stifling defense stopped the Danes' offense, and the Huskies averted the upset, winning 72-59. The play against UConn gave the program instant notoriety.

In the 2006-07 season, the Great Danes faced a much stronger America East conference. The Great Danes would accomplish a 20-9 regular season, but be the #2 seed in the conference tournament. This forced the Great Danes to travel to Vermont, who was the #1 seed for the conference championship, and were previously 0-7. On March 10, 2007, the Danes' won their second consecutive America East title beating Vermont 60-59 in the conference final on a last second steal by Carl Ross and Brent Wilson.

The Great Danes would be seeded 13th in the South Division of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Creating a new motto "Lucky 13" which was worn on T-Shirts sold on campus. On March 16, 2007 two busses carrying approximately 80 students would drive a total of 11 hours to see their Danes at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio to see the #13 seed lose to the #4 seed Virginia Cavaliers 84-57 in the first round of the Tournament.

Prior to the conclusion of the season, the program would retire the number 31 of player Jamar Wilson. Wilson finished his career as the school’s all-time scorer with 2,164 points, plus ranked second in assists with 488. Wilson also became the first player in school history to score 500 points or more in three different seasons. He would also win two America East Player of the Year Awards, something only three other people in conference history had achieved. No athlete in the program's history has had their number retired prior.

With only two of their remaining pieces from the "Why Not Us?" team still intact, Brian Connelly and Jimmie Covington, the Danes would look to rebuild with eight newcomers to the team. They would start the season 0-2 after matchups with Big East opponents Villanova and DePaul in "homecoming" games for their seniors. A 5-0 run after the slow start would put the Danes' in prime position to upset their crosstown rival Siena Saints, who had just endured 3 loses over 4 days at the 2008 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida. However the Danes' would fall short by seven points. The Great Danes would win three of their next four games including a game postponed for snow and difficult travel conditions in Fairfield, Connecticut against Sacred Heart before closing out the calendar year against the defending national champions Kansas Jayhawks. The purple-and-gold squad would fall behind early and not show any signs of life against the Jayhawks, in a 79-43 loss on nationally televised ESPNU.

Entering conference play the Danes had an 8-5 record before falling to 8-6 and 0-1 in the conference with a loss to Hartford, after heading home the team would rebound with a last second win against conference favorite Boston U. Terriers 62-61 and also giving coach Will Brown his 100th career victory as head coach of the team. Following Brown's 100th win, the team would win for the third consecutive time in Burlington, Vermont, beating the heavily favored Catamounts by a score of 82-77, the team would then return home to beat I-88 rival Binghamton by a score of 72-66. However the team would struggle down the remainder of the conference schedule, winning only 3 of their final 12 conference games.

With the America East Conference Tournament at SEFCU Arena for the first time in Albany's 9 year history as a member of the conference; the Great Danes would head into the tournament as the #7 seed with a 6-10 conference record, and face the #2 seeded Catamounts yet again. Prior to the 2009 season the #7 seed had gone 0-23 in games against the #2 overall seed, however Albany would prevail and upset the higher seeded Catamounts 56-52, but would lose to UMBC in the semi-finals. Other tournament games included the #8-9 matchup in which the Hartford Hawks would beat Maine on Friday, March 6 to advance to a matchup against top-seeded Binghamton. The Bearcats would then beat the Hawks, and other semi-final games included UMBC upsetting the 3rd seeded Boston U. Terriers, and the UNH Wildcats would beat Stony Brook in the #4-5 matchup. The other Sunday semi-final matchup had #1 Binghamton beat #4 New Hampshire. Binghamton hosted UMBC on Saturday March 14 on ESPN2 for the 2009 Championship.

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