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Schenectady school district searches for savings

SCHENECTADY - Schenectady's school system is looking for $10 million in savings.

The school district acknowledges that won't be easy to find.

There will be a budget workshop Monday and Tuesday nights to discuss prospective cuts.

The public is invited to attend.

Monday’s public meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Howe Early Childhood Education Center at 1065 Baker Avenue.

Albany Peace Project yields results

ALBANY -- Every day in January, between 370 and 400 people logged on to the Albany Peace Project website to access a guided meditation with a focus on eliminating violence and crime in the City of Albany.

"I love the benefits of meditation for myself but I knew it would get me to meditate each morning. I was excited...that this would make a difference for the whole community," says participant Jennifer Hanson of Niskayuna.

Because this was the first year and an alternative crime fighting method, to say the least, there was no guarantee that the Albany Peace Project would work.  There are large scale studies from other parts of the country and even the world.  But would it be effective here?  Does Albany have enough collective positive thought?

MVP Health Care to eliminate 100 jobs

SCHENECTADY- MVP is cutting 100 jobs from its workforce.

The company released a statement Friday saying they will cut those jobs with some layoffs and by not filling current vacancies.

They said its part of an ongoing effort to improve efficiency and provide affordable health coverage in the wake of health care reform.

The Schenectady based company says the jobs will come from both its Rochester location and here in Schenectady.

Schenectady man critical after hit in crosswalk

SCHENECTADY - A Schenectady man is in critical condition after being hit by a car.

Police say it happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday night.

They say 45-year-old Leslie Cade, who lives on Albany Street, was in the crosswalk as the driver turned from Albany to Brandywine.

No tickets have been issued at this time but the investigation is continuing.

Police say there is no indication that alcohol or distracted driving played a role.

Niskayuna grad completes Air National Guard training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marianna R. O'Brien graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. - Air National Guard

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For immediate release.

     Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Marianna R. O'Brien graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

     The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

     Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

     O'Brien is the daughter of Margaret O'Brien of Glenville.

     She is a 2013 graduate of Niskayuna High School.

Man hit by car in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY – A man is in critical condition after being hit by a car.

The accident happened around 9:45 Thursday evening at Albany and Brandywine streets.

Police say Leslie Cade, 45, was in the crosswalk when a car failed to stop.

Cade was taken to Albany Medical Center with head trauma.

The accident remains under investigation, but police do not believe alcohol played a role.

No tickets have been issued.

Budget woes for Schenectady School District

SCHENECTADY - According to their superintendent, the Schenectady School District is about to begin a process that'll have a "detrimental impact" on students.

In the coming months, school officials will need to decide $10 million worth of programs and staff that the district will have to do without.

Beginning Monday, the district will begin a series of work shops so that city residents can share with them which programs they value the most. The end result, according to Superintendent Larry Spring, will be a series of "unconscionable decisions."