ALBANY COUNTY — Last Thursday morning was cold. Snow clung to the tall chain-link fence surrounding Albany County’s jail, and the curls of razor wire on top were frosted.

Two female inmates — jackets over their yellow jumpsuits — walked together around a path in a foot of snow in the exercise yard.

A guard sat inside, next to the open door, watching them.

“How are you?” asked Chief Brian Mooney as he walked briskly by on his way to the female tier.

“Cold,” the guard answered.

Opinion

How you are treated makes a difference in who you are — that's true of dogs as well as people, including prison inmates.

Guilderland

“It is always good when we approve a contract before the end of the year,” Supervisor Kenneth Runion said, "because then we don’t have to do anything retroactively.” He also said some of the changes would result in cost benefits to the town.

New Scotland

A master plan for New Scotland's Swift Road and Feura Bush parks has some features that could be accomplished with the work of town employees and volunteers; other features would require grant funding.

Hilltowns

Police knocked on doors in the Rensselaerville hamlet last month after a councilman called and complained about cars parked on the street. The response from residents was called a "small uproar" by the sheriff.

Regional

Albany County is looking for answers from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline and its parent company, Kinder Morgan. Both the county legislature and New Scotland Town Board  have passed resolutions calling for information sessions.