GUILDERLAND — John Hodgson has made a wooden box topped with a sankofa, a traditional African symbol meaning “to return for what was left behind.”

The box will hold the bones of a person he never knew —a slave who lived two or three hundred years ago.

Kinder Morgan announced on Wednesday that it indefinitely suspended its proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, a project that was inspiring resistance in Albany County as well as elsewhere in the seven states it would have crossed to deliver fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New England. The company said current market forces weighed on the decision.

Making the Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center part of the county's charter will keep it safe from budget cuts into the future, says Legislator Bryan Clenahan. On Monday, the full legislature agreed with him. Now it's up to County Executive Daniel McCoy to sign or veto the legislation. 

ALBANY COUNTY —Hilltown residents spoke to the Albany County Legislature Monday night, asking that towers proposed by the sheriff not be built in places that would mar important Helderberg views.

Local governments are taking stands against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion and studying ways that land adjacent to the pipeline may be adversely affected.

It provides an essential service, supporting and advocating for victims of sexual abuse, bullying, and crime. It needs to be part of the county charter, to keep it safe from budget cuts in the future. That's what Bryan Clenahan, the Albany County legislator representing Guilderland, believes about the county's Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center. He hopes that the legislature will agree with him Monday night, and vote to make it part of the charter.