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The Froggy Days of Christmas have returned!

  The Froggy Days of Christmas are back!!! If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet or if you want to reward yourself then Everything Country Froggy 100.3 invites you to wake up with Ben Ryan & at 7:30 he’ll let you know what the prize pack is for the particular day. Then you’ll fill…

Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program returns!

  Everything Froggy 100.3 is proud to once again be working with Stewarts Shops for their annual Holiday match program. Stewarts Shops have been helping children in this community for many years now and need your help to keep this going. When you stop by your neighborhood Stewarts Shops, drop your change into the container…

The 9th Annual Gifts For Goldens!

  Everything Country Froggy 100.3 is presenting the Annual Gifts for Golden’s event, Thursday December 13th at the Greater Glens Falls Senior Center on Glen Street from 10am-4pm. Clothing, toiletry, gift items and more are needed for the Greater Glens Falls Senior Center. Items and monetary donations will be accepted at The Greater Glens Falls…

Kenny Chesney returns to Albany!

    Kenny Chesney Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour Adds Dates including May 9th at the Times Union Center in Albany! Taking The Music To The Fans with More Cities + Venues NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his…

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Local bus driver accused of attempting to lure 14-year-old for sex

A bus driver for the Troy City School District was charged in federal court Tuesday accused of attempting to entice a 14-year-old boy to engage in sex.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York said Michael Varian, 52, exchanged sexually-explicit texts with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy for weeks, in an attempt to entice them into sex. He then arranged to meet them at a location in Albany County. According to officials, that person was actually an undercover law enforcement officer.

The Troy City School District says district officials were notified of the investigation on Tuesday and confirmed Varian was a bus driver with Star and Strand Transportation, one of several companies contracted by the district for student transportation. Varian transported students with disabilities.

The district said Varian will no longer be transporting students and said it has not been made aware of any involvement with Troy students. The district also emphasized the security procedures in place to protect students, including fingerprinting and background checks for all bus drivers and the inclusion of bus monitors whenever transporting students.

“We are obviously disturbed by these allegations.  The safety and security of our students, both in school and on school-provided transportation, remains our top priority.  We will continue to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on this ongoing investigation.” – Troy CSD Superintendent John Carmello

Varian faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a term of post-release supervision of at least 5 years and up to life, and a fine of up to $250,000. 

The FBI Albany FBI field office took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing Varian’s mug shot, encouraging anyone with information to get in touch with authorities.

“While I cannot elaborate on details, the investigation has *not identified any students as potential victims at this time. Anyone who has information is asked to call our dedicated tip line at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)” – Sarah Ruane Public Affairs Specialist FBI Albany Field Office

Voters reject $17.8 million firehouse renovation proposal

Voters in the Selkirk fire district rejected a vote Tuesday night that would have funded a major renovation project for their main fire station and two others.

Firefighters say some of the stations in the district are decades old and pose both health and safety hazard. But voters say the cost of fixing them would have been too high

Over 200 people voted Tuesday, a majority, like Lewis Seavey, voted against the $17.8 m bond proposal for replacements and renovations at three of the fire houses in the Selkirk district.

Seavey said he would rather see big money like that spent on a career department.

 

Many voters were concerned about the increased taxes that may have come with the proposal.

 

“You got your finances set up pretty much for the year. And when your taxes go up more than the cost of living does on the social security and your retirements,” said Seavey. “Each year gets tougher and tougher.”

Selkirk firefighters say they know the project would be costly, but necessary.

Bill Asprion/Fire Commissioner Selkirk:

“We’re all taxpayers. We all know it’s a lot of taxpayers. The big number is big,” said Selkirk Fire Commissioner Bill Asprion. “The yearly number is a lot smaller because of the way the bond is set up. We’ve budgeted for a lot of this, so the average homeowner is going to pay approximately $95 per year.”

The department says they would have used the money to fix problems, including firetrucks that barely fit through station doors and exhaust that gets trapped inside buildings. They say breathing in those fumes takes a toll on your health over time, and they had the next generation of firefighters in mind with this proposal.

“We’re working for the next generations. That we protect them, that we look at their health and safety,” said Asprion.

For now, it looks like the few fire stations up for debate will stay as they are.

Judge gives ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would “take a bullet” for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.

The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6.

 

Cohen, standing alone at the defense table, shook his head slightly and closed his eyes briefly as the sentence was announced by the judge.

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved modest credit for his decision over the summer to admit guilt and cooperate in a federal investigation of efforts by Russians to influence the presidential election, but his assistance “does not wipe the slate clean.”

“Somewhere along the way Mr. Cohen appears to have lost his moral compass,” the judge said. “As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.”

Cohen told the judge just before he was sentenced that loyalty to Trump led him astray.

“It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light,” he said. “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”

Cohen’s lawyers had argued for leniency, saying he decided to cooperate with investigators rather than hold out for a possible pardon.

“He came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country,” Cohen’s lawyer, Guy Petrillo, told the judge during the hearing.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses. In the part of the case with greater political repercussions, he also admitted breaking campaign finance laws in arranging payments in the waning days of the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom said they had sexual encounters with Trump.

Cohen became the first — and so far, only — member of Trump’s circle during two years of investigations to go into open court and implicate the president in a crime, though whether a president can be prosecuted is a matter of legal dispute.

Last month, Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump’s business dealings in Russia. He admitted hiding the fact that he was negotiating a proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow well into the presidential campaign. He said he lied out of devotion to Trump, who had insisted during the campaign that he had no business ties whatsoever to Russia.

The sentence was the culmination of a spectacular rise and fast fall of a lawyer who attached himself to the fortunes of his biggest client, helped him get elected president, then turned on him, cooperating with two interconnected investigations: one run by federal prosecutors in New York, the other by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian efforts to influence the race for the White House.

At the sentencing hearing, a prosecutor in Mueller’s office, Jeannie Rhee, said Cohen has “sought to tell us the truth and that is of the utmost value to us.”

“He has provided consistent and credible information about core Russia-related issues under investigation,” she said without elaborating.

It remains to be seen how much damage Cohen’s cooperation will do to Trump. Legal experts said Cohen could get his sentence reduced if he strikes a deal with prosecutors to tell them more.

The defense team said Cohen’s tax crimes were unsophisticated, and his campaign violations and lies to lawmakers were motivated by overenthusiasm for Trump, rather than any nefarious intent.

But the New York-based prosecutors who handled the case had urged the judge to sentence Cohen to a substantial prison term and said he failed to fully cooperate with investigators.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos said Cohen’s crimes showed a “pattern of deceit, brazenness and greed.”

He called for a sentence that sends a message that “even powerful, privileged individuals cannot violate these laws with impunity.”

In their court filing, the prosecutors left no doubt that they believe Cohen arranged the hush-money payments at Trump’s direction, saying the maneuver was part of an effort to “influence the election from the shadows.”

Trump, who insists the affairs never happened, argued on Twitter that the payments to the women were “a simple private transaction,” not a campaign contribution. And if it was a prohibited contribution, Trump said, Cohen is the one who should be held responsible.

“Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me,” Trump wrote, adding, “Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!”

Trump had repeatedly called for a tough sentence for Cohen, whom he labeled a liar.

Cohen has had at least seven meetings with Mueller’s team, which said in court papers that Cohen provided “relevant and useful” information about attempts by Russian figures to influence Trump’s campaign.

In the hush-money case, prosecutors said, Cohen arranged for the parent company of the National Enquirer to pay $150,000 to McDougal. He also paid $130,000 to Daniels and was reimbursed by Trump’s business empire. Prosecutors said the McDougal payment violated federal law against corporate campaign contributions, while the money that went to Daniels exceeded the $2,700 limit on campaign donations.

Albany Patroons look for redemption and bigger turnouts in 2019

The Albany Patroons are ready to ball out in the 2019 season as they’ll tip off in their own home, the Washington Armory, on January 12th.

They’ll be sizing up against the New York Court Kings, a recent expansion team to The Basketball League (TBL) and there’s excitement revolving not only the game, but the season as a whole. The Patroons fell just short of the TBL championship game, suffering a tough loss to the Yakima SunKings, but look to bounce back better than ever.

“We’re motivated, you know? We have a history and tradition here to come out and play hard and play a certain way,” Albany Patroons Coach Derrick Rowland said with determination. “We have a great impact on the community and we just want to blend in and help in anyway we can. So we’re looking to play exciting and fast and with some entertaining basketball.”

With several local athletes on the team, second-year guard Saije Pryor hopes that fans will come out to see them hoop and give them a large home-crowd advantage. 

“Seeing us play high school basketball and seeing us grow up, they want to keep supporting us,” Pryor said. “When you have local talent, people know the local talent. So they want to come out. So when they hear one of our names they want to come out and support us and come out and see what we doing.”

Tickets this year are $15 for adults and $5 for anyone 12-and-under with season bundles at just $95.

Click here for the Albany Patroons schedule and tickets.

 

 

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