ALBANY — Cardona’s Market celebrated the season of giving on Dec. 9 by combatting food insecurity in the Capital Region with the delivery of complimentary lunches to those served through the Community Connections program at Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH). The donation is the result of Cardona’s National Sandwich Day fundraising campaign on Nov. 3, 2021. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fingerpaint, biopharma’s global commercialization partner for analytics-enabled integrated solutions, announced that it acquired Engage, a London-based, award-winning, data and analytics-enabled healthcare marketing firm. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:58

Saratoga National Bank Earns Bank On Certification

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company announced it has earned the national Bank On certification for its new checking product, Smart Steps. The bank is one of just 166 in the country to earn this distinction from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE) to serve the unbanked and underbanked. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital has once again been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence – the highest level of recognition awarded by the American College of Radiology. 

SCHENECTADY — Mohawk Honda has announced the 12 local nonprofits named to receive a combined $60,000 as part of its “12 Days of Giving.” The Schenectady-based dealership launched the campaign in late November as a way of giving back to the community the auto dealer has called home for more than 50 years. 

One week ago, I was invited to testify before the New York State Assembly’s Racing and Wagering Committee chaired by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow. Joining him at the hearing were local Assembly members Carrie Woerner and Angelo Santabarbara. Besides my testimony, the committee heard from locals like James and Tina Bond, of the Bond Racing Stables, Dr. Scott Ahlschwede of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and David O’Rourke, the CEO of NYRA.

Thursday, 16 December 2021 16:26

Recruiting Challenges Reach Record High Levels

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ALBANY – Capital Region employers will keep hiring in the new year, but they’re not likely to find recruiting relief, according to the results of the Fall 2021 Alaant Hiring Index released on Dec. 15 by Alaant Workforce Solutions, the region’s leading professional workforce services firm. The survey finds that while hiring top talent will remain a major priority for 2022, the new year will also bring the most difficult recruiting environment employers have seen in modern times. 

Thursday, 16 December 2021 16:23

Toys for Tots Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Donations

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TRIANGLE, VA – The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 5019©(3) organization whose mission is to send a message of hope to less fortunate children at Christmastime and during times of crisis or natural disaster, is excited to announce that it has started accepting donations in the following cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Amp (AMP), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), ChainLink (LINK), Dai (DAI), Dogecoin (DOGE), The Graph (GRT), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Litecoin (LTC),  Storj (STORJ), UMA (UMA), Zcash (ZEC), 0x (ZRX), and 1inch (1INCH), and more.

The last couple of years have been challenging for industry, not only in America but worldwide.  Challenges in meeting demand for products, bottlenecks in the supply chains which bring raw materials and finished goods to our shores and distribution centers, and the countermeasures taken to address the ongoing Pandemic have caused significant delays in getting items both large and small to market.   Some of the most acute shortages have been faced by the automobile industry, where the lack of microchips has idled a large amount of inventory, unable to be delivered for lack of the “brains” to keep the vehicles running smoothly and efficiently.  Some manufacturers have reportedly resorted to delivering vehicles with some features disabled, simply to get them to customers and attempt to meet demand.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:47

The Economics of Horse Racing

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As 2021 winds to an end the state of thoroughbred racing in the United States is a decidedly mixed bag. The economics of the industry have seen healthy numbers impelled in part by additional cash injected into the economy at large, the resumption of full racing cards compared to 2020, and increased visibility on television and via the internet. The sales of thoroughbreds at auction have seen robust gains in most categories and increased pricing on yearlings and breeding stock. The combination of a healing economy, inflationary increases in cash in the economy and a workforce increasingly at home with access to daily television and online betting have led to healthy betting handles for most American racetracks.  Lest one get too confident over the health of the sport there are ominous clouds ahead amid evidence of significant criminal malfeasance and ineffective oversight within the industry.

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