Step in the Right Direction

Last week, 18-year-old UAlbany student Alexa Kropf was struck by a dirt bike, suffering life-altering injuries. Now, thanks to the Albany Sheriff's Office, at least 10 of these illegal dirt bikes are off Albany streets.

It's a step in the right direction and one that may ease people's minds in the city of Albany. As for the young UAlbany student, Kropf is currently still at Albany Medical Center in critical, but stable condition.

Sheriffs Take 10 Dirt Bikes Off the Street

According to a report from News 10 ABC, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office ran an illegal dirt bike/motorcycle detail in Albany County on Thursday, leading to the seizure of 10 illegal motorbikes and 21 traffic violations while arresting two people for aggravated unlicensed operation.

As a resident who lives near Washington Park, when the weather gets warmer, the morons on dirt bikes come out, and these idiots on illegal dirt bikes and ATVs rip through the city, traveling in large packs with seemingly no regard for any person or any law.

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Man on an illegal ATV pops a wheelie on Lark Street in Albany. Photo: Brian Cody TSM Albany

It's Been a Long Time Coming in Albany

I remember eating outside at a little restaurant on Lark Street last summer.  Most of the tables and chairs were relatively away from the actual street, but one couple was seated at a table just a foot or so from the road.  Normally, that's not an unsafe place to be but Lark Street in the spring and summer is different.

You can hear them coming from five blocks away, and the people riding on these dirt bikes will do anything to get around cars, even if that means driving on sidewalks.  They pop wheelies while zooming around traffic, and are arrogant about it.  I've seen them flip off police officers while they speed on by.

As far as the couple goes, thankfully, they heeded my warning and moved away from the danger zone, but it's stuff like this that makes me think that someday I will bear witness to seeing someone get obliterated. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Alexa Kropf, as we wish for her speedy and full recovery.

The Capital Region's Top 10 Fan Voted Ice Cream Stands For 2024

With warmer weather here in Upstate New York it's time to spend time outdoors eating all the ice cream we can fit in our bellies! With so many great spots in the Capital Region to enjoy a cold, sweet treat, where do you start? We put this one to vote to find the best local spots to enjoy that amazing mix of cream, sugar, and flavorings. If you love soft serve, hard ice cream, sundaes, or everything in between, these are the 10 ice cream shops & stands that Capital Region locals voted as the 10 best in the area for 2024.

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Every Country Artist Performing In Upstate NY In 2024

It is going to be another big year of Country shows in 2024, and here is a complete list of artists already scheduled to perform in the year ahead in the Capital Region and all over Upstate New York. Dierks Bentley, Hardy, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Lainey Wilson, Kane Brown, Tim McGraw, and so many others are already on this list! Don't miss your favorite Country stars - keep checking back here as we will be adding lots of shows in the weeks and months ahead.

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Schenectady One of of NY's Worst? 10 Reasons Why We Disagree

Money Inc. recently ranked Schenectady at #11 on their list of the 20 worst places to live in New York. What they do not see in these rankings is Schenectady is a city on the rise. All the redevelopment downtown and folks moving in to settle into a city lifestyle have been amazing to see the last few years, not to mention the city is a great destination for shows, great restaurants, and so much more. So let's get to it - here are 10 reasons why we disagree with Money Inc.

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff

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