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Map of New York's Capital District. The Capital District is an imprecise geographical area in upstate New York centered around the state capital of Albany.

The Capital District is a region in upstate New York that generally refers to the four counties surrounding Albany, the capital of the state: Albany County, Schenectady County, Rensselaer County, and Saratoga County. Often the other counties of the Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam Combined Statistical Area and Greene County are included, especially for economic and demographic compilations and regional planning.

The Capital District is notable for many historical and industrial events. The Battle of Saratoga and the Albany Plan of Union are two historical events from before American independence which are now considered of national and sometimes also of international importance. Many multinational corporations were founded in the Capital District including New York Central Railroad, American Express, General Electric, American Locomotive Company, and International Paper. The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s and came under British control in 1664. Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797.

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The 2009 special election for the 20th congressional district of New York was held on 31 March 2009 between Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco. On 24 April, after recounts of absentee ballots took place, Tedisco conceded the election. The congressional vacancy had occurred when New York Governor David Paterson appointed the former Congresswoman representing the 20th district, Kirsten Gillibrand, to the United States Senate in January, replacing Hillary Clinton, who resigned to become United States Secretary of State.

Traditionally, the district leaned conservative and was considered a safe Republican seat until it became a swing district when Blue Dog Democrat Gillibrand defeated incumbent John E. Sweeney in 2006. As of 1 November 2008, the Republican Party held an enrollment advantage of 70,632 registered voters across the district, down from a 93,337 voter advantage when the district lines were drawn by the New York State Legislature in 2002. In 2004, George W. Bush carried the district by an 8-point margin, although he lost statewide by a substantial margin.

In 2008, Gillibrand had been reelected with 61% of the vote (an increased margin over her win in 2006). Additionally, Democratic President Barack Obama carried the district against Republican nominee Senator John McCain by a margin of 50.7%-47.7%, or by approximately 10,000 votes of over 330,000 cast in the district.

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The Buskirk Bridge is a red, wooden covered bridge in Buskirik, New York. It crosses the Hoosic River and connects Washington County and Rensselaer County. It was built in 1850 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
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The Buskirk Bridge is a red, wooden covered bridge in Buskirik, New York. It crosses the Hoosic River and connects Washington County and Rensselaer County. It was built in 1850 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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Joseph H. Allen (September 5, 1821 – April 24, 1884) was an industrial businessman, an officer in the Civil War, and a town supervisor of Brunswick, New York. Allen was born in Alburg, Vermont, to parents of British descent and left home at an early age. After several business ventures, he became successful in the auger and hoe business, selling mainly to the American South. He successfully ran for supervisor of the Town of Brunswick in 1856 and justice of the peace in 1861. At the beginning of the Civil War, his sales plummeted so he closed his business and enlisted in the Union Army. Allen was wounded multiple times during his service and ended his career at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He returned home to reopen his factory, which was instrumental to the industrial success of the hamlet of Eagle Mills in the mid to late 19th century. He died in 1884 at the age of 62.

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