Dave Lucas http://wamc.org en Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set http://wamc.org/post/luther-ticky-burden-fundraisers-set <p>Former New York Knicks guard <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Burden" target="_blank">Luther "Ticky" Burden</a> has been diagnosed with a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. Two local fundraisers are being held to give the NBA star a helping hand.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:22:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 95626 at http://wamc.org Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set Oil Trains Under Political Microscope http://wamc.org/post/oil-trains-under-political-microscope <p>There have been several developments this week impacting oil trains, the subject of national and local debate.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday issued new proposed rules on tankers transporting oil including quickly phasing out the use of old DOT-111 rail cars for moving crude oil and other hazardous liquids. The rules would include new operational requirements to lower operating speeds and enhance braking capabilities for high-hazard flammable trains.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16:18 +0000 Dave Lucas 95606 at http://wamc.org Oil Trains Under Political Microscope Downtown Albany: Open For More Business http://wamc.org/post/downtown-albany-open-more-business <p></p><p>Vacant downtown Albany office buildings may soon be welcoming new tenants.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 95555 at http://wamc.org Downtown Albany: Open For More Business County Official: Move Residents Out Of Harm's Way http://wamc.org/post/county-official-move-residents-out-harms-way <p></p><p>Albany County Executive Dan McCoy &nbsp;wants people moved OUT of a neighborhood bordered by railroad tracks.</p><p>Ezra Prentice Homes consists of sixteen buildings and 179 units . Federalized in the mid 1980′s, the property sits right off I-787 &nbsp;and backs up to a railroad storage yard.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; McCoy has been pro-active in the battle against those so-called “oil trains” that carry crude and often park on rails near the buildings. He says it's not a matter of if an oil spill will happen, but rather a matter of when.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:09 +0000 Dave Lucas 95533 at http://wamc.org County Official: Move Residents Out Of Harm's Way Nano Deal Reconstituted http://wamc.org/post/nano-deal-reconstituted <p>Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Chief Executive Officer Alain Kaloyeros today announced a three-way financing agreement for the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building currently under construction on the college’s Fuller Road campus.</p><p>The under-construction, $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — hence ZEN — that generates its own power.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:57 +0000 Dave Lucas 95516 at http://wamc.org Nano Deal Reconstituted Union Seeks To Intervene In Teacher Tenure Lawsuit http://wamc.org/post/union-seeks-intervene-teacher-tenure-lawsuit <p>The United Federation of Teachers wants to become a defendant in a New York lawsuit challenging teacher job protections.</p><p>The UFT filed a motion Tuesday seeking to intervene in the lawsuit that claims teacher tenure rules violate children's right to a good education.&nbsp; The lawsuit was filed earlier this month on Staten Island by leaders of the New York City Parents Union. It names city and state education officials as defendants.</p><p>If the UFT motion is granted, the union will become an additional party to the case.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:02:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 95464 at http://wamc.org Union Seeks To Intervene In Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Nano Deal Evaporates http://wamc.org/post/nano-deal-evaporates <p>Citing "misinformation in the media" that led to a "misunderstanding of the intent of the application," the Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering withdrew its application to the Albany County Industrial Development Agency for financing for a new building at the Washington Avenue complex.&nbsp;</p><p>The under-construction $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — or ZEN — that generates its own power. Although located in the Albany city limits, it will generate zero tax dollars.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 95436 at http://wamc.org Nano Deal Evaporates Albany Airport To Get Upgrade http://wamc.org/post/albany-airport-get-upgrade <p>Albany International Airport is receiving federal funding for an upgrade.</p><p>U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko tuesday announced that Albany International Airport will receive nearly $4 Million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for vital airport upgrades.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:33:44 +0000 Dave Lucas 95463 at http://wamc.org Albany Airport To Get Upgrade Collar City Arson Watch http://wamc.org/post/collar-city-arson-watch <p></p><p>Troy's Mayor and Chief of Police will meet with Lansingburgh residents tonight.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Police Chief John Tedesco will be at Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club 6:30 tonight for a Neighborhood Watch meeting - they're hoping to calm residents' fears and perhaps gain a little intel that will lead to the identification and arrest of an arsonist following a series of suspicious fires early Monday morning.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:21:42 +0000 Dave Lucas 95462 at http://wamc.org Collar City Arson Watch CDTA Gets "Smart" http://wamc.org/post/cdta-gets-smart <p>New technology and changing social norms are impacting public transportation. "Smart" devices, electric buses and smoking all are being scrutinized by the Capital District Transportation Authority.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:33:22 +0000 Dave Lucas 95421 at http://wamc.org CDTA Gets "Smart"