Capital Region News en County Will Pay For City Building Collapse <p></p><p>The financially-strapped city of Albany will be spared the bill for clean-up after a house collapse.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:53:17 +0000 Dave Lucas 94474 at County Will Pay For City Building Collapse 400 Teens Participate In Albany Work Camp <p>Some 400 teens and young adults are in Albany this week, attending a work camp that has taken on repair and painting projects throughout the city.&nbsp;&nbsp; First Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a work camp in Albany through July 5th to&nbsp;provide small repairs and painting at 70 sites in the South End.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 93973 at 400 Teens Participate In Albany Work Camp NY Court Upholds Communities’ Right To Protect Residents From Fracking <p>New York State continues wait for final word on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial gas drilling method on hold since 2008.&nbsp; Monday's Court of Appeals decision upheld communities’ right to use traditional local zoning laws to keep fracking out of their borders.</p><p>The New York Court of Appeals ruling came in two cases decided jointly:&nbsp; one brought by an oil company and the other a dairy farm that wanted to lease its land, challenging the towns of Dryden and Middlefield’s decisions to ban the industrial activity there.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:39:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 93865 at NY Court Upholds Communities’ Right To Protect Residents From Fracking Three Found Dead In A Double-Murder Suicide In East Greenbush <p>East Greenbush police are investigating a double-murder suicide.</p><p>Police were dispatched to 58 Rockrose drive in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - a woman recently released from a mental institution attempted to take her own life and the lives of her two young daughters, ages 6 and 11. Responders found all three in "grave" condition - they were taken to Albany Medical Center hospital where they were pronounced dead. Autopsies have been scheduled. Time Warner Cable News reports the woman was overcome with grief after her son committed suicide in April.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:03:20 +0000 Dave Lucas 93864 at Three Found Dead In A Double-Murder Suicide In East Greenbush Albany Oil Spill Rattles Officials <p>A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.</p><p>Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.&nbsp; A weekend spill underscores those concerns.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 93818 at Albany Oil Spill Rattles Officials US World Cup Fans Have A Ball At The Biergarten <p>Around the country Thursday afternoon, offices emptied out as Americans took an extended lunch break to cheer on the men’s national soccer team. Although the U.S. lost its match to Germany 1-0, the Americans are moving on to the knockout round. In Albany, the hottest spot for soccer fans has become Wolff’s Biergarten in the downtown warehouse district. During the World Cup, thousands have come and gone — with the intensity rising for U.S. games. WAMC News Intern Mike Allinger was there to capture the sounds of the match. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Mike Allinger 93670 at US World Cup Fans Have A Ball At The Biergarten Albany Commissioner Of Recreation On 1609 Fitness Challenge <p>Residents of Albany are being urged to get in shape this summer and win prizes at the same time. The 1609 Fitness Challenge is under way, and will continue into August, according to Jonathan Jones, Albany's Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 93520 at Albany Commissioner Of Recreation On 1609 Fitness Challenge Albany Supports No Casino <p>With the casino application deadline fast approaching in New York, the city of Albany is apparently not supporting any of the projects proposed for neighboring cities.</p><p>Local municipal approval is required for applicants seeking one of four casino licenses expected to be granted in upstate New York this fall. The developers face a Monday deadline to submit their casino applications. More than a dozen development groups are in the running to apply for a license.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:18:08 +0000 Dave Lucas 93519 at Albany Supports No Casino A Charter School's Last Stand <p></p><p>A Capital Region charter school could close for good due to academic failure.&nbsp; A last-ditch effort is under way to save it.</p><p>Some 220 students at Ark Community Charter School in Troy may be displaced if final court proceedings affirm a SUNY Trustees Charter Schools Committee decision that agreed with findings by SUNY's Charter Schools Institute that Ark failed to meet its academic goals.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 93363 at A Charter School's Last Stand HUD to Schumer: "No Worries!" <p>New York's Senior US Senator was in Troy Monday, pledging to fight possible federal cutbacks in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to the city -&nbsp; the battle cry may be moot.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Chuck Schumer voiced concerns that Collar City census figures dropped below 50,000 residents, it could lose Community Development Block Program funds earmarked for neighborhood improvements.&nbsp; "It would deprive Troy of about $2.5 million in CDBG funds each year, and that would de-leverage and reduce private funding by millions and millions more."</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:29:05 +0000 Dave Lucas 93345 at HUD to Schumer: "No Worries!"