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If you live in Albany County and you're giving or getting a drone for the holidays, you have time to get it airborne before any "no fly zone" is imposed.  A bill before county legislators that would ban the devices has been grounded for the time being.

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In the latest chapter of a long-simmering dispute, Albany County has taken two separate legal actions against so-called oil trains. The county executive says the intent is to protect residents' health and safety.

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On Wednesday night the Democratic candidates for Albany County Executive locked horns at a 'candidate forum' - but  Dan McCoy and Dan Egan have another Dan to consider...

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A health alert after a part-time postal worker in the Capital Region was recently diagnosed with pulmonary Tuberculosis. 

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Albany Housing Authority apartments and homes will be "smoke-free."

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The political hopes of two would-be candidates for the Albany County Legislature have been dashed — at least for the time being.

Some hopeful candidates for seats on the Albany County Legislature have gone to court after being thrown off the ballot.

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If you’re poor and live in the Capital Region, it’s better to be in Rensselaer County than in Schenectady County or Columbia County. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Rensselaer, the better you will do on average. Analysts have found children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, and more likely to go to college and earn more.

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Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners is running for a sixth term. This time around he he's on a mission: to challenge the high costs of poverty he says are the county's biggest financial peril. Conners spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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The Albany County Health Department has a new commissioner...

County Executive Dan McCoy today says Dr. Elizabeth Whalen has been appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Albany County Department of Health on behalf of the more than 300,000 residents of the county.

Dr. Whalen is a public health physician with dual board certification in Internal Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine. 

She succeeds Dr. James Crucetti who resigned in January after 25 years with the Health Department — 22 of them as the county's top doctor.


 It was a bizarre story that captivated the Capital Region today: a herd of buffalo on the loose. Hours after they broke free, all of the animals were dead.

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  Family Court is best defined as a “people’s court.” It affects people’s lives on a day to day basis, not just the litigants - but has a ripple effect on children, family members and others and unlike other courts, family court deals with the past, present and the future

Albany County Family Court Judge Sue Kushner joins us this morning to help us understand what Family Court is and does – and of course what it isn’t and what it doesn’t do.

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An upstate county has closed a loophole in state law that could have allowed fracking waste to be dumped in local landfills.

While New York has banned the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for extracting natural gas, the state allows landfills to accept out-of-state fracking waste, possibly endangering public health and the environment.

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Voting has been placed on temporary hold throughout one upstate county.

Senior U.S. Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled Tuesday Albany County diluted minority voting power in its 2011 redistricting plan. The Times Union reports Kahn has blocked county officials from proceeding with this year's legislative elections until a new plan is drafted.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple kicked off their re-election campaigns Sunday. Top Democrats are closing ranks behind the two candidates early in the election season.

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New legislation has been proposed to enact a policy of paid family leave for employees of Albany County. 

The county presently requires employees use accrued time rather than compensate individuals when they take time off following pregnancy or adoption of a child. Albany County Legislator Chris Higgins says in today's economy, taking unpaid time off is a luxury, virtually impossible, regardless of the situation.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy today presented the Executive Budget for 2015, a $597 million package that proposes no tax increase and reflects the administration’s efforts to cut spending and work within the tax cap. This is the second consecutive year the County Executive’s budget proposal has come in under the state-mandated tax cap.

Residents of downtown Albany living in the shadow of the Port and its infamous oil trains now have a way to report strong odors, which have become commonplace during the summer months.

Peter Iwanowicz, Chairman of County Executive Dan McCoy’s Expert Advisory Committee on Crude Oil Safety, says those living or working near oil transport facilities – rail terminals and siding areas near the Port of Albany can call the “Uncommon Scents” hotline to report nefarious odors. Dial 2-1-1.

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As we approach the two-year anniversary of the TCI fire in West Ghent in Columbia County, we look back at the disaster and at TCI's plans going forward.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. on August 1st, 2012 at TCI of New York on Route 9H in West Ghent. According to Columbia County officials, the building housed mineral oil tanks, tractor trailers containing fuel oil, propane tanks, and other hazardous substances, including sodium that came from transformers disposed of at TCI. The company blamed the inferno on "a third party vendor" that TCI no longer deals with.

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The financially-strapped city of Albany will be spared the bill for clean-up after a house collapse.

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Dan McCoy, a Democrat, is Albany County's fourth county executive. He was born, raised and resides in Albany, where he has worked as a public servant his entire professional career. McCoy recently sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to talk about his broader role as a community leader.  

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Municipal  leaders announced this afternoon they've agreed to establish Albany County’s first land bank. The initiative sets the stage for revitalization of blighted neighborhoods, a longstanding problem ... 

County Executive Dan McCoy announced that an application has been filed with the NYS Empire State Development Corporation to formally establish the Albany County Land Bank, to "restore the community."

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county will issue a Request For Proposals for a consultant to complement the health and safety study by the Albany County Department of Health on the impact of crude oil and the heating of crude oil at the Port of Albany.

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With Albany County worried about crude oil shipments, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are looking to the EPA for oil spill contingency plans and demanding answers from the major oil shipper at the crux of the controversy.

Many villages across New York are holding elections today. One of those contests is a showdown between a longtime incumbent Democratic mayor and a prominent local Republican business owner.

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Capital Region voters going to the polls this November will find many familiar names on the ballot.

All of the Albany County Democratic party's sitting state and federal lawmakers have been backed for reelection this fall. The Albany County Democratic Committee’s candidate review panel has unanimously recommended endorsing all incumbents.

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Albany County has been awarded grant funding for the Counsel at First Appearance Project.  
 
The three-year grant of $656,000 has been awarded by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services. The statewide grant program helps the counties implement improvements in the delivery of legal services at a defendant’s first appearance before a judge or arraignment.  The intent of the grant is to make improvements in the delivery of indigent defense services to a defendant’s first appearance before a judge. 

Albany County is one of 25 across New York awarded funding.

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The effort to go green in one upstate New York county got a big boost today as groundbreaking legislation that will change the way many fast food chains distribute their products was signed.

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Albany County's new Waste Heat/Co-generation facility in Menands will not only save money by creating renewable energy, it will also cut CO2 emissions by nearly 1,500 tons per year and will reuse 50,000 gallons of water per day to cool the high-efficiency system.  Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the co-gen project has long been in the works.

The facility is designed to provide long-term environmental and economic benefits to the Albany County Sewer District's eight member communities, which serve a population of 200,000.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county has received over $597,000 in grant funding - awarded by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as part of the 2013 State Homeland Security Grant Program. The grant money will be directed to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities conducted by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and county Department of Health.

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