Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

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The finishing touches are being put in place on the Times Union Center's $19.6 million renovation.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy presented his budget plan for 2018 today.

Jim Malatras, President of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
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After months of information-gathering, analysis, and public hearings, Albany County has finalized its shared services plan, which officials say could save taxpayers nearly $15 million when fully implemented.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has mandated county governments to find ways to cut spending by consolidating overlapping services in their jurisdictions.  Progress is being made in two local counties.

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With current Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin running for mayor in tomorrow’s pivotal primary, three Democrats are vying to replace her.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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One day before votes are cast in the key Democratic primary, a new poll shows Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan holding strong.

DACA grantee Rosa Luna, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, DACA grantee Diego Cruz
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In response to the Trump administration’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Albany County Executive is pledging his full support to helping local residents in the program.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
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Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has unveiled enhancements to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

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A 12-year-old girl has been named Albany County’s "Citizen of the Month.”

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

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Following the derailment of a train heading for Selkirk last week, the Albany County Executive is renewing concerns about shipping crude through the city.

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Young people who committed crimes in Albany County have completed a training and classroom program geared toward those at-risk.  A ceremony was held Thursday at the County Office Building.

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After Governor Andrew Cuomo called on counties to develop shared services plans earlier this year, 50 New York counties submitted draft plans to their policymaking bodies by Tuesday's deadline. The debate continues.

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New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was at Engine 10 in Albany today to push for grant money to buy a state-of the art mobile fire training center.

“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
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In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

Albany Beams With Pride

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The City Flag flies alongside the Gay Pride flag, the Bisexual Pride flag, and the Transgender Pride flag on Albany City Hall.
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June is Gay Pride Month across the nation. Albany's observance kicked off this morning at City Hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy visited Albany's Meals on Wheels kitchen in March.
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A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program has activists and politicians up in arms.  Advocates for the poor worry President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal would worsen conditions for American families struggling to pay for groceries.

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations. Authorities closer to home are also on heightened alert.

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John Boyd Thacher State Park has been a Capital Region destination for decades. Now, the historic site with gorgeous views and extensive nature trails has a new visitors center.

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Some 78 people die each day across the country from prescription opioid-related overdoses and statistics show 4 out of 5 of heroin users started with prescription opioids.  Albany County now has a task force in place to battle the crisis.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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Every April since 1981, communities across the nation have paused to honor crime victims and those who support them.  Local officials gathered at the Albany County Courthouse today for a remembrance.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
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Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

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The biggest snowfall in years is coming down, part of a powerful blizzard hammering the East Coast. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the storm's impact in the Albany area.

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When Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his sixth State of the County Address last week, he announced the next phase in his fight against the opioid crisis.

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One of the biggest downtown construction projects in years, the new $78.5 million Albany Capital Center has opened. A ribbon-cutting was held Wednesday.

The Albany County Legislature has taken the final step to "ban the box" on county job applications. They've made it official.

The tour is stopping in communities across the country.
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Just an hour before Friday’s presidential inauguration, advocates, local lawmakers, health care professionals, faith leaders and impacted families turned out in downtown Albany to meet the National Save My Care Bus Tour for a rally opposing Republicans’ rush to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community. The building fell on hard times but interested parties kept it from the wrecking ball, restoring it and cementing its place as a city landmark. A deal in the works critical to the Palace's future is close to being finalized.

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