Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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As world leaders meet in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Albany has joined the global Compact of Mayors coalition.

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After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

Activists gather in City Hall to deliver a list of demands.
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Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.

Officials gather at the Albany County Office Building
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Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
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An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

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One of Albany's busiest thoroughfares is getting a makeover, but there's more to the project than meets the eye.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan revealed her proposed 2016 budget last night at City Hall.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his Fiscal Stress Monitoring Report, which grades municipalities based on financial information and environmental data.   The City of Albany is among the localities tagged as under fiscal stress.

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Albany is bolstering its fire department with federal funds.

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The trucking company involved in the death of a 4-year old at a busy Central Avenue intersection in February is seeking to add the city of Albany and a crossing guard to a wrongful-death lawsuit. 

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Albany is trying to become a more modern city, with a new focus on downtown projects and housing and a conversation about transportation alternatives. Earlier today, activists delivered about 250 postcards to Mayor Kathy Sheehan from residents, business owners and visitors who want protected bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue.

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Despite what you may have heard from civic leaders, upstate New York areas currently not served by Verizon FiOS won't be getting the high-speed internet service soon. And maybe, not at all.

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According to President Barack Obama, more than 90 percent of households headed by a college graduate have Internet access, while fewer than half of low-income households have similar access. The president says the "digital divide" puts these individuals at a disadvantage by limiting their educational and economic opportunities because the Internet is increasingly needed to find a job, finish homework or keep in touch with family and friends. The mayors of a handful of upstate cities agree, and are taking action.

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Battling a long-held perception that there's no parking in downtown Albany, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined the Albany Parking Authority and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District this morning to herald free parking on the street and in city garages on weeknights and weekends in the downtown area.

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The City of Albany’s Department of Youth & Workforce Services celebrated the opening of a new Youth Opportunity Office Thursday... WAMC's Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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Newly appointed Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox appears to have the Common Council’s support ahead of a confirmation vote expected next month. 

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The police-community dynamic is poised to make a dramatic shift in Albany. The city and Albany county announced a plan today to reduce low-level arrests, recidivism, and racial disparities.

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Speaking today at the Albany School of the Humanities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko vowed to fight to protect healthier food standards and programs for schools as Congress prepares to debate child nutrition standards. 

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Albany County officials and 29 local government leaders gathered at the downtown county office building this morning to announce completion of the Countywide Government Efficiency Plan.

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As part of National Bike to Work Day, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan cycled her way through her morning commute...

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The City of Albany has embarked on a program to award new scholarships to provide free Emergency Medical Technician training and certification to economically challenged Albany residents.

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As politicians scramble to expedite laws addressing crude oil transport by rail, citizens gathered in Albany today to demand the trains be banned from rolling on New York tracks.

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Albany Treasurer Darius Shahinfar announced today a 5-year savings of $750,000 to city taxpayers.

Shahinfar says the savings will be accomplished by the refinancing of $9.27 million of 2006 bonds, which has lowered the interest rates on those bonds from an average of 5.1 percent to 2.4 percent. In a statement, Shahinfar thanked the Albany Common Council for "quickly approving the necessary authorization for this transaction."

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Senator Charles Schumer is introducing legislation that would require crude oil to be transported in studier tanker rail cars within two years, instead of later deadlines included in federal regulations announced last week. The New York Democrat says upstate communities the oil trains pass through, including Albany — a major hub for shipments — remain at risk for explosions and contamination from derailments. 

With construction by the New York State Office of General Services under way to enhance the Madison Avenue overpass and the Empire State Plaza in Albany, organizers of the Freihofer’s Run for Women have relocated the course for the next two years. 

(Pictured) Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services, Price Chopper Supermarkets; Christine Ammon, director of human relations, Charles Freihofer Baking Company; Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and at the podium, George Regan, event director, Freihofer’s Run for Women.

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A new fund to support arts, education, and cultural programs in the City of Albany was announced today.

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A potential flooding disaster averted, Albany city and county officials continue to monitor the situation where the Normans Kill creek flows between two golf courses.

A hillside close to the Normanside Country Club in Bethelehem collapsed somewhere between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, blocking a significant length of the creek that separates the Normanskill Country Club from Capital Hills Golf Course on the Albany side.

Rev. Frank O'Connor, co-Vice President Family Promise of the Capital Region Board of Directors, cuts the ribbon at 783 New Scotland Avenue.
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Over the weekend, Family Promise opened a new day center along Albany's New Scotland Avenue. The appearance of the program in the upscale neighborhood has some cheering, others scratching their heads.

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