Albany

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries. Their Executive Director will join us later on.

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY.

To tell us more, we welcome the Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka. 

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After a close primary decided on absentee ballots last week all but decided a new city court judge, Albany's mayor today appointed him to a vacant city court judge position.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services John Egan has died.

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Flood-prone areas in Albany are getting relief. Officials are taking steps to counter the perennial problem.

The winner of the Democratic Primary race for Albany City Court Judge is yet to be determined.

The race for Albany City Court Judge has split local Democrats. The outcome of Tuesday's primary could chart a future course for the party.

Detour
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Water restrictions continue in Albany as work crews press on with repairs to the infrastructure where a sinkhole opened up along South Lake Avenue.

The Port of Albany has become a critical component of the city’s revitalization.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the plans are a demonstration of the growth the Palace is experiencing.
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The city of Albany is awash in upgrades and expansion plans. And it's all good.

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Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

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As crews continue working to repair the broken water main at the site of a sinkhole on South Lake Avenue at Elberon place, the city of Albany is directing residents to conserve water.

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The City of Albany has instituted mandatory water restrictions.

The Albany Sinkhole, August 8, 2016
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Infrastructure issues continue to dog two area cities. Here's the latest on the Albany sinkhole and the Troy water main break.

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A boost for New York State tourism was launched today in downtown Albany.

Director of Planning for the City of Albany, Christopher Spencer listening to the discussion from the table sessions.
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Plans are forging ahead on two multi-million dollar projects to remake the University at Albany’s downtown campus corridor and the city’s Palace Theatre.

  The Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake is presenting the world premiere production of a new opera by composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire based on the novel Roscoe by Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy.

With music that draws from many popular 20th-century styles, the story follows the character Roscoe Conway, a king-pin in the mid 1940’s Albany political machine, as he navigates his way through a multitude of political and personal challenges, both past and present.

Performances take place from August 3rd through the 6th. To tell us more we welcome composer Evan Mack, librettist Joshua McGuire, Seagle Music Colony Artistic Director Darren Woods and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy. 

SUV in Sinkhole
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the second major infrastructure failure in the neighborhood this year, a ruptured water main caused a sinkhole that swallowed a car and snarled traffic near Albany's Washington Park today.

The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made Janis Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

A Night with Janis Joplin, now running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences.

The show is created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin. 

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Citizens joined activists and community leaders in Albany chanting enough is enough.

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City officials, community partners and event sponsors revealed the new location and lineup for Albany’s signature free Alive at Five concert series at a press conference this morning.

Albany attorney James Long officially launched his campaign for City Court Judge Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a visit to the Adirondacks today that he has not been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into two former aides. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the governor also tried to deflect any implication that he was directly aware of the staffers’ actions.

The event was hosted by Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Albany’s historic City Hall.
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This morning at Albany City Hall, The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Hudson River Valley Greenway announced 17 grants to cultural and historic organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

The region’s rite of spring, Albany’s Tulip Festival, begins Friday, May 6, and runs through Sunday.

Coming Up At The Linda

May 5, 2016
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The Linda

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Who will be crowned the new Tulip Queen?
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The City of Albany has named five finalists for the 2016 Tulip Queen and Court.

Coming Up At The Linda

Apr 28, 2016
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The Linda

Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

The Dog Stays

Apr 25, 2016
As Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on, Senator Chuck Schumer says historic designation is the key to unlocking vital federal Historic Tax Credits for an ambitious adaptive reuse of the “Nipper Building” at 991 Broadway.
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It’s one of the defining characteristics of the Albany skyline: the Old RCA Victor mascot Nipper, who still sits atop the former RCA Building. Visiting today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says the pup has become a regional icon. A new development plan would transform the so-called "Nipper Building" into downtown residential and commercial space.

A new look and a new name: Corning Riverfront Park
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There will be a major makeover this summer for bike and pedestrian paths along Albany's riverfront.

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