Albany

Capital Region News
12:24 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Report: Good Grades For APD Chief

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Center for Law and Justice in Albany has released its "report card" on Police Chief Steven Krokoff's performance over the past three years as head of the Albany Police

"Pathway to Change: African Americans and Community Policing in Action" examines African-American perception of how police interact with people. It focuses on the progress Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff has made when it comes to repairing what the report calls "decades of racial tensions" neighborhoods experienced under several of his predecessors via community policing.

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Capital Region News
3:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mayoral Race Plays On Social Media

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

There's a new factor playing a role in the Albany mayoral race: social media.

It has been said that politics puts social networking and communication to the ultimate test.  Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Portelli was the first to toss his hat in the ring.

Republican hopeful Jesse Calhoun hails social media as "both a blessing and a curse."

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Capital Region News
3:38 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Democrat Vs. Democrat: Race For Albany City Treasurer

Gary Domalewicz and Darius Shahinfar, Democratic candidates for Albany City Treasurer
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

As the September 10 Democratic primary draws closer, with current Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running for mayor, two candidates for Chief Fiscal officer have emerged, each democrat believing he is best-suited to take over the position.

In May, the Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed Sheehan as Jerry Jennings' successor over Corey Ellis. The party also backed county Legislator Gary Domalewicz for city treasurer.

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Capital Region News
3:29 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

DeWitt Clinton To Become Renaissance Marriott

Mayor Jerry Jennings at the podium for the formal announcement.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A landmark downtown Albany hotel is getting a new lease on life.  Construction is set to begin this fall on a total remake of the old Dewitt Clinton. On Monday, Mayor Jerry Jennings helped take the wraps off a project he says goes hand-in-hand with other "revitalization" initiatives in downtown Albany, and would complement the proposed convention center, which would become the hotel's next-door-neighbor.

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Capital Region News
4:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Challenges Of Mounting A Political Campaign

Albany Mayoral hopefuls: Joe Sullivan (C), Marlon Anderson (I), Kathy Sheehan (D), Corey Ellis (D) and Jesse Calhoun (R).
Credit Photo composite by Dave Lucas

Launching and running a political campaign is one of the most challenging activities you can undertake. Launching a bid for local office or even mayor runs the gamut from intimidating to frustrating to exhilarating. American democracy enables all upstanding citizens to run for public office — at least, in theory. Going from idea and inspiration to launching a campaign is a process involving strict adherence to protocol, as New York Citizen One blogger Theresa Grafflin discovered when she attempted to run for city council in Albany's sixth ward.

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Capital Region News
4:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

An Unfriendly Town

Credit City of Albany; "X" graffiti by Dave Lucas

Looking for a warm welcome in a new city? Don't come to Albany - that's the message from a new survey of the most and least friendly places on the planet.

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Capital Region News
12:24 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sheehan Leads in YNN/Siena Albany Mayoral Poll

Credit Photo composite by Dave Lucas

With the September Democratic primary just six weeks away, a new poll suggests Albany voters have a clear choice in mind as to who they believe will best fill the shoes of departing Mayor Jerry Jennings.  

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Albany
7:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Classic Diner Available

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If you are looking to buy a diner - Albany Medical Center's CEO has a deal for you.

The old U.N. Diner on the Albany corner of New Scotland and Dana avenues – in more recent times known as Quintessence - is available. Albany Medical Center President and CEO Jim Barba says the hospital owns it – but it does not have a place in the facility’s current expansion plans - - so the 1930's structure is on the market. It's all yours if you will simply haul it away.

The landmark diner was sold to Albany Medical Center in October 2012.

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Capital Region News
3:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Albany Med Expansion: Park South

Albany Medical Center President and CEO Jim Barba with Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings (background illustration is what new residential area will look like when construction is completed).
Credit WAMC Photo Composite by Dave Lucas

Albany Medical Center has revealed the finishing phase of its ongoing 500-million dollar neighborhood revitalization  plan. When the old neighborhood surrounding Albany Med is completely rebuilt, it will cap what officials call "the transformation of New Scotland Corridor" - becoming a new community.

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Capital Region News
3:42 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Albany College Campus Gun Scare

Albany Police cruisers blanket the College of St. Rose campus during a midday lockdown Thursday.
Credit WAMC News/Brandon Holmes

There were some tense moments Thursday on an area college campus.  The College of Saint Rose campus in downtown Albany was locked down for close to an hour after someone reported seeing a gunman enter a school building. School officials released a terse text alert, and many students took to Twitter, worried that more bad news was imminent.

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