Assemblywoman Pat Fahy

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It’s the centennial of woman’s suffrage in New York. But there is no suffrage story without the anti-suffrage story.

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A rally against fracking was held Thursday in Albany's West Capitol Park. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on an issue most New Yorkers thought was resolved back in 2014.

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In November 2014, with support from the Albany police department, city planners took a serious look at transforming four underused Washington Park tennis courts into Albany's first public skate park. Phase one of the project has come full circle.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan congratulates Bam Lynch inside Cheescake Machsimo, June 30, 2017.
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In case you missed it, last Friday, cheesecake was the toast of the city in Albany. 

Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
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Elected officials, law enforcement and local business leaders gathered today in downtown Albany to celebrate the launch of ride-hailing apps in the Capital Region, now legal across New York, ahead of the July 4th weekend.

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.

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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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After years of efforts, ride-sharing advocates are celebrating in New York this week. The latest state budget deal paves the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to operate upstate.  

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With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

"We stand for the JCC because the JCC is us and we are the JCC. This city will not tolerate hate. " ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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In recent days, two separate bomb threats, both unfounded, have been called into the Albany Jewish Community Center. Activists and religious leaders, government officials, concerned citizens and neighbors gathered early Thursday evening on the grounds of the Whitehall Road facility in a show of solidarity.

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On Wednesday New York state lawmakers gathered in Albany to kick off the 2017 session.

A bill that would have required the state to cover the costs of providing legal services for indigent populations has been vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Activists handed out leaflets explaining they in fact welcome more transportation options, as long as they are accessible to members of the public.
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Legalizing apps like Uber and Lyft upstate is one of the big issues awaiting New York state legislators when they return to Albany next week. Advocates for the disabled support ridesharing expansion, as long as there is accessible transportation.

The Capital Region Ridesharing Coalition at Albany City Hall urged the New York State Legislature to pass ridesharing early in the 2017 session.
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Local and state officials, business groups and members of law enforcement gathered in Albany City Hall's rotunda Thursday in support of expanding ridesharing upstate next year.

 Albany County legislators Paul Burgdorf, Wanda Willingham, Norma Chapman, Legislature Chair Sean Ward (back), CE McCoy, Legislator Andrew Joyce  and AARP’s Derrick Holmes and Laura Palmer.
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Albany County has been chosen to join the World Health Organization’s Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area holds press event in Albany, NY, to announce new tools that aim to make it easier to explore the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Attendees include Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Acting Exe
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Some new tools are out, designed to augment interest in upstate New York's burgeoning heritage tourism industry.

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.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Schenectday Mayor Gary McCarthy, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly members McDonald and Fahy.
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With less a month to go before the primary on April 19th, Capital Region Democrats gathered last night in uptown Albany for a "Hillary for New York" organizing event.

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Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders today announced University at Albany’s plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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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.

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

A $7 million overhaul is getting started after a groundbreaking Thursday at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar.


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Two Albany-area Assemblymembers  have joined the push for ride-sharing companies to be allowed to operate across New York.

Primary day is about six months away. In Albany, the Democratic establishment may have lined up behind sitting County Executive Dan McCoy, but challenger Dan Egan is pressing on.

Albany historian and former New York State Assemblyman Jack McEneny has one yardstick by which he suggests sizing up any politician: "You're only as good as your last mistake."

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The New York State Legislature convened last week for its six-month session. Area lawmakers have varying hopes and expectations for 2015.

Another session is under way, but off to a slow start resulting from Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to move the State of the State address back two weeks following the death of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.

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A challenger has emerged against the sitting Albany County executive.  Albany School Board Member Dan Egan appears ready to roll against Dan McCoy in a Democratic primary.

Dan McCoy was elected in 2011 as Albany county's fourth executive: the former city firefighter once chaired the legislature, which holds much of the power to run the county. With the September primary nine months away, McCoy embarked on a very early media blitz of television ads over the weekend, which observers see as an indication he's not taking his electability for granted.

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Unhappy with what they say is low pay and inconsistent scheduling, more than 300 College of Saint Rose adjunct professors are preparing to get out the vote in their upcoming union election.

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Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat from Albany, introduced legislation back in the spring that would authorize the city to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red light ticketing cameras at up to 20 intersections. City Police Chief Steve Krokoff and Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed on to the idea.

The city council voted 10-5 to pass a resolution in support of exploring the program.

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In May, city officials took the wraps off a plan to bring red light cameras — which snap photos of vehicles illegally zipping under traffic signals — to Albany's most dangerous intersections. Citizens and politicians are now choosing sides. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat, introduced the legislation that would give the City of Albany the green light to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red-light ticketing cameras at as many as 20 intersections.

The long lines of DOT 111 oil tankers parked outside of the Ezra Prentice complex in Albany are a constant reminder to some residents they are living in the shadow of potential disaster. Critics of crude oil transportation by rail are in pro-active mode when it comes to disaster preparedness.

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A new bill introduced in the New York State Assembly will create funding to include Pre-K students as part of transportation aid that is received by school districts for K-12 students.

Legislation introduced  by 109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy would bring parity for Pre-K transportation by providing state aid to public school districts as is now provided for K-12 education.