Assemblywoman Pat Fahy

An Albany police officer signals Mayor Kathy Sheehan it's time to ride down Clinton Avenue on Bike To Work Day 2018.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It's become a rite of spring in New York's Capital City:  "Bike To Work Day."

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After weeks of rumors about whether New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul could leave the ticket, the Democrat picked up endorsements from local elected Democratic women Wednesday near the capitol.

New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options.
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New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options. 

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Visitation continued Friday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Ulster County for New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Several assemblymembers, including Speaker Carl Heastie, were expected. Skartados died Sunday at age 62 from pancreatic cancer. People attending viewing hours Thursday remembered the Hudson Valley Democrat as a most honorable public servant.

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The Preservation League of New York State has released its annual list of the seven “most threatened” historical sites.

The student-led protest over gun violence called “March for Our Lives” will take place Saturday in Washington and communities across the nation.

Assemblymember Pat Fahy Thursday night at the Albany Public Library for a community forum about the New York budget.
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With the  deadline for adopting the New York state budget days away, Albany area Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy conducted a "community conversation" Thursday to bring constituents up to date.

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
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The Preservation League of New York State is asking legislators to support changes to historic tax credits.

109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy
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A month into the legislative session, it’s a busy time for state lawmakers in Albany. Budget hearings continue ahead of the April 1st deadline, and city of Albany leaders are once again request $12.5 million in state aid. 109th district Assembly Democrat Pat Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about three pressing issues.

Albany author William Kennedy was honored Wednesday at City Hall on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

ASO Music Director David Alan Miller says the programs Albany is bringing to D.C. April 11th are "incredibly exciting."
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been invited to Washington, D.C.to perform at the Kennedy Center for the first time in its history. 

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New York state will require internet providers to observe net neutrality or risk losing eligibility for state contracts under an executive order issued Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Lawmakers in New York and Connecticut are pushing to ban the sale and possession of  “bump stocks,” devices that convert semiautomatic weapons into automatic firearms. 

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People brought to the U.S. when they were children, known as Dreamers, have found themselves caught up in the latest political debate in Washington. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is scheduled to expire in March if lawmakers don’t extend it.

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Rejecting calls from fellow Democrats to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse received a standing ovation from supporters Tuesday night.

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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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

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