Capital Region News

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.

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Federal authorities in western New York say they've captured a man wanted for a fatal Father's Day shooting in Albany.

Absentee ballots have been counted, but the race for the Common Council seat in Albany's 11th ward is not over.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

Corey Ellis with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Voters in the city of Albany have made their choices in the pivotal primary election.

NYS Assemblyman McLaughlin addresses reporters at the State Capitol in Albany.
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State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin declared victory in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

However, Deputy County Executive Christopher Meyer isn’t ready to concede.

At last count, McLaughlin leads 2,708 to 2,369. McLaughlin also leads 537 to 503 in the Conservative primary. There are also nearly 700 absentee ballots.

"I've been knocked down a few times in politics, but I know I have something to offer the city..." ~ Corey Ellis
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Former Albany Councilman Corey Ellis won a three-way race for Albany Common Council President in the Democratic primary yesterday.

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
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In just a few hours, months of campaigning in Albany will be over. Here's a look back at the mayoral race on this primary day.

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It’s all about turnout in today’s pivotal Albany primaries. Candidates relish the final showdown.

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With current Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin running for mayor in tomorrow’s pivotal primary, three Democrats are vying to replace her.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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One day before votes are cast in the key Democratic primary, a new poll shows Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan holding strong.

DACA grantee Rosa Luna, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, DACA grantee Diego Cruz
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In response to the Trump administration’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Albany County Executive is pledging his full support to helping local residents in the program.

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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One week from primary day, there are four mayoral debates to go in Albany.

Top row: Frank Commisso Jr., Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dan Plaat. Bottom row: Carolyn McLaughlin, Bryan Jimenez.
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Less than two weeks before primary day, the Albany Democratic mayoral candidates were back on the dais last night, fielding questions on issues unaddressed in previous forums. For the first time, they were joined by Green Party candidates.

Albany County officials are sounding the alarm over a new phone scam.

Once again, the three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor will get together for a pre-primary debate tonight. This time they will be joined by Green Party candidates.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
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Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has unveiled enhancements to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

August 29 Albany mayoral debate at the Hearst Media Center
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The three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor debated for the second time Tuesday night at the Times Union’s Hearst Media Center before a capacity crowd.

Paul Tonko
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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by Albany Medical Center Tuesday morning to headline a press conference on water systems and infrastructure.

Glenville Police Chief Steve Janik & Scotia Police Chief Pete Frisoni speak with reporters at State Police Troop G HQ
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New York State Police issued an update today in the case of a local elementary school teacher shot and killed by police.

St. Peter’s Hospital CEO Virginia Golden, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Acting Police Chief Bob Sears and other officials at Bethany Reformed Church, August 2017.
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An Albany not-for-profit has teamed up with the city to undertake a traffic study in a rapidly developing stretch. 

 "As long as you have a reason for running, and you have strong stands on the issues, a candidate can do very well." ~ Joe Sullivan
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Democrats have an overwhelming enrollment advantage in the city of Albany, meaning the September 12th mayoral primary is the biggest hurdle for the candidates. But that isn’t scaring off several third-party hopefuls. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Conservative candidate Joe Sullivan about the race, campaigning and the voting process.

Confederate memorial tombstone at Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi
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Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

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A 12-year-old girl has been named Albany County’s "Citizen of the Month.”

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas caught up with them after the event.

#AlbanyDebate at The Linda, August 2017
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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

Corey Ellis, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Alfredo Balarin and Leah Golby
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Citizen Action of New York has announced its endorsements in Albany’s city elections.

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