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With September fast approaching, the city of Albany's political climate is heating up as mayoral candidates strive to bring their messages to the citizens.

Many of the city's dilapidated structures are marked with a red "X" which lets emergency responders know the building is on the "too dangerous to enter" list.
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With a major downtown fire and a building’s near-collapse making headlines in recent days, Albany officials say local officials remain committed to rehabbing blighted blocks.

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The Center for Law and Justice says some Albany residents are angry about a recent announcement that state troopers will help patrol neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed those gathered prior to the actual forum.
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The Center For Law and Justice recently issued a letter of support for community policing on the University at Albany campus, whose police chief J. Frank Wiley has come under fire for adhering to the policy. The city of Albany has gained national recognition for its community policing philosophy. As Albany police begin outfitting officers with body cameras, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Center's executive director Alice Green about how the devices might alter the police-community dynamic.

One of New York's ecological treasures is one step closer to recovery.

Earlier this week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy promoted the “Sound The Alarm” to install 1,000 free smoke alarms across the tri-cities Oct. 14.
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Four Civil War-era homes have been torn down and a relief effort for displaced residents has begun after a fire ripped through a block of row houses in Albany's Center Square neighborhood.

Schumer, during a recent visit to Engine 10 on Brevator Street, pushed for the center.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday announced more than $426,000 in federal funding for the Albany Fire Department.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
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A Monday night fire in Albany's Center Square neighborhood has destroyed several historic buildings and displaced residents.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden briefs the press on a citywide fire investigation. (July 18, 2017)
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A huge Monday night fire has changed the landscape of an Albany neighborhood, while the hunt is on across the river in Troy for an arsonist believed responsible for a string of recent fires.

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Following a spate of fires in the area, the mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy are joining a nationwide effort to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. 

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University at Albany Police policies and procedures have resulted in a union no-confidence vote against the police chief and his deputy chief.

The Albany city school board has formally appointed the district's next superintendent.

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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.

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Today at Albany City Hall, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined city Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey and representatives from The Nature Conservancy to announce a new carbon agreement. 

An unsigned agreement is leaving some travelers to Albany in the lurch.

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Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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Work crews in the city of Albany have been quite busy in the area of Washington Park that brushes up against South Lake Avenue —  right across from the site of the August 2016 sinkhole that opened up and swallowed a small SUV,  prompting a citywide emergency. The new construction activity brings great engineering and technological changes to Washington Park Lake. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany City Water Commissioner Joe Coffey about the project.

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New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was at Engine 10 in Albany today to push for grant money to buy a state-of the art mobile fire training center.

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A city in upstate New York is cracking down on trash…

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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

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The day after a shooting and two stabbings in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief held a news conference to discuss a "crime surge."

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It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

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Congressman John Faso, County Executive Kathy Jimino and State Senator Kathy Marcione were among the elected officials who toured the flood damaged regions of eastern Rensselaer County Monday. The town of Hoosick and the village of Hoosick falls were flooded Saturday night causing road washouts, damaged homes and buildings and a massive clean-up and repair which is now underway. 

A plan to update Albany’s decades-old zoning code could be put on hold.

Albany Public Library, Grassroot Givers, and the Red Bookshelf will join with the City of Albany to encourage young people to keep reading this summer...

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A $2.2 million project supporters say will transform vacant space in Schenectady into an arts education facility has been unveiled.

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A 29-year-old man has been convicted of fatally stabbing a longtime city of Troy.

Developers of a new smartphone app hope it will allow residents and visitors to explore Albany in a new way.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
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Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

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.

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