Capital Region News

A popular suburban Albany shopping mall is losing one of its long-time anchors.

TSA Director Bart Johnson; TSA Agent Francesco Genovesi
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With the summer travel season upon us, Transportation Security Administration officials were at Albany International Airport today to talk about items that need to be checked under the current terror threat.

With ongoing concern about drinking water in places like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh making national headlines, residents of one upstate New York city aren't taking any chances.

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Police say a man was shot and killed at a Father's Day barbecue in Albany. 

“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
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In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

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Late last week, Troy's Police Department placed its entire Drugs and Firearms Interdiction Unit on administrative leave.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar addresses the media in city hall as Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on.
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The city of Albany's financial picture looks sharper and brighter. Officials announced the numbers Thursday morning at City Hall.

Nippers Pop Up In Albany

Jun 15, 2017
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A public art project based on Albany’s famous canine resident and local landmark Nipper the Dog has taken off.

Residents of Albany are being invited to meet their refugee and immigrant neighbors at a panel discussion Thursday.

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Visitors and residents will have an easier time getting from place to place this summer in Albany. CDTA has kicked off a free downtown shuttle service.

Sgt. Matt Dearing and Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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Schenectady police continue to investigate the shooting of a city man during a confrontation with officers that was livestreamed on Facebook.

DA Soares Announces Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in Albany County
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares is publicizing a new series of criminal justice reforms.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan rallied with supporters Sunday afternoon at her Madison Avenue campaign headquarters - chit-chatting and serving slices of pizza.
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Tuesday represents another mile-marker for citywide races in Albany: June 6th, when candidates begin building their petitions.  Among those gathering signatures - the incumbent mayor and her latest challenger.

Albany Beams With Pride

Jun 1, 2017
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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The Albany Police Department and race organizers say security measures will be in place for the 39th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K on Saturday.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced a round of traffic safety and policy changes involving the prosecution of vehicular crimes in Albany County.

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Authorities say an ambulance transporting a Sloansville man to his home crashed on an upstate New York road, killing the patient.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears
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The Albany Police body camera program is almost ready for prime time.  Tuesday night officials updated citizens during a community forum at the main branch of the Albany Public Library.

A second Albany mayoral candidate has released personal income tax returns.

Across the city of Albany, the political scene is heating up as the pivotal September Democratic primary approaches.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced a series of Solid Waste Management Plan Community Meetings, as the city landfill nears capacity.

A blind woman helped for years by her mini guide horse is now returning the favor by nursing the sick animal back to health.

Authorities say a man has been charged with driving drunk in the parking lot of the New York State Police Academy.

An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the beating death of a 63-year-old woman.

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A group of cyclists led by Mayor Kathy Sheehan celebrated Bike to Work Week Tuesday morning in Albany.

Superintendent Larry Spring says the extra funding will empower the district to hire more teachers, expand services and roll out new programs.
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One day before voters decide school budgets across New York state, Schenectady School District officials welcomed elected leaders to Mont Pleasant Middle School to discuss the impact of a significant funding increase.

State officials have started an internal investigation after guests and staff at an Albany hotel complained about late-night raucous behavior by a group of prison guards.

Anja Adriaans, founder of "FAN" – the Friendship Albany-Nijmegen Association.
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The horrors of World War II and the humanity that emerged from it forever linked Albany with a city in northwestern Europe in a friendship forged with flowers.

The College Of St. Rose

In recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones.  Yesterday on Midday Magazine, we heard from St. Rose professor Angela Ledford about a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

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