Capital Region News

Andrea Smyth speaking on Election Day in Troy, NY
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Democrat Andrea Smyth has conceded the race for Rensselaer County Executive to New York state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Behind by nearly a thousand votes on the night of the election, Smyth said she was going to wait for the absentee ballots to be counted. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Changes are coming to the recently reopened Cohoes Music Hall.

Local officials, video game industry leaders, and academics gathered in at the Troy Innovation Garage in Troy Thursday to discuss what a statewide tax credit would mean for the industry. 

Democratic state Assemblyman John McDonald, joined by local industry officials on a panel, spoke about the possible future for the video game industry in the Capital Region.

Leadership of an Albany-area town changes hands - Yasmine Syed is the new town supervisor
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On Tuesday, voters in a Schenectady County town elected a Republican political newcomer as supervisor.

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At an uncertain time for immigration policy in the U.S., sanctuary cities are the focus of an Albany Law symposium tonight.

Democratic incumbents Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cruised to victories in this week's elections. Here is a peek at what comes next in local government.

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Democrats have regained control of the city council in Troy, New York, but after the first citywide vote, the council presidency is still up in the air.

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The Mayor of Rensselaer has been re-elected.

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Although her opponent has declared victory, Democrat Andrea Smyth said Tuesday night she will wait for all the votes to be counted in the close race for Rensselaer County Executive against Republican state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. 

Frustrated about  an incident involving Burmese immigrants and an Albany Police officer, members of the South Asian community in the Capital Region gathered Monday.

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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is retiring at the end of 2017 after 16 years. Her exit opened the door for today’s high-profile election.

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Voters in the Albany area will decide a variety of city and county races Tuesday. 

In a New York county with a history of electing Republican sheriffs, a small-town Democratic police chief has mounted a challenge against the incumbent.

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The Second Annual Lantern Parade takes place in Albany’s Washington Park Sunday.

Out of four cameras the department was considering, Axon was the winner.
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After two years of preparation, the Albany Police Department body camera program goes live next week.

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City Council races in Schenectady and Troy could shift political balances in those cities.

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Absentee balloting has been the talk of Albany politics since the city’s Democratic primary in September.

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The race for the open Rensselaer County Executive is defined by a contrast in styles.

Capitalize Albany wants to oversee redevelopment of eight acres of commercial land in downtown Albany.

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Blight — even the most successful cities deal with it. One of the most daunting issues facing local governments is the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. A conference next week at Albany Law School will take an up-close look at landscape renewal.

Albany County Legislator Frank Mauriello
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Voters in Albany County's biggest town have a choice to make on Election Day: stick with Supervisor Paula Mahan for a sixth term, or back Republican challenger Frank Mauriello. Yesterday, we heard from Democrat Paula Mahan. Today, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas speaks with  Mauriello, the Albany County Legislature Minority Leader, who has deep roots in Colonie.

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The finishing touches are being put in place on the Times Union Center's $19.6 million renovation.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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Voters in Albany County's biggest town have a choice to make on Election Day: stick with Supervisor Paula Mahan for a sixth term, or back Republican challenger Frank Mauriello of the County Legislature. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Mahan, a Democrat who has been in office for a decade.

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Six months after the city’s minor league hockey team departed, arena football is returning to Albany for the first time since 2009. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Tuesday’s announcement at the Times Union's Hearst Media Center.

 Flaunting "Cohoes Proud" at the Cohoes Music Hall: Mayor Shawn Morse, Dean of RPI School of Architecture Evan Douglis and Vice President of Prime Companies, Todd Curley.
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The City of Cohoes, New York has teamed up with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture and a regional real estate company to develop a key area of the Spindle City for public access.

Dr. Christopher Ames at his inauguration Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
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Dr. Christopher Ames is the tenth president of The Sage Colleges in New York's Capital Region, coming to the school after serving most recently as provost at Shepherd University, a public liberal arts college in West Virginia. Ames, who began his tenure at Sage in July 2017 and was inaugurated last Friday, explains why he decided to take over the leadership at The Sage Colleges.

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Last week, Bow Tie Cinemas backed off plans to build a movie complex at One Monument Square in Troy.  There's still a chance an "ultimate theater" will be built in the area.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. Yesterday we met Democratic challenger Gary Pavlic. Today, we hear from incumbent Republican Council President Carmella Mantello.

Gary Pavlic is a 30 year resident of Troy who is currently a Rensselaer County Legislator representing the City of Troy on the County Government where he has served for the past 5 years.
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. First up is challenger Gary Pavlic, a Democrat.

Mailers sent out by the town Democratic Committee in Niskayuna, New York have raised the ire of the GOP town supervisor candidate.

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