Capital Region News

An artifact from the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago has been given to Albany International Airport. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the airport Thursday morning when the artifact was officially put on permanent display.

When polls closed the night of the Albany Democratic primary, Joshua Farrell led Jim Long by a slim margin: 2,921 to 2,825. But more than 500 absentee ballots that came back need to be counted, and that happened Tuesday at the Board of Elections.

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Two Rensselaer police officers will not go unpunished for killing a woodchuck on a Troy golf course.

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The Occupy Movement began five years ago as "Occupy Wall Street," when activists flooded a park in New York City with demands for economic equality. The movement takes credit for introducing income inequality into the broader political discourse, for inspiring the fight for a $15 minimum wage and even the Democratic presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The local anti-establishment crusade against the power of elites — the so-called 1 percent — was known as Occupy Albany.

A kickoff event was held Sunday at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center to promote The Maccabi Games, expected to bring more than 700 athletes from around the world to the area next year. 

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Flood-prone areas in Albany are getting relief. Officials are taking steps to counter the perennial problem.

“I became a firefighter because my father said, ‘Give it a try,’... the best advice he ever gave me, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.” ~ Deputy Chief Maria Walker
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In August, Captain Maria Walker was promoted to Deputy Chief, the highest rank ever held by a woman in the Albany Fire Department. She is a third generation firefighter, following her grandfather, Frank J. McGarry, and her father, Frank A. McGarry, who both served as firefighters in the Buffalo Fire Department. Walker recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss her new rank.

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The U.S. Army has approved Albany High School’s proposal to establish a full-fledged Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Word came from Senator Chuck Schumer, who had intervened on the school’s behalf.

The winner of the Democratic Primary race for Albany City Court Judge is yet to be determined.

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The city of Schenectady has a new police chief.

As primary contests for seats in the New York Legislature play out at the polls, voters in some races are deciding who will vie to replace lawmakers who are retiring or bidding for higher office. 

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A New York woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for lying to a federal grand jury about the fire that killed her ex-boyfriend and three of her children and left a fourth child with severe burns.

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The University at Albany's Rensselaer County campus is getting a curriculum upgrade and a new name.

The race for Albany City Court Judge has split local Democrats. The outcome of Tuesday's primary could chart a future course for the party.

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In January, the Albany Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies to two-, three-, and four-unit buildings.  Two months later, the council re-examined the tax, ultimately voting 8-5 to keep the trash fee as is. The Council is re-visiting the thorny issue tonight.

The investigation into a pedestrian fatality on the stretch of 787 that runs through Cohoes has concluded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

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Water restrictions continue in Albany as work crews press on with repairs to the infrastructure where a sinkhole opened up along South Lake Avenue.

The Port of Albany has become a critical component of the city’s revitalization.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the plans are a demonstration of the growth the Palace is experiencing.
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The city of Albany is awash in upgrades and expansion plans. And it's all good.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has appointed Judge Stephen Herrick to serve as Albany County Public Defender.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Pedestrian safety has been priority one for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse in the weeks since a teenage girl was struck and killed trying to cross 787.

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The first phase of Albany's Madison Avenue “road diet” is now a reality.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the latest step to make the Capital City — and one of its busiest streets — more bike-friendly.

At the conclusion of this week's town hall meeting at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Aaron Mair, the National President of the 2.4-million member strong Sierra Club. Residents of the South End public housing complex heard from top environmental officials Wednesday evening, sharing their growing concerns about diesel truck traffic and the presence of nearby Global Partners, which transports Bakken crude oil by railroad tracks that buffer the apartments.

Mair sees the residents’ struggle with air and noise pollution at the expense of quality-of-life as a glaring example of what some call "environmental racism."

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An Albany police officer has been arrested after he was caught on camera body-slamming a 15-year-old girl at a rehab facility.

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Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 


Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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The Hudson River city of Cohoes is holding a public meeting on the update of its Comprehensive Plan tonight at the Cohoes Music Hall. Mayor Shawn Morse met Tuesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss what's next for the Spindle City.

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A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 of 13 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

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