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Capital Region News
12:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Update: Albany 'Red Light Cameras'

A typical red light camera installation.
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Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat from Albany, introduced legislation back in the spring that would authorize the city to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red light ticketing cameras at up to 20 intersections. City Police Chief Steve Krokoff and Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed on to the idea.

The city council voted 10-5 to pass a resolution in support of exploring the program.

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4:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set

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Former New York Knicks guard Luther "Ticky" Burden has been diagnosed with a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. Two local fundraisers are being held to give the NBA star a helping hand.

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7:59 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Downtown Albany: Open For More Business

Vacant downtown Albany office buildings may soon be welcoming new tenants.

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3:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

County Official: Move Residents Out Of Harm's Way

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy  wants people moved OUT of a neighborhood bordered by railroad tracks.

Ezra Prentice Homes consists of sixteen buildings and 179 units . Federalized in the mid 1980′s, the property sits right off I-787  and backs up to a railroad storage yard.    McCoy has been pro-active in the battle against those so-called “oil trains” that carry crude and often park on rails near the buildings. He says it's not a matter of if an oil spill will happen, but rather a matter of when.

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12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Nano Deal Reconstituted

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Chief Executive Officer Alain Kaloyeros today announced a three-way financing agreement for the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building currently under construction on the college’s Fuller Road campus.

The under-construction, $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — hence ZEN — that generates its own power.

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6:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nano Deal Evaporates

Alain E. Kaloyeros: Chief Executive Officer and Officer in Charge, the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT institution
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Citing "misinformation in the media" that led to a "misunderstanding of the intent of the application," the Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering withdrew its application to the Albany County Industrial Development Agency for financing for a new building at the Washington Avenue complex. 

The under-construction $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — or ZEN — that generates its own power. Although located in the Albany city limits, it will generate zero tax dollars.

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4:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Albany Airport To Get Upgrade

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Albany International Airport is receiving federal funding for an upgrade.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko tuesday announced that Albany International Airport will receive nearly $4 Million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for vital airport upgrades.

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4:21 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Collar City Arson Watch

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Troy's Mayor and Chief of Police will meet with Lansingburgh residents tonight.   Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Police Chief John Tedesco will be at Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club 6:30 tonight for a Neighborhood Watch meeting - they're hoping to calm residents' fears and perhaps gain a little intel that will lead to the identification and arrest of an arsonist following a series of suspicious fires early Monday morning.

The fires were set about 10 to 15 minutes apart in a 10-block radius in Lansingburgh. No one was hurt, but a vacant house on 3rd Avenue was extensively damaged.

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12:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

CDTA Gets "Smart"

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New technology and changing social norms are impacting public transportation. "Smart" devices, electric buses and smoking all are being scrutinized by the Capital District Transportation Authority.

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12:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Capital City Battles Blight, Aging Infrastructure

Like so many other cities across the nation, Albany has had to deal with urban blight and aging infrastructure. When an old house along the city's storied Clinton Avenue crumbled, the mayor took immediate action.

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