Capital Region News

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appeared outside two buildings being rehabbed along Clinton Avenue's 300 block Tuesday afternoon, to kick off a $1 million vacant building initiative.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In a bid by the city to stave off urban decay, Albany homeowners and developers can now apply for up to $50,000 to purchase and rehabilitate blighted buildings.

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Some new life could be in the cards for the old Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

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The trial against two former UAlbany students for their alleged roles in a racially charged incident aboard a CDTA bus on the Campus will begin with jury selection on Monday.

Carmella Mantello

Mysterious wooden poles that began springing up around Troy have been traced to a telecommunications copy, which has agreed to remove some of them.

 A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A young Albany man who became a symbol for the Raise The Age initiative suffers another setback.

Additional candidates are entering the race for Albany Common Council President.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

Sheehan announced her intent to run days after Albany was given $12.5 million to plug a budget shortfall. This time the money is not a spin-up against future funds.

Jeff Pangburn of Creighton Manning Engineering says phase two begins in July; it will bring the new configuration all the way downtown.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A successful radical remake along a busy stretch of Albany’s Madison Avenue will extend to where the street meets Lark and Delaware further downtown. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Thursday night for a public meeting on phase two of the “road diet.”

Dr. Mandeep Sidhu addresses walkers gathered outside Albany Med's front entrance on New Scotalnd Avenue prior to the neighborhood walk.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On Wednesday, a throng of Capital Region residents met Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the front entrance of Albany Medical Center to take a neighborhood walk. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined in, taking steps toward better health.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor capped a two-day visit to the Capital Region with a speech at the University at Albany Tuesday night.

With the Senate getting closer to a vote on nominee Neil Gorsuch, Justice Sotomayor was careful to avoid politics in her speech to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Troy Water Plant
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Work began Monday in Troy to replace a mile-long section of a 111-year-old water main that runs under the streets of Lansingburgh. 

Albany Mayor Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Ten Albany police officer-trainees graduated in a late-morning ceremony today at the new Capital Center downtown.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Bus riders throughout the Capital Region can rest easy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the fare isn't going up under the CDTA's new budget.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Community service organization Capital Roots announced the launch of the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Wednesday at its headquarters and regional food hub, the Urban Grow Center, in Troy.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

A Women’s History Month discussion with Kathy Sheehan, Albany’s first female mayor, and Albany author and activist Barbara Smith is set for Wednesday evening at City Hall.

While summer may seem far off, organizers of one local racing event are looking to recruit participants now, so they can train for the meet.

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A police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he slammed into a vehicle belonging to another law enforcement agency.

CDPHP Cycle! set to launch in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga
CDPHP/CDTA

Two organizations well known by their acronyms have partnered up to bring people in the Capital Region a new way to get from here to there.

Congressman Paul Tonko met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning, March 19, 2017.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Republican leaders are planning a vote Thursday to repeal and replace much of Obamacare. Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko doesn’t think much of the plan. The Democrat met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan Launches the  City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany insurance broker has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a $1 million securities fraud scheme.

Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. On Wednesday he sat down with WAMC's Dave Lucas to outline his platform.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. recently tossed his hat in the ring in a bid to capture the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination. The son of the County Legislature’s majority leader, Commisso joins a field already featuring Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Green Party hopeful Dan Plaat. First-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan has not yet announced a reelection bid. Commisso sat down Wednesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


Snow accumulates outside the WAMC Studios on Central Avenue in Albany, NY.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities continue advising people to stay off the roads as a Nor'easter pummels the Northeast. Blizzard warnings remain in effect.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

The biggest snowfall in years is coming down, part of a powerful blizzard hammering the East Coast. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the storm's impact in the Albany area.

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When Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his sixth State of the County Address last week, he announced the next phase in his fight against the opioid crisis.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. joins the short list of Albany Mayoral candidates
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Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. WAMC's Dave Lucas attended Commisso's official announcement Thursday.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

By a 12-3 vote, the Albany Common Council approved a resolution this week to sell downtown’s Palace Theatre.

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