Capital Region News

Troy Police Chief Retiring

Dec 15, 2017
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
Troy Police Department

The police chief of Troy, New York is stepping down in December after 40 years with the department. John Tedesco has been the chief for seven years.

Police will be watching Albany High Monday after a melee forced the district to close the school Friday.

The College Of St. Rose

Six members of the College of St. Rose’s Board of Trustees have tendered their resignations. It’s the latest challenge at the private Albany college.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

If an ambitious project in the works to transform a section of Albany's New Scotland Avenue across the street from St. Peter's Hospital comes to fruition, it  would rival development that has sprung up farther down the avenue around Albany Medical Center.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Police Department, Capital Region Crime Stoppers and SEFCU have teamed up to launch a program enabling people with tips about crimes to share information with authorities anonymously — with the possibility of a cash reward.

Crime Scene Tape
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Authorities today identified the person whose body was found Saturday in a wooded area in Delmar, New York as 70-year-old Ruth Talmon of Schenectady County. 

Image by Dave Lucas

State police have charged a New York woman with stealing more than $150,000 from a customer's accounts at an upstate bank where she worked.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes has begun what promises to be a long recovery from last week's massive downtown fire. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at City Hall today for an update.


Residents are shaken and the images are startling after a massive fire devastated several downtown blocks of the city of Cohoes Thursday.

  Firefighters battled a massive blaze along Remsen Street in Cohoes late Thursday afternoon. 

American Red Cross

People are homeless and several buildings have been completely destroyed following a major fire in the Albany County city of Cohoes Thursday afternoon. Fire departments from a number of nearby cities and towns were called in to help battle the flames that broke out in the 200 block of Remsen Street, and quickly spread. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no reports of serious injuries. Officials say the wind carried embers to other buildings and touched off other smaller fires.

A major fire is burning at this hour in the city of Cohoes, NY. 

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The first season of the Capital Region's bike-share program is being hailed as a major success.

Budget Angst In Troy

Nov 30, 2017
Lucas Willard / WAMC

For the second year in a row, the Troy city council has voted down Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed budget.

The Troy city council has voted down Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed budget.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The head of the New York state Assembly has issued sanctions against outgoing Capital Region Republican Steve McLaughlin following a harassment complaint. 

An accountant who admitted to stealing $3.1 million from agribusiness giant Cargill, Inc. has been sentenced to five years in prison. 

Red Light cameras in the city of Albany budget.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Albany’s red-light camera program is now a fact of life for city motorists, but it’s no longer a factor in the city budget…

The city of Schenectady is beginning the process of outfitting police officers with body cameras.


Several area communities participated in "Small Business Saturday." The event has evolved from a marketing promotion to a component of the busy shopping weekend bordered by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

A controversial trash fee has been removed from the city of Troy's 2018 budget proposal.

Emily Conwell, flickr

Local retailers are hoping to make the most of Small Business Saturday.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, St. Peter's & Albany Memorial CEO Virginia Golden, Albany County DA David Soares and Pastor Charlie Muller.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials hope Albany's  "Gifts for Guns Buy Back Program" will take more guns out of the local community.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials hope Albany's  "Gifts for Guns Buy Back Program" will take more guns out of the local community. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On his 75th birthday, the nation's 47th vice president visited Proctors in Schenectady Monday night — one of 19 stops on his "American Promise" book tour. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there when Joe Biden walked out on stage .

Andrea Smyth speaking on Election Day in Troy, NY
Jim Levulis / WAMC

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
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

On Tuesday, voters in a Schenectady County town elected a Republican political newcomer as supervisor.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

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