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The day-by-day drama swirling around the Troy budget proposal continues.

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Troy's budget situation is getting more precarious by the day.  The two sides are negotiating through the press.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden sat down Wednesday night with the city council in a continuing effort to reach level ground on Madden's budget proposal.

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A former Troy mayoral candidate could be headed to jail.

Cyberbullying can take many forms — and inflict plenty of damage. A new Siena Research Institute poll finds 22 percent of area teens experience cyberbullying.

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It's that time of year again — crows are on the move and wildlife officials are right behind them.

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Authorities say a 63-year-old woman found beaten outside a downtown Albany apartment building earlier this month has died from her injuries.

The Albany Capital Center is 75% finished...
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A major development in downtown Albany that has taken years to come together is getting close to opening. Reports were given an exclusive glimpse inside the Albany Capital Center today. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas took the tour of what's shaping up to be a main attraction for the area.

Arrest Made In Crossgates Shooting

Nov 14, 2016
Crossgates was evacuated after reports of an active shooter on Saturday.
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Police have arrested 20-year-old Tasheem Maeweather of North Pearl St. in Albany in connection with the alleged shooting Saturday at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor says Maeweather, who was identified by a witness, is facing reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon felony charges.

A helicopter over Crossgates on Saturday.
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Law enforcement agencies have been responding to Crossgates Mall outside Albany after a report gunfire on Saturday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Police in Guilderland got a report around 2:25 p.m. Saturday about shots fired. While details are still coming in, WAMC News spoke with Susan Kondratowicz, who works at a kiosk in Crossgates and was at F.Y.E. when she heard what "I knew immediately were gunshots."

Crossgates was evacuated after reports of an active shooter on Saturday.
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 UPDATE: 11/13/16 2:00 p.m.:

Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor said investigators believe an altercation between two men led to a single shot being fired inside the Crossgates Mall around 2:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Lawlor thanked mall patrons for their cooperation with authorities.

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People lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 61st annual Veterans Day Parade. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was among the crowd of onlookers.

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Albany's most famous war veteran has been remembered at city hall. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the ceremony honoring Henry Johnson.


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Seven University at Albany students have been arrested on hazing charges.

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As Troy makes efforts to solve its latest financial crisis, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the New York state Comptroller's municipal audit of the Collar City.

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When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

The training center streetscape resembles a Hollywood movie set.
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Local officials gathered Thursday at a public showing of the new "Streetscape" at the Town of Colonie's Municipal Training Center in Latham.

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The State University of New York Board of Trustees have named an interim president for SUNY Poly to replace the embattled former president Alain Kaloyeros, who is facing federal bid-rigging charges. Dr. Bahgat Sammakia was named interim president on Thursday. He was previously at SUNY Binghamton and is expected to take over on Dec. 1. Kaloyeros is embroiled in bid-rigging and bribery scandals tied to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upstate economic development programs. Cuomo has said he knew nothing of the alleged acts.

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Questions are being raised by Albany city government leaders whether the treasurer can cut his own pay so  his staff can be awarded raises.

Hundreds of union workers at an upstate New York chemical plant have gone on strike after efforts to reach a new contract with the company failed.

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The City of Albany and Albany County appeared to be headed toward a falling-out over the city's contentious trash fee. But an 11th hour compromise was reached.

Bertrand Stepping Down From Section 2 Athletics

Oct 28, 2016
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Most students who play high school sports won't go on to a pro career or a college scholarship, but they often take with them memories and life lessons along with perhaps a few bumps and bruises. Wayne Bertrand is about to step down as head of Section 2 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which covers 95 public, private and parochial schools over a wide area of eastern New York. Before taking over Section 2 four years ago, Bertrand was the athletic director at Guilderland High School; and he started the new job by fixing some major financial problems.

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A state appeals court has reversed the conviction that sent an Albany teenager to a nine-year prison term for a sneaker robbery.

 Albany County legislators Paul Burgdorf, Wanda Willingham, Norma Chapman, Legislature Chair Sean Ward (back), CE McCoy, Legislator Andrew Joyce  and AARP’s Derrick Holmes and Laura Palmer.
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Albany County has been chosen to join the World Health Organization’s Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

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A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of an upstate New York man whose roommate also was found slain last week.

Administrators at an upstate New York school that lost its football equipment in a suspected arson fire say it could cost more than $500,000 to replace the gear and the building where it was stored.

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Two reported sexual assault cases at the University at Albany have officials reexamining security measures.

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Three men are being held in Virginia in connection with two bodies found a day apart in Rensselear County.

Rensselaer Is On A Roll

Oct 21, 2016
Tuesday, Mayor Dwyer celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $3 milllion Hudson River walkway at De Laet's Landing.
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The city of Rensselaer missed out in the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. Then, a second chance to build a SUNY Poly tech hub apparently ran aground. Could the third time be a charm?

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A company lawyer says one of three asphalt plant workers hurt in a tanker truck explosion and fire has died of his injuries.

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