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On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy marked the unofficial anniversary of the county’s advocacy for residents concerned about the hazards of expanded oil train traffic and processing in Albany’s South End.  The air quality and noise issues created by both the trains and high-volume diesel truck traffic continue to plague neighborhood residents.

Brendan Cox and his family walk away from Albany Police HQ to a waiting car on Henry Johnson Boulevard.
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The Albany Police Department held a “piping out” ceremony today outside headquarters to mark the end of Chief Brendan Cox’s service. 

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A nationwide search is being conducted for a new chief to lead the Albany Police department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look back at the short tenure of Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox, who is being honored this hour as he leaves the job.

 

With budget cuts looming, residents in Troy are pleading with officials to keep the upstate New York city's two municipal pools open this summer.

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Most people always have a need for transportation, and at times, traditional taxi and bus services aren't always tailored to fit one's needs.

In this age when folks are clamoring to get Uber and Lyft into New York, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with Capital CarShare executive director Melanie Beam and board president Joe Bonilla to talk about the company’s efforts.


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The City of Albany has announced it is seeking nominations for the 2017 Tulip Queen and Court.

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In mid-December, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox announced he was stepping down to take a job with the National Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Cox was instrumental in rolling out LEAD in Albany. Cox recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to talk about his time as chief.

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Casting a vote as a New York state elector, struggling to balance a budget, emceeing a Sawyer Fredericks concert, consoling a family that lost a child in a traffic accident — those are just some of the events that have sculpted Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan during her first term in office. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Democrat in her office at City Hall for a look at where the Albany’s first female mayor and the city are headed as the New Year approaches.

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An aerial gondola system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.

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Immigration advocates from New York's capital region gathered at Albany City Hall to urge local lawmakers to consider making the city a sanctuary for those living in the country illegally.

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Mayors and other local officials from New York's capital region are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remember the state's aging water pipes as he puts together his budget proposal.

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This morning at Albany City Hall, Brendan Cox confirmed he is resigning as police chief to take a position with a national law enforcement guidance organization that has worked closely with the city department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the rotunda for the announcement.

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The executive director of Albany's historic Palace Theatre says a $65 million expansion will move forward despite the venue missing out on state funding awarded last week. 

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

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Police agencies across New York are increasingly turning to social media to assist in law enforcement and to kick public outreach up a notch.

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With the pressure to get a new budget in place bearing down upon Troy, Mayor Patrick Madden has devised a new fiscal package that would raise taxes 14.6 percent — about half his initial proposal.  Madden proposed it to the City Council Wednesday night in a bid to avoid layoffs and cuts in city services.

Last month, Crossgates Mall in Albany County became the site of a mass evacuation, as thousands of shoppers on a busy Saturday responded to a report of gunshots in the mall. In the end, the incident was far less scary than the mental picture initially conjured. But it got plenty of people thinking about what they would do in such a situation.  This morning, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Better Business Bureau and several area chambers of commerce to present a workshop entitled "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events."

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The 20-year old Albany man accused of firing a gun that resulted in a lockdown at Crossgates Mall last month has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

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Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

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Hometown Health Centers has partnered with the Schenectady City School District to open the county’s first school-based health centers.

Infrastructure upgrades at one of the area’s largest school districts will be decided on when citizens vote Tuesday on a $32 million facilities improvement capital project.

Family Promise gets the green light to continue operations in Albany.

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Four people were shot in the wee hours of Thursday at a Central Avenue nightclub in Albany.

The new downtown Albany convention center is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $36 million a year. But ahead of the facility's planned spring opening,  the Albany Convention Center Authority's finances are coming under scrutiny.

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One year ago, Albany revisited its musical past. Mid-1960s era local bands reformed to perform again. "Analog Fog" was such a success, they decided an encore was in order.   "Analog Fog II" is coming up later this month...

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With the Albany Common Council set to vote tonight on the mayor's proposed budget, four members have sent a letter to the mayor, critical of her administration's financial management.

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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.

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