Capital Region News

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Warmer weather is back, and with it an area bike-share program. CDPHP and the Capital District Transportation Authority have the second season of the “CDPHP Cycle!” program on Tuesday.

New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options.
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New York state and local leaders joined recreation enthusiasts at the capitol Thursday to recognize the area’s biking, hiking and walking trails and call for more options. 

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Voters will have their say Tuesday on the Albany Public Library’s roughly $7 million budget proposal for 2019. 

The finalists are Sawyer Cresap, Xavia Francis and Elizabeth Stenard of Albany, Natalie Joseph of Guilderland and Katherine Donnelly of Latham.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the five finalists for Albany Tulip Queen at Washington Park Wednesday.

The New York Bicycling Coalition is hosting an electric bicycle demonstration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany to kick off bike month.

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Local officials and General Electric have announced what they tout as the largest and most ambitious municipal solar project to date in New York.

Legend: the original Albany Patroons
The Albany Patroons

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople had hoped the third time would be a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise. Those hopes apparently have been dashed.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany-area officials gathered today to mark Arbor Day near the New York state capitol.

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Music fans are expected to head to Proctors in Schenectady this weekend for special performances by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

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Traffic on a major commuter road in Troy, N.Y. is down to one lane in each direction Friday morning after a water main break. Traffic has been reduced to one lane on Hoosick Street between 15th street and Burdett Avenue after repairs overnight to a water main break. City Hall says motorists should expect delays and use caution while traveling through work zones.

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A major fire in the city of Rensselaer Tuesday evening damaged several apartments on the 1400 block of 1st Street.

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As the nation continues to debate immigration policy, one restaurant in Troy, New York is hoping to create a safe space for immigrants and refugees.

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Spring is here and that means construction season is upon us. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look at some of the projects around the city of Albany.

Protestors were joined by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Adam Alhanti and John Barnitt.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Thousands of students across the country participated in another school walkout today — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

The City of Troy will honor its former Director of Operations, who was murdered three years ago, on Saturday.

A celebration of Albany's black history and tradition in music is coming up. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas previews this week's seventh annual Gospel Jubilee.

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When Neil Armstrong made his historic first step on the moon almost 50 years ago, the silicone rubber in his boots was made along the banks of the Hudson River in Waterford, New York, just north of Albany in Saratoga County. The plant, once owned by General Electric began operating in 1947, and is now Momentive Performance Materials. The plant was the scene of a strike from November 2016 until February of last year with health benefits a major demand of the workers.

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A search for a new chief to lead the city of Albany's police force is underway following three community meetings seeking citizen input.

As the Baby Boomers retire and turn to Social Security, staffers at Capital Region field offices are becoming overwhelmed. That's according to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who was in Glenville, New York this afternoon.

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Someday in the near future, your glass of New York cider could come from apples grown in Albany's Washington Park.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The University at Albany formally inaugurated its new president this afternoon.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials in Albany are moving forward with a plan to radically remake Madison Avenue as a "complete streets" example. With warmer weather around the corner, the street-calming element of the so-called "road diet" is moving ahead.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County held its annual crime victim "Ceremony of Remembrance" today.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayor of Troy has some changes in mind for the city police department. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A significant parking overhaul in the city of Troy is set to begin next month.

Jake Ashby, Rensselaer County Legislator
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Voters head to the polls April 24th for special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state Legislature — including the 107th district Assembly seat formerly held by Republican Steve McLaughlin, who became Rensselaer County Executive. Two Rensselaer County legislators, Republican Jake Ashby and Democrat Cindy Doran, are vying for the seat. In the second of a two-part series, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief speaks with Jake Ashby.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Albany will be taking community input as it looks to hire a new police chief.

 In this photo dated March 2018, Cindy Doran stands near the St. Gobain plant on the river in Hoosick Falls, site of the PFOA contamination.
Cindy Doran for Assembly

Voters head to the polls April 24th for special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state Legislature — including the 107th district Assembly seat formerly held by Republican Steve McLaughlin, who became Rensselaer County Executive. Two Rensselaer County legislators, Republican Jake Ashby and Democrat Cindy Doran, are vying for the seat. In the first of a two-part series, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief speaks with Cindy Doran.

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Some closure has been reached in the case involving a March 2015 fire in Schenectady that left four dead and dozens homeless.

The Sheehan Family in Puerto Rico
Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her family recently returned from a volunteer trip to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.  The mayor tells WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the trip is one she will never forget.

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