Capital Region News

Capital Region News
12:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Interim Siena President Now Permanent

Brother F. Edward Coughlin meets the press as 11th president of Siena College.
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Siena College has picked its 11th president.  Brother Edward Coughlin, who prefers to be called "Brother Ed," has hit the hallowed Siena grounds just outside Albany running, and believes the timing is "just right."

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12:42 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

College Community Shaken By Student Death

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The University at Albany is mourning the death of Trevor Duffy, a 19-year-old sophomore who died after a drinking binge that may be the result of a fraternity hazing incident.  

Thousands of college students a year drink so much they are hospitalized or even die.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Albany Firefighters Ratify Agreement With Mayor

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Albany Firefighters have overwhelmingly ratified an agreement its leadership negotiated with Mayor Kathy Sheehan that would maintain full-staffing and apparatus, including the South End-based Ladder 1. 

Firefighters Union president Bob Powers says his group worked cooperatively with the city to identify ways to recover costs for critical advance life support services and ensure minimum staffing levels across Albany.

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12:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

School Board Meets Over Niskayuna Principal’s Moonlighting As Sports Agent

The book that started it all...
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A special board meeting was held last night over the Niskayuna High School principal’s second job as a high-profile sports agent. The story has local residents wondering how he can do both.

Like many Americans, Principal John Rickert has held two jobs for many years, although his are slightly more unusual than most: one as an academic leader, the other as a professional sports agent.  Locals say the Niskayuna School District was aware of this and school board members would never address it, citing rules of privacy.

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4:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Global Partner's Community Meeting Tonight In Albany

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Another community public information session to discuss Global Partners’ application to modify its existing air permit is being held tonight in Albany.

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3:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Troy Budget Process In Turmoil

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Troy is wrestling with a proposed $66.1 million spending plan for 2015. The Collar City is trying to keep the books from falling in the red.

The State Comptroller's Office advised the city last Friday that a 2014 budget deficit could lead to the return of a financial control board, which would assume oversight of the city's spending. Officials say such an oversight could occur in 2015 once the city closes its books for 2014.

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12:29 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Price Chopper's New Brand And Name: Market 32

Market 32 logo, the new name and brand for Price Chopper supermarkets.

A major chain of grocery stores around the Northeast will start to see changes over the next five years. Yesterday, the Golub Corporation unveiled the new branding, banner, and name of its of Price Chopper stores.

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3:57 am
Wed November 12, 2014

'Joe For G.I.'s' Program Underway

A new program to provide coffee and coffee supplies to local veterans is taking off in the Capital Region.

The Office of Albany County District Attorney David Soares is rolling out "Joe for G.I.'s," collecting ground coffee for local veterans.

"For the month of November we're asking the public to donate coffee or any other materials related to coffee, stirrers, filters, creamers, donate those materials to us, the district attorney's office, we have several locations all throughout the county. We will be providing the coffee to our local V.A."

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12:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Albany Observes Veterans Day 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy waves to the crowd.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As they did in many cities across the region, people lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 59th annual Veterans Day Parade.  Albany's parade stepped off at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 11 a.m. Marchers proceeded down Central Avenue past a reviewing stand on the steps of the old NYS Education Building.    

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12:25 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Price Chopper Unveils New Name: Market 32

One the region’s biggest grocery chains is getting a new name. The Golub Corporation unveiled a $300 million investment, new banner, and branding of its Price Chopper Stores Tuesday.

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