Capital Region News

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden briefs the press on a citywide fire investigation. (July 18, 2017)
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A huge Monday night fire has changed the landscape of an Albany neighborhood, while the hunt is on across the river in Troy for an arsonist believed responsible for a string of recent fires.

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Following a spate of fires in the area, the mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy are joining a nationwide effort to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. 

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University at Albany Police policies and procedures have resulted in a union no-confidence vote against the police chief and his deputy chief.

The Albany city school board has formally appointed the district's next superintendent.

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In November 2014, with support from the Albany police department, city planners took a serious look at transforming four underused Washington Park tennis courts into Albany's first public skate park. Phase one of the project has come full circle.

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Today at Albany City Hall, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined city Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey and representatives from The Nature Conservancy to announce a new carbon agreement. 

An unsigned agreement is leaving some travelers to Albany in the lurch.

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Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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Work crews in the city of Albany have been quite busy in the area of Washington Park that brushes up against South Lake Avenue —  right across from the site of the August 2016 sinkhole that opened up and swallowed a small SUV,  prompting a citywide emergency. The new construction activity brings great engineering and technological changes to Washington Park Lake. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany City Water Commissioner Joe Coffey about the project.

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New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was at Engine 10 in Albany today to push for grant money to buy a state-of the art mobile fire training center.

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A city in upstate New York is cracking down on trash…

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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

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The day after a shooting and two stabbings in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief held a news conference to discuss a "crime surge."

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It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

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Congressman John Faso, County Executive Kathy Jimino and State Senator Kathy Marcione were among the elected officials who toured the flood damaged regions of eastern Rensselaer County Monday. The town of Hoosick and the village of Hoosick falls were flooded Saturday night causing road washouts, damaged homes and buildings and a massive clean-up and repair which is now underway. 

A plan to update Albany’s decades-old zoning code could be put on hold.

Albany Public Library, Grassroot Givers, and the Red Bookshelf will join with the City of Albany to encourage young people to keep reading this summer...

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A $2.2 million project supporters say will transform vacant space in Schenectady into an arts education facility has been unveiled.

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A 29-year-old man has been convicted of fatally stabbing a longtime city of Troy.

Developers of a new smartphone app hope it will allow residents and visitors to explore Albany in a new way.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
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Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
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Elected officials, law enforcement and local business leaders gathered today in downtown Albany to celebrate the launch of ride-hailing apps in the Capital Region, now legal across New York, ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan tries out the ParkAlbany app with on eof the city's 12 new experimental pay-by-phone parking meters.
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A "smart" approach to parking was unveiled this morning in Albany — a city where downtown parking is always at a premium.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy Friday, talking about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut SNAP benefits by $193 billion dollars over a decade.

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Two of the front-running Albany mayoral candidates have been trading barbs over tax exemptions.

A popular suburban Albany shopping mall is losing one of its long-time anchors.

TSA Director Bart Johnson; TSA Agent Francesco Genovesi
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With the summer travel season upon us, Transportation Security Administration officials were at Albany International Airport today to talk about items that need to be checked under the current terror threat.

With ongoing concern about drinking water in places like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh making national headlines, residents of one upstate New York city aren't taking any chances.

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Police say a man was shot and killed at a Father's Day barbecue in Albany. 

“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
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In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

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