Capital Region News

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Today marked the 99th day 41 workers were locked out of their jobs at Honeywell Aerospace in Green Island after they refused to accept dramatic increases to their health care costs and the elimination of their pensions. There was support and solidarity present at a noon picket line rally outside the Honeywell building.

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Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

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As crews continue working to repair the broken water main at the site of a sinkhole on South Lake Avenue at Elberon place, the city of Albany is directing residents to conserve water.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Albany Wednesday, doubling down on her push to get legislation passed that she claims would bolster the manufacturing industry across upstate New York by creating a permanent program designating "Manufacturing Communities."

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The City of Albany has instituted mandatory water restrictions.

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Schenectady County has joined the five other counties in New York State that have banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

Several people were taken to the hospital following an Albany car crash involving a funeral procession.

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A security breach at a company that provides ID cards for health insurance companies has exposed personal information of 3.3 million people.

The Albany Sinkhole, August 8, 2016
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Infrastructure issues continue to dog two area cities. Here's the latest on the Albany sinkhole and the Troy water main break.

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A boost for New York State tourism was launched today in downtown Albany.

Events are planned in Albany this evening to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, who were convicted of terrorism following an FBI sting. 

Director of Planning for the City of Albany, Christopher Spencer listening to the discussion from the table sessions.
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Plans are forging ahead on two multi-million dollar projects to remake the University at Albany’s downtown campus corridor and the city’s Palace Theatre.

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In the second major infrastructure failure in the neighborhood this year, a ruptured water main caused a sinkhole that swallowed a car and snarled traffic near Albany's Washington Park today.

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Do you have a criminal record? That can be a daunting question for a job seeker. Some Albany County legislators are taking steps to eliminate that query from county job application forms.

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The Palace Performing Arts Center and the City of Cohoes today announced new programming and initiatives at the Cohoes Music Hall — part of the grand reopening of a venue that dates to 1874.

The skeleton of the new Capital Center - the white beam is at the bottom ready to be signed by officials before being lifted into place.
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A “topping off” ceremony was held this week in downtown Albany to commemorate a major milestone: the completion of the vertical structural framework of the new Albany Capital Center. The new convention center is changing the skyline.

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The Port of Albany will receive millions in federal funding that will help the Capital Region and Upstate manufacturers export their products across the nation and globe via the Hudson River.

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Former Mayor George Primeau died at 62.
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The city of Cohoes in Albany County is pausing to remember its former mayor.

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Once again, the University at Albany is saying goodbye to its president. Robert Jones announced his departure this week.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

Earlier this year, Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders announced the University at Albany’s $60 million plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  On Monday, many of those leaders gathered once again at the old school to share with the public their plans to conduct a joint study to look at "improving connections to downtown campus."

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Calling it a hub of job creation and economic activity critical to the regional economy, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany today. The New York Democrat announced a major push to secure a federal grant for the port he says will help upstate manufacturers export their products across the nation and globe via the Hudson River.

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The next two weeks are all about politics, but with a laundry list of unaddressed issues, Capital Region Democrat Paul Tonko says Congress shouldn't be taking a vacation.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
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Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

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A new University at Albany-led study finds that while local regulation helps reduce tobacco availability, there is increased concern about the rise of electronic cigarettes.

Palace theatre executive director Holly Brown says project timetables are being worked out.
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The not-for-profit corporation that operates the historic Palace Theatre in Albany today presented its vision for a $65 million renovation and expansion project.

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A national debate about the relationship between police and citizens has been raging in recent days. Now, an event featuring Albany police advising young people about interactions with the cops has gotten mixed response on social media. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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Efforts to repair Troy's new City Charter are progressing. The City Council has advanced toward authorizing the document.

(March 2016) Amherst, Ma. Chief of Police Scott Livingstone joins activists for a photo beneath the " Black Lives Matter" banner that hangs over South Pleasant St.
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Authorities are still learning about the shootings in Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded several more. That violence follows two civilian deaths at the hands of police this week that galvanized protestors.

 Pressing the cross button at the intersection of 787 and Bridge Street now stops traffic in all four directions, handing control of the intersection over to pedestrians.
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When a teenage pedestrian was killed crossing the dangerous highway that runs through his Hudson River city in June, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Now, Morse wants that stretch of 787 re-made into a boulevard.  Change is already on the way.

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