Capital Region News

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Dan Egan formally declared his candidacy for Albany County Executive Tuesday at the Hibernian Hall on Ontario Street.  He laid out his agenda for the county, which he says focuses on fairness and inclusion.

In the long-awaited official announcement, Egan paints himself as one who will deliver “progressive leadership” if he can topple first-term incumbent Dan McCoy in September’s Democratic primary and then get through the general election.

A Green Island town justice was arrested Saturday, charged with choking his wife.

Jeffrey Dorrance was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor. The Times Union, quoting a law enforcement official, says He was arraigned early Sunday in Watervliet City Court, and released on his own recognizance.

According to that official, Dorrance's wife went to the Green Island police department to report she had been assaulted. She had bruising on her neck and appeared to have been "roughed up."

On Sunday, faith leaders will gather in Albany to have an integrated "Call For Justice" around issues of poverty and inequality. The gathering is being billed as a "meeting addressing poverty from a truly interfaith perspective."

Mark Emanatian is the Capital District Organizer with Citizen Action of New York:  "Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish groups are coming together to an interfaith call for justice to work on the issues of poverty, what causes poverty, how we can solve poverty."

Primary day is about six months away. In Albany, the Democratic establishment may have lined up behind sitting County Executive Dan McCoy, but challenger Dan Egan is pressing on.

Albany historian and former New York State Assemblyman Jack McEneny has one yardstick by which he suggests sizing up any politician: "You're only as good as your last mistake."

Schenectady fire officials are advising people to avoid downtown Schenectady this morning due to a massive fire at an apartment complex. Local area media reports the blaze started around 2 a.m.

The complex is located on Jay Street across from Schenectady City Hall, which is being used as a temporary shelter along with CDTA buses. At least seven people were injured from the fire, several of them seriously, including one man was taken to Albany Medical Center with a broken back after jumping from the fifth floor. Firefighters are also saying one person is unaccounted for. Schenectady City Hall will be closed for today.

The Capital District is one of 12 U.S. cities in the running to receive up to $1 Million for a public art project.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy has been designated a finalist and the 12 cities have been invited to submit full proposals.

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A proposal to create a unified EMS system faces its first test tonight in Greene County.

14 towns and 5 villages would benefit from the countywide system that would be overseen by a not-for-profit group coordinated through the county's 9-1-1 center.

Police have already closed some streets and issued parking restrictions in downtown Albany as thousands of people head to the state Capitol for an education rally.

The Albany Police Department says about 500 buses from across the state are expected to begin arriving near the Capitol around 7 a.m. for Wednesday's "lobby day" being held by the group Families for Excellent School. The charter school advocates say they expect several thousand people to attend the rally, scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

Officials say bus passenger drop-offs are expected to continue throughout the morning commute.

Police began shutting down some downtown streets Tuesday evening. Others are being closed starting at 7 a.m. and won't reopen until 7 p.m. No parking restrictions are in effect for some downtown streets and roads until 8 p.m.

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State officials say it will cost more than $20 million to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Schenectady County.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation has released details of the project proposed for the property on Freemans Bridge Road in the town of Glenville, on the Mohawk River 15 miles northwest of Albany, and that cleaning up the former Kenco Chemical Co. site will cost an estimated $20.5 million, with the money coming from the state Superfund.

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A community educational task force assembled in 2012 to foster student achievement has released its "2014 Albany Promise Report Card."

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