Capital Region News

A new look and a new name: Corning Riverfront Park
City of Albany

There will be a major makeover this summer for bike and pedestrian paths along Albany's riverfront.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the heart of "Tech Valley," a new survey is out showing Capital Region employers are having difficulty finding high-tech workers.

New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an Albany-area health insurer that he says broke the law by denying coverage for expensive hepatitis C treatments until patients showed advanced symptoms of the disease such as moderate to severe liver scarring.

Albany County Crime Victims
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local officials gathered at Academy Park in Albany today for a ceremony to honor the memory of Albany County crime victims.

Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.
WAMC photo by Helen Rose Schneider

Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.

Troy Bicentennial Cake
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Patrick Madden and the Troy Cultural Alliance kicked off the start of the city’s bicentennial celebration today.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Eight days before the New York primary, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich appeared before a packed La Salle Gymnasium in North Greenbush Monday Afternoon.

The Albany-area will be the center of attention for the presidential race today with three candidates making campaign stops. More from WAMC's Brian Shields...

As the April 19th New York Primary approaches the Albany area has become a campaign stop for the candidates.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is scheduled to meet with Republican state lawmakers Monday morning, before heading to Troy for a rally at the La Salle Institute. The Republican will then go to Saratoga Springs for a late afternoon gathering at the Saratoga City Center.

breathing lights
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Three Capital Region cities are gearing up for the new "breathing lights" display.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

Less than two weeks before New York’s presidential primary, the candidates are making plans to visit the Capital Region. Republican Senator Ted Cruz will be in Scotia this morning for a town hall event at Mekeel Christian Academy at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:30.

Meanwhile, Ohio Governor John Kasich will be in Albany early next week after his stop in Brooklyn Thursday. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have both reportedly reached out to the Times Union Center in Albany for possible rallies. Former New York Senator Hillary Clinton was in Cohoes near Albany earlier this week. The New York primaries are on April 19th. 

Siena College has taken the wraps off a new bachelor's degree in nursing program. 

HRC Barnstorms Cohoes

Apr 5, 2016
Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo, up to Albany where she met with Democratic lawmakers, then on to Cohoes. At stake: 274 delegates in the April 19th primary.

When New York lawmakers announced the state budget agreement last week, ethics reform was not part of the package. That’s likely to come up at tonight’s Albany Museum of Political Corruption roundtable discussion at the College of Saint Rose.

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are planning rallies today in upstate New York. 

A petition to overturn results of the troubled February 9th high school vote in Albany has been denied.

Wednesday at the Albany Marriot Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul launched “The Global NY Fund Tour”
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York has kicked off a “Global NY” program created to help businesses expand to foreign markets.

 Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the crowd "what has happened with policing is the result of this country trying to do things on the cheap."
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police and civic leaders gathered at the Center For Law and Justice in Albany today to announce the kickoff of a new diversion program.

A downtown Albany charter school is moving to more spacious digs.

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are challenging a university decision impacting the 125-year-old Rensselaer Union.

SUNY Poly Partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization Drives Investment in and Installation of Emerging ‘Green’ Technologies at World-Class 'Zero Energy Nano' Building.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

This week, visiting Japanese officials toured SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s ZEN building in Albany. The innovative six-story structure will be home to education and business, while serving as a model for the U.S. construction industry.

City of Schenectady

There is debate in Schenectady over town-and-gown issues between Union College and city hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Schenectday Mayor Gary McCarthy, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly members McDonald and Fahy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With less a month to go before the primary on April 19th, Capital Region Democrats gathered last night in uptown Albany for a "Hillary for New York" organizing event.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was a long night at city hall as the Albany Common Council Law Committee held a meeting, public comment period and vote to repeal the new trash collection tax.

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A World War I dog tag belonging to a soldier from upstate New York has been found by a military memorabilia collector in France.

The College of Saint Rose has announced a tentative contract agreement impacting 160 adjunct faculty members.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul steps off a CDTA bus at the Rivers construction site.
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Schenectady Wednesday, touring the construction site at the new Rivers Casino and Resort.

Villages across New York are conducting elections today.

The Kate Mullany House at 350 Eighth Street in Troy, New York, Executive Director, Paul F. Cole
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the mid-19th century, more than 3,000 women — almost half of Troy’s female industrial workers — were employed in the collar industry. (Hence the nickname "Collar City.”) One of them was a 23-year-old Irish immigrant: Kate Mullany.