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On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”

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With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

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The City of Albany’s Department of Youth & Workforce Services celebrated the opening of a new Youth Opportunity Office Thursday... WAMC's Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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The rate of traffic crashes in the United States is about three times higher at night than in the daytime. Visibility is a large contributing factor to that statistic. But a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor is leading a study in the Capital Region that may revolutionize the way we drive at night. 

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s fourth “State of the County” tour gets underway next week.

Albany FreeNet

In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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Newly appointed Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox appears to have the Common Council’s support ahead of a confirmation vote expected next month. 

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The police-community dynamic is poised to make a dramatic shift in Albany. The city and Albany county announced a plan today to reduce low-level arrests, recidivism, and racial disparities.

To most people, an old abandoned building is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore in need of a wrecking ball. But in the Capital District, hundreds of vacant structures will be transformed into works of art. Funded with a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Breathing Lights will illuminate buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy beginning next year. The project is the brainchild of University at Albany art professor Adam Frelin, and architect Barbara Nelson. WAMC’s Brian Shield spoke with both.

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The upstart candidate for Albany County executive has gotten a boost from a populist Democratic leader.

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Six Albany-area communities along the Hudson River are collaborating to improve water quality. The partnership is resulting in the development of a regional solution to a series of local problems.

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This week, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appointed 21-year veteran Brendan Cox the new Chief of Police. Cox, who is awaiting confirmation from the Common Council, takes over from the retired Steven Krokoff. Cox had been a close ally of Krokoff’s and worked as the acting chief for the past several months. He spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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Longtime Republican Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict is running for Colonie town supervisor, challenging incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan.  Benedict tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the town is ready for change, and she has a plan…

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has made it official: Brendan Cox is the Albany Police Department’s new Chief of Police.

Morse For Mayor

Jun 12, 2015
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Shawn Morse, the chairman of the Albany County Legislature, is a candidate for Mayor of Cohoes - the nephew of soon-to-retire Mayor George Primeau recently spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas on his decision to run and what his plans for the Spindle City entail.

A town hall meeting has been scheduled for Thursday evening to address Time Warner Cable’s dominance in the Capital Region.

 

The National Weather Service says an upstate New York village outside of Albany was hit by a brief tornado.

Officials say the EF0 tornado hit parts of Scotia in Schenectady County Tuesday afternoon. The 25-yard wide tornado had winds up to 80 mph and was on the ground for about a quarter-mile.

Residents and crews spent the rest of the day cleaning up from aftermath of the strong winds. The storm ripped the roof off of a storage facility and toppled several trees. Three people in a shed that was knocked over suffered scrapes and bruises.

Several hundred people lost power for a few hours after the tornado passed through.

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  There's a bit of "moving-up" happening within one Capital Region police department 

One person has died following an overnight shooting on Old Sixth Avenue in Troy. Local media reports that police say two people were shot shortly after midnight. Police are also saying that they believe this is a targeted attack. 

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An upstate hospital's plan to build a multi-million dollar surgical center brings the internet concept of 'crowdfunding' into the mix.

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Albany County officials and 29 local government leaders gathered at the downtown county office building this morning to announce completion of the Countywide Government Efficiency Plan.

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Crude oil spill response capabilities will be enhanced across New York State with a series of actions announced today by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

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If you’re poor and live in the Capital Region, it’s better to be in Rensselaer County than in Schenectady County or Columbia County. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Rensselaer, the better you will do on average. Analysts have found children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, and more likely to go to college and earn more.


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As it publicly grapples with staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose’s international program is flourishing.

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  The U.S. Attorney's office says more than $9.6 million in assets seized in an international internet gambling takedown is being distributed to law enforcement agencies in New York and Florida as well as the federal government. 

Albany Teacher Seeks Scholarship Program For Refugees

May 20, 2015

Brian Huskie has never flinched from a challenge. He served in the National Guard in Iraq and then came home to teach at an urban high school, Albany High, where he teaches English to students including refugees from Burma, Iraq, Nepal and Africa whose English skills in some cases don't exist. Huskie is now working to fund a scholarship for the refugee students through the State University of New York.

Two people have been taken to the hospital as a precaution after a crude oil spill at the Port of Albany.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says about 400 gallons of crude oil spilled Tuesday from a portable tank being used as a crew affiliated with Global Partners cleaned a large storage tanks.

Officials say the spill appears to have been caused by a broken valve.

The two workers were sprayed with oil during the spill. Officials believe they were not badly injured.

Aaron Mair, a civil rights and environmental justice advocate in Albany, has been elected president of the Sierra Club, becoming the first African-American to serve in that role.

The Guilderland resident began his activism 31 years ago when he organized the residents of Albany's low-income Arbor Hill neighborhood against a toxic waste incinerator that was causing respiratory illnesses in the community. He said one of his goals as president of the Sierra Club is to promote "diversity, equity and inclusion" within the organization.

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