Capital Region News

Capital Region News
3:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Troy Budget Process In Turmoil

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Troy is wrestling with a proposed $66.1 million spending plan for 2015. The Collar City is trying to keep the books from falling in the red.

The State Comptroller's Office advised the city last Friday that a 2014 budget deficit could lead to the return of a financial control board, which would assume oversight of the city's spending. Officials say such an oversight could occur in 2015 once the city closes its books for 2014.

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Capital Region News
12:29 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Price Chopper's New Brand And Name: Market 32

Market 32 logo, the new name and brand for Price Chopper supermarkets.

A major chain of grocery stores around the Northeast will start to see changes over the next five years. Yesterday, the Golub Corporation unveiled the new branding, banner, and name of its of Price Chopper stores.

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Capital Region News
3:57 am
Wed November 12, 2014

'Joe For G.I.'s' Program Underway

A new program to provide coffee and coffee supplies to local veterans is taking off in the Capital Region.

The Office of Albany County District Attorney David Soares is rolling out "Joe for G.I.'s," collecting ground coffee for local veterans.

"For the month of November we're asking the public to donate coffee or any other materials related to coffee, stirrers, filters, creamers, donate those materials to us, the district attorney's office, we have several locations all throughout the county. We will be providing the coffee to our local V.A."

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Capital Region News
12:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Albany Observes Veterans Day 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy waves to the crowd.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As they did in many cities across the region, people lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 59th annual Veterans Day Parade.  Albany's parade stepped off at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 11 a.m. Marchers proceeded down Central Avenue past a reviewing stand on the steps of the old NYS Education Building.    

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Capital Region News
12:25 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Price Chopper Unveils New Name: Market 32

One the region’s biggest grocery chains is getting a new name. The Golub Corporation unveiled a $300 million investment, new banner, and branding of its Price Chopper Stores Tuesday.

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Capital Region News
8:33 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Rensselaer County DA Absentee Ballot Count Resumes

Absentee ballot counting has resumed this morning in the race for Rensselaer County district attorney. The Rensselaer County Board of Elections began the count Friday morning, which left Republican Joe Abelove leading Democrat Carmelo Laquidara by 463 votes by the end of the day. More than 2000 ballots still need to be counted.

Capital Region News
8:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Multi-Car Accident In Rensselaer Leaves One Dead, Others Injured

A fatal accident at the intersection of Third Avenue and Adams Street in Rensselaer yesterday around 2 p.m. sent four people to Albany Medical Center. The Times Union reports the accident involved two four-door cars and a two-door Domino’s Pizza delivery car, all of which were moving at the time of the accident. Four parked cars along the side of the street were also struck. The victim’s identity has not yet been released, but onlookers said it may have been a pregnant woman.

Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Homeless Code Blue Program Begins New Season

Credit nevadahealthcenters.org

As the cold weather begins to move in, an Albany initiative is taking steps to ensure that homeless people have a warm place to stay this winter. 

The Homeless Code Blue Program begins November 15th: officials are seeking public support. Liz Hitt is Executive Director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society:   "Anytime the temperature drops to ten degrees or less, including the wind chill, we make sure that anyone living on the street has a safe and warm place to stay for the night."

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4:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Albany To Scatter American Crows

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Wildlife biologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be conducting a non-lethal wildlife management project to disperse the Fall/Winter roost of American Crows from the city of Albany. 

Those non-lethal methods include pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and amplified, recorded crow distress calls. Several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights (similar to sirens and fireworks) that frighten birds and may be heard or observed by local residents.

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Capital Region News
12:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Urban Violence Claims Another Victim

Albany police cruisers appear as if they were guarding the makeshift corner vigil near 139 Quail Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the city of Albany struggles to cope with a rash of gun violence and a perceived sense of danger on uneasy streets, there have been public discussions, candlelight vigils, makeshift memorials... and another murder.

On Monday, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers answered a call at 139 Quail Street, a rough-hewn residential area not far from the state capitol and city hall downtown. Within a short time, a city block was marked with yellow crime scene tape and traffic in both directions detoured.

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