Capital Region News

Capital Region News
1:25 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

A Community Divided

Troy NY Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Pastor Willie Bacote
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

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Capital Region News
3:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Job Market Slightly Better Past Seven Days

The newest job market numbers are out, and they’re trending in a positive direction.   The job market in the Capital Region paralleled the national one as it rebounded a bit after an off week. Next-Act of Colonie's Dan Moran sees the numbers reflecting continued strength and employer confidence.    “ We had a couple of good weeks of run-up. We had kind of a flat week, now we're coming back up a little higher again. It's showing a new confidence in the employment market, and that's a good thing.”

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Capital Region News
12:12 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Incident At Kokopellis: Finding Racism Where Some Say There Is None?

A patchwork of media coverage paints a picture of an evening gone awry after police were summoned late last month to quell a disturbance at a Troy, New York nightspot.

The chain of events that has ensued crystallizes tonight with a series of citizen-action events.

Police say they responded to 124 4th Street in Troy during the wee hours of Saturday, Janaury 25th, answering a call that an employee at Kokopellis nightclub had been assaulted. Initial reports stated a brawl broke out after some patrons were observed to be smoking marijuana.

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Capital Region News
11:31 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Black History Month Begins

At the Martin Luther King Memorial in Albany: Congressman Paul Tonko, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and County Executive Dan McCoy. (January 2014)
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Black History Month is here, with a full calendar of events throughout February. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas  previews some of the first in the region.

At this hour in Albany at the County Office Building, the start of African American History Month is being promoted as "an important time to look back and reflect on the advancements made in equality here in Albany County as well as the nation as a whole."

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Albany Residents Catch DEC's Ear

Albany 1st Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
Credit Lesley Adewunmi

Albany residents, politicians and community advocates recently voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. The State Department of Environmental Conservation appears to have been listening.

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Capital Region News
12:27 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Port Plans Worry Downtown Residents

Inset: Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Some Albany residents have voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

A Massachusetts company is planning to build a 2,600-square-foot heating facility at the port's rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped from tanker cars into storage tanks.

First Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs says the local community  worries that the new building may mean increased air pollution adding to dangers already posed by the tankers.

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Capital Region News
12:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

State Of The City: Un$ettled

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said Thursday night in her first State of the city Address - "City government is no longer working the way it is currently structured."
Credit WNYT

Municipal operations are about to undergo a major overhaul in Albany.

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Capital Region News
4:26 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

MLK Day: "Beloved Community March" More Meaningful Today

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The traditional City of Albany “Beloved Community March” from the Empire State Plaza Concourse to the King Monument was led by a new mayor and her administration today.

New Yorkers converged on Albany for Monday morning's annual official observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy.  It included a march along city streets to nearby Lincoln Park and the statue of King.

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Capital Region News
2:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Notable Names In Albany's Black History

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Lincoln Park (Albany, NY)
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

As the nation pauses to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we take a look at some of the people and businesses regarded as milemarkers on the timeline of black history in our area...

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Capital Region News
12:49 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Community Forum On Gun Violence

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The meeting was led by former mayoral candidate and community activist Marlon Anderson, who believes community commitment is key to solving gun violence and conquering Albany's "gun culture." Anderson told the gathering he wanted their ideas. He circulated a clipboard around the room so meeting-goers could jot down their concerns and suggestions.

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