Capital Region News

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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Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners is running for a sixth term. This time around he he's on a mission: to challenge the high costs of poverty he says are the county's biggest financial peril. Conners spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As part of National Bike to Work Day, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan cycled her way through her morning commute...

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  A hat officially goes into the ring for Mayor of a Capital Region city.

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse announced Thursday he will run for mayor of Cohoes:  his uncle. incumbent mayor George Primeau, cited health reasons for a decision not to run earlier this year.

Morse, who is a city firefighter and area labor leader, vies for the Democratic nod against Councilwoman Dianne Nolin.

The city committee will endorse candidates after petitioning concludes in July.

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The City of Albany has embarked on a program to award new scholarships to provide free Emergency Medical Technician training and certification to economically challenged Albany residents.

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After years of effort, a Capital Region military hero is getting a prestigious award.

On June 2nd, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Albany Army Private Henry Johnson “for conspicuous gallantry during World War I.”

Johnson served as a member of Company C, 369th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces. The White House announced the news Thursday after a renewed push for the recognition by Sen. Charles Schumer and others in recent years.

Each day, the city of Albany’s population swells as commuters come to work within the city limits. But the capital’s largest suburb, Colonie, has more than 80,000 residents and its own set of unique issues and challenges, according to Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan. The Democrat recently announced she is seeking a fifth two-year term. She spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas and saysher political mantra is a focus on the people.

Prosecutors say two teenagers and a man have been arraigned on charges stemming from a fatal shooting in Albany earlier this month.

The Albany County D-A's office says a 16-year-old boy and two men, ages 18 and 24, were arraigned in state Supreme Court Wednesday morning on charges that include second-degree murder and attempted murder.

They're charged in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Courtney Yates. Police say the father of six was hit by gunfire shortly after 1 a.m. on May 5 on Lark Street. Two other men, ages 29 and 33, were wounded.

A black man killed in a shooting by Los Angeles police last week has ties to upstate New York.

29-year-old Brendon Glenn, who is from Troy, was panhandling outside a Venice bar with his dog Dozer on Tuesday night, friends said, when someone complained that he was harassing customers.

The early taste of summer brought a spate of wildfires to our area. 

First it was northern Berkshire County, then Ulster and Sullivan. Now, fast-moving brush fires have spread throughout the Catskills over the last several days. The Lanesville fire, one of largest of several to impact the area, was declared around noon Sunday "fully contained."