Capital Region News

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Founded more than twenty years ago, Family Promise says its mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. The group has landed in Albany and has great plans for needy citizens.

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A Southern Saratoga County town is one step closer to getting its own ZIP code.

During a visit there just one week ago, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was joining the effort to secure a zip code for the town of Halfmoon, and began pushing the  U.S. Postal Service to agree to a Zip Code Boundary Review Process.

"Halfmoon is one of the fastest growing towns in Saratoga County, not only in terms of population, but also in terms of commercial activity, and the lack of a unique ZIP code is holding the town back."

Albany County

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple kicked off their re-election campaigns Sunday. Top Democrats are closing ranks behind the two candidates early in the election season.

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A 22-year law enforcement veteran from upstate New York has been selected to lead a police department in the state of Georgia. Now, Albany is on the hunt for a new chief of police. 

"People wave to us when we're driving in the streets now. People hug me when they see me in the street. It's not me that they're hugging. I just happen to be the face of the department." ~ Steven Krokoff

Brian Howard, a well-known educator from the Capital Region, has died.

A Schenectady High School student who gained national attention with a yearbook photo featuring his cat has died.

A Town Without ZIP Code

Feb 19, 2015
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For years, the residents of one southern Saratoga County town have found themselves been between a rock and a hard place — a place out-of-towners have had trouble finding.

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Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels regularly sheltered needy people who were receiving temporary housing assistance from Albany County. The hotels came to be associated with violence, drug dealing and prostitution. There's been an ongoing effort to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate.

Although the Blu-Bell and Skylane were on a three-year inspection cycle, in the fall of 2013 someone fell through a floor at the Skylane, breaking several bones. A series of events followed that resulted in both motels being closed.

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The investigation into the traffic mishap that resulted in the death of an Albany pre-K student Thursday morning is unfurling slowly.

Since the young boy was struck and killed by a garbage truck while crossing a street last week, it appears pedestrians are a bit more attentive to approaching traffic when crossing busy Central Avenue, especially at the Quail Street intersection where the 4-year-old, who was crossing with his mother around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, was hit.

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The young boy struck and killed by a garbage truck at a busy Albany intersection was laid to rest Friday at a Muslim cemetery in Rensselaer County.

It happened in the blink of an eye: a 4-year-old identified as Ashique Rahman was crossing Central Avenue with his mother, who was holding his hand. Police say they have the surveillance video showing the moment a private garbage truck turning left on a green light, onto Central from Quail Street, hit the pair, who had the right-of-way and clearance to cross from the "Walk" signal.

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