Capital Region News

The region’s rite of spring, Albany’s Tulip Festival, begins Friday, May 6, and runs through Sunday.

Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio look on as attorney Attorney Frederick Brewington speaks to reporters.

Three former University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially-charged brawl on a CDTA bus were back on court on Wednesday.

NY AG Eric Schneiderman meets the press in Albany during the New York State Court of Appeals Law Day.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the green light to investigate whenever police in any New York community kill unarmed suspects. Now, Cuomo has empowered Schneiderman to look into a police shooting that the Rensselaer County D.A. probed and dismissed.

Screenshot of video - altercation aboard a CDTA bus.

Albany County D.A. David Soares announced Monday that three defendants were indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on charges related to an alleged incident that occurred on a CDTA bus on January 30th.

In 2009, the City of Troy engaged a consultant to assist with the redevelopment of the former site of City Hall and the adjoining parking structure. It was hoped that the 1.5-acre site on River Street would transform downtown, becoming the city's "crown j
City of Troy

A massive revitalization plan in downtown Troy has hit another roadblock.  Here is the latest chapter in the Monument Square saga.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove is being sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Update 5/1/16:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order in support of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into a police shooting that killed a Capital Region man.

Watervliet resident Edson Thevenin was killed in an encounter with Troy police on April 17th.

Last week, Schneiderman's office announced it was suing Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over the case after police sergeant Randy French was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting by a grand jury.

Who will be crowned the new Tulip Queen?
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Albany has named five finalists for the 2016 Tulip Queen and Court.


The University at Albany has received a significant financial award to roll out a major public engagement initiative.

The line of cars backed up onto Whitehall Road, as folks waited to shred their documents.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Dozens of Capital Region residents turned out during a downpour to have personal papers destroyed at “Shred Fest 2016” today.

The Dog Stays

Apr 25, 2016
The “Nipper Building” at 991 Broadway.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It’s one of the defining characteristics of the Albany skyline: the Old RCA Victor mascot Nipper, who still sits atop the former RCA Building. Visiting today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says the pup has become a regional icon. A new development plan would transform the so-called "Nipper Building" into downtown residential and commercial space.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One of the area’s most recent police shootings has attracted the attention of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

New York state troopers have shot and killed a man they say was brandishing a pair of knives on a road in Albany County.

A new look and a new name: Corning Riverfront Park
City of Albany

There will be a major makeover this summer for bike and pedestrian paths along Albany's riverfront.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the heart of "Tech Valley," a new survey is out showing Capital Region employers are having difficulty finding high-tech workers.

New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an Albany-area health insurer that he says broke the law by denying coverage for expensive hepatitis C treatments until patients showed advanced symptoms of the disease such as moderate to severe liver scarring.

Albany County Crime Victims
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local officials gathered at Academy Park in Albany today for a ceremony to honor the memory of Albany County crime victims.

Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.
WAMC photo by Helen Rose Schneider

Rotterdam Police today gave an update on their investigation into a fatal police shooting over the weekend.

Troy Bicentennial Cake
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Patrick Madden and the Troy Cultural Alliance kicked off the start of the city’s bicentennial celebration today.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Eight days before the New York primary, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich appeared before a packed La Salle Gymnasium in North Greenbush Monday Afternoon.

The Albany-area will be the center of attention for the presidential race today with three candidates making campaign stops. More from WAMC's Brian Shields...

As the April 19th New York Primary approaches the Albany area has become a campaign stop for the candidates.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is scheduled to meet with Republican state lawmakers Monday morning, before heading to Troy for a rally at the La Salle Institute. The Republican will then go to Saratoga Springs for a late afternoon gathering at the Saratoga City Center.

breathing lights
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Three Capital Region cities are gearing up for the new "breathing lights" display.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

Less than two weeks before New York’s presidential primary, the candidates are making plans to visit the Capital Region. Republican Senator Ted Cruz will be in Scotia this morning for a town hall event at Mekeel Christian Academy at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:30.

Meanwhile, Ohio Governor John Kasich will be in Albany early next week after his stop in Brooklyn Thursday. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have both reportedly reached out to the Times Union Center in Albany for possible rallies. Former New York Senator Hillary Clinton was in Cohoes near Albany earlier this week. The New York primaries are on April 19th. 

Siena College has taken the wraps off a new bachelor's degree in nursing program. 

HRC Barnstorms Cohoes

Apr 5, 2016
Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo, up to Albany where she met with Democratic lawmakers, then on to Cohoes. At stake: 274 delegates in the April 19th primary.

When New York lawmakers announced the state budget agreement last week, ethics reform was not part of the package. That’s likely to come up at tonight’s Albany Museum of Political Corruption roundtable discussion at the College of Saint Rose.

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are planning rallies today in upstate New York. 

A petition to overturn results of the troubled February 9th high school vote in Albany has been denied.

Wednesday at the Albany Marriot Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul launched “The Global NY Fund Tour”
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York has kicked off a “Global NY” program created to help businesses expand to foreign markets.