Capital Region News

The "Report Animal Abuse, Stop Domestic Abuse" initiative of the Albany County DA's "ACT" Animal Cruelty Taskforce aims to shine a light on domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County District Attorney David Soares has rolled out a new public service campaign with a dual purpose.

Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The city is pulling out the stops to make the 66th annual march a memorable and family-friendly event.

A Creighton Manning official addresses the gathering at Albany's College of St. Rose
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is forging ahead with plans to radically remake a busy stretch of Madison Avenue. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Wednesday night for a public meeting on the “road diet.”

Business owners and entrepreneurs in the Capital Region’s craft beverage, communications and hospitality industries have announced their support for the University at Albany’s plan to place a new engineering college in the heart of the city.

Burwell speaking at a UAlbany rally.
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WAMC News has updated its original headline on this post, which said "two of three UAlbany students" would face a school disciplinary hearing.

While declining to address this specific case, UAlbany spokesperson Karl Luntta said "in general, for all students who are referred for student conduct hearings, a decision will be rendered whether the students appear or not."

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is addressing several issues of concern tonight.

As infrastructure failures plague Troy, city leaders are working together to address the crisis.

A bronze statue of Albany's 73rd mayor Thomas Whalen III and his golden retriever Finn McCool in Tricentennial Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With spring just around the corner, the current mayor of Albany is honoring one of her predecessors in office.

 A mixed crowd from millennials to baby boomers supported Bernie Sanders Saturday afternoon at Albany's Academy Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York’s primary day isn’t until April 19, relatively late in the campaign. But that’s not stopping some local activists from getting involved. On Saturday, a coalition of social and economic justice organizations rallied in downtown Albany to show support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council Law Committee meets tonight to discuss repealing the new trash tax law. The public is invited.

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The city of Troy is getting more federal funding to shore up its seawall.

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Three UAlbany women involved in a CDTA bus attack in January were arraigned this morning in Albany Police Court.

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It was a case that jumpstarted campus activism and conversations about race. But there was one problem: authorities say it wasn’t true. Now, three University at Albany students who claimed to be victims of a racial attack on a CDTA bus in January will be charged Monday with assault after authorities determined they attacked another passenger. 

The defendants.

Three 20-year-old black female college students who claimed a group of white men and women harassed them with racial slurs aboard a city bus are being charged with assault.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citing what he calls a “flawed” referendum process, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has followed through with a threat to petition the state education commissioner to throw out the results of this month's Albany High School renovation re-vote and order the county Board of Elections to conduct a new election.

Another Capital Region grade school is shutting its doors.  It's the end of a 145-year run for St. Augustine School in the Lansingburgh section of Troy.

Chief Brendan Cox led the discussion at the Albany Public Library's Main Branch.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

About 75 people attended a forum on police body cameras hosted by the Albany Police Department.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Last night, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox met with community members to discuss bringing police body cameras to the capital city. Cox says there is a fine line to balance when it comes to police cameras…

Albany police have faced criticism following an incident that resulted in the tasing death of Dontay Ivy last April.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

New York state is tightening the rules on energy retailers who promise big savings to consumers who switch from traditional utilities.

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Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders today announced University at Albany’s plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Crews will be working to repair a large sink hole in a street in Troy,  where another infrastructure failure last month cut off the water supply to nearby communities.

ASO music director David Alan Miller.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2016-2017 season, celebrating the 25th anniversary of music director David Alan Miller.

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At the turn of the year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order mandating cities statewide to give homeless people shelter when temperatures hit 32 degrees.

Amani Olugbala  is a Black Lives Matter organizer who came to Albany from Brooklyn 10 years ago.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Twenty residents of New York's Capital Region recently returned from a trip to the island nation.

Family Promise Outreach Center on New Scotland Avenue, Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of a city activist in a case involving a homeless center setting up shop in an upscale Albany neighborhood.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Comptroller is out with an audit that shows the city of Troy's finances are in dire straits, thanks to poor budgeting, the overuse of rainy day funds to fund day-to-day operations, and insufficient funding for capital costs.

A registered sex offender from the Albany area has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for producing child pornography. 

Congressman Paul Tonko, Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, Congressman Chris Gibson
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Two powerful Capital Region congressmen on the opposite sides of the aisle met in Latham Tuesday afternoon to tour the Plug Power facility.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Mounting discontent over the way voting was handled may force officials to hold another re-vote for the plan to rebuild Albany High School.

On Wednesday, College of St. Rose faculty voted "no confidence" in President Carolyn Stefanco. The vote at the Albany college was 120-35 with three abstentions according to political science professor Angela Ledford, who is leader of the Faculty Association of St. Rose, FASTR, and Vice President of American Association of University Professors. Ledford spoke with WAMC just after the vote.