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City of Schenectady

Schenectady, like many other Northeastern cities that once hosted a major manufacturer, faced hard times as the payrolls at GE were cut and the downtown stores and the shoppers headed to the suburban malls. But with word that a major riverside casino and development are coming, there is renewed optimism in the Electric City. Mayor Gary McCarthy, who gave his state of the city address this week, says the casino is just one reason why Schenectady is looking forward.

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  Police in one Upstate New York city want to be able to access live red light cameras 24/7.The city wants capability to remotely monitor the cameras' live streams at all times.

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Assemblyman Phil Steck thinks Albany County Government needs to downsize - the Colonie Democrat wants to start cutting at the top.   

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Medical Center President and CEO James Barba have announced a new development project in the city.

New plans for the old LexisNexis site in North Albany: Albany Med plans to move 300 financial services and warehouse employees to the Broadway building.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan:  "They're bring 300 jobs downtown to a great area of the city that is seeing a lot of growth. They've decided to purchase property and voluntarily keep it on the tax rolls."

The city of Troy, New York is forging ahead with plans to review its charter for the 2015 election year.

The city’s charter hasn't been updated since its inception in 1973. Councilman Jim Gordon says alterations could modernize city government, find efficiencies and find cost savings to taxpayers.      "What a commission would do is review the entire city charter and make a recommendation that ultimately the voters of the city of Troy would vote on implementing."

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed the so-called 'toxic toy' ban on Wednesday, banning the sale of children’s toys and other items which contain potentially dangerous chemicals. 

Last fall, consumer advocates released a list of toys that contain harmful chemicals like lead and arsenic.

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The city of Troy is set to review its charter for the 2015 election year.

Mayor Lou Rosamilia suggested a charter review commission in his 2014 State of the City speech, a proposal that never moved forward. The charter hasn't been updated since its inception in 1973.

The City Council's Law Committee has charter review on tonight's agenda.  Councilman Jim Gordon says alterations could modernize city government, find efficiencies and find cost savings to taxpayers

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An Albany movie house has signed on to show the controversial film "The Interview" - The picture stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung-un.

The film’s original release, slated for Christmas, was delayed due to concerns of threats, allegedly from North Korea, over its content. The picture eventually was released online, earning SONY pictures 15 Million dollars within a week's time over the Christmas holiday.

The Madison Theater will be screening "The Interview" starting Friday, Jan. 9.

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As the new year draws closer, there are some new faces in several public offices across the region.

Republican Joel Abelove won the race by less than 500 votes, a finish that mirrored the strong Republican showing across New York and nationwide in the November elections.   "I don't doubt that that helped me out. I mean, issues like the SAFE Act, displeasure with certain policies of the governor, I gotta believe that that certainly played a role."

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A candlelight vigil for slain 5-year-old Kenneth White of the Albany County Town of Knox is set for tonight.

Sheriff Craig Apple says White was strangled and bludgeoned last week by his 19-year-old cousin, Tiffany VanAlstyne, who now faces murder charges. She initially told police White had been kidnapped by masked intruders, who had busrt sthrough the door of the family's trailer at 994 Thacher Park Road. If convicted, she faces 15 years to life in prison.

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