Capital Region News

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Arson continues to plague Troy's Lansingburgh neighborhood.

The latest in a string of suspicious fires was set in the wee hours of Sunday at the back of 509 Second Avenue near 113th Street. The pattern is all too familiar to neighbors and authorities: set during a quiet time at the rear of a vacant structure that is accessible via one of Troy's numerous alleys, which date back to the late 1700s', many of them originally streets in their own right.

This fall, voters in Rensselaer County will elect a new sheriff, as sitting Sheriff Jack Mahar has decided not to seek a fourth term.

Sheriff Jack Mahar is leaving office, writing in a letter to county Republican Chairman John Rustin he would not seek re-election because he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family.

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Albany city police have announced the sites where red light cameras will be installed.

Temperatures across New York and New England hit sub-zero levels Tuesday morning, a day after a storm dumped more than a foot of snow from Buffalo to the Hudson Valley. The Sunday-Monday snowfall has triggered several municipal snow emergencies.

The storm impacted local streets and highways. Numerous accidents were reported Tuesday and tri-city traffic was truly bumper-to-bumper as vehicles inched along for the morning rush hour commute.  But that should change as roadways are cleared.

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Downtown Albany is undergoing a major facelift, from new apartments to a major convention center project. Now, more projects are in store for the city's core.

Health insurer Capital District Physicians Health Plan and the area's largest cancer care provider New York Oncology Hematology announced Monday they've settled their differences and will continue working with each other.  The accord means cancer patients undergoing treatment plans are no longer caught in the middle.

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As the Rivers Casino project in Schenectady moves forward,  there are some bumps in the road.

A little more than a month ago, public officials and businesspeople were celebrating Schenectady’s casino win. But now, David Giacalone of anti-gaming group Stop the Schenectady Casino is raising concerns over proposed C-3 Waterfront-Casino zoning amendments.

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A state assemblyman says he's concerned that a planned casino in Schenectady could place financial burdens on a neighboring town.

Assemblyman James Tedisco says the town of Glenville will be across the Mohawk River from the Rivers Casino and will have to deal with more traffic congestion. Tedisco has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consider more highway funding for Glenville to compensate local taxpayers.

Glenville is in Schenectady County, which will get a share of tax revenue from the casino.

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Vultures In Suburbia

Jan 21, 2015
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Police in are using noisemakers and Canada geese decoys to scare away vultures lurking in a Capital Region neighborhood.

Neighbors have been complaining for years about the carrion-eating birds skulking on branches and rooftops. The Albany Times-Union reports that more than 30 black vultures have been observed hanging around the Guilderland neighborhood. Neighbors say the birds' smelly droppings are all over their yards and vehicles.

The Watervliet Arsenal is gearing up for 'Boots to Business.'

Spokesman Peter Gannon says the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership is hosting a business bootcamp January 26 th thru 30th, an event designed to  expand the reach of the McNulty Center in 2015:  "We're partnering with the small business development center at Suny Albany. We're gonna be offering a consolidated version of a very popular curriculum called 'Boots to Business' called 'Re-Boot'"

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