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10:28 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Albany Marks 100th Anniversary Of The Start Of World War I

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917.
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On the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I,  A commemoration of the sacrifice made by those who fought valiantly throughout U.S. history through today, is being held in New York's Capital City.

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1:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Albany County Crackdown On Substance Abuse

Look what the Sheriff seized! Heroin and cash in Albany County's largest drug bust!
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Substance abuse took center stage at the Albany County Courthouse rotunda this morning.

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4:49 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Albany: Call If You Detect 'Uncommon Scents'

Residents of downtown Albany living in the shadow of the Port and its infamous oil trains now have a way to report strong odors, which have become commonplace during the summer months.

Peter Iwanowicz, Chairman of County Executive Dan McCoy’s Expert Advisory Committee on Crude Oil Safety, says those living or working near oil transport facilities – rail terminals and siding areas near the Port of Albany can call the “Uncommon Scents” hotline to report nefarious odors. Dial 2-1-1.

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12:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Update: Albany 'Red Light Cameras'

A typical red light camera installation.
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Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat from Albany, introduced legislation back in the spring that would authorize the city to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red light ticketing cameras at up to 20 intersections. City Police Chief Steve Krokoff and Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed on to the idea.

The city council voted 10-5 to pass a resolution in support of exploring the program.

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4:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set

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Former New York Knicks guard Luther "Ticky" Burden has been diagnosed with a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. Two local fundraisers are being held to give the NBA star a helping hand.

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7:59 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Downtown Albany: Open For More Business

Vacant downtown Albany office buildings may soon be welcoming new tenants.

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3:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

County Official: Move Residents Out Of Harm's Way

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy  wants people moved OUT of a neighborhood bordered by railroad tracks.

Ezra Prentice Homes consists of sixteen buildings and 179 units . Federalized in the mid 1980′s, the property sits right off I-787  and backs up to a railroad storage yard.    McCoy has been pro-active in the battle against those so-called “oil trains” that carry crude and often park on rails near the buildings. He says it's not a matter of if an oil spill will happen, but rather a matter of when.

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12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Nano Deal Reconstituted

SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Chief Executive Officer Alain Kaloyeros today announced a three-way financing agreement for the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building currently under construction on the college’s Fuller Road campus.

The under-construction, $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — hence ZEN — that generates its own power.

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6:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nano Deal Evaporates

Alain E. Kaloyeros: Chief Executive Officer and Officer in Charge, the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT institution
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citing "misinformation in the media" that led to a "misunderstanding of the intent of the application," the Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering withdrew its application to the Albany County Industrial Development Agency for financing for a new building at the Washington Avenue complex. 

The under-construction $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — or ZEN — that generates its own power. Although located in the Albany city limits, it will generate zero tax dollars.

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4:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Albany Airport To Get Upgrade

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany International Airport is receiving federal funding for an upgrade.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko tuesday announced that Albany International Airport will receive nearly $4 Million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for vital airport upgrades.

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