Capital Region News


The fate of Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels remains in limbo: a court decision has been delayed.

The two hotels became a blight on the town of Colonie and object of ongoing legal efforts to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate. 

Working Families Party members and others from across the Capital Region are invited to attend “Why She Ran,” a conversation set for tonight about the challenges faced by women in politics — and the importance of tackling those challenges head on.

There are some exceptions — North Country Republican Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman ever elected to the House, and New York and Massachusetts each have a female U.S. Senator — but across the country, women are underrepresented in public office.

For the first time in five years, Albany is getting a new police chief. Deputy Chief Brendan Cox will become Albany's acting chief when Steven Krokoff retires on April  1.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan called on Deputy Chief Brendan Cox to serve as acting chief while a search for a new head is conducted. Krokoff is leaving the force after five years as chief for a job in the Atlanta suburbs. 

Cox hits the ground running: his position gave him a front-row seat for city-police issues.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Founded more than twenty years ago, Family Promise says its mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. The group has landed in Albany and has great plans for needy citizens.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

A Southern Saratoga County town is one step closer to getting its own ZIP code.

During a visit there just one week ago, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was joining the effort to secure a zip code for the town of Halfmoon, and began pushing the  U.S. Postal Service to agree to a Zip Code Boundary Review Process.

"Halfmoon is one of the fastest growing towns in Saratoga County, not only in terms of population, but also in terms of commercial activity, and the lack of a unique ZIP code is holding the town back."

Albany County

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple kicked off their re-election campaigns Sunday. Top Democrats are closing ranks behind the two candidates early in the election season.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A 22-year law enforcement veteran from upstate New York has been selected to lead a police department in the state of Georgia. Now, Albany is on the hunt for a new chief of police. 

"People wave to us when we're driving in the streets now. People hug me when they see me in the street. It's not me that they're hugging. I just happen to be the face of the department." ~ Steven Krokoff

Brian Howard, a well-known educator from the Capital Region, has died.

A Schenectady High School student who gained national attention with a yearbook photo featuring his cat has died.

A Town Without ZIP Code

Feb 19, 2015
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

For years, the residents of one southern Saratoga County town have found themselves been between a rock and a hard place — a place out-of-towners have had trouble finding.