Capital Region News

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As they did in many cities across the region, people lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 59th annual Veterans Day Parade.  Albany's parade stepped off at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 11 a.m. Marchers proceeded down Central Avenue past a reviewing stand on the steps of the old NYS Education Building.    

One the region’s biggest grocery chains is getting a new name. The Golub Corporation unveiled a $300 million investment, new banner, and branding of its Price Chopper Stores Tuesday.

Absentee ballot counting has resumed this morning in the race for Rensselaer County district attorney. The Rensselaer County Board of Elections began the count Friday morning, which left Republican Joe Abelove leading Democrat Carmelo Laquidara by 463 votes by the end of the day. More than 2000 ballots still need to be counted.

A fatal accident at the intersection of Third Avenue and Adams Street in Rensselaer yesterday around 2 p.m. sent four people to Albany Medical Center. The Times Union reports the accident involved two four-door cars and a two-door Domino’s Pizza delivery car, all of which were moving at the time of the accident. Four parked cars along the side of the street were also struck. The victim’s identity has not yet been released, but onlookers said it may have been a pregnant woman.

As the cold weather begins to move in, an Albany initiative is taking steps to ensure that homeless people have a warm place to stay this winter. 

The Homeless Code Blue Program begins November 15th: officials are seeking public support. Liz Hitt is Executive Director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society:   "Anytime the temperature drops to ten degrees or less, including the wind chill, we make sure that anyone living on the street has a safe and warm place to stay for the night."


Wildlife biologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be conducting a non-lethal wildlife management project to disperse the Fall/Winter roost of American Crows from the city of Albany. 

Those non-lethal methods include pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and amplified, recorded crow distress calls. Several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights (similar to sirens and fireworks) that frighten birds and may be heard or observed by local residents.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the city of Albany struggles to cope with a rash of gun violence and a perceived sense of danger on uneasy streets, there have been public discussions, candlelight vigils, makeshift memorials... and another murder.

On Monday, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers answered a call at 139 Quail Street, a rough-hewn residential area not far from the state capitol and city hall downtown. Within a short time, a city block was marked with yellow crime scene tape and traffic in both directions detoured.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

How do you make a city more just and equitable? Begin  with a "community conversation".

The local job market soars to a level of jobs we have not seen for over 5 years, fueled by employer confidence...

Job postings in the Capital Region were 2,477 vs 1,971  the week before, a 26.7% increase. The numbers surprised local job expert Dan Moran:  "I knew the market was poised for growth. I didn't expect this type of a jump. So that's really good news. So we've got a really very strong job market in the Capital Region, close to 2500 jobs out there, so that's very good news for job seekers and for the economy as well."

The city of Rensselaer has been designated as the host of one of six “strategic fuel reserves” by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

With memories of the recent trio of devastating storms — Irene, Lee and Sandy — and disruptions they caused still lingering, the Cuomo administration has unveiled plans to centralize sources of gasoline and diesel fuel for easy access to emergency responders.  The program is being administered by the state Energy Research and Development Authority with $10 million in funding from the state Power Authority.