Capital Region News

Capital Region News
12:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Albany Supports No Casino

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

With the casino application deadline fast approaching in New York, the city of Albany is apparently not supporting any of the projects proposed for neighboring cities.

Local municipal approval is required for applicants seeking one of four casino licenses expected to be granted in upstate New York this fall. The developers face a Monday deadline to submit their casino applications. More than a dozen development groups are in the running to apply for a license.

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New York News
6:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

A Charter School's Last Stand

Credit arkcharter.org

A Capital Region charter school could close for good due to academic failure.  A last-ditch effort is under way to save it.

Some 220 students at Ark Community Charter School in Troy may be displaced if final court proceedings affirm a SUNY Trustees Charter Schools Committee decision that agreed with findings by SUNY's Charter Schools Institute that Ark failed to meet its academic goals.

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Capital Region News
3:29 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

HUD to Schumer: "No Worries!"

US Senator Chuck Schumer with Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia
Credit WAMC photo by Aubrey Mulvey

New York's Senior US Senator was in Troy Monday, pledging to fight possible federal cutbacks in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to the city -  the battle cry may be moot.  

Senator Chuck Schumer voiced concerns that Collar City census figures dropped below 50,000 residents, it could lose Community Development Block Program funds earmarked for neighborhood improvements.  "It would deprive Troy of about $2.5 million in CDBG funds each year, and that would de-leverage and reduce private funding by millions and millions more."

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Capital Region News
11:55 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Albany County Executive On Leadership Role

Credit Albany County

Dan McCoy, a Democrat, is Albany County's fourth county executive. He was born, raised and resides in Albany, where he has worked as a public servant his entire professional career. McCoy recently sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to talk about his broader role as a community leader.  

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Capital Region News
6:59 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Shrinking Troy Could Lose HUD Funding

"In 2012, Troy dropped from 50,072 people to 49,946 people." ~ Senator Charles Schumer (Mayor Lou Rosamilia looking on)
Credit WAMC photo by Aubrey Mulvey

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was in Troy today to kick off his campaign to prevent the Department of Housing and Urban Development from reforming the Community Development Block Program in a way that would remove the Collar City from eligibility.

People count. A census tally of the number of residents that came up 54 citizens short could cost Troy funding the city has come to rely on.

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Capital Region News
12:14 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Albany Celebrates Juneteenth

Credit The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region

This weekend marks the 10th Annual Albany Juneteenth Celebration. The free community event is planned for Sunday, in Washington Park.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation called for the liberation of Confederate slaves on Jan. 1, 1863, its effects weren't immediate.  Two and a half years later, the emancipation took effect—when the Union army rode into Galveston to enforce President Lincoln's executive order.

Juneteenth has been sporadically celebrated in the South as a black independence day ever since June 1865, when slaves in Texas learned of their freedom.

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Capital Region News
10:05 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Rensselaer Casino Proposal Moves Forward

Gamblers at the gaming wheel, circa 1700s
Credit wikipedia

Another casino unveiling is on tap for the Capital District.

The public will get a look at what developers envision for a casino that would be sited on 24 acres along the Hudson River in the city of Rensselaer - earlier this month the common council voted 6 to 1 approving the casino project, expected to include a hotel, gaming rooms and a parking garage.

Rochester developer David Flaum, Capital District OTB and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma's Global Gaming Solutions have partnered under the moniker NYS Funding LLC.

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Capital Region News
12:30 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Albany Public Library Gets New Executive Director

Credit LinkedIn

On Monday, the Albany Public Library will have a new executive director. Scott Jarzombek, 38, who began his library career in the Albany system, returns June 23rd after leading the library in North Castle in Westchester County. He will replace Carol Nersinger who is retiring. Scott Jarzombek spoke to WAMC about the biggest challenge facing libraries today.

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Capital Region News
7:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

SUNY Plaza To Host Farmer's Market Year-Round

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A year-round farmers’ market in has been launched in downtown Albany.

The farmers’ market at SUNY Plaza comes under Governor Andrew Cuomo's FreshConnect program, giving area farmers the opportunity to market their produce locally. It's also designed to bring fresh food to communities.

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Capital Region News
12:49 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

East Greenbush Board Supports Casino Plan

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Casinos top the list of issues that have been driving the area agenda. Governor Andrew Cuomo put the wheels in motion during his second State of the State address in 2012. "Let's amend the constitution. Let's do gaming right. Let's make it safe. Let's protect our people. Let's get the jobs back in New York."

The governor reasoned that building new gambling casinos would prop up New York's failing economy.   In November 2013, Cuomo's proposition was approved by voters, and  "casino chatter" has dominated the headlines ever since.

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