Capital Region News

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After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

A 20-year-old upstate New York woman has admitted strangling a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care and then discarding his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took him from their home.

Activists gather in City Hall to deliver a list of demands.
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Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon to push legislation addressing a skills gap and enhancing job training via building apprenticeship programs.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon to push legislation the two New York Democrats say addresses a skills gap and enhances job training.

Police say a 23-year-old man has been charged with causing about $6,000 in damage to a thoroughbred statue unveiled in a Saratoga Springs park last summer.

Civic leaders are once again coming together to talk about issues facing the city of Albany.

Troy 2016 Budget Impasse

Nov 20, 2015

The Troy city council is at an impasse over the 2016 budget, which calls for a 9.3 percent tax hike. The deadline is getting closer by the day.

Colleges Face Changes

Nov 19, 2015

By and large, the cost of college keeps rising, but what students get for their money isn’t always so clear. Student debt is accumulating as schools struggle with having to impose higher tuition rates, which some argue threatens the quality of a college education.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.

Officials gather at the Albany County Office Building
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Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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It’s back to the drawing board for one the nation’s priciest proposed school renovations. After the last of the absentee ballots and affidavits were counted today, voters in Albany rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School.

Two men were arrested and charged yesterday in the killing of barber Jacquelyn Porreca in August. Porreca was stabbed to death during a robbery of the Sand Creek Road salon in Colonie where she worked. The Times Union reports that Michael Chmielewski and Sean Moreland gave statements implicating themselves. Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn says the men plotted the robbery in order to get money for heroin…

Microbeads – the tiny, abrasive plastic pellets that come by the tens of thousands in bottles of face wash, toothpaste, and more – have been banned in Albany County.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
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An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

Troy Turkey Trot

More than 7,000 people from up to 36 states are expected to run and walk in the 68th Troy Turkey Trot come Thanksgiving Day.

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The Capital Region is home to the top-ranked school in the nation, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution that measures the impact of colleges on their students’ outcomes.

In a busy week in Troy politics, the city council is taking steps to alter outgoing Mayor Lou Rosamilia's proposed $68.6 million budget. An effort is under way to lessen a planned tax increase.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York state is opening a trade and tourism office in Puerto Rico. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the new office will promote "mutually beneficial" tourism opportunities and economic ties. It will also boast a shop selling New York products.

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One of Albany's busiest thoroughfares is getting a makeover, but there's more to the project than meets the eye.

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Election Night came with a few surprises, some close calls and a rally by voters in one town who turned the night on its head.

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In a rematch of a razor-thin race four years ago, Mayor Gary McCarthy has been elected to a second term in Schenectady.

The race for Amsterdam City Mayor saw Republican Mike Villa beat out incumbent Democrat Ann Thane by getting 63% of the vote. 

Albany County Exectutive Dan McCoy overwhelmingly won re-election with more than 69% of the vote, defeating Republican Joseph Vitollo and Green Party candidate Dan Plaat . In Colonie Democrat Paula Mahan won the seat for Town Supervisor beating Republican Christine Benedict 10,240 to 8,467 votes. Meanwhile in Guilderland, Democrat Peter Barber topped Republican Brian Forte 4,050 to 3,651 votes for the Town Supervisor position. In the town of Bethlehem, John Clarkson is holding a slight lead, 41 votes, over Jim Foster for Town supervisor. 

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The result of a proposition for a $196 million proposal to rebuild and expand Albany High School is too close to call. The margin of votes currently stands at just 10 votes, 5,516 to 5,506, against the proposal. With 442 absentee ballots yet to be counted – the vote could sway either direction. 

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Voters are going to the polls in Troy, where the mayoral race has taken many twists and turns leading up to election day.


It’s the final day of campaigning in Schenectady, where voters will decide to keep sitting Mayor Gary McCarthy in office or replace him with former Union College president Roger Hull.

Hull lost to McCarthy in a close 2011 race by a mere 89 votes. A lot has changed in four years.

 Dontay Ivy's death by police tasing helped prompt establishment of BLMUpstateNY
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Citizens protesting the death of Donald Ivy Friday evening in Albany called for the firing of police officers involved.


University at Albany President Robert Jones this week delivered his State of the University Address. President since 2013, Jones says the university must turn around enrollment, which has lagged in recent years, setting a goal of 20,000 students by 2020. Jones spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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The community is reacting to a grand jury's decision not to indict Albany police officers who confronted Donald "Dontay" Ivy on the night he died. 

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  It was a case that stunned the community, angered activists, and even pitted the district attorney against the governor. Today, some resolution — but not for family of Donald “Dontay” Ivy. As WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, the Albany County D.A. announced police won't face charges in the case of the African American man who died in April after officers subdued him with a stun gun.