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The Troy Charter Review Commission is seeking public input tonight.

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Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The political hopes of two would-be candidates for the Albany County Legislature have been dashed — at least for the time being.

Ian Pickus

Retired Yankees great Derek Jeter is returning today to the Capital Region, where he briefly played in the minor leagues.


A rally is scheduled for tonight in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood after the latest fatal shooting there.

Some hopeful candidates for seats on the Albany County Legislature have gone to court after being thrown off the ballot.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Battling a long-held perception that there's no parking in downtown Albany, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined the Albany Parking Authority and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District this morning to herald free parking on the street and in city garages on weeknights and weekends in the downtown area.

A Capital Region police officer who was serving in the Watervliet School District is facing allegations he had sex with some of his students. Officer Joshua Spratt has been charged with having sex with two girls ages 16 and 17, while working as a school’s resource officer. The 12-year-veteran of the force pleaded not guilty in court yesterday.

Albany Police Department

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple’s son, Kyle Apple, was arrested for drunken driving early Saturday morning after a crash at Central and Colvin Avenues. The Times Union reports Kyle was found inside his disabled car with keys still in the ignition and engine running. The 21-year-old allegedly was found with an open can of beer, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

The candidates in one upstate mayoral challenge have agreed to run a “clean, positive” race.


As Albany gets ready to reconfigure busy Madison Avenue, some city residents will rally Monday for protected bike lanes.

Capital Regional alternative weekly Metroland is for sale.

Public Domain

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the New York National Guard to bring the Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to World War I soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson of Albany upstate to be put on public display.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”


With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Albany’s Department of Youth & Workforce Services celebrated the opening of a new Youth Opportunity Office Thursday... WAMC's Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

The Audi A7 parked by the side of the road on the test track in East Greenbush, NY.
Jessica Bloustein Marshall

The rate of traffic crashes in the United States is about three times higher at night than in the daytime. Visibility is a large contributing factor to that statistic. But a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor is leading a study in the Capital Region that may revolutionize the way we drive at night. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s fourth “State of the County” tour gets underway next week.

Albany FreeNet

In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Newly appointed Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox appears to have the Common Council’s support ahead of a confirmation vote expected next month. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The police-community dynamic is poised to make a dramatic shift in Albany. The city and Albany county announced a plan today to reduce low-level arrests, recidivism, and racial disparities.

To most people, an old abandoned building is nothing more than a dangerous eyesore in need of a wrecking ball. But in the Capital District, hundreds of vacant structures will be transformed into works of art. Funded with a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Breathing Lights will illuminate buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy beginning next year. The project is the brainchild of University at Albany art professor Adam Frelin, and architect Barbara Nelson. WAMC’s Brian Shield spoke with both.


The upstart candidate for Albany County executive has gotten a boost from a populist Democratic leader.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Six Albany-area communities along the Hudson River are collaborating to improve water quality. The partnership is resulting in the development of a regional solution to a series of local problems.

WAMC Composite Photo By Dave Lucas

This week, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appointed 21-year veteran Brendan Cox the new Chief of Police. Cox, who is awaiting confirmation from the Common Council, takes over from the retired Steven Krokoff. Cox had been a close ally of Krokoff’s and worked as the acting chief for the past several months. He spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Christine Benedict

Longtime Republican Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict is running for Colonie town supervisor, challenging incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan.  Benedict tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the town is ready for change, and she has a plan…

WAMC Composite Photo By Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has made it official: Brendan Cox is the Albany Police Department’s new Chief of Police.

Morse For Mayor

Jun 12, 2015
Maura Siobhan

Shawn Morse, the chairman of the Albany County Legislature, is a candidate for Mayor of Cohoes - the nephew of soon-to-retire Mayor George Primeau recently spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas on his decision to run and what his plans for the Spindle City entail.

A town hall meeting has been scheduled for Thursday evening to address Time Warner Cable’s dominance in the Capital Region.