Capital Region News

Capital Region News
12:24 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sheehan Leads in YNN/Siena Albany Mayoral Poll

Credit Photo composite by Dave Lucas

With the September Democratic primary just six weeks away, a new poll suggests Albany voters have a clear choice in mind as to who they believe will best fill the shoes of departing Mayor Jerry Jennings.  

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12:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Regulators Cement Deal With LaFarge

A settlement has been reached between Lafarge Ravena and the state and federal governments that  extends by 18 months the deadline by which the company must build a new kiln with advanced air pollution controls.

In exchange for more time, the settlement with the EPA and DEC sets annual limits on allowable emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by the Ravena plant that are at or below the limits contained in the original settlement.

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5:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Association of Towns Mourns Former Leader

The Albany-based Association of Towns is mourning the death of its longtime executive director:  Jeff Haber led the Association for 27 years from 1985, until he retired in October 2012. He was suceeded by Gerry Geist.

From the website:

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4:54 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Another Busy Week In Albany

Marlon Anderson, Kathy Sheehan, Corey Ellis: Albany 2013 Mayoral hopefuls.
Credit Composite Photo by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

It has been a busy week in Albany County politics...

For nearly a decade, there's been talk of building a convention center in downtown Albany. In 2004, the Albany Convention Center Authority was established by the state legislature to develop plans for the site. The project was awarded a $75 million grant in 2005. It never got beyond the idea stage.

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7:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Classic Diner Available


If you are looking to buy a diner - Albany Medical Center's CEO has a deal for you.

The old U.N. Diner on the Albany corner of New Scotland and Dana avenues – in more recent times known as Quintessence - is available. Albany Medical Center President and CEO Jim Barba says the hospital owns it – but it does not have a place in the facility’s current expansion plans - - so the 1930's structure is on the market. It's all yours if you will simply haul it away.

The landmark diner was sold to Albany Medical Center in October 2012.

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Capital Region News
3:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Albany Med Expansion: Park South

Albany Medical Center President and CEO Jim Barba with Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings (background illustration is what new residential area will look like when construction is completed).
Credit WAMC Photo Composite by Dave Lucas

Albany Medical Center has revealed the finishing phase of its ongoing 500-million dollar neighborhood revitalization  plan. When the old neighborhood surrounding Albany Med is completely rebuilt, it will cap what officials call "the transformation of New Scotland Corridor" - becoming a new community.

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3:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

UAlbany - CNSE Split: A Closer Look

Credit Adapted from Google Maps

The SUNY Board of Trustees has given the green light to separate the University at Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering. While there are some concerns, officials seem to agree they are taking steps in the right direction.

Last week, the trustees voted 13 to 3 in favor of splitting the colleges into two separate entities.

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12:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Saratoga Heat: 150th Racing Season Opener

New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay meets the press Wednesday July 17, 2013 at the Saratoga Track.
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)

On what’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, Saratoga begins its 150th season of thoroughbred racing.

This week, the New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay met with members of the media to discuss his plans for Saratoga Race Course’s season.  One of the first questions, right out of the gate, was about the weather and whether or not racing might be cut back or suspended altogether on opening day: Kay told reporters "We've had warm days in the past. We're prepared for it..."

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Capital Region News
3:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Does Apple have an 'i' on the Capital Region?

Tech website hints that Apple may be interested in "buying into" a share of an existing chip fab plant on the GlobalFoundries campus in Saratoga County. Cnet says if Apple owned capacity at a fab, it would maintain control over design.  The Times Union reports Senator Chuck Schumer has been forging a deal between the iPhone maker and GlobalFoundries that would have the latter manufacturing computer chips for use in Apple devices.

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1:29 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

After The Zimmerman Verdict

Since a Florida jury cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who faced murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, on Saturday, demonstrations on both sides have sprung up across the country.

Demonstrations large and small have been held in places like Burlington, Albany and Poughkeepsie after a Florida jury on Saturday night cleared Zimmerman of all criminal charges in the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

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