Capital Region News

Capital Region News
3:29 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

DeWitt Clinton To Become Renaissance Marriott

Mayor Jerry Jennings at the podium for the formal announcement.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A landmark downtown Albany hotel is getting a new lease on life.  Construction is set to begin this fall on a total remake of the old Dewitt Clinton. On Monday, Mayor Jerry Jennings helped take the wraps off a project he says goes hand-in-hand with other "revitalization" initiatives in downtown Albany, and would complement the proposed convention center, which would become the hotel's next-door-neighbor.

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Capital Region News
4:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Challenges Of Mounting A Political Campaign

Albany Mayoral hopefuls: Joe Sullivan (C), Marlon Anderson (I), Kathy Sheehan (D), Corey Ellis (D) and Jesse Calhoun (R).
Credit Photo composite by Dave Lucas

Launching and running a political campaign is one of the most challenging activities you can undertake. Launching a bid for local office or even mayor runs the gamut from intimidating to frustrating to exhilarating. American democracy enables all upstanding citizens to run for public office — at least, in theory. Going from idea and inspiration to launching a campaign is a process involving strict adherence to protocol, as New York Citizen One blogger Theresa Grafflin discovered when she attempted to run for city council in Albany's sixth ward.

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Capital Region News
4:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

An Unfriendly Town

Credit City of Albany; "X" graffiti by Dave Lucas

Looking for a warm welcome in a new city? Don't come to Albany - that's the message from a new survey of the most and least friendly places on the planet.

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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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Capital Region News
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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Capital Region News
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 nytowns.org website:

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Politics
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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Albany
7:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Classic Diner Available

Credit flickr.com/josepha

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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Capital Region News
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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