Capital Region News

Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Wednesday's Rain

Western Avenue & Quail Street just after 2:30pm Wednesday July 10 following a burst of rain.
Credit Dave Lucas WAMC

The Albany-area gets a quick demonstration of flash flooding … The National Weather Service defines a flash flood as "rapidly rising water that usually occurs within two hours of the start of high intensity rain." Wednesday afternoon In the city of Albany, it took little more than five minutes for mother nature to produce a small demonstration of the phenomenon.

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12:28 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

County Nursing Home Impasse Continues

Daniel P. McCoy is Albany County's fourth County Executive.

The Albany County Executive has been on a mission to privatize the 250-bed Albany County Nursing Home, while county legislators have been heading in the opposite direction, trying to keep the facility not-for-profit and under county control.  

On Monday, the Albany County Legislature voted to authorize McCoy to retain a law firm to assist in formation of a local development corporation to manage the facility. McCoy says he cannot legally do that.

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4:45 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

A Celebration of "Independents"

This week, Albany County and city leaders joined Local First of the Capital Region in declaring a celebration of “Independents.”

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Capital Region News
7:07 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Occupy the 4th of July!

A National Rally to uphold citizens' constitutional rights is being observed in New York’s Capital city…

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Capital Region News
4:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

#AlbEco Forum: Albany Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues

Credit Facebook (WAMC)

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and WAMC Northeast Public Radio held the 2013 Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability this morning at the Linda Norris Auditorium on Central Avenue, one of the only times the candidates to replace Mayor Jerry Jennings will gather during the campaign.
Five of the six declared candidates fielded questions from WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock and Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

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Capital Region News
1:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Albany Mayoral Forum On Sustainability

Candidates gather at the Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability
Tom Wall

WAMC and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund hosted a mayoral forum at The Linda on July 2, bringing together five candidates for office: Corey Ellis, Kathy Sheehan, Joseph Sullivan, Jesse Calhoun, and Marlon Anderson.

The forum was moderated by Alan Chartock and NYLCVEF President Marcia Bystryn.

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Capital Region News
3:46 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

#Occupy Albany Hits The Courts Friday

Credit Courtesy Occupy Albany

Occupy Albany comes out of hibernation tomorrow - the group is urging citizens to “come out to show support at two separate hearings for activists who were arrested locally for engaging in civil disobedience in furtherance of social justice."

Occupy Albany has been monitoring the legal battle that has County District Attorney David Soares at odds with City Court Judge William Carter.  Attorneys for both officials are scheduled to appear in state Supreme Court Friday morning before acting State Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin.

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Albany Mayoral Race
4:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

2013 Albany NY Mayoral Forum on Sustainability

Credit The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

We are just one week away from the Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability...  

Back in mid-May, Albany was rocked by the news that longtime Mayor Jerry Jennings was opting not to seek a sixth term. The announcement was a game-changer for a cavalcade of mayoral hopefuls, many of whom will gather for a forum co-hosted by WAMC and the New York League of Conservation Voters at the Linda July 2nd at 11 a.m.

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Capital Region News
1:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Carolyn Mugar and Jennifer Fahy - Farm Aid 2013 Comes To SPAC

On June 14 Farm Aid announced that its annual benefit concert will, for the first time, be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Today the concert lineup was announced: artists slated to perform include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists include Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. 

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Capital Region News
12:20 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ticky Comes Home

Albany hoops legend Luther "Ticky" Burdem, then and now. [B&W inset shot from photo in Burden's donated memorabilia ]
Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

An Albany basketball legend has returned to one of the places where his career began.

One of Albany's own NBA Stars came home Friday afternoon to the little gym that helped form the foundation for his career. Luther “Ticky” Burden made his way home to Trinity Place, which has been serving children in the city's South End for decades. Burden's pro career entailed a single season with the Virginia Squires and two with the New York Knicks in the late 1970s.

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