Capital Region News

Capital Region News
12:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Sheehan Takes Oath: 'A New Era' Begins

Kathy Sheehan has taken the reins as the first female Albany mayor in more than three centuries of city history.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Breaking from city tradition in more ways than one, former city treasurer Kathy Sheehan was officially sworn in New Year's Day at Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany. Fellow Democrat New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy gave the keynote address, hailing the day as the start of "Mayor Sheehan's era."

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3:31 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Kathy Sheehan: The New Face Of Albany

Times have changed and Albany has a new Mayor...
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's new mayor, Kathy Sheehan, has taken the oath of office in downtown Albany. 

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Capital Region News
3:18 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Albany Bids Jennings Farewell

Mayor Jerry Jennings emerges from City Hall, addresses and hugs folks in the crowd, including Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan, before being driven off in a black SUV.
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

A formal ceremony was held today in downtown Albany to bid farewell to the man who has led the capital city for two decades.

Citizens, politicians, police and public service workers gathered in and around Albany city hall to say goodbye to Jerry Jennings - the colorful, outgoing Mayor who shepherded the capital city for the past twenty years.

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1:08 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Troy Police Seize $120,000+ In Drugs From House

6:30 Friday morning, search-warrant in hand, the Troy Police Emergency Response Team entered 314 8th Street as part of a robbery investigation. They found 1.2 kilos of cocaine, pure powder cocaine, along with two pancakes of crack cocaine. Some of the drugs were packaged for sale.  Arrests in the case are pending.  Police say the total street value of the drugs exceeds $120,000.

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6:45 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ticket To Ride: Albany Keen On Public Transit

Credit CDTA

Transportation is the buzzword in many mid- to large-sized North American cities. Albany is no exception as commuters seek out alternatives to driving to work.

A new America THINKS survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds people are getting on board with public transportation as the cost to own and operate a vehicle rises and consumers look for ways to save money.

According to the study, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

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Capital Region News
6:45 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ticket To Ride: Albany Keen On Public Transit

Credit CDTA

Transportation is the buzzword in many mid- to large-sized North American cities. Albany is no exception as commuters seek out alternatives to driving to work.

A new America THINKS survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds people are getting on board with public transportation as the cost to own and operate a vehicle rises and consumers look for ways to save money.

According to the study, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

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Capital Region News
12:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Anti-Gun Violence Dialog Ratchets Up In Albany

Community advocate Marlon Anderson.
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

December has been marred by episodes of gun violence in New York's capital city. Albany continues its struggle to "take back the streets" following a series of shootings including three gun-related murders since December 5th.

Despite leaders’ best efforts to get guns out of circulation, they continue to proliferate.

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6:59 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Seven Days Of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday that celebrates family, community and culture, begins the day after Christmas. The festival has become part of the national culture.
Credit Capital Region Kwanzaa Coalition

The holiday was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Africana Studies at California State University.

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2:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Funeral Services For Fallen Trooper

A final tribute to a fallen comrade: Nearly 1500 law enforcement officers from as far away as California gathered at the Grace Fellowship Church in Latham friday morning.

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12:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Downtown Albany Convention Center A "Go!"

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The Albany Convention Center Authority was created in 2004. Now,  a decade later, the Albany Convention Center plan is headed toward fruition. The idea for building an Albany Convention Center has been floating around for more than a decade, seeded in outgoing Mayor Jerry Jenning's "Capitalize Albany" plan.

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