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Capital Region News
12:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Reactions To 2014 Albany City Budget Proposal

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Mayor Jerry Jennings' 2014 budget proposal for Albany has elicited reactions from other political figures in the city.

Jennings, nearing the end of his 20-year term, last week unveiled a 171-million dollar spending plan, reflecting a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adoptive budget.

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Capital Region News
3:58 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Don't Go Near The Water, Albany

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The public is being urged to avoid two water bodies within the city of Albany.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified that Washington Park Lake and Buckingham Pond have been infected with Blue-Green Algae Bloom. Both lake and pond are located in heavily-trafficked populated areas.

Residents should be aware of the following guidelines:

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Capital Region News
4:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

TV Station to Petition: "Move on..."

Some of the signatures appearing on the online petition suggest that people signing it believe they are appealing directly to WMHT.

A mass email urging Capital Region residents to sign a move-on-dot-org petition directed at a local public television station is apparently without merit.

The email begins "Dear Albany MoveOn member" - it's from one Michele Scher, who started a petition on the left-leaning move-on-dot-org website regarding  Citizen Koch, the TV documentary about the Koch brothers and their involvement with the Tea Party, which, according to the petition, has been blocked from airing on WMHT. 

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Capital Region News
12:22 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Municipalities Court Public Opinion

Residents of two Capital Region municipalities have a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their communities tonight.

Albany Medical Center's $110 million plan to replace two city blocks in Park South with new residential, commercial and retail space is up for discussion at tonight's Common Council meeting at Albany City Hall.

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Capital Region News
3:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Move Over, Watson!

RPI Student Ben Vreeland (with President Shirley Ann Jackson) was the winner of a campus contest to name the new supercomputer.
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A powerful new supercomputer is going online at the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Thursday took the wraps off  AMOS - the Advanced Multi Processing Optimized System. It's an IBM supercomputer that the college is partnering with the famous WATSON supercomputer from TV Jeopardy! fame, making RPI one of the strongest research institutes in the nation.

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Capital Region News
1:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Obama 'Insiders' Share Stories

The federal government is in the fourth day of a shutdown that makes President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise of post-partisanship and a new era of government efficiency sound almost quaint. Three former members of the president’s inner circle were in Albany last weekend for The University at Albany Student Association's  "World Within Reach" speaker series.

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Capital Region News
6:33 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Albany Conference On Human Trafficking

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According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children.  Albany played host to a conference on human trafficking Wednesday.

The event at the University at Albany’s downtown Milne Hall was co-hosted by the college's School of Social Welfare and the State Office of Children and Family Services. Its purpose: to raise awareness about human trafficking and increase knowledge among students and community members.

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Capital Region News
4:53 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

GE to lay off 200 workers in Schenectady

General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year.

According to GE officials, the Fairfield, CT based company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive. While they wouldn't divulge the exact number of employees to be laid off, 15 hundred workers at the Schenectady steam turbine and generator plant will not be affected.

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Capital Region News
3:25 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Albany City Budget Plan Unveiled

All eyes are on Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings as he takes the wraps off the proposed city budget for 2014.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings today released his 2014 proposed budget presentation.

Jennings, who is nearing the end of his 20-year term, unveiled a $171 million spending plan that reflects a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adopted budget: the Democrat says 87 percent of the proposed budget, exclusive of debt service, is related to personnel costs.

Jennings says the city has been moving forward, despite what he terms "great challenges." The budget plan calls for an increase of 900 thousand dollars to the tax levy.

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Capital Region News
11:46 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Obama Team To Speak At UAlbany

Three men very close to Barack Obama who assisted and advised him, crafting his campaign as he rose from freshman Senator to presidential candidate and beyond, will be in Albany tonight for a public event.

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