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4:43 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Changes In The Albany Mayoral Race

Alexander Portelli
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long shot candidate for Albany mayor is leaving the race this hour – but a familiar face is taking his place.

After Steve King of the Albany City Republican Committee challenged the validity of the 1,514 signatures Alexander Portelli collected in order to be on the November ballot, the Libertarian candidate has made a decision to drop out of the race.

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3:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mayoral Race Plays On Social Media

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

There's a new factor playing a role in the Albany mayoral race: social media.

It has been said that politics puts social networking and communication to the ultimate test.  Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Portelli was the first to toss his hat in the ring.

Republican hopeful Jesse Calhoun hails social media as "both a blessing and a curse."

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Capital Region News
6:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sheehan Gets Union Nods; Outlines Economic Development Plan

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With three weeks until primary day, an Albany mayoral hopeful has unveiled her plan for economic development and job creation, while announcing new labor endorsements.

Saying that "Albany's best days are ahead of us," Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan held a news conference in front of City Hall Tuesday, noting that since the recession ended in 2009, suburban tax bases have grown while Albany's has shrunk by nearly 7 percent.

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12:20 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

UAlbany Unveils New School of Business Building

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Days before students start another semester, the University at Albany cut the ribbon Monday on its state-of-the-art $64 million School of Business building and unveiled the State University of New York’s first four-year undergraduate degree program in digital forensics. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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3:23 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Political Picnic On The Ropes

An annual Albany County political event once noted for high attendance and media attention has come and gone, barely noticed this year, even with a primary just days away.

For decades, the Albany County Democratic Committee's annual picnic was heralded as one of the region's showcase events, on par with "Hat Day" at the Saratoga Race Course. Thousands of party faithful attended the gatherings; the biggest names in politics were always on hand - but the dynamic has somehow changed. Fewer than 200 people turned out this year.

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12:50 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Sees Growing EBT Use

A banner indicates that EBT cards are accepted at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market.
Credit Hannah Hohenstein-Flack

By 10 on a recent Saturday morning, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market was already busy.  The market partners with SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.  Open Saturdays, the farmers market takes place at the convergence of River and Third Streets in downtown Troy, an area that, like many urban centers, features more convenience stores and eateries than markets.   Shoppers looking for an alternative to otherwise limited options can find organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, locally-produced meat, fish, and dairy, in addition to prepared foods from neighborhood businesses,

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12:50 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Roller Derby All Stars Influence Community Connections

All Stars Roller Derby banner at the Washington Armory.
Credit Brandon J. Holmes

The Albany All Stars Roller Derby league recently held a fundraiser at McGeary’s Irish Pub in downtown Albany. The proceeds were given to a member of the league who was the victim of a car theft.

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1:47 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Ford's 44th Season His Last At UAlbany

Bob Ford
Credit University at Albany

The longtime coach of the University at Albany’s football team says he will retire after the season.

Bob Ford has been a fixture in Capital Region sports since he took over what was then a newly reinstated club team in 1970.  More than four decades later, Ford told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the Great Danes’ first season in their brand new stadium will be his last.

The Springfield College graduate has 264 career victories, and has shepherded the program through the jump to Division I in 1999 and a leap to the Colonial Athletic Association this year.

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3:38 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Democrat Vs. Democrat: Race For Albany City Treasurer

Gary Domalewicz and Darius Shahinfar, Democratic candidates for Albany City Treasurer
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

As the September 10 Democratic primary draws closer, with current Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running for mayor, two candidates for Chief Fiscal officer have emerged, each democrat believing he is best-suited to take over the position.

In May, the Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed Sheehan as Jerry Jennings' successor over Corey Ellis. The party also backed county Legislator Gary Domalewicz for city treasurer.

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4:26 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Albany Brokers Sentenced For $4M Ponzi Scheme

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Two upstate New York investment brokers have been given federal prison sentences for diverting more than $4 million of their clients' funds to pay personal expenses, their firm's employees and its preferred clients.

Local media outlets report that 65-year-old Timothy McGinn of Clifton Park was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years and 68-year-old David Smith of Saratoga Springs got 10 years. A federal judge in Utica also ordered them to pay $5.7 million in restitution and costs.

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