Capital Region News

Once again, the three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor will get together for a pre-primary debate tonight. This time they will be joined by Green Party candidates.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
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Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has unveiled enhancements to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

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The three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor debated for the second time Tuesday night at the Times Union’s Hearst Media Center before a capacity crowd.

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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by Albany Medical Center Tuesday morning to headline a press conference on water systems and infrastructure.

Glenville Police Chief Steve Janik & Scotia Police Chief Pete Frisoni speak with reporters at State Police Troop G HQ
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New York State Police issued an update today in the case of a local elementary school teacher shot and killed by police.

St. Peter’s Hospital CEO Virginia Golden, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Acting Police Chief Bob Sears and other officials at Bethany Reformed Church, August 2017.
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An Albany not-for-profit has teamed up with the city to undertake a traffic study in a rapidly developing stretch. 

 "As long as you have a reason for running, and you have strong stands on the issues, a candidate can do very well." ~ Joe Sullivan
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Democrats have an overwhelming enrollment advantage in the city of Albany, meaning the September 12th mayoral primary is the biggest hurdle for the candidates. But that isn’t scaring off several third-party hopefuls. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Conservative candidate Joe Sullivan about the race, campaigning and the voting process.

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Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

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A 12-year-old girl has been named Albany County’s "Citizen of the Month.”

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas caught up with them after the event.

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

Corey Ellis, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Alfredo Balarin and Leah Golby
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Citizen Action of New York has announced its endorsements in Albany’s city elections.

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

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Democrats in Albany appear to favor incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan for another term as mayor. Figures are in from a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll.

Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany and Proctors have announced the purchase of the former Gomez Electrical Contracting building for use as a production facility.

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New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Troy's Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday for a town hall.

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This fall's race for Rensselaer County Executive includes a contentious primary on the Republican side between Deputy Rensselaer County Executive Chris Meyer and state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin.  Meyer is backed by retiring Republican County Executive Kathy Jimino.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Troy's Hudson Valley Community College late Wednesday afternoon for a Town Hall.

Albany Planning Director Chris Spencer demonstrates “search ALBANY”
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The administration of Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled a new online GIS tool today that will allow the public access to City of Albany property and zoning information in real time.

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Following the derailment of a train heading for Selkirk last week, the Albany County Executive is renewing concerns about shipping crude through the city.

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Young people who committed crimes in Albany County have completed a training and classroom program geared toward those at-risk.  A ceremony was held Thursday at the County Office Building.

The Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games are a torch-relay away from Sunday's opening ceremonies at the Times Union Center.

Andrea Smyth is executive director of the New York State Coalition for Children's Behavioral Health. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the Rockefeller College Graduate School of Public Affairs and Policy at UAlbany.
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In June, Rensselaer County Democrats picked Andrea Smyth to run for county executive. Smyth hopes to succeed Republican incumbent Kathleen Jimino, who caught supporters off-guard when she decided not to seek a fifth term. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief spoke with Smyth about her political aspirations.


Senator Chuck Schumer
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And now an update to a story we broadcast early last month: A federal grant that will enable the Albany Fire Department to purchase a state-of the art mobile fire training center has come through. 

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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Some say President Donald Trump's fascination with twitter has led to social media rising as a factor in politics. And that may have trickled down to local races. The Capital Region is no exception.

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On Saturday an American Airlines flight crew spotted a drone flying in their airspace as they approached Albany County Airport.

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Once infected with Lyme disease himself, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Albany today to urge the federal government to continue the battle against insect-borne diseases.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in Albany's South End, flanked by Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Councilmember Dorcey Applyrs.
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos joined other officials Wednesday at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes.  The visit comes amid ongoing discussion about quality-of-life in the city's South End.

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