Capital Region News

The College Of St. Rose

In recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with St. Rose professor Angela Ledford to discuss a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan invites citizens to check out rezonealbany.com to get a better handle on the plan.
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In March, Mayor Kathy Sheehan released the final ReZone Albany draft — a long-awaited plan intended to simplify city zoning ordinance. Critics warn it could further deplete the financially strapped city's coffers.

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A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area has opened its new $4.3 million visitor’s center to introduce folks to the park's trails and to provide environmental education. 

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Some 78 people die each day across the country from prescription opioid-related overdoses and statistics show 4 out of 5 of heroin users started with prescription opioids.  Albany County now has a task force in place to battle the crisis.

With higher education becoming more expensive, students looking to maximize their college experiences are getting help from their schools.

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May Day has seen millions rally nationwide for worker and immigrant rights. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from Albany’s “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

Exclusion of susceptible students from schools/colleges affected by a mumps outbreaks (and other, unaffected schools judged by local public health authorities to be at risk for transmitting the disease) should be considered as one way to control mumps.
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The University at Albany is dealing with eight confirmed cases of mumps among the student body.

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This week, two former University at Albany students were found guilty of falsifying reports surrounding a racially-charged assault on a bus in January 2016. They were cleared of more serious related charges. Here's a look back on a case that made international headlines.

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The City of Albany is seeking input on a preliminary Request For Proposals (RFP) for a proposed solid waste transfer station.

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Filling technology jobs in the Capital Region remains a challenge, but employers are seeing some improvement in hiring and feeling more optimistic about job growth, according to the latest Linium Hiring Index. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief with Linium Recruiting's managing director Miriam Dushane about the Spring 2017 survey.

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An Albany County court jury Wednesday afternoon found two former University at Albany students guilty of filing a false statement, but acquitted the pair of assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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The Hoosick Falls village board, led by new mayor Rob Allen, has voted to cut ties with the law firm that had worked to write a failed settlement agreement with the companies deemed responsible for polluting water supplies with the chemical PFOA.

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AARP New York, the state Attorney General’s Office and the Albany County Department for Aging teamed up to host a free paper-shredding event for the public today.

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Sol Greenberg's trademark wavy silver hair and pipe once personified the office of District Attorney in Albany County. Greenberg died Thursday at age 95.

The UAlbany community partnered with Albany Medical Center to assemble "survival kits" to support victims of sexual violence at our annual We Care event in SEFCU Arena.
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Hundreds of volunteers gathered Monday evening in Albany to pack and deliver "survival kits" to victims who have undergone forensic testing in the aftermath of sexual assault.

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The area is mourning Capital Region Chamber of Commerce President, Chuck Steiner.

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As top Albany Democrats get ready for campaign season, some familiar faces are jumping into citywide races as well.

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In a bid to become the city's first African-American mayor, Marlon Anderson threw his hat in the ring Wednesday night, announcing at Albany public library's main branch that this will be the last time he runs for political office.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appeared outside two buildings being rehabbed along Clinton Avenue's 300 block Tuesday afternoon, to kick off a $1 million vacant building initiative.
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In a bid by the city to stave off urban decay, Albany homeowners and developers can now apply for up to $50,000 to purchase and rehabilitate blighted buildings.

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Some new life could be in the cards for the old Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

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The trial against two former UAlbany students for their alleged roles in a racially charged incident aboard a CDTA bus on the Campus will begin with jury selection on Monday.

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Mysterious wooden poles that began springing up around Troy have been traced to a telecommunications copy, which has agreed to remove some of them.

 A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon.
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A young Albany man who became a symbol for the Raise The Age initiative suffers another setback.

Additional candidates are entering the race for Albany Common Council President.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

Sheehan announced her intent to run days after Albany was given $12.5 million to plug a budget shortfall. This time the money is not a spin-up against future funds.

Jeff Pangburn of Creighton Manning Engineering says phase two begins in July; it will bring the new configuration all the way downtown.
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A successful radical remake along a busy stretch of Albany’s Madison Avenue will extend to where the street meets Lark and Delaware further downtown. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Thursday night for a public meeting on phase two of the “road diet.”

Dr. Mandeep Sidhu addresses walkers gathered outside Albany Med's front entrance on New Scotalnd Avenue prior to the neighborhood walk.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On Wednesday, a throng of Capital Region residents met Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the front entrance of Albany Medical Center to take a neighborhood walk. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined in, taking steps toward better health.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor capped a two-day visit to the Capital Region with a speech at the University at Albany Tuesday night.

With the Senate getting closer to a vote on nominee Neil Gorsuch, Justice Sotomayor was careful to avoid politics in her speech to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

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