Capital Region News

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

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State Supreme Court Judge Vito Caruso has picked a District Attorney to investigate a high-profile Schenectady traffic case.

Ben Barrowman at the finish line!
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The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  The local event, which ranks first in the state and second out of 90 tours in the U.S., is set for Saratoga Springs this weekend.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox speak with reporters at City Hall, June 2, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The United States Department of Justice will be keeping an eye on the Albany Police Department.  Albany’s force is being held up as a positive example.

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On Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, the International Center of the Capital Region, in conjunction with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, will be hosting a Women’s Empowerment Diplomacy summit in Albany.

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Eleven porcupines recently found clubbed to death in Albany and Schoharie counties have alarmed elected officials.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Now that the nice weather is here, construction crews are a common sight. But in many cases, workers are digging up roadways to repair aging water and sewer pipes. Old infrastructure can create new challenges as well as inconveniences.

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Hoping to promote transparency about its precarious finances, the city of Troy has opened the books again.

Art Feder, farm child, on a makeshift tractor with its creator, farmer Genie Lucine, ca. 1939.
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In the early part of the 20th century, hundreds of recently arrived Eastern European Jewish families lived on farms in upstate New York. Their descendants are holding a reunion this October in Rensselaer County.

A wealthy New York man on trial for a fourth time since his wife disappeared in 2001 has been found not guilty of murder.

A suspended pastor at a Bethlehem church pleaded guilty in Colonie Town Court yesterday to one count of unlawful surveillance in the Second Degree. 

The Nassau town supervisor is calling for additional EPA testing for the manufacturing chemical PFOA at the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site in Rensselaer County.

March Against Monsanto in Albany, NY calls attention to GMOs
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Activists protesting genetically modified foods gathered on the grounds outside the state capitol in Albany on Saturday in solidarity with the international "March Against Monsanto.”

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Four community conversations on "implicit bias" are going to be held throughout Albany.

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Albany is conducting a public survey to evaluate its broadband options.

 

Senator Chuck Schumer wants the Sgt. Henry Johnson battalion cadets at Albany High School to be recognized as a full-fledged JROTC program.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany Monday, urging the U.S. Army to support a full-fledged JROTC program at Albany High School.

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The Albany Common Council voted Monday night to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline project.

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City officials, community partners and event sponsors revealed the new location and lineup for Albany’s signature free Alive at Five concert series at a press conference this morning.

Climate activists from near and from as far as Maine, Quebec and central Pennsylvania are converging on downtown Albany for a day of protests against fossil fuels.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden meets the press May 12, 2016 at Troy City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy is making an effort to become more transparent as it gets a handle on its financial crisis.

Albany attorney James Long officially launched his campaign for City Court Judge Wednesday.

Alicia Ouellette, president and dean of Albany Law School, signs agreement with James K. Reed, M.D., president & CEO of SPHP.
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St. Peter's Health Partners and Albany Law School have partnered to help seriously ill patients who need legal assistance.

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An American Association of University Professors report out this week criticizes cuts and layoffs at the College of St. Rose in Albany, saying they resulted from “...a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels, ” that undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless.

The region’s rite of spring, Albany’s Tulip Festival, begins Friday, May 6, and runs through Sunday.

Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio look on as attorney Attorney Frederick Brewington speaks to reporters.
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Three former University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially-charged brawl on a CDTA bus were back on court on Wednesday.

NY AG Eric Schneiderman meets the press in Albany during the New York State Court of Appeals Law Day.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the green light to investigate whenever police in any New York community kill unarmed suspects. Now, Cuomo has empowered Schneiderman to look into a police shooting that the Rensselaer County D.A. probed and dismissed.

Screenshot of video - altercation aboard a CDTA bus.
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Albany County D.A. David Soares announced Monday that three defendants were indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on charges related to an alleged incident that occurred on a CDTA bus on January 30th.

In 2009, the City of Troy engaged a consultant to assist with the redevelopment of the former site of City Hall and the adjoining parking structure. It was hoped that the 1.5-acre site on River Street would transform downtown, becoming the city's "crown j
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A massive revitalization plan in downtown Troy has hit another roadblock.  Here is the latest chapter in the Monument Square saga.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove is being sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Update 5/1/16:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order in support of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into a police shooting that killed a Capital Region man.

Watervliet resident Edson Thevenin was killed in an encounter with Troy police on April 17th.

Last week, Schneiderman's office announced it was suing Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over the case after police sergeant Randy French was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting by a grand jury.

Who will be crowned the new Tulip Queen?
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The City of Albany has named five finalists for the 2016 Tulip Queen and Court.

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