Capital Region News

Capital Region News
3:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Albany Med Expansion: Park South

Albany Medical Center President and CEO Jim Barba with Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings (background illustration is what new residential area will look like when construction is completed).
Credit WAMC Photo Composite by Dave Lucas

Albany Medical Center has revealed the finishing phase of its ongoing 500-million dollar neighborhood revitalization  plan. When the old neighborhood surrounding Albany Med is completely rebuilt, it will cap what officials call "the transformation of New Scotland Corridor" - becoming a new community.

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Capital Region News
3:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

UAlbany - CNSE Split: A Closer Look

Credit Adapted from Google Maps

The SUNY Board of Trustees has given the green light to separate the University at Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering. While there are some concerns, officials seem to agree they are taking steps in the right direction.

Last week, the trustees voted 13 to 3 in favor of splitting the colleges into two separate entities.

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Saratoga
12:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Saratoga Heat: 150th Racing Season Opener

New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay meets the press Wednesday July 17, 2013 at the Saratoga Track.
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)

On what’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, Saratoga begins its 150th season of thoroughbred racing.

This week, the New York Racing Association's new president and CEO Chris Kay met with members of the media to discuss his plans for Saratoga Race Course’s season.  One of the first questions, right out of the gate, was about the weather and whether or not racing might be cut back or suspended altogether on opening day: Kay told reporters "We've had warm days in the past. We're prepared for it..."

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Capital Region News
3:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Does Apple have an 'i' on the Capital Region?

Tech website cnet.com hints that Apple may be interested in "buying into" a share of an existing chip fab plant on the GlobalFoundries campus in Saratoga County. Cnet says if Apple owned capacity at a fab, it would maintain control over design.  The Times Union reports Senator Chuck Schumer has been forging a deal between the iPhone maker and GlobalFoundries that would have the latter manufacturing computer chips for use in Apple devices.

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Capital Region News
1:29 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

After The Zimmerman Verdict

Since a Florida jury cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who faced murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, on Saturday, demonstrations on both sides have sprung up across the country.

Demonstrations large and small have been held in places like Burlington, Albany and Poughkeepsie after a Florida jury on Saturday night cleared Zimmerman of all criminal charges in the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Wednesday's Rain

Western Avenue & Quail Street just after 2:30pm Wednesday July 10 following a burst of rain.
Credit Dave Lucas WAMC

The Albany-area gets a quick demonstration of flash flooding … The National Weather Service defines a flash flood as "rapidly rising water that usually occurs within two hours of the start of high intensity rain." Wednesday afternoon In the city of Albany, it took little more than five minutes for mother nature to produce a small demonstration of the phenomenon.

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Capital Region News
12:28 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

County Nursing Home Impasse Continues

Daniel P. McCoy is Albany County's fourth County Executive.
Credit albanycounty.com

The Albany County Executive has been on a mission to privatize the 250-bed Albany County Nursing Home, while county legislators have been heading in the opposite direction, trying to keep the facility not-for-profit and under county control.  

On Monday, the Albany County Legislature voted to authorize McCoy to retain a law firm to assist in formation of a local development corporation to manage the facility. McCoy says he cannot legally do that.

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Business
4:45 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

A Celebration of "Independents"

This week, Albany County and city leaders joined Local First of the Capital Region in declaring a celebration of “Independents.”

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Capital Region News
7:07 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Occupy the 4th of July!

A National Rally to uphold citizens' constitutional rights is being observed in New York’s Capital city…

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Capital Region News
4:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

#AlbEco Forum: Albany Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues

Credit Facebook (WAMC)

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and WAMC Northeast Public Radio held the 2013 Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability this morning at the Linda Norris Auditorium on Central Avenue, one of the only times the candidates to replace Mayor Jerry Jennings will gather during the campaign.
 
Five of the six declared candidates fielded questions from WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock and Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

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