Capital Region News

Capital Region News
3:38 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Albany Mayor Jennings Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings asks supporters to hold their applause just before formally announcing he would not seek a sixth term.
Credit WAMC/Patrick Donges

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings has formally announced he will not run for a sixth term in office, ending a political career spanning more than three decades.

There was no shortage of applause, glad-handing, and backslapping at Albany City Hall Wednesday morning as Mayor Jerry Jennings, a Democrat, publicly announced what he had previously revealed in an open letter sent to members of the press and city officials Tuesday night announcing his intention not to seek reelection.

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Capital Region News
3:35 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Common Council's Barbara Smith Surprised By Jennings' Retirement

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings’ announcement last night that he will not seek a sixth term in November came at a time when the city’s Democratic machine is already in motion as it gears up for a primary between announced candidates Kathy Sheehan, the city treasurer, and 2009 mayoral candidate Corey Ellis. Barbara Smith of the Albany Common Council  spoke with WAMC’s Alan Chartock as the city prepares for its first new administration in 20 years.

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Capital Region News
3:06 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Jobs For Returning Veterans

Northeastern New York is home to approximately 5,000 veterans who served in Iraq. This past February, President Barack Obama announced that another 34,000 American troops will return home this year from Afghanistan… And the drawdown will continue…   

Marsha Lazarus is the "LegUp Workplace Solutions Project Director" at MHANYS, the Mental Health Association of New York State. She says MHANYS is hosting a free forum Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. Lazarus is urging local businesses to take a hard look at hiring returning veterans.

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Capital Region News
12:39 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Stuck In Political Mud: Albany County Nursing Home

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
Credit [WAMC photo by Dave Lucas]

It's been a hot-button issue: the continuing saga of what to do about the Albany County Nursing Home.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has been on a mission to privatize the County Nursing Home, favoring a lease agreement with the Upstate Services Group, a company that provides administrative and operational support to affiliated skilled nursing facilities throughout New York. 

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Capital Region News
2:57 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest Represented In Albany

Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

Advocates gathered in Albany's West Capitol Park  on Friday in solidarity with the "Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest" to raise awareness and highlight the need for more recognition from government, science and medicine that Lyme Disease is a global concern.

Lyme disease is a growing public health concern throughout the Northeastern United States - the co-ordinated worldwide rally is all about getting the word out - with 30 states and 30 countries in all participating.

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Hudson
12:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

City Electricity Goes "Green" In June

A Columbia County city plans to become the first community in New York state to purchase its electricity as locally-produced wind power.

Researchers say that with a little effort, New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030. The city of Hudson is leading the pack for now with the announcement it will purchase electricity through retailer Viridian Energy. Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck hails the move as a "win-win for the environment and for taxpayers."

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Technology
1:59 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Introduces More Interactive Website & Launches “AlbanyWorks4U”

Mayor Jerry Jennings addresses the press at City Hall (May 7, 2013)
Credit Photocomposite by Dave Lucas / WAMC

Mayor Jerry Jennings has announced a round of technological leaps for the city of Albany. It's a triple dose of innovation - first, a redesigned, more user-friendly city website... second, the city rolls out its second major app...  and third, a new information czar.

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Albany Politics
12:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Albany 11th Ward Council Member Anton Konev on Redistricting

Albany 11th Ward Council Member Anton Konev, at the WAMC studios (2013)
Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

Albany Common Council Member Anton Konev, who represents the city's 11th ward, talks about how redistricting is changing Albany city politics with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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Hudson
4:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Basilica Hudson: Season #3 Opening

Credit Basilica Hudson

The Basilica Hudson, part of a citywide renaissance that has taken hold in recent years, is kicking off its third season .  Artist-owned and operated since 2010, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory converted into an art, performance, production and event space located next to the Amtrak station on the town of Hudson's waterfront. 

Creative Director Melissa Auf der Maur, known best for her days in the alternative rock bands Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins, says Basilica is gearing up for a new and busier season than ever.

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