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What started out as a police training exercise has ignited community outrage and attracted the attention of the NAACP.

The Albany Police Department is taking some heat after pictures and complaints about what is described as a "training exercise" went viral on Facebook.

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This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a new mayor. The Democratic Party has dominated the Albany political scene for decades. There is one hat "officially" in the ring as a few potential candidates calculate their chances of making a run for office.

The future of New York's capital city has, for decades, been entrusted to the mayor - and for the most part, those who served were long-tenured: Erastus Corning 42 years, Tom Whalen for 10, and incumbent Jerry Jennings, who has been in office since 1994.

Times Union - McEneny backs Sheehan for Albany mayor

Mar 24, 2013
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ALBANY — Former New York State Assemblyman Jack McEneny has endorsed Albany city Treasurer Kathy Sheehan's bid for mayor,

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings says it's time National Grid reviewed the city's aging underground infrastructure, after the third incidence of exploding manhole covers downtown.

Fire officials and National Grid say an underground electrical fire sparked an explosion early Saturday that sent four manhole covers flying into the air in a downtown neighborhood. It was the third such incident in less than six months.

The Palace Theatre, the grand cultural and entertainment facility that sits in the heart of downtown Albany, will soldier on. A new management team promises to keep the venue’s momentum, and traditions alive.

The RKO Palace's doors first opened in October 1931. Built during the Depression, it was the largest theatre in a city already noted for having several opulent movie houses. A nickel would buy an afternoon of entertainment.

The Palace was sold to the Fabian chain in the early 1940s. Fabian operated it until closure in September, 1969.  

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The SNUG program was launched by the New York State Senate in 2009. The program aims to reduce gun and gang violence. SNUG, which is “guns” spelled backwards, came to Albany in 2010, but funding the program has been a struggle. Shootings dropped by 29 percent during SNUG’s first eight months of operation in New York's Capital city. Albany Common Councilor Barbara Smith, representing the 4th ward, hails the program as a success.

 

An appeals court judge has reserved decision on whether to grant Christopher Porco's request to keep a made-for-TV movie about his life from being shown on cable televsion.

A New York judge had temporarily barred Lifetime from showing its made-for-TV movie on Christopher Porco, the upstate New Yorker serving 46 years to life after bieng convicted for the 2004 ax murder of his father and maiming of his mother. The cable network scheduled "Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story" to debut on Saturday night and repeat on Sunday.

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The Schenectady County League of Women Voters is holding a series of forums looking at the importance of agriculture and the future of the family farm.

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A proposal leaked last week by the Associated Press indicating the State University at New York may spin its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany, creating a 65th campus, was addressed by a CNSE official Wednesday.

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This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a Mayor. Capital region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Albany's Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer Kathy Sheehan,  the first person to launch an official campaign challenging incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings.

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The University at Albany’s community service efforts to improve the quality of life in the Capital Region has earned the institution a place on the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Honor Roll. Officials say that contributing to this national designation was the 39 percent student-service participation rate and three exemplar UAlbany programs including Albany, Hudson, Schenectady and Amsterdam, that address pressing community needs in the areas of minority health care, affordable mental health services and improved information literacy in low-performing and other schools.

The so-called "Skidmore Stalker" has waived extradition and will be returned to Saratoga County. 

Authorities tell the Albany Times Union that 49-year old Lance Leonard appeared in an Atlantic City courtroom on Wednesday and declared he would not fight his return to New York. He was arrested earlier this month after allegedly threatening a Skidmore College student. The campus was locked down for a time after the threat was received.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A written proposal shows the State University at New York may soon create its 65th campus, spinning its fast-growing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering away from the University at Albany.

The proposal obtained by The Associated Press is confirmed by two people familiar with the internal discussions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the proposal. It would have to be approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature.

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Mar 12, 2013
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The founding director of Albany Pro Musica has suffered a major stroke.

Officials with the Albany Pro Musica board say David Griggs-Janower was stricken during surgery on Friday. After speaking with is family, a decision was made to give two performances scheduled for this weekend.

Concerts scheduled beyond this weekend are in question.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup for the 36th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest running jazz events in the world.

Two-days and two-stages of live, world class jazz comes to Saratoga at the end of June. SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White says this year's roster of artists is nothing short of electrifying.

The jazz festival will be held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The festival will be topped off by a fireworks display

Safe streets are the goal of every major city. Albany is no exception, as details begin to surface regarding plans to improve traffic flow while accomodating pedestrians and cyclists. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Business and energy industry leaders have gathered in Troy for the two-day "Capture the Energy" conference.

Frank Murray is President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - NYSERDA helped sponsor the event, organized by New York Best, a consortium of government, academia and private industry focused on developing the energy storage industry in New York State.

Michael Field is with the Raymond Corporation in Green, New York just North of Binghamton. He says with new technologies, those new jobs will come.

Residents in one Columbia County community have had it with wind turbines:  neighbors along Carson Road on Winchell Mountain in Ancram say they've been awakened in the middle of the night by noises as loud as foghorns or hovering helicopters, so intense that the windows in their houses rattle.

  Police on Monday arrested a man who took a concealed gun into the Doane Stuart School.  

This afternoon Albany Academy launched a 15-month bicentennial celebration.  The symbolic chiming of the clock tower bells, rung for the first time in 84 years, commemorated the beginning of a third century of education at the Albany Academies. Students, parents, faculty and alumni gathered at the Boy's School Front Circle to mark the 200th anniversary.

  

Looking for something to do today? A Cinderella story of sorts is taking place this weekend in the Catskills. 

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There's trouble ahead for a local Housing authority. 

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The new president of the University at Albany is appealing to Capital Region business and community leaders to support a new five-year funding plan.

President Robert Jones presented a plan that calls for $293 million over five years for critically important capital improvements, renovations, and upgrades to the university’s aging campus facilities, spanning more than 5.8 million square feet.  He says the revitalization and renewal plan will preserve the university’s existing infrastructure while creating an estimated 2,500 Capital Region jobs.

New statistics released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that from June 2011 to June 2012 Saratoga County experienced the largest employment growth in New York State at 3.1 percent, with strong job growth in manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Alan Grattidge for his reaction to the positive numbers

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Business and political leaders met today in Schenectady to discuss the economic impact of long standing small businesses to the Eastern New York city …  


Officials gathered at one of Schenectady County's oldest businesses, celebrating its 175th anniversary: the law firm now known as Higgins, Roberts and Suprunowicz dates back to the 19th Century - Michael Supronowicz notes the firm first hung out its shingle in 1837. Supronowicz believes the Capital Region is re-defining itself in areas such as nanotechnology and manufacturing.

More changes may be in store for Capital Region Television viewers.

Some call it Albany County's "never-ending story" - the battle that pits the County Executive against the County Legislature. 

While other New York counties have sold or privatized their nursing homes.  Albany County's Nursing Home and what to do about it has just about everyone frustrated. It's been the topic of debate - argued about for 23 years or more – with no resolution in sight.

A popular Albany public school official is on leave, without explanation.

Officials with the Albany city school district say New Scotland Elementary School principal Gregory Jones has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. There was no explanation, no communication to parents regarding what has been termed an "unusual suspension".

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Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville —  the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old old woman has been charged with beating her 8-year-old grandson repeatedly over a prolonged period, eventually leading to his death.

Gloria Nelligan of Schenectady was arraigned in city court on a manslaughter charge Monday and ordered held without bail.

Police say Sha'hiim Nelligan was found unresponsive by family members in their Schenectady home Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Gloria Nelligan was his legal guardian.

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