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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.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The men's soccer team at an upstate New York college has had its spring season cancelled after school officials said players were involved in hazing during a party last November.

Officials at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs announced Thursday that 24 players and four other students were disciplined for participating in an initiation known as "rookie night." Details of the hazing haven't been released.

Despite what you hear about recovery, you see indicators: gas back over 4 dollars a gallon. Many Americans still struggling to put food on the table unable to secure home and auto loans. Those tight lending practices apparently have trickled up to municipalities: the Daily Gazette reports the city of Schenectady failed a credit check for a loan to purchase eight new police cruisers and two vans for use in detective work.  City officials tell the paper they found another lender that takes "riskier loans" but that bank wants to run its own credit check first.

Police in the city of Troy may soon get a bit of "enforcement assistance" with a new local law that supporters say would help control crime.  

Troy's City Council has been discussing creating a registration program for parolees that would require individuals fresh out of prison who take up residence in town to register with the Chief of Police.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Albany, wrapping up the historic document's tour of New York state.

The two-day exhibit opened Friday in the War Room on the second floor of the state Capitol. It features the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln's handwriting. The display also includes historical background and interpretation of the document, which was issued by Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862.

The final Emancipation Proclamation was issued and took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.

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Television viewers in the Albany area may have been checking to see if they were on the right channel as familiar local news personalities began showing up on other stations.

Two Capital Region TV stations have merged their news departments.  Amy Cutler is one of WTEN ABC News 10's on-screen reporters now doing double-duty appearing on Fox's WXXA. Viewers got their first hint something was happening in December when Cutler appeared on Fox23 covering the Sandy Hook School Shooting in Connecticut.

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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Uncle Sam statues will begin popping up this spring in the upstate New York city that lays claim to being the birthplace of the iconic symbol for the United States.

Thirty white fiberglass statues depicting a man with a goatee and wearing a tall hat were delivered last week to downtown Troy. Artists will decorate the life-sized statues, which will be installed on Troy streets in April.

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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Capital District college plans to establish a new education center in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in the college's educational leadership program.

Hochsprung, five other educators and 20 children were killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn.

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Jan 31, 2013
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In 2011, IBM's Watson supercomputer made national television history when it appeared on the "Jeopardy" program and knocked out two of the show's top champions. Now, the computer is in college.

RPI is the first university in the world to receive a Watson computer system from IBM - Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson left home to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math. It will spend three years in Troy.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — If you've had your eye on an old conference table, chairs or desk you once saw in a state office, this could be your big opportunity.

New York's Office of General Services is planning to auction surplus office furniture on Monday morning in Albany.

Registration and a preview are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the Harriman State Office Campus, but you can see some items in online photographs at www.nysstore.com .

The 328 lots include 18 vertical five-drawer legal metal file cabinets to a single wooden credenza.

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