Capital Region News

 Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the crowd "what has happened with policing is the result of this country trying to do things on the cheap."
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police and civic leaders gathered at the Center For Law and Justice in Albany today to announce the kickoff of a new diversion program.

A downtown Albany charter school is moving to more spacious digs.

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are challenging a university decision impacting the 125-year-old Rensselaer Union.

SUNY Poly Partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization Drives Investment in and Installation of Emerging ‘Green’ Technologies at World-Class 'Zero Energy Nano' Building.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

This week, visiting Japanese officials toured SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s ZEN building in Albany. The innovative six-story structure will be home to education and business, while serving as a model for the U.S. construction industry.

City of Schenectady

There is debate in Schenectady over town-and-gown issues between Union College and city hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Schenectday Mayor Gary McCarthy, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly members McDonald and Fahy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With less a month to go before the primary on April 19th, Capital Region Democrats gathered last night in uptown Albany for a "Hillary for New York" organizing event.

11th ward councilman Judd Krasher led the call for a vote on a law that would effectively repeal the fee by requiring that it sunset at the end of the year.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was a long night at city hall as the Albany Common Council Law Committee held a meeting, public comment period and vote to repeal the new trash collection tax.

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A World War I dog tag belonging to a soldier from upstate New York has been found by a military memorabilia collector in France.

The College of Saint Rose has announced a tentative contract agreement impacting 160 adjunct faculty members.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul steps off a CDTA bus at the Rivers construction site.
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Schenectady Wednesday, touring the construction site at the new Rivers Casino and Resort.

Villages across New York are conducting elections today.

The Kate Mullany House at 350 Eighth Street in Troy, New York, Executive Director, Paul F. Cole
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the mid-19th century, more than 3,000 women — almost half of Troy’s female industrial workers — were employed in the collar industry. (Hence the nickname "Collar City.”) One of them was a 23-year-old Irish immigrant: Kate Mullany.

The "Report Animal Abuse, Stop Domestic Abuse" initiative of the Albany County DA's "ACT" Animal Cruelty Taskforce aims to shine a light on domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County District Attorney David Soares has rolled out a new public service campaign with a dual purpose.

Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The city is pulling out the stops to make the 66th annual march a memorable and family-friendly event.

A Creighton Manning official addresses the gathering at Albany's College of St. Rose
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is forging ahead with plans to radically remake a busy stretch of Madison Avenue. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Wednesday night for a public meeting on the “road diet.”

Business owners and entrepreneurs in the Capital Region’s craft beverage, communications and hospitality industries have announced their support for the University at Albany’s plan to place a new engineering college in the heart of the city.

Burwell speaking at a UAlbany rally.
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UPDATE

WAMC News has updated its original headline on this post, which said "two of three UAlbany students" would face a school disciplinary hearing.

While declining to address this specific case, UAlbany spokesperson Karl Luntta said "in general, for all students who are referred for student conduct hearings, a decision will be rendered whether the students appear or not."

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is addressing several issues of concern tonight.

As infrastructure failures plague Troy, city leaders are working together to address the crisis.

A bronze statue of Albany's 73rd mayor Thomas Whalen III and his golden retriever Finn McCool in Tricentennial Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With spring just around the corner, the current mayor of Albany is honoring one of her predecessors in office.

 A mixed crowd from millennials to baby boomers supported Bernie Sanders Saturday afternoon at Albany's Academy Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York’s primary day isn’t until April 19, relatively late in the campaign. But that’s not stopping some local activists from getting involved. On Saturday, a coalition of social and economic justice organizations rallied in downtown Albany to show support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

11th ward councilman Judd Krasher led the call for a vote on a law that would effectively repeal the fee by requiring that it sunset at the end of the year.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council Law Committee meets tonight to discuss repealing the new trash tax law. The public is invited.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Troy is getting more federal funding to shore up its seawall.

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Three UAlbany women involved in a CDTA bus attack in January were arraigned this morning in Albany Police Court.

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It was a case that jumpstarted campus activism and conversations about race. But there was one problem: authorities say it wasn’t true. Now, three University at Albany students who claimed to be victims of a racial attack on a CDTA bus in January will be charged Monday with assault after authorities determined they attacked another passenger. 

The defendants.
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Three 20-year-old black female college students who claimed a group of white men and women harassed them with racial slurs aboard a city bus are being charged with assault.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citing what he calls a “flawed” referendum process, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has followed through with a threat to petition the state education commissioner to throw out the results of this month's Albany High School renovation re-vote and order the county Board of Elections to conduct a new election.

Another Capital Region grade school is shutting its doors.  It's the end of a 145-year run for St. Augustine School in the Lansingburgh section of Troy.

Chief Brendan Cox led the discussion at the Albany Public Library's Main Branch.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

About 75 people attended a forum on police body cameras hosted by the Albany Police Department.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Last night, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox met with community members to discuss bringing police body cameras to the capital city. Cox says there is a fine line to balance when it comes to police cameras…

Albany police have faced criticism following an incident that resulted in the tasing death of Dontay Ivy last April.

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