Capital Region News

Capital Region News
2:58 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Albany Firefighters Public Appeal: Save Ladder 1

Here's a part of the flier that's being hand-delivered door-to-door to Albany residents. (Mouseover and click to enlarge).
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany firefighters, incensed over Mayor Kathy Sheehan's budget proposal that would eliminate Ladder 1, have kicked their public awareness campaign to save the company up a few notches.

On October 1st, Mayor Sheehan released her 2015 spending plan for the city. Her plans to shutter Ladder 1, located near the Port of Albany and neighborhoods bordering tracks used by "oil trains," did not go over well with firefighters.

The firefighters, who last year responded to more than 22,000 calls for help, fear taking Ladder 1 out of service will imperil the entire city.

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Capital Region News
2:10 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Dutch May Get New York's Henry Hudson Replica Ship

A full-scale replica of the ship Henry Hudson sailed when he discovered the river that now bear his name could be heading to a new home across the Atlantic.

Chip Reynolds, captain of the Half Moon, sent an email to supporters Thursday to inform them that the head of the New Netherland Museum in Albany is in talks with officials at a museum in The Netherlands about taking ownership of the vessel.

Reynolds says the Half Moon's operation has become "financially unsustainable."

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Capital Region News
12:15 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Albany County Executive 2015 Budget: No Increase in Taxes

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy today presented the Executive Budget for 2015, a $597 million package that proposes no tax increase and reflects the administration’s efforts to cut spending and work within the tax cap. This is the second consecutive year the County Executive’s budget proposal has come in under the state-mandated tax cap.

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4:40 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Four Dead In Suburban Albany Slaying

Police are on the scene of an apparent quadruple murder Wednesday in Guilderland.
Credit Lucas Willard

Guilderland Police say four people were killed in a Western Ave. house in an apparent quadruple murder Wednesday afternoon. Police were called to 1846 Western Ave. Details are developing.

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Capital Region News
3:46 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

#ItsOnUs : Union College Students Pledge

Lt. Gov Duffy with four student-activists at Union College, October 2014
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

October is recognized in New York State and nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Schenectady, New York, the Union College men's hockey team is partnering with student leaders to combat domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses.  Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy  joined the leaders and athletes as they issued the challenge Tuesday afternoon at the Nott Memorial on the Union Campus.

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Capital Region News
12:00 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Albany Law School: Innovative Strategic Plan To Prepare The Next Generation Of Lawyers And Leaders

Albany Law School has taken the wraps off what it calls an "Innovative Strategic Plan to Prepare the Next Generation of Lawyers and Leaders" - WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with school president and dean Penelope Andrews.

From the official press release:

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Capital Region News
6:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Former Albany County And City Court Judge Named Assigned Counsel Administrator

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A former Albany County and City court judge has been named to serve as the county's Assigned Counsel Administrator.

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Capital Region News
5:02 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Albany Firefighters Lock Horns With Mayor And Chief Over City Budget

The first budget address of Kathy Sheehan's mayoral career was themed "Building a bridge to a stronger future."  Albany firefighters see that span as skipping over an entire neighborhood.

Both Mayor Sheehan and her appointed Fire Chief Warren Abriel were heckled and"booed" by firefighters when they announced the fire truck at Ladder 1 would be taken out of service during the budget presentation Wednesday.

Sheehan said " The South Station will remain open."

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Capital Region News
12:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Albany Common Council Still Examining Red Light Cameras

Red lights in Albany at Central & Quail.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Back in June, the state legislature gave Albany the green light to launch a five-year pilot program deploying automatic red light ticketing cameras at up to 20 intersections. City officials signed on to the idea, and the common council passed a resolution in support of exploring the program. The proposal has gained steam and, if Tuesday night's council meeting is any indication, could be resolved by year's end.

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Capital Region News
6:03 am
Wed September 24, 2014

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer Pushes Bill Banning Top Ten Toxic Flame Retardants

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in Albany on Monday announced new legislation to ban the top ten most toxic flame retardants.
Credit Patrick Garrett

According to a new study led by University at Albany researcher Dr. Susan Shaw, flame retardants found in household furniture, children’s toys and pillows are highly carcinogenic. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany yesterday to push a new bill banning the 10 most toxic flame retardants.

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