Capital Region News

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

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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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New York state is tightening the rules on energy retailers who promise big savings to consumers who switch from traditional utilities.

Robert Jones
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Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders today announced University at Albany’s plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Crews will be working to repair a large sink hole in a street in Troy,  where another infrastructure failure last month cut off the water supply to nearby communities.

ASO music director David Alan Miller.
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2016-2017 season, celebrating the 25th anniversary of music director David Alan Miller.

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At the turn of the year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order mandating cities statewide to give homeless people shelter when temperatures hit 32 degrees.

Amani Olugbala  is a Black Lives Matter organizer who came to Albany from Brooklyn 10 years ago.
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President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Twenty residents of New York's Capital Region recently returned from a trip to the island nation.

Family Promise Outreach Center on New Scotland Avenue, Albany.
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A Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of a city activist in a case involving a homeless center setting up shop in an upscale Albany neighborhood.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The New York State Comptroller is out with an audit that shows the city of Troy's finances are in dire straits, thanks to poor budgeting, the overuse of rainy day funds to fund day-to-day operations, and insufficient funding for capital costs.

A registered sex offender from the Albany area has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for producing child pornography. 

Congressman Paul Tonko, Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, Congressman Chris Gibson
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Two powerful Capital Region congressmen on the opposite sides of the aisle met in Latham Tuesday afternoon to tour the Plug Power facility.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
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Mounting discontent over the way voting was handled may force officials to hold another re-vote for the plan to rebuild Albany High School.

On Wednesday, College of St. Rose faculty voted "no confidence" in President Carolyn Stefanco. The vote at the Albany college was 120-35 with three abstentions according to political science professor Angela Ledford, who is leader of the Faculty Association of St. Rose, FASTR, and Vice President of American Association of University Professors. Ledford spoke with WAMC just after the vote.

In a second referendum plans for a new $180 million city high school in Albany won by 228 votes last night.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
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In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A trip back to the drawing board resulted in a reformulated plan to rebuild the existing facility over a staggered number of years at a slightly reduced cost.

The defendants.
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Last weekend's alleged racial incident involving University at Albany students aboard a CDTA bus remains a mystery after videos have been scrutinized.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gave his first State of the City address Thursday night.

Ceremonial ground-breaking at the Rivers Casino $480 million residential-retail development project in Schenectady, NY (February 3, 2016)
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Builders of the Rivers Casino in Schenectady are sticking to an aggressive construction schedule as they plan to open sooner than previously projected.

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.
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Several events that will shape the future of New York's Capital City took place in various locations across Albany Monday night.

Response to the allegations came swiftly.
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University at Albany students are rallying tonight following an alleged assault of three black female students on a CDTA bus over the weekend.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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The city of Troy has a new mayor who is keeping a positive outlook despite some financial and structural problems in the Collar City.

Angelica Clarke says BLM Upstate NY is holding a "What's Next" public town hall February 1st 6pm at at Punta Cana, 92 Second Avenue, Albany.
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Calling on all people to join together to fight racism in upstate New York, the Black Lives Matter movement has arrived Albany. "Change" has come to the Capital.

Kimberly Young Wilkins with school board president Kenny Bruce
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Following the high-profile resignation of Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Albany City School District officials have named an acting superintendent. 

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
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Members of Dontay Ivy’s Family, Faith Leaders and #BlackLivesMatter Community Activists rallied before and during Albany Mayor Sheehan’s State of the City Address.

Albany City Hall
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivers her State of the City address tonight. The stakes are high for this year's speech.

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The City of Albany is initiating a study to look into the challenges and opportunities of expanding broadband service.

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