Capital Region News

Capital Region News
4:47 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Minority Leader Pelosi To Visit Albany Sunday With Rep. Tonko

Rep. Paul Tonko will join former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Albany on Sunday.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  will join fellow Democrats in the Albany area on Sunday as part of a bus tour that is kicking off in Seneca Falls. Pelosi and Representatives Paul Tonko of the Capital Region and Carolyn Maloney from New York City are taking part in the When Women Succeed, American Succeeds: Women on a Roll bus tour. The visit is slated for 4:30 Sunday in Albany. The tour ending in Chicago will push for a minimum wage hike, equal pay, paid sick leave, and affordable child care.

Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Stop Predatory Gambling Founder To Speak In Region

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Albany, Schenectady, and East Greenbush are among the upstate communities that could one day host a casino, but Les Bernal says casinos are a bad bet.  Bernal is the National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling. He will speak tonight at a public forum at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush, a meeting organized by opponents of the East Greenbush casino.

Capital Region News
4:57 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Update: Bear Down In Albany

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The saga of the so-called "Albany Bear" has come to an end.

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Capital Region News
7:40 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Albany "Bear Watch"

These neighborhood children sparked public outcry to "save the bear."
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A bear up a tree in Albany has kept officials up all night -  

State Department of Environmental Conservation, City Police and local residents have been watching a young black bear who is high up in a backyard tree in a neighborhood off Whitehall Road. It's theorized the bruin made its way from Southern Albany County into the city by crossing the New York State thruway. After several spottings the bear was shot at least once then found refuge in the tree .

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Saratoga
7:55 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Vets' Hopes Of Saving USS Saratoga Scuttled

Former Navy sailors and New Yorkers with an attachment to the USS Saratoga say they're saddened by the news that the mothballed aircraft carrier will be scrapped instead of converted into a floating museum.

The Navy announced earlier this month that the carrier would be sold to a Texas scrap company for a penny. The ship will be towed from its pier near Newport, Rhode Island to Texas, where it will be dismantled and sold for scrap.

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Capital Region News
6:33 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

OccupyAlbany Sponsors Jobs Forum

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When does an activist group hold a jobs forum? When it believes the local community is threatened by casino expansion.  Operating under the premise that commercial gambling and casino culture are not the answer to the need for local economic development, OccupyAlbany is sponsoring a jobs forum to explore local job creation. Activist Jonathan Capra:  "The purpose of this forum is to get the community together and brainstorm about what we can do together to build new forms of economy, whether it be worker cooperatives or other ideas like that. I'd say the agenda right now is pretty open."

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Capital Region News
1:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

County Computer Stores Plate Reader Vehicle Data

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Electronic surveillance devices are everywhere, and some are not so obvious.

The intriguing headline of a newspaper article that may have slipped by over the Memorial Day holiday: "Big data is now watching you – 37 million entries capture movements of motorists in the Capital Region"

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Capital Region News
3:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

High Level Of Contaminant Found In Dewey Loeffel Water Sample

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  Authorities have put a stop to releasing treated water from a tank at the Dewey Loeffel landfill into the Valatie Kill.

From about 1952 to 1968, approximately 46-thousand tons of toxic waste was deposited in the Loeffel Landfill area in Rensselaer County.  That's more than twice the contamination of the notorious Love Canal.

  

Routine testing found a high level of the chemical compound 1,4-dioxane, a possible carcinogen, in a sample of ground water from Tank 18 at the  Superfund site .

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Daily Gazette Photographer Shot Tornado Destruction

A tree was felled by Thursday's tornado.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Daily Gazette photographer Pat Dodson was heading back to the Capital Region following President Obama’s visit to central New York yesterday when news broke that a tornado touched down in Schenectady County. Dodson spoke with WAMC about what the newspaper termed on its front page today “the path of destruction.”

Capital Region News
11:59 am
Thu May 22, 2014

DEC Extends Comment Period For Global At Port Of Albany

Citing broad public and community interest, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the public comment period for the Global Companies permit application at the Port of Albany for an additional 60 days until August 1st. 

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