Capital Region News

Capital Region News
4:56 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Albany Councilman Speaks Out Against 'Conversion Therapy'

Credit Judd Krasher

One form of so-called "conversion therapy" has captured the attention of an Albany councilman -

Read more
Capital Region News
9:06 am
Thu February 20, 2014

State Grant Funds Albany County Public Defender’s Office

Credit Albany County

Albany County has been awarded grant funding for the Counsel at First Appearance Project.  
 
The three-year grant of $656,000 has been awarded by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services. The statewide grant program helps the counties implement improvements in the delivery of legal services at a defendant’s first appearance before a judge or arraignment.  The intent of the grant is to make improvements in the delivery of indigent defense services to a defendant’s first appearance before a judge. 

Albany County is one of 25 across New York awarded funding.

Read more
Capital Region News
3:15 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Viewing Party For Fallon Debut As Late Night Host

Students at an upstate college are planning a TV "viewing party" Monday.

College of Saint Rose Students, faculty and staff will gather late Monday night at the Touhey Forum for a Student Association-sponsored viewing party to watch on the big screen and cheer as Saint Rose alumnus and Saugerties native Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 

Read more
Capital Region News
11:58 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Dreaming Of Timbuctoo At Albany City Hall

Albany City Hall is hosting a Black History Month exhibit in its rotunda. "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" is a traveling historical installation that tells the story of a free black community in the 1840s Adirondacks.

Initiated in 1999 to help shed light on an important but little-known chapter in American and New York State history, "Dreaming of Timbuctoo" explores the nexus of history, land and meaning. 

Martha Swan is the executive director of John Brown Lives!, one of the organizations that helped bring the exhibit to city hall.

Read more
Capital Region News
1:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Trains, Oil, Albany: 2nd Community Meeting Held

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned South End neighborhood residents spoke out Wednesday night in Albany about health and safety concerns surrounding Global Companies’ proposal to build seven oil heating facilities at the Port of Albany and increase the amount of oil being shipped through the port.  

Read more
Capital Region News
3:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Community Meeting About Port Authority Heating Oil Facility

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany residents alarmed about a plan to build a crude oil heating facility at the port of Albany have rallied their forces after meeting to discuss neighborhood safety issues -  they are meeting again --- tonight --- Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Giffen Elementary School-274 South Pearl Street.  

Read more
Capital Region News
6:19 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Schumer To JetBlue: "Land Here!"

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Albany International Airport February 10th to invite JetBlue Airlines to establish a first-ever presence in the Capital Region.
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Domestic fares at Albany are up 27 percent since 2008, and the number of passengers has fallen; many airlines have merged since the days Senator Schumer helped bring Southwest to the region. He believes now is the time to bring a new airline into the Albany mix.  "We're hoping that if Jet Blue were to come to Albany, they could add service to already popular routes. Routes like Washington, Orlando, South Florida or Tampa, and in doing so, connecting residents to more travel destinations."

Read more
Capital Region News
1:25 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

A Community Divided

Troy NY Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Pastor Willie Bacote
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

Read more
Capital Region News
3:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Job Market Slightly Better Past Seven Days

The newest job market numbers are out, and they’re trending in a positive direction.   The job market in the Capital Region paralleled the national one as it rebounded a bit after an off week. Next-Act of Colonie's Dan Moran sees the numbers reflecting continued strength and employer confidence.    “ We had a couple of good weeks of run-up. We had kind of a flat week, now we're coming back up a little higher again. It's showing a new confidence in the employment market, and that's a good thing.”

Read more
Capital Region News
12:12 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Incident At Kokopellis: Finding Racism Where Some Say There Is None?

A patchwork of media coverage paints a picture of an evening gone awry after police were summoned late last month to quell a disturbance at a Troy, New York nightspot.

The chain of events that has ensued crystallizes tonight with a series of citizen-action events.

Police say they responded to 124 4th Street in Troy during the wee hours of Saturday, Janaury 25th, answering a call that an employee at Kokopellis nightclub had been assaulted. Initial reports stated a brawl broke out after some patrons were observed to be smoking marijuana.

Read more

Pages