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The Albany County Health Department has a new commissioner...

County Executive Dan McCoy today says Dr. Elizabeth Whalen has been appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Albany County Department of Health on behalf of the more than 300,000 residents of the county.

Dr. Whalen is a public health physician with dual board certification in Internal Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine. 

She succeeds Dr. James Crucetti who resigned in January after 25 years with the Health Department — 22 of them as the county's top doctor.

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  The city of Albany has selected a vendor to install red light cameras at 20 intersections. 

Albany has signed a 3-year deal with GATSO USA to install and operate the cameras, which could be operational in just several weeks.

City officials say the program is more about safety than revenue, stressing it will make everyone on foot or bicycle safer.

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The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, Parks, Agriculture and Markets, and the State Arbor Day Committee, joined state and local officials today for an Arbor Day tree planting event at Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new fund to support arts, education, and cultural programs in the City of Albany was announced today.

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  Two more suspicious fires in the Capital Region involving apparently vacant buildings. 

Two fires, blocks apart, in Schenectady overnight - flames shooting from buildings at 3rd and 6th streets lit up the pre-dawn skies - one of them, confirmed vacant, will have to be torn down. No injuries reported. Both blazes under investigation.

Meanwhile, officials say it could take years to redevelop the site of the massive Jay Street apartment fire in March that left four dead.

  Multiple defects have been found at Capital Region railyards in the latest round of oil train inspections. 

According to Governor. Andrew Cuomo’s office , the inspections showed 84 defects locally in the Colonie, Kenwood and Selkirk rail yards and on tracks between Fonda and Rotterdam.

Two critical defects (those are the most serious) were found after 107 tank cars in the Selkirk Rail Yard were checked. Two shipper violations were issued.

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The immediate crisis that resulted when a landslide interrupted the flow of the Normans Kill Creek between two golf courses is over, but environmental restoration is expected to take months...

A hillside near the Normanside Country Club in Bethlehem collapsed somewhere between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, blocking a significant length of the creek that separates the Normanside Country Club from Capital Hills Golf Course on the Albany side.

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A potential flooding disaster averted, Albany city and county officials continue to monitor the situation where the Normans Kill creek flows between two golf courses.

A hillside close to the Normanside Country Club in Bethelehem collapsed somewhere between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, blocking a significant length of the creek that separates the Normanskill Country Club from Capital Hills Golf Course on the Albany side.

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Pope Francis recently called the Armenian massacre the “first genocide of 20th century.” With many areas marking Genocide Awareness Month, the killings and their aftermath are being discussed tonight at Siena College.

New York has settled for $2.25 million a lawsuit filed by a family that claimed the staff at an upstate New York residential center beat a severely disabled 22-year-old with a stick, neglected him and left him malnourished before he died of pneumonia.

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