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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.