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

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan gave her annual State of the Town address last night.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The driver of a truck that struck and killed a young boy at a dangerous Albany intersection is to appear in traffic court February 1st.

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Just as the Albany school district superintendent is resigning, a political action committee has been formed in Albany to back up a $180 million initiative to rebuild Albany High School.

Former City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

City of Albany school superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard will resign effective Friday according to a published report.

Tonko and the Mayor
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Congressman Paul Tonko toured the Lansingburgh site where crews are repairing a 110-year old 33-inch water main that ruptured over the weekend.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

City crews are working to repair a broken 33-inch water main in Troy.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Crews are at the scene preparing to fix a ruptured water main that flooded homes and businesses in the Lansingburgh section of Troy over the weekend.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citywide water restriction remains in place in Troy, where Mayor Patrick Madden tells residents to expect pressure fluctuations and discolored water following the rupture of a major main Saturday morning.

ALBANY’S NEW FIREARM SAFE STORAGE LAW NOW IN EFFECT, PROMOTING GUN SAFETY FOR ALL
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The law reduces the risk of unintentional shootings by children who mistake real guns for toys, helps prevent suicides, especially by teens, and also creates a barrier to guns being brought to school. Requiring guns to be locked and safely stored also discourages gun theft, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

If voters in the City of Albany agree, students returning to classes at Albany High in the fall will go back to a building that no longer has a leaky roof.

Tiffany Van Alstyne
Albany County Sheriff

An Albany hilltowns woman who fatally injured her 5-year-old cousin and hid him in a snowbank while he was still alive has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other stakeholders launched the City of Albany’s “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” (MBSK) at City Hall, an initiative that will focus on improving opportunities of young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence that far too many of them experience.

TPP Protesters outside the Federal Building, Albany NY
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A coalition of labor and civic groups gathered in downtown Albany today at the Leo O'Brien Federal Building to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany taxpayers will be responsible to pay off a newly settled lawsuit involving a city policeman.

Empire Of Almonds

Jan 5, 2016
A jar of NutZez; Amanda Zezima
Amanda Zezima

A Capital Region woman turned her passion for health and nutrition into a business. She planted the seed of an idea and sprouted something called NutZez...

Thoughts Of Spring...

Jan 5, 2016

Although winter is just setting in, an upstate city is preparing for an annual rite of Spring.

The search for a missing Troy woman came to an end when police divers found her body Wednesday.

21-year-old Noel Alkaramla disappeared November 22nd on her way home from work. An autopsy Thursday confirm the body recovered from a submerged suitcase in the Hudson River was that of the missing woman. Police already had her 39-year-old stepfather Johnny Oquendo in custody on a parole violation.  They say he is the prime suspect.

As 2015 draws to a close, many of us will take to the highways - whether it's dinner and a night out, a visit to family, or a junket to an entertainment venue,  law enforcement officials urge one and all to 'stay safe.'

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning

The mayor of Watervliet will be sworn in Wednesday for a third term.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

We’re looking back at some of the stories that dominated 2015 this week. The city of Troy made headlines on numerous occasions, including a wild campaign season after incumbent Democratic Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced he would not seek another term. That set off a four-way race for mayor of a city that has seen a booming downtown but also persistent problems with crime and poverty in other neighborhoods.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Rosamilia, who is about to hand the reins of city government to Democrat Patrick Madden .

Sister Mary Anne Nelson
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If we’re lucky, each of us had a teacher or two who inspired us, mentored us, even changed our lives. Most of us wouldn’t be where we are today without them. 

Uber To Albany?

Dec 27, 2015
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New York state lawmakers returning to Albany in January will debate whether to allow Uber to expand into upstate cities including Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse.

A priest who leads an Episcopal parish in suburban Albany has been charged with secretly videotaping a woman in a store dressing room.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The lack of snowfall across the Capital Region may help area cities' budgets.

Senator George Amedore with AT&T personnel and some of the mobile phones recently collected.
Sen. George Amedore

For American soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays, nothing beats a phone call home.

First responders in Albany have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal to fight crude oil fires and prevent disasters involving liquid propane.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Government officials Wednesday announced that the City of Albany has received a foam trailer from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

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The presence of the chemical compound PFOA in the village water supply has residents of one community on edge.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

State regulators are expected to license three new casinos in upstate New York on Monday.

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Authorities are investigating the slaying of an upstate New York official who was stabbed while walking his dog.

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