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People are homeless and several buildings have been completely destroyed following a major fire in the Albany County city of Cohoes Thursday afternoon. Fire departments from a number of nearby cities and towns were called in to help battle the flames that broke out in the 200 block of Remsen Street, and quickly spread. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no reports of serious injuries. Officials say the wind carried embers to other buildings and touched off other smaller fires.

A major fire is burning at this hour in the city of Cohoes, NY. 

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The first season of the Capital Region's bike-share program is being hailed as a major success.

Budget Angst In Troy

Nov 30, 2017
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For the second year in a row, the Troy city council has voted down Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed budget.

The Troy city council has voted down Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed budget.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
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The head of the New York state Assembly has issued sanctions against outgoing Capital Region Republican Steve McLaughlin following a harassment complaint. 

An accountant who admitted to stealing $3.1 million from agribusiness giant Cargill, Inc. has been sentenced to five years in prison. 

Red Light cameras in the city of Albany budget.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

Albany’s red-light camera program is now a fact of life for city motorists, but it’s no longer a factor in the city budget…

The city of Schenectady is beginning the process of outfitting police officers with body cameras.


Several area communities participated in "Small Business Saturday." The event has evolved from a marketing promotion to a component of the busy shopping weekend bordered by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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A controversial trash fee has been removed from the city of Troy's 2018 budget proposal.

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Local retailers are hoping to make the most of Small Business Saturday.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, St. Peter's & Albany Memorial CEO Virginia Golden, Albany County DA David Soares and Pastor Charlie Muller.
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Officials hope Albany's  "Gifts for Guns Buy Back Program" will take more guns out of the local community.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials hope Albany's  "Gifts for Guns Buy Back Program" will take more guns out of the local community. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On his 75th birthday, the nation's 47th vice president visited Proctors in Schenectady Monday night — one of 19 stops on his "American Promise" book tour. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there when Joe Biden walked out on stage .

Andrea Smyth speaking on Election Day in Troy, NY
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democrat Andrea Smyth has conceded the race for Rensselaer County Executive to New York state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Behind by nearly a thousand votes on the night of the election, Smyth said she was going to wait for the absentee ballots to be counted. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Changes are coming to the recently reopened Cohoes Music Hall.

Local officials, video game industry leaders, and academics gathered in at the Troy Innovation Garage in Troy Thursday to discuss what a statewide tax credit would mean for the industry. 

Democratic state Assemblyman John McDonald, joined by local industry officials on a panel, spoke about the possible future for the video game industry in the Capital Region.

Leadership of an Albany-area town changes hands - Yasmine Syed is the new town supervisor
Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

On Tuesday, voters in a Schenectady County town elected a Republican political newcomer as supervisor.

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At an uncertain time for immigration policy in the U.S., sanctuary cities are the focus of an Albany Law symposium tonight.

Democratic incumbents Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cruised to victories in this week's elections. Here is a peek at what comes next in local government.

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Democrats have regained control of the city council in Troy, New York, but after the first citywide vote, the council presidency is still up in the air.

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The Mayor of Rensselaer has been re-elected.


Although her opponent has declared victory, Democrat Andrea Smyth said Tuesday night she will wait for all the votes to be counted in the close race for Rensselaer County Executive against Republican state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. 

Frustrated about  an incident involving Burmese immigrants and an Albany Police officer, members of the South Asian community in the Capital Region gathered Monday.

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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is retiring at the end of 2017 after 16 years. Her exit opened the door for today’s high-profile election.

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Voters in the Albany area will decide a variety of city and county races Tuesday. 

In a New York county with a history of electing Republican sheriffs, a small-town Democratic police chief has mounted a challenge against the incumbent.

Albany Lantern Parade / Facebook

The Second Annual Lantern Parade takes place in Albany’s Washington Park Sunday.

Out of four cameras the department was considering, Axon was the winner.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After two years of preparation, the Albany Police Department body camera program goes live next week.