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Police agencies across New York are increasingly turning to social media to assist in law enforcement and to kick public outreach up a notch.

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With the pressure to get a new budget in place bearing down upon Troy, Mayor Patrick Madden has devised a new fiscal package that would raise taxes 14.6 percent — about half his initial proposal.  Madden proposed it to the City Council Wednesday night in a bid to avoid layoffs and cuts in city services.

Last month, Crossgates Mall in Albany County became the site of a mass evacuation, as thousands of shoppers on a busy Saturday responded to a report of gunshots in the mall. In the end, the incident was far less scary than the mental picture initially conjured. But it got plenty of people thinking about what they would do in such a situation.  This morning, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Better Business Bureau and several area chambers of commerce to present a workshop entitled "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events."

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The 20-year old Albany man accused of firing a gun that resulted in a lockdown at Crossgates Mall last month has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

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Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

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Hometown Health Centers has partnered with the Schenectady City School District to open the county’s first school-based health centers.

Infrastructure upgrades at one of the area’s largest school districts will be decided on when citizens vote Tuesday on a $32 million facilities improvement capital project.

Family Promise gets the green light to continue operations in Albany.

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Four people were shot in the wee hours of Thursday at a Central Avenue nightclub in Albany.

The new downtown Albany convention center is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $36 million a year. But ahead of the facility's planned spring opening,  the Albany Convention Center Authority's finances are coming under scrutiny.

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One year ago, Albany revisited its musical past. Mid-1960s era local bands reformed to perform again. "Analog Fog" was such a success, they decided an encore was in order.   "Analog Fog II" is coming up later this month...

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With the Albany Common Council set to vote tonight on the mayor's proposed budget, four members have sent a letter to the mayor, critical of her administration's financial management.

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The day-by-day drama swirling around the Troy budget proposal continues.

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Troy's budget situation is getting more precarious by the day.  The two sides are negotiating through the press.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden sat down Wednesday night with the city council in a continuing effort to reach level ground on Madden's budget proposal.

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A former Troy mayoral candidate could be headed to jail.

Cyberbullying can take many forms — and inflict plenty of damage. A new Siena Research Institute poll finds 22 percent of area teens experience cyberbullying.

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It's that time of year again — crows are on the move and wildlife officials are right behind them.

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Authorities say a 63-year-old woman found beaten outside a downtown Albany apartment building earlier this month has died from her injuries.

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A major development in downtown Albany that has taken years to come together is getting close to opening. Reports were given an exclusive glimpse inside the Albany Capital Center today. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas took the tour of what's shaping up to be a main attraction for the area.

Arrest Made In Crossgates Shooting

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Crossgates was evacuated after reports of an active shooter on Saturday.
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Police have arrested 20-year-old Tasheem Maeweather of North Pearl St. in Albany in connection with the alleged shooting Saturday at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor says Maeweather, who was identified by a witness, is facing reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon felony charges.

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Law enforcement agencies have been responding to Crossgates Mall outside Albany after a report gunfire on Saturday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Police in Guilderland got a report around 2:25 p.m. Saturday about shots fired. While details are still coming in, WAMC News spoke with Susan Kondratowicz, who works at a kiosk in Crossgates and was at F.Y.E. when she heard what "I knew immediately were gunshots."

Crossgates was evacuated after reports of an active shooter on Saturday.
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 UPDATE: 11/13/16 2:00 p.m.:

Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor said investigators believe an altercation between two men led to a single shot being fired inside the Crossgates Mall around 2:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Lawlor thanked mall patrons for their cooperation with authorities.

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People lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 61st annual Veterans Day Parade. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was among the crowd of onlookers.

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Albany's most famous war veteran has been remembered at city hall. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the ceremony honoring Henry Johnson.


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Seven University at Albany students have been arrested on hazing charges.

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As Troy makes efforts to solve its latest financial crisis, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the New York state Comptroller's municipal audit of the Collar City.

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When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

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Local officials gathered Thursday at a public showing of the new "Streetscape" at the Town of Colonie's Municipal Training Center in Latham.

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The State University of New York Board of Trustees have named an interim president for SUNY Poly to replace the embattled former president Alain Kaloyeros, who is facing federal bid-rigging charges. Dr. Bahgat Sammakia was named interim president on Thursday. He was previously at SUNY Binghamton and is expected to take over on Dec. 1. Kaloyeros is embroiled in bid-rigging and bribery scandals tied to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upstate economic development programs. Cuomo has said he knew nothing of the alleged acts.

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