Capital Region News

Snow accumulates outside the WAMC Studios on Central Avenue in Albany, NY.
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Authorities continue advising people to stay off the roads as a Nor'easter pummels the Northeast. Blizzard warnings remain in effect.

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The biggest snowfall in years is coming down, part of a powerful blizzard hammering the East Coast. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the storm's impact in the Albany area.

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When Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his sixth State of the County Address last week, he announced the next phase in his fight against the opioid crisis.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. joins the short list of Albany Mayoral candidates
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Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. WAMC's Dave Lucas attended Commisso's official announcement Thursday.

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By a 12-3 vote, the Albany Common Council approved a resolution this week to sell downtown’s Palace Theatre.

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A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Albany’s South End will hold its annual fundraiser tonight.

Organizers behind the Women’s March on D.C. in January led the effort to hold "A Day Without a Woman.” Rallies took place across the country, including one in Albany.
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People in the Capital District participated in an international day of action for women with a lunchtime rally Wednesday in downtown Albany.

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Columbia County residents who feared a local woman would be deported are breathing a sigh of relief.

With people observing International Women's Day,  a mid-day rally is being held in New York's Capital Region to stave off a deportation.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 2017 State of the County message.
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his State of the County address Monday night. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the downtown county office building.


Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan invites citizens to check out rezonealbany.com to get a better handle on the plan.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan formally released the final ReZone Albany draft Monday at City Hall. It’s a long-awaited plan intended to simplify the zoning ordinance.

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The Albany Common Council Monday night voted 12-3 to approve the transfer of the city’s ownership of the Palace Theatre to the venue’s board. The theatre’s board members proposed a 30-year payment of $750,000 to transfer the venue to the nonprofit, the Palace Performing Arts Center Incorporated. 

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Two years after a fire that killed four people, the Schenectady County District Attorney has brought charges in the case.

Troy officials announced Wednesday that a Bow Tie Cinemas movie theater will be built on a vacant parking lot in the city.

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One of the biggest downtown construction projects in years, the new $78.5 million Albany Capital Center has opened. A ribbon-cutting was held Wednesday.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has awarded a Troy police officer a Congressional Badge of Bravery for heroism in the line of duty.  Thursday's ceremony was held at Hudson Valley Community College.

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With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears addresses the forum at the Whitehall Rd. JCC
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The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Albany Police Department hosted a forum on community policing Tuesday night at the Jewish Community Center.

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With the incumbent’s candidacy still unclear, another candidate has entered the race for mayor of Albany.

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As the City of Albany waits to hear if the state will contribute $12.5 million to close a budget gap, residents are being cautioned to prepare for a tax hike.

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During the Grammys on Sunday, non-profit public health organization Truth Initiative launched a national campaign called #StopProfiling, calling attention to ways in which tobacco marketing is disproportionately targeted to African Americans and low-income neighborhoods. That's exactly the focus of a new paper exposing the disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing in low-income Albany neighborhoods and the health inequities that result. 

 "You know, I don't ever panic. " ~ Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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At City Hall this morning, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan turned up pressure on the state over the $12.5 million in aid the city is seeking to close its budget gap. The city is resorting to a hiring freeze and considering cutting programs and festivals.

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"Complete Streets" policy requires that a municipal roadway accommodate all users — cars, buses, bicyclists, pedestrians — regardless of age or ability. Some Delaware Avenue residents are meeting this hour at Bethlehem Town Hall, with a "road diet" in mind.

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The Albany Symphony Orchestra unveiled its new season lineup Wednesday at the Palace Theatre.

The Albany County Legislature has taken the final step to "ban the box" on county job applications. They've made it official.

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The Northeast has been digging out from two snowstorms in the past week, making the morning commute dicey. So, should the Capital District Transportation Authority offer free rides on snowy days? WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports some Albany residents say yes.

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Many Albany residents were caught off-guard by the city's first significant snowfall in almost two years. They woke up today to find their cars had been towed away for non-compliance with snow emergency protocol.

Demolition at a former baby food plant in upstate New York is one step closer to a start date.

National Grid has awarded Montgomery County $300,000 for demolition and remediation of buildings at the eastern side of the Beech-Nut site, located next to Exit 29 of the New York State Thruway.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to build a new rail station to serve the city of Schenectady to replace a small, decrepit 44-year-old facility. 

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