Capital Region News

The Capital District is one of 12 U.S. cities in the running to receive up to $1 Million for a public art project.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy has been designated a finalist and the 12 cities have been invited to submit full proposals.

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A proposal to create a unified EMS system faces its first test tonight in Greene County.

14 towns and 5 villages would benefit from the countywide system that would be overseen by a not-for-profit group coordinated through the county's 9-1-1 center.

Police have already closed some streets and issued parking restrictions in downtown Albany as thousands of people head to the state Capitol for an education rally.

The Albany Police Department says about 500 buses from across the state are expected to begin arriving near the Capitol around 7 a.m. for Wednesday's "lobby day" being held by the group Families for Excellent School. The charter school advocates say they expect several thousand people to attend the rally, scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

Officials say bus passenger drop-offs are expected to continue throughout the morning commute.

Police began shutting down some downtown streets Tuesday evening. Others are being closed starting at 7 a.m. and won't reopen until 7 p.m. No parking restrictions are in effect for some downtown streets and roads until 8 p.m.

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State officials say it will cost more than $20 million to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Schenectady County.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation has released details of the project proposed for the property on Freemans Bridge Road in the town of Glenville, on the Mohawk River 15 miles northwest of Albany, and that cleaning up the former Kenco Chemical Co. site will cost an estimated $20.5 million, with the money coming from the state Superfund.

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A community educational task force assembled in 2012 to foster student achievement has released its "2014 Albany Promise Report Card."

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The fate of Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels remains in limbo: a court decision has been delayed.

The two hotels became a blight on the town of Colonie and object of ongoing legal efforts to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate. 

Working Families Party members and others from across the Capital Region are invited to attend “Why She Ran,” a conversation set for tonight about the challenges faced by women in politics — and the importance of tackling those challenges head on.

There are some exceptions — North Country Republican Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman ever elected to the House, and New York and Massachusetts each have a female U.S. Senator — but across the country, women are underrepresented in public office.

For the first time in five years, Albany is getting a new police chief. Deputy Chief Brendan Cox will become Albany's acting chief when Steven Krokoff retires on April  1.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan called on Deputy Chief Brendan Cox to serve as acting chief while a search for a new head is conducted. Krokoff is leaving the force after five years as chief for a job in the Atlanta suburbs. 

Cox hits the ground running: his position gave him a front-row seat for city-police issues.

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Founded more than twenty years ago, Family Promise says its mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. The group has landed in Albany and has great plans for needy citizens.

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A Southern Saratoga County town is one step closer to getting its own ZIP code.

During a visit there just one week ago, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was joining the effort to secure a zip code for the town of Halfmoon, and began pushing the  U.S. Postal Service to agree to a Zip Code Boundary Review Process.

"Halfmoon is one of the fastest growing towns in Saratoga County, not only in terms of population, but also in terms of commercial activity, and the lack of a unique ZIP code is holding the town back."

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