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 Flaunting "Cohoes Proud" at the Cohoes Music Hall: Mayor Shawn Morse, Dean of RPI School of Architecture Evan Douglis and Vice President of Prime Companies, Todd Curley.
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The City of Cohoes, New York has teamed up with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture and a regional real estate company to develop a key area of the Spindle City for public access.

Dr. Christopher Ames at his inauguration Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
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Dr. Christopher Ames is the tenth president of The Sage Colleges in New York's Capital Region, coming to the school after serving most recently as provost at Shepherd University, a public liberal arts college in West Virginia. Ames, who began his tenure at Sage in July 2017 and was inaugurated last Friday, explains why he decided to take over the leadership at The Sage Colleges.

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Last week, Bow Tie Cinemas backed off plans to build a movie complex at One Monument Square in Troy.  There's still a chance an "ultimate theater" will be built in the area.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. Yesterday we met Democratic challenger Gary Pavlic. Today, we hear from incumbent Republican Council President Carmella Mantello.

Gary Pavlic is a 30 year resident of Troy who is currently a Rensselaer County Legislator representing the City of Troy on the County Government where he has served for the past 5 years.
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. First up is challenger Gary Pavlic, a Democrat.

Mailers sent out by the town Democratic Committee in Niskayuna, New York have raised the ire of the GOP town supervisor candidate.

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Friday afternoon, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden issued a statement saying the controversial plans to build a Bow Tie Cinema movie theater at One Monument Square were dead. Now, across the Hudson River, Cohoes is hoping to land the theater.

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In November, voters in the Hudson riverfront city of Rensselaer will pick between three-term Democratic incumbent Mayor Dan Dwyer and first-time candidate Jim Konstantakis.

New York State Capitol ~ Albany New York ~ Major General Philip H Sheridan ~ Equestrian Statue
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Authorities are looking for the culprit who vandalized a Civil War hero's statue outside the New York Capitol. 

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy presented his budget plan for 2018 today.

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Sparks are beginning to fly as Collar City leaders and the public review Troy Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed 2018 city budget.

Mayor Madden
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, has revealed his 2018 budget plan, which comes in under the state tax cap.

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The Albany Police Department has been working to improve community relations with several initiatives in recent years. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended "Coffee With A Cop," held this morning outside police headquarters in Arbor Hill.

Jim Malatras, President of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
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After months of information-gathering, analysis, and public hearings, Albany County has finalized its shared services plan, which officials say could save taxpayers nearly $15 million when fully implemented.

District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that Albany County residents with past criminal convictions may be able to seal those convictions under a new statute that takes effect on Saturday.
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares briefed reporters this afternoon about a new sealing order provision. 

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At City Hall on Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presented a proposed 2018 budget that once again hinges on $12.5 million in Capital City funding from the state.

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Fresh off the Democratic primary campaign, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled her 2018 proposed city budget this morning at City Hall.

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An annual review by the office of New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found the city of Albany ranked among the most financially troubled municipalities in the state.

Chief Warren Abriel Jr. takes a look back at the History of the AFD
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The Albany Fire Department is one of the nation's oldest professional departments. This year, it celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Chief Warren Abriel Jr., a 45-year veteran of the Albany Fire Department, addressed a crowd Wednesday night at City Hall.

48 Hudson Avenue was built by Johannes van Ostrande in 1728 just outside the city's stockade walls and a few hundred yards from the old Fort Orange.
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The Historic Albany Foundation took ownership of 48 Hudson Avenue in 2013. Now, efforts to restore Albany's oldest building and someday transform it into a tourist attraction are ramping up — especially after the building next door was demolished after becoming unsafe. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Foundation Executive Director Susan Herlands Holland.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.

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Federal authorities in western New York say they've captured a man wanted for a fatal Father's Day shooting in Albany.

Absentee ballots have been counted, but the race for the Common Council seat in Albany's 11th ward is not over.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

Corey Ellis with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Voters in the city of Albany have made their choices in the pivotal primary election.

New Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin declared victory in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

However, Deputy County Executive Christopher Meyer isn’t ready to concede.

At last count, McLaughlin leads 2,708 to 2,369. McLaughlin also leads 537 to 503 in the Conservative primary. There are also nearly 700 absentee ballots.

"I've been knocked down a few times in politics, but I know I have something to offer the city..." ~ Corey Ellis
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Former Albany Councilman Corey Ellis won a three-way race for Albany Common Council President in the Democratic primary yesterday.

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
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In just a few hours, months of campaigning in Albany will be over. Here's a look back at the mayoral race on this primary day.

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It’s all about turnout in today’s pivotal Albany primaries. Candidates relish the final showdown.

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With current Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin running for mayor in tomorrow’s pivotal primary, three Democrats are vying to replace her.

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