Capital Region News

Travelers in the Capital Region have a new option. New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer unveiled Monday that JetBlue airlines is beginning flights out of Albany December 10th. 

Early Thursday morning, Donald “Dontay” Shaw Ivy died following an encounter with Albany police. Different narratives have unfolded regarding the interaction between officers and Ivy, who was Tased during the struggle. The death has led to a call for justice and a rally outside police headquarters tonight.

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An upstate New York man accused of helping build an X-ray device he thought would be used to kill people at a mosque and an Islamic center has asked the judge to dismiss charges, saying the entire scheme was concocted by undercover investigators.

Glendon Scott Crawford says in court papers that evidence turned over by federal prosecutors shows that from 2012 until his 2013 arrest, 59 federal and state agents worked on the case and that "no criminal enterprise existed," except as they fabricated it.

Authorities say they're investigating the death of a 39-year-old man who had fought with police officers after being stopped on an Albany street.

Department spokesman Steven Smith says officers on patrol encountered the man around 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Lark Street. Smith says while the officers talked to the man, he became aggressive and fought with them.

Smith says the officers used a stun gun on the man but it appeared to have little effect on him. The man fled on foot but was soon caught and placed in custody.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team came through Albany over the weekend en route to its eighth straight Final Four. Downtown businesses are hopeful major NCAA events will continue coming to town.

College basketball is big business — and good for local business. Times Union Center officials — whose recent bid to host the NCAA men’s tournament in the next few seasons was denied — are hoping the success of the regional women’s tourney final could set the stage for the rights to host future tournaments.

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The City of Albany is bidding farewell to a transformative police chief who has won praise for improving police-community relations.

A bagpiper led Steven Krokoff out of police headquarters Friday where fellow officers saluted and paid tribute.

Krokoff, oft-hailed as a "people’s chief," is retiring to be closer to his extended family and to take a job as chief in Milton, Georgia, outside Atlanta.

He joined the Albany Police Department in 1993.  One of the city's youngest chiefs, Krokoff was 40 when he took the job in July 2010.

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For the second time this week, an incumbent Capital Region mayor has decided against seeking another term.

When Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced Monday that he would not seek re-election, a window of opportunity opened for a cast of mayoral hopefuls.  City Council President Rodney Wiltshire was first to officially step forward. 

Wiltshire kicked off his mayoral campaign Wednesday. Considered a "rebel" Democrat by some, Wiltshire often has clashed with first-term Mayor Lou Rosamilia and party leaders.

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A  landmark Albany school is moving to smaller quarters.

Saying it's time to stop the financial hemorrhaging, Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Ed Scharfenberger has decided the troubled Bishop Maginn High School will leave its current home, move to the former Cathedral School on Park Avenue, to "build a new beginning" with perhaps new administrators and board members.

Vincentian Institute and Cardinal McCloskey High School merged in 1977, creating “Maginn” in the former McCloskey building.

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Authorities say a person has died after being hit by a freight train near an upstate New York rail yard.

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