Capital Region News

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An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

Troy Turkey Trot

More than 7,000 people from up to 36 states are expected to run and walk in the 68th Troy Turkey Trot come Thanksgiving Day.

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The Capital Region is home to the top-ranked school in the nation, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution that measures the impact of colleges on their students’ outcomes.

In a busy week in Troy politics, the city council is taking steps to alter outgoing Mayor Lou Rosamilia's proposed $68.6 million budget. An effort is under way to lessen a planned tax increase.

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New York state is opening a trade and tourism office in Puerto Rico. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the new office will promote "mutually beneficial" tourism opportunities and economic ties. It will also boast a shop selling New York products.

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One of Albany's busiest thoroughfares is getting a makeover, but there's more to the project than meets the eye.

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Election Night came with a few surprises, some close calls and a rally by voters in one town who turned the night on its head.

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In a rematch of a razor-thin race four years ago, Mayor Gary McCarthy has been elected to a second term in Schenectady.

The race for Amsterdam City Mayor saw Republican Mike Villa beat out incumbent Democrat Ann Thane by getting 63% of the vote. 

Albany County Exectutive Dan McCoy overwhelmingly won re-election with more than 69% of the vote, defeating Republican Joseph Vitollo and Green Party candidate Dan Plaat . In Colonie Democrat Paula Mahan won the seat for Town Supervisor beating Republican Christine Benedict 10,240 to 8,467 votes. Meanwhile in Guilderland, Democrat Peter Barber topped Republican Brian Forte 4,050 to 3,651 votes for the Town Supervisor position. In the town of Bethlehem, John Clarkson is holding a slight lead, 41 votes, over Jim Foster for Town supervisor. 

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The result of a proposition for a $196 million proposal to rebuild and expand Albany High School is too close to call. The margin of votes currently stands at just 10 votes, 5,516 to 5,506, against the proposal. With 442 absentee ballots yet to be counted – the vote could sway either direction. 

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Voters are going to the polls in Troy, where the mayoral race has taken many twists and turns leading up to election day.


It’s the final day of campaigning in Schenectady, where voters will decide to keep sitting Mayor Gary McCarthy in office or replace him with former Union College president Roger Hull.

Hull lost to McCarthy in a close 2011 race by a mere 89 votes. A lot has changed in four years.

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Citizens protesting the death of Donald Ivy Friday evening in Albany called for the firing of police officers involved.


University at Albany President Robert Jones this week delivered his State of the University Address. President since 2013, Jones says the university must turn around enrollment, which has lagged in recent years, setting a goal of 20,000 students by 2020. Jones spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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The community is reacting to a grand jury's decision not to indict Albany police officers who confronted Donald "Dontay" Ivy on the night he died. 

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  It was a case that stunned the community, angered activists, and even pitted the district attorney against the governor. Today, some resolution — but not for family of Donald “Dontay” Ivy. As WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, the Albany County D.A. announced police won't face charges in the case of the African American man who died in April after officers subdued him with a stun gun.

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The Schenectady County Sheriff has opened a new Princetown substation in the western end of the county.

The often debated issue of microbeads in consumer products gets an airing tonight in Albany.


One of the candidates in the Troy mayoral election has received a major endorsement.


With the election day countdown clock ticking, the candidates for mayor of Schenectady went head-to-head last night in a debate on Time Warner Cable.

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One day, three journalists in a small town outside Albany pooled their resources and decided to buy their newspaper. The rest, they say, is going to be history.

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Two Troy Police shot over the summer are working their way back to the force.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Tuesday toured a high-tech company in Troy. Apprenda, a software firm whose headquarters are on River Street, has received $1.2 million in investments from the New York State Pension Fund’s in-state private equity investment program. DiNapoli, a Democrat, oversees the state pension fund. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the tour and a push this week for more infrastructure spending.

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Area politicians and community leaders met Monday in Albany to launch the 2016 "Countdown to Coverage" campaign, marking the beginning of this year’s open enrollment period.

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Community leaders from across the Capital Region are gathering Monday for the launch of the "2016 Countdown to Coverage" campaign.

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First responders across Albany County will soon be able to make radio contact with one another through a new countywide interoperable radio system.

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A $7 million overhaul is getting started after a groundbreaking Thursday at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar.

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New York State Department of Transportation officials say work is nearly completed on the replacement of two critical bridges on one of the busiest stretches of highway upstate.  The $22 million project in the town of Colonie is on track to be finished by the end of the month.

Albany High School opened in 1974, and voters in Albany will be asked on election day to approve an almost $200 million renovation for the 41-year-old building that currently houses more than 2,200 students in grades 9-12. For more on the project, and what it could mean for taxpayers, we spoke with the president opf the Albany School Board President, Ginnie Farrell.