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In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Mounting discontent over the way voting was handled may force officials to hold another re-vote for the plan to rebuild Albany High School.

On Wednesday, College of St. Rose faculty voted "no confidence" in President Carolyn Stefanco. The vote at the Albany college was 120-35 with three abstentions according to political science professor Angela Ledford, who is leader of the Faculty Association of St. Rose, FASTR, and Vice President of American Association of University Professors. Ledford spoke with WAMC just after the vote.

In a second referendum plans for a new $180 million city high school in Albany won by 228 votes last night.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A trip back to the drawing board resulted in a reformulated plan to rebuild the existing facility over a staggered number of years at a slightly reduced cost.

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Last weekend's alleged racial incident involving University at Albany students aboard a CDTA bus remains a mystery after videos have been scrutinized.

Patrick Madden
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gave his first State of the City address Thursday night.

Ceremonial ground-breaking at the Rivers Casino $480 million residential-retail development project in Schenectady, NY (February 3, 2016)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Builders of the Rivers Casino in Schenectady are sticking to an aggressive construction schedule as they plan to open sooner than previously projected.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several events that will shape the future of New York's Capital City took place in various locations across Albany Monday night.

Response to the allegations came swiftly.
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University at Albany students are rallying tonight following an alleged assault of three black female students on a CDTA bus over the weekend.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Troy has a new mayor who is keeping a positive outlook despite some financial and structural problems in the Collar City.

Angelica Clarke says BLM Upstate NY is holding a "What's Next" public town hall February 1st 6pm at at Punta Cana, 92 Second Avenue, Albany.
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Calling on all people to join together to fight racism in upstate New York, the Black Lives Matter movement has arrived Albany. "Change" has come to the Capital.

Kimberly Young Wilkins with school board president Kenny Bruce
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Following the high-profile resignation of Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Albany City School District officials have named an acting superintendent. 

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Members of Dontay Ivy’s Family, Faith Leaders and #BlackLivesMatter Community Activists rallied before and during Albany Mayor Sheehan’s State of the City Address.

Albany City Hall
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivers her State of the City address tonight. The stakes are high for this year's speech.

Albany FreeNet

The City of Albany is initiating a study to look into the challenges and opportunities of expanding broadband service.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan gave her annual State of the Town address last night.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The driver of a truck that struck and killed a young boy at a dangerous Albany intersection is to appear in traffic court February 1st.

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Just as the Albany school district superintendent is resigning, a political action committee has been formed in Albany to back up a $180 million initiative to rebuild Albany High School.

Former City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

City of Albany school superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard will resign effective Friday according to a published report.

Tonko and the Mayor
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Congressman Paul Tonko toured the Lansingburgh site where crews are repairing a 110-year old 33-inch water main that ruptured over the weekend.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

City crews are working to repair a broken 33-inch water main in Troy.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Crews are at the scene preparing to fix a ruptured water main that flooded homes and businesses in the Lansingburgh section of Troy over the weekend.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citywide water restriction remains in place in Troy, where Mayor Patrick Madden tells residents to expect pressure fluctuations and discolored water following the rupture of a major main Saturday morning.

ALBANY’S NEW FIREARM SAFE STORAGE LAW NOW IN EFFECT, PROMOTING GUN SAFETY FOR ALL
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The law reduces the risk of unintentional shootings by children who mistake real guns for toys, helps prevent suicides, especially by teens, and also creates a barrier to guns being brought to school. Requiring guns to be locked and safely stored also discourages gun theft, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

If voters in the City of Albany agree, students returning to classes at Albany High in the fall will go back to a building that no longer has a leaky roof.

Tiffany Van Alstyne
Albany County Sheriff

An Albany hilltowns woman who fatally injured her 5-year-old cousin and hid him in a snowbank while he was still alive has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other stakeholders launched the City of Albany’s “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” (MBSK) at City Hall, an initiative that will focus on improving opportunities of young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence that far too many of them experience.

TPP Protesters outside the Federal Building, Albany NY
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A coalition of labor and civic groups gathered in downtown Albany today at the Leo O'Brien Federal Building to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany taxpayers will be responsible to pay off a newly settled lawsuit involving a city policeman.

Empire Of Almonds

Jan 5, 2016
A jar of NutZez; Amanda Zezima
Amanda Zezima

A Capital Region woman turned her passion for health and nutrition into a business. She planted the seed of an idea and sprouted something called NutZez...

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