Capital Region News

Capital Region News
11:37 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Troy Police Arrest 3 In Lockrow And Rivera Homicides

Officials in Troy brief the press on their progress is curbing the "crime wave" that has settled over the Collar City.
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Under intense public pressure to stop a perceived crime wave, Troy police called a press conference this morning to announce three arrests in two homicides.

A 33-year old homeless man identified as Daniel Reuter and Jacob Heimroth, also 33, of Troy, were arrested Monday for the August 20th beating deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow, found beaten to death in their home.

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6:59 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Car Sharing Comes To NY's Capital City

Dylan Card is a senior at UAlbany from Dryden, NY. Dylan is in one of the new Zipcars. He is the President of the Students for Sustainability organization on campus, and has helped launch several sustainable initiatives.
Credit Mark Schmidt/University at Albany

Car-sharing services are becoming more commonplace in the United States. Albany now has two, enabling mobility for drivers without the hassle of using an auto-rental company.

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4:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

New VP Takes Helm at CNSE CMOST

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The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering / SUNY Institute of Technology has announced the appointment of a new Vice President of the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology.

Catherine Gilbert has been chosen to lead CNSE CMOST as it prepares to expand and relocate to the Albany NanoTech complex.

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4:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Troy: More Officers On Beat Patrol

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Police have beefed up patrols in the crime-plagued "Collar City." 

Responding to a series of recent incidents, and resident's concerns about shootings and arsons,  Troy Police have suspended mandatory and optional training sessions to get more officers out on the streets. The move puts 20 additional bodies on the beat. Police Chief John Tedesco says officers have been added to the afternoon and evening shifts. The Narcotics Unit and other special terms are increasing their presence as well.  The police department's budget will increase, but officials couldn't say by how much.

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6:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Troy: Officials Address Crime

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Officials in Troy are  addressing growing concern over what appears to be a spiraling crime rate.

Shootings - arsons - murders – Troy: Public perception of the Collar City has been tinged by the darkness of crime in recent weeks, despite public meetings and soul-searching in the city of about 50,000. Police Chief Tedesco is reassuring citizens.

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4:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Albany Mayor Has Deal With East Greenbush Casino

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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The mayor of Albany has reached a 10-year agreement with Capital View Casino and Resort, the proposed project across the river in East Greenbush. Kathy Sheehan says the Capitalize Albany Corporation will receive $1 million a year if the Churchill Downs/Saratoga Casino and Raceway-backed project gets the lone Capital Region casino license. The Albany Common Council is reviewing the written proposal. The city has already tepidly backed the other Rensselaer County casino proposal, but not exclusively.

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11:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Albany Citizens And Officials Discuss Flood

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  Albany city officials held a meeting Tuesday night, hearing residents' concerns after recent flash flooding. 

An August 5th storm dumped buckets of rain over a short timeframe, putting an unprecedented strain on infrastructure and flooding many low-lying and poor drainage areas of the city.

Residents in the 9th ward turned out at New Scotland Elementary School (formerly School 19) to air their flood grievances before Mayor Kathy Sheehan and water department representatives, who said they're working on the issues.

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4:57 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Medal Of Honor For Albany WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson

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The secretary of defense has recommended awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to a black soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France during World War I.

Sen. Charles Schumer says Tuesday that Chuck Hagel has sent Congress a letter saying Sgt. Henry Johnson should receive the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.

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12:10 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Montgomery County Executive: Emergency-Level Floods Are New Normal

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort.
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Communities across New York's Mohawk Valley are working today to dry out and clean up after heavy rains late yesterday caused serious flooding and temporarily closed a portion of the Thruway. Hardest hit was Montgomery County, where County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared a state of emergency.

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4:53 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Groundbreaking For New Housing In Cohoes

Community Preservation Corporation Senior Vice President and Director of Originations Richard Conley, Cohoes Councilwoman April Kennedy, Assistant Commissioner of New York State Homes & Community Renewal Lorraine Collins, State Senator Neil Breslin, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Regan Development Corporation President Larry Regan, Assemblyman John McDonald, Mayor George Primeau, Cohoes Councilman Bill Ricard, and Living Resources CEO Fredrick Erlich
Credit Sarit Schneider

New York State Homes and Community Renewal on Wednesday announced the start of construction at Lion Heart Residences in the City of Cohoes.

The $16.4 million dollar development is intended to provide affordable homes for working families and inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

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