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A 12-year-old girl has been named Albany County’s "Citizen of the Month.”

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas caught up with them after the event.

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The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

Corey Ellis, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Alfredo Balarin and Leah Golby
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Citizen Action of New York has announced its endorsements in Albany’s city elections.

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

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Democrats in Albany appear to favor incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan for another term as mayor. Figures are in from a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll.

Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany and Proctors have announced the purchase of the former Gomez Electrical Contracting building for use as a production facility.

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New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Troy's Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday for a town hall.

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This fall's race for Rensselaer County Executive includes a contentious primary on the Republican side between Deputy Rensselaer County Executive Chris Meyer and state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin.  Meyer is backed by retiring Republican County Executive Kathy Jimino.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Troy's Hudson Valley Community College late Wednesday afternoon for a Town Hall.

Albany Planning Director Chris Spencer demonstrates “search ALBANY”
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The administration of Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled a new online GIS tool today that will allow the public access to City of Albany property and zoning information in real time.

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Following the derailment of a train heading for Selkirk last week, the Albany County Executive is renewing concerns about shipping crude through the city.

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Young people who committed crimes in Albany County have completed a training and classroom program geared toward those at-risk.  A ceremony was held Thursday at the County Office Building.

The Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games are a torch-relay away from Sunday's opening ceremonies at the Times Union Center.

Andrea Smyth is executive director of the New York State Coalition for Children's Behavioral Health. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the Rockefeller College Graduate School of Public Affairs and Policy at UAlbany.
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In June, Rensselaer County Democrats picked Andrea Smyth to run for county executive. Smyth hopes to succeed Republican incumbent Kathleen Jimino, who caught supporters off-guard when she decided not to seek a fifth term. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief spoke with Smyth about her political aspirations.


Senator Chuck Schumer
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And now an update to a story we broadcast early last month: A federal grant that will enable the Albany Fire Department to purchase a state-of the art mobile fire training center has come through. 

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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Some say President Donald Trump's fascination with twitter has led to social media rising as a factor in politics. And that may have trickled down to local races. The Capital Region is no exception.

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On Saturday an American Airlines flight crew spotted a drone flying in their airspace as they approached Albany County Airport.

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Once infected with Lyme disease himself, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Albany today to urge the federal government to continue the battle against insect-borne diseases.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in Albany's South End, flanked by Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Councilmember Dorcey Applyrs.
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos joined other officials Wednesday at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes.  The visit comes amid ongoing discussion about quality-of-life in the city's South End.

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With September fast approaching, the city of Albany's political climate is heating up as mayoral candidates strive to bring their messages to the citizens.

Many of the city's dilapidated structures are marked with a red "X" which lets emergency responders know the building is on the "too dangerous to enter" list.
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With a major downtown fire and a building’s near-collapse making headlines in recent days, Albany officials say local officials remain committed to rehabbing blighted blocks.

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The Center for Law and Justice says some Albany residents are angry about a recent announcement that state troopers will help patrol neighborhoods in the city.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed those gathered prior to the actual forum.
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The Center For Law and Justice recently issued a letter of support for community policing on the University at Albany campus, whose police chief J. Frank Wiley has come under fire for adhering to the policy. The city of Albany has gained national recognition for its community policing philosophy. As Albany police begin outfitting officers with body cameras, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Center's executive director Alice Green about how the devices might alter the police-community dynamic.

One of New York's ecological treasures is one step closer to recovery.

Earlier this week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy promoted the “Sound The Alarm” to install 1,000 free smoke alarms across the tri-cities Oct. 14.
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Four Civil War-era homes have been torn down and a relief effort for displaced residents has begun after a fire ripped through a block of row houses in Albany's Center Square neighborhood.

Schumer, during a recent visit to Engine 10 on Brevator Street, pushed for the center.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday announced more than $426,000 in federal funding for the Albany Fire Department.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
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A Monday night fire in Albany's Center Square neighborhood has destroyed several historic buildings and displaced residents.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden briefs the press on a citywide fire investigation. (July 18, 2017)
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A huge Monday night fire has changed the landscape of an Albany neighborhood, while the hunt is on across the river in Troy for an arsonist believed responsible for a string of recent fires.

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