Capital Region News

Capital Region News
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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Capital Region News
11:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Mark Benson Named UAlbany Athletic Director

Mark Benson is the new athletic director at UAlbany.
Credit www.albany.edu

The University at Albany has named its new athletic director. Mark Benson was introduced at a campus press conference Wednesday morning. Formerly assistant vice president for athletic development at Old Dominion, Benson replaces the retiring Lee McElroy, who stepped aside in June after 14 years. The SUNY school opened a new football stadium last year. Its football team now plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, which Old Dominion competed in before leaving for Conference USA.

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Capital Region News
6:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

#TakeBackTroy Gains Traction

Credit twitter

Residents of Troy are concerned about an uptick in crime. Citizens and officials are furthering separate initiatives  to “take back” the Collar City.

A seemingly never-ending spate of shootings, stabbings and more recently, arsons, has galvanized some neighbors in Lansingburgh and other areas of the city to take steps to help thwart crime.

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Capital Region News
12:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Albany Common Council Vote Supports Rensselaer Casino

Last night the Albany Common Council voted to support the Rensselaer casino project. But there's still a lot of uncertainty and dealmakers are facing criticism.  

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Capital Region News
5:47 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Albany Common Council Supports Rensselaer Casino

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council voted 12-3 last night on a watered-down resolution in support of a Rensselaer casino project by Hard Rock International. The Times Union reports the council’s support was won with a number of last-minute conditions added to the resolution, including a decade’s worth of $1 million dollar payments to the city. But the measure didn’t preclude lawmakers from also supporting a casino project in neighboring East Greenbush from Churchill Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Capital Region is slated to receive one of the state’s four casino licenses.

Capital Region News
9:17 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Troy Fire Under Investigation

Credit Troy Fire Department

  Officials are investigating another possible case of arson in Lansingburg.

Fire Chief Tom Garrett tells the Times Union fire broke out at a vacant First Avenue building between 113th and 114th streets around 2:30 a.m. The fire appeared to have started at the back of the structure, in the same general area where firefighters were called to six suspicious fires around a month ago. No arrests have been made.

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Capital Region News
8:59 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Casino Developers Court Albany

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Casino developers have upped the ante in a bid to secure support from the city of Albany.

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Capital Region News
6:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

DEC: Albany Air Gets Passing Grade

The air in Albany's South End is safe to breathe. That's the word from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. That may be far from the last word, if residents have their say.

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Capital Region News
8:56 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Capital Region Religious Leaders In Court

Two Capital Region religious leaders were in court this week for sex abuse and child endangerment charges.

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Capital Region News
4:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Albany Holds Out 'Casino Hopes'

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Even though the city of Albany is out of the competition to land a casino, the Common Council may soon get to vote on supporting one.

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