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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Albany Voters Choose Kathy Sheehan

Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan gives her victory speech at the Polish Community Center, Albany N.Y. 5 November 2013
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

There’s a new leader for New York's capital city. Kathy Sheehan ushers in a new era as Albany's first woman executive.

Shortly after 10 p.m., 20-year incumbent and outgoing Mayor Jerry Jennings took the podium at the Polish Community Center to thank fellow Democrats. Not considered a close ally of the new mayor-elect, Jennings sent out a call for unity.

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Capital Region News
12:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

"We Did It" : Kathy Sheehan Elected Mayor of Albany

Kathy Sheehan gives her victory speech on Election Night 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A resounding victory for City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan who takes the baton from the man who ran Albany for the last two decades, Jerry Jennings. Jennings made a brief appearance at the Polish Community Cneter, where Democrats had gathered to wait for election returns. He joked about the fact we was dressed casually, "no suit and tie."

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7:42 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day Is Here

Kathy Sheehan (D) is expected to win today's race for Mayor in the City of Albany.
Credit Kathy Sheehan

Election Day has arrived ... the polls are open ...  most of the races today entail state and city offices and issues... Americans are being urged to get out and make every vote count.  The Mayoral race in Albany will be closely-watched . City Treasurer Democrat Kathy Sheehan is expected to take the election. Those who follow politics will be looking to see which -if any- of Sheehan's 5 challengers are able to capture a significant number of votes.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Albany County Unveils Cogeneration Initiative

Credit Albany County

Albany County's new Waste Heat/Co-generation facility in Menands will not only save money by creating renewable energy, it will also cut CO2 emissions by nearly 1,500 tons per year and will reuse 50,000 gallons of water per day to cool the high-efficiency system.  Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the co-gen project has long been in the works.

The facility is designed to provide long-term environmental and economic benefits to the Albany County Sewer District's eight member communities, which serve a population of 200,000.

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Capital Region News
3:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

3rd Challenge To Albany Cyberbullying Law

Cyberbullying is on the rise locally and nationally - many parents have lost young teens who chose to end their lives rather than face constant harassment on social media. But Albany County's groundbreaking law against Cyberbullying is being hauled before an appellate court, for a third time.

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Capital Region News
12:30 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

#OccupyAlbany Turns 2

This week marks two years since Occupy Albany pitched tents in Academy Park, leading to a political standoff that lasted weeks and ended in a showdown with city police.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A small band of protestors gathered quietly late Monday afternoon at the edge of Academy Park to celebrate the anti-establishment crusade that began two years ago, in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street.

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1:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

PREVIEW : "Common Core" Forum Today In Albany

On again, off again: New York’s "Common Core" meetings have been rescheduled after State Education Commissioner John King was severely criticized for canceling the events after he encountered a hostile crowd of parents and teachers at a Poughkeepsie forum.  Many believe the curriculum was rolled out too quickly with little preparation for educators, students and parents. A large turnout is expected tonight at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in Albany. The forum will be moderated by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

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2:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Countdown to Nov. 5 : The Albany Six

The six candidates for Mayor of Albany: Marlon Anderson (I-D), Jesse Calhoun (R), Valerie Faust (I-D), Theresa Portelli (G), Kathy Sheehan (D) and Joe Sullivan (C).
Credit The Hispanic Coalition/LULAC

Less than three weeks from election day, the candidates vying to replace 20-year Albany mayor Jerry Jennings met Monday evening at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. It marked the first time since WAMC's and the New York League of Conservation Voters’ well-received forum at the Linda back in July that every candidate had a place at a debate.  Nathan LeBron, Chairman of the Hispanic Coalition, moderated the Monday night colloquium.

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4:15 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Schumer Backs Expanded 'BusPlus' Service

The Capital District Transportation Authority's "Bus Plus" initiative got a big boost from a U.S. Senator today.

CDTA rolled out its BusPlus rapid transit service in April 2011 along the Central Avenue corridor, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.  New York’s senior Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, made an appearance at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Schumer announced the plans to launch two new BusPlus routes.

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12:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

UAlbany Students Stranded In Troy

Homecoming weekend saw hundreds of University at Albany students stranded for a time in Troy. What could have been an explosive situation ended peacefully…

Eleven police departments from across the Capital Region descended on downtown Troy Saturday to handle crowd control after hundreds of UAlbany students were left in the streets when a homecoming event was cancelled.

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