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Capital Region News
4:40 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter Roughs Up Local Housing Market

Officials in the Capital Region blame the sputtering housing market on the polar vortex and unusually cold winter.

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Capital Region News
4:54 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Troy Housing Authority Employees Guilty

New York State officials have announced guilty pleas by former Troy Housing authority employees.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom. DiNapoli announced that William Meissner and Roger Rosenthal, former Troy Housing Authority employees, pled guilty to defrauding the New York State Retirement System . Rosenthal retired from the Troy Housing Authority in 2005 and began collecting a full pension with the NYSRS, then went back to working as a supposed ‘consultant’ with the Authority, collecting more than $200,000 in a three-year period in addition to the pension. 

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Capital Region News
5:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Local Stakeholders Call On NYS To Establish Harriman Campus PILOT Payments

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and local stakeholders united in support of two Assembly bills proposing New York State PILOT payments to the City of Albany on the Harriman State Office Campus. Mayor Sheehan, government officials and local business leaders called on the State to establish these payments as part of a long-term solution to stabilize Albany’s fiscal future.

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Capital Region News
1:20 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

'Game Of Drones' Preview

WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with two of the scheduled speakers at "Game of Drones."
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Next week, law professors, practicing attorneys and other experts will gather in Albany to discuss the use of drones, running the gamut from targeted killing to domestic drone use to drone journalism. 

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Capital Region News
12:07 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Albany County Issues Executive Order: Moratorium On Crude Oil Processing

Government officials have responded to citizen concerns over so-called “oil trains” and plans to build an oil-heating facility at the Port of Albany.

Following a directive from Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, the county Wednesday issued a moratorium on the expansion of the processing of crude oil at the Port of Albany pending a public health investigation by the Albany County Health Department.   

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Capital Region News
4:54 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

ADA Saratoga Tour de Cure Kick-Off Tonight

Credit Ed Parham

A kick off celebration for the American Diabetes Association’s Saratoga Tour de Cure — the premier cycling event in the Capital Region dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and supporting all people living with diabetes and their families.

The event will include an overview of the 2014 Tour de Cure (Sunday, June 1st), which is ranked first in New York and second out of 90 tours nationwide in terms of total dollars raised. Last year’s Tour drew more than 2,400 participants and raised more than $1.25 million.  This year’s goal is $1.5 million!

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Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

RensCo Chamber First Tenant At Proctor's Troy

NY Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy at the podium, Proctor's, Troy, February 27, 2014
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A Troy landmark has a new lease on life and a new tenant.

Proctor's was built in the early 20th century for vaudeville performances by Capital District entrepreneur Frederick F. Proctor, who built another theater with his name in nearby Schenectady. The theater flourished for decades, but closed in 1977. The city of Troy acquired the property through foreclosure a year later.

In the early 2000s, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute acquired the building, hoping to use it partially for office space while keeping the theater.

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New York News
2:58 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Charter School's Fate "In Limbo"

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A Capital Region Charter School could close due to 'academic failure' - 220 students at Ark Community Charter School in Troy may be displaced if the SUNY Trustees Charter Schools Committee agrees with findings by SUNY's Charter Schools Institute that Ark hasn't met its academic goals and its charter should not be renewed.

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Capital Region News
2:36 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Albany, Troy Host Public Forums Tonight

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Two public events in the Capital Region addressing quality of life issues are being held tonight - the second in a series of "Community Conversations" about gun violence is scheduled for this evening at the Albany Public Library's John Howe Branch 16 Schuyler St. ( about 3 blocks away from where the city's most-recent gun fatality occurred)  Community activist Marlon Anderson leads the forum which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.  

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Capital Region News
2:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Neighbors Meet Again To Voice Port Concerns

Albany Common Council Member Dorcey Applyrs

Three Albany Common Council Members continue their efforts to ensure local residents have their say as plans move forward to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

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