Capital Region News

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The U.S. Attorney's office is looking into some building demolitions that took place in Troy back in 2013, while demolition experts in Schenectady have begun the slow process of taking down apartment buildings gutted in a March 6 fire.

About two years ago the city of Troy ordered the emergency demolition of four buildings along King Street. The directive was given when then-city engineer Russ Reeves was out-of-town.

Albany is celebrating Women’s History Month this evening at City Hall - the public is invited.

Speakers will gather in the rotunda of Albany City Hall - Nathaalie Carey, is President of the Albany, New York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.   "Tonight the leaders of all African-American sororities will be discussing our history, our legacy and our future, in addition to the work that we do right here in the Capital Region."

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Two burned out buildings in Schenectady have a date with the wrecking ball. 

Crews are preparing this morning for the demolition of two fire-gutted apartment buildings in the 100-block of Jay Street. The takedown will reportedly occur over the span of a month at a cost of around $420,000 - the city will likely pay that bill then seek reimbursement from the building's owners.

Danger of collapse prompted Mayor Gary McCarthy to place the area around the buildings under a state of emergency through noon saturday.

American Red Cross

Plans to demolish two Schenectady buildings gutted by a March 6 fire are now in high gear.

Monday, Schenectady's corporation counsel disclosed the probe of the fire that destroyed two Jay Street apartment buildings had been officially declared a criminal investigation.  Searchers going through the rubble have found remains of at least four people to date. About 60 people were left homeless.

Ian Pickus

The NCAA Tournament field was unveiled last night, and Capital Region fans rejoiced to see the University at Albany men’s basketball team in the bracket for a third straight year. But before they could enjoy Selection Sunday, the Great Danes barely survived Saturday.

City of Schenectady

A search-and-recovery mission continues at the scene of two burned-out apartment buildings in Schenectady.

It's been a week since the five-story brick buildings along Jay Street, not far from City Hall,  were ravaged by a pernicious blaze that ultimately affected about 60 people. Seven people were hospitalized, including one individual who jumped out of a five-story window to escape the intense flames.

The Pipes Of Troy

Mar 13, 2015
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Thanks to frigid temperatures that froze supply lines, some Troy residents had to do without water for 11 straight days. The water woes may have eroded public confidence in city leadership.


Police say three people have been charged in connection with a melee at an Albany hip-hop concert that left six men with stab wounds and a woman assaulted and robbed.

The Albany Times-Union reports 21-year-old Dywuan Blunt of Albany was charged with first-degree riot and sent to the county jail without bail after being arraigned on Thursday.

Police say two other people also face charges after the brawl early Saturday at a concert by the Georgia-based hip-hop group Migos.

Relentless Awareness

Days after six people were stabbed following a hip-hop concert at the Washington Avenue Armory, prompting Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan to label the venue unsafe, all concerts there have been suspended.

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Dan Egan formally declared his candidacy for Albany County Executive Tuesday at the Hibernian Hall on Ontario Street.  He laid out his agenda for the county, which he says focuses on fairness and inclusion.

In the long-awaited official announcement, Egan paints himself as one who will deliver “progressive leadership” if he can topple first-term incumbent Dan McCoy in September’s Democratic primary and then get through the general election.