Capital Region News

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We’re looking back at some of the stories that dominated 2015 this week. The city of Troy made headlines on numerous occasions, including a wild campaign season after incumbent Democratic Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced he would not seek another term. That set off a four-way race for mayor of a city that has seen a booming downtown but also persistent problems with crime and poverty in other neighborhoods.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Rosamilia, who is about to hand the reins of city government to Democrat Patrick Madden .

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If we’re lucky, each of us had a teacher or two who inspired us, mentored us, even changed our lives. Most of us wouldn’t be where we are today without them. 

Uber To Albany?

Dec 27, 2015
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New York state lawmakers returning to Albany in January will debate whether to allow Uber to expand into upstate cities including Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse.

A priest who leads an Episcopal parish in suburban Albany has been charged with secretly videotaping a woman in a store dressing room.

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The lack of snowfall across the Capital Region may help area cities' budgets.

Senator George Amedore with AT&T personnel and some of the mobile phones recently collected.
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For American soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays, nothing beats a phone call home.

First responders in Albany have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal to fight crude oil fires and prevent disasters involving liquid propane.
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Government officials Wednesday announced that the City of Albany has received a foam trailer from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

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The presence of the chemical compound PFOA in the village water supply has residents of one community on edge.

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State regulators are expected to license three new casinos in upstate New York on Monday.

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Authorities are investigating the slaying of an upstate New York official who was stabbed while walking his dog.

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An individual who participated in a  foiled plan to kill Muslims with a death-ray gets justice.

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The Albany Police Department has received a grant to implement a key program to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

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Schenectady is officially seeking an interim police chief.

Protestors gathered at the College of St. Rose in Albany to protest academic cuts announced last Friday by college president Carolyn Stefanco, who is dealing with a 9 million dollar deficit. 

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Albany has been named one of Google’s 2015 eCity award winners.

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The Director of the National Weather Service is in Albany today to deliver a talk called "Building a Weather-Ready Nation."

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As the massive Albany convention center project construction continues, officials presented an update on downtown Albany and its business scene this morning.

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If you live in Albany County and you're giving or getting a drone for the holidays, you have time to get it airborne before any "no fly zone" is imposed.  A bill before county legislators that would ban the devices has been grounded for the time being.

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Federal funding for fire departments looking to buy new equipment or train new firefighters is down, putting pressure on local departments to do more with less. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently concluded his annual 62-county tour of New York state in Rensselaer County, where he launched a push to increase grant programs for firefighters.

Gray Things Steve Colfer and Billy Cioffi at WAMC studios, November 2015.
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This weekend, Albany is revisiting its musical past. WAMC looks back at the 1960s when deejays ruled AM radio and local artists made history.

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After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

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A 20-year-old upstate New York woman has admitted strangling a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care and then discarding his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took him from their home.

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Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon to push legislation addressing a skills gap and enhancing job training via building apprenticeship programs.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon to push legislation the two New York Democrats say addresses a skills gap and enhances job training.

Police say a 23-year-old man has been charged with causing about $6,000 in damage to a thoroughbred statue unveiled in a Saratoga Springs park last summer.

Civic leaders are once again coming together to talk about issues facing the city of Albany.

Troy 2016 Budget Impasse

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The Troy city council is at an impasse over the 2016 budget, which calls for a 9.3 percent tax hike. The deadline is getting closer by the day.

Colleges Face Changes

Nov 19, 2015
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By and large, the cost of college keeps rising, but what students get for their money isn’t always so clear. Student debt is accumulating as schools struggle with having to impose higher tuition rates, which some argue threatens the quality of a college education.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.

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Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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