Capital Region News

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An inmate who smuggled weapons into the Albany County Jail was apparently trying to organize a "jailhouse gang."

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Two Troy police officers are on the mend at Albany Medical Center following a shootout late Saturday night, the first time officers in the city have been shot in the line of duty in 40 years.

Strike Looms At Ellis

Aug 21, 2015

Hundreds of nurses at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady plan a 24-hour strike September 3rd if staffing conditions don't improve.  The nurses' contract ran out back in March 2014.

The battle against the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has decimated thousands of tree across America, has moved to the city of Albany, where officials are scrambling to mount a counteroffensive.

Meet Anasha Cummings

Aug 15, 2015
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

One Troy City Council candidate aims to kick civic interest and government participation into a higher gear by running on his own "Red Beard" ballot line in the coming November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Anasha Cummings to discuss his candidacy and the potential he sees for the Collar City.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is trying to become a more modern city, with a new focus on downtown projects and housing and a conversation about transportation alternatives. Earlier today, activists delivered about 250 postcards to Mayor Kathy Sheehan from residents, business owners and visitors who want protected bicycle lanes on Madison Avenue.

Police say a 38-year-old man was shot in the stomach at a suburban Albany shopping mall parking lot following a dispute that began earlier in the night.

Police in the town of Colonie say the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday in the Colonie Center parking lot outside a movie theater entrance.

The city of Watervliet, just to the north of Albany, is a river town along the banks of the Hudson whose factories and mills have long since closed, a not unusual situation across the towns, villages and cities of upstate New York. As the city works toward a new economic future, two members of its 24-member police force were recently arrested, one in a drug investigation, the other on an underage sex charge. Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning says the arrests do not reflect on the city and its future.

Sean Collins

With two prominent racially sensitive cases dominating headlines in recent weeks, the Albany County District Attorney is hearing from an impatient community.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County leaders rallied round the mayor of Green Island this week to address what they say is a "flood insurance crisis" that threatens the community.