Carmella Mantello

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The first season of the Capital Region's bike-share program is being hailed as a major success.

Budget Angst In Troy

Nov 30, 2017
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For the second year in a row, the Troy city council has voted down Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed budget.

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A controversial trash fee has been removed from the city of Troy's 2018 budget proposal.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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After the tallying of absentee ballots, the political picture in Troy has become clearer. In 2018, Troy will have a unique makeup of its city council. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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Democrats have regained control of the city council in Troy, New York, but after the first citywide vote, the council presidency is still up in the air.

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Last week, Bow Tie Cinemas backed off plans to build a movie complex at One Monument Square in Troy.  There's still a chance an "ultimate theater" will be built in the area.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. Yesterday we met Democratic challenger Gary Pavlic. Today, we hear from incumbent Republican Council President Carmella Mantello.

Seattle-based Amazon is looking for another city to build its second headquarters and has plans to invest $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs over 10 to 15 years. Several bids from the Northeast have been submitted ahead of today’s deadline.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden briefs the press on a citywide fire investigation. (July 18, 2017)
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A huge Monday night fire has changed the landscape of an Albany neighborhood, while the hunt is on across the river in Troy for an arsonist believed responsible for a string of recent fires.

Riverkeeper patrol boat Capt. John Lipscomb

Albany and Troy have reportedly been dumping sewage into the Hudson River and not reporting it in a timely manner.

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Late last week, Troy's Police Department placed its entire Drugs and Firearms Interdiction Unit on administrative leave.

Carmella Mantello

Mysterious wooden poles that began springing up around Troy have been traced to a telecommunications copy, which has agreed to remove some of them.

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In October, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden originally proposed a budget carrying a 28.2 percent tax increase to fix long-standing financial issues within the city. The plan shocked residents and city officials, and a months-long fight began.

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With the pressure to get a new budget in place bearing down upon Troy, Mayor Patrick Madden has devised a new fiscal package that would raise taxes 14.6 percent — about half his initial proposal.  Madden proposed it to the City Council Wednesday night in a bid to avoid layoffs and cuts in city services.

Mayor Madden
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The day-by-day drama swirling around the Troy budget proposal continues.

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Troy's budget situation is getting more precarious by the day.  The two sides are negotiating through the press.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden sat down Wednesday night with the city council in a continuing effort to reach level ground on Madden's budget proposal.

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As Troy makes efforts to solve its latest financial crisis, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the New York state Comptroller's municipal audit of the Collar City.

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When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The city of Troy has been under severe financial stress, thanks to problems including sewer and water issues, shoddy bookkeeping, and a lack of a long-term comprehensive plan, as outlined in an audit by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last February.  The mayor and Common Council are locked in battle over a 2017 spending plan.

 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, held his first of three public workshops on the 2017 budget process this week.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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Efforts to repair Troy's new City Charter are progressing. The City Council has advanced toward authorizing the document.

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The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at the revised city charter that became effective last Friday.

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

The Troy City Council has decided to take a second look at  the revised city charter that became effective on Friday:

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden meets the press May 12, 2016 at Troy City Hall.
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Troy is making an effort to become more transparent as it gets a handle on its financial crisis.

In 2009, the City of Troy engaged a consultant to assist with the redevelopment of the former site of City Hall and the adjoining parking structure. It was hoped that the 1.5-acre site on River Street would transform downtown, becoming the city's "crown j
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A massive revitalization plan in downtown Troy has hit another roadblock.  Here is the latest chapter in the Monument Square saga.

Troy Bicentennial Cake
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Mayor Patrick Madden and the Troy Cultural Alliance kicked off the start of the city’s bicentennial celebration today.

As infrastructure failures plague Troy, city leaders are working together to address the crisis.

Troy 2016 Budget Impasse

Nov 20, 2015
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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.

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