Cohoes

The City of Cohoes has chosen a non-profit to administer fire relief funds to residents affected by the blaze that tore through Remsen Street in late November.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Rejecting calls from fellow Democrats to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse received a standing ovation from supporters Tuesday night.

The man accused of starting the fire that damaged more than 30 buildings in the City of Cohoes on Thursday has been released on bail.

Troy Fire Department

Officials say an inferno that destroyed or damaged nearly two dozen buildings in a city in upstate New York was sparked by an amateur bladesmith.

The blaze broke out Thursday in downtown Cohoes, near Albany, and was hampered by winds.

The Times Union of Albany reports three buildings were destroyed and 18 others were damaged. The city is under a state of emergency.

  Firefighters battled a massive blaze along Remsen Street in Cohoes late Thursday afternoon. 

American Red Cross

People are homeless and several buildings have been completely destroyed following a major fire in the Albany County city of Cohoes Thursday afternoon. Fire departments from a number of nearby cities and towns were called in to help battle the flames that broke out in the 200 block of Remsen Street, and quickly spread. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no reports of serious injuries. Officials say the wind carried embers to other buildings and touched off other smaller fires.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police are probing a 911 call made by the wife of a Capital Region mayor.

The Times Union reports Cohoes police were called to the residence of Mayor Shawn Morse on Friday.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Friday afternoon, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden issued a statement saying the controversial plans to build a Bow Tie Cinema movie theater at One Monument Square were dead. Now, across the Hudson River, Cohoes is hoping to land the theater.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released an $18.7 million dollar spending plan for the Albany County city that does not raise taxes. Morse spoke about his first proposed budget with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The investigation into a pedestrian fatality on the stretch of 787 that runs through Cohoes has concluded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Pedestrian safety has been priority one for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse in the weeks since a teenage girl was struck and killed trying to cross 787.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

Former Mayor George Primeau died at 62.
Dave Lucas

The city of Cohoes in Albany County is pausing to remember its former mayor.

In New York’s Capital Region, "getting from here to there" has long meant traveling by car, bus or taxi. Times have changed: more people have taken to bike riding and walking — and that has raised new safety concerns.

With some neighboring communities grappling with PFOA, one Albany County city has tested its drinking water as a precautionary measure. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the tests came back safe to drink.

HRC Barnstorms Cohoes

Apr 5, 2016
Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo, up to Albany where she met with Democratic lawmakers, then on to Cohoes. At stake: 274 delegates in the April 19th primary.

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The city says it is the fourth-oldest operating performance venue in the nation. Now, a partnership between the Cohoes Music Hall and the Palace Theatre in Albany is seeking to breathe new life into the building.

Maura Siobhan

In one of the toughest races on primary day Thursday, Albany County Legislature Chair Shawn Morse defeated Dianne Nolin for mayor of Cohoes. The de facto general election means Morse will succeed outgoing Mayor George Primeau — his uncle. Morse says the Hudson River city of 16,000 people north of Albany faces many challenges, and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus he isn’t surprised he won the race.

The candidates in one upstate mayoral challenge have agreed to run a “clean, positive” race.

Morse For Mayor

Jun 12, 2015
Maura Siobhan

Shawn Morse, the chairman of the Albany County Legislature, is a candidate for Mayor of Cohoes - the nephew of soon-to-retire Mayor George Primeau recently spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas on his decision to run and what his plans for the Spindle City entail.

Albany County Legislature

  A hat officially goes into the ring for Mayor of a Capital Region city.

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse announced Thursday he will run for mayor of Cohoes:  his uncle. incumbent mayor George Primeau, cited health reasons for a decision not to run earlier this year.

Morse, who is a city firefighter and area labor leader, vies for the Democratic nod against Councilwoman Dianne Nolin.

The city committee will endorse candidates after petitioning concludes in July.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

For the second time this week, an incumbent Capital Region mayor has decided against seeking another term.

Sarit Schneider

New York State Homes and Community Renewal on Wednesday announced the start of construction at Lion Heart Residences in the City of Cohoes.

The $16.4 million dollar development is intended to provide affordable homes for working families and inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

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Two education-oriented activist groups have embarked upon a statewide tour of schools to "gather evidence" in preparation to file a new lawsuit against New York. At issue, they say, is the state’s failure to fulfill its constitutional obligation of providing every student with a “sound basic education.”

The Alliance for Quality Education and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity are taking a “fact finding tour,” visiting schools and trying to find "what's missing" at those hallowed halls of learning.

If you're meeting friends at a convenience store, keep your eye on the clock or you may end up like these customers of an area Stewart's Shop...