Schenectady

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Music Haven Concert Series Celebrates 25 Years

  Music Haven Concert Series is celebrating 25 years of presenting world-class concerts in Schenectady, NY. This season they’ll present Eileen Ivers, Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas, James Cotton, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, and Ghost Train Orchestra.

All their shows are scheduled to take place in Schenectady's Central Park on the Agnes MacDonald Music Haven Stage – with a rain-site at Proctors in case of inclement weather.

Eileen Ivers has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin” and will perform this coming Sunday with special guest, Annalivia.

Music Haven will further celebrate 25 years with a “Blues Sunday” gala dinner in advance of their July 27th concert featuring James Cotton.

Mona Golub is the Music Haven Concert Series producing artistic director and she joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri June 27, 2014

"Canals And Railroads: Collaboration To Competition" At The Schenectady County Historical Society

  The Schenectady County Historical Society was founded in 1905 to preserve the history of the area. The Society’s museum and local history and genealogy research library have been located at 32 Washington Avenue in the Stockade neighborhood in Schenectady since 1958.

They are opening a new exhibition this weekend entitled "Canals and Railroads: Collaboration to Competition." The exhibit explores the beginnings of the Canal Era and New York State’s early railroads which were built to enhance and complement–rather than compete with– the waterway system.

It is a traveling exhibit, put together by Alco Historical and Technical Society historian, Dave Gould and Alco Historical and Technical Society designer, John Kolwaite. They join us now along with Mary Zawacki, Curator for the Schenectady County Historical Society.

New York News
4:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Competition For Casino Heats Up Along Mohawk

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The competition for a casino along the Mohawk River is coming to the forefront as Schenectady County lawmakers support a project in the Electric City, and more details will soon be revealed on a proposal in neighboring Montgomery County.

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Capital Region News
12:41 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Schenectady Partners With Google

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The city of Schenectady is growing business by embracing technology in a partnership with a household brand.

Take one analog Electric City and one digital powerhouse and you get an initiative that gives small business owners web hosting, a custom domain name and free access to educational resources for a full year.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Music (And Theatre And Dance And Film) Of The Night At Proctors

    

  In February 2006, Proctors hosted a month-long visit of The Phantom of the Opera.

That historic run was made possible by a $42 million construction project that included a massive expansion of the stagehouse at Proctors, allowing the venue to host the very biggest touring shows. In addition, specific adaptations, inventions and rigging points created for the original Phantom are used by many of the other touring shows that reach Proctors each season.

Just before the expansion, Proctors was a single theatre, hosting approximately 60 to 70 performances a year. By 2009, it was offering over 600 events a year in three theatres and drawing over 500,000 people to downtown Schenectady. Now, Proctors is also the only theatre in the country to have its own district energy plant, Marquee Power, which helps to heat and cool much of the surrounding area.

The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Proctors Mainstage May 28 thru June 8 and Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors, joins us now to tell us more about what helps HIM make the music of the night at Proctors and in Schenectady.

New York News
2:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capital Region Mayors Discuss Housing Issues

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Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.

The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Capital Region News
1:49 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Tech Company Opening Schenectady Office

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rolled out the welcome mat for "Quirky" - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that Quirky, an invention company headquartered in New York City, will open an office in downtown Schenectady. Quirky will occupy two floors at the Center City building at 433 State Street, with plans to create 180 new jobs in downtown Schenectady within the next three years.

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Capital Region News
10:09 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Schenectady Schools Capital Project Vote Today

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A $70 million dollar city school district building project is up for a vote today in Schenectady: The project is phase one of a renovation initiative to fine tune the district with a number of k-through-5 grammar schools, a trio of middle schools and two high schools. Voters will have to approve each phase - this first one entails  the district building an addition at Howe Elementary School, replacing Van Corlaer Elementary School stage with classrooms and closing Elmer Elementary.

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Capital Region News
6:45 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Schumer Pledges To Help Schenectady Battle Blight

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Schenectady tuesday to give the city a helping hand and make some much-needed housing improvements.

The backdrop to Schumer's appearance along the electric city's Broadway in the Bellvue section: a blighted building damaged by fire four years ago. Its absentee landlord has left the property fallow for years.

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Capital Region News
12:22 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Municipalities Court Public Opinion

Residents of two Capital Region municipalities have a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their communities tonight.

Albany Medical Center's $110 million plan to replace two city blocks in Park South with new residential, commercial and retail space is up for discussion at tonight's Common Council meeting at Albany City Hall.

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