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Today we will learn about The Reading Is Fun Program in Schenectady, NY. The organizations goal is to help teach reading-readiness and conversational skills and vocabulary to as many of Schenectady’s 4 to 9-year-olds as possible. 

Reading is Fun will host the first Grand Reading Jamboree at Proctors on Saturday, April 21.

Here to tell us more are Dr. Alvin Magid, Founder and Executive Director of The Reading Is Fun Program; and Mary Lou Russo, the program’s Chief of Operations.

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Dr. Gina Gould has stepped into her new role as president of the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, New York. WAMC’s Elizabeth Hill Spoke with Gould about her move to the Capital Region and her aspirations for MiSci moving forward.

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Judy Patrick, editor of The Daily Gazette, talks with WAMC's Jim Levulis about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district and Dr. David Harris' appointment as president of Union College.

The widow of a man who died in Schenectady police custody has released audio that reveals her husband complained of having difficulty breathing.

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The city of Schenectady, New York was once known as the city that lights and hauls the world because of General Electric and American Locomotive. American Locomotive is long gone, now the site of the Rivers Casino and General Electric remains but with a much smaller payroll. But the history of Schenectady endures, known for Thomas Edison, and Charles Steinmetz, as a pioneer city in broadcasting, and there’s the historic stockade neighborhood and the once mighty Erie Canal. 

Officials in Schenectady New York have declared a state of emergency after a mudslide was reported early Sunday.

A recent report by credit rating agency Moody’s has examined the impact of casinos in upstate New York. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the word used to describe the casino ecosystem is “cannibalization.”


The unpredictable weather over the past several days led to an increased risk of flooding caused by ice jams on New York’s rivers. While water levels have dropped recently, there is plenty more winter ahead.

The former building manager of a multi-family structure across from Schenectady City Hall that burned three years ago has pleaded guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide.

The Daily Gazette reports 39-year-old Jason Sacks of Scotia faces 1 to 3 years in state prison at sentencing in March.

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The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

  This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.


"First Women" by Kate Andersen Brower
"Orphan X" by Gregg Hurwitz
"Wandering Home" by Bill McKibben
"1776" by David McCullough
"Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult
"Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen
"Long Night Moon" by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Siegel

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Downtown Schenectady, anchored by Proctors, has a new arts space. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports from the opening of a new center that is meant to foster the next generation of performers.  

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The City of Schenectady has opened its first senior center since the closure of its former location more than a decade ago. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the grand opening on Thursday.

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Next Saturday’s annual holiday parade in Schenectady is themed around the global company that would shape the upstate city after its founding more than a century ago.

Alan Alda At Proctors

Nov 7, 2017

Alan Alda is an actor, director, screenwriter, author and seven-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner. He is widely known for playing Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series "M*A*S*H," hosting "Scientific American Frontiers," and playing Arnold Vinick on "The West Wing."

A lifelong lover of science, Alda would like everyday people and science to shake hands. Just as he knew to get to a doctor, because of what his body was telling him, Alda believes that people should have an easier time understanding and relating to science. So aside from hosting PBS specials for over two decades, Alda has helped found the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where scientists learn the communicative skills to help the world understand science better without all the jargon.

Alan Alda will be at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on Thursday, November 9 presenting a program entitled "Getting Beyond A Blind Date with Science."

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy appointed a new public safety commissioner today at city hall. The appointment comes after a state court decision affirming the power of the public safety commissioner to serve as the disciplinary watchdog for the police and fire departments.

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General Electric is marking 125 years in Schenectady. A local museum is exploring GE’s history from Thomas Edison to the modern era. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a tour of the exhibit that opens this weekend.

Officials say they’ve solved a 22-year-old cold case in Schenectady. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it took modern forensic technology and a fresh set of eyes to close the case. A warning that some listeners may find this story upsetting.

Services will be held Friday and Saturday for Schenectady’s Commissioner of Public Safety Wayne Bennett, who died this week at age 71.

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A former New York State Police superintendent has died.

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A city in upstate New York is cracking down on trash…

Schenectady, New York’s Music Haven Concert Series has been traveling the world one concert at a time since 1990. Concerts take place Sundays in the Summer at 7pm in Schenectady’s Central Park on the Agnes McDonald Music Haven Stage. 

Mona Golub is here to tell us about this season’s offerings. She is the Producing Artistic Director of The Music Haven concert series. 

A beloved Capital Region bakery that closed last year, taking its Italian bread and rolls off supermarket shelves, is back in business.

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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If you’ve been to Manhattan recently, you’ve probably noticed the blue Citi Bikes traveling along city streets. Now, CDTA is teaming up with CDPHP and a Brooklyn-based company to bring bike-sharing to the Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard explains that customers will be able to choose where they’d like to see the bikes.

As some communities in the region establish themselves as “Sanctuary Cities,” Schenectady appears to be distancing itself from the label as it considers its options. The Schenectady city council has been discussing immigration, a hot topic that has drawn dozens of residents at recent meetings.

Another change has come to Schenectady’s skyline.

Officials in Schenectady are looking forward to completing the first phase of a connector trail that will bring walkers and bikers from the city’s Central Park into downtown. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a meeting Thursday night to get an update.

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Capital Region developer Galesi Group is behind the massive Mohawk Harbor project in Schenectady, the location that includes the recently opened Rivers Casino. The company’s Chief Operating Officer spoke in the Electric City this morning about the past, present, and future of the site that was until recently home to a shuttered factory.

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Communities nationwide are looking for more ways to establish trust between residents and police departments. In Schenectady, a meeting was held to introduce more people to the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.