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Breathing Lights

Nov 23, 2016
Breathing Lights

This month and last, nightly from 6pm – 10pm, Breathing Lights has been illuminating the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Breathing Lights looks to transform abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. 

Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights was a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge which engages mayors to collaborate with artists on developing innovative public art projects that enrich communities and attract visitors.

But even after the closure, there will be months of programming and events to continue the conversation surrounding the issues. To tell us more – we welcome project architect Barb Nelson, Lead Artist Adam Frelin and Judie Gilmore, the project director. 

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we will learn about Troy Area United Ministries which has various programs to serve those in need, including a Furniture Program, Troy Damien Center, MLK Scholarships, and Computers for Kids.

Rev. Donna Elia, Executive Director of Troy Area United Ministries joins us. 

If you, or someone you know has furniture available to donate, please call at 274.5920 x204.

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A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of an upstate New York man whose roommate also was found slain last week.

The 2nd Annual Brava, a fundraiser that will provide new bras to women at the YWCA and those in need in the community, will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

The Arts Center is a partner in the event which will feature 8 to 10 talented writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject of bras from many viewpoints and range from the poignant to the hilarious. (Submission information here. Must be received by 10/14/16.)

Last year’s sold-out event aimed to collect at least 200 new bras to be distributed to women at the YWCA and others who need them, but more than doubled their goal by collecting over 500 bras. Artist Sharon Bates will be on hand at the event to create a unique installation of the contributed bras. To tell us more we welcome Malissa Pilette-McClenon from the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and Marion Roach Smith.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we are joined by Susan Dunckel, Producer of The Enchanted City and Troy Mini Maker Faire to be held on August 27th; Jayme Wood, Co producer and organizer of Troy Mini Maker Faire; and Corey Aldrich, Producer of 'Of Then and Beyond' Steampunk Fashion Show kick off event at the Troy Public Library to be held Friday evening August 26th.

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The Troy Lock and Dam opened in 1916. Laborers who built the Panama Canal were contracted to build the dam designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Troy Fire Department

Troy was awarded $972,000 in Federal aid through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFE grant program.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

  The Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival is week-long festival of new and innovative music by some of the biggest names in orchestral music today. Audiences will hear thrilling new works by living American composers as David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony give life to their music for the first time.  

This year’s festival presents 5 days of concerts, and 35 new and recent works by 33 American Composers, including world premieres commissioned by the Albany Symphony and GE Renewable Energy.

Maestro David Alan Miller join us with a preview.

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“You have shad, striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, herring. Are all coming in from the ocean. They can’t reproduce in salt water. They have to have freshwater, tidal conditions like right here on the Hudson,” said Fran Dunwell, Hudson River Estuary Coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Dunwell says many people who live and commute along the Hudson don’t realize the river itself serves as a sort-of highway for migrating fish.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and foster collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week we will feature the work of: a pilot program in North Central Troy that seeks to provide at-risk children and their parents with a support system to help in their home life and help with the transition to middle school. The FOCAS (Family Opportunity Collaborative At Sunnyside) program uses a multi-faceted approach to address the family’s academic and non-academic barriers to success, among which are food security, a peer support system and financial literacy.

Sister Betsy Van Deusen has been director of community partnerships for diocesan Catholic Charities since 2013. This year marks her 25th in religious life.

Troy announced the start of its Parking Ticket Amnesty Program on Sunday.

You might know that Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States, is based on a real person. Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker who lived in Troy, New York from the late 1700s until his death in 1854, is said to be the original Uncle — but even that is up for debate. Either way, a group of Trojans this weekend is hoping to bid on what could be the only known photograph of Wilson.

Workers attend to the broken pipe, preparing to weld new pieces.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In the last couple winters, the city of Troy has had some bad luck with its water infrastructure. From frozen pipes last year to a break in a 33-inch water main in January that flooded parts of Lansingburgh and led to problems in surrounding communities, the city is not alone in grappling with aging infrastructure.

Less than a day after a burst 33-inch water main was repaired in the City of Troy's Lansingburgh neighborhood, another pipe ruptured Saturday morning.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Citywide water restriction remains in place in Troy, where Mayor Patrick Madden tells residents to expect pressure fluctuations and discolored water following the rupture of a major main Saturday morning.

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Troy mayor Patrick Madden declared a state of emergency after a water main break flooded homes and businesses in the city's Lansingburgh neighborhood Sunday.

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Authorities are investigating the slaying of an upstate New York official who was stabbed while walking his dog.

The Troy City Council agreed on a budget compromise Tuesday night, effectively halving a 9.2 percent property tax increase.

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A staple of Saturday mornings in the Collar City, Troy’s popular downtown farmers market will not be moving to its proposed new home on River Street after all.

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A new space under construction in Troy promises to be upstate New York's first incubator aimed at developing startups in the creative economy.

Troy Turkey Trot

More than 7,000 people from up to 36 states are expected to run and walk in the 68th Troy Turkey Trot come Thanksgiving Day.

Joanne Yepsen declares victory in Saratoga
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  Patrick Madden has won a four-way race for mayor of Troy, New York. In Saratoga, Joanne Yepsen won another term.  Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy defeated Roger Hull to win another term in office. We hear reports from WAMC's Lucas Willard, Jessica Bloustein-Marshall and Dave Lucas.  

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One of the candidates in the Troy mayoral election has received a major endorsement.

The three major party candidates for mayor of Troy debated crime, city finances, and infrastructure on Wednesday. The candidates also got the opportunity to ask questions to each other in what has been a highly politicized campaign season.

Candidates Patrick Madden, Rodney Wiltshire, and Jim Gordon met in a debate hosted by Time Warner Cable News. Independent candidate Jack Cox did not participate.

  This morning we will learn about a first-of-its-kind event to benefit female residents of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, based in Troy. The Arts Center will be hosting “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA.

The Troy mayoral race has taken a turn: Ernest Everett, who finished third in the Democratic primary, is facing felony forgery counts.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

As gun violence continues to plague Troy, city officials are once again urging residents to do their part to stop the bloodshed.

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After a count of absentee ballots, there is a winner of Troy's Democratic mayoral primary. The victor of the race deemed too close to call on election night last week is now focused on November.

It was standing-room-only at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections Wednesday morning as the affidavit and absentee ballots were counted to determine the winner of Troy's Democratic mayoral primary.

A contentious Democratic primary for Troy mayor is still undecided after the two leading candidates finished Thursday night only five votes apart, by unofficial count. 

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