Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

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Sparks are beginning to fly as Collar City leaders and the public review Troy Mayor Patrick Madden's proposed 2018 city budget.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, has revealed his 2018 budget plan, which comes in under the state tax cap.

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.

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Following a spate of fires in the area, the mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy are joining a nationwide effort to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. 

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

Troy Water Plant
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Work began Monday in Troy to replace a mile-long section of a 111-year-old water main that runs under the streets of Lansingburgh. 

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First-term Troy Mayor Patrick Madden reflected on his first year in office and was optimistic about the future during his State of the City address last night.

A Capital Region city has been awarded a state grant to restore a historic theater.

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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.

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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.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his first budget plan for the city Friday.

 

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

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There’s been a hole in downtown Troy ever since the old city hall building was knocked down five-and-a-half years ago.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Troy's Central Fire Station on Monday to promote legislation that would create the first ever national firefighter cancer registry, along with three major grants for the Collar City's fire crews. 

The Albany Sinkhole, August 8, 2016
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Infrastructure issues continue to dog two area cities. Here's the latest on the Albany sinkhole and the Troy water main break.

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.

Troy launches SafeCam initiative; allows private security cameras to be registered with police.
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If you’re in public, you’re probably on camera. The city of Troy is embarking on a new initiative called "SafeCam," geared to take advantage of private camera systems by incorporating them into the city's plan to solve crimes and other urban mysteries.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Now that the nice weather is here, construction crews are a common sight. But in many cases, workers are digging up roadways to repair aging water and sewer pipes. Old infrastructure can create new challenges as well as inconveniences.

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Hoping to promote transparency about its precarious finances, the city of Troy has opened the books again.

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.

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Three Capital Region cities are gearing up for the new "breathing lights" display.

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