A black man killed in a shooting by Los Angeles police last week has ties to upstate New York.

29-year-old Brendon Glenn, who is from Troy, was panhandling outside a Venice bar with his dog Dozer on Tuesday night, friends said, when someone complained that he was harassing customers.


Troy Councilman Jim Gordon is formally announcing his candidacy for mayor today, joining a crowded field of hopefuls looking to replace the retiring Democrat Lou Rosamilia. Gordon spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The race to lead Troy is getting tighter.  Since Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced he would not seek a second term in office,  a cast of hopefuls moved into the spotlight.  City Council President Rodney Wiltshire was first to officially step forward, in late March. The two-term councilman tells WAMC:   "I wanna put the party politics from the past behind, and get us into the 21st century, which is something that I think Troy desperately deserves."   Wiltshire has picked up The Working Families Party endorsement.

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Saying the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy today as a part of a statewide tour to promote federal legislation that would establish national paid leave.

When Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced Monday that he would not seek re-election, a window of opportunity opened for a cast of mayoral hopefuls.  City Council President Rodney Wiltshire was first to officially step forward. 

Wiltshire kicked off his mayoral campaign Wednesday. Considered a "rebel" Democrat by some, Wiltshire often has clashed with first-term Mayor Lou Rosamilia and party leaders.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia has announced he will not seek re-election in the fall.  Potential candidates were already waiting in the wings — now that Rosamilia's officially out of the race, WAMC takes a closer look at Troy politics.   

The Capital District is one of 12 U.S. cities in the running to receive up to $1 Million for a public art project.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy has been designated a finalist and the 12 cities have been invited to submit full proposals.

Temperatures across New York and New England hit sub-zero levels Tuesday morning, a day after a storm dumped more than a foot of snow from Buffalo to the Hudson Valley. The Sunday-Monday snowfall has triggered several municipal snow emergencies.

The storm impacted local streets and highways. Numerous accidents were reported Tuesday and tri-city traffic was truly bumper-to-bumper as vehicles inched along for the morning rush hour commute.  But that should change as roadways are cleared.

Police say a man was shot inside a Capital Region nightclub, the same location where a brawl between customers and police officers took place last year.

WRGB-TV reports the incident happened early Sunday morning inside Kokopelli’s, a night club on 4th Street in Troy.

No arrests have been made, but investigators are working to obtain a search warrant for the club and a nearby car.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Troy is set to review its charter for the 2015 election year.

Mayor Lou Rosamilia suggested a charter review commission in his 2014 State of the City speech, a proposal that never moved forward. The charter hasn't been updated since its inception in 1973.

The City Council's Law Committee has charter review on tonight's agenda.  Councilman Jim Gordon says alterations could modernize city government, find efficiencies and find cost savings to taxpayers