A piece of Americana is on display this weekend in the Collar City.

Gramercy Communications says it will display the original newspaper copy of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at its open house between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the Troy Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 7th.

Gramercy's offices are located at the former home of the Troy Sentinel newspaper, which operated at 225 River Street between 1823 and 1832 and carried the first publication of “Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas” on December 23, 1823.

In early October, the mayors of Albany and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals. The road from introduction to enactment has been a rocky one for both municipalities.

  Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 800 men, women and children yearly. 

November is National Homeless Awareness Month and we welcome Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, and Rocco DeFazio to the show now to talk about Joseph’s House and the Housing First Approach.

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Troy is wrestling with a proposed $66.1 million spending plan for 2015. The Collar City is trying to keep the books from falling in the red.

The State Comptroller's Office advised the city last Friday that a 2014 budget deficit could lead to the return of a financial control board, which would assume oversight of the city's spending. Officials say such an oversight could occur in 2015 once the city closes its books for 2014.

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The mayors of Albany,  Schenectady and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals Wednesday. Tri-city residents are in for higher taxes. 

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Under intense public pressure to stop a perceived crime wave, Troy police called a press conference this morning to announce three arrests in two homicides.

A 33-year old homeless man identified as Daniel Reuter and Jacob Heimroth, also 33, of Troy, were arrested Monday for the August 20th beating deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow, found beaten to death in their home.

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Police have beefed up patrols in the crime-plagued "Collar City." 

Responding to a series of recent incidents, and resident's concerns about shootings and arsons,  Troy Police have suspended mandatory and optional training sessions to get more officers out on the streets. The move puts 20 additional bodies on the beat. Police Chief John Tedesco says officers have been added to the afternoon and evening shifts. The Narcotics Unit and other special terms are increasing their presence as well.  The police department's budget will increase, but officials couldn't say by how much.

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Officials in Troy are  addressing growing concern over what appears to be a spiraling crime rate.

Shootings - arsons - murders – Troy: Public perception of the Collar City has been tinged by the darkness of crime in recent weeks, despite public meetings and soul-searching in the city of about 50,000. Police Chief Tedesco is reassuring citizens.


Residents of Troy are concerned about an uptick in crime. Citizens and officials are furthering separate initiatives  to “take back” the Collar City.

A seemingly never-ending spate of shootings, stabbings and more recently, arsons, has galvanized some neighbors in Lansingburgh and other areas of the city to take steps to help thwart crime.

Collar City Arson Watch

Jul 22, 2014
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Troy's Mayor and Chief of Police will meet with Lansingburgh residents tonight.   Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Police Chief John Tedesco will be at Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club 6:30 tonight for a Neighborhood Watch meeting - they're hoping to calm residents' fears and perhaps gain a little intel that will lead to the identification and arrest of an arsonist following a series of suspicious fires early Monday morning.

The fires were set about 10 to 15 minutes apart in a 10-block radius in Lansingburgh. No one was hurt, but a vacant house on 3rd Avenue was extensively damaged.