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Albany County is once again celebrating Black History Month.

Albany leaders say the city is working hard to provide affordable housing to both owners and renters. Efforts to continue along that path are being supported by various agencies, including the Albany County Land Bank.

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Keeping with tradition, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other local officials headed to the state capitol in Albany Monday.

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

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened its second student-run pharmacy — this time in the city. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.


 

University at Albany police are investigating after a female student reported that she woke up to a man she didn't know touching her leg in her university-owned off-campus residence.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered her last State of the City address ahead of the November election. Reviews were mixed — and potential rivals were watching closely.

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Mirroring last year's Albany State of the City address, last night’s speech by Mayor Kathy Sheehan was interrupted by the din of protestors.

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Despite non-stop protesting by disgruntled union workers and citizens calling for justice for Dontay Ivy, Albany Mayor Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Wednesday night at City Hall. This is raw audio of the entire presentation. More tomorrow, including a breakdown and reaction from others, including declared mayoral candidate Carolyn McLaughlin, on WAMC.

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The City of Albany is warning residents steer clear of coyotes.

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Tonight, Supervisor Paula Mahan delivers her 10th State of the Town address at the Colonie Town Board Meeting. She spoke today with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her tenure and what she says is a rosy outlook for the municipality.

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With Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the last year of her first four-year term, another Democrat sees the political climate in Albany as ripe for change. Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin has announced she'll run against the incumbent and believes she has answers to some of the problems the city is facing. McLaughlin sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss her platform.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority has officially launched its Navigator smartcard system.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community. The building fell on hard times but interested parties kept it from the wrecking ball, restoring it and cementing its place as a city landmark. A deal in the works critical to the Palace's future is close to being finalized.

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On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy marked the unofficial anniversary of the county’s advocacy for residents concerned about the hazards of expanded oil train traffic and processing in Albany’s South End.  The air quality and noise issues created by both the trains and high-volume diesel truck traffic continue to plague neighborhood residents.

Brendan Cox and his family walk away from Albany Police HQ to a waiting car on Henry Johnson Boulevard.
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The Albany Police Department held a “piping out” ceremony today outside headquarters to mark the end of Chief Brendan Cox’s service. 

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A nationwide search is being conducted for a new chief to lead the Albany Police department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look back at the short tenure of Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox, who is being honored this hour as he leaves the job.

 

With budget cuts looming, residents in Troy are pleading with officials to keep the upstate New York city's two municipal pools open this summer.

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Most people always have a need for transportation, and at times, traditional taxi and bus services aren't always tailored to fit one's needs.

In this age when folks are clamoring to get Uber and Lyft into New York, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with Capital CarShare executive director Melanie Beam and board president Joe Bonilla to talk about the company’s efforts.


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The City of Albany has announced it is seeking nominations for the 2017 Tulip Queen and Court.

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In mid-December, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox announced he was stepping down to take a job with the National Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Cox was instrumental in rolling out LEAD in Albany. Cox recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to talk about his time as chief.

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Casting a vote as a New York state elector, struggling to balance a budget, emceeing a Sawyer Fredericks concert, consoling a family that lost a child in a traffic accident — those are just some of the events that have sculpted Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan during her first term in office. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Democrat in her office at City Hall for a look at where the Albany’s first female mayor and the city are headed as the New Year approaches.

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An aerial gondola system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.

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Immigration advocates from New York's capital region gathered at Albany City Hall to urge local lawmakers to consider making the city a sanctuary for those living in the country illegally.

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Mayors and other local officials from New York's capital region are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remember the state's aging water pipes as he puts together his budget proposal.

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This morning at Albany City Hall, Brendan Cox confirmed he is resigning as police chief to take a position with a national law enforcement guidance organization that has worked closely with the city department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the rotunda for the announcement.

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The executive director of Albany's historic Palace Theatre says a $65 million expansion will move forward despite the venue missing out on state funding awarded last week. 

New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new economic development funding grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the awards Thursday in Albany. The cities of Troy and Albany are getting shares of that money.

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Police agencies across New York are increasingly turning to social media to assist in law enforcement and to kick public outreach up a notch.

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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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