Capital Region News

Dr. Mandeep Sidhu addresses walkers gathered outside Albany Med's front entrance on New Scotalnd Avenue prior to the neighborhood walk.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On Wednesday, a throng of Capital Region residents met Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the front entrance of Albany Medical Center to take a neighborhood walk. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined in, taking steps toward better health.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor capped a two-day visit to the Capital Region with a speech at the University at Albany Tuesday night.

With the Senate getting closer to a vote on nominee Neil Gorsuch, Justice Sotomayor was careful to avoid politics in her speech to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Troy Water Plant
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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. 

Albany Mayor Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Ten Albany police officer-trainees graduated in a late-morning ceremony today at the new Capital Center downtown.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Bus riders throughout the Capital Region can rest easy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the fare isn't going up under the CDTA's new budget.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Community service organization Capital Roots announced the launch of the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Wednesday at its headquarters and regional food hub, the Urban Grow Center, in Troy.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

A Women’s History Month discussion with Kathy Sheehan, Albany’s first female mayor, and Albany author and activist Barbara Smith is set for Wednesday evening at City Hall.

While summer may seem far off, organizers of one local racing event are looking to recruit participants now, so they can train for the meet.

National Police Car Archives

A police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he slammed into a vehicle belonging to another law enforcement agency.

CDPHP Cycle! set to launch in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga
CDPHP/CDTA

Two organizations well known by their acronyms have partnered up to bring people in the Capital Region a new way to get from here to there.

Congressman Paul Tonko met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning, March 19, 2017.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Republican leaders are planning a vote Thursday to repeal and replace much of Obamacare. Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko doesn’t think much of the plan. The Democrat met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan Launches the  City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany insurance broker has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a $1 million securities fraud scheme.

Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. On Wednesday he sat down with WAMC's Dave Lucas to outline his platform.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. recently tossed his hat in the ring in a bid to capture the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination. The son of the County Legislature’s majority leader, Commisso joins a field already featuring Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Green Party hopeful Dan Plaat. First-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan has not yet announced a reelection bid. Commisso sat down Wednesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


Snow accumulates outside the WAMC Studios on Central Avenue in Albany, NY.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities continue advising people to stay off the roads as a Nor'easter pummels the Northeast. Blizzard warnings remain in effect.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

The biggest snowfall in years is coming down, part of a powerful blizzard hammering the East Coast. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the storm's impact in the Albany area.

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When Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his sixth State of the County Address last week, he announced the next phase in his fight against the opioid crisis.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. joins the short list of Albany Mayoral candidates
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Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. WAMC's Dave Lucas attended Commisso's official announcement Thursday.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

By a 12-3 vote, the Albany Common Council approved a resolution this week to sell downtown’s Palace Theatre.

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A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Albany’s South End will hold its annual fundraiser tonight.

Organizers behind the Women’s March on D.C. in January led the effort to hold "A Day Without a Woman.” Rallies took place across the country, including one in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

People in the Capital District participated in an international day of action for women with a lunchtime rally Wednesday in downtown Albany.

Safe... For Now

Mar 9, 2017
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Columbia County residents who feared a local woman would be deported are breathing a sigh of relief.

With people observing International Women's Day,  a mid-day rally is being held in New York's Capital Region to stave off a deportation.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 2017 State of the County message.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivered his State of the County address Monday night. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the downtown county office building.


Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan invites citizens to check out rezonealbany.com to get a better handle on the plan.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Kathy Sheehan formally released the final ReZone Albany draft Monday at City Hall. It’s a long-awaited plan intended to simplify the zoning ordinance.

Palace rendering.
Palace Theatre

The Albany Common Council Monday night voted 12-3 to approve the transfer of the city’s ownership of the Palace Theatre to the venue’s board. The theatre’s board members proposed a 30-year payment of $750,000 to transfer the venue to the nonprofit, the Palace Performing Arts Center Incorporated. 

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Two years after a fire that killed four people, the Schenectady County District Attorney has brought charges in the case.

Troy officials announced Wednesday that a Bow Tie Cinemas movie theater will be built on a vacant parking lot in the city.

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