Capital Region News

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The number of farm cider makers in New York state has tripled in just two years, reflecting the surge in popularity for the alcoholic beverage. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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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A forum slated for Tuesday night in Albany's Pine Hills area aims to discuss how community policing affects student neighbors.

A lucky cat is held by Lucky Cat owner William "Tragedy" Yager
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It was bound to happen sooner or later: doing the laundry has gone high-tech. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas went to downtown Albany to see for himself.

Taxpayers in the town of Colonie would see a 1.9 percent hike in their tax bills under an $88.9 million budget proposed by Supervisor Paula Mahan. Mahan spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her spending plan, under which the tax rate would increase 4.6 cents per thousand of assessed value, rendering a net tax increase for the average taxpayer of approximately $6.50.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released an $18.7 million dollar spending plan for the Albany County city that does not raise taxes. Morse spoke about his first proposed budget with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County Executive has released his 2017 budget proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke today with Dan McCoy about the $652-million dollar spending plan...  

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Authorities say they're looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a police chase that ended in a crash on an Albany street.

Schenectady County property taxes would not change under a 2017 budget proposal introduced Monday by County Manager Kathleen Rooney.

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A town hall is being held this afternoon at the University at Albany on underage drinking. "Our Community, Our Health, Our Future: A Conversation Addressing Underage Drinking" will include a panel including Rep. Paul Tonko, academic leaders, law enforcement officials, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, mental health professionals and government officials. One of the organizers of the event is Dr. Dolores Cimini, assistant director for prevention and program evaluation at the Counseling and Psychological Services at UAlbany.

Albany Barn Marking 10th Anniversary

Oct 4, 2016
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The Albany Barn is about to mark its 10th anniversary. Located in the former St. Joseph's Academy in the Arbor Hill neighborhood, the Albany Barn is a creative space for artists both young and old, those who are advanced and those just starting out. Kristen Holler is the executive director.

On Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her 2017 budget, a $176 million spending plan that boasts a 2 percent decrease in spending from last year, which the mayor touts as the largest annual spending decrease in more than 15 years. The Common Council is now taking a closer look.

“My administration remains committed to sound fiscal management,” Mayor Sheehan said.  “We have delivered a lean and efficient budget that cuts spending, takes advantage of our expanding tax base, and continues to build a bridge toward a more efficient, s
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The mayor of Albany has unveiled her 2017 budget proposal. 

Cox didn't have any sample body cams to display, but here's an example.
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Beginning today, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

McCarthy Unveils Schenectady Budget For 2017

Sep 30, 2016
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Dave Lucas

Mayor Gary McCarthy took the wraps off his 2017 budget this afternoon at Schenectady City Hall.

“We need to educate this generation of students to be communicators and problem-solvers in a complex healthcare environment,” said ACPHS President Dr. Greg Dewey.
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In a neighborhood that has been transformed over the last decade, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has launched a $1.65 million project to transform unused space at 84 Holland Ave. into state-of-the-art active learning classrooms.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After a close primary decided on absentee ballots last week all but decided a new city court judge, Albany's mayor today appointed him to a vacant city court judge position.

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This year's $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research is being shared by three recipients.

Cox didn't have any sample body cams to display, but here's an example.
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Beginning on Monday, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

Hedley Project (artist's rendering).
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The Troy Industrial Development Agency Board met Friday and approved three projects for the "Hedley District."

Detour
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The water emergency in Albany is over. The water main line under South Lake Avenue near the intersection with Elberon Place has been repaired, restoring water service for the major water transmission line there. Citywide water restrictions have been lifted, but the street remains closed.

A body was found yesterday afternoon in a wooded area on the University at Albany campus. The Times Union reports university police are investigating the “unattended death” of undergraduate student Ravin Pahladsingh of Queens. Police say there wasn’t any indication of suspicious or criminal activity in the death.

An artifact from the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago has been given to Albany International Airport. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the airport Thursday morning when the artifact was officially put on permanent display.

When polls closed the night of the Albany Democratic primary, Joshua Farrell led Jim Long by a slim margin: 2,921 to 2,825. But more than 500 absentee ballots that came back need to be counted, and that happened Tuesday at the Board of Elections.

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Two Rensselaer police officers will not go unpunished for killing a woodchuck on a Troy golf course.

Courtesy Occupy Albany

The Occupy Movement began five years ago as "Occupy Wall Street," when activists flooded a park in New York City with demands for economic equality. The movement takes credit for introducing income inequality into the broader political discourse, for inspiring the fight for a $15 minimum wage and even the Democratic presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The local anti-establishment crusade against the power of elites — the so-called 1 percent — was known as Occupy Albany.

A kickoff event was held Sunday at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center to promote The Maccabi Games, expected to bring more than 700 athletes from around the world to the area next year. 

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Flood-prone areas in Albany are getting relief. Officials are taking steps to counter the perennial problem.

“I became a firefighter because my father said, ‘Give it a try,’... the best advice he ever gave me, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.” ~ Deputy Chief Maria Walker
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In August, Captain Maria Walker was promoted to Deputy Chief, the highest rank ever held by a woman in the Albany Fire Department. She is a third generation firefighter, following her grandfather, Frank J. McGarry, and her father, Frank A. McGarry, who both served as firefighters in the Buffalo Fire Department. Walker recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss her new rank.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The U.S. Army has approved Albany High School’s proposal to establish a full-fledged Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Word came from Senator Chuck Schumer, who had intervened on the school’s behalf.

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