Capital Region News

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The Albany Police Department has been working to improve community relations with several initiatives in recent years. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended "Coffee With A Cop," held this morning outside police headquarters in Arbor Hill.

Jim Malatras, President of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
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After months of information-gathering, analysis, and public hearings, Albany County has finalized its shared services plan, which officials say could save taxpayers nearly $15 million when fully implemented.

District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that Albany County residents with past criminal convictions may be able to seal those convictions under a new statute that takes effect on Saturday.
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares briefed reporters this afternoon about a new sealing order provision. 

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At City Hall on Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presented a proposed 2018 budget that once again hinges on $12.5 million in Capital City funding from the state.

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Fresh off the Democratic primary campaign, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled her 2018 proposed city budget this morning at City Hall.

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An annual review by the office of New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found the city of Albany ranked among the most financially troubled municipalities in the state.

Chief Warren Abriel Jr. takes a look back at the History of the AFD
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The Albany Fire Department is one of the nation's oldest professional departments. This year, it celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Chief Warren Abriel Jr., a 45-year veteran of the Albany Fire Department, addressed a crowd Wednesday night at City Hall.

48 Hudson Avenue was built by Johannes van Ostrande in 1728 just outside the city's stockade walls and a few hundred yards from the old Fort Orange.

The Historic Albany Foundation took ownership of 48 Hudson Avenue in 2013. Now, efforts to restore Albany's oldest building and someday transform it into a tourist attraction are ramping up — especially after the building next door was demolished after becoming unsafe. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Foundation Executive Director Susan Herlands Holland.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.


Federal authorities in western New York say they've captured a man wanted for a fatal Father's Day shooting in Albany.

Absentee ballots have been counted, but the race for the Common Council seat in Albany's 11th ward is not over.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

Corey Ellis with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Voters in the city of Albany have made their choices in the pivotal primary election.

New Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin declared victory in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

However, Deputy County Executive Christopher Meyer isn’t ready to concede.

At last count, McLaughlin leads 2,708 to 2,369. McLaughlin also leads 537 to 503 in the Conservative primary. There are also nearly 700 absentee ballots.

"I've been knocked down a few times in politics, but I know I have something to offer the city..." ~ Corey Ellis
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Former Albany Councilman Corey Ellis won a three-way race for Albany Common Council President in the Democratic primary yesterday.

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
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In just a few hours, months of campaigning in Albany will be over. Here's a look back at the mayoral race on this primary day.

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It’s all about turnout in today’s pivotal Albany primaries. Candidates relish the final showdown.

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With current Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin running for mayor in tomorrow’s pivotal primary, three Democrats are vying to replace her.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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One day before votes are cast in the key Democratic primary, a new poll shows Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan holding strong.

DACA grantee Rosa Luna, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, DACA grantee Diego Cruz
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In response to the Trump administration’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Albany County Executive is pledging his full support to helping local residents in the program.

Pat Fahy
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It’s the centennial of woman’s suffrage in New York. But there is no suffrage story without the anti-suffrage story.

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One week from primary day, there are four mayoral debates to go in Albany.

Top row: Frank Commisso Jr., Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dan Plaat. Bottom row: Carolyn McLaughlin, Bryan Jimenez.
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Less than two weeks before primary day, the Albany Democratic mayoral candidates were back on the dais last night, fielding questions on issues unaddressed in previous forums. For the first time, they were joined by Green Party candidates.

Albany County officials are sounding the alarm over a new phone scam.

Once again, the three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor will get together for a pre-primary debate tonight. This time they will be joined by Green Party candidates.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
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Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has unveiled enhancements to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

August 29 Albany mayoral debate at the Hearst Media Center
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The three Democratic candidates for Albany mayor debated for the second time Tuesday night at the Times Union’s Hearst Media Center before a capacity crowd.

Paul Tonko
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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by Albany Medical Center Tuesday morning to headline a press conference on water systems and infrastructure.

Glenville Police Chief Steve Janik & Scotia Police Chief Pete Frisoni speak with reporters at State Police Troop G HQ
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New York State Police issued an update today in the case of a local elementary school teacher shot and killed by police.