Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

A Creighton Manning official addresses the gathering at Albany's College of St. Rose
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is forging ahead with plans to radically remake a busy stretch of Madison Avenue. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the College of St. Rose Wednesday night for a public meeting on the “road diet.”

A bronze statue of Albany's 73rd mayor Thomas Whalen III and his golden retriever Finn McCool in Tricentennial Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With spring just around the corner, the current mayor of Albany is honoring one of her predecessors in office.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council Law Committee meets tonight to discuss repealing the new trash tax law. The public is invited.

Chief Brendan Cox led the discussion at the Albany Public Library's Main Branch.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

About 75 people attended a forum on police body cameras hosted by the Albany Police Department.

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Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders today announced University at Albany’s plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

ASO music director David Alan Miller.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2016-2017 season, celebrating the 25th anniversary of music director David Alan Miller.

Family Promise Outreach Center on New Scotland Avenue, Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of a city activist in a case involving a homeless center setting up shop in an upscale Albany neighborhood.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Mounting discontent over the way voting was handled may force officials to hold another re-vote for the plan to rebuild Albany High School.

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A revote on a scaled-back version takes place Feb. 9.
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

In November, voters narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for a major makeover and addition to Albany High School. A trip back to the drawing board resulted in a reformulated plan to rebuild the existing facility over a staggered number of years at a slightly reduced cost.

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Members of Dontay Ivy’s Family, Faith Leaders and #BlackLivesMatter Community Activists rallied before and during Albany Mayor Sheehan’s State of the City Address.

Albany City Hall
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivers her State of the City address tonight. The stakes are high for this year's speech.

ALBANY’S NEW FIREARM SAFE STORAGE LAW NOW IN EFFECT, PROMOTING GUN SAFETY FOR ALL
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The law reduces the risk of unintentional shootings by children who mistake real guns for toys, helps prevent suicides, especially by teens, and also creates a barrier to guns being brought to school. Requiring guns to be locked and safely stored also discourages gun theft, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard welcomed about two dozen residents who turned out for the first of two "community forums,"
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

If voters in the City of Albany agree, students returning to classes at Albany High in the fall will go back to a building that no longer has a leaky roof.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other stakeholders launched the City of Albany’s “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” (MBSK) at City Hall, an initiative that will focus on improving opportunities of young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence that far too many of them experience.

Women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, actor Cynthia Nixon, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and more than 150 other female leaders from the arts, politics and business are urging passage of paid family leave in New York.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says his CIDER Act will be a boon for Capital Region apple producers and for the upstate economy.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The lack of snowfall across the Capital Region may help area cities' budgets.

First responders in Albany have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal to fight crude oil fires and prevent disasters involving liquid propane.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Government officials Wednesday announced that the City of Albany has received a foam trailer from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Police Department has received a grant to implement a key program to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

"This is celebrating what the eTechnology is doing for our small- and medium-sized businesses."
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany has been named one of Google’s 2015 eCity award winners.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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As world leaders meet in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference, Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Albany has joined the global Compact of Mayors coalition.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

Activists gather in City Hall to deliver a list of demands.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

Bicycle enthusiasts are pressing for the upcoming "Road Diet" recommended for Albany's busy Madison Avenue to include protected bike lanes.

Officials gather at the Albany County Office Building
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Experts agree that our nation’s infrastructure is aging into often unsafe conditions. A group including several local elected officials known as the Rebuild New York Now coalition today called on the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the issue in the next budget when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One of Albany's busiest thoroughfares is getting a makeover, but there's more to the project than meets the eye.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan revealed her proposed 2016 budget last night at City Hall.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his Fiscal Stress Monitoring Report, which grades municipalities based on financial information and environmental data.   The City of Albany is among the localities tagged as under fiscal stress.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is bolstering its fire department with federal funds.

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