Capital Region News

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined other officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking of phase two of the redevelopment project.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday started a new chapter in residential living in downtown Albany.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Leaders in the city of Albany are addressing a spike in crime.

Greater Johnstown School District Website

One month after defeating the spending plan, voters passed the Greater Johnstown School District’s revised 2018-2019 budget Tuesday with 70 approval.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the Greater Johnstown School District's revised 2018-2019 budget, which passed Tuesday.  The pair also discuss a General Electric molecular biologist, John Nelson, who narrowly missed receiving the 10 millionth issued U.S. patent.

Seth Neuschwander details Frontier Airlines' plan for Albany International Airport service.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An air carrier from the Rocky Mountains is bringing new routes to Albany International Airport.

Palace Theatre

A summer movie series for city kids is back for another run at Albany's Palace Theatre.

Jill Delaney
Discover Albany

Albany, N.Y. is of course the center of state government, which is part of the reason why the city gets its share of convention business. Bringing in more conventions is part of the job for Jill Delaney, the new President and CEO of Discover Albany, the Albany County travel and tourism agency. 

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

With some legal troubles behind him for the moment, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now looking ahead toward the November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican DA about his bid for a second term.

Schenectady's African American community invites everyone to join the Juneteenth celebration!
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The Hamilton Hill Arts Center is hosting its 18th Annual Juneteenth celebration in Schenectady today and Saturday.

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

An Albany Common Councilor wants the mayor to rescind a bill to the Poor Peoples’ Campaign for police services provided by the city during a recent protest .

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Schenectady County Department of Environmental Health has lifted a boil water for Rotterdam. The town is among many municipalities dealing with infrastructure issues.

Carlos Ágreda
Empire State Youth Orchestra

The members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra will be led by a man who is roughly ten years older than most of the musicians. 27-year-old Carlos Ágreda was recently appointed the conductor and music director after a global search to replace Helen Cha-Pyo who stepped down after 16 years. 

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

The Albany County Legislature has rejected a proposal backed by the district attorney to require the electronic reporting of transactions of precious metal exchange dealers and secondhand dealers.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

A judge has dismissed criminal charges that were brought against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove by New York’s attorney general. 

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Dave Lucas / WAMC

As the birthplace of General Electric, Schenectady has a long and storied history involving power, but the city has now been honored for its efforts to save energy. Schenectady and Austin, Texas shared a first prize award from The United States Conference of Mayors, which held its summer meetings this weekend in Boston.

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

The Poor People’s Campaign says it will not pay a bill from the city of Albany for law enforcement provided for a 90-minute march that tied up one of the city's busiest streets.

Albany's Acting Police Chief Robert Sears, left, speaking to reporters Thursday
Hannah Gauthier / WAMC

Albany Police on Thursday released details on two deaths Sunday that closed down portions of Erie Boulevard and Interstate 90.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The 10th anniversary of the shooting death of a 10-year-old Albany girl was commemorated Monday night at city hall.

 Flags of pride fly at city hall on June 1st, 2018
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On June 1st, Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched Pride Month in Albany in front of City Hall.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says a series of public meetings will be held this summer to discuss marijuana laws with communities. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Friday’s announcement.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan addresses residents at Ezra Prentice Homes (May 31, 2018)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Theoretical recommendations on where trucks could be routed to avoid a residential area near the Port of Albany were unveiled Thursday. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the long-awaited meeting.

If you're looking for things to do now that the warm weather is here, consider adding Troy to your summer bucket list.  The Collar City has released a long list of events.

An Albany County Land Bank program that offers vacant lots for $100 is returning for the month of June in an expanded form.

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

Albany County’s comptroller says the county should consider selling the Times Union Center.

Rep. Tonko kicks off weeklong spotlight on mental health in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Congressman Paul Tonko visited Albany Friday morning to kick off a weeklong spotlight on mental health.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. Although the decision is good news for residents of the city's South End, tenants of the Ezra Prentice homes are still battling other environmental issues.

PAT BRADLEY / WAMC

After years of uncertainty, Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks back at the long process leading up to the decision.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, flanked by Earthjustice Attorney Chris Amato and BeBe White, president of the Ezra Prentice Homes Tenants Association
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A company that handles crude oil shipped by tanker trains and Hudson River barges says it's scaling back operations at the Port of Albany.

Public outcry against the so-called "Bomb trains" reached a fever pitch in 2014 over the July 4th holiday weekend - In Albany, Congressman Paul Tonko marked the one-year anniversary of the oil train disaster in Quebec.
JUSTIN MIKULKA

A company that handles crude oil shipped by tanker trains and Hudson River barges says it's scaling back crude operations at the Port of Albany.

Another Albany Skyway brainstorming session is scheduled for tonight.

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