Aaron Mair | WAMC

Aaron Mair

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Residents and environmental activists are concerned about plans to expand a solid waste permit in Albany’s South End.

Siena College Research Institute

A new Siena College Research Institute Poll released for Earth Day shows large majorities of New Yorkers are concerned about the environment.

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.

Activists representing various groups including Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration demonstrated against a speech by former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Activists rallied Wednesday outside the Albany Capital Center, protesting a controversial former sheriff's appearance there.

9/19/17 Panel

Sep 19, 2017

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain; environmentalist, and past president of the Sierra Club Aaron Mair, and Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller.

9/6/17 Panel

Sep 6, 2017

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, epidemiological-spatial analyst, environmentalist, and past president of the Sierra Club Aaron Mair, and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

At the conclusion of this week's town hall meeting at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Aaron Mair, the National President of the 2.4-million member strong Sierra Club. Residents of the South End public housing complex heard from top environmental officials Wednesday evening, sharing their growing concerns about diesel truck traffic and the presence of nearby Global Partners, which transports Bakken crude oil by railroad tracks that buffer the apartments.

Mair sees the residents’ struggle with air and noise pollution at the expense of quality-of-life as a glaring example of what some call "environmental racism."