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Congressman Paul Tonko in his Albany office (August 1, 2021)
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U.S. Senators have unveiled their $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. New York Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy have high expectations as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the bill could be passed "in a matter of days."

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Although the coronavirus pandemic subsided in the U.S. over the last several weeks, the rapid spread of so-called “breakthrough cases” involving the Delta variant has renewed public concerns, especially in several upstate New York counties.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, HVCC President Roger Ramsammy, Albany Airport CEO Phil Calderone, Albany Couny Executive Dan McCoy
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Albany International Airport is collaborating with Hudson Valley Community College to launch the area's first aviation maintenance technician school.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks during a COVID briefing, May 17, 2021.

With hospitalization rates sharply down and statistics showing COVID-19 on the wane, local officials continue to stress the importance of vaccinations.

Ravens-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Superintendent Brian Bailey chats with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Monday, May 3 at the County Office Building.

After the New York State Department of Health updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools, many local districts are making changes to comply.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives his daily coronavirus briefing.

Officials are keeping a close eye on coronavirus cases, watching for any uptick following the Easter and Passover holidays. It comes as New York opens up vaccine eligibility to those 16 and up Tuesday.

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Cities and counties across New York are trying to gauge the economic impact of legal recreational marijuana.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives his 10th State of the County address.

After 12 months of regular COVID-19 updates, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has delivered his tenth State of the County Address.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy (file photo)
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The same day that the targeted vaccination center opened in Albany, the county leaders of Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties gathered to encourage the public to seek a vaccine, and also aired some shared frustrations.

Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY
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A COVID-19 vaccination site is opening at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Wednesday.

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Professional lacrosse is returning to Albany’s Times Union Center after almost two decades.


A virtual community forum on clean air in a Southern Albany County town took place this week.

Saratoga County Health Services Commissioner Dr. Daniel Kuhles
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As the vaccine rollout continues, upstate New York continues to battle the pandemic on several fronts.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
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Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, left, and Dr. James Reed, CEO of St. Peter's Health Partners

Albany County is reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period. County Executive Dan McCoy on Tuesday announced 351 new cases and two virus-related deaths. The county’s death toll since the pandemic started is at least 256. With remaining hospital capacity in the Capital Region around 25 percent, McCoy says St. Peter’s Health Partners will staff a 160-bed section of the county’s Shaker Place nursing home to handle COVID overflow from hospitals.

Officials announce new mobile vaccination initiative

Albany County, the city of Albany, and Mohawk Ambulance are partnering to distribute the coronavirus vaccine to seniors.

St. Joseph's Provincial House, located in Latham, NY, is the center and headquarters of the Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

The COVID-19-related deaths of nine nuns at a Latham convent have made international headlines.

An ampitheatre style classroom with whiteboards at the front of the space
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Capital Region schools have been getting mixed messages from Albany County amid a state-high COVID-19 rate.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed in New York’s Capital Region, but there's a new threat: a chance that a variant of the coronavirus may already have arrived in the U.S.

The National Weather Service recorded 22.9 inches of snow at Albany International Airport.
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The Capital Region is digging out from a huge snowstorm that prompted officials to declare emergencies.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds up an emergency order he signed Monday capping the fee that third-party apps can charge to deliver food in the county at 15%.
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Some relief is on the way for Albany County restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gave an update on the latest increase in COVID-19 numbers this morning. The trend is going in the wrong direction.


Equinor is an international energy company based in Norway focused on developing wind and solar power. Now, the company is looking to locate America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany.

Coronavirus zones of yellow, orange and red are being enacted across New York state as Thanksgiving approaches.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester.

County Executive McCoy Provides Daily Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County.
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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has been steadily rising, prompting a new round of stern warnings from local officials.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has released his budget plan for 2021. McCoy says the proposal is under the state mandated tax cap for the eighth straight year and does not increase the tax rate.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
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The Dutchess County executive has been elected to serve as president of a New York State Association of Counties affiliate.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce holding a package of fireworks you can purchase at the grocery store.
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Reversing a 2016 move, the Albany County Legislature has voted to ban the use and sale of fireworks.

Albany Common Councilor Owusu Anane represents the neighborhood
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With coronavirus on the rise in Albany County and a spike in new cases in the college community, officials are taking steps to stave off a "second wave" of infections.