Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

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Several members of the Albany County Legislature gathered with civic leaders Monday in Albany's South End following controversial remarks by a Board of Elections official about the community.

nd other officials with new electric cars at Albany TU Center.
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Albany County has broadened its effort to become the "greenest" in New York.

Embattled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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In an extraordinary press conference Monday, beleaguered Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse defied calls from the governor and others to resign.

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Styrofoam is now banned at restaurants throughout Albany County.

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The Cuomo administration says New York will use its share of the settlement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to boost the state's clean transportation initiatives.

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A new amenity has popped up along a popular Capital Region recreational trail.

"We join the growing number of Albany County faith leaders in the calling for the passage of Local Law C,” said Ivette Alfonso, President of Citizen Action of New York
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Area clergy gathered outside the Albany County Building Monday to call on legislators to support guaranteed paid sick days.

Many countries, including the U.S., contribute plastic pollution, and it all adds up. For example, in 2010 alone 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the world's oceans.
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This week, the Albany County Legislature voted to broaden its existing ban on polystyrene. It’s not clear if the county executive will sign it.

Artist's rendering of the Cohoes 787 project.
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When a teenage pedestrian was killed in June 2016 crossing the dangerous highway that runs through Cohoes, Mayor Shawn Morse said enough is enough. Morse and other city officials have been working since to that stretch of I-787 re-made into a boulevard.  Now help is on the way from New York state.

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The Albany County Legislature is holding a public hearing tonight on whether or not to ban polystyrene packaging.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, flanked by Earthjustice Attorney Chris Amato and BeBe White, president of the Ezra Prentice Homes Tenants Association
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A Democratic Albany County legislator has proposed a resolution that would make Albany a sanctuary county.

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

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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
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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.
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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.

Sam Fein, Albany County Legislator, 6th District.
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Cigarettes and other tobacco products could become harder to find on store shelves in Albany County.

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With closures of existing landfills on the horizon and waste management a continuing concern, Albany and Saratoga Counties have announced a multi-million dollar partnership to build a new biosolid waste facility.

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Funeral services were held this morning for former Albany County Sheriff James Campbell, the longest-serving sheriff in county history. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

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A bill to provide paid sick days for employees in Albany County is scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.

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The recent school shooting in Florida reignited debate about safety at schools. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports one Albany County official is assembling a panel in hopes of improving current safeguards and dispelling the fear students might face about attending school.

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Albany is beginning a busy month of hosting college basketball tournaments with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament under way today in the newly renovated Times Union Center.

"Citizen of the Month" Pastor David Traynham addresses a packed house in the Cahill Room at the Albany County Office Building.
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A local pastor has been honored for his devotion and commitment to Albany County. 

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Earlier today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand previewed President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

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There's a bright future ahead for Albany County according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who gave his annual State of the County Address last night.

Troy Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy at the TU Center (January 2018)
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Later this month, ice hockey rivals will meet at the Capital Region’s biggest venue for the sixth annual Mayor's Cup. This year women's teams will also take part.

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The annual New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ceremony ends with the "Beloved Community March" from Albany’s Empire State Plaza to the King Monument in Lincoln Park. Contemporary politics dominated this year's march.

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The finishing touches are being put in place on the Times Union Center's $19.6 million renovation.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy presented his budget plan for 2018 today.

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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has mandated county governments to find ways to cut spending by consolidating overlapping services in their jurisdictions.  Progress is being made in two local counties.

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