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Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple speaking Friday
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Amid a recent uptick in violence including fatal shootings in the city of Albany, police are stepping up enforcement of “low-level” offenses.

Nelson Martinez hasn't been homeless for three years but keeps close ties with the mission. He says getting the shot was painless.
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Albany County ran a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for homeless individuals at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany Tuesday.

Albany County Board of Elections, the morning of Sunday, May 31.
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Capital Region authorities say they’re prepared but not expecting election night violence.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins with Mayor Kathy Sheehan at police HQ.
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After two more gun homicides in the past 24 hours, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins called another press conference this afternoon. WAMC's Dave Lucas was at police headquarters for the update.

Sheriff Craig Apple and Albany Law student Elena Kilcullen
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Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says his department is assigning 14 deputies to bolster policing efforts in the city of Albany, which has been wracked by gun violence in recent weeks. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan asked Wednesday for reinforcements from Apple and the New York State Police, with the city force understaffed by about 50 officers.

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At the peak of Saturday night’s violence in Albany, County Executive Dan McCoy, a former firefighter, took quick action when he learned on social media about a fire. 

(Clockwise) Dannielle Hille, co-founder and President of A Block at a Time, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany County DA David Soares.
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Top law enforcement officials in Albany County are discussing how policing and the criminal justice system will function in a post pandemic world.

Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman livestreams a May 26 COVID-19 briefing.
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With the Capital Region in Phase One of the reopening process, COVID-19 numbers have been trending down in recent days.

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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Friday's tallies show the COVID-19 death roll continuing to rise.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Exec Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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The death of a man in his 50s with underlying health issues Thursday night was the 12th coronavirus death in Albany County. Meantime, county officials continue to urge people to practice social distancing, especially during Passover and Easter.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Sheriff Craig Apple are urging calm as COVID-19 continues to spread in Albany County.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Executive Dan McCoy, ACDOH Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Deputy County Exec Dan Lynch, County Director of Ops George Penn
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The first two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Albany County.

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Some public officials in the Capital Region are in line for big raises this budget cycle.

"...they've got their own window, they've got their own door, they have their own access. So restore a little dignity, try to pick these folks back up when they need the most support or they end up on the other side of the law..." ~ Sheriff Craig Apple
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The Albany County Sheriff has begun a new initiative to house homeless people in the county jail — which itself is getting a new name.

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The Albany County Sheriff has sent U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement a letter after the county jail has processed hundreds of immigrants apprehended at the southern border.

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Albany County's annual ceremony to honor and remember the victims of crime was held today at the County Courthouse.

Senator Chuck Schumer, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Police Chief Eric Hawkins with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy looking at seized opiates in the County Courthouse.
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in Albany today at the Albany County Courthouse,  pushing legislation known as POWER, or the Providing Officers with Electronic Resources Act.

Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Kinimo Ngoran, NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
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A local chef taken into custody last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement was welcomed back home Wednesday in Albany.

Elected officials, political activists, faith leaders and a local sheriff are rallying behind a soup kitchen chef being held by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
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A judge in Rochester issued a restraining order Friday that will at least temporarily block any effort to deport a Capital City Rescue Mission chef taken into custody last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Sheriff Craig Apple and Albany Law student Elena Kilcullen
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The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Albany Law School on a new strategy to prevent people from returning to jail.

"Gray Death" powder was found inside one of the  socks of an Albany County Jail inmate found dead in his cell.
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The Albany County Sheriff is sounding the alarm about a dangerous synthetic drug seen in the Capital Region for the first time — at the county jail.

Albany County officials gather Wednesday
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Albany County has become the first in the state to reallocate funding received from the federal government for housing undocumented migrants toward helping those individuals seek asylum.

A cell tower near the NYS Thruway in uptown Albany.
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Officials say cellular telephone network infrastructure that supports 911 emergency calls is inadequate in some parts of Albany County.

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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As more than 300 immigrants wait inside Albany County Jail, attorneys and interpreters are organizing to gather more information on those being detained. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports dozens turned out Wednesday night to learn how to help.