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Citing opposition, Waste Management has withdrawn an application that would have added municipal solid waste to the list of acceptable materials processed at its transfer station at the Port of Albany.

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Newsweek has named Saratoga Hospital one of “The World’s Best Hospitals” in its ranking of 2,000 facilities across more than 25 countries. The 171-bed hospital ranked 162nd in the U.S. with a score of 66.7 percent. Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut also made the cut.

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New York officials and consumer activists say it should be easier for the average person and small business to repair certain electronics.

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Concerns over "racist myths" being perpetuated by an Albany Police detective have prompted the Chair of the Community Police Review Board to ask the Common Council to intervene.

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Legalization of recreational cannabis in New York and New Jersey is bringing intense regulatory scrutiny.

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

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New York State has announced more than $2 million in enforcement penalties, compensation and corrective actions against Momentive Performance Materials.

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Discussion over public safety continued as the Albany Common Council convened virtually Monday night.

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Community organizations active in Troy held a town hall Sunday evening to share their vision for policing in the Collar City.

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Activists, organizers and community leaders recently came together for what they called "an emergency community conversation" about the actions of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins, and the command staff of the South Station.

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In mid-March, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled what supports called "historic" fair housing legislation. The Common Council discussed the measure this week.

Albany 9th ward Common Councilor Judy Doesschate.
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An Albany Common Councilor is raising concerns about what she claims was a "secret" meeting of a task force created by City Hall to distribute $85 million dollars in federal COVID relief.

The federal government, New York state and a Capital Region cement plant have reached a settlement to resolve alleged violations of federal and state water regulations.

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Albany's first-term Democratic Common Council President Corey Ellis is facing a Republican challenger this election year.

Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.
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Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.

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The Siena College Research Institute has released its 14th annual survey of Upstate New York Business Leaders.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
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Residents and environmental activists are concerned about plans to expand a solid waste permit in Albany’s South End.

Albany Police removed protestors from outside South Station April 22, 2021.
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Albany’s auditor and several members of the common council are criticizing the police department’s removal of protestors who had been camping outside of South Station for nearly a week.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that a Valatie, New York man killed in the Korean War has been accounted for.

One of the 10 turbines of the Berkshire Wind Power on Brodie Mountain.
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With the region poised for an industry boom, Albany’s Center for Economic Growth recently held a virtual summit on offshore wind development.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has cleared members of the Schenectady Police Department of wrongdoing in the March 2020 shooting death of Michael Wallace.

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Albany's annual festival is being held virtually again this year, as a month-long event.

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The Albany Common Council has advanced a measure to declare a climate emergency.

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A candidate for Albany Common Council is back on the ballot after a court ruling.

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

The Albany Common Council meeting virtually, April 19, 2021.
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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

The entrance to South Station, Monday April 19, 2021.
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Black Lives Matter demonstrators have settled in outside the Albany Police Department’s South Station, where last Wednesday officers and protesters clashed.

Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.
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The Albany Common Council is expected to vote tonight on the use of tear gas by city police. It comes amid days of protest in the city.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address reporters at South Station as Chief Eric Hawkins looks on.
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City officials held a press conference Friday afternoon to give a clearer picture of events that unfurled during a protest in Albany Wednesday evening that turned tense when Black Lives Matter protestors threw water bottles and yelled expletives at police officers and police appeared to spray some protestors.

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