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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.

Reverend Valerie Faust

A local religious leader is mounting a third bid to become mayor of Albany.

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The city of Troy is seeking qualified vendors to operate its rebuilt downtown marina.

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Columbia County Democrats have endorsed candidates for this year’s local elections.

Susan Pedo is one five candidates running for the Albany Common Council from the 6th Ward.

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This week, the Albany Common Council unanimously passed a measure designed to pave the way for free or low-cost municipal broadband service.

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A Christian blogger and social media personality has entered the race for Albany mayor.


Five senior Albany Common Councilors are not running for another term this year. Two candidates are headed for the Democratic primary in the 9th Ward.

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

Sabrina Flores

Former acting Rensselaer Mayor Rich Mooney is trying to win the job back.

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Lincoln Park in Albany.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her call for robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, funding in the next coronavirus relief package to Albany Friday.

In January, by unanimous vote, the 6th Ward Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed Jeff Mayo for Common Council. Mayo is one of five candidates hoping to win the June primary.

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Major changes in the makeup of the Albany Common Council are on the horizon.

Gabriella Romero
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Gabriella Romero is an attorney in the Albany County Public Defender's office. Now, the advocate and activist is also one of several candidates vying for the 6th ward Common Council seat.

The currently shuttered Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

A Capital Region public library is beginning to reopen branches for in-person visits.

Chef Jaime Ortiz and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer at TORO Cantina, Colonie NY 2-15-21
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Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Colonie Monday to announce he is prioritizing restaurants in a new COVID-19 relief bill.

Siena College Research Institute

As Governor Andrew Cuomo continues defending his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, a Siena Poll finds New Yorkers approve of his actions.

A photo of the GlobalFoundries logo
Lucas Willard / WAMC

GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide semiconductor chips manufactured at the company’s facility in Malta, New York.

Ruby Legree
Albany Police

Albany Police have found the two teenagers and infant who were reported missing since Sunday afternoon.

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The town of Colonie in Albany County is accepting public comment on its draft police reform report, as the deadline for communities to submit reports to the state is approaching.

Mike Stammel
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayor of Rensselaer may have to pick between that job and the county legislature this year.

Cohoes residents were joined by activists and advocates on a Thursday morning Zoom meeting.
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Already under intense scrutiny from environmental advocates and local elected officials, the Norlite plant in Cohoes is facing new clean air violations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. But environmentalists are also taking aim at the DEC.


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

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside the Times Union Center in Albany
Ian Pickus / WAMC

Albany County is launching a pre-registration tool for COVID-19 vaccines. County Executive Dan McCoy says it is currently open to people in the state’s 1A and 1B categories – as those are the populations counties have been instructed to vaccinate.

Chief Eric Clifford and Catapult Games Lead Developer Gabriel Langlois
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A software company is partnering with the Schenectady Police Department and community leaders to develop a virtual reality training program to mitigate real-life police community interaction.


Ford McLain is a painter and educator who has lived in the 6th Ward for 17 of the 25 years he's been in Albany. He is one of several candidates vying for the Common Council seat.

Marlon Anderson being interviewed outside the now-defunct Our Lady of Angels Church at Central & Robin Streets in Albany.
Jesse King / WAMC

After his last two efforts fell well short, Marlon Anderson has entered the race for Albany mayor.

Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven gave his fourth State of the Town address this week.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a four-hour meeting online Wednesday evening to speak with Cohoes residents about the Norlite incinerator, the subject of ongoing environmental concerns.

A memorial stands along Albany's Central Avenue honoring murder victim Shanita Thomas.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The crime rate in Albany is down, but high-profile gun violence — and public awareness of it — is off the charts.