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In this May 2017 photo, Mayor Kathy Sheehan celebrated Bike to Work Week in Albany.
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The city of Albany held a public workshop Tuesday to present its Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

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An outside auditor has released its final report on racial bias in the Albany Police Department.

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Albany Medical Center nurses who are represented by the New York State Nurses Association walked the picket line Tuesday. Hospital officials held an afternoon news conference to share what they were experiencing inside the facility.

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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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Rensselaer, which has seen its share of environmental threats, could be facing another.

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Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center on Saturday ahead of a strike planned for Tuesday.

Union members join nurses outside Albany Medical Center on November 25, 2020
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Albany Medical Center Nurses are renewing calls for hospital management to come back to the bargaining table to discuss a new contract.

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

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill banning the burning of aqueous film forming foam containing PFAS chemicals in cities designated Environmental Justice areas. The new law is tailored specifically for Cohoes.

NY US Senator Chuck Schumer in Greene County at Field Goods in Athens.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

For the 22nd year in a row, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has visited all 62 New York counties.

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Consumers could be paying a little bit more for their 2020 Thanksgiving dinner.

October 2020: ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
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Nurses at Albany Medical Center have decided to hold a one-day walkout in their contract dispute with the hospital. Albany Med officials says they are prepared.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany says it is adding a late priest to its List of Offenders, citing “reasonable cause” related to four allegations of sexual abuse against minors.

Nurse Lenore Granich-Berghela is an AMC Negotiating Committee Member.
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Nurses at Albany Medical Center have decided to hold a one-day walkout in their contract dispute with the hospital.

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Over the years, environmentalists have raised concerns about a cement plant in Ravena, New York.

Corey Ellis joins nurses gathered outside Albany Medical Center on Sunday October 18, 2020.
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As COVID cases ramp up, unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center continue working without a contract.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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The Albany Common Council unanimously passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan's 2021 budget Monday night.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany police officer caught on camera making racially charged statements will be terminated.

Albany Common Council President Corey Ellis
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2020 has been a remarkable year, but 2021 promises to be a consequential year for Albany Common Council President Corey Ellis, too. Ellis spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about racism, policing, the pandemic and politics.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Confirmed cases of coronavirus seem to indicate that the second wave of the pandemic has begun in Albany County.

Eugene Devine, Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has appointed the city’s next Public Safety Commissioner.

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.

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 starting Tuesday. 

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.

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With the holidays approaching and the pandemic showing no sign of mitigating, local providers say the hungry and the homeless will continue to be served.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden on the phone Friday with WAMC's Dave Lucas.
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New York had been enjoying an economic renaissance when the pandemic hit. With winter's approach stoking anticipation of a "second wave" of COVID-19, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Troy Mayor Patrick Madden about the city's future.

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A preliminary audit on racial bias in the Albany Police Department finds differences in the outcome of arrests based on a person’s skin color are fueling community concerns.

A picture of Albany Police Headquarters
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A preliminary audit on racial bias in the Albany Police Department has been released. It finds differences in the outcome of arrests based on a person’s skin color further fuels community concerns. 

Paul Tonko appeared Election Night on Zoom
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Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko has declared victory in New York’s 20th House District as he heads to a seventh term.

Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

There were no apparent upsets in Capital Region state legislature races, and an apparent winner has emerged in the race for the 46th state Senate district race.

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