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Activists at the intersection of Delaware, Holland and Morton Avenues.
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Amid ongoing unrest in Cuba, rallies for change in the Caribbean nation are continuing as far away as upstate New York.

Café Hollywood on Lark Street
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan declared a State of Emergency Friday in order to shutter a city bar police say is linked to a recent spike in violence.

Colonie Town Hall
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The race for Colonie Town Supervisor is heating up following Paula Mahan’s announcement early this year that she will not seek an eighth term.

Harry Rosenfeld, the former editor of the Times Union, died this morning, according to the paper. He was 91.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Congressman Antonio Delgado with the Bell family on their damaged property along Taborton Rd.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Cleanup continues today in Rensselaer County. Wednesday's storms washed away roads, flooded basements and downed trees.

Senator Daphne Jordan, Renns. Co. Executive Steve McLaughlin, Congressman Antonio Delgado and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
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Cleanup is continuing in Rensselaer County following heavy storms and widespread damage Wednesday evening.

Mildred Elley

The Albany Police Department and Mildred Elley are launching the second annual HERO Scholarship.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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A week ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of “disaster emergency” over gun violence across New York — and announced $138 million in new spending to try to stop the surge in shootings. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has reaction from Albany city officials.


Albany mayoral candidate Valerie Faust, who unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Kathy Sheehan in last month’s Democratic primary, has decided to continue her campaign as a write-in candidate.

Shana Davis, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko & Dr. Leigh Wedenoja at Tonko's Albany office, July 12, 2021.
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Advance federal Child Tax Credit payments begin Thursday as part of the federal COVID relief package. Advocates want every eligible family to receive them.

There is life after Zoom:  officials are once again meeting in the flesh.
Composite image by Dave Lucas

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the lifting of an executive order prohibiting in-person meetings, local government groups are getting back together in a room — but officials say they’re not forgetting what they've learned from months of virtual sessions.

Congressman Paul Tonko, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko was in Troy today for a firsthand look at plans to reimagine the Congress Street Bridge and surrounding areas. The Democrat is touring the Capital Region during a local infrastructure week as talks continue in Washington.

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Albany's COVID Recovery Task Force is looking for input in a second public survey.

Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center in November 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After three long years, Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association reached a contract agreement.

Damage at the Cohoes Public Library
City of Cohoes

The City of Cohoes has closed its library due to questions about the structural integrity of the building after portions of a wall fell onto the sidewalk.

A classroom at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill
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The Schenectady City School District says Anibal Soler, Jr. has been selected as the district’s next superintendent.

When it was completed the Lincoln Park pool was one of the largest municipal pools in country and a model by which all others would be judged.

The city of Albany is outlining plans for replacing the Lincoln Park Pool. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

In March, half of New York voters said Andrew Cuomo should not resign as he faced mounting scandals. Today, a majority would prefer “someone else” to run for governor.

Nurse Jennifer Bejo holds a sign on the picket line.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association have reached a contract agreement.

Army Cpl. Walter Smead
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Another Korean War soldier from the Capital Region has been accounted for. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Wednesday that Army Corporal Walter Smead of Hadley was accounted for on March 16.

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Construction on an $18 million affordable and supportive housing development in the city of Troy is underway.

Colonie Police Chief Jonathan Teale
WAMC screenshot

Colonie Police Chief Jonathan Teale is retiring after more than three decades with the department. Teale became the department’s sixth chief of police in 2015.

Albany Common Council Candidates Appeared On A February Zoom Forum
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Most Albany Common Council incumbents weathered the Democratic primary last week and now move ahead to the November election.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
NAACP - Albany NY Branch

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins was a guest speaker during a virtual meeting of the Albany NAACP last week, days after pulling himself out of the running for a job in Ohio.

Advocacy groups including the Freedom Unshackled Coalition, Albany Social Justice Center, Center for Law & Justice, Community Matters, S.H.O.W. (Sistas Healing Old Wounds), and VOCAL-NY rallied outside the Executive Mansion demanding more clemencies.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

At a weekend rally outside the governor's mansion in Albany, activists and elected officials demanded an increase in clemencies granted to the incarcerated.

New York Attorney General Tish James speaking in Albany June 24, 2021.
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New York Attorney General Tish James has announced the indictment of 47 people for their roles in two drug and firearm distribution networks in the Capital Region.

Alaant Workforce Solutions

A business survey finds with employees returning to workplaces, employers are planning for workforce growth at a time when hiring has become more difficult.

Paul Tuthill / WAMC

A new survey asked how Black and Latinx families, students and educators across New York would like to see local school districts invest $12 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding.

Vote Here sign
WAMC photo by Patrick Garrett

Several key Capital Region races are being decided in today’s primaries. Polls are open until 9 p.m.

Valerie Faust, Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Several key Capital Region races will be decided in today’s primaries.