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Environmentalists gathered outside the Albany County Courthouse New Year's Day to raise awareness about their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A vote by the Albany County Legislature on a local clean air law is expected tonight.

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A weekend shooting in Albany claimed four victims.

Former Rensselaer Mayor Joseph Kapp

Former Rensselaer Mayor Joseph Kapp was killed in an explosion Wednesday at a Schenectady business.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

Albany County is looking to help the city of Albany deal with raging gun violence.

Albany Common Councilors meet via Zoom, August 3, 2020

We've all been tested by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. Many of us have endured the technical difficulties associated with working remotely. That extended to the Albany Common Council meeting Monday, as frustrations boiled over.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local police agencies continue to grapple with a summer of gun violence some say has been fueled by the pandemic.

Mont Pleasant Middle School COVID-19 Testing Site
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hospitals nationwide are experiencing shortages of materials used in coronavirus testing. A medical team at Saratoga Hospital is now sharing its "pooled COVID-19 testing" method.

James Baldwin
Excelsior College

July 31 marked James Baldwin’s last day as president and CEO of Excelsior College. With a current enrollment of more than 23,000, the private, online institution based in Albany was founded in 1971 and has had just three presidents. The 65-year-old Baldwin was appointed president in October 2016. 

Sgt. Henry Johnson, Albany’s World War I hero
Composite Image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

The City of Albany continues to seek nominations for the fourth Annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

The Capital Region still is still feeling the impact of COVID-19 with two seperate outbreaks causing concern.

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As school officials scramble to shore up reopening plans, parents across the Northeast are wondering if they'll be sending their children back to school or be keeping them home come September.

On the Bethlehem police force since 1985 and chief since 2003, Corsi began his law enforcement career in 1979.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police, fire and Bethlehem town officials gathered Thursday afternoon outside the town hall for a walkout ceremony retiring Police Chief Louis Corsi.

Medical professionals take oral swabs to test for COVID-19 infections in New Rochelle, New York, March 14, 2020. Drive-thru sample collection sites have been set up as part of New York’s response to COVID-19.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sean Madden

Communities of color have traditionally faced disproportionate challenges, including air and noise pollution, lower incomes, and limited access to healthy food and medical care. Experts say the coronavirus pandemic has magnified all of these challenges.

ATVs and dirt bikes along Lark St., Albany.

Police in Albany are taking a cautious approach as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles return to the streets.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Two Capital Region school districts will be operating on contingency budgets after two of three area spending plans were defeated in Tuesday’s revote.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives a July 28 COVID briefing.
County of Albany

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, the Capital Region is trying to keep control after a slight uptick in new cases.

Residents in three upstate New York school districts go back to the polls today to cast budget revotes.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Assemblymember John McDonald, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden outside Unity House in Troy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped by Unity House of Troy Monday to meet with local child care providers and call for critical support for the industry.

Two law firms are filing more than 30 new child sexual abuse complaints against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany under New York state’s Child Victims Act. 

10th ward Councilor Owusu Awane and City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs on Albany's Hudson Ave.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A July 4th party on Albany's Hudson Avenue has been identified as ground zero for a COVID-19 outbreak. Officials gathered on the street Monday afternoon to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing.

Instagram/City Hall

Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the 2020 Albany Tulip Queen and her four court members outside the Washington Park Lakehouse on Saturday.

Albany County Legislature

Albany County legislators gathered outside the county courthouse this morning to kick off what they say will be the most independent, inclusive redistricting process in the panel's history.

City of Albany

The city of Albany honored local World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Wednesday.

A group of Rensselaer County residents plan to gather at the County Legislative Building late this afternoon in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there have now been 2,007 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date
Albany County

Although coronavirus cases remain relatively low in Albany County, good news is hard to come by on the financial front.

Superintendent Joseph Kardash

The Rensselaer City School Board met virtually Thursday night to lay out its new proposed budget ahead of a July 28 revote.

Protesters swarm a June 4 Albany Common Council press conference outside City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council is moving ahead with police reform proposals.

Albany County DA David Soares addresses reporters outside his downtown Albany office.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Incumbent David Soares is officially on his way to a fifth term after winning the Democratic primary for Albany County District Attorney.

 Matt Toporowski
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Matt Toporowski says his campaign for Albany County District Attorney is over. In a tweet and separate statement Tuesday evening, Toporowski conceded the race and said he is proud of the issues he raised as he looked to unseat four-term DA David Soares in June’s Democratic primary. 

Officials cut the ribbon opening the South End Connector to bike/ped traffic.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In Albany Tuesday, officials hailed the completion of Phase One of the South End Connector, which links two popular bike trails.