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The Department of Motor Vehicles is moving out of downtown Albany.

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Styrofoam is now banned at restaurants throughout Albany County.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor for The Daily Gazette, about the $800 million expansion by Regeneron, a biotechnology company in East Greenbush, N.Y. They also discuss armed grounds monitors in the Saratoga Springs City School District.

 An artist's rendering of where a detective's bullet struck 19-year old Ellazar Williams.
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An update to a story we’ve been following for the past few weeks now: Last Thursday, an Albany police investigation concluded the August 20th police shooting of a 19-year-old city man was “justified.” Tuesday, the Center For Law And Justice called a press conference to criticize that probe.

Some of the transmission towers at the Albany-area "antenna farm" in the Heldeberg Mountains.
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Some upstate New York television viewers have eight more reasons to cut the cord.

Residents and community leaders are mobilizing in Albany to save a downtown pharmacy from imminent closure.
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Residents of Albany's South End are stepping up efforts to keep a neighborhood pharmacy from closing.

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The Rotunda at City Hall was the setting for Friday’s swearing-in of Albany's new police chief, Eric Hawkins.

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A new campus safety building will be opening next year adjacent to the Union College campus in Schenectady.

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Albany police gave an update at headquarters Thursday on the shooting of a 19-year-old city man by police last month.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is asking the Albany County District Attorney to investigate how the church has handled sexual abuse cases. 

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A new amenity has popped up along a popular Capital Region recreational trail.

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Albany government and business leaders announced Round 3 of the City’s Small Business Façade Improvement Program today.

An Albany church is holding a back-to-school clothing giveaway today.

Residents and community leaders are mobilizing in Albany to save a downtown pharmacy from imminent closure.

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GlobalFoundries plans to lay off 424 workers at its Malta, New York facility, according to the state labor department. Some 3,400 people work at the Saratoga County Fab 8 chip plant. 

" Williams allegedly ran toward a detective while holding that knife and refused to drop it before he was shot. "
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The Acting Albany Police Chief has met with eight community residents and Center for Law and Justice staff members in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left a young man paralyzed. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update to a story we first brought you last week.

Former Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiessen
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On Monday’s Midday Magazine, WAMC News spoke with the former executive editor of the Saratogian newspaper Barbara Lombardo about a story she wrote for last Sunday’s Albany’s Times Union. The report found that the Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gregory Veitch, in a court deposition, said no internal police department investigation was made following the death of 19-year-old Darryl Mount Jr., despite the chief’s assurance to the media at the time that there had been such a probe. Mount died nine months after his arrest following a foot chase with police, injuries police said came after he fell from a scaffold. The public safety commissioner at the time in Saratoga was Christian Mathiesen, who took issue with some parts of the Lombardo’s interview. 

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in our region today to promote the Opioid Crisis Response Act.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
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It’s been five years since police in Saratoga Springs, New York were in a foot chase with 19-year-old Darryl Mount Jr. after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. Nine months later he was dead from injuries sustained in what police said was a fall from a scaffold as he tried to flee police. Now the Saratoga Springs police chief, Gregory Veitch, has admitted in a court deposition that he deceived the media at the time when he said an internal investigation found no police misconduct. Veitch, who is still chief, now says there was no internal probe.

Troy Water Plant
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Troy is laying the foundation to implement a new water pipeline project connecting the Tomhannock Reservoir in Pittstown to the city water treatment plant.


Another anti-violence forum is scheduled for Saturday in Albany.

Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Dr. Alice Green
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As the next Albany city police chief prepares to begin on September 5th, there is apparently a breakdown in the relationship between the police department and one of the city's most respected community resources.

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A former Capital Region Congressman is back in the headlines.

A 75-year-old New York woman who was convicted of killing her baby daughter in 1985 and suspected of killing seven of her eight other children has been freed from prison.

Eric Hawkins chats with Councilwoman Ginnie Farrell prior to Tuesday night's meeting in City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It's official: Albany's new police chief is Eric Hawkins, who was confirmed Tuesday night by the Common Council.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduces Chief Eric Hawkins, her choice to lead the police department.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s appointee to head the Albany Police Department meets Common Council members and the public tonight at City Hall before lawmakers vote on his nomination.

"We join the growing number of Albany County faith leaders in the calling for the passage of Local Law C,” said Ivette Alfonso, President of Citizen Action of New York
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Area clergy gathered outside the Albany County Building Monday to call on legislators to support guaranteed paid sick days.

Albany Fire Chief Joe Gregory with Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the City Hall Rotunda, August 17, 2018
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan swore in Joseph Gregory as Fire Chief this morning.

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The Albany City Landfill apparently has a few more years before its closure.


An Albany-based carsharing non-profit has added its first electric vehicle to its fleet.