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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.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC/Sam Fein)

An Albany County Legislator wants to study what it would take to make bus rides free in the Capital District.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Monday evening.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her 2021 State of the City address virtually.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Monday evening.

An Albany snowplow truck stands ready for action.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

People are being urged to stay off the roads as a major winter storm settles over the Northeast.

Saratoga County Health Services Commissioner Dr. Daniel Kuhles
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As the vaccine rollout continues, upstate New York continues to battle the pandemic on several fronts.

A drone's view of the Norlite site in Cohoes.
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Activists say they have identified a new health threat at the embattled Norlite facility in Cohoes.

Greg Aidala
Dave Lucas / WAMC

A third candidate has emerged to challenge Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s bid for a third term.

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The Town of Colonie in Albany County is selling its old back-up water supply.

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

As Albany County plans to hold an essential worker COVID-19 vaccination clinic, County Executive Dan McCoy is urging residents to “stop being selfish” and wait their turn for the vaccine, instead of trying to cheat the screening system. Speaking Wednesday, the Democrat said 117,000 people in the Capital District have gotten their first dose.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address at Monday evening's City Council meeting.

Richard Olivier-Marius checks his notes outside Albany's Daily Grind Café prior to filming a campaign video.

Councilor Richard Conti, elected in 1997, is one of five senior Albany Common Council members who are not running for another term this year. A Haitian-American artist is among emerging candidates for Conti’s Sixth Ward seat.

UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez

Siena College President Chris Gibson, UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez and College of Saint Rose President Marcia White came together today to discuss plans for the return of students to Albany County for the spring semester.

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has delivered her final state of the town address.

Albany Common Councilor Richard Conti.
Albany Common Council

An Albany Common Councilor in his final year after more than two decades in office is proposing a radical change in city politics.

January 19 City of Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Meeting

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has presented its draft final report.

Lukee Forbes, a fixture at protests and community events throughout the Capital Region, says he’s running for mayor of Albany.
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Activist Lukee Forbes, a fixture at protests and community events throughout the Capital Region, says he’s running for mayor of Albany.

Tri-City ValleyCats

After being spurned by Major League Baseball, the Tri-City ValleyCats have found a new league for the 2021 season. 

Screenshot of a recent County Town of Bethlehem’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative

As municipalities comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo's directive to reimagine local police policies, much of the attention has been on big city departments. But smaller forces have been taking a look at their own practices, too.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.

Mayor Patrick Madden
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden says he has recovered from a bout with COVID-19. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the second-term Democrat earlier this week.

Protesters line up at Albany Police Department's South Station May 30, 2020
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will begin working on its draft report after its public comment period ended Monday night.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, left, and Dr. James Reed, CEO of St. Peter's Health Partners

Albany County is reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period. County Executive Dan McCoy on Tuesday announced 351 new cases and two virus-related deaths. The county’s death toll since the pandemic started is at least 256. With remaining hospital capacity in the Capital Region around 25 percent, McCoy says St. Peter’s Health Partners will staff a 160-bed section of the county’s Shaker Place nursing home to handle COVID overflow from hospitals.

Officials announce new mobile vaccination initiative

Albany County, the city of Albany, and Mohawk Ambulance are partnering to distribute the coronavirus vaccine to seniors.

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There's new life in the cards for the long dormant Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

St. Joseph's Provincial House, located in Latham, NY, is the center and headquarters of the Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

The COVID-19-related deaths of nine nuns at a Latham convent have made international headlines.

An ampitheatre style classroom with whiteboards at the front of the space
Josh Landes / WAMC

Capital Region schools have been getting mixed messages from Albany County amid a state-high COVID-19 rate.

Democratic County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce

Albany County officials have announced applications for small business grants will open on Monday.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Dave Lucas

Capital Region municipal leaders continue to warn of looming cuts after the latest federal COVID relief package left out direct aid to states and localities.