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Town of East Greenbush

An update to the Rensselaer County town of East Greenbush's comprehensive plan is moving forward. A public meeting is set for Monday.

Sheehan was joined by neighborhood elected officials, local business representatives and community members to cut the ribbon on the revitalized New Scotland Avenue Streetscape.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's New Scotland Avenue neighborhood is undergoing big changes. Mayor Kathy Sheehan stopped by the newly completed "streetscape area" than runs from Quail to Ontario Streets.

An informational meeting aiming to address what's described as "a rash of violence in Lansingburgh" is scheduled for tonight in Troy.

Hundreds of students, many holding placards bearing expressions like “There is no planet B” and “Listen to the cries of the world,” gathered outside the capitol.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Youth-led climate strikes and marches took place all over the world today, putting out the call to politicians and businesses to address climate change. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s West Capitol Park.

Activists Thursday converged on a state Public Service Commission meeting in Albany to urge the panel to take action on climate and energy affordability.
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Millions of people are participating in a climate strike today, walking out of schools, homes, and workplaces to bring awareness to the urgency of global climate change.

DiNapoli released his report, “Smart Solutions Across the State: Advanced Technology in Local Governments,” at a press conference in the City of Schenectady
Office of the New York State Comptroller

As local governments across New York switch to new technologies to save money, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released his Smart Tech Report today in Schenectady.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Next week, voters in Troy will decide on a public library budget proposal that includes a 6.2 percent increase to the tax levy.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signs the executive order.
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The Albany County Executive is using an executive order to fight against plastic waste, raising some eyebrows in the county legislature.

WAMC file photo

There’s a local effort underway to phase out plastic water bottles at Albany International Airport.

Reach keeps your gun locked for responsible safety.

A Capital Region startup focused on firearm safety has begun shipping a one-of-a-kind locking gun holster.

Top: The Dutch Apple. Bottom: The U.S.S. Slater.

The U.S. Coast Guard was at the Port of Albany Wednesday, a day after the Dutch Apple tour boat crashed into the U.S.S. Slater.

Attorney Victoria Esposito and Albany Law Professor David Pratt on the steps of the Schenectady County Judicial Building.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas via Periscope

Former St. Clare's Hospital employees whose retirement plans have been thrown into chaos assembled Tuesday on the steps of the Schenectady County Judicial Building as attorneys filed a lawsuit over their lost pensions.

"...they've got their own window, they've got their own door, they have their own access. So restore a little dignity, try to pick these folks back up when they need the most support or they end up on the other side of the law..." ~ Sheriff Craig Apple
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County Sheriff has begun a new initiative to house homeless people in the county jail — which itself is getting a new name.

TBL Commissioner Dave Magley, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Dr. Timothy Maggs, Coach Derrick Rowland.
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Coming off a championship—but also a challenging season attendance-wise — the Albany Patroons will be back for another season of basketball.

Community members staged a protest outside the Rensselaer County Courthouse.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several Troy residents are planning a rally tonight outside city hall as the fallout from the 2016 death of Edson Thevenin continues. 

Tonko, a Democrat, spoke Tuesday in Albany, with the 2020 Census looming.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Representative Paul Tonko continues to press for a fair and accurate census count of New York's 20th congressional district.

Screenshots from video shared on social media.
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says he has viewed a video being shared on social media that portrays a violent arrest of a woman around 9 p.m. Sunday on Grand Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Albany and alleges police brutality. Hawkins tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas body camera video tells  a different story.

Facebook: Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is expanding beyond its popular Saturday event to offer a mid-week option. 

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Federal, state and local authorities raided nine stores in Rensselaer County for alleged SNAP benefit abuse.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany police are investigating three separate shootings.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On September 7th Eric Hawkins marks his first year as Albany Police Chief. He looked back on that year with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Under the measure, styrofoam cups, plates and containers would be banned citywide.
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The Troy City Council is gearing up to tackle legislation governing plastics when it meets on Thursday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy city councilors are expected to review reports regarding a fatal police shooting in 2016. 

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The long-running debate involving the Troy City Council's Sanctuary City resolution was almost defeated by an issue of protocol.

Republican Albany County Board of Elections Commissioner Rachel Bledi, Attorney Anita Thayer, Common Council Candidate Adam Biggs and Cohoes Democratic Chairman / Albany County Legislator Gil Ethier at the BOE.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took a re-vote and absentee ballots, but the winner of the Democratic primary for the Fifth Ward seat on the Cohoes Common Council has been decided.

Dr. Alice Green
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In mid-August, the Center for Law and Justice published a 41-page report, based on a survey of some 250 Albany residents, regarding public safety, law enforcement and community-police relations. As public officials begin responding to its findings, Center Executive Director Alice Green has resolved to make the survey a "living document." 

Ribbon-cutting outside the new million Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hudson Valley Community College opened its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills today.

Katelyn Ohashi
Courtesy of the Aurora Games

The first Aurora Games wrapped up last night in Albany. The women’s sports competition will return in 2021 and 2023.

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Concerns continue to swirl around the Dunn Landfill's proximity to the Rensselaer Central Schools. With the start of the new school year, officials are updating residents about the city's relationship with the landfill operator.

Voters in Cohoes, New York will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a new common council candidate.