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Albany Police Headquarters
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In April, the early days of the pandemic, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a 15-page report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report called upon city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department. A month later, there were nationwide protests over similar issues following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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Activists recently held a Zoom meeting to discuss the ongoing effort to regulate the Norlite incinerator in Cohoes. The commercial hazardous waste-burning operation is in a densely populated urban neighborhood in the Albany County city.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden (file photo)
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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The Cohoes Common Council has passed a local law putting a levy on the income received by Norlite for its treatment and disposal of hazardous waste.

Albany Med CEO & President Dr. Dennis McKenna
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Leaders of Capital Region hospitals gathered at Albany Medical Center Tuesday afternoon to give an update on COVID-19 and vaccine distribution efforts.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for re-election, saying the challenges of 2020 have led her to seek a third term.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed in New York’s Capital Region, but there's a new threat: a chance that a variant of the coronavirus may already have arrived in the U.S.

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When the pandemic struck early this year it crippled the arts economy. Albany’s Palace Theatre went into a near total shutdown. The venue is hanging on for dear life.

The National Weather Service recorded 22.9 inches of snow at Albany International Airport.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

The Capital Region is digging out from a huge snowstorm that prompted officials to declare emergencies.

All dug out with nowhere to go. An Albany motorist waits for the city plow to come by.
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Northeasterners woke up to more than a foot of snow Thursday.

Schenectady Public Library

With COVID-19 cases continuing to increase, major public libraries have reduced services.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds up an emergency order he signed Monday capping the fee that third-party apps can charge to deliver food in the county at 15%.
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Some relief is on the way for Albany County restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic.

Albany Med CEO & President Dr. Dennis McKenna
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Five healthcare workers at Albany Medical Center became the first in the region to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine Monday at the hospital.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gave an update on the latest increase in COVID-19 numbers this morning. The trend is going in the wrong direction.


Baseball's minor league affiliate restructuring is affecting two teams along the Hudson River.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and the city of Cohoes held an online public information session Wednesday night on air pollution control and emissions testing at the Norlite facility in the Albany County city.

Averill Park HS
Averill Park Central School District

It’s back to square one for the Averill Park Central School District, where two school propositions known as the Capital Project referendum were defeated by voters Tuesday.

Albany City Hall At Twilight
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Albany City Hall will be lighting the holiday season up virtually this year.

Bradley Mohr during a summer fishing trip in the Adirondacks.
Bradley Mohr

This year has been difficult for everyone. While COVID-19 may have forced people to spend more time apart from family and friends, three active seniors living in the city of Albany have found ways to cope with social isolation.

College of St. Rose in Albany, NY
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The College of St. Rose in Albany says it is discontinuing academic programs amid financial struggles. The college said Tuesday evening that its Board of Trustees has approved a plan to reduce expenses by nearly $6 million, including the elimination of 16 bachelor degrees, 6 master’s degrees and three certificate programs.

Averill Park High School

Averill Park High School in Rensselaer County started a week of remote learning Monday.

Averill Park HS
Averill Park Central School District

A special vote is being held Tuesday in Averill Park for two school propositions together known as the Capital Project referendum.

black and white brain scan

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are hoping to improve surgeons’ skills by tapping directly into their brains.

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An insert that arrived in Albany homeowners' mailboxes with the annual water bill caused some concern about lead.

The city of Albany has 317 miles of water pipes, some of which are more than 135 years old, necessitating occasional repairs and upgrades to guarantee the delivery of clean water and removal of waste and storm water.

Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey says Alcove Reservoir, in place since 1929, is one of the best municipal water supply sources in the Northeast.

But some houses in the city are served by old lead lines.

In this May 2017 photo, Mayor Kathy Sheehan celebrated Bike to Work Week in Albany.
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The city of Albany held a public workshop Tuesday to present its Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

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An outside auditor has released its final report on racial bias in the Albany Police Department.

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Albany Medical Center nurses who are represented by the New York State Nurses Association walked the picket line Tuesday. Hospital officials held an afternoon news conference to share what they were experiencing inside the facility.


Equinor is an international energy company based in Norway focused on developing wind and solar power. Now, the company is looking to locate America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Rensselaer, which has seen its share of environmental threats, could be facing another.