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In New York’s 108th state Assembly District, a Cohoes Republican is hoping to unseat a former city mayor going for a fifth term in Albany.

ACS CAN calls on New York to increase tobacco taxes to help protect all New YorkersPAL Executive Director Lenny Ricchiuti, center, joined by, (L. to R.) Chad O'Hara of B95.5FM, Albany Police Chief Chief Eric Hawkins, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Mona Golub fr
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Capitol Holiday Lights will shine in Albany's Washington Park for a 24th year.

Albany Lantern Parade (2016)
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Albany’s fifth annual “Lantern Parade” will go on despite the pandemic.

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The Schenectady City Council has unanimously approved an $88.5 million budget.

Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Zoom Screenshot

After two organizational meetings last week, the Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative is holding two more virtual gatherings this week.

Albany Common Council Meets Virtually Monday, October 19, 2020.
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As the tally of shootings continues to climb in Albany, elected officials area calling for action.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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A public information meeting on the future of the Norlite Hazardous Waste incinerator in Cohoes, New York is set for Wednesday night.

ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
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Nurses from Albany Medical Center assembled in front of the hospital on Sunday to highlight conditions they say may threaten nurse and patient safety, ahead of an anticipated second wave of COVID-19.

Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon says Capitaol Region people who commit gun crimes couold face federal charges.
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Acting U.S. Attorney Toni Bacon of New York’s Northern District joined with Capital Region law enforcement leaders Thursday to declare a united front against gun violence.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden (file photo)
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The mayor of Troy has released a $75.8 million dollar budget proposal for 2021. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Patrick Madden about his spending plan.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy enters the Cahill Room at the County Office building to give a COVID-19 update.
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has released his budget plan for 2021. McCoy says the proposal is under the state mandated tax cap for the eighth straight year and does not increase the tax rate.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has released his budget proposal for 2021.

Siena College Research Institute

Consumer sentiment among New Yorkers is on the rebound according to the latest Siena College poll.

Downed tree limbs in Albany
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National Grid says portions of New York’s Capital Region will remain without power this weekend following Wednesday’s storms. 

Albany Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams

The Albany City School District is working to absorb massive layoffs blamed on the pandemic.

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Supervisors of three Capital Region suburbs have released their 2021 budget proposals.

Albany Police Officer Chris English, who is assigned to Albany High School as the school resource officer, implemented the program locally.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany city school officials and police are rolling out a program to promote good behavior among young people.

The collaborative was formed as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order directing municipalities to formulate plans for police reform by April 1st, 2021, or risk losing state funding.

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative continues to meet as it works to develop a plan to modernize policing in the city.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered a $180 million spending plan for 2021.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is rolling out a new budget today, including a plan to revitalize Lark Street.

New York state Labor Department numbers showing the Capital Region's August unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, its lowest point in the six months since the start of the pandemic.
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The pandemic has left a sizable mark on work and the workplace, but there are some relatively positive signs in New York’s Capital Region.

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
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More than 200 Albany City School District staffers have lost their jobs due to anticipated school aid reductions.

"Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to fund developments and programs that are helping lift people out of poverty and provide the dignity and security of a good home," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said.
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Albany Thursday to have a look at ongoing construction of a new housing development for families facing homelessness.

Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been acquitted of all charges stemming from his handling of a fatal Troy Police shooting in 2016. 

Ayshawn Davis of Troy

Troy Police have arrested Jahquay Brown of Cohoes for murder in the drive-by shooting death of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis on September 13. 

The collaborative is expected to present its recommendations to the Albany Common Council early next year.

The City of Albany held another Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative meeting this week.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Albany is issuing a last-call for residents to complete the U.S. Census.

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Residents in an upstate city burdened by environmental problems are getting ready to take on one more.

In an attempt to better understand how residents are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, especially in communities of color, the city of Albany conducted an online COVID-19 Community Survey. Results are in.

Albany County Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs, outside the NYS Court of Appeals building on Eagle Street.
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Albany city leaders gathered for a vigil Saturday evening to honor the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.