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Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off an initiative in the former Livingston Park aimed at involving West Hill residents in the process of building a community center.
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Albany's equity agenda got a boost Friday at Black Lives Matter Park.

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A decline in Albany's urban forest cover, especially in underserved neighborhoods, has led to a program to replace lost trees and add thousands more to city streets.


Voters in East Greenbush approved the public library budget and elected two trustees Tuesday.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce holding a package of fireworks you can purchase at the grocery store.
WAMC photo by Jackie Orchard

Reversing a 2016 move, the Albany County Legislature has voted to ban the use and sale of fireworks.

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Voters in one Rensselaer County town are at the polls today deciding on the public library budget and picking two trustees.

Officials cut the ribbon at the Troy Seawall, 09-07-20.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy's new seawall, celebrated last week, has been nine years in the making.

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Wildwood Programs

The Wildwood Programs, which offers a number of services for people living with developmental disabilities in New York’s Capital Region, has named a new CEO. Lou Deepe, the organization’s chief operational officer, will take over for the retiring Mary Ann Allen at the start of 2021. 

Protestors outside the State Education Building in Albany, 09-12-20
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Parents, students and teachers rallied against 20 percent New York state aid cuts to school districts outside the state education building Saturday.

Albany Common Councilor Owusu Anane represents the neighborhood
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With coronavirus on the rise in Albany County and a spike in new cases in the college community, officials are taking steps to stave off a "second wave" of infections.

The Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service, created to honor those who have “demonstrably given of their time and talent to build a better Albany,” was awarded to local social justice activist Amy Jones.
Dennis Gaffney

The fourth annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service was given Thursday in Albany.


Environmentalists and the Democratic Albany County Legislature Majority are applauding after Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed a local clean air law passed by the legislature in mid-August.

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
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The Albany City School District Board of Education held a hybrid meeting Tuesday night to plan for the most challenging school year to date.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer at the Palace Theatre, Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany Tuesday mroning. Below the marquee at the Palace Theatre, the Democrat promoted bipartisan legislation that would give the crippled arts economy a lifeline during the pandemic.

Demonstrators rally for NYSNA workers outside Albany Medical Center, Labor Day 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nurses at Albany Medical Center have authorized a potential strike over their ongoing contract dispute with the hospital. 

Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly

A grand jury has cleared a Troy Police officer of any wrongdoing in a July 30 fatal shooting. 

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With SUNY Oneonta shutting the campus down for the semester due to COVID-19, Albany area colleges have safety plans in place for the holiday weekend.

County Executive Dan McCoy and County Department for Aging Commissioner Deb   Riitano handed out "flu prevention bags" to seniors at a drive-through event in   Congregation Beth Emeth's parking lot.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Already trying to control the coronavirus pandemic, Albany County officials kicked off a "shoo the flu" initiative this week.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the New York State Public Employees Federation Headquarters in Latham.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the New York State Public Employees Federation Headquarters in Latham Wednesday where she called for reform of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

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Environmental activists say the clock is ticking for residents as the Albany County executive considers whether to sign a local clean air law.

U.S. Census Bureau

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, local government officials, determined to prevent undercounts, tried to spread the word that the Census was coming. Now, Census takers have hit the streets before the September 30 deadline.

Rail car on SABIC’s Selkirk property being doused by local fire departments on September 1 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

A number of state and law enforcement agencies are responding to a hazardous material leak in Albany County. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Pine Hills Elementary School
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany non-profit is recruiting volunteers, partnering with 15 other local organizations to help connect students and families to needed services.

The city of Albany wants to better understand how residents are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, especially those from communities of color.

Albany Police are investigating a Clinton Street shooting that injured two people Sunday, including a 7-year-old boy.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas / Albany.Ny.Gov

Albany's mayor and police chief are urging community cooperation after two more people, including a 7-year-old, were shot Sunday.

Citing an anticipated 20 percent cut to state funding, the Albany City School District is proposing that general education students in grades 7 through 12 shift to fully virtual learning for the upcoming school year. It comes as schools across New York prepare to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic sent schools online in March.

UAlbany students Llidia Thomas, a Junior and Katherine LoNigro, a Senior
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University at Albany officials led a campus tour Friday to demonstrate how they plan to keep the community healthy and safe from COVID-19 this fall.

Biden delegates Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president tonight. But in the age of COVID-19, local delegates are taking part in what has become a mostly virtual Democratic National Convention.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators were in Troy today, pushing for public support for the postal service. The Democrats are calling for swift approval of emergency pandemic relief funding as the House prepares to bar the USPS from cutting services.

Three Killed In Albany, Troy Shootings

Aug 17, 2020
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Police are now investigating two of three shootings on Monday as homicides. 

football field
WAMC File Photo

Whenever it’s safe for spectator sports to come back, arena football is returning to Albany.