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This year, by executive order, schools across the state are doing a "mail-in" budget.
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Recovering from the societal impact of the pandemic, educators are considering various scenarios for the September opening of the school year.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan speaking in front of City Hall.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced police reforms including the banning of choke holds and knee-on-neck holds by city officers. 

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As doctors and researchers around the world work to identify treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus, a team from New York’s Capital Region has been testing a cancer drug on COVID-19 patients. 

Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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At the start of every summer the number of shooting incidents in the city of Albany goes up. But the numbers and types of incidents this year are troubling law enforcement officials.

League of Women's Voters representatives questioned candidates for Albany County DA.

The Democratic candidates for Albany County District Attorney debated virtually Thursday night.

Albany City Hall, June 4, 4pm
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As Albany city hall was sending out a news release about the mayor and police chief hosting weekly conversations with residents, protesters swarmed a Common Council press conference this afternoon just steps from the mayor’s office.

At the intersection of Cardinal and Hackett Boulevard, marchers took a knee.
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With police-community relations already at a low point in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief are dropping charges against a man who was arrested after filming another arrest Tuesday. An internal investigation is under way.

Flags over Albany City Hall, June 1, 2020
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched Pride Month in front of City Hall Monday at an uneasy time in the city.

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New York's school board and budget votes are fast approaching — by mail, because of the pandemic. The Albany City School District joins other districts in making accomodations.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar listens as Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan addresses the media at city hall.
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Albany officials announced a series of programs today designed to provide funding to individuals and businesses in the city of Albany directly impacted by COVID-19 and Saturday’s riots.

Dr. Alice Green says community policing has failed.
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An Albany civil rights leader says the peaceful protest of Saturday afternoon and the violence of Saturday night come from fears among African Americans that a loved one could be killed by law enforcement.

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At the peak of Saturday night’s violence in Albany, County Executive Dan McCoy, a former firefighter, took quick action when he learned on social media about a fire. 

(Clockwise) Dannielle Hille, co-founder and President of A Block at a Time, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany County DA David Soares.

Top law enforcement officials in Albany County are discussing how policing and the criminal justice system will function in a post pandemic world.

Citizen Action of NY

Protestors have taken to the streets in the Midwest after a Minneapolis black man named George Floyd was killed by police in an incident where an officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes as he lay on the ground, several times repeating "I can't breathe." In Albany, a march is planned for Saturday.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, masked.

The city of Troy has launched a campaign to encourage the wearing of facemasks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the reopening of the Capital Region.

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Over a hundred evironmental groups are urging the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the plastic bag ban and bottle bill law. The DEC disputes the criticism.

Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman livestreams a May 26 COVID-19 briefing.

With the Capital Region in Phase One of the reopening process, COVID-19 numbers have been trending down in recent days.

State lawmakers representing the Capital Region say it will be long way back for local businesses now that phase one of reopening has begun.

William Keeler
William Keeler

Concerns remain over environmental pollution from burning toxic materials at the Norlite site in Cohoes.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives his daily COVID-19 update (April 2, 2020)
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The Capital Region began the first phase of reopening on Wednesday, but Albany County has seen an uptick in positive coronavirus cases and is issuing a warning regarding socializing this holiday weekend.

Victory Christian Church

A facemask giveaway is scheduled for Friday in Albany.

Matt Toporowski
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Sixteen years ago, David Soares upended his former boss in the decisive Democratic primary for Albany County District Attorney. Now, Soares himself is facing a challenge from a former attorney in his office.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the Capital Region the go-ahead to begin reopening from coronavirus shutdowns Wednesday, a bit of news county leaders have been wishing for.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany May 15, 2020.

After identifying the required amount of contact tracers, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the Capital Region can begin reopening from coronavirus shutdowns Wednesday. 

Albany County

New York’s Capital Region is getting closer to reopening from the coronavirus shutdown.

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Capital Region municipalities are laying off workers and cutting services with revenues sharply down during the pandemic.


Albany County's COVID-19 numbers released Friday continue to cast a shadow over a possible Capital Region reopening.

File: Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has held briefings for 75 straight days during the pandemic, but the legislative session in Albany – scheduled to run through June – has slowed to a crawl after the budget passed in early April. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with 109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy about what comes next.


Democratic New York state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald hosted a virtual town hall Thursday on health disparities found among communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.