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UAlbany Hosting School Safety Summit

Aug 12, 2019
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Experts from a number of areas are meeting today and tomorrow at the Albany Capital Center to consider how to make schools safe places to learn and how to prevent another Columbine, Parkland or Sandy Hook. The workshop is being held by the university at Albany’s School of Education and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity of which Robert Griffin is dean. 

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Fourteen police agencies responded to Crossgates Mall after a fight broke out Saturday night.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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A high-level Albany Community Police Review Board member was arrested Monday following an altercation with a city police officer during a traffic stop.

July 2018: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads new recruits on a patrol of Albany's South End.
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Thursday marks the Guardian Angels' return to the streets of Albany.

Twenty years after the city’s top arena football moment, ArenaBowl 32 is coming to Albany Sunday.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses residents during a recent community forum.
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A weekend rally and march protesting recent violence kicked off "Albany Peace Week."

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The weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, and violence here in the Capital Region, are leading to discussion and soul-searching.

A once-thriving community newspaper in Albany is launching a mixed media revival.

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Following a shooting Wednesday night, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins will hold a community forum tonight.

RN Chris Lee
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Although a picket was averted, unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center continue to voice their concerns about staffing and patient care. 

Siena College President Brother Edward Coughlin
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It was a somber day on the campus of Siena College.

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Siena College

Siena College President Brother Edward Coughlin died early this morning at the age of 71, after complications from non-emergency heart surgery in Rochester.

Activists gathered Monday afternoon outside the Rensselaer County Building where the Department of Motor Vehicles is housed to protest county plans to share residents’ personal information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Activists gathered Monday afternoon outside the Rensselaer County Building where the Department of Motor Vehicles is housed to protest county plans to share residents’ personal information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Albany maintains a Vacant Building Registry and questionable buildings that have been deemed unsafe are marked with a red X.
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The city of Albany is hoping for better management of vacant deteriorating buildings.

ICU nurse Jennifer Bejo says "...it breaks my heart in two that I've seen so many of these amazing nurses leave AMC to seek out better opportunities at other upstate unionized hospitals."
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A picket by unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center is off for now.

Rensselaer Central School District Superintendent Joseph Kardash was in the audience.
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Thursday night's community meeting on the Dunn landfill in the city of Rensselaer took an unexpected turn.

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Siena College

Siena College says school President Edward Coughlin suffered a massive stroke during a scheduled surgery Tuesday. College spokesperson Lisa Witkowski says the surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester was to repair a congenital heart defect. 

ACPHS Opens College Parkside Pharmacy at Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center in Albany
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The pharmacy run by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has a new home.

In Rensselaer , continued concerns over odors emanating from the Dunn Landfill in the city.

New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at Cap Rep.
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A project to renovate a section of downtown Albany home to two theaters is continuing.

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A meeting is set for Tuesday evening in Albany as business owners, elected officials, mental health experts and service providers will gather to talk about homeless and mentally ill individuals. 

Experts at the State University of New York system are warning New Yorkers to stay safe as the mercury rises.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting Thursday that left a three-year-old boy injured in Albany…

ICU nurse Jennifer Bejo says "...it breaks my heart in two that I've seen so many of these amazing nurses leave AMC to seek out better opportunities at other upstate unionized hospitals."
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A group of unionized nurses are threatening a picket at Albany Medical Center.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy; Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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In response to unrest generated in Washington, Albany County has launched a webpage designed to assist local undocumented immigrants.

A commercial UAV/drone flying at night.
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Cutting edge investigative and crimefighting technology is cleared for landing in the Albany Police Department's tactical toolbox.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds a tablet displaying a page on the e-Connect app.
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Citing an alarming increase in the rate of suicide among young people, inmates and Americans as a whole, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy today introduced a new pilot program aimed at reducing suicide among juvenile offenders.

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
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A financial relationship between the Rensselaer Central School District and the nearby S.A. Dunn Landfill is coming under scrutiny.

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Late Friday, the Democratic mayor of Troy, New York vetoed a sanctuary city measure passed by the city council the night before.

Troy City Council members hear public comments during Thursday night's session in City Hall.
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The debate over whether Troy should become a Sanctuary City has gone into overtime following Thursday night's Common Council meeting. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

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