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Schenectady City Hall
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Election Day brought changes to the city of Schenectady , which is now under single-party rule.

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On Election Night, control of several municipalities in the Northeast changed hands.

The University at Albany is launching the nation’s first Center for Advanced Red Teaming. It will be housed in the school’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. WAMC’s Jim Levulis sat down with the Center’s Director, Gary Ackerman, and Deputy Director Brandon Behlendorf to discuss the effort.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan will need a strong absentee ballot performance to remain in the seat she has held for a dozen years.

Freshly re-elected Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gives victory speech at Ryan's Wake.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After a wild campaign, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has been elected to a second four-year term.

"I’m urging the Maritime Administration to expediently review and approve the Port of Albany’s new application for federal funding, to help it set sail towards an even brighter future.” ~ Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany Monday to get a firsthand look at improvements. The Democrat pledged to seek more federal money to continue the port’s expansion.

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Albany County voters have a ballot question on redistricting to decide on Tuesday.

A group of 47 Capital Region healthcare professionals is gearing up to provide free, life-altering orthopedic surgeries to more than 50 Cuban nationals suffering from debilitating bone and joint conditions Nov. 6-13.
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Local doctors are heading to Cuba to provide free orthopedic surgical care for patients with debilitating bone and joint conditions. It's all part of "Operation Walk Albany."

Assemblyman Phil Steck, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and State Senator Neil Breslin.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany County town is getting funding for a new mobile command center.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden & Clough-Harbor engineer Jan Peterson survey seawall construction from the deck of a barge on the Hudson River.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy's seawall project is nearing completion, but officials say that's just the beginning of creating a vibrant waterfront community.

Albany County residents cast their votes in the 2019 Election at the BOE on Russell Road.
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For the first time, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to vote in local elections in New York. New York has joined 38 other states in allowing early voting, and people are taking the opportunity. 

Albany Empire's Future In Question

Oct 30, 2019
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It appears the Albany Empire Arena Football League team is headed for sudden death. Just a few months after winning the AFL title before more than 12,000 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany in a game broadcast nationally on ESPN, the Albany Empire has closed its local business operations. 

Republican To Resume Troy Mayoral Campaign

Oct 28, 2019
Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
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With just over a week before Election Day, the Republican who suspended his campaign for Troy mayor says he will re-enter the race. In a press release, Tom Reale says he will resume his bid. 


Schenectady police are gearing up to deploy gunshot detection technology.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Some public officials in the Capital Region are in line for big raises this budget cycle.

Royal Meadery was started by Gregory Wilhelm to further pursue his passion for beekeeping and brewing.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York state's first farm meadery license was celebrated today at an Albany County business.

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The Albany County Airport Authority has selected Philip Calderone as its next CEO, overseeing operations at Albany International Airport. He will take over for John O’Donnell, who is retiring after more than 20 years with the aiport. 

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (SUNY/HVCC)

It will now be easier for students to attend the University at Albany after finishing at Hudson Valley Community College.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joins other officials to announce the results of the air quality study at Ezra Prentice.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited air quality study of Albany's South End neighborhood has been released. Officials say new city and state-led actions will help address air pollution in the area. 

1st ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs led the town hall-style meeting at Ezra Prentice.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

State officials are about to reveal the long-awaited results of an air monitoring study in Albany's South End.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other officials celebrate the grand opening of 280 North Pearl with a ribbon-cutting.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The revitalization of downtown Albany took a step forward this week with the grand opening of a new apartment building under construction since 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has released her 2020 budget proposal.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and  Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Alice Green discussed issues dividing police and community.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This week, the Albany police chief and the Center for Law and Justice held a forum to discuss community-police relations and trust.

Nurses gathered in Colonie to discuss a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of some Filipino nurses who came to the U.S. under a special program.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A nurses' union is accusing Albany Medical Center of violating human trafficking law, forcing Filipino nurses to continue working there under the threat of severe financial penalties.

A new report says more than a quarter of a million of New York residents aged 10 to 17 are obese.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is wrapping up this week with two Albany events.

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Fred Guttenberg, a 1988 graduate of Skidmore College, will be returning to his alma mater this week, but the trip from Florida to the campus in Saratoga Springs will not one for reunions and college memories. 

The South Mall Arterial in Albany
Ian Pickus / WAMC

A Capital Region State Assemblyman has proposed examining a new way to relieve the area’s congested roadways that cause headaches for drivers.

Big rigs en route to the Dunn Landfill haul waste along city streets in Rensselaer, NY
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The Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer faces new state mandates as concern builds over odors and air quality.

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Taxes could be going up in Troy under the mayor’s budget plan for 2020.