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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.


Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday night centered on the community health impacts of COVID-19.

Albany City Hall

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is asking residents to enlist in helping government better manage the pandemic.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County are up.

William Keeler
William Keeler

The first-term mayor of Cohoes addressed allegations that he misused city resources on his property at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

Mary Rozak

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Capital Region now checks six of the seven criteria needed to begin reopening. But, the Democrat’s office says the region is not meeting the metric to show a sustained decline in daily hospital deaths from COVID-19.

Cohoes Music Hall
Lucas Willard

Four years after reopening, the Cohoes Music Hall is in a state of flux.

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A new Siena College poll shows more New Yorkers than not want to extend “PAUSE” past Friday.


Reopening the economy is an important step to a return to some degree of normalcy, according to two New York state Assemblymembers who held a virtual town hall Thursday to brainstorm with business leaders.

Bill Keeler, Shawn Morse
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The last mayor of Cohoes and his successor are at odds over dirt and an allegation of theft of services.

Mayor Gary McCarthy of Schenectady
Dave Lucas

Leaders of Capital Region municipalities are preparing for the worst as the coronavirus shutdown devastates their budgets.


Activists have stepped up their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.

Albany City Hall

With her city on the verge of cuts and layoffs during the pandemic, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has a message to residents: call President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas hold a COVID-19 facebook briefing.

Overall deaths from COVID-19 are declining by the day in New York, but public health officials continue to report new positive cases and deaths.

Corey Ellis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Municipal governments in New York have some “difficult decisions” to make with revenues falling short during the pandemic.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the pandemic limiting public gatherings, the Albany Tulip Festival is going online this year.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, masked.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's daily news conference today to discuss how federal funding is being used to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some greater Capital Region hospitals are re-starting elective surgeries, while others remain on coronavirus duty only.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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New COVID-19 numbers are coming in as the pandemic claims more victims in the Albany area.

Fahy kicked off the Zoom session, dubbed "Moving Forward: Adapting Your Job Search and Career Transitioning During COVID-19."

With much of the American economy effectively shut down, Albany area state Democratic Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual town hall Thursday on career transitioning during the pandemic.

Three more deaths in Albany County are being blamed on COVID-19.

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With New York state set to lose an estimated $243 billion dollars due to the coronavirus outbreak, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the census is more important than ever before.

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Small businesses and nonprofits in Albany County are being urged to apply quickly for the second rollout of the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

Mont Pleasant Middle School COVID-19 Testing Site
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mobile COVID-19 testing directed to underserved neighborhoods is under way in Schenectady.

Dr. David Bond speaking during a Zoom video conference.

The mayor of Cohoes is siding with environmental activists who are recommending immediately stopping the burning of PFAS at a local plant.

Stacy Pettigrew and Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Radix Center on Earth Day 2020.

Earth Day was overshadowed this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan spent Earth Day sowing the seeds for an urban vegetable garden.