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The debate over whether Troy should become a Sanctuary City could come to a head Thursday.

ATVs and dirt bikes at Central & Quail, Albany.

Unlicensed all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have become familiar sights on downtown Albany streets. Not for long, say city officials.

Troy Chief Engineering Aide Todd Dickinson gives reporters a tour of the bath house.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy's municipal swimming pools have been closed going on three summers. Repairs have stalled the re-opening of the South Troy pool, but it could be open to swimmers next month.

Rensselaer County

The Rensselaer County Legislature is set to vote tonight on a Solid Waste Moratorium that would impact communities along the Hudson River.

Voters in Cohoes will go to the polls August 27th to choose a new common council member.

Flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products on the shelves of a Stewart's store in Latham.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

The Albany County Legislature is poised to vote on a law that would ban the sale of flavored vapor and smoke-free tobacco products.

View from one of the bridges at the BASF site.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In 2011, BASF opened its environmental education classroom and wildlife habitat at the site of the company’s former manufacturing facility in Rensselaer to the public. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently toured the site.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Capital Region cities are preparing for stifling heat and humidity forecast for the July 4th holiday.

Absentee ballot counting at the Albany County BOE.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The embattled incumbent mayor has conceded the race after absentee ballots from Cohoes were counted this morning at the Albany County Board of Elections.

When it was completed the Lincoln Park pool was one of the largest municipal pools in country and a model by which all others would be judged.

With some very hot weather this holiday week, two upstate New York cities are hoping to keep residents cool. 

Happy new homeowners, Jackie and Tracey Joseph with children Traniyah, 4, and Tramell, 15.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton was in Schenectady Thursday to celebrate HUD’s Homeownership Month.

Right before a busy week in city politics, a longtime former Cohoes City Clerk died.

Albany County Legislature

The makeup of the Albany County Legislature is taking shape after Tuesday’s primaries.

Edward Coughlin
Siena College

Siena College has announced that its president, Edward Coughlin, will leave office in August 2020, when his term concludes. 

Mayor Gary McCarthy speaks to his team at Zen in Schenectady Tuesday after polls closed.
Jackie Orchard

The mayor of Schenectady is claiming victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary as he seeks a third term. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse outside the city's American Legion Tuesday night
Jim Levulis

Despite being more than 100 votes down in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse says he is not conceding.

Retired New York State Police Troop Commander Major Bill Keeler has taken a major step toward becoming the next mayor of Cohoes.

Prominent Albany County Democrats including Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy called for Morse’s resignation...
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Today is primary day in New York state. Polls opened at noon upstate.

Dr. Dennis P. McKenna Will Assume the Office on March 31, 2020 at Midnight

Albany Medical Center is promoting from within to replace its long-time CEO.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a bill into law banning single use plastic shopping bags in New York State at a ceremony held on Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2019 at Long Island University.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the legislative session that wrapped up Friday “the most productive in modern history.” WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas garnered reaction from local lawmakers.

More than 100 attended the grand opening Thursday afternoon at Bake For You, which sits along New Scotland Road in a new apartment building.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany bakery is celebrating its 10th anniversary in a new location in Slingerlands.

Albany Chief City Auditor Susan Rizzo & Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar are running for Albany County Comptroller.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

The key primary election for a Democratic candidate to take over for retiring Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners is less than a week away.

Photo of a faucet
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Village of Hoosick Falls, New York is expected consider a $255,000 Interim Settlement Agreement with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell, related to PFOA water contamination in a special meeting Wednesday night. 

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Authorities in the Albany County Town of Bethlehem continue investigating a fire at an apartment complex that killed one person and destroyed a building. 

The White House, Washington D.C.

New Yorkers are split on the Mueller Report and whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, according to a new poll.

Becky Meier points out the proposed E37 pipeline route.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

National Grid's proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from Bethlehem to North Greenbush was the subject of a public forum Wednesday night.

WAMC file photo

The Albany County Legislature has defeated a bill that would have mandated paid sick leave.

Legislator Karen Johnson
Schenectady County / Facebook

The first female mayor of Schenectady died Monday.

Two Republican City Councilors are trying to stop Troy from becoming a Sanctuary City.

James Barba
Albany Med

After 25 years as president and chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center, James Barba will step down next year. Barba, who joined the Albany Med Board 40 years ago, will leave March 31, 2020. The hospital says his successor will likely be announced this summer.