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Sen. Gillibrand and other officials at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 9, Local 201 on Broadway, Menands.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Menands Thursday afternoon to promote her Build Local, Hire Local Act.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

 Albany County Executive Dan McCoy SAYS his Executive Budget for 2020 maintains critical services that residents throughout Albany County rely on, while once again keeping taxes flat and spending below the state-mandated property tax cap.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has released his budget plan for 2020.

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York State is instituting new requirements for the S.A. Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the requirements will reduce the potential for odors and other off-site impacts by going beyond existing voluntary actions on the part of the landfill operator.

General Electric Co.

General Electric plans to freeze pension plans for about 20,000 United States employees while offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees in a bid to slash debt.

Watervliet's Finances Improving

Oct 7, 2019
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning

Three years ago the City of Watervliet in Albany County was on a list that no locality in New York wants to make – the fiscal stress ratings issued by the Office of the State Comptroller. In 2016, Watervliet was rated at the highest level of fiscal stress. It has since moved down a notch to susceptible to fiscal stress and city officials hope it will soon drop even more. 

Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor on Rockefeller Road in Delmar
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Employees at a nursing home in Albany County have been notified their health care benefits will be terminated in less than 30 days.

Albany's Palace Theatre is hosting the premiere of a locally-shot James Franco movie on Saturday.

Capital Repertory Theatre announces public phase of $13.5 million campaign for new home—unveils new construction
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre has staged a preview of its new location on North Pearl Street. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has proposed her budget plan for 2020.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has outlined his budget plan for the coming year.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

City officials in Troy are looking for answers about malfunctioning police cameras. It comes amid community concern over a recent uptick in crime. 

Nurse Jennifer Bejo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Hundreds of unionized Albany Medical Center nurses picketed Wednesday outside the hospital. 

Drs. Bert Vogelstein and Irving Weissman
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Two scientists who revolutionized cancer research have received a prize from Albany Medical Center.

Town of East Greenbush

An update to the Rensselaer County town of East Greenbush's comprehensive plan is moving forward. A public meeting is set for Monday.

Sheehan was joined by neighborhood elected officials, local business representatives and community members to cut the ribbon on the revitalized New Scotland Avenue Streetscape.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's New Scotland Avenue neighborhood is undergoing big changes. Mayor Kathy Sheehan stopped by the newly completed "streetscape area" than runs from Quail to Ontario Streets.

An informational meeting aiming to address what's described as "a rash of violence in Lansingburgh" is scheduled for tonight in Troy.

Hundreds of students, many holding placards bearing expressions like “There is no planet B” and “Listen to the cries of the world,” gathered outside the capitol.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Youth-led climate strikes and marches took place all over the world today, putting out the call to politicians and businesses to address climate change. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s West Capitol Park.

Activists Thursday converged on a state Public Service Commission meeting in Albany to urge the panel to take action on climate and energy affordability.
Sane Energy Project

Millions of people are participating in a climate strike today, walking out of schools, homes, and workplaces to bring awareness to the urgency of global climate change.

DiNapoli released his report, “Smart Solutions Across the State: Advanced Technology in Local Governments,” at a press conference in the City of Schenectady
Office of the New York State Comptroller

As local governments across New York switch to new technologies to save money, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released his Smart Tech Report today in Schenectady.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Next week, voters in Troy will decide on a public library budget proposal that includes a 6.2 percent increase to the tax levy.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signs the executive order.
Mary Rozak

The Albany County Executive is using an executive order to fight against plastic waste, raising some eyebrows in the county legislature.

WAMC file photo

There’s a local effort underway to phase out plastic water bottles at Albany International Airport.

Reach keeps your gun locked for responsible safety.

A Capital Region startup focused on firearm safety has begun shipping a one-of-a-kind locking gun holster.

Top: The Dutch Apple. Bottom: The U.S.S. Slater.

The U.S. Coast Guard was at the Port of Albany Wednesday, a day after the Dutch Apple tour boat crashed into the U.S.S. Slater.

Attorney Victoria Esposito and Albany Law Professor David Pratt on the steps of the Schenectady County Judicial Building.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas via Periscope

Former St. Clare's Hospital employees whose retirement plans have been thrown into chaos assembled Tuesday on the steps of the Schenectady County Judicial Building as attorneys filed a lawsuit over their lost pensions.

"...they've got their own window, they've got their own door, they have their own access. So restore a little dignity, try to pick these folks back up when they need the most support or they end up on the other side of the law..." ~ Sheriff Craig Apple
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany County Sheriff has begun a new initiative to house homeless people in the county jail — which itself is getting a new name.

TBL Commissioner Dave Magley, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Dr. Timothy Maggs, Coach Derrick Rowland.
Relentless Awareness

Coming off a championship—but also a challenging season attendance-wise — the Albany Patroons will be back for another season of basketball.

Community members staged a protest outside the Rensselaer County Courthouse.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several Troy residents are planning a rally tonight outside city hall as the fallout from the 2016 death of Edson Thevenin continues. 

Tonko, a Democrat, spoke Tuesday in Albany, with the 2020 Census looming.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Representative Paul Tonko continues to press for a fair and accurate census count of New York's 20th congressional district.

Screenshots from video shared on social media.
Jaimeir Daboss/Facebook

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins says he has viewed a video being shared on social media that portrays a violent arrest of a woman around 9 p.m. Sunday on Grand Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Albany and alleges police brutality. Hawkins tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas body camera video tells  a different story.