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Former EPA Administrator Judith Enck and protestors in Rensselaer.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Environmental activists joined concerned citizens in the city of the Rensselaer this weekend to protest the dumping of waste in the city.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is in the midst of his eighth State of the County Listening Tour. The Democrat spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief about his efforts to connect with residents.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on as Tabetha Wilson address the gathering at Henry Johnson Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a ceremony Wednesday honoring city World War I hero Henry Johnson.

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The Troy City Council has once again tabled a vote on a Sanctuary City resolution.

Murray Massry, Jim Foster, County Executive McCoy, Dan Coffey, Julie Massry Knox and AHA Executive Director Amy Young
Mary Rozak

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is touting the health benefits of the Helderberg-Hudson Rail-Trail.

Common Councilor Steve Napier, first-term Mayor Shawn Morse, former City Treasurer Pete Frangie and retired New York State Police Major Commander William Keeler
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The four Democrats running for mayor of Cohoes debated for the second time Monday, three weeks before their pivotal primary.

Development at the former Playdium site on Albany's Ontario Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A group of Albany residents who say they are frustrated with development in the city are planning to rally at tonight's Common Council meeting.

The 41st Annual Freihofer's Run for Women will take place on June 1, 2019. Thousands of women of all ages (and running abilities) will compete in this 5K event.
Freihofer's Run For Women

The 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women takes place tomorrow in downtown Albany.

City of Troy

Mayor Patrick Madden joined officials with Downtown Troy BID and event organizers today to announce summer activities planned in the Collar City.

The four Democrats running for mayor of Cohoes debated for the first time last night.
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

The four Democrats running for mayor of Cohoes debated for the first time last night. The Cohoes Senior Center was filled to capacity with citizens hoping to see a spirited debate. They were not disappointed.

Congressman Paul Tonko at Hudson Valley Community College

New York Congressman Paul Tonko held a town hall on the climate Tuesday in Troy.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners says an audit has uncovered some troubling details regarding county employees.

NYACS President Jim Calvin in Latham.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A proposed ban on retail sales of flavored tobacco and electronic cigarette products in Albany County is being challenged by convenience store owners.

New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association President Sam Fresina shakes hands with Rodney Wiltshire in Lansingburgh.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A powerful union in Troy is backing a challenger to the mayor.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Students from Albany High have been helping the city prepare to observe Henry Johnson Day.

Watervliet Police Chief Mark Spain at his swearing-in ceremony in 2016.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

After three years leading the Watervliet, New York Police Department, Chief Mark Spain is stepping down to become a public safety sergeant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in neighboring Troy, his hometown. The 50-year-old joined the now 26-officer Watervliet department in 1998. 

Albany Chief Auditor Susan Rizzo outside Albany City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A press conference outside Albany city hall Thursday morphed into a confrontation inside between two candidates for county comptroller.

Latham Troop G Commander Major Robert Patnaude with crash victim Sandy LaPlant.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, New York State Police are putting drivers on notice: expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and patrols as enforcement efforts are stepped up.

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Today in Albany, sexual abuse survivors joined representatives of two law firms in releasing the names and photographs of more than 80 clergymen in the Diocese of Albany accused of sexual misconduct. The Diocese disputes the report.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Voters in New York are deciding on school and library budgets and school board members today. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Troy Police Department is set to begin testing body-worn cameras next month.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy shares a laugh with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins as Councilor Owusu Anane checks his cycling time outside the Down Tube Bike Shop.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's annual bike ride to work was a wet one this morning.

What has become an annual spring tradition went on despite the rain...

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The director of the University at Albany's Institute for Health and the Environment is calling for closer testing and monitoring at a dump in Rensselaer.

CDPHP Cycle! set to launch in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga

The Capital Region’s bike-share program is in its third season. But there are some questions being raised about the programs effectiveness in one area city.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Each spring, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners delivers his “State of the Fisc” address to the County Legislature, reviewing the fiscal condition of the previous year.  Conners delivered his final such address Monday night.

Albany County Legislature Meeting (May 13, 2019), Chair Andrew Joyce (D) presiding...
Albany County Legislature / YouTube

Monday night, the Albany County Legislature approved a law that creates a new independent redistricting process.

Town of Niskayuna

A controversial Holocaust memorial planned for the Schenectady County Town of Niskayuna is set for a public meeting this week.

After 41 years at The Daily Gazette, Bill Buell is calling it quits. He spent 23 years as a sportswriter, and 18 in the newsroom, and is now taking up a new challenge as the Schenectady County Historian. 

ballot box

A local law that would create an independent redistricting process is scheduled to be voted on tonight by the Albany County Legislature.  Local Law O seeks to create a non-partisan, independent redistricting process in Albany County following the next federal census in 2020.

The clock is ticking for residents of Schodack, New York who oppose a $100 million dollar Amazon distribution center planned for the town.