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Havidán Rodríguez is UAlbany's 20th president.
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The University at Albany marked its 175th birthday on Tuesday by opening a time capsule from 1964.  

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Three schools in the Lansingburgh Central School District are closing early today due to a fire in the area.


The University at Albany is celebrating its 175th anniversary today.

Officials say a multi-agency probe into the theft of funds from the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services has resulted in 19 arrests.
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Several people have been arrested after an investigation into welfare fraud in Rensselaer County.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin says the county will take whatever legal steps it can to stop the City of Troy from becoming a so-called sanctuary city. The City Council is expected to vote on the measure in June. McLaughlin, a Republican, tells WAMC those behind the proposal do not have the pulse of the people.

Albany Common Council Members Michael O’Brien and Owusu Anane in front of 201 Fuller Road.
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Two Albany Common Councilors are calling on SUNY Polytechnic Institute's non-profit development arm to honor what they say was an agreement to pay the city $1 million.

People wait to cross I-787 in Cohoes.
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The Capital District Transportation Committee is holding an open house Tuesday to discuss its nearly $500 million proposed spending plan.  

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, flanked by the 2018 Tulip Queen & Court and the 2019 finalists.
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Final preparations are under way as the city of Albany awaits next weekend’s Tulip Festival.  Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the five finalists for 2019 Albany Tulip Queen Wednesday at the Washington Park Lakehouse.

Members of the City of Albany’s Census Complete Count Committee joined together at City Hall to highlight the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 Census.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is calling on residents to make sure they're counted when the next U.S. Census comes around.  The City’s Census Complete Count Committee is stressing the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 tally.

Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market Zack Metzger
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The Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market is set to move outside on Saturday, May 4 to mark its 20th season. Spending the winter months inside the Troy Atrium in the city’s downtown, the market will now offer more than 100 vendors for its estimated 10,000 weekend visitors. 

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After crime spiked the last two summers in Albany, city officials are brainstorming to avoid a repeat this year.


The Schenectady County Legislature has appointed a new county manager.

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An indictment unsealed Tuesday charges a former General Electric engineer and a Chinese businessman with economic espionage and conspiring to steal company trade secrets. 

Chief Eric Hawkins listened as he faced a parade of neighbors and activists. Some applauded his efforts, others demanded more accountability.
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins got an earful Monday night during a meeting with about 50 area neighbors at the Arbor Hill Community Center. It was the first of three meetings organizers hope will provide the community with a platform for systemic change. 

Leonard Hospital closed more than two decades ago, and is nowadays regarded as a danger, a nuisance and an eyesore in north Troy.

The City of Troy is moving ahead with plans to tear down the former Leonard Hospital building in Lansingburgh.

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The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute is partnering with Albany Law School and the Research Foundation for SUNY on a new program aimed at preparing students for high-tech careers. 

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An influential Capital Region woman is being remembered as a trailblazer in business and philanthropy.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy & El Loco Mexican Café owner Patrick Noonan
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Officials say expanded parking opportunities in downtown Albany will help alleviate the lack of options that have frustrated residents and tourists. 

Republican Michael Stammel, chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature

The next mayoral election in the city of Rensselaer will be missing a longtime fixture on the ballot. Yesterday, we spoke with the city’s new mayor. Now, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has part two of WAMC’s look at the race.


The next mayoral election in the city of Rensselaer will be missing a longtime fixture on the ballot. But as WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, the new mayor wants to serve a full term.

The new Albany City Hall Café is comfortable, spacious.
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Albany City Hall is taking steps to making itself more amenable to visitors.

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Albany County's annual ceremony to honor and remember the victims of crime was held today at the County Courthouse.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says city hall was never notified about a house that was reportedly the site of numerous police calls leading up to a violent interaction with a city police officer in March. 


Residents are set to protest tonight at a hearing on a proposed gas pipeline in East Greenbush.

"There will be a financial impact, though. You know, this is not, again, this isn't a victimless crime."
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered an update on the city’s recent ransomware attack.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy gathered with supporters this morning in the City Hall Rotunda to officially announce that he’s running for a third four-year term.

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As the city of Albany continues to recover from last weekend's "ransomware attack," more damage may have been done than originally reported.


Fallout continues in the city of Albany after police body camera video of a March police-civilian confrontation was released. With one officer arrested on felony assault charges, a rally is being planned for next weekend.

The city has not revealed the type of ransomware it was infected with, if it knows who was behind the attack, or where it originated from.
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The city of Albany is recovering from what the mayor called a "ransomware attack."

The Albany Police Department uses the Axon Body Camera System.
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The day after an Albany Police officer was arrested and two others were suspended, body cam video of the police encounter with First Street residents on March 16th was released. It’s the latest problematic headline for the city’s new police chief.