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The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is expanding beyond its popular Saturday event to offer a mid-week option. 

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Federal, state and local authorities raided nine stores in Rensselaer County for alleged SNAP benefit abuse.

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Albany police are investigating three separate shootings.

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On September 7th Eric Hawkins marks his first year as Albany Police Chief. He looked back on that year with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Under the measure, styrofoam cups, plates and containers would be banned citywide.
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The Troy City Council is gearing up to tackle legislation governing plastics when it meets on Thursday.

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Troy city councilors are expected to review reports regarding a fatal police shooting in 2016. 

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The long-running debate involving the Troy City Council's Sanctuary City resolution was almost defeated by an issue of protocol.

Republican Albany County Board of Elections Commissioner Rachel Bledi, Attorney Anita Thayer, Common Council Candidate Adam Biggs and Cohoes Democratic Chairman / Albany County Legislator Gil Ethier at the BOE.
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It took a re-vote and absentee ballots, but the winner of the Democratic primary for the Fifth Ward seat on the Cohoes Common Council has been decided.

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In mid-August, the Center for Law and Justice published a 41-page report, based on a survey of some 250 Albany residents, regarding public safety, law enforcement and community-police relations. As public officials begin responding to its findings, Center Executive Director Alice Green has resolved to make the survey a "living document." 

Ribbon-cutting outside the new million Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.
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Hudson Valley Community College opened its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills today.

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The first Aurora Games wrapped up last night in Albany. The women’s sports competition will return in 2021 and 2023.

The entrace to the Dunn facility off Partition Street Ext.
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Concerns continue to swirl around the Dunn Landfill's proximity to the Rensselaer Central Schools. With the start of the new school year, officials are updating residents about the city's relationship with the landfill operator.

Voters in Cohoes, New York will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a new common council candidate.

As the new school year ramps up, Generation Z students are heading to college for the first time.
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As the new school year ramps up, Generation Z students are heading to college for the first time, and most Millennials are done.

JCC’s Janet Andrade, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Brady Arnold, Brady’s mom Liz Arnold.
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An 11-year-old from Ravena is the Albany County Executive’s Citizen of the Month.

Chris Briggs was sworn in as mayor of Cohoes Tuesday night.
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This post has been updated 8/21/19 10:57 a.m.

Hours after Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court, the Cohoes Common Council named an interim city leader Tuesday night.

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New York State police have released more information on a deadly accident involving a sheriff’s patrol car in Washington County on Monday. 

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A new professional lacrosse league is heading to Albany this weekend. It will be a homecoming of sorts for a number of former University at Albany players.

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Despite years of effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and residents of Albany, mistrust remains. That’s according to a new survey from the Center for Law and Justice.

The Republican minority of the Albany County Legislature is sounding an alarm over a new health insurance benefit.


The Albany County Legislature held a hearing and a procedural vote Monday on a controversial local law that would ban flavored tobacco products.

UAlbany Hosting School Safety Summit

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Experts from a number of areas are meeting today and tomorrow at the Albany Capital Center to consider how to make schools safe places to learn and how to prevent another Columbine, Parkland or Sandy Hook. The workshop is being held by the university at Albany’s School of Education and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity of which Robert Griffin is dean. 

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Fourteen police agencies responded to Crossgates Mall after a fight broke out Saturday night.

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A high-level Albany Community Police Review Board member was arrested Monday following an altercation with a city police officer during a traffic stop.

July 2018: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads new recruits on a patrol of Albany's South End.
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Thursday marks the Guardian Angels' return to the streets of Albany.

Twenty years after the city’s top arena football moment, ArenaBowl 32 is coming to Albany Sunday.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses residents during a recent community forum.
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A weekend rally and march protesting recent violence kicked off "Albany Peace Week."

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The weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, and violence here in the Capital Region, are leading to discussion and soul-searching.

A once-thriving community newspaper in Albany is launching a mixed media revival.


Following a shooting Wednesday night, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins will hold a community forum tonight.