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Albany's fourth homicide of the year sent city officials knocking on residents’ doors.

Newly named City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has tapped a member of the common council to become city auditor.

Ribbon-cutting for supercomputer AiMOS at RPI.

One of the world’s most powerful artificial intelligence supercomputers is now sited in Troy.


Environmentalists are on alert as the LaFarge Cement Plant in Southern Albany County makes a push to burn tires.

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Even though the city will be under a snow emergency, polls will be open in Troy on Tuesday for a $56 million school building project. 

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A Thanksgiving afternoon standoff between Albany police and an unidentified man ended peacefully.

Troy Approves $75M Budget

Nov 27, 2019
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The Troy City Council Tuesday night approved an almost $75 million budget for 2020, and for the average homeowner, it will cost about $78 more in taxes and a solid waste collection fee. 

EV Charging Station at Riverfront Garage.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials gathered on top of the Riverfront Garage in downtown Albany Tuesday morning to unveil new electric car-charging stations.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

New York Attorney General Letitia James says a court ruling reinstating a criminal case against former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is a big win that will ensure that justice is served and that no person, including elected officials, is above the law. 

Albany BOE officials count ballots in the Colonie race.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has narrowly won a seventh term after absentee ballots were counted Tuesday.

UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez chats with Senior Jose Novoa Lucas in UAlbany's eSports Arena.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A room in Draper Hall at the downtown University at Albany campus has been transformed into a competitive video gaming arena.

University at Albany

A three-day conference is underway at the University at Albany on how higher education can help in the preparation, response and recovery from events caused by climate change and extreme weather. RISE 2019, organized by the State and City Universities of New York, includes 90 institutions of higher education along with community leaders and government officials. 

The James E. Poole Athletic Facility features a 150-meter indoor track and two basketball courts.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Academies has unveiled its new $4 million athletic training facility.

Saratoga County D.A. Karen Heggen, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and State Senator Jim Tedisco.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New criminal justice laws will be on the books in New York next year. But several Saratoga County state and local Republican officials are pushing for a delay.

NYACS President Jim Calvin spoke Monday at Campus Mobil in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With New York’s tobacco sales age raising from 18 to 21 this week, Albany County legislators are set to decide whether to prohibit the sale of most flavored tobacco products.

"We often say that we want our students to be engaged, and this is what that looks like. " ~ UAlbany spokesperson
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Members of the University at Albany campus community are reacting to the arrest of a visitor of color last week. 

Bergmann Associates' Liz King gives a slide-show presentation at Hackett Middle School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Lark Street has long been one of the arts, residential and commerce centers in the city of Albany. Thursday night, officials gave the public a glimpse of what a re-imagined Lark Street might look like.

Schenectady City Hall
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Election Day brought changes to the city of Schenectady , which is now under single-party rule.

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On Election Night, control of several municipalities in the Northeast changed hands.

The University at Albany is launching the nation’s first Center for Advanced Red Teaming. It will be housed in the school’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. WAMC’s Jim Levulis sat down with the Center’s Director, Gary Ackerman, and Deputy Director Brandon Behlendorf to discuss the effort.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan will need a strong absentee ballot performance to remain in the seat she has held for a dozen years.

Freshly re-elected Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gives victory speech at Ryan's Wake.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After a wild campaign, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has been elected to a second four-year term.

"I’m urging the Maritime Administration to expediently review and approve the Port of Albany’s new application for federal funding, to help it set sail towards an even brighter future.” ~ Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany Monday to get a firsthand look at improvements. The Democrat pledged to seek more federal money to continue the port’s expansion.

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Albany County voters have a ballot question on redistricting to decide on Tuesday.

A group of 47 Capital Region healthcare professionals is gearing up to provide free, life-altering orthopedic surgeries to more than 50 Cuban nationals suffering from debilitating bone and joint conditions Nov. 6-13.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (Facebook)

Local doctors are heading to Cuba to provide free orthopedic surgical care for patients with debilitating bone and joint conditions. It's all part of "Operation Walk Albany."

Assemblyman Phil Steck, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and State Senator Neil Breslin.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany County town is getting funding for a new mobile command center.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden & Clough-Harbor engineer Jan Peterson survey seawall construction from the deck of a barge on the Hudson River.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy's seawall project is nearing completion, but officials say that's just the beginning of creating a vibrant waterfront community.

Albany County residents cast their votes in the 2019 Election at the BOE on Russell Road.
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For the first time, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to vote in local elections in New York. New York has joined 38 other states in allowing early voting, and people are taking the opportunity. 

Albany Empire's Future In Question

Oct 30, 2019
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It appears the Albany Empire Arena Football League team is headed for sudden death. Just a few months after winning the AFL title before more than 12,000 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany in a game broadcast nationally on ESPN, the Albany Empire has closed its local business operations. 

Republican To Resume Troy Mayoral Campaign

Oct 28, 2019
Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
Lucas Willard / WAMC

With just over a week before Election Day, the Republican who suspended his campaign for Troy mayor says he will re-enter the race. In a press release, Tom Reale says he will resume his bid.