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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has proposed an $87 million budget for 2021. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the mayor is proposing staff reductions and fee increases to minimize the impact on city property taxpayers.

Schenectady Foundation Executive Director Robert Carreau
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With a U.S. Census deadline just days away, community organizations in Schenectady are mobilizing to get people to fill out their census forms while there’s still time.

Schenectady Police headquarters
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A push is on to organize discussions in Schenectady to “reimagine” policing, under a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Two decades after a stinging corruption scandal, the Schenectady Police Department has updated and implemented new policies and procedures. After a years-long effort, the department received statewide accreditation.

Activist Shaqueena Charles speaks with Schenectady Police Lt. Ryan Macheron after Wednesday's brief forum outside Grace and Mercy church
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A community dialogue with members of the Schenectady Police Department fell apart Wednesday night after a tense exchange between organizers and local activists. 

In a month that has seen protests downtown, activists and members of the faith community in Schenectady held a virtual discussion Wednesday to reflect on an iconic letter by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Protesters on the steps of Schenectady City Hall
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Protesters risked arrest at Schenectady City Hall Monday night a week after video of a controversial police encounter sparked outcry in the Electric City. 

Protesters demonstrate outside the back gate of the Schenectady Police Department on July 6th
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Members of the Schenectady chapter of the NAACP are scheduled to hold a press conference at noon Saturday after a controversial arrest in the Electric City earlier in the week.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says the city police department’s Office of Professional Standards and the Schenectady County District Attorney are finalizing their review of a controversial arrest on Monday.

In the meantime, the city police department has released more video of the encounter.

Schenectady Police headquarters
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After video of an arrest Monday led to protests outside police headquarters hours later, Schenectady officials announced changes to several police protocols Thursday. 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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The Chief of the Schenectady Police Department is urging patience as authorities continue their investigation into a Monday incident where it appeared an officer placed his knee on a man's neck while making an arrest.  

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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Between now and April 2021, New York communities are being asked to “reinvent” their police departments, under a directive issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard asked public officials in Schenectady for their thoughts on the policy.

Mayor Gary McCarthy joins Schenectady public safety officials at a press conference Wednesday
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Schenectady is looking for a solution to the problem of persistent late-night fireworks in the Electric City.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, masked.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's daily news conference today to discuss how federal funding is being used to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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The cities of Saratoga Springs and Schenectady are taking action to discourage large gatherings in a time of social distancing.

The new Boys & Girls Club building in Schenectady
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A new Boys & Girls Club has opened in Schenectady. The 40,000 square-foot facility was made possible through millions of dollars in community donations, with input from the kids who will be spending their time at the new clubhouse.

Schenectady City Hall
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The first meeting of a committee tasked with exploring how to spend a $10 million state grant will meet in Schenectady this week.

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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Schenectady police are gearing up to deploy gunshot detection technology.

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

Happy new homeowners, Jackie and Tracey Joseph with children Traniyah, 4, and Tramell, 15.
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U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton was in Schenectady Thursday to celebrate HUD’s Homeownership Month.

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As included in this year’s state budget, New York State will ban single-use plastic bags in 2020. But some communities are taking steps to address another kind of plastic pollution.

A view of the Boys & Girls Club facility under construction in Schenectady
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Officials and donors gathered Monday to view construction on a new community center for the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady.

The longest-serving mayor of the City of Schenectady is being mourned today. Frank Duci died Sunday at age 97 in Florida. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more on how some officials are remembering the late mayor.

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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.

Mayor Gary McCarthy speaks at Schenectady City Hall
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The City of Schenectady is adding another tool to its program designed to encourage more people to invest in property in the city.

A door outside a courtroom in Schenectady City Hall
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The Schenectady City Council has overridden a veto by Mayor Gary McCarthy in order to preserve the city’s four city court judges.

A still from a listener-submitted video of an ice jam on the Mohawk River, shot from Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood. File photo.
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The City of Schenectady will host a series of community workshops on addressing flooding in the city’s historic Stockade neighborhood.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
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The Schenectady city council is expected to vote Monday on a measure to override  Democratic Mayor Gary McCarthy’s veto of legislation that would prevent changes to the number of city court judges.

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As Democratic Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy gears up to seek a third term, an African-American woman has declared her candidacy. 

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