City of Schenectady

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Schenectady City Council has voted against a proposal by Mayor Gary McCarthy to eliminate a city court judge position.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address last night.

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The city of Schenectady has a new budget in place after the city council narrowly passed it Friday.  There may be a few bumps in the road ahead.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his budget proposal Monday night at City Hall.

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A beloved Schenectady activist died over the weekend.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a dirt bike stunt in a Schenectady, New York grocery store. The pair also discuss the Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge in Schenectady.

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General Electric is laying off 200 hourly workers at its power unit in Schenectady, New York. Another 25 unfilled jobs will also be eliminated.

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The Hamilton Hill Arts Center is hosting its 18th Annual Juneteenth celebration in Schenectady today and Saturday.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about arrests made within the Galway Police Department Tuesday.  The pair also discuss a pending lawsuit filed against the city of Schenectady.  The lawsuit was filed by the owner of a property demolished following a landslide in January.

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The initiative to outfit Schenectady police officers with body cameras is moving forward, but not as quickly as first envisioned.

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The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Leaders in Schenectady kicked off 2018 Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady has a new city council president, a new city court judge, and an agenda for the new year.

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A city council candidate forum was held at Proctors in Schenectady last night, hosted by the Daily Gazette. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard questioned candidates as a panelist. Here’s a recap.

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Services will begin this afternoon to honor former Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, who died earlier this week at age 71 after a battle with cancer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Bennett, who also served as a State Police Superintendent, is being remembered as a man who fought to restore the integrity of Schenectady’s police force.