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Candidates for Schenectady City Council met for a forum broadcast on Open Stage Media
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With the terms of three councilors expiring at the end of the year, and the departure of two other councilors earlier this year, voters are set to choose five members of the seven-member Schenectady City Council this fall. Ahead of the June 22nd primary, a forum for the Democratic candidates was held Wednesday night.

two dirt bikes
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Following other cities in our region, the Schenectady City Council is set to vote on legislation that would discourage the use of illegal dirt bikes and ATVs on city streets.

Orchard Park under construction in Schenectady
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Officials in Schenectady hope to make a pocket park more visible with a major renovation and expansion.

Orchard Park has been a pocket park for years In Schenectady but you may not have noticed it.

A slide from Tuesday night's presentation on the idea to relocate homes on Ingersoll Avenue to a neighboring parcel
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As the City of Schenectady continues to ponder ways to mitigate flooding in one riverfront neighborhood, one idea would move several homes out of the flood plain entirely. 

Schenectady City Hall
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Schenectady voters will decide five seats on the seven-member city council this fall.

 Protesters march outside Schenectady City Hall July 13, 2020
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The Schenectady police collaborative reform plan draft was presented virtually Monday night.

Schenectady City Hall
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Three newcomer candidates have been endorsed by major parties in contests for Schenectady’s city council, where five seats will be chosen this Election Day.

Schenectady City Hall
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Five of seven Schenectady City Council seats will be up for grabs this fall. 

Schenectady City Hall
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As a state mandated committee reviews police policies and procedures in Schenectady, the city’s existing Civilian Police Review Board is suggesting its own improvements.

Thearse McCalmon and William Rivas
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With five seats on the ballot this fall, two new candidates have entered the race for Schenectady City Council.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address at Monday evening's City Council meeting.

Schenectady Police headquarters
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During his State of the State address last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised a reform by the Schenectady Police Department to establish a citizen panel to review potential hires. 

Leaders in the City of Schenectady credit community activist and Executive Director of the COCOA House William Rivas for pitching the idea. 

Schenectady City Hall
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A Schenectady City Councilor’s resignation will create a second vacancy on the legislative body in the coming weeks.

Schenectady officials speak on Monday
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The City of Schenectady has launched a new telemedicine program to help patients avoid the emergency room in a potentially trying time for hospitals. 

A frame from Mayor Gary McCarthy's 2021 budget presentation
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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.

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