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Most municipalities in the region have finalized and submitted their police reform plans to New York state, as the April 1st deadline nears.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello presented her annual legislative address Thursday evening.

Jerry Ford speaks at Monday night's meeting of the Troy Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative
City of Troy, Zoom, image captured by WAMC

Troy has begun public meetings of its Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. Tonight, city residents will have the chance to share their thoughts in a public forum. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a coalition of the city’s Black leaders offered recommendations this week.

A concept for a proposed apartment development along the Hudson River in Troy has hit a snag after a decision from the city’s planning commission Thursday night.

A controversial concept to develop a riverfront parcel in Troy is continuing to receive criticism from the community. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the city planning board is seeking more information from the developer.

Troy Police Chief Brian Owens speaks during a virtual meeting of the Troy City Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday
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Members of the Troy City Council this week questioned the police chief about the spike in violent crime in the Collar City. The discussion comes as the city prepares to add to its existing surveillance cameras in neighborhoods plagued by crime.

The Troy city council met for the first time Thursday night after the killing of an 11-year-old boy on Sunday.

Ayshawn Davis
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The City of Troy is reeling from the shooting death of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis Sunday night. So far, authorities have yet to identify a suspect or suspects in the killing — the 12th homicide the Collar City has experienced this year, as violence has increased across the Capital Region during a pandemic and economic downturn. 

Opponents of a proposed apartment complex in the northern-most section of Troy, New York packed an hours-long city council meeting Thursday night.

Street art in Troy, NY
Hart Cluett Museum

TROY – There is little argument that Troy is one of the more architecturally interesting cities in the area, if not in all upstate New York.

With the COVID-19 pandemic weighing on municipal finances, the City of Troy took steps Tuesday night to bridge the gap as federal aid to state and local governments remains tied up in Washington. 

Protester Ivy Hecht speaks to demonstrators outside the Rensselaer County Jail on Thursday
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Protesters greeted the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Troy on Thursday. The setting was notable. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the ongoing immigration debate in the Collar City.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden gave the first annual address of his second term Wednesday night. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on some much-anticipated announcements.

Troy's new city council
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A new Troy City Council met for the first time last night for its organizational meeting.

One Monument Square
Lucas Willard

A project to redevelop the site of the former City Hall in downtown Troy took another step forward Thursday night.

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.

The door to the Troy mayor's office
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Democratic Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, independent candidate Rodney Wiltshire, and Republican Tom Reale met Wednesday night for a televised debate on Spectrum News.

JCOPE seal

Kat Sullivan is an activist who has recently stepped back into the spotlight. Sullivan settled with the Emma Willard School in Troy in 2016 after alleging that she was sexually abused by a teacher when she was a student at the private girls’ high school in the 90s.

Officials flank NY Senator Neil Breslin at Unity House in Troy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerns over lack of an early voting site in Troy, New York have led to a push for new state legislation.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (City of Troy/Lucas Willard)

Taxes could be going up in Troy under the mayor’s budget plan for 2020.

The door to the Troy mayor's office
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Following calls from protesters, the mayor of Troy is asking city residents to volunteer for a police oversight board.

Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
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The Republican candidate for mayor of Troy has dropped out of the race, leaving only one challenger running against incumbent Democrat Patrick Madden.

An informational meeting aiming to address what's described as "a rash of violence in Lansingburgh" is scheduled for tonight in Troy.

Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
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Three candidates running for mayor of Troy met Tuesday night for a debate. The discussion involved the first-term mayor, a returning rival, and a newcomer.

Messiah Cooper speaks to the Troy City Council on September 5th, 2019
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Outrage is building in the City of Troy weeks after a newspaper report unveiled new details on the city’s handling of a fatal police-civilian shooting in April 2016.

Troy Mayor Vetoes Sanctuary Measure

Jul 13, 2019
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden (file photo)
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The Democratic mayor of Troy, New York has vetoed a measure passed Thursday night by the common council as part of a move to declare Troy a sanctuary city.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The debate over whether Troy should become a Sanctuary City could come to a head Thursday.

Troy Chief Engineering Aide Todd Dickinson gives reporters a tour of the bath house.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy's municipal swimming pools have been closed going on three summers. Repairs have stalled the re-opening of the South Troy pool, but it could be open to swimmers next month.

Immigrant advocates display a banner that reads ''sanctuary everywhere." File photo.
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The debate over whether Troy should classify itself as a Sanctuary City has returned.

When it was completed the Lincoln Park pool was one of the largest municipal pools in country and a model by which all others would be judged.

With some very hot weather this holiday week, two upstate New York cities are hoping to keep residents cool.