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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released new actions to further restrict burning of potentially toxic firefighting foam at a Cohoes facility. 

After a federal lawsuit this week claimed that PFAS-based substances were incinerated at the Norlite facility in Cohoes, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating.

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There's a new air quality threat facing residents of Albany County.

NYS Assemblyman John McDonald is also a licensed pharmacist.
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The city of Cohoes in Albany County is going to have three mayors in under five months. On Tuesday, first-term Democrat Shawn Morse pleaded guilty to felony wire fraud. That night, the Common Council swore in Council President Christopher Briggs as acting mayor. June’s Democratic primary winner Bill Keeler is all but certain to take office in January in the heavily Democratic city. We covered the situation in his home city and some state issues with New York state Assemblyman John McDonald, a Democrat from the 108th district who served as mayor of Cohoes for 13 years.

Chris Briggs was sworn in as mayor of Cohoes Tuesday night.
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This post has been updated 8/21/19 10:57 a.m.

Hours after Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court, the Cohoes Common Council named an interim city leader Tuesday night.

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This morning we focus on Community Miracles in Action - a nonprofit youth service organization located in Cohoes, New York founded by Crystal Alesio. CMA offers students a safe place to go where they can connect with adults who care, set and achieve goals, all while building relationships with others who have similar interests.

To tell us more, we welcome President and Founder Crystal Alesio and Youth Program Development Director Kendall Williams.

Bill Keeler

On election night in Cohoes, first-term Democratic Mayor Shawn Morse was trailing the four-way election to retired New York State Police troop commander Major Bill Keeler late Tuesday. 

Mayor Shawn Morse speaks about the closed Cohoes Community Center
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Facing federal campaign finance violation charges and a call from the city council to take a leave of absence, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse appeared before a packed community forum Thursday night to discuss the future of the non-profit Cohoes Community Center.

Flanked by family, Bill Keeler makes it official.
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A retired New York State Police troop commander has entered the race for mayor of Cohoes.

The Cohoes Police Department announced Sunday the arrest of a man in Tennessee they say is a fugitive from justice following an attempted burglary in Cohoes last month. 

A North Adams-based stationary company has been purchased by a Capital Region paper manufacturer.

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Cohoes Police have traced a phone call threatening to shoot up the city’s high school Tuesday to a 15-year-old male student. 

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Shawn Morse, the Democratic mayor of Cohoes, New York, marked the beginning of his third year in office Thursday night with a State of the City address. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Morse focused on the positives in the small upstate city.

The City of Cohoes has chosen a non-profit to administer fire relief funds to residents affected by the blaze that tore through Remsen Street in late November.

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Rejecting calls from fellow Democrats to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse received a standing ovation from supporters Tuesday night.

The man accused of starting the fire that damaged more than 30 buildings in the City of Cohoes on Thursday has been released on bail.

Troy Fire Department

Officials say an inferno that destroyed or damaged nearly two dozen buildings in a city in upstate New York was sparked by an amateur bladesmith.

The blaze broke out Thursday in downtown Cohoes, near Albany, and was hampered by winds.

The Times Union of Albany reports three buildings were destroyed and 18 others were damaged. The city is under a state of emergency.

  Firefighters battled a massive blaze along Remsen Street in Cohoes late Thursday afternoon. 

American Red Cross

People are homeless and several buildings have been completely destroyed following a major fire in the Albany County city of Cohoes Thursday afternoon. Fire departments from a number of nearby cities and towns were called in to help battle the flames that broke out in the 200 block of Remsen Street, and quickly spread. As of Thursday afternoon, there were no reports of serious injuries. Officials say the wind carried embers to other buildings and touched off other smaller fires.

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Police are probing a 911 call made by the wife of a Capital Region mayor.

The Times Union reports Cohoes police were called to the residence of Mayor Shawn Morse on Friday.

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Friday afternoon, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden issued a statement saying the controversial plans to build a Bow Tie Cinema movie theater at One Monument Square were dead. Now, across the Hudson River, Cohoes is hoping to land the theater.

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The first-term Democrat tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas his $23.5 million spending plan calls for no increases in both property tax and water and sewer fees.

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released an $18.7 million dollar spending plan for the Albany County city that does not raise taxes. Morse spoke about his first proposed budget with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The investigation into a pedestrian fatality on the stretch of 787 that runs through Cohoes has concluded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

Former Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Pedestrian safety has been priority one for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse in the weeks since a teenage girl was struck and killed trying to cross 787.

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A local mayor and a Congressman joined forces to call for additional federal funding to remediate Brownfields today.

Former Mayor George Primeau died at 62.
Dave Lucas

The city of Cohoes in Albany County is pausing to remember its former mayor.