Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY
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A COVID-19 vaccination site is opening at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany on Wednesday.

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Lincoln Park in Albany.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her call for robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, funding in the next coronavirus relief package to Albany Friday.

The currently shuttered Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.
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A Capital Region public library is beginning to reopen branches for in-person visits.

Chef Jaime Ortiz and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer at TORO Cantina, Colonie NY 2-15-21
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Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Colonie Monday to announce he is prioritizing restaurants in a new COVID-19 relief bill.

Siena College Research Institute

As Governor Andrew Cuomo continues defending his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, a Siena Poll finds New Yorkers approve of his actions.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Modest Silver Lining

Feb 6, 2021
Ralph Gardner Jr.

The pandemic rages on, but with vaccines on the way and already in a bunch of arms, is it too soon to feel sentimental about small, discreet aspects of the plague? That thought occurred to me as I paused, while walking through the woods with our dog last week. Or was it the week before? That was, is, one of the aspects of the pandemic that might just be construed as beneficial. It’s easy to forget what day of the week it is because things like appointments feel a vestige of a different, more frantic era.

Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven
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Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven gave his fourth State of the Town address this week.

Saratoga County Health Services Commissioner Dr. Daniel Kuhles
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As the vaccine rollout continues, upstate New York continues to battle the pandemic on several fronts.

Book cover for "Nobody's Normal"
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Roy Richard Grinker is professor of anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University. He is the author of several books, including "Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism."

His latest is "Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness." The book charts the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma, from the early industrial revolution, through America’s major wars, and into the high-tech economy.

We will discuss the book as well as COVID’s impact on the experience of mental illness, including its disruptions in mental health care, social isolation, depression, and grieving. Grinker is co-leading a yearlong study of changing funeral practices during the pandemic.


    The pandemic has been a boon for pets.

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has delivered her final state of the town address.

Officials announce new mobile vaccination initiative

Albany County, the city of Albany, and Mohawk Ambulance are partnering to distribute the coronavirus vaccine to seniors.

St. Joseph's Provincial House, located in Latham, NY, is the center and headquarters of the Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

The COVID-19-related deaths of nine nuns at a Latham convent have made international headlines.

An ampitheatre style classroom with whiteboards at the front of the space
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Capital Region schools have been getting mixed messages from Albany County amid a state-high COVID-19 rate.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One thing 2020 will be remembered for: the emergence of the face mask as a way to help protect against COVID-19.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Albany Med CEO & President Dr. Dennis McKenna
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Leaders of Capital Region hospitals gathered at Albany Medical Center Tuesday afternoon to give an update on COVID-19 and vaccine distribution efforts.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed in New York’s Capital Region, but there's a new threat: a chance that a variant of the coronavirus may already have arrived in the U.S.

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When the pandemic struck early this year it crippled the arts economy. Albany’s Palace Theatre went into a near total shutdown. The venue is hanging on for dear life.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds up an emergency order he signed Monday capping the fee that third-party apps can charge to deliver food in the county at 15%.
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Some relief is on the way for Albany County restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gave an update on the latest increase in COVID-19 numbers this morning. The trend is going in the wrong direction.

Averill Park High School

Averill Park High School in Rensselaer County started a week of remote learning Monday.

Rep. Peter Welch
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Experts say a “dark winter” is coming.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded on December 2.


Equinor is an international energy company based in Norway focused on developing wind and solar power. Now, the company is looking to locate America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany.

Coronavirus zones of yellow, orange and red are being enacted across New York state as Thanksgiving approaches.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Confirmed cases of coronavirus seem to indicate that the second wave of the pandemic has begun in Albany County.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester.

County Executive McCoy Provides Daily Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County.
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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County has been steadily rising, prompting a new round of stern warnings from local officials.

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With the holidays approaching and the pandemic showing no sign of mitigating, local providers say the hungry and the homeless will continue to be served.

City of Albany

A survey on the city of Albany’s COVID-19 response in minority communities includes some harsh findings.