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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosted a New Year's Day ceremony at City Hall to swear in three new leaders.

Newly named City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at City Hall.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has tapped a member of the common council to become city auditor.

The Albany Police Department uses the Axon Body Camera System.
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The day after an Albany Police officer was arrested and two others were suspended, body cam video of the police encounter with First Street residents on March 16th was released. It’s the latest problematic headline for the city’s new police chief.

Canadian author Bruce Campbell speaking to an audience in Albany, NY (March 20, 2019)
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A rail disaster in Quebec in 2013 touched off international concern about the safety of so-called "oil trains" that haul crude from oil fields to refineries and ports across North America, including Albany.  A Canadian author and a local activist say that while the media attention has waned, the danger is as great as ever.

Dorcey Applyrs at WAMC (February 2019)
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Some new faces have been changing city politics in Albany, once famous for machine rule. One example is Common Councilor Dorcey Applyrs, who was a political newcomer when she ran for the council in 2013. She recently sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan gave her State of the City Address Monday night before the Common Council. 

Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Council Member Dorcey Applyrs, Common Council President Corey Ellis discuss a proposal to expand the City’s Equity Agenda.
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An effort to address systemic racism in the city is getting a boost from Albany Common Councilors and the mayor.

Residents and community leaders are mobilizing in Albany to save a downtown pharmacy from imminent closure.
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Residents of Albany's South End are stepping up efforts to keep a neighborhood pharmacy from closing.

Residents and community leaders are mobilizing in Albany to save a downtown pharmacy from imminent closure.

The city of Albany is receiving $2.2 million in state funding toward combatting violence.

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Albany Police Chief Robert Sears has retired from the department following more than 20 years of service. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at police headquarters this afternoon for Sears' official "piping out.”

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A new police chief has been hired as concerns mount over a summer spike in violent crime in Albany.

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The Albany Common Council continues to ponder a recommendation to City Hall to waive a bill issued to the "Poor People's Campaign" after protesters disrupted downtown traffic. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan addresses residents at Ezra Prentice Homes (May 31, 2018)
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Theoretical recommendations on where trucks could be routed to avoid a residential area near the Port of Albany were unveiled Thursday. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the long-awaited meeting.

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Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. Although the decision is good news for residents of the city's South End, tenants of the Ezra Prentice homes are still battling other environmental issues.

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After years of uncertainty, Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looks back at the long process leading up to the decision.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, flanked by Earthjustice Attorney Chris Amato and BeBe White, president of the Ezra Prentice Homes Tenants Association
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A company that handles crude oil shipped by tanker trains and Hudson River barges says it's scaling back operations at the Port of Albany.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

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Following the derailment of a train heading for Selkirk last week, the Albany County Executive is renewing concerns about shipping crude through the city.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos joined other officials Wednesday at Albany's Ezra Prentice Homes.  The visit comes amid ongoing discussion about quality-of-life in the city's South End.

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As top Albany Democrats get ready for campaign season, some familiar faces are jumping into citywide races as well.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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During the Grammys on Sunday, non-profit public health organization Truth Initiative launched a national campaign called #StopProfiling, calling attention to ways in which tobacco marketing is disproportionately targeted to African Americans and low-income neighborhoods. That's exactly the focus of a new paper exposing the disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing in low-income Albany neighborhoods and the health inequities that result. 

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered her last State of the City address ahead of the November election. Reviews were mixed — and potential rivals were watching closely.

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On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy marked the unofficial anniversary of the county’s advocacy for residents concerned about the hazards of expanded oil train traffic and processing in Albany’s South End.  The air quality and noise issues created by both the trains and high-volume diesel truck traffic continue to plague neighborhood residents.

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A forum slated for Tuesday night in Albany's Pine Hills area aims to discuss how community policing affects student neighbors.

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The last of a series of neighborhood meetings about implicit bias was held last night at Albany’s Jewish Community Center.

A new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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At a time when the relationship between police and minorities is under a microscope nationwide, a new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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Four community conversations on "implicit bias" are going to be held throughout Albany.