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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.

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.

Schenectady City Hall
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A week after a massive storm dumped up to two feet of snow in some areas, Schenectady residents are asking the city to be better prepared for the next storm.

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Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about the Schenectady City Council, which overrode a veto by Mayor Gary McCarthy in order to preserve a city judgeship. They also discuss allegations that U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office didn't fire an aide accused of sexually harassing a colleague, and an activist who says he stopped U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from arresting two men in his car. 

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
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The Schenectady city council is expected to vote Monday on a measure to override  Democratic Mayor Gary McCarthy’s veto of legislation that would prevent changes to the number of city court judges.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about today's headlines, including a refusal by Fulton County to accept federal homeless funding. They also discuss a Schenectady City Council vote pushing to maintain four city judge positions. 

Schenectady city council chambers
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The Schenectady City Council has voted against a proposal by Mayor Gary McCarthy to eliminate a city court judge position.

Mayor Gary McCarthy
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More than 80 mayors from cities and villages across New York state are in Albany Monday, working on their priorities for the state budget that will begin to take shape in January. The mayor of Schenectady, Gary McCarthy, is a Democrat and the president of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.

Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Officials and local leaders gathered in Schenectady to endorse mayor Gary McCarthy today. He announced he would run for a second term. 

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A search-and-recovery mission continues at the scene of two burned-out apartment buildings in Schenectady.

It's been a week since the five-story brick buildings along Jay Street, not far from City Hall,  were ravaged by a pernicious blaze that ultimately affected about 60 people. Seven people were hospitalized, including one individual who jumped out of a five-story window to escape the intense flames.

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Schenectady, like many other Northeastern cities that once hosted a major manufacturer, faced hard times as the payrolls at GE were cut and the downtown stores and the shoppers headed to the suburban malls. But with word that a major riverside casino and development are coming, there is renewed optimism in the Electric City. Mayor Gary McCarthy, who gave his state of the city address this week, says the casino is just one reason why Schenectady is looking forward.

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The mayors of the tri-cities are on board of an initiative to try to keep the Half Moon replica ship docked locally on the Hudson River.

Built in 1989 by Dr. Andrew Hendricks, The Replica Ship The Half Moon is a working, full-scale model of the Dutch vessel noted explorer Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when he discovered the river that bears his name.

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One day after the New York Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board gave the green light to three casino proposals, the celebration was on in Schenectady today.  At Proctors Theater, officials touted the prospect of continuing Schenectady’s economic renaissance with a gambling windfall.

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A second year of "Countdown to Coverage" kicked off in Albany today.  Government and community leaders shared the podium to let area residents and small business owners know they need to enroll in health coverage by February 15th through the New York State of Health Marketplace — and how to get free help to do so.

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The mayors of Albany,  Schenectady and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals Wednesday. Tri-city residents are in for higher taxes. 

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Just days after a casino proposal for Exit 23 in Albany collapsed,  Schenectady has taken a key step in luring Vegas-style gambling to the city.  

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It's on! The second annual Mayor's Cup Game will pit two of the Capital Region's toughest men's hockey teams against one another.