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The protest was timed to coincide with the Albany County Legislature's swearing-in ceremony.
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Environmentalists gathered outside the Albany County Courthouse New Year's Day to raise awareness about their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.

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Environmentalists are doubling down on their efforts to prevent an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel. 

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Environmentalists are on alert as the LaFarge Cement Plant in Southern Albany County makes a push to burn tires.

Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck speaks to the Coeymans town council
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The Albany County town of Coeymans is seeking to pass a clean air law. Residents from nearby communities concerned with emissions from a local cement plant packed a town board meeting Thursday night.

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A viral video of Coeymans, New York police running over a rabid raccoon is under scrutiny. 

A proposal to bring trash from Connecticut to Ravena for incineration is under fire from Albany County officials and a former top Environmental Protection Agency appointee.

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70 Connecticut towns shopping around for a new place to dispose of solid waste have southern Albany County in their sights.

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Elections were held in villages across New York Tuesday. Republicans have emerged victorious in a closely-watched Albany County mayoral race.

The 24-year run of incumbent Ravena Mayor John Bruno has come to an end: the democrat bested 535 to 302 votes by local businessman Bill Misuraca, whose strong showing surprised some political observers. His GOP running mates also toppled the sitting democratic trustees. The Republican party has gained considerable ground over the last few years in the surrounding town of Coeymans, which apparently has now influenced Ravena politics.

Many villages across New York are holding elections today. One of those contests is a showdown between a longtime incumbent Democratic mayor and a prominent local Republican business owner.

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Albany residents alarmed about a plan to build a crude oil heating facility at the port of Albany have rallied their forces after meeting to discuss neighborhood safety issues -  they are meeting again --- tonight --- Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Giffen Elementary School-274 South Pearl Street.