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Senator Daphne Jordan, Renns. Co. Executive Steve McLaughlin, Congressman Antonio Delgado and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
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Cleanup is continuing in Rensselaer County following heavy storms and widespread damage Wednesday evening.

Voting booths
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A judge has ruled in favor of New York Attorney General Tish James in a lawsuit filed last month against the Rensselaer County Board of Elections and its commissioners claiming officials failed to provide voters with adequate and equitable access to early voting poll sites. 

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk
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The New York State Attorney General’s Office is among those asking the Rensselaer County Board pf Elections to provide additional early voting sites in the City of Troy. 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, masked.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's daily news conference today to discuss how federal funding is being used to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence speaks in Troy
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The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a stop in the Capital Region today to take a stand against a New York law that prevents immigration officers from accessing state motor vehicle information. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed the press conference as political theater.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This week, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office in Rensselaer County began processing all applications that come through the door. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the local approach to the new Green Light law.

A voting machine

A third attempt by Democrats on the Rensselaer County legislature to establish an early voting site in the county’s largest community has been defeated along party lines.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Federal, state and local authorities raided nine stores in Rensselaer County for alleged SNAP benefit abuse.

Activists gathered Monday afternoon outside the Rensselaer County Building where the Department of Motor Vehicles is housed to protest county plans to share residents’ personal information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Activists gathered Monday afternoon outside the Rensselaer County Building where the Department of Motor Vehicles is housed to protest county plans to share residents’ personal information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin speaks out against the Green Light Bill in April 2019
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials in Rensselaer County are combatting the recently signed Green Light Bill, a state law that allows undocumented immigrants the ability to apply for a driver’s license. The officials say they will provide voter registration data to federal immigration authorities.

Republican Michael Stammel, chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature

The next mayoral election in the city of Rensselaer will be missing a longtime fixture on the ballot. Yesterday, we spoke with the city’s new mayor. Now, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has part two of WAMC’s look at the race.

North Greenbush Police Chief David Keevern briefs reporters oustide the police station.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities continue to investigate a bank robbery Tuesday morning in Rensselaer County.

A proposed law in Rensselaer County aimed at preventing theft would establish 10-day holding period for second-hand dealers like pawn shops.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Embattled Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been charged with official misconduct and perjury. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at today’s Rensselaer County Court appearance.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Like in the Republican primary in September, it will take absentee ballots to decide the next Rensselaer County Executive.  Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has declared victory, but Democrat Andrea Smyth isn’t conceding.

Rensselaer County has advanced a proposed local law designed to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to cease the discharge of an emerging contaminant from a federal Superfund site.

The Environmental Protection Agency logo
The Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for additional removal of toxic chemicals from a contaminated landfill site in Rensselaer County.

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It’s possible three candidates could campaign through November when Rensselaer County residents vote for a new county executive. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, one candidate declared victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday. The other is not conceding yet.

The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls is looking toward the future after being dogged by more than a year of negative headlines surrounding a water contamination crisis and most recent devastating flooding. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has details about an event next month designed to assist individuals looking to start a business.


Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

The City of Troy recently replaced a more than century-old water main that ruptured in January of 2016. Before the line was repaired, 8 million gallons spilled into the streets of Lansingburgh, affecting customers in not only Troy but in 9 surrounding communities.

Troy could be getting a financial boost. Word came this week that the Rensselaer County city would receive funding after several steps to share services and lower costs were approved by the state. Meanwhile, inaction during the state legislative session threatens tax revenues.