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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin

of Senator Joseph Bruno’s bust at Albany International Airport.
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Funeral services are set for Friday afternoon for a political giant of the Capital Region. Joe Bruno, the former New York State Senate Majority Leader, died this week at age 91. The Republican leaves a complicated legacy that includes several area development projects.

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The Capital Region still is still feeling the impact of COVID-19 with two seperate outbreaks causing concern.
 

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives a July 28 COVID briefing.
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As COVID-19 spreads across the country, the Capital Region is trying to keep control after a slight uptick in new cases.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the Capital Region the go-ahead to begin reopening from coronavirus shutdowns Wednesday, a bit of news county leaders have been wishing for.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas hold a COVID-19 facebook briefing.
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Overall deaths from COVID-19 are declining by the day in New York, but public health officials continue to report new positive cases and deaths.

Albany County COVID-19 tracking chart.
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Public officials agree that testing is the key to helping New York re-open in the wake of COVID-19.

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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As the pandemic continues, local officials are doing their best to help residents through the "pause" in daily activities.

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Businesses and governments are working to meet the challenges posed by the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered his third State of the County address last night in Troy.
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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered his third State of the County address last night in Troy.

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There has been a shakeup in the race for mayor of Troy just one week before Election Day. 

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin speaks out against the Green Light Bill in April 2019
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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.

Troy City Council members hear public comments during Thursday night's session in City Hall.
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The debate over whether Troy should become a Sanctuary City has gone into overtime following Thursday night's Common Council meeting. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

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The debate over whether Troy should become a Sanctuary City could come to a head Thursday.

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The Troy City Council has once again tabled a vote on a Sanctuary City resolution.

The clock is ticking for residents of Schodack, New York who oppose a $100 million dollar Amazon distribution center planned for the town.

Officials say a multi-agency probe into the theft of funds from the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services has resulted in 19 arrests.
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Several people have been arrested after an investigation into welfare fraud in Rensselaer County.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin says the county will take whatever legal steps it can to stop the City of Troy from becoming a so-called sanctuary city. The City Council is expected to vote on the measure in June. McLaughlin, a Republican, tells WAMC those behind the proposal do not have the pulse of the people.

Protesters joined a press conference held by Republican State Senator Daphne Jordan against a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to seek a driver's license
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Republican New York State Senator Daphne Jordan and other Capital Region Republican officials gathered in Troy today to speak out against a pair of bills in the state legislature that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin (at the posium) as Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and other officials look on.
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As budget season heats up in Albany, a bipartisan group of Capital Region lawmakers and county leaders gathered across the river from the capitol today to pressure New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over local aid.

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Fresh off his State of the County address, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is looking forward to 2019.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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The 2019 Rensselaer County budget passed unanimously this week during a special meeting of the County Legislature.

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Budget season is ramping up. Here's a look at three in-the-works spending plans.