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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy gives a July 28 COVID briefing.
County of Albany

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, the Capital Region is trying to keep control after a slight uptick in new cases.

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.

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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New COVID-19 numbers are coming in as the pandemic claims more victims in the Albany area.

A photo of pills and a container

Fourteen counties in New York have filed a lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers.

Yasmine Syed
Syed for Supervisor

Niskayuna residents have elected town supervisor Yasmine Syed to a second term.

Schenectady County DA Robert Carney speaks to the press
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A grand jury has handed up indictments charging four people in connection with two shooting incidents in Schenectady County.

After 41 years at The Daily Gazette, Bill Buell is calling it quits. He spent 23 years as a sportswriter, and 18 in the newsroom, and is now taking up a new challenge as the Schenectady County Historian. 


The Schenectady County Legislature has appointed a new county manager.

Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed, Board Member Lisa Weber
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In the Schenectady County Town of Niskayuna, the race is on for supervisor.

More public dialogue will be held after two threats were discovered at the Niskayuna Central School District in Schenectady County in one week.

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

Paved Trail Opens In Schenectady County

Oct 3, 2018
Officials celebrated the new section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Pattersonville
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A new connector in the trail system that traverses New York state was celebrated Wednesday in Schenectady County.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about fireworks within Schenectady city limits and a proposed capital project at the Niskayuna school district

A Schenectady County middle school was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a threatening note was discovered inside a bathroom.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Local officials and General Electric have announced what they tout as the largest and most ambitious municipal solar project to date in New York.

A freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in Schenectady County, impacting area traffic for most of the day.

 Schenectady County GOP Chair Chris Koetzle
Schenectady County GOP Chair Chris Koetzle / Twitter

Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle has served his position for the past eight years.

A major upgrade will be completed at a Capital Region airport with the help of a state grant.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it will begin treating a popular Schenectady County nature preserve for an invasive pest.

A controversial housing complex will not be coming to a riverfront property in Schenectady County after all. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the developer pulled a proposal that faced opposition from some nearby residents.

The Schenectady County Town of Glenville is set to vote on a comprehensive plan. If approved, the document would be the first central planning document adopted by the town in nearly three decades.

Officials are investigating after an explosion at an asphalt plant in the Schenectady County town of Glenville rocked neighbors Thursday morning.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Schenectady County had the highest per capita crime rate in New York. Now, officials are looking to curb that statistic with a new county-wide policing strategy.

Picture of a marijuana plant
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A new medical marijuana cultivation and production facility will be built in the Schenectady County town of Glenville. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s one of several new facilities joining New York state’s program for the drug.

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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The opioid addiction crisis continues to grip upstate New York as well as the rest of the country. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer visited Schenectady to tout new legislation that is aimed at combatting the influx of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be many times more potent and lethal than heroin.

With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis.

Due to last week's snowstorm, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has rescheduled a meeting for April 4th to discuss the next phase of a Superfund cleanup project in the Schenectady County town of Glenville.

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Schenectady County Law enforcement officials have announced an expansion of the county-wide drug unit to address heroin and opioid-related crime and addiction.

Schenectady County property taxes would not change under a 2017 budget proposal introduced Monday by County Manager Kathleen Rooney.