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For months, Capital Region officials tried to promote participation in U.S. Census counting this spring. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayors Kathy Sheehan (Albany), Gary McCarthy (Schenectady), and Patrick Madden (Troy) gathered at MVP HQ in Schenectady and are pictured here holding a mock check with MVP and CBO representatives.
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The mayors of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy gathered in Schenectady for the announcement of $800,000 in funding to six local community-based organizations.

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Schenectady, New York Mayor Gary McCarthy gave his State of The City address Monday night at City Hall.

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Election Day brought changes to the city of Schenectady , which is now under single-party rule.

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Some public officials in the Capital Region are in line for big raises this budget cycle.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has outlined his budget plan for the coming year.

Prominent Albany County Democrats including Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy called for Morse’s resignation...
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Today is primary day in New York state. Polls opened at noon upstate.

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The first female mayor of Schenectady died Monday.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy gathered with supporters this morning in the City Hall Rotunda to officially announce that he’s running for a third four-year term.

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The City of Schenectady is adding another tool to its program designed to encourage more people to invest in property in the city.

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The Schenectady City Council has overridden a veto by Mayor Gary McCarthy in order to preserve the city’s four city court judges.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about Prestige Limousine's defense in a lawsuit regarding the October limo crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. They also discuss Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, who is threatening to sue Democrats on the City Council if they block his attempt to ask the state Legislature to eliminate a city judgeship. 

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As Democratic Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy gears up to seek a third term, an African-American woman has declared her candidacy. 

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The mayors of the Capital Region’s four biggest cities met today for a discussion about leadership.

The Schenectady City Council. (Mayor Gary McCarthy is seated upper right.)
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The city of Schenectady has a new budget in place after the city council narrowly passed it Friday.  There may be a few bumps in the road ahead.

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General Electric is replacing its chairman and chief executive after a little over a year on the job. The change has raised interest in Schenectady.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his budget proposal Monday night at City Hall.

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General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its Schenectady plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit.

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As the birthplace of General Electric, Schenectady has a long and storied history involving power, but the city has now been honored for its efforts to save energy. Schenectady and Austin, Texas shared a first prize award from The United States Conference of Mayors, which held its summer meetings this weekend in Boston.

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This month Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy was installed as the president of the New York Conference of Mayors. McCarthy stopped by WAMC last week for a chat with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with workers at employee-owned Schenectady Steel in Rotterdam. (April 30, 2018)
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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited an employee-owned company in Rotterdam Monday, promoting legislation she says would pave the way for more employees to obtain partial ownership of companies they work for.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy was in Washington to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week.

Troy Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy at the TU Center (January 2018)
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Later this month, ice hockey rivals will meet at the Capital Region’s biggest venue for the sixth annual Mayor's Cup. This year women's teams will also take part.

Leaders in Schenectady kicked off 2018 Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady has a new city council president, a new city court judge, and an agenda for the new year.

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Following a spate of fires in the area, the mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy are joining a nationwide effort to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. 

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When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is located at 301 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, just off Erie Boulevard.
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More than three years after New York voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady opened its doors to the public today. 

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address last night. McCarthy, who has been mayor since 2011, touted progress within the city over the last few years. But some in the audience had hoped the mayor would address another issue.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy on a Rivers Casino bus tour. (Mar 16, 2016 )
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Early one morning in May 2016, as a Schenectady woman tells it, she was driving around looking for recyclables in trash bins, when a pickup truck began tailing her.  It turned out that the driver was none other than Mayor Gary McCarthy, who uttered words that frightened Sarah Dingley before following her. Dingley recognized the mayor, thought she smelled alcohol, and dialed 9-1-1. Now, a special prosecutor says McCarthy and the police made mistakes in handling the incident, but no criminal charges have been brought.

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The city of Schenectady has a new police chief.