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Capital Region municipal leaders continue to warn of looming cuts after the latest federal COVID relief package left out direct aid to states and localities.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has appointed the city’s next Public Safety Commissioner.

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Capital Region mayors discussed the future of community health at a forum this week hosted by the Alliance for Better Health.

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The Schenectady City Council has unanimously approved an $88.5 million budget.

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The mayor of Binghamton says he is resting at home after testing positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has proposed an $87 million budget for 2021. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the mayor is proposing staff reductions and fee increases to minimize the impact on city property taxpayers.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Two decades after a stinging corruption scandal, the Schenectady Police Department has updated and implemented new policies and procedures. After a years-long effort, the department received statewide accreditation.

In a month that has seen protests downtown, activists and members of the faith community in Schenectady held a virtual discussion Wednesday to reflect on an iconic letter by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Protesters on the steps of Schenectady City Hall
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Protesters risked arrest at Schenectady City Hall Monday night a week after video of a controversial police encounter sparked outcry in the Electric City. 

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After video of an arrest Monday led to protests outside police headquarters hours later, Schenectady officials announced changes to several police protocols Thursday. 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
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The Chief of the Schenectady Police Department is urging patience as authorities continue their investigation into a Monday incident where it appeared an officer placed his knee on a man's neck while making an arrest.  

Protesters outside Schenectady Police HQ on Monday
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Protesters gathered outside Schenectady Police headquarters Monday night hours after a video circulated online of what appears to be a police officer holding a man to the ground with his knee on the man’s neck. Now, the mayor says the incident is under review. 

Senator Chuck Schumer addresses reporters as Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy looks on.
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Senator Chuck Schumer was in Schenectady today calling for immediate fiscal relief for cash-strapped local governments throughout the Capital Region.

Mayor Gary McCarthy joins Schenectady public safety officials at a press conference Wednesday
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Schenectady is looking for a solution to the problem of persistent late-night fireworks in the Electric City.

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Capital Region municipalities are laying off workers and cutting services with revenues sharply down during the pandemic.

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Leaders of Capital Region municipalities are preparing for the worst as the coronavirus shutdown devastates their budgets.

Corey Ellis
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Municipal governments in New York have some “difficult decisions” to make with revenues falling short during the pandemic.

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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.

Mayor Gary McCarthy speaks at Schenectady City Hall
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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.