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The Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative will meet for the first time tonight. 

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Local police agencies continue to grapple with a summer of gun violence some say has been fueled by the pandemic.

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Schenectady Police say the owner of a city ice cream shop was arrested on menacing charges for pointing a pellet gun at protesters outside his business Tuesday night. Demonstrations have continued outside Bumpy’s Polar Freeze since the weekend amid reports that the owner, David Elmendorf, sent text messages with racist slurs and said that he doesn’t hire Black people. 

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Two Schenectady police officers responding to a report Tuesday of an argument at an apartment complex fatally shot a man as the man pointed what looked like a gun out of a door. 

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Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.

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Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.

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Schenectady Police say the investigation is continuing after a child’s body was found Thursday during a search for a missing four-month-old boy. Authorities have not said whether the body is that of Rayen Puleski. 

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Following its own year-long investigation, New York's state attorney general's office will convene a grand jury to review the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old Bronx man who stopped breathing in a Schenectady police car after being stopped for a traffic violation.

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An hours-long manhunt led Schenectady police to a city man accused of shooting a woman and her two children during a domestic dispute at a Union Street home Tuesday afternoon. The suspected gunman, 47-year-old DeShawn Howard, fled on foot after gunfire erupted around 1 p.m. Near the intersection with Brandywine Avenue, police found two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, wounded. Their 35-year-old mother was found outside the home. 

The city of Schenectady is beginning the process of outfitting police officers with body cameras.

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A former New York State Police superintendent has died.

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Schenectady police continue to investigate the shooting of a city man during a confrontation with officers that was livestreamed on Facebook.

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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A Schenectady man has been shot and killed by city police.

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Schenectady is officially seeking an interim police chief.

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Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen is leaving his position for a job in Rutland, Vermont.

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A rally is scheduled for tonight in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood after the latest fatal shooting there.

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Prior to Monday's meeting of the Schenectady City Council, Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his state of the city address.

He told lawmakers that the city will finish the year with a small budget surplus, but noted that there are still challenges that need to be addressed, including the city’s vacant properties.

WAMC's Patrick Donges recently spoke with Mayor McCarthy, asking him first about how the city managed a surplus despite the dire financial situations being faced by other localities, and whether there is proposal in development for siting a casino in the city. 

A forum will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at the stockade room at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady on racial disparities in law enforcement. For more on the community forum on race and criminal justice in Schenectady WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke today with the organizer, Dr. Alice Green, executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany.