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Activists were joined online by elected officials Wednesday for the launch of the New York State Clemency Initiative.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
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Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.

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Several members of the Albany County Legislature gathered with civic leaders Monday in Albany's South End following controversial remarks by a Board of Elections official about the community.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences joins us to talk about their new innitiative, “The Collaboratory.”

Located in Albany’s South End, this space will be used by both the College and Trinity Alliance and serve as the home base for the REACH program. The purpose of this program is to engage, empower, and activate Medicaid and Medicaid-eligible residents of the South End and nearby neighborhoods to make consistent use of preventative health care and wellness systems.

Beyond serving this need, the Collaboratory will host classes for both ACPHS students as well as for community residents. The space will also be available for community group meetings, and we expect to add more services in the years to come. Below is list of suggested questions to help guide the discussion.

We welcome ACPHS President, Dr. Greg Dewey and Dr. Colleen McLaughlin. Colleen is a professor at the College and also serves as the Chair of their Department of Population Health Sciences.

    A new $10 million neighborhood community center has been built in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is one of the last major rebuilding projects from the June 2011 tornado that tore through part of the city.



        The city of Springfield is planning to take by eminent domain more than a dozen properties, including a public housing authority complex, to improve access and parking for a new community center.  The $10 million South End Community Center is one of the last major rebuilding projects from the tornado that struck the city six years ago next month.

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A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Albany’s South End will hold its annual fundraiser tonight.


The city accepted the bid from Fontaine Bros. Inc., one of seven bids submitted to build the new South End Community Center.  Officials had set a $9.2 million price ceiling for the project, which is being paid for with federal disaster aid.  No timetable for the project has been announced, but a groundbreaking is expected this fall.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the project is a big step forward in the city’s recovery from the disaster.


A long vacant tornado-damaged building in Springfield, Massachusetts was demolished today, as city officials vowed to continue a neighborhood-by-neighborhood crackdown on blight.

A former auto parts store on Main Street in Springfield was torn down Monday. The building had been vacant for more than a decade. It was damaged by the 2011 tornado. A car crashed through it.  The single story building had been seized by the city for non-payment of taxes and Springfield officials could not find anyone to buy it for redevelopment.


A family-run market that has been a fixture in the Italian American community in Springfield, Massachusetts for nearly a century is about to close.  The tiny market would be in the shadow of the resort casino that MGM is about to build. 

There will be no lines out the door and down the block of people waiting this summer to buy the Italian lemon ice –made from a secret family recipe.  Tiny Albano’s market on East Columbus Ave. in Springfield’s South End neighborhood is closing after 73 years in business.

    A sweeping economic development bill signed into law this week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick streamlines state funding for local infrastructure projects. State officials say an example of how it is suppose to work can be found in a Springfield neighborhood  that was ravaged by last year’s tornado.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Businesses Return To Tornado Damaged Corridor

Mar 30, 2012

Nearly 10 months after a tornado caused widespread damage businesses have returned in surprisingly strong numbers to the commercial district just south of downtown Springfield Massachusetts. In the immediate wake of the June 1st disaster there were fears the tornado would be the last straw for recession slammed business owners, but that has proved not to be the case. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.