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Thousands gathered at Troy's Riverfront Park before marching through city streets Sunday afternoon
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Thousands marched in Troy Sunday to protest police brutality. Despite some tension, the day remained peaceful. WAMC’s Jesse King was there.

New York Attorney General Tish James is warning Capital Region residents about a scam that involves individuals impersonating Albany and Troy police officers. 

The brand new LIFT Concert Series at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will feature four performances of new, independent music that all take place on Wednesday nights with both the audience and performers on stage at the historic hall. The series kicks off with cellist Ashley Bathgate on January 29.

The LIFT Concert series is curated by Sophia Subbayya Vastek and Sam Torres.

Troy's new city council
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A new Troy City Council met for the first time last night for its organizational meeting.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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With 2020 just hours away, local governments in New York’s Capital Region are getting organized. Many incumbents are staying put in the new year, but there are some changes coming.

The Berkshire Bach Society presents “Bach at New Year’s” with a program of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti at three locations in our region: Monday, December 30 at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts; Tuesday, December 31 at 6 p.m. at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Wednesday, January 1 at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York.

Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and soloist, Eugene Drucker, violinist and Co-Founder of the Emerson String Quartet joined us.

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Even though the city will be under a snow emergency, polls will be open in Troy on Tuesday for a $56 million school building project. 

Troy Approves $75M Budget

Nov 27, 2019
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The Troy City Council Tuesday night approved an almost $75 million budget for 2020, and for the average homeowner, it will cost about $78 more in taxes and a solid waste collection fee. 

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program brings access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming.

In 2018, "Water/Ways" was the first-ever traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program to travel to New York State. This past summer, the Smithsonian announced its choice of the Hart Cluett Museum in Troy, New York as one of ten museums in the United States to be chosen for its Museum on Main Street “How We Work” pilot.

We are joined now by Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, Lisa Cline; Director of the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, Tim Weidner; Director of Historic Rensselaer County at the Hart-Cluett Museum in Troy, Karin Krasevac-Lenz; and Director of the Museum Association of New York Erika Sanger.

Troy Foundry Theatre and Die-Cast of Philadelphia are teaming up to create a new immersive theatrical experience inspired by classic horror stories from the Victorian era.

“Yellow” will take place at The Trojan Hotel in Troy, New York. It upends the traditional haunted house and invites audiences to walk through interwoven tales of dread and terror.

“Yellow” will be performed on October 30 through November 9.

We are joined by Troy Foundry Theatre Artistic Director David Girard, Troy Foundry Theatre Associate Artistic Director Ethan Botwick, and Die-Cast co-Founder and director of “Yellow” Brenna Geffers.

Albany maintains a Vacant Building Registry and questionable buildings that have been deemed unsafe are marked with a red X.
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Three Capital Region cities are testing security devices to deter break-ins at vacant buildings.

Rodney Wiltshire, Tom Reale, Mayor Patrick Madden
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The Republican candidate for mayor of Troy has dropped out of the race, leaving only one challenger running against incumbent Democrat Patrick Madden.

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A third attempt by Democrats on the Rensselaer County legislature to establish an early voting site in the county’s largest community has been defeated along party lines.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise … see more progress.

This morning we’ll learn about the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in the Rensselaer Technology Park from Executive Director Catherine Gilbert and Director of Education and Discovery Sarah Smith.

One Monument Square
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The City of Troy has chosen a developer for its latest vision for One Monument Square. The site of the former city hall has seen several failed starts over the years. 

Troy Hidden Garden Tour
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Troy’s 20th annual Hidden Garden Tour starts at 4 this afternoon, with more than 40 homes opening their backyards to the public in the biggest iteration of the tour yet. 

Troy ESPRI
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Troy Tuesday to announce nearly $600,000 in state funding for 15 projects aimed at reducing poverty in the Collar City. 

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin says the county will take whatever legal steps it can to stop the City of Troy from becoming a so-called sanctuary city. The City Council is expected to vote on the measure in June. McLaughlin, a Republican, tells WAMC those behind the proposal do not have the pulse of the people.

Gloria Steinem is an icon. She also is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer, and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.

Steinem is the author of the bestsellers “My Life on the Road,” “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” and “Moving Beyond Words,” and was a co-founder of Ms. magazine.

We spoke with her Friday in Troy, New York while she was in the region to speak to a sold-out crowd for a program sponsored by the Hudson Valley Community College Cultural Affairs Program.

The Front Parlor Series began in February 2011. Front Parlor is held twice a month in Troy and in Albany and features storytellers and comedians from the Capital Region and beyond. Storytellers share witty, honest, terrifying, compelling, and sometimes sorrowful tales from their own personal lives and observations. The 8th Anniversary show happens this Friday at 8PM at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio and Front Parlor will feature 5 brilliant storytellers.

To tell us more we welcome local artist, storyteller, and corporate educator Gregor Wynnyczuk, producer of the show Jamie Thompson, and stand-up comedian Jeff Simmermon -- who has been featured on The Moth, This American Life, The Risk Podcast, and in his own show "And I Am Not Lying Variety Show" at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC.

Troy Foundry Theatre has commissioned Die-Cast of Philadelphia for the co-creation of a new site-specific immersive performance piece, unfolding the underground subculture of alcohol and speakeasies in Troy, NY during Prohibition. The company will take residency at Collar Works in Troy for the development and performance of the new work, “The Prohibition Project.”

In a country divided, there is a battle being waged over who gets to be called an American. Workers are striking, immigrants are coming and the Democratic Party has too many candidates for the upcoming convention. It is the end of the Roaring 1920s and everyone knows the world is about to change. But whose change will win out?

We are joined by Troy Foundry Theatre Executive Director David Girard, Producing Executive Directory Emily Curro, co-founder of Die-Cast theatre in Philadelphia, Director and co-creator of The Prohibition Project Brenna Geffers, and company member of Die-Cast and cast member of The Prohibition Project, Ross Beschler.

This Sunday at 3 p.m. Albany Pro Musica presents the concert “The Americas, Land of Many Cultures” at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The concert will feature José Daniel Flores-Caraballo and the Albany Pro Musica Concert Chorus; Camerata Coral – a guest chorus from Puerto Rico under the direction of Amarilis Pagán Vila; and Alturas Duo with Andean wind specialist Gonzalo Cortés.

Distinctive harmonies and thrilling rhythms will transport audiences on a journey celebrating diversity, multiculturalism, inclusiveness, and acceptance; the values that hold the Americas strong. The performance will pay homage to the musical heritage of the New World, featuring evocative music from North and South America and the Caribbean. We are joined by aforementioned Albany Pro Musica Conductor and Music Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo and by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. The Camerata Coral will perform a free concert in the Albany City Hall Rotunda on Monday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc. is a Troy community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of Rensselaer County, New York. Joseph’s House offers emergency shelter, street outreach, and support services to homeless and formerly homeless individuals, youth, and families.

They offer non-judgmental services where each guest’s dignity and worth are recognized and respected.

We are joined by Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor.

The "Rusty Anchor" secured at the Port of Albany after it drifted down the Hudson River
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Danger was averted when several unstaffed boats were sent adrift on the ice-packed Hudson River this morning. It was a tense few hours, but no one was injured and authorities have secured all vessels involved.

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Update at 10:05 a.m. Friday: Several bridges over the Hudson River near Troy have now been reopened as a number of ships float freely on the Hudson River. The Dunn Memorial, Patroon Island, Congress Street and Menands bridges were all closed at some point this morning. Petty Officer Michael White says the Coast Guard is investigating what caused the ships to break free early Friday. White says there have been no reports of injuries or pollution at this time.

"The Coast Guard cutter Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot ice breaker, and Coast Guard cutter Wire, which is a 65-foot ice breaking tug, have been dispatched and are en route to the scene to assist," White said Friday morning. "An overflight from a Coast Guard aircraft is scheduled to take place to assess the exact positions of the adrift vessels. Two commerical tugs are also responding to assist."

Amtrak says it is still running trains across the Livingston Avenue Bridge over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer as several boats float adrift amid loose ice in the river. An Amtrak spokesman says speed over the bridge is restricted to 10mph and the bridge has not been damaged. Company workers are on the scene inspecting the bridge, part of Amtrak’s Empire Corridor passenger rail line.

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The cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Plattsburgh have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The cities are hoping to recoup expenses from a crisis they say has placed a strain on taxpayers.

Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson perform Kinetic Light's DESCENT
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This Thursday and Friday night Kinetic Light, a collective made up of professional disabled artists Alice Sheppard, Laurel Lawson, and Michael Maag, will perform their dance piece “DESCENT” at EMPAC in Troy, New York.

Performing in wheelchairs, dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson traverse a stage built with hills and curves in a telling of the story of Venus and Andromeda through dance, sound, lights, and projection.

Friday's evening's performance will stream live.

A new vision has emerged for the center of downtown Troy. The latest concept to redevelop One Monument Square has been unveiled.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is partnering with YWCA of the Greater Capital Region for their 4th Annual “Brava!”, a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women and girls that live at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the Greater Capital Region at no cost.

The event will feature writers from around the region and beyond who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject from many viewpoints and range from poignant to hilarious.

We welcome Marion Roach Smith, writer and co-creator of Brava! and Daquetta Jones, Executive Director of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York is where the arts, sciences, and technology meet under one roof.

Over the course of three days, and across EMPAC’s four main venues and public spaces, the 10YEARS celebration will mark a decade since the building's opening in 2008 by presenting a diverse offering of cross-disciplinary performances spanning music, dance, theater, film, and many experiential spaces in between.

EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel joins us to tell us more, along with EMPAC's Associate Curator of Theater and Dance Ashley Ferro-Murray and Curator of Time-Based Visual Art Vic Brooks.

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