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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.

The Troy Foundry Theatre, a professional theatre company in Troy, NY, presents “Catastrophe Carnivale: An Evening Of Beckett Shorts” in the historic Gasholder building in Troy, NY through September 30th.

The company is celebrating the unique character of the City of Troy through the celebrated work of award-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and this quintessentially Troy Carnivale being performed at the historic Gasholder Building in Troy, NY.

To tell us more, we welcome: Troy Foundry Theatre Artistic Director David Girard; Troy Foundry Theatre Producing Executive Director Emily Curro; and actors John Romeo and Raya Malcolm.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (right) at Hudson Valley Community College
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Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a town hall in her home county Sunday evening, speaking to hundreds of constituents at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Gillibrand, a Rensselaer County resident, is running for a second full term in November and her message carried a call to action.

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The Corning Museum of Glass based in Corning, New York is taking its show on the road —  or water.

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Officials in Troy have kicked off a week of meetings to gather input on the future of a riverfront site in the city’s downtown.

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The City of Troy is seeking input from residents as it puts together an application for New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The effort by the Cuomo administration awards a total of $100 million, split between 10 communities.

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Traffic on a major commuter road in Troy, N.Y. is down to one lane in each direction Friday morning after a water main break. Traffic has been reduced to one lane on Hoosick Street between 15th street and Burdett Avenue after repairs overnight to a water main break. City Hall says motorists should expect delays and use caution while traveling through work zones.

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 week we focus on the prevention of violence against people with disabilities. People with disabilities are abused at alarming rates. In 2012, for example, 1.3 million violent crimes -- including rape and physical assault -- occurred against people with disabilities and that number has been steadily increasing since 2008, making people with disabilities one of the most harmed groups in the United States.

In 2014, three agencies in Rensselaer County joined forces to develop a system of care that addresses the unique circumstances of survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault who have disabilities. Unity House of Troy, the lead agency in the coalition, has worked for the last 4 years with Samaritan Hospital’s Office of Sexual Assault and Crime Victim’s Assistance (part of St. Peter’s Health Care Partners), and the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, to educate providers on creating services that are disability appropriate.  

We are joined by Director of Community Resources & Organizational Development at Unity House Dave Warren; Director of the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program with Samaritan Hospital and St. Peter’s Health Partners Lindsey Crusan-Muse; and Director of Development at the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley Barbara Devore.

  The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation partnered with WAMC in the 2018 Winter Fund Drive to donate support to Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY. 

Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, joins us.

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First-term Troy Mayor Patrick Madden announced his goals for his third year in office Thursday night during his State of the City address.

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Two men are facing murder charges in the killings of four people, including two children, in the upstate New York community of Troy.

Police in Troy are investigating what they say appears to be a quadruple homicide after four bodies were discovered in a basement apartment in the city’s Lansingburgh section. Police roped off the area around the house on Second Avenue on Tuesday after receiving a call shortly before 1 p.m. Troy Police Captain Daniel DeWolf, speaking on WNYT, says the property manager first discovered the bodies.

Troy Police Chief Retiring

Dec 15, 2017
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
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The police chief of Troy, New York is stepping down in December after 40 years with the department. John Tedesco has been the chief for seven years.

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The first season of the Capital Region's bike-share program is being hailed as a major success.

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Democrats have regained control of the city council in Troy, New York, but after the first citywide vote, the council presidency is still up in the air.

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Friday afternoon, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden issued a statement saying the controversial plans to build a Bow Tie Cinema movie theater at One Monument Square were dead. Now, across the Hudson River, Cohoes is hoping to land the theater.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries. 

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY. 

We are joined by Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director for The Food Pantries for the Capital District;  Katie Doran, Shareholder of TBC CPA Firm the Presenting Sponsor for Harvest Evening Celebration; Ruth Kassel, Ph.D., Assistant Director for the Siena College Academic Community Engagement for Community Engaged Teaching and Learning; and Kizzy Williams, Owner and Chef at Allie B.’s Cozy Kitchen.

Schenectady County’s District Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor after the Rensselaer County DA recused himself from an investigation into a police-involved shooting.

Demonstrators march down Hoosick Street in Troy, New York. They headed to city hall to protest after 22-year-old Dahmeek McDonald was shot by police.
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The attorney for a 22-year-old upstate New York man who was shot and wounded by police during a traffic stop says his client wasn't armed at the time of the confrontation.

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Dozens of people including family members and friends of a man shot Tuesday night by Troy police marched to city hall today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the crowd demanded answers as police continue to investigate the incident.

Police in an upstate New York city say an officer has shot and wounded a suspected parole violator during a traffic stop.

The crater that remained following the water main break in Troy.
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The City of Troy has completed work on a new water main to replace a 33-inch pipe that burst in January 2016, flooding parts of Lansingburgh and affecting residents of several nearby communities.

  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 talk about The Enchanted City – the Steampunk Tale of Troy, NY. Susan Dunckel, the producer of The Enchanted City' and Cheryl Kennedy, the economic developer for the city of Troy and an honorary committee member for The Enchanted City.

Following the launch of her new book, Low Relief, artist Lucy Raven and special-effects legend Phil Tippett will present an excerpt of their in-progress moving-image work, Coming Attraction at EMPAC in Troy, NY tomorrow at 7PM.

Tippett will discuss his collaboration with Raven, and offer an in-depth look at the making of the 1997 sci-fi cult classic Starship Troopers, including an edit of footage made by Tippett during the Troopers location scout in the badlands of Wyoming.

Under a staircase in his Berkeley visual-effects studio Tippett recently unearthed over 12 hours of VHS tapes, including the location scout and behind-the-scenes recordings made on-set during the shoot, an edit of which will be screened at this presentation. 

The evening will end with a screening of Starship Troopers, directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett’s career in visual effects has spanned more than 30 years and his selected filmography includes: The Twilight Films, RoboCop 1, 2 and 3Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Empire Strikes Back and the original Star Wars.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival will take place at EMPAC in Troy, NY today through Sunday.

The festival concludes David Alan Miller’s 25th anniversary season with the ASO. It will include more than 40 new works presented in more than 15 concerts and events – including “This Land Sings,” a song-cycle by Michael Daugherty inspired by the life and times of Woody Guthrie.

Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller joins us. 

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If you’ve been to Manhattan recently, you’ve probably noticed the blue Citi Bikes traveling along city streets. Now, CDTA is teaming up with CDPHP and a Brooklyn-based company to bring bike-sharing to the Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard explains that customers will be able to choose where they’d like to see the bikes.

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 tell you about the Hackethon For Social Good at the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity in Troy. Our guest: is Holly Cargill-Cramer - Executive Director at Tech Valley Center Of Gravity.

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A prominent Capital Region developer has been chosen to rebuild Troy’s long-stalled One Monument Square project.

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.

Today we will learn about Operation Snip, an organization that focuses on TNR (trap-neuter-return) for community cats (otherwise known as feral cats) which live in alleys and vacant buildings throughout Troy and the capital district.

Lynn Kopka is the founder of Operation Snip.

Breathing Lights

Nov 23, 2016
Breathing Lights

This month and last, nightly from 6pm – 10pm, Breathing Lights has been illuminating the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Breathing Lights looks to transform abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. 

Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights was a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge which engages mayors to collaborate with artists on developing innovative public art projects that enrich communities and attract visitors.

But even after the closure, there will be months of programming and events to continue the conversation surrounding the issues. To tell us more – we welcome project architect Barb Nelson, Lead Artist Adam Frelin and Judie Gilmore, the project director. 

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