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The three major party candidates for mayor of Troy debated crime, city finances, and infrastructure on Wednesday. The candidates also got the opportunity to ask questions to each other in what has been a highly politicized campaign season.

Candidates Patrick Madden, Rodney Wiltshire, and Jim Gordon met in a debate hosted by Time Warner Cable News. Independent candidate Jack Cox did not participate.

  This morning we will learn about a first-of-its-kind event to benefit female residents of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, based in Troy. The Arts Center will be hosting “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA.

The Troy mayoral race has taken a turn: Ernest Everett, who finished third in the Democratic primary, is facing felony forgery counts.

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As gun violence continues to plague Troy, city officials are once again urging residents to do their part to stop the bloodshed.

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After a count of absentee ballots, there is a winner of Troy's Democratic mayoral primary. The victor of the race deemed too close to call on election night last week is now focused on November.

It was standing-room-only at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections Wednesday morning as the affidavit and absentee ballots were counted to determine the winner of Troy's Democratic mayoral primary.

A contentious Democratic primary for Troy mayor is still undecided after the two leading candidates finished Thursday night only five votes apart, by unofficial count. 

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One Troy City Council candidate aims to kick civic interest and government participation into a higher gear by running on his own "Red Beard" ballot line in the coming November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with Anasha Cummings to discuss his candidacy and the potential he sees for the Collar City.

The Troy Charter Review Commission is seeking public input tonight.

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday revealed indictments against 20 alleged members and associates of a Troy-based gang (including an ex-Watervliet police officer) on charges they operated a high-volume drug trafficking ring.

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In a haunting new musical created by writer Daniel Goldstein, Obie Award-winning composer Michael Friedman, and director Trip Cullman, Ellen Rabinowitz sets out to understand her past after she discovers an enigmatic photograph while cleaning out her deceased grandmother’s home in Troy, NY.

As she chases the truth about the soldier featured in the photo, Ellen is drawn into a tangle of historical facts and mysteries that lead her to surprising love stories and unexpected truths.

The world premier musical, Unknown Soldier, will run on The Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA July 30th through August 9th.

We are joined at The Linda by cast-members Lauren Worsham, Jessica Phillips, and Clara Young as well as composer and lyricist, Michael Friedman and Music Director, Marco Paguia.

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Troy police were called to the home of a mayoral candidate Thursday night.

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With Mayor Lou Rosamilia deciding not to seek another term, the political scene in Troy is wide-open ahead of the fall elections. 32-year-old native Ernest Everett would like to see his beloved Troy make a big comeback. The Democrat announced his candidacy in Lansingburgh in the spring and believes he is the one who can unify the Collar City. Everett sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss his platform.

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  Every Saturday, more than 70 food growers, bakers, chefs and artisans gather to offer the Capital Region's freshest and finest at the Troy Riverfront Farmer’s Market! The customer buys directly from the producer - the person who grew it or made it and can tell you how to best cook, use and enjoy it.

For 15 years, the Troy Riverfront Farmer’s Market has provided a community gathering place with live music, great food, and family activities. The year-round market is located in the Troy Atrium in the winter and right on River St. in downtown Troy in the summer. Monica Kurzejeski is the Market Manager.

A black man killed in a shooting by Los Angeles police last week has ties to upstate New York.

29-year-old Brendon Glenn, who is from Troy, was panhandling outside a Venice bar with his dog Dozer on Tuesday night, friends said, when someone complained that he was harassing customers.

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Troy Councilman Jim Gordon is formally announcing his candidacy for mayor today, joining a crowded field of hopefuls looking to replace the retiring Democrat Lou Rosamilia. Gordon spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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The race to lead Troy is getting tighter.  Since Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced he would not seek a second term in office,  a cast of hopefuls moved into the spotlight.  City Council President Rodney Wiltshire was first to officially step forward, in late March. The two-term councilman tells WAMC:   "I wanna put the party politics from the past behind, and get us into the 21st century, which is something that I think Troy desperately deserves."   Wiltshire has picked up The Working Families Party endorsement.

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Saying the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy today as a part of a statewide tour to promote federal legislation that would establish national paid leave.

When Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced Monday that he would not seek re-election, a window of opportunity opened for a cast of mayoral hopefuls.  City Council President Rodney Wiltshire was first to officially step forward. 

Wiltshire kicked off his mayoral campaign Wednesday. Considered a "rebel" Democrat by some, Wiltshire often has clashed with first-term Mayor Lou Rosamilia and party leaders.

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Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia has announced he will not seek re-election in the fall.  Potential candidates were already waiting in the wings — now that Rosamilia's officially out of the race, WAMC takes a closer look at Troy politics.   

The Capital District is one of 12 U.S. cities in the running to receive up to $1 Million for a public art project.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday that the entry jointly submitted by the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy has been designated a finalist and the 12 cities have been invited to submit full proposals.

Temperatures across New York and New England hit sub-zero levels Tuesday morning, a day after a storm dumped more than a foot of snow from Buffalo to the Hudson Valley. The Sunday-Monday snowfall has triggered several municipal snow emergencies.

The storm impacted local streets and highways. Numerous accidents were reported Tuesday and tri-city traffic was truly bumper-to-bumper as vehicles inched along for the morning rush hour commute.  But that should change as roadways are cleared.

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Police say a man was shot inside a Capital Region nightclub, the same location where a brawl between customers and police officers took place last year.

WRGB-TV reports the incident happened early Sunday morning inside Kokopelli’s, a night club on 4th Street in Troy.

No arrests have been made, but investigators are working to obtain a search warrant for the club and a nearby car.

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The city of Troy is set to review its charter for the 2015 election year.

Mayor Lou Rosamilia suggested a charter review commission in his 2014 State of the City speech, a proposal that never moved forward. The charter hasn't been updated since its inception in 1973.

The City Council's Law Committee has charter review on tonight's agenda.  Councilman Jim Gordon says alterations could modernize city government, find efficiencies and find cost savings to taxpayers

A piece of Americana is on display this weekend in the Collar City.

Gramercy Communications says it will display the original newspaper copy of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at its open house between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the Troy Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 7th.

Gramercy's offices are located at the former home of the Troy Sentinel newspaper, which operated at 225 River Street between 1823 and 1832 and carried the first publication of “Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas” on December 23, 1823.

In early October, the mayors of Albany and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals. The road from introduction to enactment has been a rocky one for both municipalities.

  Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 800 men, women and children yearly. 

November is National Homeless Awareness Month and we welcome Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, and Rocco DeFazio to the show now to talk about Joseph’s House and the Housing First Approach.

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Troy is wrestling with a proposed $66.1 million spending plan for 2015. The Collar City is trying to keep the books from falling in the red.

The State Comptroller's Office advised the city last Friday that a 2014 budget deficit could lead to the return of a financial control board, which would assume oversight of the city's spending. Officials say such an oversight could occur in 2015 once the city closes its books for 2014.

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The mayors of Albany,  Schenectady and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals Wednesday. Tri-city residents are in for higher taxes. 

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Under intense public pressure to stop a perceived crime wave, Troy police called a press conference this morning to announce three arrests in two homicides.

A 33-year old homeless man identified as Daniel Reuter and Jacob Heimroth, also 33, of Troy, were arrested Monday for the August 20th beating deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow, found beaten to death in their home.

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Police have beefed up patrols in the crime-plagued "Collar City." 

Responding to a series of recent incidents, and resident's concerns about shootings and arsons,  Troy Police have suspended mandatory and optional training sessions to get more officers out on the streets. The move puts 20 additional bodies on the beat. Police Chief John Tedesco says officers have been added to the afternoon and evening shifts. The Narcotics Unit and other special terms are increasing their presence as well.  The police department's budget will increase, but officials couldn't say by how much.

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