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Past articles by Samantha:

Watervliet swears in new police chief

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A new police chief was sworn-in in Watervliet Friday. Joseph Centanni was sworn in at an invite only ceremony. He began his career in 1995 with the Troy Police Department. The new chief said he looks forward to bringing his unique point of view to the job. “I have the utmost […] → Read More

Training underway for additional Drug Recognition Experts following marijuana legalization

Latham, N.Y. (NEWS10) With the legalization of marijuana, law enforcement is bracing for a potential increase in impaired drivers. Many agencies already have Drug Recognition Experts on hand and some are in the process of training additional officers so they can keep our roads safe. While officers can use a breathalyzer to help determine if […] → Read More

Saratoga Springs City Council approves police reform resolution, not all citizens are satisfied

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Saratoga Springs City Council passed a police reform plan late Wednesday night, just ahead of Thursday’s deadline under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. It was the third version of the resolution. While a majority of the recommendations passed, there are still some community members who are not happy with the […] → Read More

Albany International Airport selling COVID-19 test kits to the public

On Wednesday, Philip Calderone, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority announced that they will now be selling saliva-based COVID-19 test kits at Albany International Airport. → Read More

Clifton Park bakery struck by car for second time in a month

Back in February, a Clifton Park pastry shop was hit by a car. And while repairs are still underway to the front façade, the building was struck a second time. → Read More

Mayor Sheehan unveils new fair housing legislation for City of Albany

On Tuesday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled new fair housing legislation that her administration is calling “historic”. → Read More

Restaurants allowed to open at 75% capacity, but owners say it doesn’t change much

Colonie, NY (NEWS10) – Starting Friday, restaurants across the state are allowed to open at seventy-five percent capacity. However, with six feet social distancing requirements still in place, it doesn’t change much. They can’t increase their capacity and they’re still limited to distancing requirements. Richard Dynes is the managing partner at Texas Roadhouse on Wolf […] → Read More

Nursing home union members and employees calling on state legislature to pass nursing home reform

The pandemic brought many existing issues with nursing homes to light and now many advocates are hoping the state will make some much need changes. Thursday, local members of 1199SEIU, the nation's largest healthcare union, participated in a Day of Action at over two hundred nursing homes across New York State. → Read More

Assembly Republicans introduce resolution to remove the Governor Cuomo from office

Many lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation and the top two democrats in the state legislature are questioning his ability to lead. However, the Governor has adamantly declared that he will not be stepping down. → Read More

12-year-old paralyzed after drive-by shooting in Troy

Troy Police are still searching for the suspect, or suspects, involved in a drive-by shooting on O’Neil Street that left a 12-year-old paralyzed. → Read More

Human Resources expert weighs in on sexual harassment in the workplace

On Wednesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a public apology in response to some of the sexual harassment allegations against him. “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” said Cuomo. → Read More

Rensselaer Co. coronavirus update March 3

Rensselaer County confirmed 38 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. The county's seven-day rolling average, according to New York State, is 1.5%. → Read More

Albany County allocating vaccines to neighboring counties

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, local counties have been working together and sharing resources such as personal protective equipment and test kits. Now, it’s vaccines. On Wednesday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced a partnership with Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. → Read More

518 Powerup collects and donates phone chargers for hospital patients

Being able to plug in and charge up our cellphones is something many of us take for granted. Imagine being unexpectedly admitted to the hospital for days or weeks at a time, with no visitors allowed due to COVID restrictions, and realizing you don’t have that critical lifeline to stay connected to your loved ones. → Read More

State vaccination site at Washington Avenue Armory targets minority communities

New York State is opening a vaccination site at the Washington Avenue Armory on March 3. The location is designed to specifically target minority communities. → Read More

Pandemic Impact on Rural Schools

Whitehall, N.Y. (NEWS10) It’s been nearly a year since the pandemic began, shutting down schools and sending kids home to learn remotely. Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association of New York State, David Little, said while there is some hope on the horizon for next year, for now, things mostly remain status quo for […] → Read More

Storms delay vaccine doses allocated for Week 10

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, all COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated for Week 10 are delayed due to the winter storms. These vaccine doses were scheduled to be delivered between Feb. 12 and Feb. 21. → Read More

Lawmakers weigh in on nursing home data investigation

Nursing home data has been a source of frustration for the legislature for months now and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seem to agree that an outside, independent investigation could help set the record straight. → Read More

Family members with loved ones in nursing homes are calling for swift passage of the Essential Caregiver Bill

Albany, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Many family members would like to see swift passage of the Essential Caregiver Bill. It would authorize the Department of Health to develop regulations to allow relatives or legal guardians to visit nursing homes and residential health care facilities in order to provide routine care during the pandemic. Sponsors of the […] → Read More

Termination process underway after Albany Police Officer captured on video making racially-charged remarks

Albany Police Chief, Eric Hawkins, announced on Friday that the legal termination process is underway after one of his officers made racially charged statements while on duty. The department has also released the body camera video that captured the moments the comments were made. → Read More