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Sen. Gillibrand tours Air National Guard base in Scotia

Schenectady man arrested on drugs, weapons charges

Schenectady's Rivers Casino makes $3 million+ in first week

Man admits to lying under oath in Schenectady arson investigation

A man pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a fire that killed four people in Schenectady. Richard Ramsey admitted he lied under oath during the investigation into the 2013 fire on Hulett Street. That fire was intentionally set.

Man sentenced after holding ex-girlfriend at knifepoint

A man who held his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint in Schenectady then stabbed himself in the chest was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Police officer identified in Rotterdam crash

Rotterdam police have identified the officer involved in Thursday’s three-car crash. He is Patrolman Dakota Aker. Police say Aker was trying to pull someone over when he collided with two other vehicles at Curry and North Westcott Roads around 3:40 p.m.

Rotterdam cop involved in crash

A police officer has been involved in a Rotterdam car accident. It happened around 3:40 Thursday afternoon on Curry Road near North Westcott Road.

Rotterdam police sergeant cleared in Iraq veteran's death

A Rotterdam police sergeant has been cleared in the shooting death of an emotionally-disturbed Iraq war veteran.

Candy, flower shops kick into high gear for Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day and that means big business for flower shops and candy shops.

Fire forces 10 people from Schenectady home

Ten people have been displaced after an overnight fire in Schenectady. The fire broke out at a home on Congress Street.

4 communities in a winner-take-all casino sweepstakes

Four Capital Region communities battled one another in a winner-take-all sweepstakes to land a casino license. When all was said and done, Schenectady emerged as the sweepstakes winner.

Snowstorm beneficial for regional ski areas

This is what a skier's and snowboarder's paradise would look like. All seven trails at Maple Ski Ridge were blanketed with a fresh coating of snow. It was still coming down on Sunday afternoon, providing the perfect backdrop as skiers came down the slopes.

Swastikas found spray-painted on Schenectady home

Schenectady police are looking for the person or individuals who spray-painted a home with swastikas. Police say whoever is responsible could be charged with a hate crime.

Rotterdam kids make valentines to thank veterans

Some elementary school students from Rotterdam are taking this upcoming Valentine’s Day to thank our area's veterans. Students at Jefferson Elementary School created hundreds of Valentine’s cards for local military members. They presented them to the veterans during a special ceremony on Friday.

Princetown home destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed a home in Princetown on North Kelly Road on Wednesday.

Schenectady poised to get new rail station

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to build a new rail station to serve the city of Schenectady to replace a small, decrepit 44-year-old facility.

Casino draws huge crowds on opening day

The highly anticipated Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady is open. Thousands of people from near and far turned out for the casino's opening day Wednesday. 

Help available for problem gamblers

One of the concerns when a new casino opens is the potential for gambling addiction. Problem gambling or gambling addiction includes behaviors that compromise, disrupts or damages personal, family or job pursuits.

Rivers Casino in good company among others in New York State

The new Rivers Casino joins six gambling halls already operating in our region. In addition to the Saratoga Casino Hotel, you can make a daytrip from the Capital Region to either Turning Stone or Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y., the Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango, Tioga Downs in Nichols or the casino in Monticello.

Jammed parking lots don't deter first casino goers

An electronic sign that said the parking lot was full was the first thing many visitors saw as they arrived at the Rivers Casino. In fact, it was filled up before the casino even opened.

Casino already providing big boost to nearby businesses

Gamblers weren't the only big winners in Schenectady. Nearby business were enjoying the extra boost.

Casino overcomes long odds to become reality

The road to the Rivers Casino was lined by persistent protesters and propitious politicians. It was a journey that passed through four Capital Region communities, pitting one against the others, in a winner-take-all sweepstakes.

Casino gets high praise from first visitors

The lights, the tables, the machines. All brand new and hundreds lined up and marched in to see it first.

Casino developers, lawmakers beam with pride on opening day

The Rivers Casino and Resort was built very quickly. In fact, it was only 370 days from groundbreaking to opening day.

Saratoga Casino says its ready for competition from Schenectady casino

Saratoga Casino Hotel says it's ready for competition from Rivers Casino in Schenectady.

Niskayuna man run over by pickup truck in Colonie

A Niskayuna man is seriously hurt after he was run over by a pickup truck in Colonie. Police say 31-year-old Daniel Matus was jogging by the Mobil Mart at Troy Schenectady Road and Albany Shaker Road, when a pickup truck turning out of the Mobil Mart hit him around 11:15 Wednesday morning.

Excited crowds arrive early to be among first inside new casino

The floor of Rivers Casino is now packed with players, ready to try their hand at winning some jackpots.

Rotterdam man sentenced for attacking next door neighbor

A man from Rotterdam was sentenced to 75 years in state prison, for attacking his next door neighbor in her home. Craig Ackerman was found guilty in December of attempted murder, strangulation, burglary and rape.

Schenectady's Rivers Casino to officially open Wednesday

They're getting ready in Schenectady for the grand opening of New York's newest casino. The Rivers Casino opens Wednesday at noon.

Smash hit 'Hamilton' headed to Proctors next season

"Hamilton" is coming to Proctors in the 2018-2019 season. That was the crown jewel in a surprise announcement Monday when this season's shows were revealed.

Proctors season announcement 2017-2018

Among the revelations at the annual Bash was that Hamilton will be a part of the 2018–2019 Broadway series at Proctors, and that 2017–2018 subscribers at both theatres will have the chance to be first in line for tickets.


93-year-old man first to roll the dice at Rivers Casino

Even though Rivers Casino in Schenectady doesn't open until Wednesday, one man is already getting to roll the dice. The very first number rolled at the Craps table was a hard "8." The person who rolled that didn’t win a dime, but it’s okay. He was just thrilled to be there.

Gunfire reported near early childhood center in Schenectady

Schenectady police are investigating gunfire that rang out in front of a daycare center.

Ronald McDonald arrested on DWI charges in Schenectady

A Schenectady man is accused of driving very drunk. Police say they stopped 61-year-old Ronald McDonald on Broadway Monday after he failed to the yield the right of way at a stop sign.

Police find car stolen in Schenectady carjacking

SCHENECTADY - Police in Schenectady have found a car stolen at gunpoint Monday morning, but they're still looking for the suspect.

Tonko spends Super Bowl Sunday volunteering

Congressman Paul Tonko put the soup in Super Bowl on Sunday.

Running community helps man with cancer as he tries to beat the odds

Alex Paley is a runner who has been diagnosed with glioblastoma. Usually, glioblastoma affects people over age 50. However, there are exceptions and at age 30, Paley is one of them.

Police: Bank robber's getaway 'car' was a CDTA bus

Police in Niskayuna say a man robbed a bank, then hopped on a CDTA bus to get away. The robbery happened at the Trustco Bank on State Street around 2:40 Friday afternoon.

Schenectady man heading to prison for domestic assault

A Schenectady man is heading to prison for domestic assault in Colonie. Adam Smerznak, 33, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison Friday.

Schenectady hairstylist taking curly-haired talents to Cuba

Ronald Suriano runs Moisture Salon in downtown Schenectady, specializing in curly hair only. Suriano is not only hoping to inspire women in the Capital Region to love their curls. In March, he packs his bags and heads to Cuba.

National Grid using 2014 house explosion to discuss natural gas safety

National Grid is using a house explosion in Schenectady as an example of what not to do. The home on Paige Street exploded back in August 2014. No one was living there at the time, but natural gas was still being fed to the house.

Uber uses Rivers Casino in case for upstate ridesharing

Uber wants to be a sure bet for gamblers when the Rivers Casino opens in Schenectady next week. The ridesharing company is showing potential riders how to use its app at the casino.

Woman who escaped custody pleads guilty in separate case

A woman who escaped from Gloversville Police custody last fall has pleaded guilty in a separate case.

Two people arrested in Rotterdam drug raid

Two people are charged after a drug raid in Rotterdam. Police say 15.87 grams of cocaine and $1,000 cash were found at 2023 Robinwood Avenue early Wednesday morning.

Schenectady casino opening one week away

In just one week, cards will be shuffling and roulette wheels spinning at Rivers Casino in Schenectady. The sometimes controversial, but undeniably transformative concept known as casino gambling will be born in this community on February 8.

Colonie police recover items in car larceny spree

If you had your car broken into last fall, police in Colonie may have some of your stolen belongings.

Schenectady man sentenced in lottery scheme

A Schenectady man will spend the next three years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from the elderly. Prosecutors say Jeragh Powell and his wife, Kimberly, tricked the victims into believing they had won the lottery.

Eighty new high tech jobs coming to Niskayuna

Eighty new high tech jobs are coming to Schenectady County. Governor Cuomo announced Tuesday that Environment One Corporation will expand its manufacturing operations in Niskayuna.

Schenectady sergeant resigns amid fraudulent check investigation

A Schenectady police sergeant has resigned amid an investigation into fraudulent checks. Sergeant Jonathan Moore has been suspended with pay since November.

Druthers to open third location right next to Schenectady casino

Druthers Brewing announced Tuesday they will open up a site at Mohawk Harbor, right next to the new Rivers Casino.

Schenectady officials announce expansion of county-wide drug unit

Schenectady is increasing its efforts to combat the growing heroin epidemic. Officials announced the expansion of its county-wide drug unit on Sunday. The unit was created in 2015 to combat the opioid addiction issues impacting the community.

Some could be leaving thousands on the table at tax time

It's tax season. Before you file, you should know about thousands of dollars you could be leaving on the table through the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Police escort 350,000 turbine from Schenectady to Sharon Springs

Police helped escort a 350,000-pound turbine through the Capital Region Friday. The 350 feet long and 20 feet wide turbine was being moved from General Electric in Schenectady to a destination in Sharon Springs.

Rivers Casino and Resort announces partnership with Schenectady ARC

 The Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady opens in less than two weeks, and they expect to use 48,000 bottles of water every month.

U.S. Marshals ask for help finding accused rapist

Michael Hawkins of Schenectady is accused of raping two women in Schenectady and Rotterdam a few years ago. He's been on the run since then, and the U.S. Marshals are asking for help after finding his YouTube channel.

Stranger sends love to Schenectady mosque

At a time when some Muslims are being discriminated against and mosques are receiving threats, an Islamic center in Schenectady is experiencing the exact opposite.  

Schenectady man pleads guilty to criminal possession of stolen property

Paul Mackey of Schenectady now admits he broke into cars last November in Colonie, Bethlehem and Guilderland.

Report: Albertsons no longer interested in buying Price Chopper

It looks like a potential deal to sell the Price Chopper/Market 32 chain is off.

Man expected to survive after being shot in arm

Police say one person was shot in the arm in Schenectady. It happened near the back doorway of 856 Union Street around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, about two blocks from Union College.

Donations grow for kids of parents killed in horrific I-88 crash

Donations have added up to more than $47,000 for the children who lost both parents in that horrific crash on I-88 Sunday night.

Morning commute brings headaches to Capital Region drivers

The timing of the snow this morning meant a messy commute for many. More than 550 closings and delays were reported as schools across the Capital Region shut down.

Schalmont community mourns crash victims

The Schalmont community is in mourning after a crash that took the lives of three people. It happened on I-88 Sunday night.

Winning lottery ticket worth over $31K sold in Schenectady

Someone is $31,444.50 richer today. The New York Lottery says a winning Take 5 ticket worth that amount was sold at the M & D Mini Market at 3975 Albany Street in Schenectady.