Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce moving into Proctor's Troy

The Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce announced today that it will move into office space in the long-vacant Proctor's theater building in the heart of Troy, NY.

Proctor's was built in the early 20th century for vaudeville performances by Capital District entrepreneur Frederick F. Proctor, who built another theater with his name in nearby Schenectady. The theater flourished for decades, closing in 1977. The city of Troy acquired the property through foreclosure a year later.

In the early 2000s, RPI acquired the building and hoped to partially use it as office space and keep the theater. In 2011 it was announced that, in a $14.4 million public-private project including a $3.3 million Restore New York grant, Columbia Development Companies would acquire Proctor’s and launch a restoration. That redevelopment project is now on the fast-track. The Chamber will be the first tenant at the revitalized Proctor's, moving in in September.

Above and below: media types are gathered 'round for the formal announcement.

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy called the project "beautiful" - he credited RPI for helping save Proctor's.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Reporter II
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New York, NY, United States


WNYC is hiring a reporter to cover government and politics in New York state: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Legislature, the congressional delegation and the performance of state agencies. If either Cuomo or Hillary Clinton runs for president, this reporter likely will cover the campaign. The ideal candidate will be a terrific storyteller who loves politics as sport and has the ability to juggle in-depth enterprise and daily deadlines to produce a steady flow of exclusive reports. He or she will demonstrate a willingness to experiment with new reporting tools and new ways of telling stories on every platform – the radio, the Web and social media – and have a track record of producing compelling stories that engage our audience. The position requires a willingness to travel frequently to Albany and around New York State.  It reports to the Metro Editor.


  • Report enterprising features, news exclusives and day-to-day coverage about New York politics and government
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  • Produce quick turnaround reports for digital media
  • Produce exacting live news reports for social media and radio
  • Make regular appearances on WNYC talk shows
  • Represent WNYC credibly on other media platforms


  • Three years professional journalism experience; radio reporting experience preferred
  • Track record of producing enterprise reporting with impact
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
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  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and concepts as necessary
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage several projects concurrently
  • Knowledge of U.S., New York and N.Y.C.-area politics, policy and data sources preferred
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