Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Republican John Safford is running against incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen. WAMC's Lucas recently spoke with Safford about some of the issues facing the Spa City that is seeing a boom in downtown investment and development.

To hear a conversation with incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen, click here.


Italian culture and the achievements of Italian-Americans are highlighted during the month of October.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, where the mayor is the son of Italian immigrants, an Italian flag will fly over city hall this month. 

The Italian Cultural Center of western Massachusetts has several events, including a big festival planned Columbus Day weekend, according to the group’s president Lou Planzo.


The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking public opinion on a draft of the state's comprehensive energy plan.

Pat Bradley

Bernie Sanders is making a campaign swing through Massachusetts.


The state is hoping to crack down on underage drinking on college campuses.

Warren County Historical Society

An upstate New York businessman who was considered a pioneer in the amusement park industry is having his story told in a documentary film.

Schodack Police Department

Former teen idol David Cassidy has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida last month.

(Airs 10/2/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Teachers say they hope the Governor’s will fix problems with the controversial Common Core learning standards, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on same day voter registration, and a heartwarming story of a woman’s four decade search for a nurse who cared for her.

Siena College today inaugurated Brother Ed Coughlin as its 11th president.

Matt Ryan

Questions continue about economic development practices by Governor Cuomo’s Administration, including the proposed sale of valuable piece of land from one state agency to another state entity for a dollar.

US Attorney Preet Bharara is reported to be probing  contracts awarded as part of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion project, with questions over the timing of campaign contributions to the governor, as well as criteria used to choose the vendors.