NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2018 budget address
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion budget plan that would close a more than $4 billion gap by reducing some spending, and imposing tax increases on health insurers, big businesses, and prescription opioid users, among others. Cuomo, a Democrat, says he also wants to look into legalizing marijuana in New York.

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A long-awaited report released this afternoon by the New York Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit carries no charges in the shooting death of a local man by a Troy police officer. But the report found the department made several mistakes during the incident and its investigation, and the unit is urging it to make procedural changes.

Police in Vermont's capital city say officers fatally shot an attempted robbery suspect on high school grounds.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

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A state panel created to study how to reduce the environmental impact of disposable plastic grocery bags has released a report, but makes no recommendation.

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


   Local governments, nonprofits, and a state agency will all sing from the same music sheet under an initiative launched in Massachusetts today to foster a rich cultural life.

Acclaimed writers Madeleine Thien and Peter Ho Davies join us this week to share their stories of Chinese heritage and the human experience. Thien’s latest work is “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” and Peter Ho Davies’ novel is “The Fortunes.”

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Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP

On today's program, immigration attorney Brendan Venter of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to discuss immigration.

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Negotiations continue between utility workers and the owner of Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County. Union members voted to strike Thursday unless an agreement is reached. Meantime, plant management and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have a plan should the strike occur.

Frontier Town
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The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to redevelop the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 16,2018.

Part two of a new Siena Research Institute poll released this week finds Governor Andrew Cuomo enjoying his best favorability rating in years. The poll also measured New Yorkers' feelings about the new tax law. 

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to tell us the latest technology when it comes to smart homes and smart cities - and how that "smartness" is powered.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. His most recent books are “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail B. Nayowith and “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities and “The Nonprofit Risk App,” a companion to the book.

  This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.


"The Good People" by Hannah Kent
"The Dry" by Jane Harper
"The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica" by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
"Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts" by Alexander Langlands
"Love" by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long
"Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream for You" by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by James E. Ransome
"A Place to Start a Family: Poems about Creatures that Build" by David L. Harrison, illustrated by Giles Laroche

Al Gini and Book Cover - The Importance of Being Funny
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When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid. Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone gets a joke, even a good one. But, Gini argues, joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality. As the late, great stand-up comic Joan Rivers put it: ‘If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!’ 

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. For over twenty-seven years he was the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and can currently be heard on WGN/Tribune Radio. His newest book is The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes In Our Lives.

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination have been met with a grassroots response in the #MeToo moment. In this climate, WNYC is presenting Beyond #MeToo, four one-hour conversations focused on what we need to do as a society to remedy widespread sexual harassment.

The four-part broadcast will cover the workplace, corrective responses, how we are raising and educating our children in this environment and how men can play a role in the solution.

The guests and their perspectives will be extremely broad and diverse. Listeners can expect to hear from teens and parents, politicians and artists, corporate leaders and blue-collar workers.

The series will air from January 23-26 at 11AM during the Roundtable next week. Jami Floyd is the Host Of "All Things Considered” for WNYC Radio and will be hosting the first night of four national roundtables called “Beyond #MeToo.” She joins us with a preview. 

The series will air from January 23-26 at 11AM during The Roundtable next week. 

This is a photo of Tiku Majumder.
Williams College

Campuses have increasingly become ground zero for the battle over speech. And while the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition and religion from government infringement, it faces limitations at private schools like Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In a November opinion piece published in The Washington Post, the college’s then-president, Adam Falk, responded to criticism mainly from Congressional Republicans to resign for not allowing a self-described white supremacist to speak on campus. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the college’s Interim President Tiku Majumder, who took over this month.

1/16/18 Panel

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   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and the Empire Report’s JP Miller.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and more.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy with occasional light snow or snow showers today.  Most places a dusting up to 2 inches by the end of the day.  Highs near 30.

Cloudy with snow tonight.  The steadiest snow will be from the Mid Hudson Valley east into New England where another 2-5 inches will fall overnight. Most other locations will get 1-3 inches by sunrise.  Lows in the 20s.

Snow early tomorrow morning, ending from west to east by noon.  Another 1-2 inches from the Hudson River east through New England.  Highs near 30.


The Tennessee Titans' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough for the team to retain head coach Mike Mularkey. He led the Titans to a wild-card berth and a come-from-behind victory over Kansas City before losing to the New England Patriots 35-14 on Saturday. Mularkey was 20-21 at Tennessee, including a pair of 9-7 seasons after becoming the permanent head coach in January 2016.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Monday, mocked Republican senators who now say they can’t recall President Trump uttering a vulgarity during meeting at the White house on immigration.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
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The fatal shooting of a patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center last fall has prompted changes to security at the hospital, as well as policies on employee communication, education and training.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
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Entomologists and tree experts say here may be an upside to the recent extended period of subzero weather in northern New England.

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Consolidated Communications

The company that bought FairPoint Communications is discarding the old name and making plans to upgrade the service of tens of thousands of customers in northern New England.

Westchester-Long Island Tunnel Idea Re-Emerges

Jan 15, 2018
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The idea of building a tunnel from Long Island to Westchester is not new.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address in early January said it’s worth revisiting in the name of alleviating traffic congestion. But some state Assemblymembers from Westchester doubt the concept will gain traction.


New York state gave $3.5 million last year to support municipal recycling projects across the state and the donation of wholesome food as officials strive to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Don Garrant
SUNY Plattsburgh

A former Clinton County legislator and SUNY Plattsburgh College Council Chair has died.

Following the rapid melting and quick freeze late last week, authorities across the region are dealing with ice jams and related flooding.  Authorities in Plattsburgh spent Monday evacuating a low-lying area in the city near the Saranac River.