This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship by Katherine Towler
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an America Hero by Timothy Egan
Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History by Joshua Shifrin and Tommy Shea
Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman & New England Wild Flower Society
Lighthouse Handbook New England by Jeremy D'Entremont - Historian, American Lighthouse Foundation

Sen. Hugh Farley
Sen. Hugh Farley

New York State Senator Hugh Farley, a Republican who has represented the 49th district for 20 terms, will not seek another term in November. Farley, 83, announced Tuesday morning that he will step aside to spend more time with his family and wife of 57 years. In the current session, Farley is Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate, one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the chamber. There are already several candidates running for the seat; Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has also expressed interest in the past. Farley says he expects Tedisco to run. Here is Farley's entire statement:

5/3/16 Panel

14 hours ago

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Cuomo's comments on former aide Percoco, a new Siena Poll says people want ethics reform, Chris Gibson's decision not to run for Governor, and the Indiana primary.

A new poll finds that voters want corruption in state government addressed before lawmakers adjourn the 2016 session.

Uber & Taxis fight
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Uber and its opponents in the cab industry are ratcheting up their fight over Uber's proposed expansion in New York state. 

..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Congressman Chris Gibson's decision not to run for Governor of New York and a controversial shooting in Troy that has the New York State Attorney General involved.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

16 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

State Senator Todd Kaminsky
Todd Kaminsky's YouTube


Democrat Todd Kaminsky has officially won a close New York state Senate race on Long Island.

Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

Newburgh was placed under a state of emergency Monday after officials learned the city’s drinking water source was contaminated. In addition, water conservation measures are in effect.