The statue of justce
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped a veteran judge to serve on the state's highest court.

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A New Hampshire restaurant is banning tips in favor of raising menu prices to give its staff a salary of $45,000 to $50,000 per year.

Attorneys for a Westchester County high school student have filed a second request for the teen to stay in the U.S. The undocumented immigrant from Ecuador was arrested the day of his prom and is being detained, along with his mother, following a deportation order.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Revitalization funding is on the way to 18 cities and towns across New York.

Legislative Session Going Down To The Wire In Albany

Jun 16, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York state legislature is approaching its final week of the 2017 session, and agreements on outstanding issues, including mayoral control over the state’s largest school system, remain elusive.

This is a map highlighting Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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At a Town Hall board meeting last week, some Great Barrington residents showed they were concerned about plans to expand the town airport. 

Maple tree tapped with tubing
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The USDA Agricultural Statistics Service issued its report on maple syrup production this week.  It shows that nationwide production this spring was up, with trees being tapped as early as January 1st.

JD Allen / WAMC News

The Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists kicked off its 70th anniversary with an evening of silent films and music by a world-renowned organist visiting from Boston.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 16, 2017.

Asha Burwell (Ariel Agudio standing behind her) outside the Albany County Courtoom after sentencing.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On January 31, 2016, three women who were then students at the University at Albany set off a firestorm when they reported being assaulted in a racially-motivated attack during an early morning argument on a CDTA bus. A jury found two of them guilty of falsely reporting the incident. But today’s sentencing in Albany County Court may not be the last stop.

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Mount Greylock, the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, happens to be enchanted — at least according to author J.K. Rowling, who describes it as the location of the North American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Amanda Zepka, the co-creator of the first MAGICon, which will celebrate all things Harry Potter this weekend in Adams, Massachusetts.

Rockland Legislators Condemn Act Of Hate

Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Rockland County legislators are expected to vote in support of a resolution condemning what they call the latest act of hate.

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie by Deanna Fox
Deanna Fox

With the official start of summer coming on Wednesday, June 21, Deanna Fox is in the studio for this Food Friday to answer your questions about delicious summer pies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Clearwater Festival Returns This Weekend

Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of Clearwater Festival

The Clearwater Festival is back after a one-year hiatus. The annual music and environmental festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Education Director Maija Niemisto about what’s in store.

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Now it's your turn. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jun 16, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 16, 2017.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
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Lake Placid, the Olympic village in the heart of the Adirondacks, is in the midst of upgrading its infrastructure with its Main Street Reconstruction Project.  Mayor Craig Randall, who just started his third and last four-year term — due to term limits — says  the improvements will help deal with congestion that is normally seen in larger cities.

Listener Essay - The Deputation

Jun 16, 2017

Gayu Seenumani immigrated to the US from Chennai India – where her parents still live. She is an engineer working at GE Global Research. She lives in Niskayuna with her husband.

The Deputation

To love is to devote. My experience says so.

My adolescence was marked with my mother being sent away. Or that was how I felt. In fact, she was chosen to work for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a stint, aka., government deputation. She would visit us once a year. These visits were marked by the anticipation that it would be the last. In those years, my father would pick her from the airport and after 20 days, a taxi arrived for her return trip. We would cry profusely saying our good-byes, went into our home and continued crying. Our father returned from the airport, took us for a walk where he would tell us that the year would fly by. That night, he hugged us with the promise that my mother would be back very soon for good. We three slept. This repeated.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

An upstate New York company has relocated from an iconic Albany building to a brand new logistics hub in Saratoga County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the company plans to bring more jobs to the region.

Anchored by a core of young, homegrown talents and a camera-ready star, the New York Yankees appear poised for a sustained run at October glory. No, not Derek Jeter’s pinstripers of 20 years ago. Contrary to many preseason predictions, the 2017 Yankees find themselves in the thick of the pennant race thanks to breakout performances from players like Aaron Judge. For the past 16 years,'s Mark Feinsand has had a front-row view of the action. He also reported for the New York Daily News. His new book is The New York Yankees Fans’ List, which is published by Triumph.

Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio
Albany County District Attorney's Office

Two former University at Albany students who said they were victims of racial harrassment by white students on a CDTA bus in January of last year have been sentenced to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service after they were found guilty of falsely reporting an incident.

The last remaining farm within Saratoga Springs city limits is under new management by a team that will use the property as a center for agriculture and education. 

Pitney Meadows Community Farm is ready for summer with Community Gardens, and local farm and food training and education. They’ll be a year-round farm-hub that shares the bounty of upstate New York agriculture and community. The grounds will also provide nature trails and host community events.

Barbara Glaser and Natalie Walsh join us now to tell us more.

Barbara is a leader in open-space preservation in Saratoga Springs since the 1980s, Barbara Glaser has played a key role in the establishment of Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Natalie is the director of the new Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

The Capital District Transportation Authority has released maps detailing where it will place stations for its new bike-share initiative.

The 38 locations in Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs will allow users to ride the green and purple CDPHP Cycle! bicycles.

The locations are as follows:


Ontario and Madison

Palace Theatre (Clinton & North Pearl)

Lark and Madison

New Scotland and Ontario

  Mark Mulcahy was the singer for the New Haven, Connecticut-based band Miracle Legion, active in the 1980s to mid-1990s. The band split up awhile ago but reunited last year to play some shows -- including a gig at The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio.


Mark’s band Polaris was the house band for the mid-1990s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Following the cancelation of Pete & Pete, Mulcahy found himself playing solo and releasing albums on the Mezzotint label -- the most recent of which came out in April and is entitled The Possum in the Driveway.


He’s assembled a band to play the album in its entirety at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA on 6/21; Lyric Hall Theater in New Haven, CT on 6/22; and Joe’s Pub in New York City on 6/27.

6/16/17 Panel

Jun 16, 2017

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today we are live at The Linda with an audience of WAMC members.

Today’s panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, the Douglas T. Hickey Chair in Business and Associate Professor of Economics at Siena College, Aaron Pacitti, and Author and Activist Barbara Smith.

WAMC’s Political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Trump blasting the Special Prosecutor over news stories that he is investigating the President for Obstruction of Justice in the Russian investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issuing a statement asking Americans to be wary of anonymous sources, Vice President Mike Pence hiring a lawyer , and Governor Cuomo nominates a veteran judge to serve on the state's Court of Appeals.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's WAMC Regional Forecast


Showers likely, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Jay Inslee

AP-Sports Right Now


Dems win with Scalise on minds of players

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record crowd of almost 25,000 came to Nationals Park to watch the Democrats beat the Republicans, 11-2 in the annual Congressional Baseball game.

As the school year ends, construction continues on the new Mount Greylock Regional School building in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 


Special town meetings in Williamstown and Lanesborough, Massachusetts are scheduled for November as officials consider combining the four school committees that operate in the region.