Taxpayers in the town of Colonie would see a 1.9 percent hike in their tax bills under an $88.9 million budget proposed by Supervisor Paula Mahan. Mahan spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her spending plan, under which the tax rate would increase 4.6 cents per thousand of assessed value, rendering a net tax increase for the average taxpayer of approximately $6.50.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has released an $18.7 million dollar spending plan for the Albany County city that does not raise taxes. Morse spoke about his first proposed budget with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Kingston Mayor To Hold Community Budget Forum

Aug 18, 2016
Tax Credits, flickr

The Kingston community has a chance Thursday evening to weigh in on the city’s budget.

Gov. Charlie Baker
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed $256 million in spending from a nearly $39 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Senate leaders are putting the finishing touches on a nearly $40 billion state budget.

Lawmakers Nearing Budget Deal In Albany

Mar 28, 2016
Gov. Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Lawmakers worked toward a budget deal late Monday in Albany, as New York Governor Cuomo indicated he’s making some concessions on the minimum wage.

Book Cover - Waste Free Kitchen Handbook

  Despite a growing awareness of food waste, many well-intentioned home cooks lack the tools to change their habits. Dana Gunders new book, Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food is packed with engaging checklists, simple recipes, practical strategies, and educational infographics.

Gunders is a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the book contains techniques that call for minimal adjustments of habit, from shopping, portioning, and using a refrigerator properly to simple preservation methods including freezing, pickling, and cellaring.

The Troy City Council agreed on a budget compromise Tuesday night, effectively halving a 9.2 percent property tax increase.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council took public comments on the proposed city budget last night.  Most comments focused on two recent items the body addressed.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his 2016 budget Thursday. The Democratic mayor, up for re-election in November, is keeping the city tax rate flat.

  The GOP House budget had some detractors from with the Republican conference.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan why he voted nay.

Most arguments in Washington ultimately boil down to how much to spend and what to spend it on.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Republican budget is bad for her constituents.


  Carl Richards is a certified financial planner and a columnist for the New York Times, where he has a weekly “Sketch Guy” column. Carl has been featured on Marketplace Money and is the author of The Behavior Gap.

In his new book, The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way To Be Smart About Your Money, Richards shares the one question that should be at the heart of your personal finance strategy: “Why is money important to me?” The answer is different for everyone, but it’s a solid foundation for making a long-term plan. The fact is, in a single page you can prioritize what you really want in life and figure out how to get there. How much should I really save?

As details of the New York State budget filter out, different municipal and business sectors are reviewing it to determine its potential impact. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some North Country interests on their initial budget thoughts.

3/19/15 Panel

Mar 19, 2015

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

WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf, and Poughkeepsie Journal Editor Stu Shinske.

Scheduled topics: Tunis Attack; UN Israel Relations; Obama on Budget; Senate on Budget; State Dept. on Clinton E-mails.

3/18/15 Panel

Mar 18, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Schedule topics today include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins election in Israel; Penn State frat suspended; Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage; US Budget; new findings in breast biopsies.

During a budget committee hearing on Wednesday ranking member Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders railed at business leaders who are suggesting program cuts for the poor to help balance the budget.

1/30/15 Panel

Jan 30, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Keystone Pipeline Vote, Biofuels, Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor, Budget Battle, and NFL Super Bowl XLIX.

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The minority leader of the Rockland County legislature Wednesday proposed a bipartisan compromise for the 2015 budget. The county executive has responded.

NYS Comptroller Reviews Rockland's Prelim Budget

Nov 14, 2014
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The New York state comptroller has reviewed Rockland County’s proposed budget for 2015.

Westchester County Exec Proposes 2015 Budget

Nov 11, 2014

Fresh from his defeat in New York’s gubernatorial race, the Westchester County executive Monday proposed his 2015 budget, his fifth with no tax levy hike.

The Rescue Of Ladder 1

Oct 23, 2014
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

It is being hailed  as a "win-win" for citizens and government: the final curtain in Albany's "battle to save Ladder 1." 

In an effort to balance her 2015 budget, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan proposed shaving a million dollars in annual expenses by eliminating Ladder 1 from service in the South End, where it would be first responder to any oil train disaster. Firefighters and their union were up in arms.   "The South Station will remain open."   

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayors of Albany,  Schenectady and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals Wednesday. Tri-city residents are in for higher taxes. 

Orange County Exec Plans Budget Cuts

Jun 21, 2014
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The Orange County executive is looking at cost-cutting measures to help plug a $60 million budget gap next year.

Matthew Trump

Connecticut lawmakers have passed an approximately $19 billion budget crafted by the Democrats.

The Senate approved the deal on a 21-15 vote early Sunday morning. About an hour earlier, the House had approved the same agreement. The budget bill now moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to sign it into law.

The deal was reached just days after revelations that the state's projected budget surplus had plunged.

  Paul Ryan’s budget proposal has split the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that even the name of the budget bill is wrong.

    The Paul Ryan budget is the latest left-right dividing point.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the GOP mistakenly sees tax cuts as a panacea.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

  Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal has divided the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the plan hurts working families.

4/7/14 Panel

Apr 7, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
China on Cyberattacks
Afghan Voting
Missing Airline
Jeb Bush Strategy
U.S. House Budget Proposal Dismisses Role of IMLS
Mickey Rooney


The April 1 deadline has come and New York State has an on-time budget. New York Public Interest Research Group Legislative Director Blair Horner joins Alan in the studio today to talk about the budget. We want to know what you think of it, too.