Capital Region News

Capital District News
12:35 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Albany County Legislator Christopher Higgins

Before they check the menu, diners in Albany County can also find out just how clean the kitchen is kept. Under a new law restaurants in Albany County have to post their inspection results in a prominent location. Albany County Fifth District legislator Christopher Higgins was the force behind the new law that is now in effect. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Capital District News
7:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Mixed Results for Cuomo after Conclusion of 2012 NYS Legislative Session

The just concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor.  While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session, the Governor had to drop some of his original goals in order for that to happen.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt takes a look back…

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Capital District News
7:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times-Union

Mike Spain

WAMC's Ian Pickus talks about Occupy Albany and its costs with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times-Union.

Capital District News, Hudson Valley News
3:59 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Google: Upstate NY 2nd most racist region in US

The online edition of The Atlantic is running an article entitled "Can Google Predict the Impact of Racism on a Presidential Election?" It focuses on a study that tries to make a case for linking Google searches for racially-sensitive terms with election results to "reveal what Americans truly think." Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with two community leaders to find out "what THEY truly think" about racism.

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Capital District News
7:09 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Issues Left Hanging as NYS Legislative Session Ends

The legislative session that’s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what’s not getting done that what is getting accomplished. As Karen DeWitt reports, agreements were not reached on several key issues.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time last year was intensely lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. This year, he has taken a more hands off approach to the end of the current legislative session.

The governor introduced a bill on how to make teacher evaluations public, but said he would not push the legislature to approve it.

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Capital District News
8:10 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Cuomo Offers Teacher Evaluation Bill with No Compromises

Governor Cuomo is telling the legislature to ‘take it or leave it’ over a new bill he’s released new bill outlining how to make teacher evaluations public.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…  

Governor Cuomo says he introduced legislation on the publication of teacher evaluations just before his own self imposed deadline of midnight Monday in order to clarify his position on the issue.  He says it’s up the Assembly and Senate whether they want to pass it, exactly as is, or not.  

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Capital District News
7:03 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina gets an update on the region's headlines from Judy Patrick, managing editor of the Daily Gazette.

Capital District News
7:06 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times-Union

Mike Spain

As the legislative session in Albany draws to a close, WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times-Union.

Capital District News
6:57 am
Tue June 19, 2012

NYS Assembly, Senate Agree to Sweeping Reform of Disabled Care

The Assembly and Senate have passed legislation they say will curb abuses against disabled people in state care.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

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Capital District News
7:32 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Pro, Anti-Fracking Advocates Clash in Albany

Supporters and opponents of a plan to allow limited hydrofracking in New York’s Southern Tier region confronted each other at the state Capitol.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

For months, the Cuomo Administration has been signaling that it might permit the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking in a few areas in the Marcellus Shale region where the majority of people in communities want the gas drilling process to begin.

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