Capital Region News

Capital District News
8:10 am
Fri May 4, 2012

President Obama Plans Visit to Capital Region

President Barack Obama in Burlington VT
WAMC

President Barack Obama is slated to visit Saratoga County next week to speak on jobs and emerging technology.

The president will visit the Global Foundries chip plant in Malta, his third visit to the Capital Region since taking office. He is expected to draw attention to ways in which the government and private companies can work together to spur new high-tech industries.

President Obama has previously visited General Electric in Schenectady and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Capital District News
7:50 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Governor Cuomo Says Minimum Wage Hike in NYS "Dubious"

The Catholic Church as weighed in on raising the state’s minimum wage, but Governor Cuomo says the chances of an increase becoming law are “dubious."  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

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Capital District News
7:47 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Governor Cuomo Says Infrastructure Panel Will End "Bizarre," "Wasteful" Situation

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed his second blue ribbon panel of the week- this time to oversee infrastructure and capital projects including road and bridge repairs for the state.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo says the task force represents a break from the old way of divvying up money for capital projects like road and bridge repair and new buildings, where each state agency operated in its own little universe.  The governor says there’s a “lot of damage” that needs to be undone.

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Capital District News
7:34 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Anti-Fracking Groups Deliver 200,000 Signatures to Governor Cuomo

Anti fracking groups presented Governor Cuomo with 200,000 signatures asking for a ban on the gas drilling process in New York, and a State Senator predicts the opposition will have an effect on the governor.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...

The coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking delivered boxes containing 200,000 signatures to Governor Cuomo’s offices that they say are from state residents who want the gas drilling process banned. An aide politely accepted them, but Governor Cuomo, whose public schedule listed him as being in Albany, did not appear.

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Capital District News
7:05 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, managing editor of the Daily Gazette.

Capital District News
8:21 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Occupy Albany Returns with Green, Pro-Labor Agenda

Occupy Albany is back, this time with a specific platform to change New York government and politics.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…

The group credited in part with pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo to accept a higher tax on millionaires plans opening ceremonies from noon to midnight Tuesday across from the Capitol, coinciding with international May Day protests.

The park is within shouting distance of the Democratic governor dubbed "Governor 1 Percent" because of some of his policies and because his biggest campaign contributors are top corporate executives.

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Capital District News
7:12 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times-Union

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times-Union.

Capital District News
7:45 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Cuomo Shifts to New Phase of Government

Governor Cuomo cast further doubt on issues like campaign finance reform and increasing the states minimum wage to become law this year, and says he’s “shifting” to a new phase of governing instead.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo, in remarks to his cabinet, says he expects a “relatively quiet” end to the legislative session. He says campaign finance reform, including public campaign financing, are measures that he supports, but says that they are “controversial” and “polarizing” issues in the legislature.

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Capital District News
1:00 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David Titley

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David Titley is in the Albany area today, meeting with government, business and scientific leaders to discuss the changing role of the Navy in security and commerce. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Rear Admiral Titley, who says the visit is part of the Navy’s fifty cities in fifty days initiative.

Capital District News
8:01 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Cuomo Casts Doubt on Success of Remaining Session Issues

Governor Cuomo says he has some goals for the rest of the legislative session, including reforming the campaign finance system and possibly raising the state’s minimum wage.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Governor Cuomo previously said he thought that now might not be the right time to raise the minimum wage, but his position has softened in recent days. He now says that “philosophically” he supports an increase, and he cast doubt on opponents’ claims that it would hurt job creation.   

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