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The next two weeks are all about politics, but with a laundry list of unaddressed issues, Capital Region Democrat Paul Tonko says Congress shouldn't be taking a vacation.

  The opioid crisis has worried officials across the Northeast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about a recent forum he hosted in Albany. 

  The Orlando nightclub shooting has inspired new debate over gun control.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock it’s time for a new approach. 

House Democrats at a sit-in Wednesday.
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House Democrats have been holding a sit-in today to try to force Republicans who control the chamber to allow a vote on gun control legislation. Reports say the procedural gambit has only been attempted twice since the 1970s.  Civil Rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis is among the protestors. New York Democrat Paul Tonko of the 20th district discussed the sit-in with WAMC News Wednesday afternoon.

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Republican Joe Vitollo says he is running for Congress for his family’s sake.

  A year ago, the notion of a Donald Trump White House was little more than a lark. Things have changed.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — talks politics with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

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This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The 40-year-old piece of legislation, which provides EPA with authority to regulate commercial chemicals,  was considered by many to be ineffective, including Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko. The Democrat worked for more than two years to strengthen the law for consumers, but when the bill back came from the Senate, Tonko voted against the measure. Tonko explained his vote to WAMC's Lucas Willard.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Now that the nice weather is here, construction crews are a common sight. But in many cases, workers are digging up roadways to repair aging water and sewer pipes. Old infrastructure can create new challenges as well as inconveniences.

  The Zika virus has become an international concern.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about what Congress can do to combat it. 

  The New York governor and New York City mayor are both in political hot water of late.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what reforms he’d like to see. 

  The presidential primary season is nearly over, but it’s not yet settled.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — talks politics with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

The event was hosted by Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Albany’s historic City Hall.
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This morning at Albany City Hall, The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Hudson River Valley Greenway announced 17 grants to cultural and historic organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

Congressman Paul Tonko discusses the Zika funding crisis in his Albany office on May 1, 2016.
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Zika virus may be more dangerous than we thought. The first Zika-related death in the U.S. was reported last week. While communities beef up mosquito control efforts, an upstate Congressman wants more federal funding to fight Zika.

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

  Will Merrick Garland get a vote in the Senate in 2016?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Republicans have gravely miscalculated.

  The Boehner era continues to recede into the past.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock how he grades Speaker Paul Ryan so far.

  A big part of politics is constituent service.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he gets around.

At STAR Plaza: U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Olive Niccoli, Sara Niccoli and NY State Senator Neil Breslin. Niccoli also made campaign stops the same day in Kingston, Athens and Amsterdam.
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Montgomery County Town of Palatine supervisor Sara Niccoli has kicked off a campaign to unseat Republican George Amedore  in New York’s 46th state Senate District.  The announcement was made at Star Plaza.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko has introduced a bill that would boost funding for clean water projects. The Democrat joined a coalition of bipartisan leaders from across the Capital Region whose communities are grappling with failing infrastructure.

  Hillary has more superdelegates, but Bernie seems to have more vociferous supporters. What gives?

That’s the topic of today’s Congressional Corner with New York representative Paul Tonko and WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  From Flint to Lansingburgh, water infrastructure has been a major problem lately.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko discusses the issue with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The New York State Comptroller is out with an audit that shows the city of Troy's finances are in dire straits, thanks to poor budgeting, the overuse of rainy day funds to fund day-to-day operations, and insufficient funding for capital costs.

  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died last weekend at the age of 79.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Alan Chartock speaks with New York Congressman, Paul Tonko, about what will happen next.

Congressman Paul Tonko, Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, Congressman Chris Gibson
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Two powerful Capital Region congressmen on the opposite sides of the aisle met in Latham Tuesday afternoon to tour the Plug Power facility.

Tonko and the Mayor
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Congressman Paul Tonko toured the Lansingburgh site where crews are repairing a 110-year old 33-inch water main that ruptured over the weekend.

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President Obama’s final State of the Union address last night recalled the Democrat’s seven years in office while offering a vision for the future.

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A Central New York Mayor and a Capital Region Congressman are advocating for a new federally funded tool to ensure communities across New York and the U.S. have access to clean drinking water.

  One of the key industries in our region is horse racing, but the sport is not without its problems.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his legislation for oversight of the Sport of Kings.

  What will the Paris climate accord mean for Americans?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the time for action is here.

  Some last-minute deals came together before lawmakers left DC for the holiday.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the 11th-hour negotiations.

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