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Governor Andrew Cuomo is set Thursday to open the first span of the new Thruway bridge over the Hudson River, known as the Tappan Zee Bridge and to be renamed the Governor Mario Cuomo bridge. But questions still linger over how, ultimately, the bridge will be paid for.

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Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

Some politicians from the region are criticizing President Donald Trump for his brief remarks on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, that left one dead after a suspect drove a car into a crowd of counter protesters.

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A rally against fracking was held Thursday in Albany's West Capitol Park. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on an issue most New Yorkers thought was resolved back in 2014.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is being praised across party lines for publicly admitting he has a substance abuse problem.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says he was joking when he said the state would give millions more in funding to help struggling cities revitalize their downtowns.

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New York state has authorized five more organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to improve patient access to dispensing facilities across the state.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all state agencies to provide voter registration information in an effort to increase participation in elections.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of what he calls “aggressive actions” to expand voter registration, saying he wants to “help combat low voter participation” amid “troubling” attempts by the federal government that might restrict voter access. But a nearly century-old voting rights organization says the governor did not go far enough.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking Thursday at the opening of a health care center in Brooklyn for union members, defined the conflict over changing the health care laws in Washington as a class struggle.

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The second voter survey in two weeks shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to near record lows.

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The Republican healthcare plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is on the ropes in Congress as more GOP senators say they will not vote for it. Aside from healthcare, the Trump administration continues to be dogged by connections to Russia. In New York, a recent Siena College poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating has dropped significantly. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

(Airs 7/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 corruption conviction has been overturned by a federal appeals court, the city of Albany partners with the Nature Conservancy on a carbon agreement and we speak with a Democrat challenging Republican Congressman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District. Plus, political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a Quinnipiac poll on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s performance. 

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While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Governor Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City.

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A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has dipped to a near record low, and the reason could be dissatisfaction in New York City over the governor’s handling of the mass transit system.

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Add Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention.  Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.

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The New York state Legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

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Lawmakers came back to the state Capitol at the command of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called an extraordinary session of the legislature at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with unfinished business. But, as the afternoon wore on, there were still no agreements on how to tackle the remaining items.

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One week after the New York state legislature declared the 2017 session over, Governor Andrew Cuomo is commanding that lawmakers return for a special session at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with some unfinished business. 

A new study finds highways and bridges in New York and Massachusetts rank among the most deteriorated in the nation.

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When the legislative session ended on June 21, New York lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals in light of an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration.    

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a deal Tuesday that would require agencies to buy American-made iron and steel for projects like bridges, subways and new state buildings.

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

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President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, some New York lawmakers are pressing for reform of the state’s economic development contracting process, in light of a scandal that’s led to federal corruption charges against several former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday announced $35 million in funding available for high-need school districts across the state to establish after-school programs. And there are seven districts in the Hudson Valley eligible to apply.

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations. Authorities closer to home are also on heightened alert.

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The governor of New York is at odds with a Congressman from the Hudson Valley.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.

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