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New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaking to reporters this afternoon, following a private meeting with Assembly Democrats.
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New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh Friday.
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A new Siena Research Institute poll shows New Yorkers are evenly split about the future of the country under President-elect Donald Trump.

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The head of the state Association of Chiefs of Police has written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting that he approve expansion of ride-sharing services in upstate New York to combat drunk driving.

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The definition of a tree is at the heart of a lawsuit claiming new snowmobile trails being carved through the Adirondack forest violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution.

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New York is relaxing some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law to boost patient access.

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Several structures in downtown Saratoga Springs were impacted by a fire in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would create an Autism Action Plan. The plan intends to identify the most effective ways to support New Yorkers living with the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country.

New York state Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority in the Senate. But it’s more complicated than that.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Cuomo spent the early part of this week in a marathon bill signing, and vetoing, session.  The governor rejected an unusually high number of bills, and some supporters of the vetoed measures aren’t pleased.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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The ousted head of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo and six business leaders pleaded not guilty to extortion, bribery and bid-rigging charges in federal court today. Barry Bohrer, the lawyer for former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco, briefly spoke to reporters in New York City in audio captured by Newschannel 13.

“It’s four to six weeks for us to review the evidence and that’s what we’ll be doing,” said Bohrer. “We’ll have more comments the next time we’re in court.”

Oneonta's Christmas tree is lit up at the Rockefeller plaza.
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com about post election feeling's in Central New York and last night's lighting of the Christmas tree that came from Oneonta, in Rockefeller plaza.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. He says in exchange, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who successfully prosecuted former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges, said Wednesday he has been asked to stay on by President-elect Donald Trump and accepted.

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The New Year’s Eve tradition that packs downtown Saratoga Springs with performers, musicians, throngs of revelers, and fireworks, is just about a month away.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has agreed to remain a federal prosecutor at President-elect Donald Trump's request.

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On this last day of November, the Siena Research Institute has released its annual poll of New Yorkers’ holiday spending plans and attitudes about the holiday season, volunteering and charitable donations. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Don Levy.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued his first public comments since his former top aide and other former associates were indicted on corruption charges just before Thanksgiving.

Facebook: Price Chopper Supermarkets

One of the region’s best known companies may be sold. The Reuters News Agency is reporting that talks are underway that could lead to the sale of Price Chopper supermarkets to Albertsons, a national chain. 

The Troy City Council
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Inside a tense City Council chambers Tuesday night, after weeks of often pointed public debate, Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello said communication between the Majority Steering Committee and Mayor Patrick Madden had broken down.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.
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This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the HUD secretary spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.

The Federal Highway Administration isn't showing any "Love" for some tourism signs along New York highways.

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Uber says more than 43,000 New Yorkers opened its app in upstate New York on Thanksgiving eve — but couldn't order a car because of a state law prohibiting the ride-hailing service from operating outside of New York City. 

A new research report by the New York State School Boards Association says community schools can help students overcome the adverse effects of poverty and other obstacles to academic success.

Influential experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist Pauline Oliveros has died. A founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, she taught music at several institutions and served as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Rescue crews continue the search for a Vermont hunter who hasn't been seen since he left his hunting camp last weekend in northeastern New York.

Authorities say a fatal shooting at an Albany bar popular with the LGBT community wasn't bias-related.

Thanks to last weekend's snowfall, three upstate NY ski centers are opening Friday.

 

A former top adviser for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven other people have been indicted in their federal corruption case.

A 9mm Luger jacketed flat point cartridge variant
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An upstate New York man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for possessing a single bullet.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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Indictments are due by Wednesday in an economic development corruption scandal involving New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide and other former associates. The governor has been active in recent days on other matters,  including taking steps to counteract a rise in hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump as president.

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