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A racially insensitive menu for a Black History Month meal at New York University has led to a company apology and workers being fired.

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Wednesday's taste of spring reminded New Yorkers that warmer days are ahead, and with them, Albany's signature race.

New York Congressman Paul Tonko and members of the New York chapter of the U.S. Small Business Association gathered in Schenectady this week to announce an initiative to boost small business growth. 

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Following unseasonably warm temperatures this week, several communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by ice jams.

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Jim Kevlin of, The Freeman's Journal and Hometown Oneonta speaks with WAMC's Lucas Willard about Diane Neal's bid for congress in New York's 19th district and her upcoming visit to central NY.

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Judy Patrick, editor of The Daily Gazette, talks with WAMC's Jim Levulis about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district and Dr. David Harris' appointment as president of Union College.

WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about possible flooding in the Schenectady Stockade district, and the push for a new “adaptive performance test” for students.


Attendance at state parks rose last year once again, with 71.5 million visitors to parks and historic sites across New York state.

Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News talks with WAMC's Lucas Willard about New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, who took advantage of personal business tax break while criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development plan.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will visit the campus of SUNY Adirondack today to meet with school leaders about cybersecurity.

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20th District Representative Paul Tonko will spend a week touring Capital Region drinking water systems as Congress considers legislation that would support local projects.


Two Rensselaer County legislators are running against each other in a special election to fill a vacant state Assembly seat.

The widow of a man who died in Schenectady police custody has released audio that reveals her husband complained of having difficulty breathing.

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A New York City Council member has announced he will challenge Kathy Hochul in this year's Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

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Shawn Morse, the Democratic mayor of Cohoes, New York, marked the beginning of his third year in office Thursday night with a State of the City address. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Morse focused on the positives in the small upstate city.

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The City of Troy’s police department has a new team of leaders. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports city officials are looking forward to a “new era” for the Troy PD.

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Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a December 31 deadline.


A petition to re-count ballots in Saratoga Springs’ close charter change vote in November has been denied by a judge. But petitioners are not giving up.

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The Commission of Correction has identified five jails as the “worst” in New York state. The Greene and Dutchess County Jails are on the list.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's time New York made it illegal for police officers to have sex with people in their custody.

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The head of New York state’s Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the state’s public ethics commission, alleging that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aide — Joe Percoco, now on trial for bribery — broke the state’s public officers’ law.

The New York Farm Bureau has released its national agricultural priorities for 2018.  The Farm Bill is key along with trade and regulatory reform.

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A senior aide to a New York state senator has resigned in the face of felony domestic violence charges.


WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick, the editor of The Daily Gazette, about Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day and George Washington's hair.  

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On Thursday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

In these pictures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's flickr account,, the governor holds his new dog "Captain" during a conference of mayors in Albany, N.Y.

New York's first family has a new first dog.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give police officers in New York the legal power to remove firearms from a home after a case of domestic violence. Currently, firearms must be surrendered by someone charged with domestic violence only if the suspect is named in an order of protection, or if a judge decides the accused poses a threat to the protected person. 

Morning Headlines With Mike Spain Of The Times Union

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Times Union, about the marijuana ban on Lake Champlain and more teacher evaluations in New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director says 30-day amendments to the Democrat’s spending plan due out later this week will include an overhaul of New York state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.