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When John King, New York's top-ranking education official, left his post for a federal position, many New Yorkers breathed a sigh of a relief. That relief is short-lived, now that King is succeeding U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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Fort Ticonderoga has been awarded a federal education grant that will be used to host history workshops for teachers next summer.

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Saratoga Springs Republican John Safford is running against incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen. WAMC's Lucas recently spoke with Safford about some of the issues facing the Spa City that is seeing a boom in downtown investment and development.

To hear a conversation with incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen, click here.

Warren County Historical Society

An upstate New York businessman who was considered a pioneer in the amusement park industry is having his story told in a documentary film.

Matt Ryan

Questions continue about economic development practices by Governor Cuomo’s Administration, including the proposed sale of valuable piece of land from one state agency to another state entity for a dollar.

US Attorney Preet Bharara is reported to be probing  contracts awarded as part of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion project, with questions over the timing of campaign contributions to the governor, as well as criteria used to choose the vendors.

The New York Racing Association has a new board member from Saratoga Springs. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, local officials are praising the appointment.


A New York City high school teacher who accidentally crashed his drone at the U.S. Open tennis tournament has been ordered to perform five days of community service.

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Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen is running for a second two-year-term against Republican challenger John Safford. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard speaks with the Democrat about her campaign and some of the most pressing issues facing city hall, including parking and downtown development.

To hear a conversation with John Safford, click here.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his 2016 budget Thursday. The Democratic mayor, up for re-election in November, is keeping the city tax rate flat.

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 Governor Cuomo says he’s already making  preparations in case Hurricane Joaquin hits New York full force in the coming days.

Cuomo says he’s staffing up emergency operations centers, notifying national guard offices that they might have to be deployed,  and having work crews clear any trouble spots known to be prone to flooding, even though the track of the storm is still somewhat uncertain.