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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of Mount Vernon, New York has pleaded guilty to federal tax charges.

Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues.   

A rally to promote New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for universal pre kindergarten  had been planned for weeks. The mayor spoke to around 1500 union members, urging them to put the pressure on state lawmakers to approve in the state budget the mayor’s plan to provide the classes for thousands of four year olds starting in September.

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This week, Albany mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan named leaders of a transition team formed to foster a smooth shift leading to her inauguration on New Year’s Day.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain in late summer and early fall of 2012 helped save crops in most of the state.

The USDA says production of grain corn, soybeans, wheat and oat crops all increased from the previous year. Soybeans were estimated at a record high 14.4 million bushels, 20 percent more than was harvested in 2011.

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The New York Senate voted to enact the toughest in the nation gun control laws proposed by Governor Cuomo . The Assembly is expected to act later Tuesday.
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FULTON, N.Y. (AP) — A company that has purchased the closed Birds Eye plant in central New York plans to open a food-processing facility that will employ 183 people.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) that the plant was purchased last week by a real estate holding company. New York is giving the company up to $1 million in Excelsior tax credits in exchange for a commitment to create 183 jobs.

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — State police, the Thruway Authority and towing companies are reminding motorists in New York about the law that requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching roadside vehicles with flashing lights.

They're holding a news conference Friday morning at the state police Thruway barracks in Cheektowaga to publicize the state's "move over" law.

WAMC's David Guistina chats with Mike Spain

Jan 8, 2013

WAMC's David Guistina chats with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about what's making news today.


Frustration and concerns are growing in the agricultural community as the Farm Bill languishes in the U.S. House, and no action appears to be imminent.

The U.S. Farm Bill expires at the end of the year.  At that time, some programs will revert to previous funding levels and others will sunset. Some programs, like the Milk Income Loss Program - or MILC - a support program for dairy farmers, has already ended.  The Senate has passed the bill, but House leadership has not brought it to a floor vote.

Cuomo Saddles Up for Obama Campaign Trail

Oct 19, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will take his high favorability ratings out on the campaign trail for fellow Democrat President Barack Obama.

Cuomo says he plans to go to swing states to campaign for Obama, but didn't say where or when he will go.

In the interview on WGDJ-AM Radio, Cuomo says he is trying to tamp down speculation about his own interest in a run for president in 2016. Cuomo repeatedly says he's not thinking about it.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and challenger Wendy Long traded barbs over taxes, abortion and the economy in a sometimes contentious debate.

The two Senate candidates faced off at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday evening.

Democrat Gillibrand is a heavy favorite in her bid to be re-elected to the seat she was appointed to in 2009 after Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state. Gillibrand won the election to finish the last two years of Clinton's term in 2010.

Republican Long is a New York City attorney making her first run for elected office.

Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against his Democratic opponent Julian Schreibman last night in the first of three scheduled debates in the race for the state’s newly formed 19th Congressional District.

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The Republican State Senator who lost a primary after voting for gay marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he won’t campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent.  

Senator McDonald, in a statement, says he’s decided not to continue campaigning on the Independence Party line for the November vote. McDonald narrowly lost a GOP primary following his decision to vote yes to help get gay marriage approved in New York last year.


The leader of the U.S. House confirmed Thursday that the Farm Bill will not be addressed until after the November election.  That concerns farmers across the region, because the bill and provisions crucial to the dairy industry expire at the end of this month.

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Thursday was primary day across New York State - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has a wrap-up of election results.

For one of the most-watched upstate races, Thursday’s primary voting marked the conclusion of a bitter campaign for the Democratic nomination for Albany County District Attorney. The battle raged on in mainstream media and thru blogs and social networks, where there was intense debate ... and quite a bit of old-fashioned mudslinging... in the end DA David Soares thanked his staff for standing by him during the campaign.

Eight candidates are vying to replace the retiring Jack McEneny in the 109th Assembly district. It is the first time in 20 years that someone has a shot at the Assembly seat that includes the state Capitol. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Issues, Answers and Endorsements are spread across a six-candidate Democratic field: William McCarthy Jr. is a lawyer and political newcomer making his first bid for public office. He considers himself among the front runners going into Thrusday's primary.

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Tropical Storm Irene caused damage or destroyed countless homes and businesses as rivers and streams became raging torrents. In Vermont, over 500 miles of state roads were damaged and 34 state highway bridges had to be rebuilt . Over 3000 local roads, culverts and bridges were damaged or destroyed. Towns were completely isolated and supplies were helicoptered to residents.  On this one year anniversary of the storm people in northern New York and Vermont are still rebuilding and many still need help.

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A northeastern songbird may be headed to endangered species status.

Some Essex County officials are calling on the state to fix the popular scenic highway that travels up Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid.

A member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, Roby Politi, tells the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is in terrible shape and unsafe. He says thousands of people drive up the toll road to the summit of Whiteface each year but the state has paid little attention to maintenance.

A Republican New York state senator from the Hudson Valley who cast a crucial vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York is facing a primary challenge. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports state Sen. Steve Saland (suh-LAND') of Poughkeepsie will face Neil Di Carlo.

DiCarlo, of Brewster, accuses Saland of being part of the status quo in Albany over 11 terms in the Senate. His campaign has criticized Saland's vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

Saland says he is running based on his record of accomplishment.

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times-Union.

The 600-million dollar contract to build state-of-the-art rail cars for the MTA by Bombardier Transit will retain 300 jobs at it's Plattsburgh manufacturing plant, and an additional 200 jobs at its suppliers. In a conference call, Governor Cuomo said the announcement of the contract is an example of the goals within the state budget.
   MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota noted that the unanimous approval of the contract by the Board of Directors will help retain current jobs, while creating new jobs and strengthening the component manufacturers and supply sectors across the state.