New York News

A bill to expand New York’s medical marijuana program to cover those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder has passed both houses of the Legislature, but will Governor Andrew Cuomo sign it into law?

Justin Walters
Associated Press

Court records show that a U.S. Army soldier charged with killing his wife and a New York State Police trooper once plotted to shoot up his Michigan middle school while a teenager.

Hochul Sounds Warning On Obamacare Repeal

Jul 10, 2017
LG Kathy Hochul
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The state’s lieutenant governor says New Yorkers should be deeply worried if the U.S. Senate approves a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Currently, the Senate does not have the votes for the GOP plan, but Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says that doesn’t mean opponents of the measure should be complacent.

Dr. James Baldwin
Excelsior College

Dr. James Baldwin will become the new president of Excelsior College in New York this Friday. Dr. Baldwin is only the third president of the college in its 46-year history. Excelsior is a non-traditional, online college geared toward adults who are getting the degree they never completed, or for those who are going to college for the first time while balancing a job and family. 

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A U.S. Army soldier was charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a New York State Police trooper who was responding to a domestic dispute.

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New York state says it will spend more than $400 million this year to repave nearly 1,700 miles of roadway. The projects are scattered around the state.

NYRA Adopts New Logo

Jul 9, 2017
New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association, now returned to a private non-profit organization, has unveiled a new logo.

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Police say a suspect is in custody after shots were fired at a New York City mall.


Police in upstate New York are launching a new effort to reduce drunk boating. 

A tick-borne illness is becoming more prevalent in Rensselaer County.    

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

It’s been just over two weeks since ride hailing services have been permitted outside New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s pleased, so far.

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State officials say New York's most recent hazardous waste cleanup effort netted more than 32 tons of chemicals and pesticides.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that enter and harm an ecosystem.  Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state kicks off Sunday.  It’s a time when experts work with the public to increase awareness of the problem and how to prevent its spread.

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NOTE: This post has been updated 7/8/2017

After a controversial plan to turn an abandoned hospital in Troy over to a housing developer failed to clear the city council in June, the city took steps Thursday night to secure the building and borrow money for its demolition.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Times Union about a charter school proposal that would allow uncredited teachers to work, and a push to sue pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids.

Senator Gillibrand at the Adirondack History Museum
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown has opened a new exhibit, “Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women.” On Thursday morning, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured multimedia displays showing not only women’s efforts to gain the vote, and racial and anti-suffragette perspectives.

Governor Mario Cuomo's portrait hangs in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Later this summer, the Thruway’s new Tappan Zee Bridge will be formally named in honor of the current New York governor’s father, the former Governor Mario Cuomo. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy.

A program used to locate missing people is credited with aiding the recovery of a lost man in the Saratoga County Town of Corinth. 

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The sheriffs of Albany and Saratoga Counties are teaming up to launch a new safe boating campaign for the summer.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.

American Red Cross

Free cleanup kits have been made available to residents of Hoosick Falls impacted by recent severe storms and flooding that washed out several roads and damaged homes and businesses.

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A part-time Northville police officer was killed late Monday after he was struck by a passing vehicle.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan congratulates Bam Lynch inside Cheescake Machsimo, June 30, 2017.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In case you missed it, last Friday, cheesecake was the toast of the city in Albany. 

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is going to be on display at a Massachusetts museum this Independence Day.

The state-run Commonwealth Museum is scheduled to display the historic document from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

New York City Subways.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts to resolve the MTA transit crisis before his reelection next year, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  

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Albany police are currently seeking more information about a shooting that occurred early Sunday.

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A state of emergency was declared Saturday night after severe thunderstorms swept through the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County.

Police have arrested two individuals accused of manufacturing illegal methamphetamines at a Plattsburgh home. 

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The state of New York won't hand over identifying information about its voters to President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud.

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A company based in the Capital Region has been awarded a $9.1 million federal contract to develop a new generation of living building materials.