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Sen. Schumer at the podium. (Plug Power, Latham NY Feb. 1, 2016)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has been making headlines on several fronts -

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The issue of whether to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers at a higher rate is once again a topic at the State Capitol. Assembly Democrats are out with a tax plan that would redistribute some tax revenue from the richest to the poorest New Yorkers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $15 minimum wage in New York continues to dominate legislative discussions in Albany.

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Saratoga Hospital is hoping to build a new medical office building near its main campus in the city.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan had scheduled a discussion on the now compromised expansion plan.

State Assembly Approves Paid Family Leave
Karen Dewitt

The State Assembly approved a one house bill to establish partial paid family leave in New York, as Governor Cuomo signaled he will amend his proposal to provide more money to those who take the leave.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

 

A poll finds that voters overwhelmingly support a number of Governor Cuomo’s priorities for 2016, but New Yorkers still hold mixed views about the governor himself.

Zika Mosquito
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State health officials say the mosquito blamed for infecting people with the Zika virus isn't found in New York, but they plan this spring to check related mosquitoes in New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.

Zika Map
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

On Sunday Democrat Charles Schumer unveiled a three-point plan to address the virus .

A well known leader in our community is retiring. Rocco “Rocky” Ferraro has been the executive director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission since 2003 and will retire after spending three decades with the organization.

Open Space Institute

A preservation group has purchased 836 acres near Lake George in the southeastern Adirondacks for eventual sale to New York state for incorporation into the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

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