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West Point cadets are starting their annual summer training exercises.

The U.S. Military Academy says residents near the Hudson Valley installation can expect to occasionally hear the likes of helicopters and artillery fire now through mid-August.

 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a panel of judges will decide New York's favorite craft beer with a blind taste test.

The final tasting of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge is set for Wednesday in New York City.

IDC's Klein Defends Stipend Practice

May 16, 2017
Sen. Jeff Klein
Karen DeWitt

Speaking Tuesday in Albany, New York Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeff Klein for the first time publicly answered questions from the media about news stories that some of his members received stipends for committee chair positions that they do not actually hold.  Klein defended the practice, while the leader of the Senate Democrats is calling for an investigation.

New York state is moving to restrict the ability of auto insurers to use a customer's job or education to set premiums.

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Voters are deciding on school budgets across New York today.

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A lawyer for the New York Senate says paying leadership stipends to state lawmakers who don't hold the positions is constitutional.

Calls For Investigation Of Albany's "Lulu" Scandal

May 15, 2017
Senator Jose Peralta speaking in Albany on Monday, (at a press conference to increase speed cameras near schools)
Karen DeWitt

There are calls for a criminal investigation of some questionable stipend payments to some New York State Senators. One of the Senators who received those payments is giving it back, while another is calling the whole controversy a  “witch hunt.” 

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New York state is expanding its fight against an invasive beetle. 

The emerald ash borer has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America, including many trees in upstate New York.

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is revising the state budget proposal he unveiled in February to address a now-larger projected deficit.

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A proposal before state lawmakers would allow Uber and Lyft to start service in upstate New York in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The Village of Hoosick Falls has received a financial boost to help cover costs related to its response to the chemical contamination of its water supplies. Meanwhile, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says work is continuing on finding the village a source of clean drinking water.

Advocates talk to lawmakers about very personal stories about death and dying.
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Supporters from across New York gathered in Albany this week to ask lawmakers to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act, which would authorize doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill adults wishing to end their lives. 

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

Marking 500 days of water contamination in Hoosick Falls, residents gathered at the state capitol on Thursday to pressure state leaders to find a new, uncontaminated source.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are calling for a private operator to take over New York's troubled Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail station. 

School districts across New York state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday, May 16th.  The vast majority are keeping their spending requests within the mandatory tax cap, but schools wonder whether the tax cap, over the long term, is sustainable.

A beloved Capital Region bakery that closed last year, taking its Italian bread and rolls off supermarket shelves, is back in business.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen, a Democrat who is serving her second two-year term, is hinting at a run for a third. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports a challenger has already entered the race.

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Flyers promoting a white supremacist group were found this week on parked cars in Saratoga Springs, where recent instances of hate speech are set to be discussed at a public meeting later this month.

Lake George, the site of a fatal boat collision last summer.
Lucas Willard

The Lake George Park Commission has released new materials aimed at making the lake a safer place for boaters and visitors this summer.

Seneca Lake Gas Storage Plans Halted

May 11, 2017
Anti-fracking signs
WAMC News

A Texas-based energy company has abandoned its plan to increase the amount of natural gas it stores underneath the largest of the Finger Lakes.  David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College has more.

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Six companies have agreed to pay nearly $4.2 million to New York state to settle allegations that they illegally sold tickets to concerts and other events. 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the legal settlements Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

A new online ad featuring Governor Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that the New York Democrat may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.

Tim Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse NY
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The second day of the 22nd annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference is being held Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.  The meeting is organized by the non-profit group Prevent Child Abuse New York, now in its 37th year.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

One of the top remaining issues before the New York state legislature adjourns for the summer is fixing problems in the state’s economic development contracts. That’s after a scandal led to federal corruption charges against nine former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Saratoga County

At 4 percent, Saratoga County’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2007 and is tied with Warren County for having the lowest in the Capital Region. It’s also lower than the U.S. and state average of 5 percent. That’s according to a new report by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership released on Tuesday.

Other indicators of a strong economy are a household median income above $71,000, and climbing home values.

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Six months before election day, the Saratoga Springs Republican Committee has unveiled a full slate of candidates for city and county positions. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the group includes some familiar faces.

Members of the Divest New York coalition protest at the State Capitol Monday
Karen DeWitt

Some New York lawmakers are pressing the state’s Comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he believes he can be more effective in changing the company’s behavior by acting from the inside.

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The Northeast appears to be in for a long tick season that may last throughout the spring and summer and well into the fall.

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Local officials are cautiously optimistic about plans by a “paper airline” to reorganize and offer nonstop flights between Stewart Airport and Eastern Europe.

Senator Charles Schumer

Sen. Charles Schumer is criticizing a Trump administration proposal to cut the budget of the Office of National Drug Control policy by 95 percent.

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