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UPDATED 11/8/17  10:48 a.m.

Saratoga Springs voters have selected a new mayor. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrat Meg Kelly will succeed her boss — outgoing mayor Joanne Yepsen.

In a city with a long history of switching between Democratic and Republican mayors, Meg Kelly held the office for Saratoga Springs Democrats.

After serving as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democratic Mayor Joanne Yepsen since July 2016, Kelly will remain in city hall under a new title for the next two years.

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Homeowners in the Fulton County town of Johnstown are facing a tax increase in 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a packed meeting last night where residents shouted down a proposal to raise property taxes by 60 percent.

A 23-year-old man sought in connection with the disappearance of a woman in upstate New York has been arrested in southern Nevada on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

There are three statewide propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.

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Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voter whether there should be a Constitutional Convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts.  But there are two other proposals for voters to consider. 


New Yorkers will have the chance to vote on three statewide ballot measures on Tuesday.

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Three candidates are running for the open mayor’s seat in Glens Falls. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has a preview of the race that culminates on Election Day Tuesday.

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In a time of political turmoil in Saratoga Springs, one thing is for sure: the Spa City is getting a new mayor. Current Deputy Mayor Meg Kelly, a Democrat, and former Saratoga Springs City Center President Mark Baker, a Republican, are campaigning for the seat held by outgoing Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

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It appears opponents of holding a New York state constitutional convention have the momentum as Election Day approaches. They’ve spent more money than supporters, and a recent poll shows the public is leaning against it. But backers are not giving up just yet.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is not pleased with the Republican House of Representatives tax overhaul plan, calling a key provision “double taxation” on some New Yorkers.


Among the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City was a 2016 graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

A new poll finds the ballot question on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York has become widely unpopular with voters.

New York's Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation in the Senate that could help prevent tragedies like Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City.

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State funding to build a new rescue boat launch for a local fire department along the Mohawk River has been secured.

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A tentative 2018 budget has been unveiled for Saratoga County. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the budget will remain within the state mandated tax cap while officials hope to complete a project that has been in the works for more than a decade.

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Sam Hoyt, former Buffalo area Assemblyman and Regional head of Economic Development under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, resigned his post one day before it became public that he’d paid a woman $50,000 in exchange for her ending accusations of sexual harassment against him.

A Capital Region native is back from Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands after riding out not one, but two hurricanes. Kinderhook, NY native K.J. Nelson spoke to WAMC News today from Plymouth, Massachusetts where his wife will stay for her pregnancy. He returned ten days ago from Saint Thomas and plans to return there Thursday.

Wall Street profits are up by one third over the same period last year, says the New York State Comptroller. Democrat Tom DiNapoli says the gain of $12.3 billion is good news for New Yorkers with retirement accounts invested in the market, as well as the state’s pension fund.

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A severe storm packing hurricane force wind gusts and soaking rain swept through the Northeast early Monday, knocking out power for more than 1.2 million and forcing hundreds of schools to close in New England.

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Advocates will debate in Albany Monday night about whether to hold a New York state constitutional convention.

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Earlier this month a group of mostly construction management students and professors from Utica College loaded up their toolboxes and headed to Texas, to help out people whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. They spent several long days hard at work.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with California Governor Jerry Brown Friday, singled out two New York GOP Congressmen for criticism, after they voted for a budget measure that clears the way for a vote on the GOP plan to overhaul the tax system.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello may visit New York next week to see how the state rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Supporters and opponents of a plan to change the governing structure of Saratoga Springs debated Thursday night, less than two weeks before voters weigh in.

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New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances.

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New York state’s economic development arm announced last week that it had rejected proposals to redevelop a former prison in Saratoga County.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

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New York state Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner sees the hemp industry as an economic opportunity for Washington and Saratoga Counties.

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There’s some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether New York will hold a Constitutional Convention.