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Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his budget Tuesday, and the news is not expected to be good. The state faces a more than $4.4 billion budget gap, as well as funding cuts and policy changes from Washington that could cost New York and some of its taxpayers billions of dollars.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since a key state Senate leader was accused of sexual harassment, says he wants investigations to play out before he makes any judgements. 

Angelo Santabarbara

New York state officials are investigating extended delays in delivering propane to customers during the recent cold snap.

Longtime Glens Falls newspaper writer Maury Thompson retired last fall after 21 years at the Post-Star. Now, at age 59, he’s beginning a new chapter as a freelance writer and is working on a book about Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, who was not only revered for his lengthy political career, but also for his facial hair.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with Thompson at a recent event in Glens Falls. He asked Thompson how his latest project compares to his work over the last two decades.

State officials say 19 local governments across New York are splitting nearly $10 million for consolidating.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state funding through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit has gone to towns that have dissolved a village within their boundaries.

New York state Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan and other Senate Republicans detail their tax cut agenda for 2018
Karen DeWitt

Republicans in the New York state Senate say that, despite the more than $4 billion structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.


New York state is stepping in to help thousands of Salvadorans facing deportation following a decision by the Trump administration.

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The leader of New York's Republican Party remains upbeat about the GOP's chances against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall, even though the number of potential Republican candidates continues to shrink.

Troopers and other law enforcement officers assemble outside Siena College following services for Michael Anson.
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New York State Trooper Michael Anson was remembered today for three decades of service. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from Anson’s funeral service at Siena College.


With the recent cold snap increasing the demand for home heating fuel, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he is looking into numerous reports of late deliveries and possible price gouging from propane suppliers.

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A plan to build a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs has gotten the green light after months of delays. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief LucasWillard was at Monday night’s decisive meeting.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discusses 2018 State of the State while in Plattsburgh
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Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, members of his cabinet are being dispatched across New York to review the plan before local and regional officials and field questions.  On Monday, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh.  Following the presentation he said the governor and his administration will continue to aggressively address the issue of storing rail cars in the Adirondacks.

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multibillion dollar budget deficit, as well as the beginning of an election year.

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of influential artist Thomas Cole’s first visit to the United States.  The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are paying tribute.

A new report is slamming the state of New York for the slow pace of expansion in pre-kindergarten programs.

A major upgrade will be completed at a Capital Region airport with the help of a state grant.

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In the week following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, members of the administration are fanning out across New York to deliver smaller, regional presentations of the Democrat’s priorities for 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one in Glens Falls this morning.

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Ride-hailing service Lyft has partnered with the newly renovated Times Union Center in downtown Albany. Here's a look at ride-hailing six months after Uber and Lyft began operating in upstate New York.

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Restaurant workers are planning to rally Monday against a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the elimination of tip credits in New York.


Greenwich Town Supervisor Sara Idleman is running for New York's 21st House District.

A former Roman Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault charges.

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Several workers at General Electric’s power systems plant in Schenectady and research lab in Niskayuna will be laid off.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech January 3, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a pay roll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it’s not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

Tim Kremer, executive director of New York State School Boards Association

With New York facing a roughly $4 billion deficit, how will schools fare in the state budget this year? Governor Andrew Cuomo will release his executive budget by the end of the month, but the Democrat laid out his agenda in the State of the State address January 3.


Consumer confidence in New York is on the rise, according to a survey released Thursday.

Alex Camarda, of Reinvent Albany, displays a chart listing potential reforms to clean up state government
Karen DeWitt

2018 will be a year of criminal trials for former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the state legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact ethics reforms.

State Of The State: Business Council Reacts

Jan 4, 2018
Zack Hutchins of The Business Council
Zack Hutchins of The Business Council

A payroll tax mentioned in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech Wednesday, is raising red flags among New York's business community. The details are not in, but the tax would be a response to the tax plan recently signed by President Trump. Zack Hutchins, the director of communications for The Business Council of New York, says while the payroll tax is a concern, the organization was glad to hear some of Cuomo's economic development plan.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech Wednesday, told lawmakers that 2018 will be the “most challenging” year, and that they will have to fight against what he says are “threats” from the federal government. The Democrat also announced steps to combat sexual harassment and reform the state’s criminal justice system.

Leaders in Schenectady kicked off 2018 Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady has a new city council president, a new city court judge, and an agenda for the new year.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races.