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Jim Tedisco
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New York Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is set to officially announce his candidacy for the 49th State Senate District later this morning. This comes after longtime State Senator Hugh Farley said last week he would not seek reelection this year. Farley is supporting Tedisco’s bid to succeed him. Currently the Democrats hold a majority in both the Senate and Assembly but Republicans maintain control of the Senate in an arrangement with breakaway Democrats.

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Every day for the past two weeks, news reports have focused on a federal probe of Governor Cuomo’s Administration. It comes as both former leaders of the legislature are being sentenced to prison for corruption. Despite that Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are trying to achieve some agenda items in the closing weeks of the legislative session.

Time Running Out On Session In Albany

May 11, 2016
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Every day for the past two weeks, news reports have focused on a federal probe of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration. It comes as both former leaders of the legislature are being sentenced to prison for corruption. Despite that, Cuomo and legislative leaders say they are trying to achieve some agenda items in the closing weeks of the legislative session.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
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With residents in the Town of Hoosick and Petersburgh still dealing with compromised drinking water due to the presence of PFOA, Representative Chris Gibson has sent a letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Chairman Jason Chaffetz asking the committee to investigate the response of state and federal authorities.

With some neighboring communities grappling with PFOA, one Albany County city has tested its drinking water as a precautionary measure. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the tests came back safe to drink.

The New York State Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would prohibit cities from requiring a permit for the singing of the national anthem or the reciting of the pledge of allegiance.

Farm workers in Albany.
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Advocates for farm workers are trying a new route to gain the right to form a union and be allowed benefits afforded to other laborers in New York. They are suing the state government. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he agrees with the farmworkers and won’t be defending the law in court.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a visit to the Adirondacks today that he has not been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into two former aides. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the governor also tried to deflect any implication that he was directly aware of the staffers’ actions.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has withdrawn his lawsuit against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove stemming from the police shooting death of an area man. 

SUNY Poly’s CEO Alain Kaloyeros is allegedly a key focus of an investigation by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
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Federal forces have been peering over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's shoulder, looking at the chief executive's dealings and contacts for any sign of possible conflicts-of-interest as well as unusual deals or agreements.  SUNY Polytechnic is also being investigated.

LLC Loophole Bill Stalls In New York State Senate

May 9, 2016

New York state Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee cast a vote on closing a campaign finance loophole that has played a role in recent corruption trials of the former legislative leaders on Monday, but the act could doom the measure for the 2016 session.

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Firefighters were called to the  Daily Gazette's building on Maxon Road Extension in Schenectady early Sunday morning after fire alarms were activated at the building.

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Almost a third of the campsites at the state-run Caroga Lake Campground will be off-limits when the facility opens for the season later this month.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to investigate cases of exploding electronic cigarettes.

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American composer Michael Torke has just finished writing a new piece of music to commemorate Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary.

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A new book has been written on the archaeology conducted over the years at the site of the Revolutionary War's Battles of Saratoga.

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New York students won't see a tuition hike at state colleges next year, but it's still possible for out-of-state students.

The event was hosted by Mayor Kathy Sheehan at Albany’s historic City Hall.
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This morning at Albany City Hall, The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Hudson River Valley Greenway announced 17 grants to cultural and historic organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met yesterday with stakeholders in Saratoga Springs as it kicks off its second five-year review of GE’s Hudson River PCB cleanup.

Opponents of a planned fracked gas power plant in the Hudson Valley say they are hoping the US Attorney will investigate decisions made in the permitting process for the plan, now that it’s been revealed that the wife of a former top aide to Cuomo took payments from the lead engineering firm in the project, and that her husband is the subject of a federal probe.

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is investigating the possibility of bid-rigging in SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s development of a dormitory on its campus. 

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Already the subject of a federal investigation, a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Percoco, was listed on the Democrat’s campaign payroll, and not as what Cuomo said Monday, a consultant. 

New Yorkers who were molested as children have joined lawmakers at an Albany rally to push for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees repeated victims.

Sen. Hugh Farley
Sen. Hugh Farley

Longtime New York State Senator Hugh Farley, a Republican from the 49th district, announced this week he will retire to spend more time with his family after 20 terms.

Skidmore Students Rally For Mental Health

May 4, 2016

Skidmore College students are demanding more resources for mental health on the Saratoga Springs campus.

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In the last few weeks, the issues of vagrancy and aggressive panhandling have been on the lips of many in the Spa City. After a now infamous picture of a man appearing to defecate in front a local building circulated online, a petition was started urging city leaders to act.

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Uber and its opponents in the cab industry are ratcheting up their fight over Uber's proposed expansion in New York state.

Silver Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

May 3, 2016

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 years in prison and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million that he stole from the public, as well as pay another $1.75 million in fines.

A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

A new poll finds that voters want corruption in state government addressed before lawmakers adjourn the 2016 session.

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