New York News

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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Two special elections were held Tuesday in New York to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

New York voters enrolled in a party are going to the polls today to choose their presidential candidates.

Northeast states are increasingly looking to gambling as a means of budget relief and a source of tax revenue. Policy experts have their doubts. 

Tuesday is not only New York’s Presidential primary. It also the day for two special elections to replace the disgraced former leaders of the legislature, who lost their seats after being convicted on multiple felony corruption charges.

Polling Times In New York

Apr 19, 2016

In New York City and the counties of Erie, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam, polls opened at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. In all other counties polls open at noon and close at 9 p.m.

Photo by University photographer Mark Schmidt

Former President Bill Clinton will make a handful of stops in New York today for his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Sheldon Silver
Karen DeWitt

NEW YORK (AP) — In newly released documents, federal prosecutors say former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver abused his power to help two women, including a lobbyist, with whom he had extramarital affairs.

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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All three republican Presidential candidates spoke at the state GOP dinner Thursday night.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law legalizing Mixed Martial Arts bouts in the state, making it the last state in the nation to remove prohibitions on professional fights. The new law reverses the ban placed on the bouts in 1997 amid concerns over the safety of fighters.

New York is expected to end its ban on professional mixed martial arts when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation to put the New York State Athletic Commission in charge of the sport. 

A new poll finds that Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton in the New York Presidential primary race, but Clinton leads in key voting regions.

Nearly 2,000 nurses from around New York state traveled to the state Capitol in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass a minimum staffing law that would mandate how many nurses are on duty at hospitals and nursing homes.

The New York Racing Association board has advanced restructuring plans recommending future governance outside of state control.

Karen DeWitt

Proponents of New York’s new medical marijuana law say so far, it’s barely functioning, and they say major revisions are necessary to allow more than just a tiny number of patients to benefit.

The New York State Police advise the general public and businesses to beware of so-called Liberty Dollar medallions.

Spotlight On John Kasich

Apr 12, 2016
Gov. John Kasich speaks in Troy Monday.
Dave Lucas

Eight days before the New York primary, Ohio Governor John Kasich took a three-stop tour of the area on Monday, making stops in stops in Albany, North Greenbush and Saratoga Springs. WAMC caught up with the Republican presidential candidate at La Salle Institute.

Three presidential candidates are in Capital Region today, leading to heightened security and road closures.

Developers of the del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes say they are making progress on its construction.

This is a picture of a person holding a cell phone while driving a vehicle
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The number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — but  more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel.

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As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there's a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on.

Skidmore’s Class of 2021 will have something new in the application process: the choice of whether or not to include their SAT or ACT test scores.

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Third through eighth grade students finished Common Core English language arts exams this week. And with another year of testing comes another year of opt-outs.

A quirk in the newly enacted minimum wage increase could mean that in upstate New York by the early 2020s,   fast food workers could  be paid significantly more than other low wage jobs, like being a home healthcare worker or a cashier in a grocery store.

Ted Cruz addresses the crowd in Scotia.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Ted Cruz held a rally Thursday morning in Scotia, New York, before a crowd of about 1300 people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The new state budget has been in place for nearly a week, but little attention has been paid to many of the items that are in it. A government reform group says that’s by design.

Surrounded by local business leaders, the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday unveiled Advance Saratoga. The five-year plan seeks to create thousands of jobs by promoting the county for new businesses and helping existing employers expand.

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In December 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, of Wilton, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend.

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Inside a packed city council chambers on Tuesday night, it took nearly two hours for local residents and business owners to express their concerns or support for a downtown parking structure proposed by the Saratoga Springs City Center. The convention hall is seeking to build a parking garage on a hotly contested piece of property in the Spa City’s bustling downtown.

Usually, New York is an afterthought when it comes to the presidential primary calendar. Not this year.

Albany International Airport
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More than 70 airports in upstate New York are eligible to compete for a share of $200 million in state funds up for grabs in a new state competition from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

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