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The entrance of Saratoga’s first political action committee into city politics in 2015 has not been without controversy.

New York's top court says a mentally ill patient involuntarily sent to a psychiatric hospital has a common law right to challenge detention once the court order for treatment expires. 

Half Moon Market

The tulips are long gone for another year, but the leaves are now providing the color at Washington Park in Albany, a perfect setting for the Half Moon Market, an independent craft fair that will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Park Playhouse. For more on the market, we spoke with two of the organizers: Adelia Sugarman of Owlkill Studio and Caroline Corrigan, co-founder of the Fort Orange General Store in Albany.

The three major party candidates for mayor of Troy debated crime, city finances, and infrastructure on Wednesday. The candidates also got the opportunity to ask questions to each other in what has been a highly politicized campaign season.

Candidates Patrick Madden, Rodney Wiltshire, and Jim Gordon met in a debate hosted by Time Warner Cable News. Independent candidate Jack Cox did not participate.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is asking the public to help identify cellphone dead zones around New York in an effort to see whether the coverage maps promoted by wireless companies are bogus.

Brother Beaten In Church Testifies Against Family

Oct 22, 2015
Kevin Montano

The surviving brother in that brutal church beating in New Hartford made his first appearance in court yesterday. Christopher Leonard testified he and his brother were beaten by family members and others in the church. Lucas Leonard died from his injuries. The hearing was to determine whether the assault charge against their half-sister should go to a grand jury. Our story comes from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.

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Political and private sector leaders from around the state are spending three days at the Capitol, making their best case to win a share of $1.5 billion dollars in economic development monies for their region. Critics have called the competition the “hunger games,” because, under the rules, three regions will win, but four others will lose out on the funds.

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Two young men have been arrested following the death of a 19-year-old New York state university student who drank an excessive amount of alcohol.

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found in a Glens Falls parking lot Wednesday morning.

After a busy racing season in Saratoga Springs, the New York Racing Association predicts profit for the second year in a row.