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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with a report on immigration in New York. Speaking with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas, DiNapoli notes immigrants have played a significant role in shoring up what would otherwise be flagging populations in several upstate cities, including Buffalo, Utica and across the Mohawk Valley.

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Lisa Frisch

Attorneys who volunteer their time to help those who cannot afford a lawyer are being honored today. The Legal Project is holding its pro bono awards luncheon in Latham. Lisa Frisch is the executive director of The Legal Project, a non-profit that began 21 years ago to provide free and low-cost legal advise for those in need of help in family court, in cases of domestic violence and those facing foreclosure.

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The makeup of New York state Senate hangs in the balance this year. It’s currently led by Republicans and a coalition of breakaway Democrats.

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Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Governor Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, says the governor’s economic development chair Howard Zemsky.

Authorities have charged five young people in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on an upstate New York road.

Jan Stiglitz
Jan Stiglitz

Being wrongfully convicted of a crime and sent to prison is among the most dreadful of living nightmares, but there are lawyers who work to free those people and restore justice. Prof. Jan Stiglitz, who graduated from Albany Law School in 1975, is a co-founder of the California Innocence Project and is Albany Law's fall 2016 alumnus in residence. He will speak Thursday at the school.

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It’s one of the country’s most lauded downtown stretches, but debate has heightened over street performers, the homeless, and panhandlers in recent years. Now, Saratoga Springs’ infamous sidewalk law may be revised. A public hearing on the measure was held Tuesday night in City Council chambers.

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If the New York State Senate is controlled by Democrats after the election, there could be some differences over taxing and spending policies.  Many Democrats favor extending an income tax surcharge on millionaires when it expires next spring.

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Shelters of Saratoga, the only year-round homeless shelter in Saratoga, Washington, and Warren Counties, has expanded to allow for more room for services and storage.

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Two Capital Region news outlets are suing the City of Glens Falls over the non-release of personnel documents.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a panel to develop a plan to make the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse a year-round magnet for business and tourism. Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse, the Democrat says he’d like to detail the plan during his January State of the State address, noting that if it’s good he’ll advocate for a repeat of the recent $50 million investment at the fairgrounds.

There are three candidates in the race for New York's 43rd state Senate District. Running alongside Republican incumbent Kathy Marchione and Democrat Shaun Francis is Green Party candidate Joe Levy.

A New York federal judge says he'll rule by the end of the week on a challenge to a state law banning people from showing their marked election ballot to others.

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New dairy import policies being considered by Canada has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to write the Canadian premier highlighting the negative impact on both countries if Canada implements a National Ingredient Strategy.

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There’s a greater chance than ever that the New York State Senate could be dominated by Democrats after the November 8th election. Many issues stalled in the Republican-led Senate for years would now have a possibility of passing.


New York regulators say the country's largest package delivery company turned a blind eye for years to the prohibited shipment of untaxed cigarettes.

The first of four new casinos planned for upstate New York could be open by the end of the month after state gambling regulators gave final approval to regulations for table games.

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Come November 8th, voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making recreational marijuana legal for all adults. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on what impact electoral victories in these nearby states may have on New York State.

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Police from across the region, including members of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, came to South Glens Falls today to remember New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt who died in the line of duty last week when he was struck by a car while helping a truck driver along a road in Saratoga County. At the funeral, his daughter Sarah Pratt said her father was her source of strength.

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New York senior Senator Charles Schumer, in the only debate with his opponent, broadcast on Time Warner Cable, says he’s “appalled” by FBI director James Comey’s actions, including  the decision announced Friday  to re- examine emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide for evidence of misuse of classified materials.

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The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists of the closure of Route 9 and Route 32 in South Glens Falls Monday morning.

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A teenager is facing charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving, and driving while under the influence after crashing a car into an Albany County tavern Friday night, according to police.

Schenectady's City Council voted unanimously Friday in support of an $85 million spending plan. The 2017 budget comes with a four percent property tax cut supported by the first round of revenues from the incoming Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor.

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Calling hours and funeral services have been set for New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says one of the reasons he is actively campaigning for Democrats to take over the New York State Senate, is that he believes he will have more success getting ethics changes done without the GOP in charge.

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Two candidates vying for the New York State Assembly seat that covers portions of Washington and Saratoga Counties met Wednesday night for a debate. 

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It looks like New York Senator Chuck Schumer will be reelected to a fourth term on November 8, barring any major turn of events. Schumer is nearly 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls, and the bigger question now is, will Schumer be the next Senate Minority Leader or Majority Leader?

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A sewer pipe break caused by last week's heavy rain has spilled millions of gallons of raw sewage into a central New York lake.

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Three candidates for New York’s 43rd state Senate District met for a debate Wednesday night in the Saratoga County town of Stillwater. 

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New York's 46th state Senate district candidates presented their campaign issues and agendas last night at the Guilderland Public Library during a “Meet The Candidates” event.