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Beside the famed Saratoga Race Course, the backstretch is always busy. Working for the trainers, grooms, blacksmiths, and others spend long days with the horses in between training rides and races. 

  A routine oversight hearing by the state Assembly turned testy when Governor Cuomo’s Economic Development Czar, Howard Zemsky, endured over two hours of questions about Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs, which are currently under federal investigation.

New York's attorney general is targeting companies advertising ineffective insect repellents to cash in on concerns over the Zika virus. 

As Republican nominee Donald Trump begins his first full week campaigning for the presidency, his schedule indicates a stop in this region.

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Services have been announced for Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius, who died Thursday at age 66.

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A 24-year-old man has been charged with leaving the scene of a boat crash that killed an 8-year-old girl from Carlsbad, California who was vacationing at Lake George in the southern Adirondacks.

A New York state lawmaker says Pokemon Go and similar games could inadvertently give sexual predators a "road map" to unsuspecting victims.

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In recent weeks, the account of former Emma Willard Student Kat Sullivan has gained national attention. As first reported in the New York Daily News, followed by the New York Times, Sullivan claims that while she was a student at the private school in 1998 she was bound, gagged, and raped by a soccer coach. The two had an intimate relationship at the time.

Senate Democrats hope once again to take leadership of the Senate away from Republicans in the 2016 elections. The chief engineer of strategy for the Democrats says the Presidential candidates at the top of the ticket will help his candidates win.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got his moment on the convention stage Thursday night before Hillary Clinton’s speech.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says 820 undersized lobsters were seized from Price Chopper’s Schenectady distribution center after an inspection Tuesday.

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State conservation officers are trying to trap a bear that attacked a steer on a southeastern Adirondack farm.

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Note: The Warren County Sheriff's office has corrected the age of the victim as 8, not 9, as initially announced.

On Monday evening, a boating crash claimed the life of  9-year-old Charlotte McCue of California. Her mother was also injured in the crash.

Cuomo Will Focus On Father During Convention Speech

Jul 28, 2016
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo says it’s a “sign of respect” for New York that he’s been asked to speak on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. He says he plans to mention his father Mario Cuomo, the former governor who gave the memorable Tale of Two Cities speech at the 1984 convention. Andrew Cuomo says it’s the first national convention that he’s attended without his father. Mario Cuomo died on New Year’s Day in 2015.

Politico's Vielkind Checks In From DNC In Philadelphia

Jul 28, 2016
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It's the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Tonight, former Secretary of State and New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to accept the presidential nomination from a major party. Politico NY Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind has been covering the DNC, including Governor Andrew Cuomo's addresses to the New York delegation.  Stronger Together: An Economy That Works For All will be the theme of tonight's speech by Gov. Cuomo. The address will come 32 years after his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, made his famous A Tale of Two Cities speech to the DNC in San Francisco, which nominated Walter Mondale.

On Wednesday, Weitz & Luxenberg filed its suit on behalf of plaintiff James Donavan. The complaint alleges that exposure to the chemical PFOA, which was discovered in the village drinking water supply and private wells, has caused Donavan’s ulcerative colitis and other illnesses.

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The sewer leak into a tributary of the Mohawk River began Monday morning. A NY-Alert Wednesday afternoon says the untreated sewage, caused by a broken pipe, was flowing into the river at an estimated 50 gallons per minute.

Senator Chuck Schumer
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Foreign trade deals are a contentious issue at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now New York’s Senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, is weighing in, saying he’s against the Trans Pacific Partnership proposal, known as the TPP.

  It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

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At the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, users of the 518 area code were asked a tough question: because the combination of seven-digit numbers is running out, given the growing ubiquity of mobile phones, how would you like to see a new area code incorporated?

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko about the Democratic National Convention last night.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York's attorney general is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking records about his investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Cuomo had a full schedule Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at showcasing some of his strengths, including supporting LGBT rights and helping the homeless. But first, he shared the stage with Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

Rivers GM Mary Cheeks speaks with reporters on the casino construction site as Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Karlin and NYSGC member John Poklemba look on.
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The New York State Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Schenectady. They discussed horse racing and casino gambling before heading off to tour the under-construction Rivers Casino.

Sanders Drops In On New York Delegation

Jul 26, 2016
Gov. Cuomo and Senator Sanders
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Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a surprise guest at the New York delegation breakfast today at the Democratic National Convention: Senator Bernie Sanders.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about 

It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed New York state agencies to conserve electricity to help the state avoid brownouts during the ongoing heatwave.

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Investigators are trying to determine why 24-year-old Rachael Mattice made up an abduction story that touched off a social media campaign for her safe return along with a multi-agency search and rescue effort.

The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  

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