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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a plan to combat potential transmission of the Zika Virus in communities across New York State. The plan targets the virus at its source – Aedes mosquitoes.

Yassin Aref, the Albany imam sent to federal prison after being convicted of material support for terrorism, is part of a case heard in court this week involving inmates challenging confinement in special prison units.

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After almost a year of negotiations, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville has ratified a new contract with union workers.

People with developmental disabilities and their caretakers held a rally at the New York State Capitol Wednesday to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo for financial help if he’s successful in pushing through a $15 minimum wage.

“Annette Funicello has always made Utica and the Mohawk Valley proud.”  ~ Senator Joseph Griffo
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, State Senator Joseph Griffo announced that Utica-born actress Annette Funicello has been recognized by the New York State Senate as a Historic Woman of Distinction.

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville has ratified a new contract with its union workers.


New York's Assembly has voted to limit legislators' outside income to about $70,000 annually.

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A recent report shows New York farm workers generally make more than the state minimum wage, unlike others in low paying jobs who have been the focus of an aggressive campaign to raise wages.

New York state officials are reminding residents about brush burning restrictions.

The Assembly and Senate have released budget positions that focus on taxes and spending policies, but very little on ethics reform, even though both former leaders of the legislature face prison sentences over corruption convictions.     

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, March 14, 2016.

Green party candidate Matt Funiciello is returning to the campaign trail to run again for New York's 21st Congressional District. 

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A temporary filtration system is up and running in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. The community near the Vermont border has been grappling with the chemical PFOA in its public water supply. On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a much anticipated visit to review the work done so far.

The City of Schenectady will receive millions from its new casino even before the project begins operating.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her campaign to fight the scourge of opioid addiction and death to the City of Newburgh on Friday where she announced new legislation that will target the epidemic at one of its key sources: opioid pain medication prescriptions.


Every dog has its day, and when it comes to police and military dogs, two New York lawmakers say that day should be March 13.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko has introduced a bill that would boost funding for clean water projects. The Democrat joined a coalition of bipartisan leaders from across the Capital Region whose communities are grappling with failing infrastructure.

Three new Regents elected by the legislature this week are expected to help lead an on-going reversal in education policy in New York, to less emphasis on controversial standardized tests.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources.

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A review of data reported under New York's 2012 Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act shows that nearly 2,700 sewage overflows were reported between May 2013 and June 2015.


A proposed 124-mile pipeline to deliver low-cost gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to New York and New England has been delayed for lack of a state water quality permit.

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A group dedicated to reducing child hunger has released a new report that shows New York ranks low among the 50 states in providing students with breakfast.

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A proposal to set aside $30 million to fight the heroin epidemic in New York state has been announced by the Assembly.

  An Assemblywoman from Western New York has been sanctioned by the Assembly ethics committee on charges she sexually harassed a male staffer.

A Democrat hoping to unseat longtime Republican State Senator Hugh Farley is kicking off his campaign in Schenectady County on Thursday.

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New York state officials say they’re addressing a misstep in the installation of water filtration systems in the Town of Hoosick, where residents are grappling with contaminated drinking water. Meanwhile, work continues to restore clean water within the Village of Hoosick Falls.

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A call by government reform groups for an open leaders meeting on ethics reform tuned into a spat between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the groups themselves.

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Small-business owners are striking back against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to implement a $15 minimum wage, which would be the highest state minimum in the country.

New York State's Department of Environmental Conversation and Department of Health have announced a commitment to install a filtration system in a Rensselaer County community with a water supply tainted with the chemical PFOA.

Leaders of three good government groups say New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't doing enough to address Albany's chronic corruption problem.