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A woman whose twin brother died of a drug overdose thirty years ago has been named the chair of the New York state chapter of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national organization that works with various groups to improve treatment, law enforcement and prevention policies tied to addiction. 

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Multiple members of Congress and the national media have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. New York state Senator Liz Krueger spoke with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about the cases now rocking the country, including that of a state assemblyman. 

Police say a man drove into a group of people in New York City and then fled, leaving one person dead and several others injured, one critically.

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New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s.

The man accused of starting the fire that damaged more than 30 buildings in the City of Cohoes on Thursday has been released on bail.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting Senate Republicans for advancing their tax overhaul legislation.

Officials say nearly 46,000 new enrollees have signed up for health plan coverage through New York's official state marketplace in the first four weeks of open enrollment.

A leading New York state Senate Democrat says if a planned unification between rival factions in the Senate occurs, don’t expect immediate action on key items like women’s reproductive rights, public financing of campaigns, and transgender rights.

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Twenty state and national groups supporting a bill that would strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law as soon as he receives it from the state legislature.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would block plans to move a child psychiatric center to the campus of an existing adult mental health facility in Buffalo. 

A Russian woman who was accused of blackmailing disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is seeking to lift a court-mandated gag order imposed as part of her prosecution so she can talk about what she says are Spitzer's fetishes.


A gun buyback program in Amsterdam will hold an event this weekend.

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Residents of Gloversville will not see their taxes go up next year.

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Downtown Schenectady, anchored by Proctors, has a new arts space. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports from the opening of a new center that is meant to foster the next generation of performers.  

Residents of Canajoharie gathered last night to brainstorm ideas about possible re-use of the former Beech-Nut factory site.

The Canajoharie village firehouse was packed Wednesday night with local residents eager to share their ideas for the future of the factory complex that anchored the community for more than a century.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
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A New York state Assemblyman has been sanctioned by the Assembly Ethics Committee for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin denies the charges and has asked for a criminal investigation of the ethics committee itself.

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One of President Obama’s policies reversed by the Trump administration is the nuclear agreement with Iran, which President Trump refused to recertify, saying it was not in America’s interest. Thursday evening at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will be part of a discussion on U.S.-Iran relations and the nuclear deal, which will also include former ambassador and diplomat for Iran and now Princeton University scholar Seyed Hossein Mousavian. 

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The New York state Democratic Party, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is offering carrots and sticks to two rival factions of Democrats in the State Senate, in an effort to get them to reunite and potentially rule the chamber.

Officials say New York managed to dodge Russian hacking attempts last year — and they're aiming to keep it that way.

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Saratoga Springs’ mayor-elect has selected a deputy.

Democrat Meg Kelly, now serving as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democrat Joanne Yepsen, has selected Lisa Shields as Deputy Mayor.

For the 22nd year, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration First Night is returning to Saratoga Springs. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has a preview.

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The Congressional Budget Office report released Sunday finds that the Senate tax overhaul bill harms the poorest Americans even more than originally thought.


Select New York lawmakers will be back in Albany starting this week to begin the long process of crafting a new state budget. 


When New York decided to let post-traumatic stress disorder patients use medical marijuana, it joined a fast-rising tide of states.

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Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday night.

Three new upstate New York casinos have so far failed to generate the big payoffs they projected, meaning less money shared with local towns, cities and counties.

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New York State Parks are open for free on Black Friday.

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Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY will soon have its seventh president. The State University of New York Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Dr. Roger Ramsammy to lead the school which was established in 1953.


More than 200 additional utility workers from New York state have arrived in Puerto Rico to assist as the island territory seeks to restore power following Hurricane Maria. 

 From left to right: Karen Lombardo, Lumberyard Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development; Senator Schumer; Adrienne Willis, Executive and Artistic Director; Cathy Teixeira, General Manager
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Catskill, New York is hoping to become a bigger player in the so-called "creative economy."