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Two children were involved in a tragic accident in the small community of Greenwich, New York Tuesday. The boys were playing in a snow bank when they became trapped inside. One did not survive. Police still do not know the exact cause of the accident.

The life of a professional hockey player and coach who guided a Glens Falls team to two championships will be remembered today at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Natural gas pipeline
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Two years ago, the state banned hydrofracking of natural gas within New York state’s borders. But a group of Cornell scientists who study the effects of climate change say New Yorkers are using more natural gas than ever.

DiNapoli Seeks Greater Oversight Power

Dec 13, 2016
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

New York state’s comptroller has a plan to reduce corruption in the awarding of economic development contracts that has led to the indictment of several former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

David Fisher
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader.  During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group.  Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.

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In October, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden originally proposed a budget carrying a 28.2 percent tax increase to fix long-standing financial issues within the city. The plan shocked residents and city officials, and a months-long fight began.

Regents Call For $2 Billion In Additional School Aid

Dec 12, 2016

A committee of the New York state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

 

Five projects from around New York received state historic preservation awards.

Donald Trump recently announced his pick for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, have announced the passage of a bill they say would save hours of delays at Northern Border crossings.

A group of Legoland opponents has filed a court challenge to the Town of Goshen’s proceedings dealing with Merlin Entertainment’s proposed Legoland theme park. They will ask the court to cancel the town’s public hearing on the project order another lead agency in the environmental process.

State police are warning New York residents of an identity phishing scam.

Talks between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are still continuing over whether to hold a special session before the holidays. The clock is ticking.

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The Saratoga Greenbelt Trail has been planned and discussed for years in Saratoga Springs.

The bike and pedestrian path network has been scrutinized by committees, non-profits, city officials and every day citizens.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by the New York Times. Prison advocates say the article has highlighted long-known facts, but critics say many of the accusations are based on hearsay.

This week’s news that President-elect Donald Trump would appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drew sharp condemnation from environmental organizations and political opponents.

Gov. Cuomo Gives Out More Than $700M In Grants

Dec 8, 2016
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo handed out more than $700 million in  Regional Economic Development awards in Albany Thursday.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he met with federal authorities about a corruption case against a former top aide.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to see Uber expand into Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany and other upstate communities.

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President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with something else. While no one really knows what that means, one health care analyst with a prominent Albany think tank says New York could be billions of dollars in the hole as a result.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal.

SKS Bottle & Packaging began in 1986 in Saratoga County. After several moves, it ended up at a 10,000-square foot space in Malta. The company continued to grow, and in 2005, relocated to a 52,000-square foot space in Watervliet, in Albany County. That space has expanded again, to 102,000 square feet, and in 2015 a West Coast facility was built in Reno, Nevada.

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Police have identified a suspect in a fatal shooting inside an Albany nightclub in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station
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A long term energy plan by the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that includes a nearly $8 billion dollar  subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal. 

Earlier this week, Johnstown’s Common Council adopted a budget introduced by interim Mayor Cindy Lakata calling for a 9 percent rate increase.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn't win the presidential election — but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class.

No Deal Yet On NY Special Legislative Session

Dec 7, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
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In July, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the 2017 tax cap would sit below 1 percent. The cap, which is 2 percent on tax levies or the inflation rate, whichever is less, was set at .68 percent. DiNapoli warned that it could present challenges for local governments.

NY AG Recommends Fix To Restrictive Voting Laws

Dec 6, 2016
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Karen DeWitt

New York's Attorney General has released a package of bills aimed at improving what he says is the state’s “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential voters from the ballot box.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise.

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