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Months after the state of New York began responding to high levels of a toxic chemical in water supplies in Hoosick Falls, several steps have been taken, including the installation of filtration systems on the village water supply and private wells. But the people of Hoosick Falls are still worried.

New York is changing the high school graduation requirements for some students with disabilities.

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber
Karen DeWitt

With the legislative session down to the wire, groups for and against bills including expansion of Uber ride services and ethics reform came to the Capitol to make their voices heard.

Ski helmet
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Young people are not required to wear helmets when skiing or snowboarding on New York slopes. A bill that would require children 14 and under to do so was recently passed by the state Senate, but has failed to move in the Assembly.

Senator Kathy Marchione promotes bill to extend the statute of limitations to sue for toxic contamination, with, right to left, Hoosick Falls resident Michele Baker, Assembly sponsor John McDonald, and Environmental Advocates' Liz Moran
Karen DeWitt

As part of the push to end the legislative session by Thursday, state lawmakers representing the PFOA contaminated village of Hoosick Falls want to extend the statute of limitations to bring lawsuits against polluters.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says financially distressed colleges facing potential closure should be required to tell students the school may shut down.

Robert Klein with Fred Willard in "Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg"
Adirondack Film Society

Robert Klein is a comedy legend.  At least that’s what Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and many other comedians say in the new film “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg.”  With it playing at the Lake Placid Film Forum and festivals across the region, Klein talks about the movie and his life in comedy.

Americans generally think of slavery as having ended on January 1, 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln. But it took more than two years afterward for the entire country to learn slavery had ended.

Adirondack Park sign
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The New York State Senate has passed a measure that would create a land bank for the Adirondack and Catskills.

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A Rensselaer County community with contaminated water sources has a new town supervisor.

Courtesy of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

An invasive insect that threatens native trees has been found in Saratoga County.

John Hendrickson, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the NYRA reorganization board and husband of Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney, recently left his seat.

Just Three Days To Go In Legislative Session

Jun 10, 2016
The Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

There are only three more days left in the legislative session in Albany, and lawmakers are talking with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about a number of bills, but keeping details close to the vest.

The New York State Attorney General has sent a letter to Charter Communications, warning the firm that it cannot simply "re-brand" Time Warner Cable services when it takes over the company.

Harriet Tubman's upcoming debut on the $20 bill is just half the good news in the upstate New York town where the Underground Railroad conductor settled down and grew old.

Gov. Cuomo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration knew about elevated levels of the toxin PFOA in the water in Hoosick Falls a year and a half before they warned residents has led the Assemblyman who represents the village to call for a federal investigation, as well as a public forum to explain to residents the results of recent blood tests.

Cuomo Proposes Crackdown On SuperPACs

Jun 8, 2016
Gov. Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a crackdown on the coordination of candidates for office and SuperPACS that are created to support their campaigns.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo

Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration. 

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In a four-to-one vote Tuesday evening, the Saratoga Springs City Council approved a measure that would make lying or sitting on a sidewalk punishable by a fine between $50 and $100 and/or community service. 

Saratoga County

On May 19th, Rotterdam resident Sarah Dingley called 9-1-1 claiming she was being followed by a man who identified himself as the mayor of Schenectady.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday marked the Sixth Annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the capitol.

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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.

New York League of Conservation Voters Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Christopher Goeken
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerned about children's exposure to lead found in drinking water, lawmakers met with reporters today at the state capitol in Albany to discuss a last-minute push to require lead testing in all public schools.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been asked by two Western New York lawmakers to review governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development projects. The Comptroller says an ongoing audit is already looking at some aspects of the increasingly controversial project and other Cuomo Administration economic development initiatives that are currently under federal investigation.

The manhole from which the two convicted murderers escaped last year.
NYS Police

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Inspector General finds numerous security and oversight problems at the state prison in Dannemora contributed to the prison break of two inmates last year. The June 6th, 2015 escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility near Plattsburgh led to a massive three-week manhunt, in which Matt was killed in an encounter with state police and Sweat was shot and wounded and recaptured.

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York state capitol on Monday, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In solidarity with Israel, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an executive order against the BDS Movement.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Lake George Park Commission has released a recreation report for the lake that draws thousands of swimmers, paddlers, and boaters every year.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with the Commission's Executive Director Dave Wick about what's happening on the Adirondack lake.

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New York State's Health Department says the average level of the toxic chemical PFOA in the blood of 2,000 Hoosick Falls residents was about 10 times that of the general population.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has secured an agreement that holds companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell responsible for the PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls and surrounding area.