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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."

Local leaders gathered in Troy Sunday to urge federal lawmakers to keep the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit as tax overhaul bills make their way through Congress.

A New York woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it, allegations the governor's office denies.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York. Eyes are now on the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.

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The chemical PFOA has been detected in water samples taken from the Mohawk River near the Colonie landfill.

The Times Union reports that Waterford town supervisor Jack Lawler released test results on Friday, showing PFOA levels of 68 parts per trillion. That’s just below New York state’s 70 parts per trillion drinking water threshold.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montgomery County have entered a new agreement to remove asbestos contamination from the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

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The City of Schenectady has opened its first senior center since the closure of its former location more than a decade ago. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the grand opening on Thursday.

Jessica Wisneski of Citizen Action, speaks out against the house tax bill at a protest at the NY state Capitol Thursday
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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

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Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy John Brown died suddenly while on a training run Sunday. He was 45.  Services are being held throughout the day Friday.   WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Michael Zurlo about the loss of his deputy.  


The next group of leaders in the City of Glens Falls has been chosen. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrats and Republicans are pledging cooperation.

Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of New York Governor Cuomo’s former associates who worked on his administration’s economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.

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New York Lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul says President Trump’s top budget official is off-base in his comments this week that people are leaving New York because of its high taxes. Mick Mulvaney also said it is not up to the federal government to save New York from its bad decisions, a reference to the Republican tax reform plan that could eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

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Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level.

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New York’s U.S. senators have announced federal aid for early education programs for low-income families.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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After the tallying of absentee ballots, the political picture in Troy has become clearer. In 2018, Troy will have a unique makeup of its city council. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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Supporters of changing Saratoga Springs’ system of government are preparing for a narrow defeat after the counting of absentee ballots.

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New York state’s top economic development official says a plan in Congress to eliminate the historic tax credit program would harm efforts to revitalize cities in New York.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking with Karen DeWitt
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New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as the Democrat tells Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.

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The outcome of a ballot referendum on Saratoga Springs’ city charter may be determined Tuesday.

After polls were closed on Election Night, votes to change Saratoga Springs’ system of government were up by 48. More than 500 absentee ballots have not been counted.

A New York City-based artist has scrapped plans to overhaul a 33,000 square foot building in Hudson into an arts center.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
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Police are probing a 911 call made by the wife of a Capital Region mayor.

The Times Union reports Cohoes police were called to the residence of Mayor Shawn Morse on Friday.