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Lawmakers who represent Saratoga Springs have announced passage of a bill to aid a gambling facility facing competition from Schenectady’s full-scale casino.

The United States attorney in charge of prosecuting federal cases in nearly three dozen upstate New York counties is stepping down.

2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will appear at hearing at the New York State Education Department in Albany on Thursday morning.  He’s accused of breaking the rules of an executive session of the board, and telling a local paper the details of confidential talks with the teachers union over a new contract.

The University at Albany is getting a new president.

The State University of New York's board of trustees plans to announce the appointment on Wednesday afternoon in Albany.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a deal Tuesday that would require agencies to buy American-made iron and steel for projects like bridges, subways and new state buildings.

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The governor of New York has ordered a review of the cyber security of the state's election system following reports that Russian elements tried to hack into American voting systems.

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The State Senate is likely to confirm New York Governor Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court.

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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls, already dealing with a State Superfund site contaminated with the chemical PFOA, may soon add other locations to the list.

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There was a flurry of activity at the New York state Capitol Monday, along with threats and ultimatums, but there are no agreements on major issues as the session draws to a scheduled close on Wednesday.

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The philanthropic wing of the internet search giant Google says it is donating $1 million to preserve an oral history of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

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New York state health officials are warning against possible measles exposures in Saratoga and Warren Counties.

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Residents of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County are being encouraged to attend a public meeting Monday evening to discuss the latest findings related to the PFOA-contamination of local water supplies.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped a veteran judge to serve on the state's highest court.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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Revitalization funding is on the way to 18 cities and towns across New York.

Legislative Session Going Down To The Wire In Albany

Jun 16, 2017
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The New York state legislature is approaching its final week of the 2017 session, and agreements on outstanding issues, including mayoral control over the state’s largest school system, remain elusive.

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On January 31, 2016, three women who were then students at the University at Albany set off a firestorm when they reported being assaulted in a racially-motivated attack during an early morning argument on a CDTA bus. A jury found two of them guilty of falsely reporting the incident. But today’s sentencing in Albany County Court may not be the last stop.

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An upstate New York company has relocated from an iconic Albany building to a brand new logistics hub in Saratoga County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the company plans to bring more jobs to the region.

The Capital District Transportation Authority has released maps detailing where it will place stations for its new bike-share initiative.

The 38 locations in Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs will allow users to ride the green and purple CDPHP Cycle! bicycles.

The locations are as follows:


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Survivors of child molestation are urging lawmakers in New York to loosen the statute of limitations on lawsuits for past abuse.

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The Saratoga Springs city council has decided to take more time to consider a proposal to that would allow for more affordable housing to be built within the city. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports bankers and builders are taking issue with the plan.

ICE Arrests 10 In Saratoga Springs

Jun 15, 2017
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There has been another round of immigration arrests in Saratoga Springs, NY. 

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The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls has hired a renowned environmental attorney for representation as it negotiates with the companies deemed responsible for polluting water supplies. Meantime, efforts to study the chemical PFOA in New York and southern Vermont has gotten a boost from a federal grant.

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A faction of breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate, known as the Independent Democratic Conference, has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the senators in fact did not chair. What is the history of this power brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future?

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A fifth grade teacher from Saratoga Springs is accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student.

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North Broadway in Saratoga Springs has been turned into the set of a new fairy tale TV show. A series based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow-White and Rose-Red” is being produced by a team of local actors and crew members and is scheduled to be released this December on Amazon Prime.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th House district, is reacting to the shooting in Virginia Wednesday morning at a Congressional baseball practice in which House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and others were injured. President Trump announced the alleged shooter has died of injuries sustained during the shootout. Rep. Tonko of the Capital Region tells WAMC News that the tone Wednesday between political rivals has turned "conciliatory."

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Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session, and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. As time is running out for scheduled meetings.

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The New York state legislative session is drawing to a close. Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017 including a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

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Lyft says it's already recruited thousands of potential drivers ahead of its upstate New York launch later this month.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump's plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system could mean higher costs for consumers.