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Longtime Capital Region Assemblyman Jim Tedisco soundly defeated challenger Christian Klueg in the Republican primary for New York’s 49th Senate District.

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STORY UPDATED 9/14/16 11:10 a.m.

The sprawling 49th Senate district that stretches from Schenectady deep into the Adirondacks has been held by Republican Hugh Farley for four decades.

New York's attorney general says he has reached settlements with Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro and Jumpstart Games stopping them from using tracking technology on their popular children's websites.

A group of state lawmakers is teaming up with environmental groups to ask New York Governor Cuomo’s administration to ban the use of waste water from hydrofracking and other oil and gas extraction from being spread on public roadways.

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A ceremony was held Tuesday morning in the Fireman’s Home in Fort Plain, located on a block that was underwater in June of 2013. The storm dumped 8 inches of rain and swelled a nearby creek beyond its banks. Homes and businesses were damaged and one person died.

Cuomo: Vote Or Don't Complain

Sep 13, 2016

On a state primary day, and during a hotly contested presidential campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a somewhat non-partisan message to New Yorkers today: vote, or don’t complain about the results. 

Moral Monday Comes To Capitol In Albany

Sep 12, 2016
Reverend Emily McNeill, with the New York Labor Religion Coalition, addresses a rally outside the state capitol on Monday.
Karen DeWitt

Religious and labor advocates rallied at the state capitol in Albany Monday as part of a nationwide movement known as Moral Mondays, to urge state lawmakers to take more progressive stances on issues.

The body of a drowning victim in Lake George was recovered by divers Saturday afternoon.

According to the Register-Star, a body found early Saturday morning in a wooded area in Kinderhook, New York was confirmed by a family member to be Halle Schmidt.

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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is making its latest local stop this weekend. The wall is on display through Monday morning.

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Saturday is the second day of the 2016 Tugboat Roundup in Waterford. More than 30 vessels, modern and antique, are lined up in the Southern Saratoga County town.

Amsterdam Police have discovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in an empty warehouse.


Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a first-term Democrat, held his first of three public workshops on the 2017 budget process this week.

Assemblyman Nojay Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Sep 9, 2016
Assemblyman Bill Nojay
Assemblyman Bill Nojay

New York State Assemblyman Bill Nojay, a conservative lawmaker from the Rochester area, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot. The Pittsford Republican, who was facing a primary on Tuesday, was 59. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012 and also hosted a radio show.

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The pro-business group Unshackle Upstate is out with its rankings of state legislators who are seeking re-election in November. As Karen DeWitt reports, Republicans did better than Democrats.

Facebook: Oldtone Roots Music Festival

Today marks the start of a relatively new four-day traditional music festival celebrating bluegrass, Cajun, jazz and swing. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY features a number of national and area bands, music workshops, contests and a camping and eating experience. WAMC News spoke with organizer Jim Wright about what’s in store.

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Saratoga Race Course was as busy as ever this year. The 40-day summer meet that ran from late July until Labor Day drew more than 1.1 million paid visitors, breaking last year’s number by more than 5 percent.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York's attorney general says abortion rights provided by U.S. Supreme Court rulings can't be diminished by the state law against late-term abortions enacted before the court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

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As autumn approaches, so does hunting season in New York. And as hunters begin preparing for treks into the woods, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is asking for a change: this fall, use bullets that are lead-free.

After more than 50 years in business, ITT Educational Services announced Tuesday that it is closing down all its campuses nationwide. This comes after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, stating that ITT failed to meet its accreditor’s standards. The closure could be a boon for local community colleges.


  Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner faced an intense grilling from lawmakers at a joint hearing on how the administration handled water contamination in in the eastern New York village of Hoosick Falls.

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You'll now be able to order a Sunday mimosa, bloody mary or pint of beer two hours earlier in New York state.


Federal regulators say they have recommended designating part of an upstate New York village as a Superfund site for cleanup.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York's attorney general says his office is investigating Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which has been criticized for steep price increases for its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen.

New York City police say two people have been shot to death during a carnival in the hours before the West Indian Day Parade.

Police say a male in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the chest at around 3:50 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn. He died at a hospital.

Police say about 25 minutes later, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the head just a block away and died at a hospital.

Police are investigating whether the shootings are related.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued along the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut coasts as Tropical Storm Hermine moves up the Eastern Seaboard.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect along the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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55 colleges and universities across New York state have signed REV, the Reforming the Energy Vision Campus Challenge.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Authorities say they've arrested a fifth suspect in the slaying of an aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the hours before last year's

West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, organizers announced Equestricon 2017. The event is scheduled to take place over three days next August, during the busy thoroughbred racing season. It’s touted as the first ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show.


New York state is looking to put locally grown foods on the menu in school cafeterias.