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1:37 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Legislation Advances To Keep NY Institutions Open

New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.

The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.

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New York News
6:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Community Corner: SPAC's Marcia White On Return Of New York City Ballet In 2015

Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently announced that the New York City Ballet will return next year with a full, two-week residency. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Marcia White, SPAC  President and Executive Director, about the process of bringing the ballet back for its 50th anniversary season in 2015.
 

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Agree on Anti-Heroin Bills, Still Discussing Medical Marijuana

Demonstrators for medical marijuana at legislative session in Albany
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close. 

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New York News
4:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montgomery County Officials Hopeful For Casino

Officials in the Mohawk Valley are enthusiastic about a new casino proposal close to home, but the project could be at a disadvantage with other projects on the table vying for the Capital Region casino license. 

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New York News
12:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Concerns Remain Over Smokeless Tobacco, Blamed In Tony Gwynn's Death

Dr. Todd Doyle
Credit New York Oncology- Hematology

Brian Shields Talks With Dr. Todd Doyle On Tony Gwynn's Oral Cancer

The baseball world is mourning the death of Tony Gwynn. One of the all-time baseball greats died this week at the age of 54 from oral cancer. Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, like many of his fellow players, used smokeless tobacco. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who said he never smoked or used smokeless tobacco, recently announced that his oral cancer had returned and has undergone additional surgery. Despite efforts to discourage its use, some baseball players still use smokeless tobacco, a leading cause of oral cancers, according to Dr. Todd Doyle, Chief of Radiation Oncology at New York Oncology-Hematology.

New York News
12:28 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Advocate Hopeful "Torture" Legislation Will Move Forward In Albany

As the legislative session winds down in New York, there's an eleventh hour push to promote a measure that would prevent and protect health professionals from participating in torture - WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke this morning with Dr. Allen Keller, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, who is in Albany today in support of the bill.

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New York News
7:27 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Ellis Medicine and St. Peter's Announce Partnership

The Daily Gazette reports, Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners announced yesterday a first-of-its-kind partnership for the capital region known as a clinically integrated network. President and CEO of Ellis Medicine James Connolly, and James Reed, President and CEO of St. Peter’s, emphasized the alliance is not a corporate merger and the CIN will allow cooperation on clinical, business, and financial levels. Last month Saratoga and Glens Falls hospitals both announced they were exploring opportunities for collaboration.

New York News
6:12 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Fast-Food Workers Push For Raise At NY Capitol

Credit WAMC composite photo by Aubrey Mulvey

Hundreds of low-wage workers and advocates descended upon Albany today to urge the Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10, index it to inflation, and allow cities and counties to set their wages 30 percent higher than the state’s minimum. 

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New York News
4:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Sponsors Of Medical Marijuana Bill Hold Private Meeting With Governor Cuomo

Sen. Jeff Klein speaks with reporters Tuesday.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the governor’s objections to many of the measure’s provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days.

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New York News
1:03 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Amsterdam, East Greenbush Casino Projects Move Ahead

Credit WAMC

As some residents of one local community step up their resistance to a regional casino, people a few Thruway exits west are crossing their fingers that they could host a casino resort.

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