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Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahey presides over the Assembly on Wednesday, August 9
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The United States Senate plans to use procedural maneuvers to technically stay in session even when Senators eventually go home for the Labor Day recess. Their intent is to prevent President Trump from making any unwelcome recess appointments while they are away. In Albany, NY taking steps to keep the legislative chambers open is nothing new.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs has a new president. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports the museum’s board has elected a person very familiar to the thoroughbred racing community.

A popular swimming pool in the Saratoga Spa State Park is closing early next week. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports New York officials will begin a $2.9 million renovation.

The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls is looking toward the future after being dogged by more than a year of negative headlines surrounding a water contamination crisis and most recent devastating flooding. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has details about an event next month designed to assist individuals looking to start a business.

 

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Police in Mechanicville, NY have arrested two teenagers in the shooting death of 19-year-old David Feliciano.

The former EPA regional administrator under President Obama says scientists who leaked the report on further evidence of climate change to the New York Times should be commended as “whistleblowers."

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The Emma Willard School in Troy has updated its report issued in April detailing a history of sexual misconduct between staff and students dating back more than 50 years.

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Professional hockey will remain in Glens Falls under a new parent team and head coach.

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Environmentalists are encouraging people to attend a meeting in New York City this week about the Hudson River Superfund cleanup.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is being praised across party lines for publicly admitting he has a substance abuse problem.

New York state Senator John Flanagan
Karen DeWitt

A top ranking member of the New York state legislature issued a statement on Sunday announcing he had recently completed a program to treat an alcohol problem. In the statement, 56-year-old John Flanagan, the State Senate Majority Leader from Long Island, said alcohol had become a crutch to deal with the pressure of the leadership role he has held for two years.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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The City of Troy recently replaced a more than century-old water main that ruptured in January of 2016. Before the line was repaired, 8 million gallons spilled into the streets of Lansingburgh, affecting customers in not only Troy but in 9 surrounding communities.

A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'd consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets.

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New York state stands to lose nearly $1 billion if President Trump follows through with his threat to “let Obamacare fail” and cut key health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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Fishing managers say river herring are at historic lows along the East Coast, and their population remains depleted.

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Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to set a spring retrial date for ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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A more than century-old water line under the streets of Troy that burst in January 2016, setting off a water crisis around the Capital Region, has been replaced.

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Three hopefuls have lined up to be the next mayor of Glens Falls, New York. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the race features two first-time candidates.

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After Governor Andrew Cuomo called on counties to develop shared services plans earlier this year, 50 New York counties submitted draft plans to their policymaking bodies by Tuesday's deadline. The debate continues.

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The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data on New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The move makes New York the first state to comply with the controversial request, after officials initially said they would resist it.

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Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case rather than go straight to a retrial.

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A manufacturing business in Schenectady County is celebrating a new $1.9 million rooftop solar project. Meanwhile, New York state leaders used the occasion to mark the launch of a new program aimed at getting more businesses to embrace solar power.

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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The often reticent New York state Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says he was joking when he said the state would give millions more in funding to help struggling cities revitalize their downtowns.

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Help is welcome for the annual Hudson River fish count this weekend.

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A new medical marijuana cultivation and production facility will be built in the Schenectady County town of Glenville. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s one of several new facilities joining New York state’s program for the drug.

The crater that remained following the water main break in Troy.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Troy has completed work on a new water main to replace a 33-inch pipe that burst in January 2016, flooding parts of Lansingburgh and affecting residents of several nearby communities.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified a facility in the Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls as a federal Superfund. As officials digest the news, WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on what the designation means and what may be coming next.

Speaker Carl Heastie at Bombardier in Plattsburgh
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New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was in the North Country today, touring transportation manufacturing plants that supply subway and bus cars to New York City.

Judith Enck
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Among those who have been watching closely as the PFOA water contamination problem plays out in the Village of Hoosick Falls, NY is Judith Enck, a long-time Rensselaer County resident and the former regional administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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