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Saratoga Performing Arts Center and stalwart city venue Caffe Lena have announced a new programming partnership.

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Montgomery County, New York Executive Matt Ossenfort was scheduled to deliver his State of the County address Wednesday night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Reform advocates are taking exception to remarks made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said there already is enough oversight of potentially corrupt activities in Albany.

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A prominent Capital Region developer has been chosen to rebuild Troy’s long-stalled One Monument Square project.

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A special election in Saratoga Springs where city residents will vote on a new charter has been pushed back to the November general election.

 NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Orders Probe Into Threats Targeting JCC's
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Wave after wave of bomb threat hoaxes have been called into Jewish Community Centers across the country in recent weeks. At the Albany JCC this morning,  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in a show of solidarity.

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The Rensselaer County town of Petersburgh has been struggling with PFOA, the same carcinogenic pollutant that has been found in nearby Hoosick Falls and Bennington, Vermont. The town approved a settlement agreement with the polluter Tuesday night.

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Advocates for the elderly say each year con artists and greedy family members cheat New York seniors out of $1.5 billion in assets.

The state capitol in Albany.
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Just one month before the New York state budget is due, numerous interest groups are converging on the Capitol, asking that they be included in the budget.

Leaders of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington this week for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference and to meet with the state congressional delegation.  New York’s largest agricultural lobbying organization has a number of priority issues, and it outlined the top three on a conference call with reporters this morning.

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As often happens this time of year, reporters were summoned to a hockey arena in the region today to learn about a franchise’s future. But this time, professional hockey is staying in Glens Falls. The ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, which have called the Civic Center home for two seasons, will soon come under local ownership.

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President Trump is scheduled to deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. today. New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox tells WAMC he expects Trump to speak directly to working men and women. 

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When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

New York state is advising school employees to call the superintendent and school attorney if faced with an immigration agent's request for access to students or their records.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued guidance Monday to the state's 700 school districts after getting questions about schools' obligation to federal immigration officers.

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The Village of Hoosick Falls has tabled a revised $1 million partial release and settlement agreement with the companies deemed responsible for polluting the municipal water supply with the chemical PFOA. A special meeting was held Monday night. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds that in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval numbers are rising, while President Trump’s are sinking.

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Albany County District Attorney's Office

A city of Albany employee has been charged with killing his former roommate and another woman within two years of each other. 

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the Village of Hoosick Falls to pump the brakes on a revised settlement agreement with two companies deemed responsible for polluting local water supplies with the chemical PFOA.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and state transportation officials detailed plans to improve access to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Orange County on Sunday.

For the second time in four weeks, corrections officers were attacked and injured by prisoners at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville.

Kingston Residents Hold Congressional Town Hall Without Faso

Feb 25, 2017
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Earlier this week, constituents in New York’s North Country held a town hall without their congressional representative, Republican Elise Stefanik. Organized by a progressive group on Friday, residents of Republican Congressman John Faso’s 19th District  did the same in Kingston.

A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

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Hoosick Falls residents were angered Thursday night after a meeting where the village board was scheduled to discuss a settlement agreement between the village and companies deemed responsible for contaminating local water supplies with the chemical PFOA abruptly ended. 

Officials: Transgender New Yorkers Still Have Rights

Feb 23, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls is considering a new draft of a proposed settlement between the companies deemed responsible for polluting local water supplies and village government. The Thursday evening meeting comes after a previous settlement agreement was tabled amid widespread opposition in January.

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Saratoga Springs residents will vote on a new city charter at a special election set for May. But a vote by the city council Tuesday night denies funding that would support the election.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo with celebrity chef Sandra Lee.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to cut $25 million from 39 public health programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other conditions.

New York State Of Hate

Feb 21, 2017
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is out with an updated version of its "Hate Map." The group ranks New York state fourth in the nation for the number of active hate groups.

Protesters outside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office on January 31
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The New York state legislature is off this week, but the session so far has featured an unusual amount of protests and arrests, and more actions are expected when lawmakers return.

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School districts in Albany and Rochester are getting financial help to reach young people who are neither working nor in school.