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A key witness is taking the stand in the corruption trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Police in New York state say they will once again step up road patrols around the Super Bowl on Sunday.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is seeking a federal Department of Justice investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against a former team doctor.

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Following the threat of losing federal funding, New York state will end the "I Love NY" tourism campaign this summer in favor of "NY has it all!" On Friday afternoon, the state’s transportation department and Thruway Authority pledged to work with the federal government on new road signs, after federal officials said the current ones were not safe.

New York officials say more contraband is being seized at state prisons than ever before, but the union representing corrections officers says current protocols aren't sufficiently curtailing attempts to smuggle drugs and weapons into correctional facilities.

More New Yorkers than ever are signed up for health coverage under the state's health insurance marketplace.

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The New York state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced a new program this week to give inmates in state prisons free tablets.  Some area lawmakers oppose the plan.

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First-term Troy Mayor Patrick Madden announced his goals for his third year in office Thursday night during his State of the City address.

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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped in Saratoga Springs today to speak to educators and students about the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, learning. 

The hundreds of tourism signs the Cuomo administration installed along New York's highways could wind up costing the state $14 million in federal funding.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces broadband funding in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York to be the first state to offer 100 percent broadband.  Phase Three to complete the goal is beginning, and the governor was in Plattsburgh Wednesday to announce that the North Country will receive substantial funding to fill in coverage gaps.

A former drycleaner in Ballston Spa, New York is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the possible contamination of nearby homes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the agency’s latest findings.

NY Rep. Faso Details GOP Train Crash

Feb 1, 2018
U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress and their families to a retreat collided with a garbage truck Wednesday in Virginia. One person inside the truck was killed. Hudson Valley Congressman John Faso was aboard and spoke with WAMC News Wednesday afternoon.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections on April 24 for two empty state Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.

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Residents of Saratoga Springs — a city with a booming downtown — gathered Tuesday night to ask questions and hear from developers about how to manage growth.

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Adding a warning to false accusers in the state Senate's newly revised anti-sexual harassment policy is an example of "the type of intimidation" that has kept harassment victims from coming forward, according to the only female leader of a legislative conference in Albany.

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A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for New York governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse area state Senator John DeFrancisco says it’s time for a change.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

This will be Congressman John Faso’s first State of the Union speech tonight. The Republican from New York’s Hudson Valley was elected in 2016 and is beginning the second year of his first term on Capitol Hill. Faso says he is hoping for a message of unity from the president tonight, but is also interested in hearing details on a number of issues. 

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Two homes in Schenectady, New York have been demolished following a landslide Sunday morning that displaced nearly two dozen residents. Elsewhere in the Capital Region, officials in Cohoes scrambled to fix another water main break.  

Rep. Paul Tonko
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Members of Congress are allowed to bring a guest to the State of the Union. Tonight, Albany area Congressman Paul Tonko, will be bringing a guest to point out the need for immediate government action on the opioid epidemic. 

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The head of Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs say he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on some of the projects.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Albany today, joining with Teamsters who have suffered cuts to their pension benefits and are at risk of losing even more.

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it will evaluate about 1,800 sediment samples taken in 2017 by New York state officials from the Upper Hudson River. EPA is also advancing a study of the floodplain in the Upper Hudson where work began in 2014 when General Electric agreed to conduct a remedial investigation and study of PCB contamination. 

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A long-running equine event in Saratoga Springs will not happen this year.

Officials in Schenectady New York have declared a state of emergency after a mudslide was reported early Sunday.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on federal health officials to dispatch a flu surveillance team to New York as the number of cases increases.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing ahead with efforts to gauge interest in building a tunnel under Long Island Sound.

The City of Mechanicville in Saratoga County will hire a lawyer to investigate complaints from city workers against its mayor.

A recent report by credit rating agency Moody’s has examined the impact of casinos in upstate New York. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the word used to describe the casino ecosystem is “cannibalization.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut say they intend to soon file a multi-state lawsuit against the federal tax overhaul law, over the partial loss of the deduction of state and local taxes. 

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