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A co-chairman of Republican Donald Trump's New York presidential campaign who publicly insulted Democratic President Barack Obama and his wife has been asked to resign from a local school board.

Federal environmental officials say New York City has met a Dec. 31 deadline for removing light fixtures containing the toxic chemicals known as PCBs from public schools.

Activists handed out leaflets explaining they in fact welcome more transportation options, as long as they are accessible to members of the public.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Legalizing apps like Uber and Lyft upstate is one of the big issues awaiting New York state legislators when they return to Albany next week. Advocates for the disabled support ridesharing expansion, as long as there is accessible transportation.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

When the New York state legislature returns to Albany next week, it will be missing a familiar face. Senator Hugh Farley, a Republican from the 49th District, is retiring after four decades. Farley’s sprawling district stretches from Schenectady to the central Adirondacks. Farley, who is 84, is retiring to spend more time with his wife. Today he spoke with WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard over the telephone from Florida. Farley said he will go back and forth between the two states.

The Capital Region Ridesharing Coalition at Albany City Hall urged the New York State Legislature to pass ridesharing early in the 2017 session.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local and state officials, business groups and members of law enforcement gathered in Albany City Hall's rotunda Thursday in support of expanding ridesharing upstate next year.

Sikh Officers Association on Facebook
Sikh Officers Association on Facebook

The New York Police Department is now allowing Sikh officers to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long for religious reasons. 


New York state wants banks and insurance companies to take steps to protect consumers from hacking.

  Post updated 12/29/16

A Capital Region lawmaker has pledged to introduce a bill to require Governor Andrew Cuomo to stay in Albany when he delivers his State of the State message next month. The governor plans to bring his annual address on the road.

New York State Police have arrested a man they believe stole the identity of a cop killed in a car crash earlier this year.


State health officials have declared the flu to be widespread and prevalent in New York state.

A businessman who co-chaired the Trump campaign New York state says his recent derogatory statements about President Barack Obama and his wife weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate" and a "mistake."

This year, in a break with tradition, Governor Andrew Cuomo is scrapping the traditional State of the State address in Albany and will deliver a series of regional speeches instead.  Albany-watchers say lawmakers will take it as an insult.

The minimum wage is going up next week in New York. The increase is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's multi-year phase-in plan for an eventual $15 statewide minimum wage for all workers.


The minimum wage is going up at year's end throughout New York state.

Within New York City the wage will rise from $9 to $11 per hour, though the increase will be smaller for employees of small businesses. Their wage will increase to $10.50 an hour.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

New York state is helping colleges and universities around the state cut carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has confirmed it’s doing away with an Albany tradition this year: the State of the State address. Cuomo’s office said Monday that instead of the typical annual address that brings both houses of the legislature and state elected officials together, Cuomo will deliver “regional” addresses during the second week of January. Cuomo’s office says the second-term Democrat will visit New York City, western New York, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, the Capital Region and Central New York. No other details have been made public. Some lawmakers have said they were planning to boycott the governor’s annual address.

Could a gondola like this span Rensselaer and Albany?


An aerial cable car system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.


The son of President-elect Donald Trump's New York campaign co-chairman has denounced his father's comments about President Barack Obama and his wife.

Two men were found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a partially frozen pond off Weil Road in Dover Plains. State Police were called to the scene at 7:20 a.m. on Friday and saw the vehicle some five feet off the roadway submerged in the water.

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting a former political opponent for racist remarks made in a Buffalo-area weekly newspaper.

Plans for an end-of-year special legislative session in New York appear to have been scrapped. The Albany Times Union reports Republican Senate Majority leader John Flanagan said there wasn’t enough on the table to bring lawmakers back.

Former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, the Republican who lost to Andrew Cuomo in 2010 and is a key surrogate for Donald Trump in New York, is standing by controversial written comments he made as part of a “wishlist” for 2017. The Buffalo businessman and school board member wrote in the alternative weekly newspaper Artvoice that he would like to see President Obama catch “mad cow disease after being caught having relations” with a cow and added that he would like to see Michelle Obama “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe.” Paladino’s campaign in 2010 was dogged by a scandal over obscene emails he forwarded.

Hansi Lo Wang | NPR

The owners of a property on the market in upstate New York have sued two companies blamed for contaminating the village of Hoosick Falls' water supply.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

An ethics reform proposal quietly circulated between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders for a possible special session that could also include a pay raise is getting blasted by the State’s Attorney General as possibly unconstitutional.

Affordable Care Act

It’s no secret that Republicans, ascendant in Washington, want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. A new study says millions of people nationally and in New York could stand to lose their health insurance with even a partial repeal of the ACA.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

After years of work, the growing city of Saratoga Springs has adopted a planning document to make the community more walkable and bikeable, while improving public transit.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has responded to a study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that calls for further PCB removal work on the Hudson River.

A new study from AARP New York shows just over two-thirds of New York’s small businesses want the state to establish a privately managed retirement savings plan for their employees.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Troy is once again seeking proposals for the site of its former city hall. The downtown location has been vacant for years after previous designs have come up short.

Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, asks for funding to be freed up, as supporters hold a vigil outside the New York state Senate chamber.
Karen DeWitt

Advocates for the homeless say the Governor and legislature don’t need to call a special session in order to free up more money to help create more housing for those in need. They say political leaders could simply sign an already printed memorandum of understanding, and start helping people now.

Kevin O’Connor, director of Joseph’s House in Troy, New York, read the names of homeless clients who have passed away in the past year, who he says died too young.