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The mayor of Hoosick Falls, a Rensselaer County village that has been dealing with contamination issues for the past year, is stepping down in a few weeks. David Borge will retire at the end of his second term.

New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan D- Buffalo and other lawmakers call for state help to fund refugee resettlement centers, at the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase in Albany on Wednesday.
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A group of upstate lawmakers are asking New York to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs, that they say have been caught up in President Trump’s travel ban and the resulting chaos.

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A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown is making a strong pitch to have New York designate baseball as the official state sport.

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Some Hoosick Falls residents already exposed to chemicals in their drinking water may also have another form of pollutant leaking into their homes. Honeywell, under a consent order with the state, is conducting an investigation into the detection of chemicals at one of its former buildings in town. A meeting was held Tuesday night where company representatives spoke to residents.

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Child advocates say New York's marriage law that allows children as young as 14 years old to wed can trap minors in sexual abuse and domestic violence.

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Karen DeWitt

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is pushing for a measure to stop treating 16 and 17 year-olds as adults in New York's criminal justice system.

Climate activists disrupt a budget hearing on the environment at the New York state Capitol Monday .
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Environmental groups are pushing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to codify into law some of the steps he’s taken to protect the environment and cut down on pollution related to climate change. At a budget hearing Monday, lawmakers were focused on a more immediate concern - clean drinking water.

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The New York State Parole Board has unanimously denied former prison guard worker Joyce Mitchell’s bid for parole.

Anti-abortion activists held rallies across the country yesterday, but many were met with counter-protestors.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect until 7 p.m. Monday.

Some areas could see up to a foot or more of snow between Sunday and Monday.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has visited Muslims in Yonkers and told them "You are welcome here."

New York State is requiring company Honeywell to test homes for volatile compounds near a former Hoosick Falls facility.

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In the wake of a series of fatal accidents this winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have jointly issued a snowmobile safety advisory.

Rowan Wilson testifying at the New York state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Feb. 6.
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With the confirmation of Rowan Wilson to the New York Court of Appeals, Governor Andrew Cuomo has now picked all of the judges on the state’s highest court, the first governor to do so since his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.

Legislation in New York seeking to exempt farm dogs from some animal neglect protections has been withdrawn after facing criticism from animal welfare groups. 

The bill aimed to ensure farmers didn't face cruelty charges by making dogs work outside on very hot or cold days. It would have legally reclassified farm dogs as "livestock" and not "domesticated animals."

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The latest hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $152 billion dollar state budget proposal in Albany has been postponed due to a winter storm.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the State Senate are not as enthusiastic about making New York a sanctuary state as are Assembly Democrats, who passed a bill earlier this week.

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More than three years after New York voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady opened its doors to the public today. 

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New York charter school advocates are emboldened by promises from Senate leadership and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase funding for charter schools across the state.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s acting tax commissioner took heat from Democrats and Republicans in the New York Legislature over delays in the STAR rebate program. The hearing was interrupted by protesters who want higher taxes on millionaires.

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A group of New York state lawmakers appeared in Saratoga County on Monday to meet with picketing union workers at a Waterford chemical plant.

New York's highest court is getting a new judge.

The state Senate on Monday confirmed Rowan D. Wilson, a private attorney with commercial litigation experience. Wilson worked at the large Manhattan law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore for more than 30 years.

Public health officials, elected leaders, medical experts and patient advocates are set to gather Tuesday in Albany for New York's first-ever Hepatitis C summit.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
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The New York Assembly moved Monday to establish New York as a sanctuary state, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the State Senate.

 

They don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who stand to gain from the nation's most ambitious free-tuition proposal point to a sobering reality: Free tuition doesn't mean free college.

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The New York State Senate is scheduled to consider a bill to bring ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft upstate on Monday.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center has just announced the lineup for its summer season. The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are all returning for their summer residencies this year.

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Rockland County is the first in the state to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to pass a constitutional amendment enshrining the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision Roe versus Wade into New York’s constitution, is not gaining much traction in the State Senate.

An administration official says President Donald Trump's nominee for Army secretary, Vincent Viola, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

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