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For the second straight year, the Glens Falls Civic Center is under repair after damage was discovered on a  portion of the exterior wall. A similar issue forced the closure of the arena in early 2015.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is bringing charges against a former portfolio manager in the New York state pension fund, saying he accepted bribes from two hedge fund brokers that included prostitutes and illegal drugs.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is again asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require additional cleanup work on the Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a report December 20th claiming the removal of toxic PCBs from the Hudson River conducted by General Electric and overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “is not protective of the public or the environment.”

In Albany’s own version of Groundhog Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders are still keeping open the possibility of a special session before the year ends that could include legalizing Uber statewide and a pay raise for lawmakers.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the completion of a $370,000 expansion of the Albany Crime Analysis Center.

The 30-year-old pastor of a central New York church where one teenager was killed and his younger brother badly beaten during a church counseling session overseen by the pastor has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Former President Bill Clinton cast his ballot for his wife, failed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, at Monday’s Electoral College meeting in Albany. As Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, Clinton blames the loss on the Russians and the FBI.

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The International Joint Commission, which monitors boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, has signed an updated plan regulating water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  Advocates of the plan in New York believe it will reverse decades of man-made damage and benefit the economy of the upstate region.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
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The Albany Police Department will be looking for a new chief. Brendan Cox will leave the department to take another job, but so far there is no word on when Cox will leave or where he will be going. 

Discussion over a December special session has turned to finger pointing, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans blame each other over lack of progress.

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The Pitney Meadows Community Farm non-profit is inviting the local community to celebrate the purchase of the Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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The Village of Hoosick Falls is considering a settlement by companies tied to contaminated drinking water.

Companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell have extended a settlement offer to the Rensselaer County community that has seen its water system and private wells tainted with a chemical used at industrial buildings within the village.

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Several long-awaited developments in New York’s Mohawk Valley are getting a boost from state investment announced last week.

Saratoga Springs is beginning the process of reviewing its options to make living in the city more affordable and economically diverse. Many who work in the city, even with full-time jobs, cannot afford to live there, and one organization thinks it has a solution.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released video of a helicopter pulling up one of the rescued hikers found near the summit of Algonquin Mountain in the Adirondack High Peaks on Tuesday.

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A new executive director has been chosen for a convention center in Saratoga Springs.

It’s no surprise to anyone living in the Capital Region that booming Saratoga Springs is becoming a more expensive place to live. But some numbers on the market given during a special City Council meeting on affordable housing today drew some gasps from the crowd.

Uber & Taxis fight
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If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers hold a special session next week, they are likely to consider whether to allow ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate outside of New York City.

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Two children were involved in a tragic accident in the small community of Greenwich, New York Tuesday. The boys were playing in a snow bank when they became trapped inside. One did not survive. Police still do not know the exact cause of the accident.

The life of a professional hockey player and coach who guided a Glens Falls team to two championships will be remembered today at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Natural gas pipeline
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Two years ago, the state banned hydrofracking of natural gas within New York state’s borders. But a group of Cornell scientists who study the effects of climate change say New Yorkers are using more natural gas than ever.

DiNapoli Seeks Greater Oversight Power

Dec 13, 2016
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

New York state’s comptroller has a plan to reduce corruption in the awarding of economic development contracts that has led to the indictment of several former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader.  During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group.  Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.

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In October, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden originally proposed a budget carrying a 28.2 percent tax increase to fix long-standing financial issues within the city. The plan shocked residents and city officials, and a months-long fight began.

Regents Call For $2 Billion In Additional School Aid

Dec 12, 2016

A committee of the New York state Board of Regents recommends spending $2.1 billion more on schools in the new state budget, saying it’s time to continue an effort begun a decade ago to funnel more money to the state’s poorest school districts.

 

Five projects from around New York received state historic preservation awards.

Donald Trump recently announced his pick for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

Photo of an Amtrak train.
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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, have announced the passage of a bill they say would save hours of delays at Northern Border crossings.

A group of Legoland opponents has filed a court challenge to the Town of Goshen’s proceedings dealing with Merlin Entertainment’s proposed Legoland theme park. They will ask the court to cancel the town’s public hearing on the project order another lead agency in the environmental process.

State police are warning New York residents of an identity phishing scam.

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