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Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session, and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. As time is running out for scheduled meetings.

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Karen DeWitt

The New York state legislative session is drawing to a close. Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017 including a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

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Lyft says it's already recruited thousands of potential drivers ahead of its upstate New York launch later this month.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump's plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system could mean higher costs for consumers.

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New York state’s budget has been in place for just under two months, and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

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The Hyde Collection, an art museum in Glens Falls, New York, has expanded to accommodate the collection of a Schenectady architect. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the new gallery is dedicated to modern art.

Former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck addressed the crowd in Academy Park across from Albany City Hall

President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, some New York lawmakers are pressing for reform of the state’s economic development contracting process, in light of a scandal that’s led to federal corruption charges against several former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently signed legislation aimed at holding polluters accountable for contaminating water supplies with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the bill may give the state a significant amount of leverage as it negotiates on behalf of people in the Bennington area.

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One the area's largest school districts in Clifton Park has been making national headlines in the culture wars.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its recently released five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund cleanup project.

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Officials at Fort Ticonderoga say they've acquired two rare journals of a Pennsylvania officer who served on the northern frontier during the American Revolution.

The New York Racing Association has a new board of directors as the organization is released from state control to a private non-profit.

New York state's education department is finalizing plans for a hearing on whether one-time candidate for governor Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board.

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The New York State Department of Health this week released the results of a cancer study in Hoosick Falls.

The Rensselaer County village’s water sources were contaminated with the chemical PFOA, which has been linked to various forms of cancers.

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Members of the Saratoga Springs faith community are seeking to provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Their announcement comes just after federal immigration officials arrested 16 people in the Spa City.

NYS DOH Releases Results Of PFOA Cancer Study

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The New York State Department of Health has released the results of an investigation into the occurrence of cancers in Hoosick Falls, a Rennselaer County community with water sources tainted with the chemical PFOA.

The department says there is not a statistically significant number of cases of cancer typically associated with PFOA exposure.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in New York’s Congressional races. At a rally with House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he vowed to help defeat the state’s nine eight republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.

A replica of Johnson's medal has been permanently affixed to the Henry Johnson Statue on Washington Park Road in Washington Park, near the corner of Madison Avenue and Willett Street.
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The City of Albany has unveiled a replica Medal of Honor on the Henry Johnson statue in Washington park and presented the first Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

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A man who crashed a motorboat into a wooden vessel on Lake George last summer, killing a young girl and injuring her mother, has been sentenced.

RPI, Cornell University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), have announced the creation of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) Consortium.

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A New York man faces sentencing for a fatal boat crash on an upstate lake that claimed a California girl's life while she visited relatives last summer.

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A University at Albany grad who has directed three successful short films is dabbling in the literary world.


Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is not winning him any friends in the environmental community.  That’s reflected by reaction from regional advocates.

With the New York State Legislative session scheduled to wrap up at the end of this month, a familiar face — and voice — will bid farewell to Albany.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Barbara Bartoletti, a longtime advocate for reform at the capitol, who will be retiring from her job as the League of Women Voters' legislative director. 

New York law enforcement is cracking down on underage drinking at summer concerts and festivals across the state.

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The federal government is contributing about $17 million to upgrade airports in upstate New York.

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Federal regulators say a six-year cleanup of the Hudson River is producing positive results, but PCB levels in fish remain high.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing New York state to meet the Paris Climate Accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible.” And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord. ​ New York state has already begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030.