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UPDATE: A call to raise the salary of New York state lawmakers has been rejected.

New York state lawmakers could learn soon whether they'll be getting their first pay raise in nearly two decades.

The battle is heating up over a statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants that pits Governor Andrew Cuomo against a coalition of "good-government groups."

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For some it was a terrifying ordeal, for others a nuisance. Saturday afternoon shopping at one the country's biggest malls was interrupted by a report of gunfire that is still under investigation.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox

With the results of last week’s race still reverberating across the political landscape, President-elect Donald Trump has begun putting together his administration. Come January, the GOP will control the White House and both houses of Congress. The party has also expanded its control in statehouses across the country. New York State Republican Party Chair Ed Cox discusses the results on this week’s Capitol Connection program with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered state police, SUNY police, and the State Division of Human Rights to investigate an alleged hate crime that took place on the SUNY Geneseo campus Friday.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has entered an agreement to hold company Taconic responsible for removing the chemical PFOA from water supplies in the Rensselaer County community of Petersburgh. 

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December 8th, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech that ushered the United States into the Second World War.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward President-elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un- New York” in the final days of the campaign.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One of the most closely watched New York state Senate races in the Capital Region was the at-times fierce battle for the 43rd District. The district that hugs the eastern border of the state stretches from Saratoga to Columbia County.

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At the first economic outlook summit hosted by the Saratoga Prosperity Partnership, 20th District Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany-area economist Hugh Johnson appeared as keynote speakers.

New York’s Attorney General is barring an Albany pastor and his wife accused of taking money from a charity they controlled from accessing the organization’s finances. 

The New York State Capitol

If the numbers hold, Republicans are poised to remain in control of the New York State Senate, and even pick up a seat. The news has reassured business groups but dismayed reform advocates.

Two men were sentenced today in a grisly Albany area murder authorities believe was tied to drug activity. Michael Chmielewski received 22 years to life in prison and Sean Moreland received two to six years in prison.

Moreland’s sentence will run concurrent to an eight-year burglary sentence in a separate crime.

In August 2015, Chmielewski broke into a Colonie hair salon to rob it for drug money and stabbed stylist Jackie Porreca, who died of her injuries. Moreland drove the getaway car.

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Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has served the Capital Region for 33 years. He’ll go onto represent New Yorkers in retiring Senator Hugh Farley’s 49th district this January after securing 70 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Authorities say a hot light bulb that fell onto cardboard sparked a massive blaze at the former Bethlehem Steel site outside Buffalo.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A race that was closely-watched nationwide, expected to be a squeaker for the winner, ended up an easy victory for Republican John Faso.

The New York State Capitol

Democrats had hoped to make inroads into the New York State Senate- but preliminary results show the Republicans gaining one seat to hold a razor thin 32-seat majority.

Listen: Zephyr Teachout Concedes In NY-19

Nov 9, 2016
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WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressional hopeful Zephyr Teachout addressed supporters last night after conceding the race for New York's 19th Congressional district seat to Republican John Faso, who won with about 55 percent of the vote in the race to replace retiring Rep. Chris Gibson.

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Update 11/14/16: Assemblyman Dan Stec ran against Green Party candidate Robin Barkenhagen. WAMC erroneously reported Stec ran unopposed. The original audio file remains posted to this story.

In 2014, Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Two years later, at age 32, she is the youngest woman reelected.

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The State University of New York Board of Trustees

The SUNY Board of Trustees has recently appointed Dr. Bahgat Sammakia to become the SUNY Poly Interim President, replacing the embattled Dr. Alain Kaloyeros.  School officials are mostly mum on the appointment.


New York voters won't just be selecting their choice for president this Election Day, they'll also be deciding which political party will control the state Senate. 

Senator Charles Schumer

Three-term Democratic New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer faces a challenge from a little-known and poorly funded Republican New York City lawyer.

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In a rematch of 2014, Republican Pete Vroman is challenging Democratic incumbent Angelo Santabarbara in tomorrow’s race for New York’s 111th state Assembly District seat.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags at New York State buildings to half-staff in honor of a Western New York native killed in Afghanistan last week.

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The race for New York’s 46th state Senate district pits Republican Senator George Amedore against Democratic hopeful Sara Niccoli.

MMA Fight

Professional mixed martial arts is off to a rollicking start in New York, seven months after officials ended the state's long-standing prohibition on the sport.

New York state was the nation's only remaining holdout when it came to hosting professional bouts. That ended in April, when lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to repeal the ban following extensive lobbying by promoters and stars such as Ronda Rousey.

The law authorizing the sport took effect in September.

The New York State Capitol

On Tuesday, Democrats could win back the Senate from the Republicans, who have dominated the leadership there for much of the past century.

A final poll in the long Presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York, though Hillary Clinton still leads Donald Trump by double digits.

Authorities have arrested 11 people following a three-month investigation into contraband smuggling at the Albany County Jail.

Homes with wells tainted with the chemical PFOS on Long Island will be connected to a clean drinking water supply.