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The state capitol in Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. 

Some of the state’s top ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.

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A majority of police departments in New York are commanded by men. As more women join the force, a week of training now under way in Saratoga Springs aims to prepare female officers for leadership roles.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Environmental advocates in our region are critical of the move, noting that the cap-and-trade-style plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is already working in the Northeast.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.

The tax overhaul plan proposed by President Trump and now being considered in Congress would end the deduction on federal income tax forms for state and local property taxes. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it would disproportionately harm New Yorkers, where property taxes are among the highest in the nation, and he’s taken opportunities at public events recently to make the case against the plan.

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A new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimates that locally owned bridges need a whopping $27 billion in repairs in order to keep them in good operating condition.

wind and solar
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In the wake of devastating hurricanes and other extreme weather in the past several weeks, more than 60 organizations signed a letter calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to move New York to 100 percent clean, renewable energy as soon as possible. 

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo marching in New York City's Columbus Day parade
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the controversy over Christopher Columbus when he marched in New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade Monday.

Lawmakers in New York are planning a second hearing focusing on identity theft and personal data security following the massive breach at Equifax.

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day is gaining momentum.

Money in a pants pocket
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Voters in New York state will decide next month whether to authorize judges to strip the pensions of corrupt officials.

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Universal Preservation Hall, an arts space inside an historic High Victorian Gothic church building in downtown Saratoga Springs, is about to embark upon a multi-million dollar renovation.  UPH has partnered with Proctors to bring performers to its stage. It will be bringing in a new stage, entrance, elevator, common area, lobby and more.

Lawmakers in New York are planning a second hearing focusing on identity theft and personal data security following the massive breach at Equifax.

The state Senate announced Friday that it will hold hearing Oct. 24 in Manhattan focusing on the threat of identity theft and ways the state could help ensure consumers are protected.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump Administration for rolling back a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

A new poll finds waning support for the holding of a constitutional convention in New York. The issue is on the ballot in November.

Spending increases are planned in two Saratoga County communities in 2018, but officials say there will be a minimal impact on taxpayers.

The Schenectady County Town of Glenville is set to vote on a comprehensive plan. If approved, the document would be the first central planning document adopted by the town in nearly three decades.

Karen DeWitt

People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the New York state legislature make that change.

Examples of electronics that will need to be removed from carry-on bags for examination include tablets, kindle devices, games and cameras. They should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or underneath.
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The Transportation Security Administration is tweaking the passenger screening process.  A briefing was held today at Albany International Airport.

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Originally built in 1877, the Adelphi Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Saratoga Springs for generations of visitors.

A new poll shows a drop in consumer confidence across New York state.

The Siena College Research Institute poll released Wednesday pegs overall confidence at 90.5 in the third quarter, down from 92.1 in the second quarter.  


Calling hours will be held Thursday afternoon for a longtime professional hockey announcer from Glens Falls.

Dave Strader died Sunday after a 16-month battle with cancer.

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A city council candidate forum was held at Proctors in Schenectady last night, hosted by the Daily Gazette. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard questioned candidates as a panelist. Here’s a recap.

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

New York state would require all political ads on social media platforms such as Facebook to contain the name of the individual or group that paid for it under newly proposed legislation.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who championed strict new gun control laws in New York after the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shootings killed 20 children, says national gun policy is “insanity” and “disgusting.”

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 58 dead and hundreds injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.” Anti-gun violence advocates are renewing calls for a new law that they say might prevent similar events.

Utica College Students Assisting In Harvey Recovery

Oct 2, 2017
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As attention has turned to Hurricane Maria and the destruction it left in Puerto Rico, the recovery from Hurricane Harvey is ongoing. A volunteer army mobilized in the immediate aftermath of that storm, and now more volunteers are traveling to Texas to rebuild. On Tuesday, with the support of private donors, a group of construction management students from Utica College will head south, tools in hand.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson
State University of New York

Dr. Kristina Johnson is in her first few weeks as the 13th Chancellor of the 64-campus SUNY system.  Johnson, an engineer, is the founder of a hydroelectric company.  She served as the U.S. Under-Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration.  She has also been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University, Dean of Engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She holds more than 100 patents and was  inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015.  During a visit to Clinton Community College last Thursday, Dr. Johnson told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why she is staying in academia as SUNY Chancellor.