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One of the volunteers who helped open Christmas cards for 8-year-old burn victim Safyre Terry has been charged with stealing money from the cards.

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Three University at Albany students who claimed to be victims of a hate crime on a CDTA bus in late January are facing assault charges authorities determined they attacked another passenger. Meanwhile, the university's president is standing behind his initial statement on the incident.

  

A bill to make it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives is being debated in the New York legislature. While many have compelling personal cases for allowing the practice, others, including the Catholic Church, remain opposed.  

Two local state lawmakers have announced legislation to assist residents affected by the water contamination issue surrounding Hoosick Falls, New York.

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The Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls, which has been grappling with a chemically-tainted water supply, can now begin flushing contaminated water lines after the installation of a temporary filtration system.

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After first announcing its exit from Fort Edward last October, General Electric has pushed back the closure of its capacitor manufacturing facility until May.

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At a special city council meeting Thursday evening, the city’s appointed Technical Review Committee released its report on dueling designs for a multi-use parking garage.

NY AG Says Mall Owner Agrees To Ensure Accessibility

Feb 26, 2016
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New York’s attorney general says he has secured an agreement to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities at the state’s largest shopping malls.

New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors met with the Congressional delegation and other Farm Bureau leaders from across the country earlier this week.  They outlined their national public policy priorities today.

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A midlevel New York court has upheld the state Health Department's 2013 requirement that medical personnel get vaccinations or wear masks during flu season when in areas with patients. 

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Home health care agencies are the latest group to come out against Governor Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
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An environmental law firm has filed a class-action suit against two companies connected with the water contamination in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. Meanwhile, neighboring communities are discovering the presence of the same chemical.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

There’s been a major shakeup at one of our region’s most important arts organizations. Marcia White, President and Executive Director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, recently announced her retirement effective at the conclusion of SPAC’s upcoming 50th season.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s been spending more time on the road than at the State Capitol in recent weeks, on an election style campaign to promote his ideas, including a $15 minimum wage.

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A temporary filtration system is now operating to address the water contamination in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls.

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Governor Cuomo has been spending more time on the road than at the State Capitol in recent weeks, on an election style campaign to promote his ideas, including a $15 minimum wage. 

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New York's comptroller and some other investors have asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject ExxonMobil's plan to block their shareholder proposal for information about how the company will be affected by a two-degree target limit on global warming.

A Rensselaer County community is awaiting further testing to determine if a chemical found in its water supply poses a threat to health and safety.

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 STORY UPDATED: 2/24/16 4:33 p.m.

An environmental law firm has filed a class-action suit against two companies connected with the water contamination issue in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls.

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The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs unveiled its new mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 vets connect to important state and federal programs.

  Mental health groups say they are being left out of a massive reshuffling of the state’s Medicaid program, and that people with mental illness transitioning back to their communities will suffer.

The New York State Comptroller has issued an audit finding that Governor Cuomo’s administration has dropped the ball on some aspects of policing nursing homes.

New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to give farm trucks a break on Thruway tolls that could save farmers $5 million annually for three years is a "drop in the bucket."

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SUNY

Every state budget season in New York, when higher education is mentioned, the debate usually turns to how much tuition students at the state university should pay. A plan called SUNY2020 was implemented to keep tuition increases small and steady, but there have been complaints about the "rational tuition" program. There is support for SUNY2020 from the Student Assembly of the State University of New York. Thomas Mastro is a senior at SUNY Binghamton and president of the Assembly.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 900 solar projects are underway through 26 community "Solarize" campaigns across New York, and another 31 community campaigns are set to begin this spring. 

Health officials say residents in an upstate New York town are being offered free bottled water "out of an abundance of caution" after traces of a toxic industrial chemical were detected in the town's water supply.

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Albany's South Mall Expressway is about to undergo a rehabilitation. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the $22.4 million project for the stretch of road that connects the Empire State Plaza, Interstate 787, the Dunn Memorial Bridge, and Albany's downtown.

Workers attend to the broken pipe, preparing to weld new pieces.
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In the last couple winters, the city of Troy has had some bad luck with its water infrastructure. From frozen pipes last year to a break in a 33-inch water main in January that flooded parts of Lansingburgh and led to problems in surrounding communities, the city is not alone in grappling with aging infrastructure.

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Executive director Marcia White, who has served Saratoga Performing Arts Center for 11 years, announced her retirement Friday, saying the upcoming 50th season will be her last.

Code Blue Saratoga
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On a recent cold February night, the Saratoga Springs Code Blue program was in full operation. Before the doors opened at 7, a crowd was already waiting outside.

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