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New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
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New York state is helping colleges and universities around the state cut carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has confirmed it’s doing away with an Albany tradition this year: the State of the State address. Cuomo’s office said Monday that instead of the typical annual address that brings both houses of the legislature and state elected officials together, Cuomo will deliver “regional” addresses during the second week of January. Cuomo’s office says the second-term Democrat will visit New York City, western New York, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, the Capital Region and Central New York. No other details have been made public. Some lawmakers have said they were planning to boycott the governor’s annual address.

Could a gondola like this span Rensselaer and Albany?


An aerial cable car system being pitched in Albany, New York, is among a handful of urban gondola systems being studied across the U.S. to solve public transportation problems.


The son of President-elect Donald Trump's New York campaign co-chairman has denounced his father's comments about President Barack Obama and his wife.

Two men were found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a partially frozen pond off Weil Road in Dover Plains. State Police were called to the scene at 7:20 a.m. on Friday and saw the vehicle some five feet off the roadway submerged in the water.

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting a former political opponent for racist remarks made in a Buffalo-area weekly newspaper.

Plans for an end-of-year special legislative session in New York appear to have been scrapped. The Albany Times Union reports Republican Senate Majority leader John Flanagan said there wasn’t enough on the table to bring lawmakers back.

Former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, the Republican who lost to Andrew Cuomo in 2010 and is a key surrogate for Donald Trump in New York, is standing by controversial written comments he made as part of a “wishlist” for 2017. The Buffalo businessman and school board member wrote in the alternative weekly newspaper Artvoice that he would like to see President Obama catch “mad cow disease after being caught having relations” with a cow and added that he would like to see Michelle Obama “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe.” Paladino’s campaign in 2010 was dogged by a scandal over obscene emails he forwarded.

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The owners of a property on the market in upstate New York have sued two companies blamed for contaminating the village of Hoosick Falls' water supply.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

An ethics reform proposal quietly circulated between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders for a possible special session that could also include a pay raise is getting blasted by the State’s Attorney General as possibly unconstitutional.

Affordable Care Act

It’s no secret that Republicans, ascendant in Washington, want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. A new study says millions of people nationally and in New York could stand to lose their health insurance with even a partial repeal of the ACA.

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After years of work, the growing city of Saratoga Springs has adopted a planning document to make the community more walkable and bikeable, while improving public transit.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has responded to a study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that calls for further PCB removal work on the Hudson River.

A new study from AARP New York shows just over two-thirds of New York’s small businesses want the state to establish a privately managed retirement savings plan for their employees.

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Troy is once again seeking proposals for the site of its former city hall. The downtown location has been vacant for years after previous designs have come up short.

Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, asks for funding to be freed up, as supporters hold a vigil outside the New York state Senate chamber.
Karen DeWitt

Advocates for the homeless say the Governor and legislature don’t need to call a special session in order to free up more money to help create more housing for those in need. They say political leaders could simply sign an already printed memorandum of understanding, and start helping people now.

Kevin O’Connor, director of Joseph’s House in Troy, New York, read the names of homeless clients who have passed away in the past year, who he says died too young.

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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

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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Plan 2014 signing
International Joint Commission

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
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Saratoga PLAN

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
Lucas Willard

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.

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.