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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and, about Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro's campaign for New York governor.

New York State Capitol

Two warring factions of Democrats in the New York state Senate are rejoining forces, as pressure has mounted from the party’s left-leaning base for a reunification. But, the Democrats are still one vote short of the 32 seats they need to regain the majority in the Senate.

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a controversial emergency homeless shelter Thursday night.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District will hold a public forum Thursday in South Glens Falls.

Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon appeared in her first nationally broadcast television interview Wednesday.

Reports: NYS Senate Democrats To Reunify

Apr 4, 2018
The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

After years of Democratic infighting that has helped Republicans maintain control of the New York State Senate, two Democratic factions are on the brink of reunifying, according to published reports. 


Law enforcement agencies across New York state are now required to video record interrogations of people accused of serious crimes such as homicide and sexual assault.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

New York Congressman Paul Tonko kicked off a workforce tour across the Capital Region Monday.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking a third term in office, is facing challenges both from the left of his party and from a new Republican candidate. But the two candidates, Cynthia Nixon and Marc Molinaro, share a common theme – they say they are nicer than Cuomo.

Tim Kremer, executive director of New York State School Boards Association

Now that the state budget is passed, school boards across New York have a better idea of what to expect in school aid as they work on budget plans that will go before the voters next month. The executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, says the $859 million increase in state aid to schools included in the new budget is less than what is needed to maintain current programs. 

Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Another candidate has announced they will challenge Andrew Cuomo for New York governor. This time it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who on Monday offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about a fire in Greene County, N.Y. that killed five.  The pair also discuss Rensselaer residents advocating to shut down a local dump.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the state budget and the race for governor.

New York's trout fishing season is kicking off.

New York State Capitol

The newly approved New York state budget includes a work around for the partial loss of state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul.

Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed the fiscal year 2019 state budget bill in a Friday night press conference. The Democrat called it a "Herculean task" to get the budget done before lawmakers headed home before the holiday weekend.

Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Republican, released a statement after the budget passed the Senate  before midnight Friday.

Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws Part Of NYS Budget

Mar 30, 2018
The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The new New York state budget includes anti-sexual harassment measures that will apply to both government and private sector workplaces. The new rules will end state taxpayer-financed settlements for state officials who are found to be abusers. It will also prohibit mandatory arbitration for cases of alleged sexual harassment. And it will end secret settlements, unless it’s at the request of the victim.

New York State Capitol

New York state budget talks became heated in the final hours of negotiations Friday, as ultimatums were offered and there were threats of a government shutdown.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Seven Democratic candidates hoping to challenge Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District in November came together for an informal meet and greet Thursday night in Saratoga Springs.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

State lawmakers continue to try to work out a budget agreement in New York. They need to finish by midday today so legislators and staff can get home for the Passover and Easter holidays. However, some major issues related to the spending plan are still not resolved.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Local business leaders from across Saratoga County gathered Thursday to get an economic update on the county, which is experiencing increased investment and growth.

It looks like "Game Over" for actress Lindsay Lohan in her state court fight against a software company for using what she claims is a likeness of her in a video game.

With New York state lawmakers trying to finalize a budget, advocates are making last-minute pitches. One topic being debated is the unlicensed mental health practitioner exemption.

Ken Lovett in the Senate lobby
Sean Ewart ‏ @Sean_S_Ewart

A highly unusual scene played out during a day of closed-door budget negotiations at the state capitol in Albany on Wednesday: Daily News reporter Ken Lovett was detained by New York State Police. Lovett was seen in social media photos being led out of the Senate lobby in handcuffs. 

food waste

With closures of existing landfills on the horizon and waste management a continuing concern, Albany and Saratoga Counties have announced a multi-million dollar partnership to build a new biosolid waste facility.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The project to remediate a former baby food factory in New York’s Mohawk Valley has received a major boost in state funding. 


WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and, about outgoing Cooperstown, N.Y. Mayor Jeff Katz.

Stanley Fritz of Citizen Action is one of many who spoke against the state budget's priories at a rally on the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol on Wednesday.
Karen DeWitt

Budget talks are stalled one day before a self-imposed deadline of March 30 set by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state legislature. Meanwhile, groups left out of the deal are expressing their dismay.

A veteran political journalist for The Daily News frequently heard on WAMC was arrested Wednesday for violating a cellphone ban in the lobby of the New York state Senate, only to be quickly released by State Police when Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up.

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about her final day in the newsroom. She is retiring after decades at the paper.  The two discuss two New York non-Indian casinos asking for state funding.