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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with residents in Canajoharie Wednesday night to discuss his vision to redevelop the massive, former Beech-Nut plant that sits beside the Mohawk River.

The New York State Nurses Association is celebrating this week after reaching new contract agreements with hospitals in Utica and Gloversville.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
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A long-awaited New York state Senate hearing on the fallout from PFOA-contaminated water was held Tuesday in Hoosick Falls. Officials and angry residents took to the microphone.

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At Tuesday's state Senate hearing on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls, the federal EPA came in for criticism from some state officials who blamed the agency for failing to lead, and from some lawmakers who said they were disappointed the EPA did not send a representative to the hearing. For a response, WAMC News spoke Wednesday with District 2 Regional Administrator for the EPA, Judith Enck.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island. The Democrat tweeted pictures of his catch Sunday.

New York’s affordable housing agency is now reportedly under the microscope. The Homes and Community Renewal agency is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District. 

Two hikers in Albany County came across a dead body Friday.

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A longshot has won the marquee race at Saratoga Race Course in the fastest time in history.

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Escorted by motorcycle riders with the Patriot Guard, the remains of a WWII marine killed in the Pacific more than 70 years ago finally arrived home Friday.

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Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville says nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association planning to strike next week will be locked out. The union that represents 112 nurses at the Fulton County facility is planning a strike to begin September 1st until September 6th.

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An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.

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The Mid-Summer Derby returns to Saratoga on Saturday. The day punctuated by the 147th running of the Travers Stakes promises to draw visitors to Saratoga Race Course from across the Capital Region and around the world.

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A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free until at least late October while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence.

A public university in New York says "hashtag StopWhitePeople2K16," used as the title of a recent training session, was chosen for its irony — and the session — about diversity — wasn't anti-white.

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NYRA says all reserve-seating for Travers Day has already sold out. With Saturday’s attendance capped at 50,000, Saratoga Race Course has seen a strong season on the back of sunny weather and a renewed interest in racing after last year’s Triple Crown win by American Pharoah.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, is planning to visit the Saratoga area on Monday, but an exact location has not been announced.

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is locking horns with the Environmental Protection Agency over dredging and PCB's in the Hudson River.

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There’s been a hole in downtown Troy ever since the old city hall building was knocked down five-and-a-half years ago.

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When driving into downtown Glens Falls, it’s hard to miss the new residential and commercial buildings under construction. In the shadow of a multi-story mixed use building that is nearing completion, is what was once the center of downtown nightlife.

New York state has new rules to stop independent political groups from unfairly helping candidates for elected office — though critics say the measure won't fix chronic corruption in Albany and could have negative unintended consequences.

Three Capital Region schools have landed on Newsweek's annual ranking of America's top high schools.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has selected a new President and Executive Director. Elizabeth Sobol will step in this October after the conclusion of SPAC’s 2016 50th Anniversary Season.

Authorities say a 56-year-old hiker died Friday after falling 100 feet near the Kaaterskill Creek in Greene County. The incident happened near Route 23A near the Hunter-Catskill line.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says the recent scare at Kennedy Airport raises "disturbing" questions about the facility's vulnerability to an actual attack.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a few stops in the Capital Region this week.

SPAC revealed Elizabeth Sobol as the next President and CEO of the performing arts organization Thursday.

New York is lowering the age at which drivers can register to become organ donors from 18 down to 16.

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On a sunny Thursday, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a stop at Indian Ladder Farms beside the Helderberg hills in Altamont, New York.

Beginning Friday and continuing Saturday, the annual Kateri Takekwitha/Fonda Peace Conference will bring together a spectrum of speakers dedicated to promoting peace. The conference, now in its 18th year, will also feature a retreat day lead by a local imam and a Franciscan friar.

Maureen Aumand, an organizer of the event, spoke with WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard about what’s on the schedule this weekend.

For more information visit: http://kateripeaceconference.org/

Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

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