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It’s looking less likely that state lawmakers will be getting a long awaited  pay raise next year. A commission designed to take  politics out of the issue is now coming under political pressure not to grant the salary increase.

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The Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission for the past several months has been taking a close look at how city government works.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle
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Last week, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed a 79-page criminal complaint against three members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle and six other individuals.  The multiple counts of alleged extortion, fraud, and bribery have reignited the debate over ethics reform in Albany.  During a visit to Plattsburgh on Tuesday, state Assembly Majority Leader Democrat Joe Morelle said he and other legislators are disturbed by the latest indictments.

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A New Report Shows Concussion Diagnoses Among New York youths rose 72 percent over the past five years. 

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Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid-rigging in some of his major economic development projects. But critics on both the left and the right say the governor is failing to address the bigger picture, whether the $8.6 billion worth of  programs are an effective use of public monies.

Prof. Hoppe
Prof. Hoppe

A new study from the University at Albany found that African American men are designated as sex offenders nearly twice as often as white men in the U.S. In fact, 1 percent of African American men are registered sex offenders. The study entitled "Punishing Sex: Sex Offenders And The Missing Punitive Turn In Sexuality Studies" was authored by UAlbany assistant professor of sociology Trevor Hoppe.

Captain David Little
U.S. Navy

A Navy pilot who grew up and attended school in the Glens Falls-Queensbury area will be back hime this week speaking with students, community members and elected officials about the fight against ISIS. Captain David Little, whose mother is state Senator Betty Little, is the commander of Carrier Air Wing Seven, assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Harry Truman.

It's a contentious election year with the party leadership of the New York State Senate hanging in the balance.

The Federal Aviation Administration says two small planes collided in the air then crashed in western New York south of Buffalo.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says wireless emergency alerts should include photos — that includes the one sent to millions of New Yorkers last week about a bombing suspect.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services John Egan has died.

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at Albright-Knox art museum in Buffalo on Friday, one day after nine people associated with  his administration were charged with corruption, and where he for the first time addressed the issue.

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If you live in downtown Troy or are visiting for a bite to eat, chances are you may have difficulty finding parking.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was arraigned in Albany City Court on Friday.
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Suspended SUNY Poly president Alain Kaloyeros made his first court appearance this morning.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo

The head of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, is one of the key targets of criminal complaints by federal and state officials.

Until recently, though, Kaloyeros, was a highly favored state official, earning far more pay than any other employee, and running Governor Cuomo’s signature economic development programs.  

A 20-year-old college student's design is being considered to replace an upstate New York village's official logo, which appears to show a white man throttling an Indian.

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Since 1996, the Amsterdam Police Department has used its indoor shooting range as a storage area.

Chief Greg Culick gave a tour of the facility Thursday and pointed out the potential for the space.

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It's a contentious election year with the party leadership of the New York State Senate hanging in the balance.

In the 43rd Senate District, political newcomer Shaun Francis, a Democrat, is taking on two-term Republican Kathy Marchione.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo

Several people with close ties to the Cuomo administration are facing charges brought by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency saying General Electric’s dredging of the upper Hudson River is not complete.

Code Blue Saratoga
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Earlier this year, Shelters of Saratoga was forced to find a new home for its emergency Code Blue shelter after the Salvation Army determined it could no longer host the service at its building in downtown, where it had been for two years.  The program was started in 2013 at St. Peter’s School after the freezing death of a homeless woman.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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Opponents of a pipeline expansion that would flow through vast portions of New York want the Cuomo Administration to deny a key permit that could result in halt to the upgrade.

Clinton Ahead In Blue New York

Sep 20, 2016

A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of Donald Trump among New York voters, but Clinton has some weak points.

NYS Legislature Is More Popular, Poll Finds

Sep 20, 2016

The New York State Legislature is more popular these days, according to a Siena College poll.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the explosion that rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night on Sunday morning.

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Five years after the Occupy Wall Street began and then seemingly fizzled, demonstrators gathered once again in New York City's Zuccotti Park Saturday to mark the movement and what they say has been its lasting impact.

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A New York state lawmaker is proposing help for property owners who must pay to remove trees infested with an invasive beetle.

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Semiconductor manufacturer GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced that it is working toward the next technological breakthrough of 7 nanometer technology.

New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review.