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Former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a press conference with women's group leaders on November 28, 2017
Karen DeWitt

Disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a long time champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor for The Daily Gazette, about the sentencing of the former Schenectady city housing inspector in relation to the 2015 fire that killed four people.  The pair also discuss Friday's storm damage at The Saratoga Battlefield.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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Solicitor General Barbara Underwood became New York’s Acting Attorney General on Tuesday, taking over for the disgraced Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after a New Yorker article detailed four women who accused him of numerous instances of physical violence. At the state Capitol, many were stunned at the rapid demise of the once popular Democratic Attorney General, and began maneuvering to name a successor.

NY Senator Charles Schumer
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York recently to promote the distribution of funds that will allow local law enforcement officers to obtain technology to detect the presence of fentanyl in the field.

School board elections are coming up next week.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the resignation of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  The Attorney General announced his resignation following allegations published by The New Yorker that he was physically violent toward four women. The pair also discuss possible appointees to the position, which the legislature will decide.

NYS Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat of the 109th District
Karen DeWitt

A bipartisan group of New York state lawmakers is pushing for an anti-bullying measure that would require schools to tell parents when their child is being bullied, or if their son or daughter is bullying others.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

The state Legislature's most powerful Democrat is planning to take another tour across New York state.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries opened its doors Monday to host a delegation of leaders from the United Arab Emirates, where the company is rooted.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

With the possibility of a major breakthrough toward reconciliation looming on the Korean Peninsula after decades of danger and mistrust, New York Congressman John Faso recently visited South Korea. 

Composite photo Dave Lucas/WAMC & Be.Futureproof/Flickr

The Siena College Research Institute has released the final installment of a four-part poll that takes a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

An on-site medical clinic for backstretch workers at Saratoga Race Course has cut back its services due to reductions in funding from the organizations that pay for the program.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the 2018 gubernatorial race and more.

Cornell University has announced new rules for its fraternities and sororities after reports of hazing.

From now on, hard liquor is prohibited in residential chapter houses and by 2021, all Greek residences will be required to have a live-in adviser.

Siena College Research Institute has extensively polled New Yorkers on political views and economic behavior, but one of the latest surveys trends a bit mundane: asking citizens about everyday life. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Don Levy.

National Grid is providing dry ice and bottled water for customers still affected by Friday's thunderstorms.

In a Sunday morning press release, the utility said power has been restored to 85 percent of the 196,000 National Grid customers impacted by the storm that brought wind gusts over  70 mph areas of eastern upstate New York.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. J.P. Lawrence, flickr

The  National Guard has been deployed to assist with tree and debris removal in Washington County, which was heavily impacted by Friday’s thunderstorms.

Elizabeth Hill

The New York State Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with Parks & Trails New York for the annual “I Love My Park Day.” 

Volunteers are expected to participate in conservation events statewide Saturday.

Cynthia Nixon
Karen DeWitt

Actor Cynthia Nixon, who is running for New York governor in a Democratic primary against incumbent Andrew Cuomo, released her tax filings on Friday. She and her spouse earned $1.9 million dollars last year, and paid nearly $200,000 in taxes.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A new statewide association of salon and spa professionals is backing a legislative proposal in New York that would require industry workers be educated to recognized signs of abuse.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

The New York State Museum is opening a new exhibit Saturday that explores the early settlement of the Capital Region.

Oxycodone pills

In what’s being called a first-of-its-kind four-part poll, the Siena College Research Institute takes a comprehensive look at the scope of the opioid crisis in New York State.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republican candidate for New York governor, released his tax returns for 2017 Thursday, but his opponent, incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, raised the stakes, saying his GOP challenger should release ten years of tax returns.

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A bridge over the Adirondack Northway in Saratoga County has been named for a fallen state trooper.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City of Saratoga Springs has a new tool to tackle vacant and abandoned structures.

Saratoga Springs is in demand, with ongoing commercial and residential development and real estate prices soaring.

NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Commissioner Rose Harvey discusses the installation of solar panels on the roof of the state Historic Sites’ headquarters building on Peebles Island.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Solar panels are popping up at state parks in New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at Peebles Island Wednesday for what state officials heralded as a "major" clean energy announcement.

Farm Credit East Website

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Publisher and Editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and, about New York's 19th Congressional District race.  The pair also discuss the new Farm Credit East headquarters on Lake Otsego.  

A picture of a school classroom
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Teachers wouldn’t be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores any longer under a measure approved by the New York state Assembly. It’s a reversal of a controversial policy that helped lead to a widespread boycott of the third through eighth grade tests associated with the former Common Core program. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

With the legislative session in its final weeks, advocates and New York state lawmakers gathered at the capitol Tuesday to urge the state Assembly to pass the End Child Trafficking Act.  

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A deal to sell a former Cub Scout camp to the Saratoga County Town of Milton is not dead yet. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the town board took action last night to purchase the camp for a park, but there’s a catch.