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On Monday the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.

Crowds of demonstrators were seen in communities large and small across the country Saturday. It was the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration and Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Women's March on Washington. WAMC's Lucas Willard talked to Patrick Garrett, who traveled to New York City where hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets. 

The Times Union Center announced Sunday that Friday’s Gala Celebration with singer-songwriters James Taylor and John Legend has been canceled.

For decades, Joseph Percoco was among the most loyal aides and confidants to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, so close to his family that the governor once likened him to a brother.

This week, he faces trial in New York City on federal charges that he used that relationship to collect a fortune in bribes from two companies doing business with the state.

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Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle has served his position for the past eight years.

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New York Representative John Faso, Republican:

The government shutdown was completely avoidable and absolutely unnecessary. It’s extremely disappointing that Senate Democrats have shut down the government, blocking military pay and a full extension of the CHIP program, over a non-budgetary issue.

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It’s a tradition in Lake George, New York to end long summer days with fireworks. Every Thursday night and on the Fourth of July, the Village of Lake George puts on a show that keeps visitors coming into town long after sunset. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, those shows can get expensive…

The former building manager of a multi-family structure across from Schenectady City Hall that burned three years ago has pleaded guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide.

The Daily Gazette reports 39-year-old Jason Sacks of Scotia faces 1 to 3 years in state prison at sentencing in March.

A brewery in Saratoga Springs abruptly shut its doors recently. With no clear answers in sight, what happens next? WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

Two passengers on the boat that collided with another vessel on Lake George, killing an 8-year-old girl in July 2016, have been sentenced.

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The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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A three-time candidate for governor of New York says too many upstate property owners are paying too much in local taxes because their assessments are too high. Thomas Golisano, who founded the Paychex payroll company, has started a website for those who think their property assessments are too high. 

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The upstate New York proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters are not on the online retailer’s list of 20 finalists released Thursday. 

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A report by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax department released today lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new federal law. But, all of them come with complications.

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The City of Troy has announced a re-development project for a downtown corner.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the thousands of public comments it received on its second five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund project.

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When boaters visit Lake George, they’re required to have their vessels inspected before entering the water to protect against the spread of invasive species. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the program’s latest results.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion budget plan that would close a more than $4 billion gap by reducing some spending, and imposing tax increases on health insurers, big businesses, and prescription opioid users, among others. Cuomo, a Democrat, says he also wants to look into legalizing marijuana in New York.

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A state panel created to study how to reduce the environmental impact of disposable plastic grocery bags has released a report, but makes no recommendation.

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Part two of a new Siena Research Institute poll released this week finds Governor Andrew Cuomo enjoying his best favorability rating in years. The poll also measured New Yorkers' feelings about the new tax law. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Monday, mocked Republican senators who now say they can’t recall President Trump uttering a vulgarity during meeting at the White house on immigration.

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New York state gave $3.5 million last year to support municipal recycling projects across the state and the donation of wholesome food as officials strive to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa.

Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center and Berkshire Medical Center is here to discuss mental health and substance abuse issues for the latest edition of Medical Monday. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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A new Siena Research Institute poll released on this Martin Luther King Day surveyed New Yorkers on race relations, discrimination and sexual harassment. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Steve Greenberg.

A New York task force focused on combatting pollution caused by single-use plastic bags has submitted recommendations to Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers.

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Flooding has been reported in several communities after ice jams clogged rivers and sent waters over their banks.

A number of rivers north of Albany were flooding because of ice jams.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports the threat is expected to continue much of Saturday.

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Ice, sleet, and snow are affecting the region today before temperatures plunge below zero tonight.

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