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New York is imposing new requirements on mortgage lenders to maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.

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To the disappointment of thoroughbred racing advocates in Saratoga Springs, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers could not reach an agreement at the close of the legislative session to return the New York Racing Association to a private organization.The state will control the organization for another year.

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New York State is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor.

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New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing chemical previously used to make Teflon and other products.

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In 2012 Saratoga Springs adopted a measure to join the Complete Streets movement. Utilized in cities across the country, the concept promotes alternative forms of transportation and walkable communities.

New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing chemical previously used to make Teflon and other products.

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A candidate for New York’s 49th State Senate district is withdrawing from the race.

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Republican Joe Vitollo says he is running for Congress for his family’s sake.

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Business leaders, particularly those in Upstate New York, say the 2016 legislative session, which recently concluded, was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

Business leaders, particularly those in Upstate New York, say the 2016 legislative session, which recently concluded, was the worst for small businesses in quite some time.

In May, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against New York state, seeking to allow farmworkers collective bargaining rights. Now, the New York Farm Bureau has filed for intervenor status in order to challenge the lawsuit.

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The New York State Farm Bureau is inserting itself  into a legal fight over whether farmworkers can be allowed to unionize.

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What began in January as an ambitious reform package to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol, proposed by Governor Cuomo, dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed in the pre dawn hours of Saturday morning.  Here’s a look at what happened.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited Albany Medical Center today, where he called for $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus.

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In May, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against New York state, seeking to allow farmworkers’ collective bargaining rights.  The New York Farm Bureau is now challenging the lawsuit.

Saratoga Springs residents will be able to get more information on a draft of the city’s Complete Streets Plan to make the city more bike and pedestrian friendly.

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Popular daily fantasy sports sites still face uncertainty in New York even after state lawmakers passed legislation designed to regulate them.

The long-forgotten remains of 14 slaves discovered more than a decade ago in upstate New York have been reburied.

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Hours before the close of the 2016 legislative session early Saturday morning, lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday reached an agreement on a 5-point ethics reform plan.

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New Yorkers will now be able to order a drink, or two, with their brunch, or in some cases breakfast, at bars and restaurants on Sunday morning.  The current law forbids sale of alcohol before noon on Sunday. But starting when Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law, alcohol will be available starting two hours earlier.

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The New York Legislature has adjourned following votes to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools for one year.

Just hours before Wednesday’s kickoff LiveNation concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul warned of the stepped-up presence of law enforcement.

A bill designed to provide legal options to victims of water contamination in their communities has cleared both houses of the New York state legislature.

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The third-floor Music Hall at Saratoga Springs City Hall is a place where visitors from miles around still gather for a night on the dance floor.

What was originally built as a theatre in the 19th Century was remodeled in the 1930s into the space recognizable today. The space was reopened in 1993 and dubbed Saratoga Music Hall. 

The Lake George Alumni and Community Task Force is being put together to investigate construction work done at the high school in the 80s and 90s. What first began several months ago as a Facebook group of concerned residents is now forming into an organization that plans to investigate a possible link between the work and health effects described by former students and staff members.

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The legislature was closing down on an end of session  deal that would strip convicted lawmakers of their pensions, extend mayoral control of New York City schools for one more year, and legalize Daily Fantasy sports gambling.

With hours left in the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers have agreed on some items like permitting drinking at Sunday brunch, while some others, like ethics reform, are still unresolved. 

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen says from an outside perspective, the city is doing great.

“We have all these wonderful venues, our economic vitality is strong, our summer looks promising, and new businesses are opening all the time and people are investing in Saratoga Springs, and it’s on the right track for so many reasons. But there are improvements that we can make within City Hall, and how the city functions and does business,” said Yepsen.

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Hoosick Falls residents came to the Capitol on Wednesday to demand hearings on the after crisis that has revealed high levels of a toxic chemical in many people’s bloodstreams. They did not get hearings but did get a private meeting with a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A legal news site has agreed to stop requiring reporters and other employees to sign non-compete agreements under a deal reached with New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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