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New dairy import policies being considered by Canada has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to write the Canadian premier highlighting the negative impact on both countries if Canada implements a National Ingredient Strategy.

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There’s a greater chance than ever that the New York State Senate could be dominated by Democrats after the November 8th election. Many issues stalled in the Republican-led Senate for years would now have a possibility of passing.

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New York regulators say the country's largest package delivery company turned a blind eye for years to the prohibited shipment of untaxed cigarettes.

The first of four new casinos planned for upstate New York could be open by the end of the month after state gambling regulators gave final approval to regulations for table games.

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Come November 8th, voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making recreational marijuana legal for all adults. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on what impact electoral victories in these nearby states may have on New York State.

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Police from across the region, including members of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, came to South Glens Falls today to remember New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt who died in the line of duty last week when he was struck by a car while helping a truck driver along a road in Saratoga County. At the funeral, his daughter Sarah Pratt said her father was her source of strength.

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New York senior Senator Charles Schumer, in the only debate with his opponent, broadcast on Time Warner Cable, says he’s “appalled” by FBI director James Comey’s actions, including  the decision announced Friday  to re- examine emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide for evidence of misuse of classified materials.

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The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists of the closure of Route 9 and Route 32 in South Glens Falls Monday morning.

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A teenager is facing charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving, and driving while under the influence after crashing a car into an Albany County tavern Friday night, according to police.

Schenectady's City Council voted unanimously Friday in support of an $85 million spending plan. The 2017 budget comes with a four percent property tax cut supported by the first round of revenues from the incoming Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor.

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Calling hours and funeral services have been set for New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says one of the reasons he is actively campaigning for Democrats to take over the New York State Senate, is that he believes he will have more success getting ethics changes done without the GOP in charge.

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Two candidates vying for the New York State Assembly seat that covers portions of Washington and Saratoga Counties met Wednesday night for a debate. 

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It looks like New York Senator Chuck Schumer will be reelected to a fourth term on November 8, barring any major turn of events. Schumer is nearly 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls, and the bigger question now is, will Schumer be the next Senate Minority Leader or Majority Leader?

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A sewer pipe break caused by last week's heavy rain has spilled millions of gallons of raw sewage into a central New York lake.

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Three candidates for New York’s 43rd state Senate District met for a debate Wednesday night in the Saratoga County town of Stillwater. 

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New York's 46th state Senate district candidates presented their campaign issues and agendas last night at the Guilderland Public Library during a “Meet The Candidates” event.

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A New York State trooper has died after being hit by a vehicle while assisting the driver of a tractor trailer that had stopped in a median this morning in Wilton. 

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Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump, is likely to affect down ballot races for Congress , where there are several contested seats, and for control of the State Senate in New York, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority.

Cuomo Pushes For Democratic Takeover Of State Senate

Oct 26, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a step deeper into the partisan politics of the state Senate Tuesday night, telling two Democratic factions they’ll have to work together if the November elections go their way.

A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a new report shows New York is taking an important step in combatting gun violence.

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The toxic and persistent chemical PFOA has been discovered in water supplies in Petersburgh, New York, Bennington, Vermont, and other communities over the past year. As residents with contaminated drinking water in Hoosick Falls are still waiting for a permanent fix, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering the Rensselaer County village for Superfund status.

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A two day-conference is under way today at the Desmond Hotel in the Albany County town of Colonie to provide advice and inspiration to military vets looking to start a business, or for those already in business for themselves. The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference, which brings together the private and public sectors and not-for-profits is sponsored by the law firm Tully Rinckey. WAMC spoke with Mario Cometti, a partner in the firm.

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It seems an emergency shelter for the homeless will remain at its new location in Saratoga Springs this winter despite objections from neighbors.

New York is cracking down on Airbnb rentals with one of the nation's toughest laws on short-term rentals.

The insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy of requiring doctors to fill out extra paperwork before giving patients a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

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Over the past three decades, the amount of salt in Lake George has tripled. The reason is road salt applied to surfaces throughout the surrounding watershed.

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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

After several years of budget surpluses, New York State tax revenue is coming in at a lower-than-expected rate. That could affect big-ticket programs like school aid and health care as well as a multi-year tax cut planned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators.

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