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Events denouncing white supremacy and promoting tolerance are being held in Gloversville and Johnstown Sunday in the wake of a three-part series in a local newspaper that reported on the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in Fulton County.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's joining a multistate effort to sue over President Donald Trump's decision to end a provision of the federal health care law that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs for millions of Americans.

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A proposed bike trail in Saratoga Springs has hit a legal hurdle as the city intends to use eminent domain to seize property along the route before construction starts.

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Get ready to dig deeper into your wallet this winter: National Grid is forecasting higher heating bills.

With colder weather approaching, an emergency Code Blue shelter in Saratoga Springs is returning to a location that faced criticism from nearby residents last year while construction on a new shelter has stalled due to community objection.

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Communities surrounding Lake George are hoping to make upgrades to their wastewater treatment systems. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a new round of state funding to make infrastructure improvements.

Senator Charles Schumer
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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be making stops in the region Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer is scheduled to visit Gloversville in Fulton County at 1 p.m. The Democrat is expected to address cuts to federal programs that benefit rural hospitals. Schumer says if Congress does not renew payments through the Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare-Dependent Hospital programs, Nathan Littauer Hospital will lose more than $1 million in federal aid.

A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another man and wounding three bystanders inside a crowded Albany nightclub last fall.

Rensselaer County has advanced a proposed local law designed to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to cease the discharge of an emerging contaminant from a federal Superfund site.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has taken the wraps off a new savings plan for disabled people that allows them to save money without affecting their eligibility for benefits.

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First ward Hudson City Alderman Rick Rector, a Democrat, is the sole candidate running for mayor of the Columbia County city after incumbent Tiffany Martin Hamilton decided not to seek another term. Rector says he plans to make a big difference in local politics.

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New Yorkers have the power on November 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. 

Some of the state’s top ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.

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A majority of police departments in New York are commanded by men. As more women join the force, a week of training now under way in Saratoga Springs aims to prepare female officers for leadership roles.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Environmental advocates in our region are critical of the move, noting that the cap-and-trade-style plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is already working in the Northeast.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.

The tax overhaul plan proposed by President Trump and now being considered in Congress would end the deduction on federal income tax forms for state and local property taxes. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it would disproportionately harm New Yorkers, where property taxes are among the highest in the nation, and he’s taken opportunities at public events recently to make the case against the plan.

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A new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimates that locally owned bridges need a whopping $27 billion in repairs in order to keep them in good operating condition.

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In the wake of devastating hurricanes and other extreme weather in the past several weeks, more than 60 organizations signed a letter calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to move New York to 100 percent clean, renewable energy as soon as possible. 

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo marching in New York City's Columbus Day parade
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the controversy over Christopher Columbus when he marched in New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade Monday.

Lawmakers in New York are planning a second hearing focusing on identity theft and personal data security following the massive breach at Equifax.

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day is gaining momentum.

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Voters in New York state will decide next month whether to authorize judges to strip the pensions of corrupt officials.

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Universal Preservation Hall, an arts space inside an historic High Victorian Gothic church building in downtown Saratoga Springs, is about to embark upon a multi-million dollar renovation.  UPH has partnered with Proctors to bring performers to its stage. It will be bringing in a new stage, entrance, elevator, common area, lobby and more.

Lawmakers in New York are planning a second hearing focusing on identity theft and personal data security following the massive breach at Equifax.

The state Senate announced Friday that it will hold hearing Oct. 24 in Manhattan focusing on the threat of identity theft and ways the state could help ensure consumers are protected.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing the Trump Administration for rolling back a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

A new poll finds waning support for the holding of a constitutional convention in New York. The issue is on the ballot in November.

Spending increases are planned in two Saratoga County communities in 2018, but officials say there will be a minimal impact on taxpayers.

The Schenectady County Town of Glenville is set to vote on a comprehensive plan. If approved, the document would be the first central planning document adopted by the town in nearly three decades.

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