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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are calling for a private operator to take over New York's troubled Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail station. 

School districts across New York state are holding votes on their budgets Tuesday, May 16th.  The vast majority are keeping their spending requests within the mandatory tax cap, but schools wonder whether the tax cap, over the long term, is sustainable.

A beloved Capital Region bakery that closed last year, taking its Italian bread and rolls off supermarket shelves, is back in business.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen, a Democrat who is serving her second two-year term, is hinting at a run for a third. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports a challenger has already entered the race.

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Flyers promoting a white supremacist group were found this week on parked cars in Saratoga Springs, where recent instances of hate speech are set to be discussed at a public meeting later this month.

Lake George, the site of a fatal boat collision last summer.
Lucas Willard

The Lake George Park Commission has released new materials aimed at making the lake a safer place for boaters and visitors this summer.

Seneca Lake Gas Storage Plans Halted

May 11, 2017
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A Texas-based energy company has abandoned its plan to increase the amount of natural gas it stores underneath the largest of the Finger Lakes.  David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College has more.

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Six companies have agreed to pay nearly $4.2 million to New York state to settle allegations that they illegally sold tickets to concerts and other events. 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the legal settlements Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

A new online ad featuring Governor Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that the New York Democrat may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.

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The second day of the 22nd annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference is being held Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.  The meeting is organized by the non-profit group Prevent Child Abuse New York, now in its 37th year.

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Karen DeWitt

One of the top remaining issues before the New York state legislature adjourns for the summer is fixing problems in the state’s economic development contracts. That’s after a scandal led to federal corruption charges against nine former associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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At 4 percent, Saratoga County’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2007 and is tied with Warren County for having the lowest in the Capital Region. It’s also lower than the U.S. and state average of 5 percent. That’s according to a new report by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership released on Tuesday.

Other indicators of a strong economy are a household median income above $71,000, and climbing home values.

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Six months before election day, the Saratoga Springs Republican Committee has unveiled a full slate of candidates for city and county positions. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the group includes some familiar faces.

Members of the Divest New York coalition protest at the State Capitol Monday
Karen DeWitt

Some New York lawmakers are pressing the state’s Comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he believes he can be more effective in changing the company’s behavior by acting from the inside.

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The Northeast appears to be in for a long tick season that may last throughout the spring and summer and well into the fall.

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Local officials are cautiously optimistic about plans by a “paper airline” to reorganize and offer nonstop flights between Stewart Airport and Eastern Europe.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is criticizing a Trump administration proposal to cut the budget of the Office of National Drug Control policy by 95 percent.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Republican health care bill is an "assault on New York." 

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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John Boyd Thacher State Park has been a Capital Region destination for decades. Now, the historic site with gorgeous views and extensive nature trails has a new visitors center.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says local governments should share resources to ease tax burdens that could increase under federal tax proposals.

The mayor of a Montgomery County community has resigned after serving less than two months in office.

A scout camp in Saratoga County that has operated for nearly a century and served generations of boys will be sold. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

New York Leaders Dismayed By Health Care Bill

May 4, 2017

Some of New York’s leaders are expressing outrage over the House of Representatives vote to undo the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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As the House passed the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Thursday, the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to blast the bill. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke with WAMC News Thursday afternoon. She says the New York state legislature may have to come back to Albany to address the effects of the law on the state.

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Note 5/4/2017: An earlier version of this story referred to the Pitney Meadows Community Farm as the Pitney Meadows Community Foundation. The original audio of this story remains posted.

The last remaining farm within Saratoga Springs city limits is under new management by a team that wants to use the property as a center for agriculture and education. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a group of local students is making recommendations for how to move forward.

New York state lawmakers are gaining momentum in a measure to expand medical marijuana coverage to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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More than 300 jobs will be lost in the Kellogg Co.'s previously announced plans to close its New York facilities.

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Karen DeWitt

Democrats in the New York state Senate remain hopeful that they will regain the numerical majority and control of the chamber after a special election is held later this month. But Governor Andrew Cuomo dampened those expectations, in remarks made in New York City today.

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For more than two weeks, a jury has heard arguments in the case of Alexander West, a Warren County man facing charges related to the boat crash last summer on Lake George that claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl and severely injured her mother. Since the collision last July, authorities have expressed an interesting in ending the annual celebration held the same day, which West attended. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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