New York News

Brass band with NYSUT President Andy Pallotta
Karen DeWitt

New York’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to the Capitol Wednesday to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

NYSDOT Commissioner Paul Karas and other officials
WAMC Elizabeth Hill

State officials are outlining efforts to increase pedestrian safety across New York.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

Five months before Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking strong to win a third term, according to the latest Siena poll released this morning.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about fireworks within Schenectady city limits and a proposed capital project at the Niskayuna school district

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the anti-sexual harassment policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.

Clean And Healthy New York

A new report sounds the alarm about dangerous chemicals detected in children's products purchased in Albany and Westchester Counties and on Long Island.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the reportedly underperforming Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County. The pair also discuss the decision to dismiss criminal charges against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove.

Picture of a judge's gavel
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A lawyer who served as an upstate New York town judge has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11 million from family trusts he oversaw.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York’s Capital Region and North Country are being awarded more than $150,000 to provide permanent homes for 28 veterans experiencing homelessness.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

A report from New York state’s ethics commission clears Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former high-level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.


A group of New York students and labor volunteers will leave for an aid trip to Puerto Rico next weekend.

 NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
Office of Senator Michael Gianaris

The fight for a control of the New York state Senate will be intense this year and Democrats are hoping to pick up seats. Republicans, who are currently in the majority, say they intend to remain in control of the chamber. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Human remains were found at John Boyd Thacher State Park on Saturday. 

Authorities responded to a call around 6:42 p.m. after a hiker traveling off-trail made the discovery.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

It's Belmont Stakes Day. The third leg of the Triple Crown will be run this evening on Long Island, and the nation will be watching to see if thoroughbred Justify will become the second horse in three years to win the Triple Crown after a 37-year drought.

A Schenectady County middle school was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a threatening note was discovered inside a bathroom.

Old Methodist Church, New Austerlitz Town Hall
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A Columbia County town is celebrating its bicentennial this weekend.

Established in 1818, the town of Austerlitz, which includes the hamlet of Spencertown, will be celebrating its 200th birthday with a gala weekend.  Events include a community picnic, live music, an antique car show and tours of historic houses.

Dayton King
NYS Police

A September trial date has been set for Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King, who is accused of using his position to access information on his campaign opponent, according to The Leader-Herald.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Tattoos may be more popular in America than ever. Television shows and YouTube channels showcasing tattooing attract millions of viewers. A Pew Research Center survey found that 40 percent of Millennials have been inked. But choosing a design for a permanent image on your skin, especially for a first tattoo, can be daunting. A recent trend in tattoo culture is “Get What You Get”– where, typically for a discount, those who dare can receive a randomly chosen tattoo design.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local shop that is putting a new spin on one of the hottest trends in tattooing.

The Republican candidate for New York governor, Marc Molinaro, is proposing term limits of two four-year terms for statewide offices, including the office of governor, and 12-year limits for state lawmakers.

New York state lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow the Saratoga County community of Round Lake to apply for grant funding to protect and revitalize its waterfront.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Updated June 6, 2018 to include NYSERDA statement.

A new coalition is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to amend solar power goals statewide.

NYS Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat of the 109th District
Karen DeWitt

The parents of a boy who took his own life are pressuring lawmakers to act before the end of the legislative session to pass a bill requiring school districts to notify parents if their child is involved in bullying.

WikiMedia Commons

New York State legislators are again being urged to legalize pedal-assist electric bicycles before the current session ends.

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups press for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

As the New York State Senate and Assembly deliberate in the final weeks of the legislative session, several lawmakers, their pets, and advocates gathered for Animal Advocacy Day at the state capitol this week.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York’s 18th District, has ended speculation by announcing he is running for state attorney general.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed an expansion to his Extreme Risk Protection Order bill to give teachers the power to go to court to prevent a student’s access to guns, if they suspect the student might bring a gun to school and potentially engage in a school shooting.

Karen Dewitt

Democratic candidate for New York governor and actor Cynthia Nixon came to the capitol on Monday to discuss education aid and what she says are Governor Andrew Cuomo’s failings in that policy area. Meanwhile, Cuomo’s campaign says it’s Nixon who is being inconsistent.