New York News

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs is moving forward with a plan to expand a system of bike trails in the city. But not all neighbors are pleased. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports time is ticking on the project.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

For many students in New York, today was the first day of the new school year. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady’s public school district is celebrating a big increase in state aid over last year.

Flickr

New York is sending 124 National Guard members and a specialized rescue team to help with the Hurricane Irma response.

New York state is being sued over the way it purges names from voting rolls.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayor of Stillwater resigned last Friday after being arrested on child pornography charges. Local leaders in the Saratoga County village are pressing on.

wikipedia commons

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $1.4 million in funding for three energy-saving projects in Albany that officials say will help the city reduce greenhouse gas by 773 tons a year, saving $240,000 in annual energy costs.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

A new Siena College poll shows that while Governor Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating has slightly recovered, mass transit and taxes have rankled New Yorkers.

Gary Ferris/American Red Cross

This past Wednesday, WAMC held a one-day fund drive, with listeners coming together to raise more than $320,000 for the American Red Cross to support the thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey. 

Beginning Tuesday, the Red Cross will hold one-day “boot camps” to train volunteers interested in traveling to Texas and Louisiana to support relief efforts.

The embattled mayor of a Saratoga County village has resigned.

A Democratic New York State Assemblyman from Queens has died.

Michael Simanowitz of the 27th District died Saturday of an illness.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning motorists a statewide Labor Day Weekend DWI crackdown is in place.

Lucas Willard

For many, the Labor Day weekend is summer’s last hurrah. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on some of the events happening in our backyard.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

The Rensselaer County District Attorney has recused himself from an investigation into a non-fatal police-involved shooting last month in Troy. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports reversal came after the DA resisted calls to recuse his office.

State environmental regulators have denied a key permit for a $900 million power plant being built in southeastern New York.

Facebook: Hudson Valley SPCA - Orange County

Scared and tired, some refugees from Hurricane Harvey recently arrived in the Northeast, hoping to find new homes and new lives. Sixty dogs moved from shelters in Texas as the storm approached, arrived in New York this week, as part of an evacuation effort which included the Hudson Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

According to the New Yrok Times, the virus was first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947, but wasn’t common in the West until an outbreak was found in Brazil last May.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The New York State Health Department is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a national study of health effects related to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS, which have been found in drinking water in several Northeast communities. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s the second new effort to gather health information announced this week.

The South Glens Falls Central School District says counseling services will be offered after the death of a teenage student.

..:::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas:::..

With the deadline for public comment Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to remain on the Hudson River for further removal of toxic PCBs.

Photo by Scott Bauer (USDA ARS)

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses.

Crews have wrapped up work to upgrade residence halls on three New York state campuses just in time for the start of fall classes.

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

New York's environmental commissioner says the $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the Hudson River is not protecting the public's health and the river as initially promised.

WAMC

The New York State Gaming Commission recently invited stakeholders to discuss racehorse retirement and aftercare in Saratoga Springs.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now recusing himself from the investigation into a police officer-involved shooting in Troy earlier this month. 

Photo by Scott Bauer (USDA ARS)

Warm and wet weather has contributed to high tick populations this summer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a New York state legislative hearing on tick-borne diseases held in Albany Tuesday.

Wikipedia

A coalition of people with backgrounds in public health, policy, and research is launching a new effort today to gather information from residents of communities affected by water contaminated with the chemical PFOA. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the group is seeking input from residents across state lines.

Wiki Commons

A left-leaning group is asking New York’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against the state’s only black female legislative leader. But so far most, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have held on to the money.

Jo Naylor/Flickr

The New York state Transportation Department says lanes on the Twin Bridges carrying the Adirondack Northway over the Mohawk River will be reduced during nights for the next several weeks, starting Monday night, for resurfacing. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is dispatching 120 emergency workers to Texas to help in the response to Hurricane Harvey.

The Fire Department's Incident Management Team and the Urban Search and Rescue Rapid Response Team are among those headed to the region.

The mayor said the city wants to assist in gratitude for all those who helped New York cope after Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012.

New York has 31 new environmental conservation officers and nine new forest rangers.

The former treasurer of a volunteer fire company has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $58,000 in restitution for embezzlement.

Pages