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A senior aide to a New York state senator has resigned in the face of felony domestic violence charges.


WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick, the editor of The Daily Gazette, about Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day and George Washington's hair.  

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On Thursday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will detail his proposals to help New Yorkers affected by changes to the federal tax law. But Republicans who rule the State Senate are cool to the ideas, including one that creates a payroll tax instead of a state income tax.

In these pictures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's flickr account,, the governor holds his new dog "Captain" during a conference of mayors in Albany, N.Y.

New York's first family has a new first dog.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give police officers in New York the legal power to remove firearms from a home after a case of domestic violence. Currently, firearms must be surrendered by someone charged with domestic violence only if the suspect is named in an order of protection, or if a judge decides the accused poses a threat to the protected person. 

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Feb 13, 2018
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Times Union, about the marijuana ban on Lake Champlain and more teacher evaluations in New York.

NY Gov. Cuomo's Budget director Robert Mujica
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director says 30-day amendments to the Democrat’s spending plan due out later this week will include an overhaul of New York state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

The flu is hitting the corruption trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s poll numbers are down. In fact, according to the latest Siena College poll, the Democrat’s net favorability rating is down 19 points from January to February. His favorable rating is down from 62 percent to 53 percent and his unfavorable rating is up from 30 percent to 40 percent. 

Facebook: City of Schenectady

The city of Schenectady, New York was once known as the city that lights and hauls the world because of General Electric and American Locomotive. American Locomotive is long gone, now the site of the Rivers Casino and General Electric remains but with a much smaller payroll. But the history of Schenectady endures, known for Thomas Edison, and Charles Steinmetz, as a pioneer city in broadcasting, and there’s the historic stockade neighborhood and the once mighty Erie Canal. 

Karen DeWitt

The government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was arrested shortly after testifying that he breached the terms of his cooperation agreement, authorities said Friday.

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New York Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide. One of the governor’s opponents is pressuring Cuomo to answer some of the revelations in the trial about how state business was conducted, and whether a pay to play “atmosphere” was created.

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The City of Troy is working on a new central planning document. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it would be the first Comprehensive Plan approved in the city in decades.

An aide to a New York state senator faces felony assault charges after a grand jury indicted him for allegedly hitting a woman with a television cord.

The City of Troy has a new police chief.

Mayor Patrick Madden announced Thursday that Assistant Chief Brian Owens was promoted to the position recently vacated by Chief John Tedesco.

The gambling parlor at the Rivers Casino & Resort
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took $330 million to build Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. The gambling hall is celebrating its first anniversary today.

In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York state Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.

New York's high school graduation rate edged above 80 percent in 2017, but black and Hispanic students graduated at much lower rates than white students.

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A town in Saratoga County is planning to purchase a former cub scout camp, with plans to preserve it as a park. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for a special election to fill vacant seats in the legislature in April. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local race.

dairy cows

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting legislation that would return to dairy farmers premiums paid into a program intended to be a safety net when milk prices to producers plummet.  The Democrat says farmers have never benefited even though milk prices have been dropping since the program was implemented.

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

Testimony at the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, has highlighted some practices inside the Democrat’s office that government reform groups say is at the very least questionable, and possibly even illegal.

Karen DeWitt

Two New York state lawmakers have introduced a bill to make laundry pods less attractive, and have sent a letter to Procter & Gamble, calling on the company to overhaul its colorful liquid detergent Tide pods.

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Note 2/8/18: A longer version of this story has been uploaded.

A group of Saratoga Springs residents has filed a lawsuit against the city and non-profit Shelters of Saratoga over the recent approval of an emergency homeless shelter.

Poor People’s Campaign

The national movement to revive the Poor People’s Campaign launched half a century ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to the state capitol in Albany Monday. 

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced its 2018 classical season.

Karen DeWitt

A key witness is taking the stand in the corruption trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York State Police

Police in New York state say they will once again step up road patrols around the Super Bowl on Sunday.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is seeking a federal Department of Justice investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against a former team doctor.

Following the threat of losing federal funding, New York state will end the "I Love NY" tourism campaign this summer in favor of "NY has it all!" On Friday afternoon, the state’s transportation department and Thruway Authority pledged to work with the federal government on new road signs, after federal officials said the current ones were not safe.