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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a new report shows New York is taking an important step in combatting gun violence.

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The toxic and persistent chemical PFOA has been discovered in water supplies in Petersburgh, New York, Bennington, Vermont, and other communities over the past year. As residents with contaminated drinking water in Hoosick Falls are still waiting for a permanent fix, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering the Rensselaer County village for Superfund status.

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A two day-conference is under way today at the Desmond Hotel in the Albany County town of Colonie to provide advice and inspiration to military vets looking to start a business, or for those already in business for themselves. The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference, which brings together the private and public sectors and not-for-profits is sponsored by the law firm Tully Rinckey. WAMC spoke with Mario Cometti, a partner in the firm.

Code Blue Saratoga
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It seems an emergency shelter for the homeless will remain at its new location in Saratoga Springs this winter despite objections from neighbors.

New York is cracking down on Airbnb rentals with one of the nation's toughest laws on short-term rentals.

The insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy of requiring doctors to fill out extra paperwork before giving patients a medication used to treat opioid addiction.

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Over the past three decades, the amount of salt in Lake George has tripled. The reason is road salt applied to surfaces throughout the surrounding watershed.

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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

After several years of budget surpluses, New York State tax revenue is coming in at a lower-than-expected rate. That could affect big-ticket programs like school aid and health care as well as a multi-year tax cut planned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators.

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Story updated 10/22/16. Audio from the originally aired story is posted.

October has typically been a month when the Saratoga Springs City Center hosts the North East Arms Collectors Association’s gun show.

FRA Administrator Feinberg with Senator Charles Schumer discussing Positive Train Control at the Schenectday Amtrak station.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Schenectady Wednesday with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Sarah Feinberg to highlight what he says is a need for a “positive-train control” system between Poughkeepsie and Amsterdam.


New York environmental officials are asking hunters to be alert for any signs of the hunter who disappeared in Warren County almost one year ago.

Saratoga PLAN

Pitney Farm is the last remaining operating farm within the Saratoga Springs city limits.

Partners have been working to purchase and preserve the family farm for the past several months. Earlier this year, the organization Saratoga PLAN backed out of its plans to purchase the property.

Police say the slaying of a man in the city of Troy may be connected to the death of a man whose body was found in a creek in a neighboring town.

Troy police say 23-year-old Javier Gomez was found dead in his apartment Monday.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says a woman walking her dog spotted a man's body in a dry creek bed the next evening in the town of Brunswick, just east of Troy. The body hasn't been identified yet but authorities say they believe he was connected to Gomez.

Authorities say both men were slain but police haven't released other details.

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With less than three weeks before elections, Hillary Clinton is even further ahead of Donald Trump in New York State, and that could affect down ballot races, including seats for the state Senate.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has unveiled a new Smart City plan. Put together in a collaborative process, the plan is designed to advance technology to benefit infrastructure, the business community, visitors and residents.

Pipeline Company Rep Defends Projects

Oct 18, 2016
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Pipeline companies are not having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016, opponents say they are dirty and continue New York’s over reliance on fossil fuels, and two projects have already been cancelled.  A pipeline company representative says the projects are not as harmful as opponents say, and essential  for the state’s current electric needs.

New Yorkers have again set a record for online voter registration ahead of this year's presidential election.

Disabled Groups Want More Money In New York Budget

Oct 17, 2016
Advocates for the disabled rally at the capitol in Albany.
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State lawmakers with disabled children rallied Monday at the state capitol in Albany, along with developmentally disabled people and their caregivers, for more money in the budget to pay caregivers a living wage.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that he wasn’t aware of the connections between many of the nine people charged in a federal corruption case last month, saying he didn’t know the details of their business relationships. 

Police say a 3-year-old child has been killed in a lawnmower accident in upstate New York.

One man is dead and another is injured after a shooting in the quiet college town of Amherst.

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area holds press event in Albany, NY, to announce new tools that aim to make it easier to explore the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Attendees include Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Acting Exe
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Some new tools are out, designed to augment interest in upstate New York's burgeoning heritage tourism industry.

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A groundbreaking was held Thursday at the Galesi Group’s Harbor Center. The $27 million office complex is one of several developments going in the ground at the Mohawk Harbor site in Schenectady. 

Verizon is closing call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, drawing the ire of the governor's office.

Alain Kaloyeros
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Reform groups say in light of the criminal charges against some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former associates there are a number of changes that should be made to stop more corruption in the future.

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Take a walk through Albany’s warehouse district and you’ll notice some new businesses in the old brick structures. The strip has become a hotbed for craft beverage producers.

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A “Women for Trump” event was held in Albany Thursday, where dozens turned out in support of the GOP presidential nominee. The rally comes as Donald Trump’s campaign is struggling to move on from damaging video of comments regarding women Trump made 11 years ago. The crowd was focused on the next four weeks.

Trump Meltdown Could Affect New York Races

Oct 11, 2016
Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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Democrats in New York are trying to keep the heat on Republicans running for office over the coarse remarks made by GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump in a leaked video.

Facing Charges, Kaloyeros Resigns

Oct 11, 2016
Alain Kaloyeros
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The beleaguered head of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, formally resigned from his post today, after being placed on leave without pay following criminal charges from state and federal officials.