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Police around New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the law enforcement campaign ahead of Friday's holiday.

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Expressing alarm at what they characterize as 'draconian cuts' to the Medicaid program spelled out in the proposed American Health Care Act, a broad group of organizations from across New York have come together to create a campaign to highlight the importance of Medicaid funding to ordinary people.

Tensions between opposing groups of Democrats in the New York state Senate reached a flash point this week- over whose   faction would be allowed to present their budget priorities for a floor debate, in an exchange that included some racially-charged name calling.

As the state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to investigate the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFC’s in upstate New York, the presence of PFOA and PFOS has been detected at a composting facility in Washington County.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is sending more assets to New York's southern tier region.

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There is a bill before the New York state legislature that would allow nurse practitioners in the state to sign do-not-resuscitate orders. Currently only physicians are allowed to do so. 

Help may be coming for students at New York's public universities after lawmakers in Albany backed plans to increase tuition assistance.

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The legislature’s one house budgets make some changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle class students.

Winter’s not over yet, but horse racing fans can look forward to summer as season passes for the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course are now on sale.

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Some of the areas hit hardest by the winter storm were the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief has updates from a few communities still digging out from knee-deep snow.

The smallest faction in the divided New York state Senate, the Independent Democratic Conference, has been permitted by the ruling party Republicans to issue their own alternate spending plan. That has angered the rest of the Democrats.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday announced the uncovering of a massive crime ring that targeted retail stores.

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It’s the day after one of the biggest March storms in memory and people are digging out. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on what’s happening in some communities in the Capital Region as streets are being cleared.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a statewide state of emergency for the duration of the major snow storm expected to hit the Northeast overnight.

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The Village of Round Lake will be losing its mayor of 27 years later this month when Dixie Lee Sacks steps down.

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New York state police say a man is dead after he fled a traffic stop and drove off a boat launch ramp into the Hudson River.

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Winter isn't finished with the Northeast yet. A powerful storm with high winds and up to a foot of snow is expected to hit the region this week.

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The New York state Senate and Assembly will release their one house budgets early next week, as the March 31 deadline for a new spending plan draws near. They’ve already given some hints of what the plans will include.

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The Federal Railroad Administration should review current standards for the time between the activation of train warning signals and the distance of an oncoming train, US Senator Charles Schumer said Friday.

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The Albany Police Department has shared a full list of traffic restrictions for Saturday, March 11th.

North Albany Limerick Parade – March 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parade route:
Kick Off – North First Street west of North Pearl Street at the North Albany American Legion Post; parade will proceed east to North Pearl Street, then south of North Pearl Street to Emmett Street; east on Emmett St to Broadway; North on Broadway to Wolfert Avenue in the Village of Menands; back south on North Pearl Street to North First Street.

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The U.S. attorney in Manhattan is not commenting after he was on a list of prosecutors asked to submit resignation letters.

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Police have charged three teenagers with murder in the Thursday morning shooting of 23 year-old Alexander Martuscello at his home in Amsterdam. 

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Communities nationwide are looking for more ways to establish trust between residents and police departments. In Schenectady, a meeting was held to introduce more people to the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, both Democrats, say their states are joining Washington state's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. 

Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director , stands with 10,000 postcards the group delivered to lawmakers , urging support for a new retirement plan option for those without pensions or 401k's
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Members of a leading senior citizens lobby group are advocating for a retirement plan in New York that could benefit their children and grandchildren.

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Three candidates running for mayor of South Glens Falls in northern Saratoga County met in a forum Wednesday night. 

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
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A provision in the Obamacare replacement plan by Republicans in Congress sets up a potential clash with New York state over abortion coverage.

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A Lake George conservation organization is sharing with local communities a report that collects data about the towns and villages within the Lake George watershed. The report aims to guide local governments with information that goes beyond political boundaries.

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Voters in relatively few New York school districts will be asked to approve budgets that exceed the state's property tax cap.

Republican lawmakers in the New York state Senate are pushing back against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to force counties to look for ways to share services and pool their costs.

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