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Advocates will debate in Albany Monday night about whether to hold a New York state constitutional convention.

Utica College Students Rebuilding Houston

Oct 29, 2017
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Earlier this month a group of mostly construction management students and professors from Utica College loaded up their toolboxes and headed to Texas, to help out people whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. They spent several long days hard at work.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with California Governor Jerry Brown Friday, singled out two New York GOP Congressmen for criticism, after they voted for a budget measure that clears the way for a vote on the GOP plan to overhaul the tax system.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello may visit New York next week to see how the state rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Supporters and opponents of a plan to change the governing structure of Saratoga Springs debated Thursday night, less than two weeks before voters weigh in.

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New York’s leaders are continuing to struggle with actions in Congress on the federal budget and tax overhaul that could adversely affect the state’s finances.

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New York state’s economic development arm announced last week that it had rejected proposals to redevelop a former prison in Saratoga County.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at JFK Airport Friday
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

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New York state Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner sees the hemp industry as an economic opportunity for Washington and Saratoga Counties.

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There’s some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether New York will hold a Constitutional Convention. 

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A new law allows New York state to create guidelines that will restrict where oil tankers can anchor on the Hudson River.

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New York state has launched a new effort to examine cancer trends.

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A campus in Oneonta, New York has created the state’s first college-level Peace Corps preparation program. Hartwick College is launching the initiative for its roughly 1,500 students November 1.

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A plan to expand a landfill in Albany County used by several Capital Region communities is facing opposition from neighbors. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports two Saratoga County municipalities and an environmental organization are speaking out.


New Yorkers who use e-cigarettes will have to comply with the same limits on smoking in public that apply to regular cigarettes, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But anti-smoking advocates say more needs to be done to combat the rising use of the nicotine product.

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There is a concerted effort by a wide range of interests to get New York voters to approve Proposition Three on the November ballot two weeks from now. It would create a land bank to allow communities in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve to accomplish small projects without the need to amend the state constitution.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaking Monday
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The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a national survey of children's health that shows almost half of American kids experience traumatic experiences.

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The state is putting up $5 million to help animal shelters update their facilities.

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The publisher of an Upstate New York newspaper has a day in court Monday.

Women say they were branded and traumatized by doctors in a secretive New York group, and state officials say they'll review why authorities didn't act sooner on the women's reports.

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Advocates for the Forever Wild forest preserves in New York’s Adirondack and Catskill mountains, are trying to spread the word about two ballot propositions in the November elections. They are for one of the proposals, but against another. 

A New York state senator is calling for greater protections for consumers and tougher regulations for credit monitoring firms following the massive Equifax breach.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it will begin treating a popular Schenectady County nature preserve for an invasive pest.

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No more elephants under the big top in New York. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation into law that bans any elephant performances at circuses, carnivals or parades.

A controversial housing complex will not be coming to a riverfront property in Schenectady County after all. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the developer pulled a proposal that faced opposition from some nearby residents.

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General Electric is marking 125 years in Schenectady. A local museum is exploring GE’s history from Thomas Edison to the modern era. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a tour of the exhibit that opens this weekend.

 Melissa DeRosa Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The senior adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says she has experienced repeated sexism and harassment during her career — including an inappropriate sexual comment from someone who is now a national leader in progressive politics.

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The fallout continues from President Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies to help lower income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.

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A nonprofit preservation group is donating a mountain in the Schoharie Valley to New York state.