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Leaders in Schenectady kicked off 2018 Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady has a new city council president, a new city court judge, and an agenda for the new year.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver his State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races.

Refugee Family Building Life In Utica

Jan 2, 2018
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At a time when the value of admitting refugees to the United States has come under question, Utica remains widely known for its role taking in refugees. Nate Bridge from the New York Reporting Project at Utica College, has the story of one family who has made the city its home.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address those gathered Monday for swearings-in at Albany City Hall.

A new year brings new leadership in many area communities. Here's a roundup of the swearing-ins in the Capital Region and beyond...

A water main has broken in the City of Cohoes on Saratoga Street. Mayor Shawn Morse shared details about the break with WAMC's Lucas Willard on Monday morning.


Tomorrow, Saratoga Springs will have a new mayor. Democrat Meg Kelly, who for the last year-and-a-half has served as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democrat Joanne Yepsen, will remain in city hall as mayor for her first two-year term.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard asked Kelly about her work that will continue into 2018.

Dr. Alan Chartock on WAMC's Midday Magazine program on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

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Two men are facing murder charges in the killings of four people, including two children, in the upstate New York community of Troy.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
Dave Lucas

Authorities have named the four people found dead in a Troy apartment the day after Christmas.

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation says more than 260,000 tons of electronic waste has been collected in the first six years of New York's e-waste recycling program.

The National Weather Service has provided snow accumulation forecasts for the Northeast. Images uploaded 8:30 a.m. 12/24/17.

State officials say enrollment in health plans through New York's official marketplace has reached more than 4 million. That exceeds last year's enrollment by 700,000.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has selected 23 historic sites for inclusion on the state and national registers of historic places.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo, responding to the end to state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul, has issued an emergency order to allow New Yorkers who owe more than $10,000 in property taxes to pay them early to get around the new law.

New Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several women's groups and Renselear County politicians are calling on Steve McLaughlin to resign from the New York State Assembly — and not take  office in January as Rensselaer County Executive.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out January 3. But a top aide to the governor says it might be awhile before the proposals could become law and take effect.

Facebook: Tayja Treat uploaded to Hoosick Community Facebook Page

New York state has announced a $2 million flood mitigation and stream restoration program for the Village of Hoosick Falls to help the community recover from devastating floods this past July. 

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

2018 might finally be the year that Democrats regain control of the New York state Senate. But they face a number of obstacles, and Republicans aren’t ready to give up any time soon.


The U.S. Census says New York state's population bumped up slightly to 19.85 million.

Abir Anwar

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s vowed to lead a campaign against New York’s Republican Congressional representatives in the 2018 elections, has spent the final weeks of 2017 feuding with them over their votes on the federal tax overhaul bill.

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The tax overhaul plan passed in the House of Representatives Tuesday is drawing a mostly negative reaction from New York’s union and business leaders.

Edward Mero
Albany County District Attorney's Office

A former city of Albany employee has been found guilty of killing two 23-year-old women.

Activists rally outside Congressman John Faso's Kinderhook office.
Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

Nine people were arrested Monday during a pro-DREAMer demonstration at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. 

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The push continues for a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs. One plan to build a shelter in a residential zone is being met with pushback from neighbors.

Vroman's Nose
Kristen Leffel

The state of New York has acquired a 139-acre mountain in the Schoharie Valley known as Vroman's Nose.

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Democrat Joanne Yepsen has served Saratoga Springs as mayor for the past four years. Prior to her two terms, Yepsen served eight years as a county supervisor.

With the risk of deportation looming over their heads, young undocumented immigrants across the U.S. are hoping lawmakers will resolve their status before 2017 comes to an end.