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Harriet Tubman's upcoming debut on the $20 bill is just half the good news in the upstate New York town where the Underground Railroad conductor settled down and grew old.

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Revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration knew about elevated levels of the toxin PFOA in the water in Hoosick Falls a year and a half before they warned residents has led the Assemblyman who represents the village to call for a federal investigation, as well as a public forum to explain to residents the results of recent blood tests.

Cuomo Proposes Crackdown On SuperPACs

Jun 8, 2016
Gov. Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a crackdown on the coordination of candidates for office and SuperPACS that are created to support their campaigns.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration. 

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In a four-to-one vote Tuesday evening, the Saratoga Springs City Council approved a measure that would make lying or sitting on a sidewalk punishable by a fine between $50 and $100 and/or community service. 

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On May 19th, Rotterdam resident Sarah Dingley called 9-1-1 claiming she was being followed by a man who identified himself as the mayor of Schenectady.

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Tuesday marked the Sixth Annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the capitol.

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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.

New York League of Conservation Voters Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Christopher Goeken
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Concerned about children's exposure to lead found in drinking water, lawmakers met with reporters today at the state capitol in Albany to discuss a last-minute push to require lead testing in all public schools.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been asked by two Western New York lawmakers to review governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development projects. The Comptroller says an ongoing audit is already looking at some aspects of the increasingly controversial project and other Cuomo Administration economic development initiatives that are currently under federal investigation.

The manhole from which the two convicted murderers escaped last year.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Inspector General finds numerous security and oversight problems at the state prison in Dannemora contributed to the prison break of two inmates last year. The June 6th, 2015 escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility near Plattsburgh led to a massive three-week manhunt, in which Matt was killed in an encounter with state police and Sweat was shot and wounded and recaptured.

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.
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On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York state capitol on Monday, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In solidarity with Israel, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an executive order against the BDS Movement.

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The Lake George Park Commission has released a recreation report for the lake that draws thousands of swimmers, paddlers, and boaters every year.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with the Commission's Executive Director Dave Wick about what's happening on the Adirondack lake.

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New York State's Health Department says the average level of the toxic chemical PFOA in the blood of 2,000 Hoosick Falls residents was about 10 times that of the general population.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has secured an agreement that holds companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell responsible for the PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls and surrounding area.

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The same day that musician Prince’s death was attributed to an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli visited Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to advocate for policies that he says will address addiction by increasing access to treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone, improve prescribing practices, and support law enforcement and prevention strategies.

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“You have shad, striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, herring. Are all coming in from the ocean. They can’t reproduce in salt water. They have to have freshwater, tidal conditions like right here on the Hudson,” said Fran Dunwell, Hudson River Estuary Coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Dunwell says many people who live and commute along the Hudson don’t realize the river itself serves as a sort-of highway for migrating fish.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the temporary closure of its Lake George Boat Launch.

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will remain in Halfmoon Town Park until June 6th.

Two separate bills to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports and some other forms of gambling are moving through the New York state legislature, but anti-gambling groups say they should be stopped.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
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The New York state Assembly Speaker confirms that federal investigators are looking into some of his actions while he was head of the Bronx Democratic Party, but he says he’s done nothing wrong.

Race director George Regan
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The 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women is coming up on Saturday in Albany. The massive event is being run this year without top international competitors, in what organizers say is a bid to give more local women a chance to race.WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with longtime event director George Regan.

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Nancy Nugent said something that’s been a common theme in the race for New York’s 49th Senate District.

Questions Remain About Cuomo Investigator

Jun 1, 2016

It’s been over a month since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hired a special investigator in response to a federal probe of his Buffalo Billion project and other economic development programs. But so far, no contract with former prosecutor Bart Schwartz has been released, and questions remain about what exactly he is investigating.

 Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Ed Scharfenberger
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Albany Bishop Ed Scharfenberger joined farmworkers rallying Thursday at New York's Capitol for legislation to guarantee them overtime pay while removing the state's ban on their union organizing.

With just a few weeks left until the end of the legislative session, a new poll finds New York voters are still craving reform in state government, and they’d rather not see a new law to expand state gambling by legalizing daily fantasy sports.

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The fight over Uber's plans to expand throughout New York state is escalating as lawmakers enter the final weeks of their 2016 legislative session.

book
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The fight against tobacco use is global:  approximately 1 person dies from a disease caused by tobacco use every six seconds around the world.   New York joins a worldwide effort to discourage tobacco use.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
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The chancellor of New York's public university system says the next school year will be her last at the helm.

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