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The once-Albany-based band Hand Habits returned this week as part of a tour behind a new record titled Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), which was recently recognized by internet music publication Pitchfork.

Rivers features a 50,000-square foot gaming floor with hundreds of gleaming slot machines.
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The Rivers Casino in Schenectady opened February 8th to long lines and crowds of bettors. Despite some snowy weather during the opening week, bettors played more than $23 million at electronic slot machines and more than $4.2 million at table games.

Watchdog Group: Cuomo's Spending Cap Doesn't Add Up

Feb 17, 2017
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Karen DeWitt

A leading budget watchdog group is accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self imposed 2 percent per year spending cap.

The state parks system is selling a plastic card version of its Empire Pass that's accepted at state-owned parks and recreation areas across New York. 

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Officials with Emma Willard, a private boarding school in Troy, New York, spent time with reporters this afternoon to outline the school’s new policies on protecting students from sexual harassment and providing support to survivors of assault. The rollout of the new policies comes after allegations shook the school last year — and while campus sexual assault has become a national issue.

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A frank discussion on heroin and opioid addiction was held in Washington County Wedneday night. The forum, moderated by District Attorney Tony Jordan, focused not only on the prevalence of opioid addiction in the Washington, Saratoga, and Warren County regions, but also moving firsthand accounts.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
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Some voters in New York’s vast 21st Congressional District are urging their Republican Representative Elise Stefanik to hold town hall meetings, but on WAMC’s Congressional Corner Thursday the congresswoman who has just started her second term tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she prefers smaller, private meetings with constituents.

Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring.

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The mayor of Hoosick Falls, a Rensselaer County village that has been dealing with contamination issues for the past year, is stepping down in a few weeks. David Borge will retire at the end of his second term.

New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan D- Buffalo and other lawmakers call for state help to fund refugee resettlement centers, at the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase in Albany on Wednesday.
Karen DeWitt

A group of upstate lawmakers are asking New York to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs, that they say have been caught up in President Trump’s travel ban and the resulting chaos.

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A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown is making a strong pitch to have New York designate baseball as the official state sport.

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Some Hoosick Falls residents already exposed to chemicals in their drinking water may also have another form of pollutant leaking into their homes. Honeywell, under a consent order with the state, is conducting an investigation into the detection of chemicals at one of its former buildings in town. A meeting was held Tuesday night where company representatives spoke to residents.

Christian child marriage in the Middle Ages
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Child advocates say New York's marriage law that allows children as young as 14 years old to wed can trap minors in sexual abuse and domestic violence.

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Karen DeWitt

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is pushing for a measure to stop treating 16 and 17 year-olds as adults in New York's criminal justice system.

Climate activists disrupt a budget hearing on the environment at the New York state Capitol Monday .
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Environmental groups are pushing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to codify into law some of the steps he’s taken to protect the environment and cut down on pollution related to climate change. At a budget hearing Monday, lawmakers were focused on a more immediate concern - clean drinking water.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
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The New York State Parole Board has unanimously denied former prison guard worker Joyce Mitchell’s bid for parole.

Anti-abortion activists held rallies across the country yesterday, but many were met with counter-protestors.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect until 7 p.m. Monday.

Some areas could see up to a foot or more of snow between Sunday and Monday.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has visited Muslims in Yonkers and told them "You are welcome here."

New York State is requiring company Honeywell to test homes for volatile compounds near a former Hoosick Falls facility.

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In the wake of a series of fatal accidents this winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have jointly issued a snowmobile safety advisory.

Rowan Wilson testifying at the New York state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Feb. 6.
Karen DeWitt

With the confirmation of Rowan Wilson to the New York Court of Appeals, Governor Andrew Cuomo has now picked all of the judges on the state’s highest court, the first governor to do so since his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.

Legislation in New York seeking to exempt farm dogs from some animal neglect protections has been withdrawn after facing criticism from animal welfare groups. 

The bill aimed to ensure farmers didn't face cruelty charges by making dogs work outside on very hot or cold days. It would have legally reclassified farm dogs as "livestock" and not "domesticated animals."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

The latest hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $152 billion dollar state budget proposal in Albany has been postponed due to a winter storm.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the State Senate are not as enthusiastic about making New York a sanctuary state as are Assembly Democrats, who passed a bill earlier this week.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is located at 301 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, just off Erie Boulevard.
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More than three years after New York voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady opened its doors to the public today. 

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New York charter school advocates are emboldened by promises from Senate leadership and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase funding for charter schools across the state.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s acting tax commissioner took heat from Democrats and Republicans in the New York Legislature over delays in the STAR rebate program. The hearing was interrupted by protesters who want higher taxes on millionaires.

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EDIT 2/8/17: The text of this article has been updated to show that the Blackstone Group sold its stock in Momentive in August. The original audio of the story remains posted. 

A group of New York state lawmakers appeared in Saratoga County on Monday to meet with picketing union workers at a Waterford chemical plant.

New York's highest court is getting a new judge.

The state Senate on Monday confirmed Rowan D. Wilson, a private attorney with commercial litigation experience. Wilson worked at the large Manhattan law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore for more than 30 years.

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