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New York state Assemblyman Marc Butler, a Republican from the sprawling 118th District, will not run for re-election in 2018.

Schenectady County’s District Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor after the Rensselaer County DA recused himself from an investigation into a police-involved shooting.

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A project to transform a vacant lot in Troy’s bustling downtown has hit roadblocks once again.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is promoting trail safety during the fall hiking season. The agency has made safety improvements to a Catskill trail after a series of fatal accidents near Kaaterskill Falls.

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It’s possible three candidates could campaign through November when Rensselaer County residents vote for a new county executive. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, one candidate declared victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday. The other is not conceding yet.

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The Republican primary for mayor is over in the City of Gloversville, but the campaign between the two candidates on the ballot will continue into the fall.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan rallied with supporters Sunday afternoon at her Madison Avenue campaign headquarters - chit-chatting and serving slices of pizza.
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Primaries were held statewide in New York yesterday.

In NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio won with 74 percent of the vote. He had been considered the easy favorite against sal albanese, Richard Bashner, Robert Gangi and Michael Tolkin, none of whom had his organizing power or financial muscle.

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Andrew Cuomo, in what has become an annual event for the New York governor, led a motorcycle ride Monday along the path of a New York City firefighter rescue team, to commemorate the 16th  anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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New York state's education policy-making body has approved the plan it will submit to the U.S. Department of Education to comply with the new federal education law.

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The City of Saratoga Springs is inviting the community to participate in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Monday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan is all but assured of a second term after winning the Democratic primary Tuesday.
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A new poll shows Democratic Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan leading the pack over two opponents ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says he will push for passage of a bill to require that cellphones work on other carriers' networks during an emergency.

Local officials say the Remington Arms Co. has laid off 55 workers at its upstate New York plant.

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The Republican candidates for Rensselaer County Executive squared off in a debate this week hosted by Spectrum News. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard recaps some of the most pressing issues discussed in the hour-long debate.

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Saratoga Springs is moving forward with a plan to expand a system of bike trails in the city. But not all neighbors are pleased. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports time is ticking on the project.

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For many students in New York, today was the first day of the new school year. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady’s public school district is celebrating a big increase in state aid over last year.

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New York is sending 124 National Guard members and a specialized rescue team to help with the Hurricane Irma response.

New York state is being sued over the way it purges names from voting rolls.

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The mayor of Stillwater resigned last Friday after being arrested on child pornography charges. Local leaders in the Saratoga County village are pressing on.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $1.4 million in funding for three energy-saving projects in Albany that officials say will help the city reduce greenhouse gas by 773 tons a year, saving $240,000 in annual energy costs.

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A new Siena College poll shows that while Governor Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating has slightly recovered, mass transit and taxes have rankled New Yorkers.

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This past Wednesday, WAMC held a one-day fund drive, with listeners coming together to raise more than $320,000 for the American Red Cross to support the thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey. 

Beginning Tuesday, the Red Cross will hold one-day “boot camps” to train volunteers interested in traveling to Texas and Louisiana to support relief efforts.

The embattled mayor of a Saratoga County village has resigned.

A Democratic New York State Assemblyman from Queens has died.

Michael Simanowitz of the 27th District died Saturday of an illness.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning motorists a statewide Labor Day Weekend DWI crackdown is in place.

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For many, the Labor Day weekend is summer’s last hurrah. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on some of the events happening in our backyard.

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The Rensselaer County District Attorney has recused himself from an investigation into a non-fatal police-involved shooting last month in Troy. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports reversal came after the DA resisted calls to recuse his office.

State environmental regulators have denied a key permit for a $900 million power plant being built in southeastern New York.

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Scared and tired, some refugees from Hurricane Harvey recently arrived in the Northeast, hoping to find new homes and new lives. Sixty dogs moved from shelters in Texas as the storm approached, arrived in New York this week, as part of an evacuation effort which included the Hudson Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

According to the New Yrok Times, the virus was first discovered in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1947, but wasn’t common in the West until an outbreak was found in Brazil last May.
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The New York State Health Department is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a national study of health effects related to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS, which have been found in drinking water in several Northeast communities. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports it’s the second new effort to gather health information announced this week.

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