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Chancellor Zimpher Highlights Nearly a Decade of SUNY Progress in Final State of the University Address
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Delivering her eighth and final State of the University Address at the Egg in Albany today, outgoing SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher highlighted what she sees as progress made by SUNY in the last decade. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports she also announced the system will begin seeking private donations to expand programs proven to help keep students enrolled.

New York State Senate Leader John Flanagan addresses a group of county clerks outside Albany on Monday
Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he’s not happy with what he says is more than $800 million in new taxes and fees tucked away in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new state budget.

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John “Jack” Diamond is now in his ninth and final year as mayor of Glens Falls. Recently, the Democratic mayor laid out his vision for 2017 in his last State of the City address. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Diamond who described a “transitional” year ahead.

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Walkway Over the Hudson was a river of walkers Saturday, men and women. They were there for the Poughkeepsie Women’s March Across the Hudson.

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Women's rights advocates marched to the New York state capitol on Saturday, part of a day of national protests.

The tour is stopping in communities across the country.
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Just an hour before Friday’s presidential inauguration, advocates, local lawmakers, health care professionals, faith leaders and impacted families turned out in downtown Albany to meet the National Save My Care Bus Tour for a rally opposing Republicans’ rush to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands were marching up 5th Avenue to Trump Tower in New York City Saturday, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

As Women's Marches were about to begin in New York and across the country, WAMC's Alan Chartock called in from the staging area at Dag Hammarskjold park.

Former Democratic U.S. Congressman Bill Owens represented New York’s North Country from 2009 to 2015.

The town supervisor of Thurman, a small town in Warren County, has resigned.

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A Saratoga Springs committee has chosen May 30th for a special election where city residents may vote on a new form of government. The city’s current form of government has existed for more than a century.

Money in a pants pocket
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One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest, known as the millionaires’ tax.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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One of Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs is being downsized in Cuomo’s new state budget. Start Up New York is being rebranded, as other economic development projects have suffered setbacks.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy on a Rivers Casino bus tour. (Mar 16, 2016 )
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Early one morning in May 2016, as a Schenectady woman tells it, she was driving around looking for recyclables in trash bins, when a pickup truck began tailing her.  It turned out that the driver was none other than Mayor Gary McCarthy, who uttered words that frightened Sarah Dingley before following her. Dingley recognized the mayor, thought she smelled alcohol, and dialed 9-1-1. Now, a special prosecutor says McCarthy and the police made mistakes in handling the incident, but no criminal charges have been brought.

Members of the thoroughbred racing industry testified in Albany this week, urging lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to re-privative the New York Racing Association. After months of delays, the governor has put re-privatization in his 2018 budget plan. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2017 budget proposal.
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget is not just facts and figures about what taxes to collect and how to spend them. Cuomo’s also put a number of unrelated changes into the spending plan - everything from allowing ride hailing services to expand in New York to enacting ethics reforms.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo briefed the media on his budget proposal Tuesday night. This morning, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the Glens Falls Civic Center to explain to local officials what it means for their region.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Karen DeWitt

Some state lawmakers are rejecting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to extend a tax on millionaires. Cuomo spent Tuesday rolling out his spending plan to individual groups of lawmakers in private briefings, then at night, released details to the public.

Cuomo's Budget Due Tuesday

Jan 16, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on January 17th. Revenues are down, and the repeal of Obamacare could cost the state billions of dollars.

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Saratoga Springs is hosting a series of events dedicated to race and diversity in America.

Developmentally disabled New Yorkers and their caregivers demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech in Albany on January 11.
Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on Tuesday and agencies that work with the intellectually disabled are among those hoping for more funds. They say they need help in order to pay their workers the new, higher minimum wage.

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The Village of Hoosick Falls voted last night to table a settlement agreement with the two companies deemed responsible for contaminating water sources with the chemical PFOA. The decision to set the agreement aside for now came after two hours of public comment. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to lessen the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana, and says he wants to promote industrial hemp production in New York.

Buses are filled or nearly full across the region as people seek transportation to Washington, D.C. next week.  But they are not planning to attend the inauguration of the next president.  The Women’s March on Washington will bring thousands to the National Mall. For those who cannot get to the capital, there are local women’s marches planned in the Northeast.

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Schenectady’s casino is just weeks away from opening. Workers recently unloaded a shipment of table games.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has wrapped up his regional State of the State tour, during which he outlined his agenda for the 2017. For more on what the governor had to say about education, WAMC News spoke with Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association.

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The Saratoga Springs City School District is looking for more information about a mysterious social media account that allegedly propagated hate speech.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saved his ethics proposals for his last stop of his State of the State tour, in Albany, where he released a ten point plan to address rampant corruption that has reached his own administration.

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

A state police helicopter carrying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made an emergency landing at Stewart Airport in Newburgh Wednesday afternoon.

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A controversial Capital Region gun show will return to the Saratoga Springs City Center this spring.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

Later this week, officials in the Rensselaer County community of Hoosick Falls will consider a settlement offer by two companies deemed responsible for contaminating water sources with the chemical PFOA.

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