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With a projected multibillion dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost New York state billions of dollars more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

Dredging of the Hudson River

With a federal decision expected this month, New York state has announced it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the EPA declares dredging of the Upper Hudson River complete. 

Officials in an upstate New York community with water sources tainted by chemical pollution are applauding the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s pick for a top position in the Environmental Protection Agency.

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With the Federal Communications Commission’s vote today to roll back Net Neutrality restrictions enacted in 2015 on Internet Service Providers, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will lead a multi-state lawsuit against the repeal.

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The first homes in the Bennington, Vermont area with wells contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been hooked up to a clean municipal water system.

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

A ceremony to award economic development grants to regions of New York state Wednesday was overshadowed by developments on the federal tax overhaul plan in Washington, as the House and Senate announced agreement on a final plan to be voted on as early as next week.

Senator Chuck Schumer

Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a head start on his State of the State proposals, and says he’ll propose a bill to close a loophole that allows some convicted of domestic violence to possess guns.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York state and local leaders gathered in Albany Wednesday for the latest announcement of regional economic development awards.

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Rejecting calls from fellow Democrats to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse received a standing ovation from supporters Tuesday night.

File photo: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb
Karen DeWitt

There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader Brian Kolb. He announced in a video released Tuesday.

OneJet aircraft
Albany International Airport

Officials at OneJet announced Monday it will begin air service between Albany and Buffalo next year.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator John Francisco R- Syracuse, speak at a forum moderated by SUNY New Paltz's Gerald Benjamin at a forum Monday in Albany
Karen DeWitt

At an event that’s become increasingly rare in state politics, two politicians from opposing parties sat down together Monday and had a civil discussion about issues facing New York.

Facebook: Senator John A. DeFrancisco

The deputy leader of the New York state Senate says 2018 will be a difficult year for balancing the state budget.  Senator John DeFrancisco predicts cutbacks in healthcare spending to help close a multi-billion dollar deficit.

A mental health worker faces felony and misdemeanor sexual misconduct charges after he was  accused of sexually abusing a patient in Saratoga County.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal Department of Transportation to reverse its decision not to require airlines to disclose baggage fees upfront.

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A new fight is simmering over General Electric's legacy of toxic pollution as the company seeks to close the books on a $1.7 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday night kicked off their holiday season with the Orchestra of St. Luke's performing Bach's Brandenburg concertos at the Bethesda Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs.

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Albany police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Levels Banquet Hall on North Pearl Street around 2:45 a.m.

A reported suspicious device discovered on the side of an Albany County road was found to be a replica explosive.

Thomas Cole's desk in the Old Studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill is seeking entries for its essay contest.

Reports: FBI Probing Cuomo Hiring Practices

Dec 8, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

According to published reports, some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hiring practices are the subject of an FBI investigation.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has wrapped up another tour of New York's 62 counties with a call for greater federal help for the state's craft beer industry.

The Reverend Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State council of Churches, speaks against the federal tax overhaul measure at a rally at the State Capitol Friday.
Karen DeWitt

Groups opposing the federal tax overhaul plan held a demonstration at the New York state Capitol Friday, chanting “kill the bill”, and saying the measure is bad for New York and the nation.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Violence has shut down one of the Capital Region's largest schools.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced plans for a former amusement park in the Adirondacks.

The longtime New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins has been accused of sexual harassment according to the New York Times.

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center is kicking off the holiday season with a set of special performances Friday night. But as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the music will be not played on SPAC grounds.

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Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

General Electric Company has announced it will cut 12,000 jobs in its power division, blaming falling demand for coal and other fossil fuels. Although the cuts are worldwide, the news hits close to home.