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Government reform groups say you can add one more item to the long list of reforms that they believe are needed in Albany. They say limits are needed on campaign contributions to county political committees. The committees collection and distribution of money factor into a growing criminal case against  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, and upstate Senate races in 2014.

In the time between when the snow clears and the leaves bloom, DEC Forest Ranger Scott van Laer will start up his seasonal hobby of trekking into remote areas to find things that would elude most hikers.

New York's highest court says DNA evidence presented by prosecutors must be accompanied at trial by at least one analyst involved in the critical stages of its processing or who independently analyzed the raw data.

The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit claiming the Rensselaer County District Attorney "flagrantly violated" an executive order in presenting evidence in a fatal police shooting to a grand jury. 

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The Halfmoon Community Solar Project, expected to be completed by late summer, will feature more than 1,700 panels and will generate enough electricity to power about 103 average-sized homes.

Saratoga Racino Rebrands

Apr 27, 2016

The 75-year-old Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced a new logo and name change on Wednesday.

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New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

Opponents Hope They Can Stop A Third Pipeline

Apr 26, 2016
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In the past week, two major natural gas pipelines have been scrapped in New York. A third, which would expand a line that is near the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant, is still scheduled, but opponents are putting pressure on Governor Cuomo to use his persuasive powers with the federal government to stop the expansion.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will push for President Obama's emergency funding request of $1.9 billion to combat the spread of Zika virus. Schumer said more than 800 Americans have contracted the mosquito-borne illness, with 60 confirmed cases in New York.

A new chemical contaminant has been found in private wells in the Rensselaer County community of Petersburgh.

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New Yorkers spent more on the state lottery and state-regulated electronic gaming machines than ever before last year, generating a record of almost $10 billion in revenue.

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Warren County recently gave preliminary approval for developer Rich Schermerhorn to construct two new 12,000-square foot corporate jet hangers at the county’s Floyd Bennett Memorial airport in Queensbury.

Constitution Pipeline

New York environmental regulators say they're rejecting a critical permit needed for a major natural gas pipeline project to proceed.

You might know that Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States, is based on a real person. Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker who lived in Troy, New York from the late 1700s until his death in 1854, is said to be the original Uncle — but even that is up for debate. Either way, a group of Trojans this weekend is hoping to bid on what could be the only known photograph of Wilson.

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Tax officials in New York state say they have stopped nearly 240,000 false tax refunds worth $400 million this tax season.

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New York’s restrictive voter access rules came under scrutiny during Tuesday’s Presidential primary. And some are saying there’s a need for changes.

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The mayors of four cities in upstate New York have joined an effort to allow Uber to expand outside of New York City.

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Donald Trump is receiving the endorsement of the head of New York state's Republican Party. Ed Cox, the party's chairman, had vowed to stay neutral before his state's primary on Tuesday.

Constitution Pipeline

While one company has shelved plans for a natural gas pipeline from New York into New England, another project following a similar route is poised to proceed.

New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay spoke at last week’s Reorganization Board meeting to highlight the continued financial success of the organization.

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On a blustery spring day, a small crowd gathers at the parking area of the Washington County Grasslands, a DEC Wildlife Management Area located on 286 acres in the heart of the upper Hudson’s farm country.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association has released its annual State of the Air report tracking air quality across the country.  While there has been some improvement in areas of New York, the group says many residents’ health remains at risk from ozone and particle pollution.

A West Point cadet candidate at the U.S. Military Preparatory School has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

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The state attorney general has opened an investigation into New York City's Board of Elections and complaints about voting irregularities in Tuesday's primaries.

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Prosecutors have asked a judge to send former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to prison for over a decade while his defense lawyers say he deserves little or no time behind bars.

Two special elections were also held Tuesday, to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign. The Assembly race was won by a Democrat, in the Senate, Republicans are asking for a hand count of paper ballots , while the Democrat has declared victory.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday night.
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New York Native Donald Trump cruised to victory in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary.

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New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has ordered an audit of the city's Board of Elections after reports that some voters were turned away from poll sites during the state's presidential primary.

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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Two special elections were held Tuesday in New York to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign.

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