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Six months before election day, the Saratoga Springs Republican Committee has unveiled a full slate of candidates for city and county positions. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the group includes some familiar faces.

Members of the Divest New York coalition protest at the State Capitol Monday
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Some New York lawmakers are pressing the state’s Comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he believes he can be more effective in changing the company’s behavior by acting from the inside.

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The Northeast appears to be in for a long tick season that may last throughout the spring and summer and well into the fall.

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Local officials are cautiously optimistic about plans by a “paper airline” to reorganize and offer nonstop flights between Stewart Airport and Eastern Europe.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is criticizing a Trump administration proposal to cut the budget of the Office of National Drug Control policy by 95 percent.

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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Republican health care bill is an "assault on New York." 

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In 2015, Schenectady County was one several across New York that opted in to a state law allowing small fireworks and sparklers to be sold at certain times of the year.  But two years later, and with Independence Day approaching, some are calling on the county to opt-out of the state law to curb the use of illegal fireworks.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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John Boyd Thacher State Park has been a Capital Region destination for decades. Now, the historic site with gorgeous views and extensive nature trails has a new visitors center.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says local governments should share resources to ease tax burdens that could increase under federal tax proposals.

The mayor of a Montgomery County community has resigned after serving less than two months in office.

A scout camp in Saratoga County that has operated for nearly a century and served generations of boys will be sold. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

New York Leaders Dismayed By Health Care Bill

May 4, 2017

Some of New York’s leaders are expressing outrage over the House of Representatives vote to undo the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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As the House passed the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act Thursday, the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to blast the bill. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke with WAMC News Thursday afternoon. She says the New York state legislature may have to come back to Albany to address the effects of the law on the state.

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Note 5/4/2017: An earlier version of this story referred to the Pitney Meadows Community Farm as the Pitney Meadows Community Foundation. The original audio of this story remains posted.

The last remaining farm within Saratoga Springs city limits is under new management by a team that wants to use the property as a center for agriculture and education. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a group of local students is making recommendations for how to move forward.

New York state lawmakers are gaining momentum in a measure to expand medical marijuana coverage to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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More than 300 jobs will be lost in the Kellogg Co.'s previously announced plans to close its New York facilities.

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Democrats in the New York state Senate remain hopeful that they will regain the numerical majority and control of the chamber after a special election is held later this month. But Governor Andrew Cuomo dampened those expectations, in remarks made in New York City today.

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For more than two weeks, a jury has heard arguments in the case of Alexander West, a Warren County man facing charges related to the boat crash last summer on Lake George that claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl and severely injured her mother. Since the collision last July, authorities have expressed an interesting in ending the annual celebration held the same day, which West attended. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

Airbnb hosts from around New York state have gathered in Albany to encourage lawmakers to roll back what amount to some of the toughest rules for short-term rentals in the nation.

New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards.

A push to outlaw the declawing of cats in New York would make the state a feline first in the nation.

Stewart-Cousins: I'm Not Running Against Astorino

May 2, 2017
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The leader of the New York state Senate Democrats, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, made very clear today that she is not interested in leaving her post to run for Westchester County Executive.

National Grid recently announced it will ask New York state’s Public Service Commission to raise electricity delivery prices beginning in April 2018. The change would add $22 a month to average utility bills.

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An effort to ban the declawing of cats in New York is back before lawmakers. 

Legislation to prohibit the procedure for aesthetic purposes has been introduced in the Senate and Assembly. Supporters include animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians who say declawing a cat is inhumane since it involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle.

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Assembly Democrats grilled Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy officials for more than four hours on a plan executed by the Public Service Commission and a major energy company that will keep three upstate nuclear power plants alive for the next twelve years. Utility rate payers, mostly from downstate, will pay for the deal through a surcharge on their bills.

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Last week the Renssealer County village of Hoosick Falls, which has been dealing with water sources contaminated with the chemical PFOA, cut ties with a law firm that had been assisting the community negotiate a settlement with polluters Saint-Gobain and Honeywell.

A prestigious Connecticut boarding school says two former headmasters have resigned as life trustees after a report that alleged teachers had sexually abused students.

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The University at Albany is responding to eight confirmed cases of mumps on campus.

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President Trump’s tax plan is so far just a one page outline, but it’s already raising some red flags for New York’s political leaders.

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The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill is showing off its renovations this week. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas got a tour of the main home Thursday, experiencing both an "immersive installation" and the "Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills" exhibit...

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