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Winter’s not over yet, but horse racing fans can look forward to summer as season passes for the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course are now on sale.

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Some of the areas hit hardest by the winter storm were the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief has updates from a few communities still digging out from knee-deep snow.

The smallest faction in the divided New York state Senate, the Independent Democratic Conference, has been permitted by the ruling party Republicans to issue their own alternate spending plan. That has angered the rest of the Democrats.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday announced the uncovering of a massive crime ring that targeted retail stores.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

It’s the day after one of the biggest March storms in memory and people are digging out. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on what’s happening in some communities in the Capital Region as streets are being cleared.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a statewide state of emergency for the duration of the major snow storm expected to hit the Northeast overnight.

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The Village of Round Lake will be losing its mayor of 27 years later this month when Dixie Lee Sacks steps down.

New York State Police

New York state police say a man is dead after he fled a traffic stop and drove off a boat launch ramp into the Hudson River.

National Weather Service

Winter isn't finished with the Northeast yet. A powerful storm with high winds and up to a foot of snow is expected to hit the region this week.

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York state Senate and Assembly will release their one house budgets early next week, as the March 31 deadline for a new spending plan draws near. They’ve already given some hints of what the plans will include.

Courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman James Skoufis

The Federal Railroad Administration should review current standards for the time between the activation of train warning signals and the distance of an oncoming train, US Senator Charles Schumer said Friday.

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The Albany Police Department has shared a full list of traffic restrictions for Saturday, March 11th.

North Albany Limerick Parade – March 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parade route:
Kick Off – North First Street west of North Pearl Street at the North Albany American Legion Post; parade will proceed east to North Pearl Street, then south of North Pearl Street to Emmett Street; east on Emmett St to Broadway; North on Broadway to Wolfert Avenue in the Village of Menands; back south on North Pearl Street to North First Street.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

The U.S. attorney in Manhattan is not commenting after he was on a list of prosecutors asked to submit resignation letters.

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Police have charged three teenagers with murder in the Thursday morning shooting of 23 year-old Alexander Martuscello at his home in Amsterdam. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Communities nationwide are looking for more ways to establish trust between residents and police departments. In Schenectady, a meeting was held to introduce more people to the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, both Democrats, say their states are joining Washington state's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. 

Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director , stands with 10,000 postcards the group delivered to lawmakers , urging support for a new retirement plan option for those without pensions or 401k's
Karen DeWitt

Members of a leading senior citizens lobby group are advocating for a retirement plan in New York that could benefit their children and grandchildren.

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Three candidates running for mayor of South Glens Falls in northern Saratoga County met in a forum Wednesday night. 

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other Senate Democrats at a press conference to advocate for a single payer health care system for New York.
Karen DeWitt

A provision in the Obamacare replacement plan by Republicans in Congress sets up a potential clash with New York state over abortion coverage.

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A Lake George conservation organization is sharing with local communities a report that collects data about the towns and villages within the Lake George watershed. The report aims to guide local governments with information that goes beyond political boundaries.

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Voters in relatively few New York school districts will be asked to approve budgets that exceed the state's property tax cap.

WAMC image by Dave Lucas

Republican lawmakers in the New York state Senate are pushing back against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to force counties to look for ways to share services and pool their costs.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins addressing a "Raise the Age" rally at the state capitol.
Karen DeWitt

The New York state budget is due in three and a half weeks, but the biggest push at the capitol is for a change that is not a spending item. It’s a measure to treat 16 and 17 year-olds as children, not adults, when they are charged with serious crimes. And many leading legislators say for them, the issue is personal.

New York state is embarking on a campaign to install 450 new charging stations for electric vehicles. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the effort on Monday. The new charging stations will be located in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Westchester County, New York City and Long Island.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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The New York State Assembly held a hearing Monday on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $8 billion in subsidies to keep three upstate nuclear power plants operating for the next twelve years. But no one from the Cuomo Administration showed up.

Trump's Latest Travel Order Annotated

Mar 6, 2017

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to launch an in-depth investigation of small-plane crashes.

A Schenectady woman has reportedly succumbed to her injuries after being allegedly set on fire by her husband. Elizabeth Gonzales had been brought to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center where she died.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the creation of a New York-Israel Commission to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the Empire State and Jewish state.

Snowgun near Whiteface ski lodge
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New York's three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

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