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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held the second of two public information sessions on the agency’s second five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund Cleanup. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at the meeting in Saratoga Springs Wednesday night, where protesters gathered outside.

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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is in the initial stages of updating and tightening its air quality rules.  It’s part of the state’s compliance with federal air quality requirements.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as New York’s governor in 2018.

Onedia County DA Scott McNamara, on right

The new president of the District Attorneys Association of New York says the organization has concerns about possible criminal justice reforms now under consideration by the state legislature including bail, speedy trial and discovery. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara tells WAMC’s Brian Shields, changes in the laws that cover discovery, the mandate that the prosecution turn over evidence and information to the defense in a timely matter, could threaten witnesses before trial. 

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

The second voter survey in two weeks shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating plummeting to near record lows.

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Immigration is on the minds of Saratoga Springs residents after U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raids resulted in the arrests of more than two dozen individuals. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports a discussion about immigration and its effects on the local community was held Monday night at Skidmore College.

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A second case of a rare tick-borne disease has been confirmed in Saratoga County.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York’s top elected Democrats rallied Monday against the Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saying they will take legal action, if necessary, to stop it.

Manufacturing in New York state grew for a second month in July but at a much slower pace, as new orders and shipments both slipped.

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A public forum on immigration and its impact on the local community is scheduled for Monday evening in Saratoga Springs.

Caroga Lake Music Festival

The tiny town of Caroga, New York in the southern Adirondack Park will again this summer host dozens of world-class musicians as part of the Caroga Lake Music Festival. What began five years ago as a few friends getting together has expanded to several weeks of events in multiple venues.


Two contaminated sites in Hoosick Falls, New York have been added to the state Superfund list.

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The City of Amsterdam has gotten a financial boost to study the potential recreation opportunities around a set of historic buildings. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports leaders want to showcase the industrial history of the Montgomery County city by preserving a piece its past.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico NY. They discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upcoming reelection campaign, the relationship between New York and the federal government, and the apparent end of the Christie-Cuomo partnership.

Sheldon Silver
Karen DeWitt

The corruption conviction of the former New York state Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was overturned Thursday on a technicality by a federal appeals court.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Governor Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

New York City Subways.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City.

Cuomo Dips In Poll

Jul 12, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has dipped to a near record low, and the reason could be dissatisfaction in New York City over the governor’s handling of the mass transit system.

A lone rider waits for a bus as a snow plow passes by along Albany's Central Avenue.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says more than two dozen upstate counties are eligible for federal aid to cover costs from a late-winter storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow on parts of the region.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie may soon be demolished. Last night, the Montgomery County legislature voted 9-0 to allow for the foreclosure of the partially-demolished property and for the County Executive to enter a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the cleanup of the site.

A bill to expand New York’s medical marijuana program to cover those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder has passed both houses of the Legislature, but will Governor Andrew Cuomo sign it into law?

Justin Walters
Associated Press

Court records show that a U.S. Army soldier charged with killing his wife and a New York State Police trooper once plotted to shoot up his Michigan middle school while a teenager.

Hochul Sounds Warning On Obamacare Repeal

Jul 10, 2017
LG Kathy Hochul
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The state’s lieutenant governor says New Yorkers should be deeply worried if the U.S. Senate approves a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Currently, the Senate does not have the votes for the GOP plan, but Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says that doesn’t mean opponents of the measure should be complacent.

Dr. James Baldwin
Excelsior College

Dr. James Baldwin will become the new president of Excelsior College in New York this Friday. Dr. Baldwin is only the third president of the college in its 46-year history. Excelsior is a non-traditional, online college geared toward adults who are getting the degree they never completed, or for those who are going to college for the first time while balancing a job and family. 

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A U.S. Army soldier was charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a New York State Police trooper who was responding to a domestic dispute.

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New York state says it will spend more than $400 million this year to repave nearly 1,700 miles of roadway. The projects are scattered around the state.

NYRA Adopts New Logo

Jul 9, 2017
New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association, now returned to a private non-profit organization, has unveiled a new logo.

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Police say a suspect is in custody after shots were fired at a New York City mall.


Police in upstate New York are launching a new effort to reduce drunk boating. 

A tick-borne illness is becoming more prevalent in Rensselaer County.