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Habitat for Humanity is urging New York lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow more funds to go to affordable housing.

A local scouting organization has pulled out of a deal to sell a former Cub Scout camp to the Saratoga County Town of Milton.

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Fire departments across New York will open their doors this weekend for a statewide recruiting effort.

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The New York State Industries for the Disabled held its fifth annual CREATE Symposium at the Legislative Office Building in Albany Wednesday. Engineering college students showed off inventions created for people with disabilities.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued its draft invasive management plan. It includes eight objectives and new strategies to prevent or manage aquatic and terrestrial threats to the ecosystem.

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Challengers to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were on the campaign trail Thursday, as the Democrat announced a massive new anti-poverty program in Brooklyn. Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon visited the Finger Lakes to voice her opposition to a controversial proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Seneca Lake. 

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A Capital Region state Senator has announced her retirement. Republican Kathy Marchione of New York’s 43rd District explained her decision to reporters Thursday.

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The perilous journey of a refugee across often dangerous seas and hostile mountains and valleys can be video accounts to tell that story. PBS Frontline Managing Editor Andrew Metz will return to his alma mater, Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, this Saturday for a free screening of the movie Exodus, which includes smartphone videos taken by refugees. Exodus and its sequel Exodus: The Journey Continues were directed by James Bluemel who will also be at Hamilton this weekend.

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione, a Republican from the 43rd District, has decided not to seek re-election.  Marchione made the announcement Wednesday evening saying the decision was difficult but it’s the “right thing” to do for her family.

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Apr 26, 2018

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and, about an ongoing debate concerning power and gas shortages in the Oneonta, N.Y. area.

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The New York state Senate met for the first time Wednesday since two Democrats won special elections held Tuesday. Though the Senate now has 32 Democrats, the number required to form a majority, it was back to business as usual with the GOP in charge.


Months after a close vote in November, the former chairman of the Saratoga Springs charter review commission is continuing his push to make public the electronic ballot images from the contest to change the Spa City’s system of government. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard says a recent court decision could change things.


The governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico are announcing the nation's first regional gun violence research consortium.

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New York's governor is threatening to sue federal immigration officials following a raid on an upstate dairy farm that he says was illegal.


A race to determine who will represent New York’s 102nd Assembly District is too close to call. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at the results.

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Republican Jake Ashby is leading Democrat Cindy Doran in the special election for New York’s 107th District Assembly seat.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the New York state special election results and the possibility of Governor Andrew Cuomo convincing Senator Simcha Felder to align with the Democrats over the GOP.  Dr. Chartock also discusses the BBC report of anti-Semitic events in Germany.

Many New Yorkers believe doctors are to blame for the opioid epidemic gripping their communities and the nation, according to a Siena College poll released Sunday.

Two of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political opponents were at an Earth Day rally on climate change attended by hundreds at the State Capitol in Albany Monday, where they said the Democrat’s energy policies are far from adequate.

Area voters will be the next to weigh in after the Schenectady Board of Education unanimously adopted a more than $194 million school budget earlier this month.  The plan emphasizes school safety and support for struggling students.

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State lawmakers in New York are examining a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician.

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New York's Indian Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant has returned to service after a month-long scheduled outage for refueling and maintenance.

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The New York State Department of Health is warning of potential measles exposures in Brooklyn and in Orange and Putnam Counties.

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A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board on Thursday unanimously granted a special use permit to Shelters of Saratoga and approved the site plan for its Code Blue shelter.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for special elections to fill 11 vacant seats in the New York state Legislature.

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A central New York dairy farmer says seven federal immigration officers came onto his property without permission, arrested a Guatemalan worker without producing a warrant and handcuffed the farmer when he video-recorded their actions.

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Authorities in upstate New York say a man blew his house up in an attempted suicide.

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Burnt Hills, New York residents rejected a controversial sewer line with a 419-108 vote Wednesday.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Wednesday, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.