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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in  the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, this week said he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races.  Cuomo also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo , who has offered only lukewarm support in  the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, this week said he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races.  Cuomo also somewhat reluctantly offered support to his former primary rival, Zephyr Teachout, who is now running for Congress.


New York state is taking steps to address the illegal sale of the drug K2 following a mass overdose in Brooklyn that sent 33 people to the hospital.

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An outside review of New York's $178 billion pension fund for public workers shows it has been managed responsibly for the past three years but needs more staff and higher pay to continue the quality performance and cut costs for outside advisers.

Mohawk Valley/Central New Yorkers for Trump leader Jim Zecca, left, and volunteers organize before a press conference in Utica's historic train station in March.
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Supporters of the two outsider candidates in the Presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland, held during the next couple of week.

At STAR Plaza: U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Olive Niccoli, Sara Niccoli and NY State Senator Neil Breslin. Niccoli also made campaign stops the same day in Kingston, Athens and Amsterdam.
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New York State Police have been asked to investigate threatening online comments directed at state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli, whose Quaker faith prohibits her from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 

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Cobleskill Police apprehended a teenage boy Tuesday night who was found allegedly waving a gun at customers inside a Walmart store.

The NY-Alert system announced a wastewater overflow at the City of Amsterdam Wastewater Treatment Plant. More than 500,000 gallons of partially treated discharge emptied into the Mohawk River after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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On Tuesday, emergency crews responded to a report of a lost swimmer in the upper Hudson River.

A group of teenagers had been jumping off a concrete pier underneath Stillwater Bridge Road. The span is located on the border of Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Pokémon, you may not recognize the names of the virtual monsters being discovered in your neighborhood.

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With the memory of the destruction of Hurricanes Irene and Lee still fresh five years later, government agencies are participating in a three-day drill to prepare for catastrophic flooding along the Mohawk River.

Rural Schools Worry About Future School Funding

Jul 12, 2016

It’s summer vacation for schoolchildren, but leaders of New York’s rural schools are worrying about the new school year, and say they are squeezed by a tax cap and other factors.

Photographer: Brian Burt

The University at Albany has launched a new bachelor’s degree program in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity.


Under new policies that went into effect this month, thousands more low-income New Yorkers are now eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

It's been a bad few months for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature economic development programs.


As many as 750,000 families in New York state are now eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program following a change in the program's rules.

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Citizens joined activists and community leaders in Albany chanting enough is enough.

Sen. Gillibrand in Hoosick Falls Friday.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Hoosick Falls, New York Friday to hear from families affected by chemically-contaminated water.

a water drinking fountain

This week the New York State Assembly Committees on Health and Environmental Conservation announced hearings into examine the quality of the state’s drinking water and state government’s responses to contamination issues.

New York auditors say Empire State Development Corp., which provides millions of dollars in tax credits to companies that promise to expand and add jobs, has been unable to verify that many companies met their obligations.

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Just before the major party conventions, there’s a new poll out from the Siena Research Institute. But if you’re ready for a break from politics, you’re not alone. This poll is about New Yorkers and their summer plans.

NYS Assemblyman McLaughlin addresses reporters at the State Capitol in Albany.
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Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) spoke with reporters inside the first floor of the state Capitol.

Emerald Ash Borer
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Invasive species are spreading across the region.  The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide.  Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.

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The state Assembly is planning to hold public hearings on water quality in early September. 

New York lawmakers want all the state's medical examiners and coroners to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

NewsChannel 13's Paul Caiano with the Regional Weather Summary.

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Services will be held Tuesday for Fort Plain mayor Guy Barton, who died Friday after an illness.

Authorities say a man was seriously hurt in Central Park and people near the area reported hearing some kind of explosion.

A New York state assemblyman and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among four people facing fraud charges in Cambodia.

A signature job creation program created by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far generated only 408 new jobs.