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A left-leaning group is asking New York’s top politicians to give back donations from a hedge fund manager who made racially charged comments against the state’s only black female legislative leader. But so far most, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have held on to the money.

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The New York state Transportation Department says lanes on the Twin Bridges carrying the Adirondack Northway over the Mohawk River will be reduced during nights for the next several weeks, starting Monday night, for resurfacing. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is dispatching 120 emergency workers to Texas to help in the response to Hurricane Harvey.

The Fire Department's Incident Management Team and the Urban Search and Rescue Rapid Response Team are among those headed to the region.

The mayor said the city wants to assist in gratitude for all those who helped New York cope after Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012.

New York has 31 new environmental conservation officers and nine new forest rangers.

The former treasurer of a volunteer fire company has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $58,000 in restitution for embezzlement.

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It’s a tradition in thoroughbred horse racing after a major race to drape the winning horse and jockey in a floral blanket. The Kentucky Derby is the Run for the Roses. The Preakness has the black-eyed Susan. With Saratoga Race Course set for its biggest day tomorrow, two blankets will be presented: one for the Personal Ensign and one for the Travers. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the local woman who has been making blankets for Saratoga for more than two decades.

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Visitors to Saratoga Springs this weekend should prepare for large crowds and heavy traffic. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports  public safety officials are asking anyone coming to the city to plan accordingly.

The Saratoga Springs City Center as seen from the steps of Temple Sinai.
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News that Nazi memorabilia, including a desk once used by Adolph Hitler, would be displayed at a gun show in Saratoga Springs was upsetting for many. As WAMC first reported today, hours after it was announced the items would appear during Labor Day weekend, the organizer of the event agreed to remove them from the show.

Nine Mid-Atlantic and New England states have agreed to update their regional environmental pact to further reduce power plant carbon emissions to fight global climate change.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is set Thursday to open the first span of the new Thruway bridge over the Hudson River, known as the Tappan Zee Bridge and to be renamed the Governor Mario Cuomo bridge. But questions still linger over how, ultimately, the bridge will be paid for.

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Several horse deaths at Saratoga Race Course are placing pressure on the entities that oversee thoroughbred racing in New York to prevent injuries among equine athletes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on new steps being implemented ahead of the season’s biggest race.

Recent events have brought new attention to police-involved shootings and how they are investigated in New York’s Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the conversation surrounding a recent shooting in Troy.

Statue of J. Marion Sims on Fifth Avenue, on the wall of Central Park
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Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

NY Test Scores Inch Up

Aug 22, 2017
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The results of this year’s Common Core related standardized tests show scores for New York’s school children inching up. Around one fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether, due to continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley operated along the proposed trail corridor. The line transported millions of passengers over its three decades of service.
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The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is a proposed 35-mile bicycling and pedestrian rail-trail path, running from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson. Officials hope to have the trail operational by 2020.

Demonstrators march down Hoosick Street in Troy, New York. They headed to city hall to protest after 22-year-old Dahmeek McDonald was shot by police.
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The attorney for a 22-year-old upstate New York man who was shot and wounded by police during a traffic stop says his client wasn't armed at the time of the confrontation.

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The federal government is designating critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon in a step regulators say will help the fish recover its population.

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Heat or cool your home, or cut back on food and medicine? Area residents may be faced with that decision next spring.

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  New York state regulators are seeking public input on plans to expand the mountain biking trail system in the Adirondacks.

 

  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature public works project, a $4 billion bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in New York City suburbs.

Organizations dedicated to the fight against opioid addiction are planning for International Overdose Awareness Day later this month.

The Prevention Council of Saratoga County has announced a vigil for Thursday, August 31st at 7 p.m. in Saratoga Springs.  

The gathering in the Spa City’s Congress Park will come after a free Narcan Training event at the Saratoga Springs Community Library.

Police in South Glens Falls are investigating graffiti that read “Whites Only” that appeared outside a black resident’s apartment late Thursday or Friday.

Constitution Pipeline

New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court.

The state Public Service Commission approved the 838 area code last September to ensure there will continue to be enough telephone numbers to meet demand in eastern New York.
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If you haven't done so already, it's time to reprogram your cell phone and/or speed dialer to include the 518 area code.

The Northeast will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday. To celebrate the event, universities and public libraries across the region will be hosting viewing parties.

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Services will begin this afternoon to honor former Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, who died earlier this week at age 71 after a battle with cancer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Bennett, who also served as a State Police Superintendent, is being remembered as a man who fought to restore the integrity of Schenectady’s police force.

Services will be held Friday and Saturday for Schenectady’s Commissioner of Public Safety Wayne Bennett, who died this week at age 71.

As summer nears its end and the tourism season in Saratoga Springs, New York is in full swing, local police are partnering on a two-week campaign to crack down on drunk drivers.

A legendary coach for the Adirondack Red Wings who led the former Glens Falls hockey team to two Calder Cup championships was celebrated today. Bill Dineen, who died at 84 last December, is now immortalized on the avenue in front of the city’s arena.

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State police say a truck driver from New York’s Capital Region was shopping online on his cell phone when his vehicle rear-ended a car, killing its driver.

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