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The Rensselaer County Village of Hoosick Falls Board of Trustees will have two new faces after candidates ran unopposed Tuesday. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the newcomers hope to move the village past looming environmental issues.

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Video game developers say New York will miss out on its chunk of a nearly $100 billion industry if it doesn't encourage companies to plant their roots in the state.

Medicaid Shift Gets Cool Reception In Albany

Mar 21, 2017
Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York,” while the leader of the Republicans in the legislature is voicing skepticism.

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Congressional Republicans have "declared war on New York" with plans to cut another $2.3 billion in Medicaid spending by local governments upstate and on Long Island. 

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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made a stop in Albany Tuesday to make a clean energy announcement.

Nearly 70 locally elected officials in New York are calling on Democratic GovernorAndrew Cuomo to halt a tax subsidy program that would allow three aging nuclear power plants to remain open upstate.

Reverend Emily McNeill of the Labor Religion Coalition and other religious leaders lobbied for extension and expansion of the state's millionaires tax in the budget
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The next two weeks at the New York state Capitol are going to be very busy as lawmakers face the deadline for a new budget as several issues remain unresolved.

Due to last week's snowstorm, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has rescheduled a meeting for April 4th to discuss the next phase of a Superfund cleanup project in the Schenectady County town of Glenville.

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There will at least be one new face on the Saratoga Springs city council next year. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports a three-term commissioner is stepping down and has already chosen who he’d like to see replace him.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has doubts about the viability of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. The Senate Minority leader aired his thoughts on the budget plan in Saratoga County Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and WAMC's Alan Chartock speaking in Feb. 2016 at The Linda in Albany.
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Now that Preet Bharara is no longer the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York, some in Albany wonder who will now be investigating potential corruption.

Police around New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the law enforcement campaign ahead of Friday's holiday.

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Expressing alarm at what they characterize as 'draconian cuts' to the Medicaid program spelled out in the proposed American Health Care Act, a broad group of organizations from across New York have come together to create a campaign to highlight the importance of Medicaid funding to ordinary people.

Tensions between opposing groups of Democrats in the New York state Senate reached a flash point this week- over whose   faction would be allowed to present their budget priorities for a floor debate, in an exchange that included some racially-charged name calling.

As the state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to investigate the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFC’s in upstate New York, the presence of PFOA and PFOS has been detected at a composting facility in Washington County.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is sending more assets to New York's southern tier region.

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There is a bill before the New York state legislature that would allow nurse practitioners in the state to sign do-not-resuscitate orders. Currently only physicians are allowed to do so. 

Help may be coming for students at New York's public universities after lawmakers in Albany backed plans to increase tuition assistance.

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The legislature’s one house budgets make some changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle class students.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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