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New York state has new rules to stop independent political groups from unfairly helping candidates for elected office — though critics say the measure won't fix chronic corruption in Albany and could have negative unintended consequences.

Three Capital Region schools have landed on Newsweek's annual ranking of America's top high schools.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has selected a new President and Executive Director. Elizabeth Sobol will step in this October after the conclusion of SPAC’s 2016 50th Anniversary Season.

Authorities say a 56-year-old hiker died Friday after falling 100 feet near the Kaaterskill Creek in Greene County. The incident happened near Route 23A near the Hunter-Catskill line.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says the recent scare at Kennedy Airport raises "disturbing" questions about the facility's vulnerability to an actual attack.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a few stops in the Capital Region this week.

SPAC revealed Elizabeth Sobol as the next President and CEO of the performing arts organization Thursday.

New York is lowering the age at which drivers can register to become organ donors from 18 down to 16.

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On a sunny Thursday, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a stop at Indian Ladder Farms beside the Helderberg hills in Altamont, New York.

Beginning Friday and continuing Saturday, the annual Kateri Takekwitha/Fonda Peace Conference will bring together a spectrum of speakers dedicated to promoting peace. The conference, now in its 18th year, will also feature a retreat day lead by a local imam and a Franciscan friar.

Maureen Aumand, an organizer of the event, spoke with WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard about what’s on the schedule this weekend.

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Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

Joining Saratoga County and the neighboring Town of Malta, Saratoga Springs approved a resolution Tuesday night to ask the State Department of Transportation to reconsider a proposal to close the Nelson Avenue Extension Bridge, which the agency calls costly to maintain.

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An ethics reform measure approved by the legislature at the end of the legislative session still hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. And some good government groups say it shouldn’t.

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A federal audit says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration mismanaged $22 million spent to promote tourism in areas affected by three damaging storms.

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Drunken boaters in New York should soon face more severe punishment if they have previous convictions for driving other vehicles while intoxicated.

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New York is requiring universities using cats and dogs for research to offer them for adoption through animal shelters, humane societies or private placements.

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A new poll finds Donald Trump badly trailing Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race in New York.  It could be good news for Democrats in the state Senate.

New York will maintain past crime victim statements to the state Parole Board for reconsideration every time eligible convicts return for another hearing on possible release from prison.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday directed assistance from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to the Buckeye Terminal at the Port of Rensselaer where 600 gallons of gasoline was spilled.

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Seven people were brought to the hospital after severe thunderstorms hit the Pine Lake area of the Fulton County town of Caroga Saturday evening.

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A man has died after being hit by a lightning strike that also injured four other people gathered around a park bench in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Saratoga Springs has become a hotbed for development. Much of downtown’s development in recent years has been in the form of new high-end apartments and condos. One recent headline showed a condo in the heart of the city for sale for $5.5 million.

The Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge. locally known as the Normanskill Farm Bridge, is located near the entrance to Stevens Farm in southwestern Albany, New York, United States. It was built in 1867.
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In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide. The timing is critical.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the NYRA Reorganization Board, chair Michael Del Guidice began by expressing his desire to bring the organization that has been under state control for the last several years back to a private non-profit in 2017.

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New York state’s education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, says she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King,  to punish schools with a high-opt out rate from the standardized tests.

The New York state Senate Health and Environmental Conservation Committees have announced their long-awaited hearings into the PFOA drinking water contamination in the Hoosick Falls area. The committees say this morning the hearing will be August 30 at 10:30 at Hoosick Falls High School. They say the purpose of the hearing is to “explore the sources of water contamination, examine local, state, and federal oversight issues, and hear from experts, local residents, and others on what can be done to assist affected communities and mitigate future incidents.” Residents can offer public comment but must register ahead of time with the committees.

New York has established a certification program for the state's food producers who maintain certain agricultural practices for environmental conservation and safety.

Administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA, on mothers and their children.

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 Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been getting along with other Democrats in the state this summer.

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The backyard of the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on Tuesday evening was jammed with racing fans. On a dark-day at Saratoga Race Course across the street, the show of opulence was here, with expensive cars being valet parked and a well-dressed crowd out back sipping drinks.

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