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Saratoga County Sheriff's Office

Two teens from Saratoga County have been charged with making threats to local high schools.

Office of Senator James Tedisco

Capital Region lawmakers gathered with representatives of several local military bases at the state capitol in Albany Wednesday morning to spotlight the importance of the facilities to the regional economy.

Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will be among the speakers at the funeral of New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Elizabeth Hill
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The Brain Injury Association of New York State held a rally at the state capitol in Albany Tuesday. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, in his first public comments since challenger Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy, dismissed two days of attacks as the “political silly season.”

Cynthia Nixon

Candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon delivered a blistering speech Tuesday against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who she hopes to challenge in a Democratic primary. She was immediately criticized by a Cuomo ally, who questioned Nixon’s qualifications in a controversial remark. 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.

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It may be spring, but the recent snowstorms took their toll on utility companies across New York. Some customers were in the dark for days, and now the state Public Service Commission is investigating.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about a retired New York State Police Investigator's comments on the viral video of Coeymans Police killing a rabid raccoon.  They also discuss the death of Niko DiNovo, 16, who has been in the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit with severe burns after a fiery car crash 15 months ago.

Senator Schumer
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Albany Monday afternoon to push for a major infrastructure proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the Corning Preserve.

Cynthia Nixon

Actor and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign for governor of New York Monday. She wants to run in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Students hosted a discussion about gun violence in schools yesterday at Shaker High School in Latham, New York with Congressman Paul Tonko. 

Governor Cuomo walks out with students from several Lower Manhattan high schools and participates in a 17-minute protest against gun violence in Zuccotti Park on March 14, 2018, exactly one month after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland
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The school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month is having an effect on New York politics.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about former Eric County Executive Joel Giambra blaming the Conservative Party in New York for not receiving its backing for governor.  The two also discuss new Siena Research Institute polls.

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As representatives in Washington continue to deliberate the next Farm Bill, officials in New York are keeping a close eye on the negotiations.

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A former Upstate New York congressman is part of a bi-partisan effort to take the money out of politics in Washington. Richard Hanna, a Republican who served three terms in the House from Central New York, is a member of The ReFormers Caucus, made up of almost 200 former elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, who launched the “Fix Politics Now” campaign this week in Philadelphia. 

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New York’s U.S. Senators are asking Amtrak to rename a Rochester train station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who died this week at 88.

A shooting threat was discovered in a bathroom at a Saratoga County high school.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for New York governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.

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An official tree-tapping ceremony was held in Schenectady County today to mark the 2018 maple sugaring season and New York’s Maple Weekend.

Veteran NY Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter Dies

Mar 16, 2018
Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died.

Code Blue Saratoga
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The Saratoga Springs Planning Board has delayed a vote on a proposed emergency homeless shelter. 

A freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in Schenectady County, impacting area traffic for most of the day.

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A training session is being held today in Saratoga County where law enforcement officers from across the state are learning how to better communicate with veterans who may be in crisis.

Albany County

The Albany County Legislature voted unanimously on Monday to recognize its first Legislative Black Caucus.

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Survivors of childhood sexual abuse delivered an emotional appeal to New York state senators today, after they learned that the Senate did not put the Child Victims Act into their budget plan. The measure would offer more opportunities for survivors to gain justice in the court system.

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Students at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, New York organized an assembly this morning as part of a day of national school walkouts. Several local officials were on hand to speak with students about school safety.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday spoke publicly for the first time since his former closest aide was convicted of running two bribery schemes while working for the Democrat and managing Cuomo’s reelection campaign.

Judy Patrick

Judy Patrick, Editor of The Daily Gazette, talks with WAMC's David Guistina about the planned student walkouts in the area.  The "We Rise:  A Right To Safety" movement will take place at schools across the nation today to show solidarity with the victims of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about a viral video of police, which is causing outrage. They also discuss the sentencing of Johnny Oquendo.  Oquendo was convicted of the 2015 murder of his stepdaughter Noel Alkaramla.