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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

It’s been just over two weeks since ride hailing services have been permitted outside New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s pleased, so far.

Large pile of hazardous waste barrels - some with smiley faces on the round end
Eric Timothy Carlson

State officials say New York's most recent hazardous waste cleanup effort netted more than 32 tons of chemicals and pesticides.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that enter and harm an ecosystem.  Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state kicks off Sunday.  It’s a time when experts work with the public to increase awareness of the problem and how to prevent its spread.

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NOTE: This post has been updated 7/8/2017

After a controversial plan to turn an abandoned hospital in Troy over to a housing developer failed to clear the city council in June, the city took steps Thursday night to secure the building and borrow money for its demolition.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Times Union about a charter school proposal that would allow uncredited teachers to work, and a push to sue pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids.

Senator Gillibrand at the Adirondack History Museum
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The Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown has opened a new exhibit, “Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women.” On Thursday morning, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured multimedia displays showing not only women’s efforts to gain the vote, and racial and anti-suffragette perspectives.

Governor Mario Cuomo's portrait hangs in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Later this summer, the Thruway’s new Tappan Zee Bridge will be formally named in honor of the current New York governor’s father, the former Governor Mario Cuomo. But the renaming of the bridge came with a bit of controversy.

A program used to locate missing people is credited with aiding the recovery of a lost man in the Saratoga County Town of Corinth. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The sheriffs of Albany and Saratoga Counties are teaming up to launch a new safe boating campaign for the summer.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Add Governor Andrew Cuomo’s name to the list of state politicians wary of holding a constitutional convention.  Voters get to decide this November whether New York should hold the event.

American Red Cross

Free cleanup kits have been made available to residents of Hoosick Falls impacted by recent severe storms and flooding that washed out several roads and damaged homes and businesses.

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A part-time Northville police officer was killed late Monday after he was struck by a passing vehicle.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan congratulates Bam Lynch inside Cheescake Machsimo, June 30, 2017.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In case you missed it, last Friday, cheesecake was the toast of the city in Albany. 

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is going to be on display at a Massachusetts museum this Independence Day.

The state-run Commonwealth Museum is scheduled to display the historic document from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

New York City Subways.
MTA

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts to resolve the MTA transit crisis before his reelection next year, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  

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Albany police are currently seeking more information about a shooting that occurred early Sunday.

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A state of emergency was declared Saturday night after severe thunderstorms swept through the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County.

Police have arrested two individuals accused of manufacturing illegal methamphetamines at a Plattsburgh home. 

WAMC image by Dave Lucas

The state of New York won't hand over identifying information about its voters to President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud.

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A company based in the Capital Region has been awarded a $9.1 million federal contract to develop a new generation of living building materials.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials will join the Amsterdam fire department later today renew efforts to pass legislation that would create a specialized cancer registry for firefighters. Schumer says firefighters are exposed to a range of harmful toxins and that for certain types of cancer, the risk can be 200 percent higher than the broader population. The New York Democrat is due to be in Amsterdam at 2:30. 

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the end of a special legislative session in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a state of emergency in regards to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the expansion of ride-hailing services in upstate New York and Long Island.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York state Legislature finally ended its 2017 legislative session, after the Assembly voted overnight on a privately negotiated omnibus bill, and the Senate finally finished on Thursday afternoon. The messy process drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Brindisi Campaign

The heat's turning up in the coming battle for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat.

Gary David Gold

New York’s Erie Canal is celebrating its 200th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Albany Symphony Orchestra is holding performances from the canal’s historic beginning in Albany to Lockport in Niagara County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more on the series of events that kicks off this Sunday called “Water Music New York.”

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June 29 is the first day ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can operate in upstate New York and Long Island. State lawmakers approved expanding the service beyond New York City earlier this year. 

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Officials across upstate New York are welcoming the expansion of ride-sharing services as a way to reduce alcohol-related crashes.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and local law enforcement leaders Wednesday to praise the arrival of ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber in upstate New York.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced $4 million in state funding to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

A group of state lawmakers from the Mohawk Valley is asking for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help in pressing Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to introduce a relief package for a racino.

Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers came back to the state Capitol at the command of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called an extraordinary session of the legislature at 1 p.m. Wednesday to deal with unfinished business. But, as the afternoon wore on, there were still no agreements on how to tackle the remaining items.

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