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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on federal health officials to dispatch a flu surveillance team to New York as the number of cases increases.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing ahead with efforts to gauge interest in building a tunnel under Long Island Sound.

The City of Mechanicville in Saratoga County will hire a lawyer to investigate complaints from city workers against its mayor.

A recent report by credit rating agency Moody’s has examined the impact of casinos in upstate New York. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the word used to describe the casino ecosystem is “cannibalization.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut say they intend to soon file a multi-state lawsuit against the federal tax overhaul law, over the partial loss of the deduction of state and local taxes. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first comments since the corruption trial of his top former aide began in federal court January 22, says he doesn’t think the proceedings will reflect badly on him.

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The unpredictable weather over the past several days led to an increased risk of flooding caused by ice jams on New York’s rivers. While water levels have dropped recently, there is plenty more winter ahead.

Organizers say the 38th edition of Empire State Winter Games will be bigger and better than ever.

Former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Richard Christiano Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of two felony counts of Grand Larceny for illegally selling two handguns.

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The City of Amsterdam in New York’s Mohawk Valley is seeking emergency funding to repair a broken water line.

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Recently, an engineering firm hired by company Saint-Gobain released a more than 5,000-page report detailing its initial findings into groundwater pollution in Bennington, Vermont.

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The New York Farm Bureau has announced its legislative priorities for the state legislative session that runs through June.  During a conference call, the farm advocacy group explained its focus is on addressing issues surrounding economic and income losses.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Karen DeWitt about the trial of Joe Percoco, former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York state will require internet providers to observe net neutrality or risk losing eligibility for state contracts under an executive order issued Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.

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New York state could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation state lawmakers announced Tuesday.

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The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan Tuesday. Much of the prosecutors’ case will hinge on testimony of another former, associate Todd Howe who pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

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The fallout from a scathing report by the New York Attorney General into a Troy Police civilian shooting death and its aftermath continues.

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A University at Albany professor was contacted by four ophthalmology and oncology practices in New York City after doctors diagnosed ten cases of vitreoretinal lymphoma, an extremely rare primary central nervous system lymphoma where cancer occurs in the eyes. Dr. Roxana Moslehi, an associate professor in the UAlbany School of Public Health, looked into the cases, and her research determined that there should only be three cases of VRL in all of New York State over four years. So the cluster in New York City was very rare. 

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about the trial of former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco.

In her first State of the University System address, Chancellor Kristina Johnson mapped out her vision for the future of SUNY today in Albany.

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On Monday the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.

Crowds of demonstrators were seen in communities large and small across the country Saturday. It was the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration and Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Women's March on Washington. WAMC's Lucas Willard talked to Patrick Garrett, who traveled to New York City where hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets. 

The Times Union Center announced Sunday that Friday’s Gala Celebration with singer-songwriters James Taylor and John Legend has been canceled.

For decades, Joseph Percoco was among the most loyal aides and confidants to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, so close to his family that the governor once likened him to a brother.

This week, he faces trial in New York City on federal charges that he used that relationship to collect a fortune in bribes from two companies doing business with the state.

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Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle has served his position for the past eight years.

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New York Representative John Faso, Republican:

The government shutdown was completely avoidable and absolutely unnecessary. It’s extremely disappointing that Senate Democrats have shut down the government, blocking military pay and a full extension of the CHIP program, over a non-budgetary issue.

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It’s a tradition in Lake George, New York to end long summer days with fireworks. Every Thursday night and on the Fourth of July, the Village of Lake George puts on a show that keeps visitors coming into town long after sunset. But, as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, those shows can get expensive…

The former building manager of a multi-family structure across from Schenectady City Hall that burned three years ago has pleaded guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide.

The Daily Gazette reports 39-year-old Jason Sacks of Scotia faces 1 to 3 years in state prison at sentencing in March.

A brewery in Saratoga Springs abruptly shut its doors recently. With no clear answers in sight, what happens next? WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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