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Supporters of changing Saratoga Springs’ system of government are preparing for a narrow defeat after the counting of absentee ballots.

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New York state’s top economic development official says a plan in Congress to eliminate the historic tax credit program would harm efforts to revitalize cities in New York.

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New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as the Democrat tells Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.

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The outcome of a ballot referendum on Saratoga Springs’ city charter may be determined Tuesday.

After polls were closed on Election Night, votes to change Saratoga Springs’ system of government were up by 48. More than 500 absentee ballots have not been counted.

A New York City-based artist has scrapped plans to overhaul a 33,000 square foot building in Hudson into an arts center.

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Police are probing a 911 call made by the wife of a Capital Region mayor.

The Times Union reports Cohoes police were called to the residence of Mayor Shawn Morse on Friday.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Friday unveiled two pieces of legislation meant to promote veteran employment in the public workforce, as well as protect the working rights of veterans who have come back from reserve duties.

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Next Saturday’s annual holiday parade in Schenectady is themed around the global company that would shape the upstate city after its founding more than a century ago.

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A Rochester developer is seeking an $8 million tax break for its plan to rehabilitate dozens of blighted homes in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood.

The Cuomo administration says it's implementing new regulations that require employers to pay workers extra when they're called in at the last minute.

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Work has been completed on a $2.3 million project to rehabilitate and improve a busy stretch of interstate highway between New York state's Capital Region and the Southern Tier.

University at Albany students are helping local jail inmates connect with their children.

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Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s elections across the state and the nation.

A large number of New York state lawmakers have written to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's top corrections official to urge them to end solitary confinement of prisoners.

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A new partnership has formed in Saratoga County to attract high-tech businesses to the region. 

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The recent mass shooting at a Texas church is weighing on the minds of many. This week the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office held training events for residents curious about what to do during a shooting. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a drill held at a local library on Wednesday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, one day after Democratic election victories in New York state and the nation, is calling on warring Democratic factions in the State Senate to unify.

Supporters of holding a Constitutional Convention to fix problems in New York state government say they are disappointed with the resounding defeat of the measure in Tuesday’s voting, but they say they are not giving up. 

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Of the three propositions on the New York state ballot Tuesday, voters rejected the question asking for a constitutional convention but approved public pension forfeiture and a Forest Preserve land bank.  The question on a land bank was close, but Adirondack and Catskill concerns are relieved that it passed.

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Like in the Republican primary in September, it will take absentee ballots to decide the next Rensselaer County Executive.  Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has declared victory, but Democrat Andrea Smyth isn’t conceding.

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The Columbia County sheriff has defeated a local police chief.

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UPDATED 11/8/17  10:48 a.m.

Saratoga Springs voters have selected a new mayor. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrat Meg Kelly will succeed her boss — outgoing mayor Joanne Yepsen.

In a city with a long history of switching between Democratic and Republican mayors, Meg Kelly held the office for Saratoga Springs Democrats.

After serving as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democratic Mayor Joanne Yepsen since July 2016, Kelly will remain in city hall under a new title for the next two years.

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Homeowners in the Fulton County town of Johnstown are facing a tax increase in 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a packed meeting last night where residents shouted down a proposal to raise property taxes by 60 percent.

A 23-year-old man sought in connection with the disappearance of a woman in upstate New York has been arrested in southern Nevada on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

There are three statewide propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.

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Proposition One on New York’s ballot, which asks voter whether there should be a Constitutional Convention, is getting a lot of attention, with TV ads and social media posts.  But there are two other proposals for voters to consider. 


New Yorkers will have the chance to vote on three statewide ballot measures on Tuesday.

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Three candidates are running for the open mayor’s seat in Glens Falls. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has a preview of the race that culminates on Election Day Tuesday.

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In a time of political turmoil in Saratoga Springs, one thing is for sure: the Spa City is getting a new mayor. Current Deputy Mayor Meg Kelly, a Democrat, and former Saratoga Springs City Center President Mark Baker, a Republican, are campaigning for the seat held by outgoing Mayor Joanne Yepsen.