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New York News
12:20 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Eric Faisst - Director of Public Health, Madison County, NY

Police in Utica spent the Fourth of July responding to two calls of people under the influence of bath salts, a drug that has become a growing problem across the country, but especially in parts of central New York where at least seven cases, including one fatality, have been reported since June. Madison County lawmakers have called on state officials to take immediate action, and there is discussion of a local law to make bath salts illegal. Madison County health director Eric Faisst says local law enforcement and health officials recently met to discuss bath salts.

New York News
7:24 am
Tue July 3, 2012

NY Court Allows Espaillat to Withdraw Petition

Lawyers for NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat have temporarily withdrawn their petition in their fight over his race to unseat U.S. Representative Charles Rangel.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The lawyers got permission from a state Supreme Court justice Monday to withdraw their petition so they can refile later this week using broader legal arguments.

Espaillat spokesman Ibrahim Khan says the move lets them keep their legal options open while they fight for transparency. He says the campaign could now push for a new vote to be held.

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New York News
6:46 am
Tue July 3, 2012

NY State to Get $146M in Drug Settlement

New York stands to receive $146 million in the national settlement with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has agreed to pay $3 billion overall to settle federal and state complaints related to marketing and pricing of its drugs. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the record recovery will go to the state's Medicaid program.

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New York News
7:40 am
Thu June 28, 2012

NY Top Court Rejects Claim from Bad Investment

New York's top court has rejected a request by French investors to reinstate their lawsuit over losing $43 million out of $50 million they put into two structured investment vehicles. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The investors claim Barclays Bank, Standard & Poor's and two management companies were complicit in leaving investors with plummeting securities shortly before the Wall Street collapse.

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New York News
8:04 am
Wed June 27, 2012

NY, Local Governments Butt Heads over Next Crisis

The next government fiscal crisis is boiling over in counties and municipalities, and taxpayers again are catching the heat.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

New York's state Legislature chose not pass the urgent pleas of local governments including Rockland County, the City of Long Beach, Suffolk and Nassau counties, Buffalo and Newburgh during the 2012 legislative session that ended last week.

The local governments sought permission to spread debt payments or increase local sales taxes, among other measures.

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New York News
8:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Long Wins NY Senate GOP Primary to Face Gillibrand

Wendy Long

The fall ballot has been clarified after Tuesday’s primaries, and a political newcomer is set to run for the Senate. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

New York City Attorney Wendy Long ran as a staunch conservative to win New York's Republican Senate primary and now faces a broader and more liberal electorate as she takes on Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand.

Long took home 51 percent of the vote, easily defeating U.S. Representative Bob Turner and Nassau County comptroller George Maragos. 

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New York News
7:13 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Voters to Choose Congressional Picks, Gillibrand's Opponent in NYS Primary

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

After months of campaigning, it’s finally primary day across New York.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Turnout in the Congressional primaries is expected to be low. It's been years since New York has had a June primary. Voting is normally held in September.

Among those looking for voter support is embattled Representative Charles Rangel. He's hoping the people in his Harlem district will send him back to Washington for the 22nd time. He's facing challengers including State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is hoping to become the first Dominican-American in Congress.

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New York News
8:02 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Four Thousand New Yorkers Died in Civil War's Seven Days Battles

Robert E. Lee

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first in a series of Civil War battles during which New York regiments would suffer thousands of casualties.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

According to historians at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, the first of the Seven Days Battles occurred on June 25, 1862 when New York's Excelsior Brigade spearheaded an attack against Confederate forces outside Richmond, Va.

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Capital District News
7:09 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Issues Left Hanging as NYS Legislative Session Ends

The legislative session that’s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what’s not getting done that what is getting accomplished. As Karen DeWitt reports, agreements were not reached on several key issues.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time last year was intensely lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. This year, he has taken a more hands off approach to the end of the current legislative session.

The governor introduced a bill on how to make teacher evaluations public, but said he would not push the legislature to approve it.

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New York News
6:47 am
Thu June 21, 2012

New Environmental Coalition Urges Cuomo to Drop Fracking Plan

Fracking Rally
Karen DeWitt

The state’s major environmental groups have formed a new coalition, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject a plan to begin hydrofracking in select counties in New York’s Southern Tier.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

Peter Hudiburg of the town of Plymouth, in Chenango County joined major environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Hudson Riverkeeper in a rally to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to drop a plan to begin limited hydrofracking in the state’s Southern Tier.

“Governor Cuomo, the science is in,” he shouted. “This is a very dangerous technology.”

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