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Republican Jake Ashby is leading Democrat Cindy Doran in the special election for New York’s 107th District Assembly seat.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the special elections being held across the region Tuesday.  The two also discuss Amazon dismissing the Capital Region's bid to house its second headquarters.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address those gathered Monday for swearings-in at Albany City Hall.
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A new year brings new leadership in many area communities. Here's a roundup of the swearing-ins in the Capital Region and beyond...

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Multiple members of Congress and the national media have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. New York state Senator Liz Krueger spoke with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt about the cases now rocking the country, including that of a state assemblyman. 

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A New York state Assemblyman has been sanctioned by the Assembly Ethics Committee for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin denies the charges and has asked for a criminal investigation of the ethics committee itself.

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The head of the New York state Assembly has issued sanctions against outgoing Capital Region Republican Steve McLaughlin following a harassment complaint. 

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Democrat Andrea Smyth has conceded the race for Rensselaer County Executive to New York state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Behind by nearly a thousand votes on the night of the election, Smyth said she was going to wait for the absentee ballots to be counted. 

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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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Republican Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino is retiring at the end of 2017 after 16 years. Her exit opened the door for today’s high-profile election.

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The race for the open Rensselaer County Executive is defined by a contrast in styles.

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It’s possible three candidates could campaign through November when Rensselaer County residents vote for a new county executive. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, one candidate declared victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday. The other is not conceding yet.

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State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin declared victory in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County Executive.

However, Deputy County Executive Christopher Meyer isn’t ready to concede.

At last count, McLaughlin leads 2,708 to 2,369. McLaughlin also leads 537 to 503 in the Conservative primary. There are also nearly 700 absentee ballots.

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The Republican candidates for Rensselaer County Executive squared off in a debate this week hosted by Spectrum News. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard recaps some of the most pressing issues discussed in the hour-long debate.

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Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) spoke with reporters inside the first floor of the state Capitol.

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In the last couple winters, the city of Troy has had some bad luck with its water infrastructure. From frozen pipes last year to a break in a 33-inch water main in January that flooded parts of Lansingburgh and led to problems in surrounding communities, the city is not alone in grappling with aging infrastructure.

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A "Memorandum of Understanding" between the Cuomo Administration and New York state Senate Republicans suspending a statewide ammunition registry program has opened a political can of worms, causing a commotion at the Capitol.

One provision of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, called for an ammunition database to be rolled out in January 2014. Cost and the difficulty of implementation became obstacles apparently too difficult to sidestep.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who represents parts of Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer Counties, made the controversial remarks while answering a question about comments that Cuomo acted like a dictator when he expedited the passage of a sweeping package of gun control policy last month using a “message of necessity.”

“When you throw a bill at us in 20 minutes, and we’re told basically to shut up and vote, if that’s not dictatorial, I don’t know what is,” McLaughlin said.

Republican New York State Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin claimed victory on election night, but his opponent, Democratic challenger Cheryl Roberts did not concede right away,  waiting for absentee ballots to be counted. Roberts has now admitted defeat, and McLaughlin says he is ready for a new two year term representing New York’s 107th Assembly District which includes Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, he says recent events have changed the agenda for January.