The WAMC News team was recognized at Saturday's New York State Associated Press Association annual awards ceremony in Saratoga Springs with several awards.

First place awards went to Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas for Sports Feature, former Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen for Enterprise Reporting, and North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley for Use of Sound. 



One of the most rewarding things about my job as news director at WAMC is getting to work on special events at our performing arts studio, The Linda. Over the years, we have produced well-attended political debates, forums on controversial topics in the news like fracking, immigration and the environment, and even an exclusive interview with Preet Bharara, who was then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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A private boarding school in Massachusetts says it has uncovered credible reports of sexual misconduct by a former headmaster that involved students.

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
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New York state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has revealed that he recently completed an alcohol treatment program.

The Long Island Republican issued a statement Sunday after Newsday was set to report the news.

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May 22, 2015


To the NBA Playoffs and the Western Conference finals where Stephen Curry allowed the Golden State Warriors to overcome an outstanding performance by James Harden as the Warriors held off Houston 99-98 and take a 2-0 series lead.

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Albany, N.Y. – WAMC/Northeast Public Radio has been honored by the Communicator Awards with two prestigious Gold Awards of Excellence and one Silver Award of Distinction. 

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MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Legislature voted unanimously to authorize issuing bonds, next year, to pay for a major upgrade of the county’s emergency communications system. 

During public comment at Thursday’s monthly meeting, Al Dumas, a member of the Monticello Fire Department, put it in terms of history and pop culture.

“From smoke signals from maybe 400 years ago that was used and might have guided the Mayflower ship into port in 1621 to the light from Batman in 1966, the whole idea is that we need to know what’s going on,” Dumas said.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 22, 2013
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In the NBA, Miami thrashed the Bulls 86-67 for their season-high ninth straight victory last night. LeBron James led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds on 11-of-15 shooting. Dwyane Wade added 17.

Meanwhile, the Spurs got 31 points from Tony Parker and led the way to beat the Clippers 116-90 for their fifth straight victory. The Spurs improved to an NBA-best 22-10 on the road.

NPS proposes increased fees at park sites

Feb 21, 2013

HYDE PARK – The National Park Service is seeking public comment on its proposal to raise the entrance fees at The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Top Cottage, (FDR’s retreat), The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and to begin charging for a Farm Lane tram tour.

The proposal to raise fees allows for a structure that contributes to capital improvements, deferred maintenance and visitor programs.

Malloy, UConn president seek Stamford expansion

Feb 21, 2013
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Gov. Dannel Malloy and University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst have announced a plan to expand the university's Stamford campus by adding programs, faculty and student housing.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/13l7M6t ) that Herbst said Wednesday the university wants to attract resident students to join those who commute to the Stamford campus. She says that will require university residences.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 21, 2013
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Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Lakers win an emotional 113-99 victory over the Celtics in their first game since the death of owner Jerry Buss last night.

And the Knicks lost their first game back after the NBA All-Star break and lost to the Indiana Pacers 125-99. Brooklyn beat Milwaukee 97-94. Detroit beat Charlotte 105-99. Memphis topped Toronto 88-82. Cleveland overcame New Orleans 105-100. Dallas finished off Orlando 111-96 and Golden state defeated Phoenix 108-98.

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MIDDLETOWN – The Orange County Arts Council, the umbrella organization representing the arts in the county, has now created a film bureau.

The agency will actively promote the county and what it has to offer moviemakers, said its executive director, Dawn Ansbro.

“We are close enough to New York City that travel is not an issue”, Ansbro said.  “We have everything from historic architecture, riverfront property, farmland, street; I think we’ve got a lot to attract filmmakers here in addition to local film professionals that live here.”

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Camilo Bunyi is the new Poughkeepsie city administrator, but only after Mayor John Tkazyik exercised a rare option to break a four-four City Council deadlock. 

The vote followed minimal council debate, but more than an hour of public comment during which about 20 people spoke on the city administrator appointment, mostly in favor of Bunyi, who has been the city finance commissioner.  The small citizen opposition came from mostly from CSEA members who accused Bunyi of having a hostile attitude toward the union.

Newtown school chief sees extended stay in Monroe

Feb 20, 2013
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Newtown's schools superintendent says Sandy Hook Elementary School probably cannot find another home by the start of the next school year as suitable as the school now used in Monroe.

The previously vacant Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe has been used since last December's shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six educators. It was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary to provide continuity for students, parents and staff. Superintendent Janet Robinson said Tuesday that Monroe could not be better hosts.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 20, 2013
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In the NBA, Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then at the end of overtime lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last night.

Johnson finished with a total of 24 points, and Brook Lopez and Deron Williams added 19 each as the Nets resurfaced from a 13-game losing streak against the Bucks dating back to 2009.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 19, 2013
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In the NBA, the Lakers are mourning the loss of longtime owner Jerry Buss yesterday at the age of 80. Buss had been diagnosed with cancer but according to his assistant the immediate cause of death was kidney failure. During his nearly 34 years in charge, the Lakers made the NBA Finals 16 times. Magic Johnson tweeted, "He was a great man and incredible friend."

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 18, 2013
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WAMC's Jaired Crofut delivers the morning sports update.

In the NBA All-Star game in Houston last night, the West triumphed over the East 143-138. Kevin Durant scored 30 points, making him the top scorer. Game MVP Chris Paul finished with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals while Clippers teammate Blake Griffin added 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting.

Checking the NHL now, defenseman Paul Martin scored with 2:04 left to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 15, 2013

The Heat beat the Thunder for the sixth straight time last night, 110-100 behind another eye-popping performance by LeBron James.

James had 39 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. It's the eighth straight game James has scored at least 30.

In the final game before the NBA All-Star break, the L.A. Clippers mauled the Lakers 125-101. Chris Paul's 24 led five Clipper starters in double figures. The Lakers go into the All-Star break three and a-half games out of the final playoff berth in the West.

Gun Rally in Hartford attracts 5,500

Feb 15, 2013

The Connecticut Post reports that a crowd of more than 5,500 people gathered in Hartford yesterday to voice their support for stricter gun laws.

Among those in attendance were Connecticut Dannel Malloy and LT. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Malloy says the Newtown school shooting has forever changed the public debate over guns and he's vowing not to rest until laws such as universal background checks are passed.

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D- Cold Spring) lobbied for federal funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge during a hearing on infrastructure needs in the country held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held in Washington on Wednesday.

Maloney is a member of that committee, who supports the bridge project and urged the Transportation Secretary to approve the federal loan guarantees.

NYS audit finds MTA is sitting on $90M

Feb 14, 2013
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A New York State audit finds that the MTA overlooked over $90 million sitting in various bank accounts.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the agency did a poor job managing its cash on hand. He said it had excess bank accounts and no set targets for short-term investing of billions of dollars.

The audit made several recommendations on how the MTA could improve management of its cash and investments.

In its response, the agency said it rigorously monitors its funds, balances and investments.

Mass. lawmakers open hearings on Patrick budget

Feb 14, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are beginning their examination of Gov. Deval Patrick's $34.8 billion state budget proposal, which includes nearly $2 billion in new revenues to boost transportation and education.

The House and Senate Ways and Means Committees will jointly hold the first public hearing on the spending plan on Thursday, with administration officials among those called to testify.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 14, 2013
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In the NBA, the Boston Celtics held on for a 71-69 win over the Chicago Bulls last night. Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.

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ALBANY – The state has decided to hold off on issuing a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking, instead announcing that because of the complexities of the issues, they will require more time to study.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is emphasizing the need for more background checks for gun buyers in his State of the Union address, saying that overwhelming majorities of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms from criminals.

Last night Obama said that senators from both parties are working on legislation to prevent people from legally buying guns and then giving them to criminals.

He said police chiefs want lawmakers to ban "weapons of war" and magazines carrying large amounts of ammunition so law enforcement officers won't be outgunned.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 13, 2013
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In the NBA, the latest LeBron James shooting streak has reached record-setting proportions.

James is the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games after finishing with 30 on 11-of-15 shooting in Miami's 117-104 win over Portland.

Elsewhere, Toronto 109, Denver 108. Houston beat Golden State 116-107 and the Lakers 91, Phoenix 85.

Checking the NHL now, the New York Rangers blew a 3-0 lead in the third period before Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan scored shootout goals to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over Boston.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 12, 2013
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Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Brooklyn opened overtime on a 9-3 run to pull away from Indiana 89-84 last night.

The Nets (30-22) ended a five-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and won for just the second time in six games overall despite playing without injured guard Deron Williams.

Indiana (31-21) lost its second straight home game in overtime, the losses coming on the heels of a 15-game home winning streak.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 11, 2013
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The Boston Celtics continued their amazing run since the season-ending knee injury to point guard Rajon Rondo by winning their seventh straight game, a 118-114 triple-overtime thriller over Denver. That ended the Nuggets' nine-game win streak.

Paul Pierce led the way with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists. Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench.

The Celtics are 7 and 0 since Rondo went down.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Feb 8, 2013
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Checking the NBA, Paul Pierce had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Celtics blasted the Lakers, 116-95 for their sixth straight win last night. The Celts carried a 26-point lead into the final period and ended the Lakers' three-game winning streak.

Dwight Howard started for L.A. after missing three games with a sore right shoulder, providing nine rebounds and just nine points in 28 minutes before fouling out. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 27 points.

Paul Caiano's Morning Weather Forecast

Feb 7, 2013
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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Paul Caiano gives the WAMC Morning Edition forecast.