New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A new Siena College poll suggests New Yorkers still prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo over the Democrat’s current challengers in this year’s election. Cuomo recently lost the support of groups like Citizen Action and the Working Families Party.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the race for governor.

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A key progressive third party in New York splintered Friday, as two major unions withdrew from the Working Families Party. Those still in the WFP say it makes it more likely that the activist groups remaining in the party will endorse Cynthia Nixon over Governor Andrew Cuomo in a party meeting on Saturday, as Cuomo announced that he is dropping out.

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New York state will spend $18.5 million on efforts to disrupt gang recruitment on Long Island.

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Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon has outlined her plans for legalizing marijuana in New York in a video, saying the state lags far behind some other states. Governor Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, says he’s studying the issue.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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The governor of New York is proposing to prohibit all employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary history.


For the second year in a row, the city of Albany is receiving Capital City Aid after enduring a period of uncertainty before the final state budget deal came together. It’s not the full amount Albany was seeking.

Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon appeared in her first nationally broadcast television interview Wednesday.

Dutchess County Exec Launches Bid For NY Governor

Apr 2, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After saying in January he would not enter the race for New York governor, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro reconsidered. Monday, in his hometown of Tivoli, where his political career began in the 1990s, the Republican kicked off his campaign. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at Tivoli Village Hall for the announcement.

A veteran political journalist for The Daily News frequently heard on WAMC was arrested Wednesday for violating a cellphone ban in the lobby of the New York state Senate, only to be quickly released by State Police when Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up.

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A New York City advertising agency paid $300 for a photograph of South African construction cranes that the Cuomo administration used in a state report to illustrate economic development in New York.

Assemblymember Pat Fahy Thursday night at the Albany Public Library for a community forum about the New York budget.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the  deadline for adopting the New York state budget days away, Albany area Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy conducted a "community conversation" Thursday to bring constituents up to date.

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Candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon delivered a blistering speech Tuesday against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who she hopes to challenge in a Democratic primary. She was immediately criticized by a Cuomo ally, who questioned Nixon’s qualifications in a controversial remark. 

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It may be spring, but the recent snowstorms took their toll on utility companies across New York. Some customers were in the dark for days, and now the state Public Service Commission is investigating.

Governor Cuomo walks out with students from several Lower Manhattan high schools and participates in a 17-minute protest against gun violence in Zuccotti Park on March 14, 2018, exactly one month after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland
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The school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month is having an effect on New York politics.


Governor Andrew Cuomo and other prominent New York Democrats are campaigning Sunday in the Westchester County Village of Larchmont for an Assemblywoman who is running for a vacant state Senate seat.

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The city of Albany is getting more than $3 million in state funding to turn a lightly traveled interstate ramp into an elevated park giving pedestrians and bicyclists access to the Hudson River.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has activated the state's emergency management apparatus ahead of an approaching storm expected to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of New York.

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The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza has dropped across New York state, the first decline since the flu was deemed widespread in December. 

NY Gov Kicks Off First Summit On Harmful Algal Blooms

Feb 27, 2018
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For the second time in less than a week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Hudson Valley to make announcements today. The Democrat was at the State University of New York at New Paltz to kick off the first of four summits on harmful algal blooms.

It has been almost two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people and ignited a national policy debate. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is calling on lawmakers to include funding in the state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. A few Hudson Valley leaders are weighing in on the proposal.

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Local officials are bringing their concerns about a proposed natural gas power plant in downtown Albany to power the Empire State Plaza to the governor.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's time New York made it illegal for police officers to have sex with people in their custody.

In these pictures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's flickr account,, the governor holds his new dog "Captain" during a conference of mayors in Albany, N.Y.

New York's first family has a new first dog.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s poll numbers are down. In fact, according to the latest Siena College poll, the Democrat’s net favorability rating is down 19 points from January to February. His favorable rating is down from 62 percent to 53 percent and his unfavorable rating is up from 30 percent to 40 percent. 

Karen DeWitt

The government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was arrested shortly after testifying that he breached the terms of his cooperation agreement, authorities said Friday.

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New York Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide. One of the governor’s opponents is pressuring Cuomo to answer some of the revelations in the trial about how state business was conducted, and whether a pay to play “atmosphere” was created.

The gambling parlor at the Rivers Casino & Resort
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took $330 million to build Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. The gambling hall is celebrating its first anniversary today.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Testimony at the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, has highlighted some practices inside the Democrat’s office that government reform groups say is at the very least questionable, and possibly even illegal.

Karen DeWitt

A key witness is taking the stand in the corruption trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.