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 Thomas Cole's desk in the Old Studio (Catskill, NY)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany International Airport’s Art & Culture Program and the Thomas Cole National Historical Site in Catskill have partnered to present a new exhibition.

Syracuse Police Say Girl, 8, Among 5 Shot During Memorial

Sep 21, 2018
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Police say five people, including an 8-year-old girl, have been shot during a memorial service in upstate New York.


New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.

Police have arrested a high-ranking official with New York state's mental health agency on charges of child endangerment.

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A judge will decide whether a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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More talk of Governor Andrew Cuomo seeking the presidency in 2020 has been fueled by the governor’s decisive victory over a candidate from the progressive left of his party. But the Democrat still says he’s only running for a third term to lead New York.

Panelists speak at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa
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The number of farms in Saratoga County, one of the fastest growing areas of New York, is shrinking. At the same time, farmers are looking toward new technologies and markets to adapt to a changing landscape. A new report released Wednesday provides a snapshot of the county’s agricultural economy.

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Federal authorities say Border Patrol agents have seized nearly 180 pounds (81 kilograms) of marijuana at checkpoints recently set up in New York's Adirondack Mountains.


New York is offering rebates to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a dirt bike stunt in a Schenectady, New York grocery store. The pair also discuss the Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge in Schenectady.

Marc Molinaro
Matt Ryan

The general election for New York governor is heating up, with the Republican candidate, Marc Molinaro, calling for the resignation of a former advisor to Democrat Andrew Cuomo, while the sitting governor rallied against President Trump.

The former Sherman's amusement park in Caroga Lake
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An arts organization that has brought summertime music to the former Sherman’s amusement park in the Southern Adirondack community of Caroga Lake is seeking to purchase the aging property, which is currently owned by the town.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin
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The City of Saratoga Springs may soon have an advisory committee to increase communication between the police and public. The proposal by the city’s public safety commissioner comes after recent controversy over the city’s handling of a five-year-old case that led to a death. 

The Saratoga Springs 2018 Charter Review Commission (file photo)
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A commission in charge of drafting a new governing document for the City of Saratoga Springs has finished its work. Voters will decide on a new city charter in November.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the mayor of Cohoes, New York, who is facing calls to resign. The pair also discuss Albany's efforts to buy city street lights from National Grid.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with his annual report on Wall Street profits – and he finds, not surprisingly, they are up.

Facebook: Unshackle Upstate

A number of remedies have been suggested to boost the upstate New York economy. Lower taxes and fees and less regulation is the strategy for Unshackle Upstate, an organization whose stated goal is to advocate for upstate taxpayers and businesses. The group recently appointed Michael Kracker as its new executive director. 

Mayor Morse
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Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is defying calls to resign, including from the governor of New York, after the Times Union reported more details of alleged domestic violence on Sunday.

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


New York grape breeders have produced a fruit that's so big and flavorful they've named it after Mount Everest.

New York State Parks

Organizations that support New York state parks have another chance to apply for grants to help improve them.

Two dancers were fired from the New York City Ballet on Saturday amid accusations that they were part of a ring of male dancers who inappropriately shared nude photos and videos of women.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says it has made operational adjustments in anticipation of heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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One day after beating actor Cynthia Nixon in Thursday's Democratic primary, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he received votes because he’s delivered on real issues that matter to people.

NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood
Karen DeWitt

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has stepped up her office's investigation into the Roman Catholic church's handling of sex abuse allegations.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina recaps the New York state primaries with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo handily won Thursday's Democratic primary against actor Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo’s current Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also won, as did Cuomo’s choice for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Tish James.

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
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Incumbent Kathy Hochul has defeated Jumaane Williams in the New York Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Tish James

New York City Public Advocate Letitia "Tish" James won a 4-way Democratic primary for attorney general in New York Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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UPDATE 9/13/18:

The communications office for NCEH/ATSDR tells WAMC "the communities for this project have not been selected at this time."

A spokesman for the New York State Department of Health tells WAMC it has reached out to ATSDR seeking clarification on the communities included in the study and has spoke to the mayor of Hoosick Falls about the issue. 

A spokesman for the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the senator is "still looking into the proposal, but she is supportive of any proposal that can help communities affected by PFOA get more information on health impacts."

The federal government has proposed studying communities affected by PFAS contamination – like many in the Northeast. But residents of one community that is not on the list say the study is too short-sighted.