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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.

An EPA official meets with Hoosick Falls residents Tuesday.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

State and federal agencies met with the residents of Hoosick Falls Tuesday night, where an investigation into the presence of toxic chemicals in local water supplies continues. Officials hope to foster better communication between the people and government.

Democratic primary voters on Thursday have a choice of four candidates for New York attorney general, after Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over allegations he physically abused several women he dated.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about 9/11 memorial events being held around the region today.  The pair also discuss a gondola project across the Hudson River.

Senator Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senate

Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, announced Monday he is backing challenger Jumaane Williams over incumbent Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary for New York lieutenant governor. 

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Republican New York Congressman Chris Collins says it was "the shock of all shocks" when he learned from two federal agents that he was under criminal investigation.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Capital Region leaders held a rally over the weekend outside the governor's mansion in Albany, calling on Andrew Cuomo to act on climate change.  

Composite photo by WAMC

Democrat Zephyr Teachout says that if elected New York attorney general she will investigate whether Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has used state resources for campaign purposes.

Coastal fog can bring more than a nice view — it can also act as a vector for microbes. That’s according to a recent report published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

Cynthia Nixon speaks to voters at the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church in Albany
Karen DeWitt

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is calling for an investigation after a campaign mailer paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee accused her of being silent on anti-semitism. 

The Cohoes Police Department announced Sunday the arrest of a man in Tennessee they say is a fugitive from justice following an attempted burglary in Cohoes last month. 

Authorities have issued a Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert for a Schenectady man.

Villagers protest a revised settlement agreement between Hoosick Falls and companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in February 2017 (file photo)
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a report on community involvement during the ongoing investigation into contaminated water supplies in Hoosick Falls at two meetings this week.

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Two Republican candidates for Saratoga County District Attorney are squaring off in the September 13th primary election. With a week left in the campaign, the challenger is painting the sitting DA as neglectful.

A listening session on legalizing adult use of marijuana was held in Albany.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Cuomo administration is holding public listening sessions across the state on the legalization of marijuana. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief attended the first hearing Wednesday night in Albany.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Cuomo administration says New York will use its share of the settlement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to boost the state's clean transportation initiatives.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the sheriff's race in Montgomery County.  The pair also discuss Schnectady County Community College's name change.

dairy cow

New York’s junior U.S. senator is calling for assurances that the state’s dairy industry will be protected in any NAFTA renegotiation with Canada. In a conference call Tuesday, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand said the president should reject any plan with unfair quotas and tariffs or that prevents producers from selling milk products in Canada.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about New York State Health Department grants, which were awarded to an Orange County- based private medical coporation.  The pair also recap the 2018 Saratoga horse racing season.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Buearu Chief for The New York Daily News, about the 2018 gubernatorial race.  The pair also discuss state Attorney General candidate Letitia James.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening a lawsuit over the federal government's response to the hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico last year.

A series of public hearings on legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will begin this week in Albany.

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The Chief of the Saratoga Springs Police Department has released his first public statement following a report that the city did not conduct an investigation into potential police misconduct following a late night foot chase in 2013 that eventually led to death of a Malta man.

Challenger Antonio Delgado and Rep. John Faso
Composite photo by Allison Dunne & Dave Lucas/WAMC

First-term Republican Congressman John Faso holds a slim lead in New York’s 19th Congressional district, according to a Siena College/Spectrum poll released Thursday night.

The Dunn facility viewed from Partition Street Ext. in the City of Rensselaer
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced actions including a fine against the operator of a landfill in the City of Rensselaer.

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Tops Markets is closing 10 of its 169 grocery stores as part of a financial restructuring. 

A sign outside the 35 acres placed under conservation easement in the Town of Bethlehem
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Senator Charles Schumer speaks at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs
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Proposed tariffs on Canadian paper products by the Trump administration have been struck down. That’s good news for the newspaper industry and others that rely on cheap paper.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon squared off in the only debate before the September 13 election in a testy and contentious hour-long discussion broadcast by CBS2 in New York City from Hofstra University on Long Island on Wednesday.