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Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the ongoing curruption trial of former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Dr. Alain Kaloyeros.

Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Karen DeWitt

A retrial is set to begin for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son on corruption charges.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid-rigging trial of a former associate of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and two upstate development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining lucrative taxpayer-funded state contracts.

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is moving ahead on a recommendation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, a move immediately criticized by Cuomo’s Republican opponent for governor.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

A former top official in the New York Democratic Party is kicking off an independent run for governor.

The automation of American jobs poses a serious threat.

That’s according to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future, which says in New York State alone, there are 1.2 million jobs that are highly automatable – meaning 80 percent of the work can be done by machines.

One Monument Square
Lucas Willard

The City of Troy is hosting a three-day community workshop this week to gather ideas once again for One Monument Square.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Several streets and buildings in downtown Albany will be closed Sunday in the area near the Corning Tower.

The Albany Police Department says a helicopter will be lifting materials from the Grand Street parking lot to the roof of the tower on the Empire State Plaza.

It’s the first of three planned lifts as crews perform roofing work and replace the building’s maintenance rigs.

Road closures from 7 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m.:

Alain Kaloyeros
Karen DeWitt

On Monday, prosecutors present the second of two corruption cases against former associates of New York Governor Cuomo in federal district court in Manhattan. Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, the former head of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and mastermind of the state’s high tech development efforts, faces charges of bid rigging and bribery, along with three upstate developers.

Albany County DA David Soares
Albany County District Attorney's Office

Albany County’s district attorney is taking public input on marijuana laws and regulations as the effort to decriminalize use in New York grows.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Outside Glens Falls city hall Thursday afternoon, Dan Burke, president of the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition, presented Mayor Dan Hall with a $50,000 check.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Three years ago, after American Pharoah became the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, a grassroots campaign was launched to bring the famed horse to Saratoga Race Course for the Travers. Pharoah’s run at the Mid-Summer Derby ended in a stunning defeat. But with a new Triple Crown champion Justify three years later, hopes are high in Saratoga Springs that he too will race at the Spa.

Donald Trump campaigning in Plattsburgh.
Pat Bradley/WAMC

President Donald Trump's foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York's attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children.


WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Publisher and Editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and, about rate increases at Otsego Manor, a for-profit nursing home in Cooperstown.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Siena college poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro in his reelection bid. Meanwhile, Cuomo is using some of his substantial $30 million campaign war chest to promote an anti-gun violence measure.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials have a better understanding of the creative economy in Saratoga County, thanks to a new report that shows the region’s arts and cultural attractions have a significant economic impact.

Brass band with NYSUT President Andy Pallotta
Karen DeWitt

New York’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to the Capitol Wednesday to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

NYSDOT Commissioner Paul Karas and other officials
WAMC Elizabeth Hill

State officials are outlining efforts to increase pedestrian safety across New York.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

Five months before Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking strong to win a third term, according to the latest Siena poll released this morning.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about fireworks within Schenectady city limits and a proposed capital project at the Niskayuna school district

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the anti-sexual harassment policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.

Clean And Healthy New York

A new report sounds the alarm about dangerous chemicals detected in children's products purchased in Albany and Westchester Counties and on Long Island.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the reportedly underperforming Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County. The pair also discuss the decision to dismiss criminal charges against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove.

Picture of a judge's gavel
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A lawyer who served as an upstate New York town judge has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11 million from family trusts he oversaw.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York’s Capital Region and North Country are being awarded more than $150,000 to provide permanent homes for 28 veterans experiencing homelessness.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

A report from New York state’s ethics commission clears Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former high-level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.


A group of New York students and labor volunteers will leave for an aid trip to Puerto Rico next weekend.

 NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
Office of Senator Michael Gianaris

The fight for a control of the New York state Senate will be intense this year and Democrats are hoping to pick up seats. Republicans, who are currently in the majority, say they intend to remain in control of the chamber.