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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. 

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Human remains were found at John Boyd Thacher State Park on Saturday. 

Authorities responded to a call around 6:42 p.m. after a hiker traveling off-trail made the discovery.

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It's Belmont Stakes Day. The third leg of the Triple Crown will be run this evening on Long Island, and the nation will be watching to see if thoroughbred Justify will become the second horse in three years to win the Triple Crown after a 37-year drought.

A Schenectady County middle school was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a threatening note was discovered inside a bathroom.

Old Methodist Church, New Austerlitz Town Hall
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A Columbia County town is celebrating its bicentennial this weekend.

Established in 1818, the town of Austerlitz, which includes the hamlet of Spencertown, will be celebrating its 200th birthday with a gala weekend.  Events include a community picnic, live music, an antique car show and tours of historic houses.

Dayton King
NYS Police

A September trial date has been set for Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King, who is accused of using his position to access information on his campaign opponent, according to The Leader-Herald.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Tattoos may be more popular in America than ever. Television shows and YouTube channels showcasing tattooing attract millions of viewers. A Pew Research Center survey found that 40 percent of Millennials have been inked. But choosing a design for a permanent image on your skin, especially for a first tattoo, can be daunting. A recent trend in tattoo culture is “Get What You Get”– where, typically for a discount, those who dare can receive a randomly chosen tattoo design.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local shop that is putting a new spin on one of the hottest trends in tattooing.

The Republican candidate for New York governor, Marc Molinaro, is proposing term limits of two four-year terms for statewide offices, including the office of governor, and 12-year limits for state lawmakers.

New York state lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow the Saratoga County community of Round Lake to apply for grant funding to protect and revitalize its waterfront.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Updated June 6, 2018 to include NYSERDA statement.

A new coalition is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to amend solar power goals statewide.

NYS Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat of the 109th District
Karen DeWitt

The parents of a boy who took his own life are pressuring lawmakers to act before the end of the legislative session to pass a bill requiring school districts to notify parents if their child is involved in bullying.

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New York State legislators are again being urged to legalize pedal-assist electric bicycles before the current session ends.

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
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The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups press for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

As the New York State Senate and Assembly deliberate in the final weeks of the legislative session, several lawmakers, their pets, and advocates gathered for Animal Advocacy Day at the state capitol this week.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York’s 18th District, has ended speculation by announcing he is running for state attorney general.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed an expansion to his Extreme Risk Protection Order bill to give teachers the power to go to court to prevent a student’s access to guns, if they suspect the student might bring a gun to school and potentially engage in a school shooting.

Karen Dewitt

Democratic candidate for New York governor and actor Cynthia Nixon came to the capitol on Monday to discuss education aid and what she says are Governor Andrew Cuomo’s failings in that policy area. Meanwhile, Cuomo’s campaign says it’s Nixon who is being inconsistent.

Police have released the identities of two people killed in a multi-vehicle crash in the Town of Ballston.  

Courtesy of Hudson River Housing

Upstate New York is getting over $67 million in federal funding for public housing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million to New York state for clean water projects.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A new charter review commission is gathering input on the Saratoga Springs City Charter. The group formed earlier this year is comprised of city administrators and is seeking ways to improve the current system of government. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has an update.

NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Senate is experiencing its worst gridlock in nine years, with the two major factions tied at 31 members each. No legislation is moving through the chamber, but there’s lots of finger pointing.

Senator George Amedore with Désirée Little
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Evolving attitudes about marijuana are resonating among some elected officials in New York.

Listen To The NY-19 Democratic Candidate Debate

May 31, 2018
The candidates debating Thursday at WAMC's Linda
Patrick Garrett / WAMC

Seven Democratic candidates vying to take on Republican John Faso in the race for New York's 19th Congressional District seat debated at WAMC on Thursday, May 31. You can listen to the entire debate here.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The New York legislative session is due to end in three weeks, and some state lawmakers believe they will accomplish so little in that time, that they are talking about leaving a week early.