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The Legislative Gazette #2103

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(Airs 01/15/21 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo delivers a series of State of the State speeches, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on what to expect from the 2021 legislative session, and, after the siege on the U.S. Capitol, we’ll look at how the state capitols are beefing up security.

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The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York.

NYS Police Troop G commander, Major Christoper West, outlines security steps that are being taken in the days leading up to the Presidential inauguration
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Capitol is bracing for potential violence and armed protesters in the coming days, after FBI warnings about significant threats in online chatter from white supremacy and other far-right groups. New York State Police say there are no specific credible threats against the building in downtown Albany, but are nevertheless stepping up patrols and taking precautions to harden security.

A graph showing COVID-19 fatality by age
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Vermont officials say the state has nearly completed coronavirus vaccinations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities and for front-line health workers. The state will start vaccinating residents aged 75 and older starting the week of January 25, according to Governor Phil Scott.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday addressed major problems plaguing the state’s COVID-19 vaccine sign-up website, saying there are more New Yorkers eligible to be vaccinated than there are shots.

Friday, January 15: Biden Vaccination Plan

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Annette Elizabeth Allen/ NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is outlining his COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Wilmington, Del. Biden has been critical of the current administration's effort and is seeking to speed up the process. The announcement comes a day after Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Watch his remarks live. 

Dutchess County Caps Third-Party Food Delivery Fees

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Dutchess County Caps Third-Party Delivery Fees
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The Dutchess County executive has signed an executive order capping third-party food delivery fees.

Audrey Kupferberg: Mank

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Audrey Kupferberg

When it comes to films about Hollywood history, the more cynical the presentation, the more audiences relish them.  That concept has influenced the creation of Mank, a recent black-and-white arty release, written and directed by David Fincher and being streamed on Netflix.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 15, 2021. 

Gaol Sokol in the WAMC studio with her Baked Alaska dish.
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Today we are baking with Gail Sokol! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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Across Berkshire County, community groups are recognizing the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service on Monday.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

With their residents expressing frustration and confusion, Hudson Valley county executives are directing them to go to the state with their issues about signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine. And one leader is imploring the state to send more vaccine as all the counties grapple with high demand and little-to-to-no supply.

UAlbany Vaccination Site
Jesse King / WAMC

The University at Albany is officially open for mass COVID-19 vaccinations.

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What's on our listeners' minds? Let's find out! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Screenshot of a recent County Town of Bethlehem’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative

As municipalities comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo's directive to reimagine local police policies, much of the attention has been on big city departments. But smaller forces have been taking a look at their own practices, too.

Matt McCabe performing in a virtual performance at Caffe Lena in December 2020
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Matt McCabe, a pillar of the Saratoga Springs music community and a former city councilor, recently died after battling COVID-19. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a tribute is being planned in his honor.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, January 15, 2021.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones at SPARCC meeting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones of the 115th district represents Clinton and Franklin counties and the St. Lawrence county towns of Piercefield, Lawrence, Hopkinton, and Brasher.  First elected in 2016, the Democrat tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that along with the COVID pandemic, the state budget must be the overriding priority during the new legislative session.

Montgomery County launched a vaccine hotline on Thursday
Montgomery County

Montgomery County has set up a hotline to address non-stop calls from county residents seeking answers about New York state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

Photo of Alan Chartock, WAMC's Pesident and CEO.
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, and considers the role Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will play in the Senate. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

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Melissa Mangini
Provided by Melissa Mangini / Albany Business Review

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about reports that Latham's Plug Power is partnering with Groupe Renault in France to produce fuel cell-powered vehicles in Europe.

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Here is NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy and breezy today. Highs near 40.

Capitals and Sabres logos

T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists in Peter Laviolette's debut as Washington's coach and the Capitals opened the season with a 6-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Enviros Say Cuomo's Green Energy Plans Are Promising

Jan 14, 2021
PCBs Not Elevated after Floods
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In part three of his four-part State of the State, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined plans to grow the green energy economy. Naturally, that’s welcome news for environmentalists, who want to see actions meet words.

Thursday, January 14: Biden COVID Remarks

Jan 14, 2021
Annette Elizabeth Allen/ NPR

 President-elect Biden is set to deliver remarks in which he will "outline his vaccination and economic rescue legislative package." Biden has long said that the most recent coronavirus relief legislation did not go far enough in delivering critical help, and that a new package would be a top priority for his incoming administration.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Antoinette Bacon
Lucas Willard / WAMC

While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. 

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s at-large congressman has been meeting virtually with different industry sectors in the state this week to discuss how the latest COVID-19 relief bill will affect businesses.

Former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle (file)
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A former Progressive mayor of Burlington, Vermont is endorsing Democratic incumbent Miro Weinberger for re-election ahead of Town Meeting Day in March.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
North Adams

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council got a COVID-19 update from Mayor Tom Bernard this week.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.