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Rocco DeFazio

On this Valentine's Day, WAMC shows love for its listeners by welcoming Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy, NY back to Food Friday. This week saw another successful WAMC Fund Drive and as a treat, Rocco joins WAMC's Ray Graf to talk all things pizza.

Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 9th State of the County Address to elected and community leaders in the Times Union Center Atrium.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has delivered his ninth State of the County Address.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 14, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 14, 2020.

Forest Park Civic Association

    Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are trying to build a closer working relationship with organized labor unions.

Imagine an event that brings hundreds of Members of Congress, from both chambers and parties, together for an evening to learn about and revel in American history. Not only is it true, it’s happened more than 38 times over the past six years.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we are joined by Eileen Spath, the Communications Manager at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany – she will tell us about the organization's work and outreach and its new initiative, CC MOVE.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private, social service agencies in the region, helping more than 89,000 people each year in the fourteen counties of the Albany Diocese. Their mission is to address basic human need at all stages of life regardless of race, religious belief, ethnicity, or lifestyle.

This is a photo of Congressman Richard Neal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

A man in a fleece sits in front of a microphone
Josh Landes / WAMC

Alex Morse is the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He’s also challenging Congressman Richard Neal in this year’s Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional district. This week, Morse sat down with WAMC while campaigning in Pittsfield. He discussed taking on a senior member of his own party, his fundraising, and how he plans to win a district easily carried by Neal in 2018.

2/14/20 Panel

Feb 14, 2020

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, President and CEO The Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

NRC Extends Comment Period Regarding Indian Point

Feb 14, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to extend the public comment period for the Indian Point nuclear power plant license transfer application another 30 days. The NRC is reviewing an application to transfer Entergy’s three Buchanan-based reactors to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a Thursday interview where U.S. Attorney General William Barr said President Trump's criticism of the Justice Department and the Roger Stone case makes Barr's job difficult. 

New Paltz 'Do Not Drink' Water Advisory Lifted

Feb 14, 2020
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The “do not drink” advisory for the Village of New Paltz’s water system has been lifted. In a statement early Friday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state Health Department completed system flushing and re-sampling of the water distribution system, which showed no detectable levels of petroleum compounds. 

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Trump at the White House Thursday over Homeland Security’s decision to stop enrolling New Yorkers in trusted traveler programs, like Global Entry and NEXUS, which expedite border crossings to Canada and Mexico and re-entry to the US from abroad.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Feb 14, 2020
Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about new details on the MyPayrollHR scandal stemming from lawsuits by Berkshire Bank and Chemung Canal against Pioneer Bank. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Feb 14, 2020
Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny, breezy and very cold today. Highs in the teens. 

NY Rangers Logo

Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal with 66 seconds in regulation before adding a shootout goal in the Rangers' 4-3 comeback against the Wild. Minnesota enjoyed a 3-1 lead until Pavel Buchnevich tallied midway through the third period.

Republican Scott Beebie announces his candidacy for mayor of Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Republican has entered the race for mayor of Plattsburgh.

Vermont Senate Chamber
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Senate has overridden Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage and forwarded the final decision to the House.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

President Donald Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met at the White House Thursday to discuss the federal government’s suspension of trusted traveler programs in New York.

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The Sochi, Russia 1,500 meter sliding track was first used for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Now it’s the site of the International Luge Federation’s World Championships this weekend.  More than 100 athletes will compete including members of USA Luge, which is based in Lake Placid. Over the past few weeks the USA Luge team has done well in competition and this week the athletes are in Sochi preparing.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 13, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, February 13, 2020.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has voted to ban the sale of animals from breeding mills.

The six story building in Springfield's Court Square known as 31 Elm Street

   Massachusetts casino regulators appear ready to formally endorse MGM’s role in an urban renewal project in downtown Springfield.

New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb
NYS Assembly

Former New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brain Kolb has announced he will not be seeking reelection. The Republican of Geneva stepped down from his leadership post after he was arrested for drunk driving on New Year’s Eve.

Public Domain

Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Inc. – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Workers at two financially struggling care facilities in Albany County say they have avoided a strike and reached a deal with the facilities’ prospective owners.

(Airs 2/13/20 @ 3 p.m. & 2/15/20 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

(Airs 2/13/20) WAMC's Alan Chartock In Conversation with Tim Smith, Executive Producer of the documentary Rigged: the Voter Suppression Playbook.

The Vermont Lake Monsters plan to open the 2020 season in June at Centennial Field in Burlington
Paul Stanfield, Vermont Lake Monsters Media Relations Director / Vermont Lake Monsters

Major League Baseball is proposing eliminating 42 minor league teams when their contracts expire at the end of 2020. That has caused an uproar and concern among host communities including Burlington, Vermont — home of the minor league Lake Monsters.