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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in Saranac Lake Sunday to promote winter tourism in the Adirondacks.

OSI Announces Plan to Expand Access To Fahnestock

Feb 16, 2020
Rendering by Andrew Trodler, courtesy of the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute has a plan to improve recreational access at a state park in the Hudson Valley.


         Elected officials want to know how the money from the largest taxpayer in the largest city in western Massachusetts is being spent.  

Strange Universe 2/16/20

Feb 16, 2020

Things in the night sky are radically changing their brightness. Of course, we all know that the moon alters its phase and its brightness, but the big inconstant headline maker these days is the famous start Betelgeuse because it’s dimmer than anyone has seen in a century.

Crime Scene Tape
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Gunfire erupted at a Connecticut nightclub early Sunday morning, killing a man and wounding four other people, police said.

Burlington City Hall
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Update: The city of Burlington, Vermont lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for the low-service water system in Burlington and limited parts of South Burlington at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. The city says sample results have confirmed that it is safe to drink the water. 

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

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A New York congressman has authored a bill to reduce vaping on college campuses.

Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has secured funding to re-establish the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.

(Airs 2/14/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Bravo star Andy Cohen comes to Albany to push for paid gestational surrogacy; our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s fight with President Trump; and we’ll take you to Lake Placid as it marks 40 years since the 1980 games.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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The University of Vermont Health Network — made up of six affiliate hospitals in Vermont and New York — says it's taking steps to address financial troubles after a more than $10 million loss last quarter.

Representative Matt Trieber
Vermont Legislature

A member of the Vermont House has resigned due to the responsibilities of his job outside of the Legislature.

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Siena College in Loudonville has named former New York Congressman Chris Gibson its next president. 

Republican Scott Beebie announces his candidacy for mayor of Plattsburgh
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Two Democrats are challenging Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read, forcing a primary in the race for mayor. On Thursday a fourth candidate – a Republican - announced his own run for the city’s top seat.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the secretary of the Air Force to select Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County as home for a new squadron.

NYSNA nurses outside Ellis Hospital
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Nurses and staff members with the New York State Nurses Association rallied in Schenectady today. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, the union is negotiating for new contracts at three local hospitals.

The Massachusetts Education Department has released 2019 graduation and drop data and officials in Springfield say initiatives to encourage kids to stay in school and get a diploma are paying off.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 14, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 14, 2020.

Lake Placid is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics.  A number of athletes who competed are returning to the village to reminisce and reacquaint with residents who helped organize or volunteered during the games.  Three people who worked behind the scenes during the games spoke with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley this week.  Marina LaDuke was a press photographer — among those selected to travel to Greece on Air Force 2 to get the Olympic flame.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Residents of a town in rural Dutchess County want answers about how a property-tax decrease went down another 50 percent in a town board budget process that left some councilmembers and community members in the dark. The decrease occurred under the previous administration in Stanford; and now the current one is investigating.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is holding a joint meeting between its finance committee and select board next week on next year’s town budget.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts has appointed a new commissioner of Public Services and Utilities.

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.

In 2013, David Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, approached the Librarian of Congress with an idea for an event series in which Members of Congress could put politics aside and immerse themselves in the history of the nation. Thereafter began the Congressional Dialogue series: a dinner event held several times a year during which historic artifacts are exhibited and Rubenstein interviews bestselling and award-winning authors and historians for a Congressional audience.

Now, in Rubenstein’s book, “The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians,” these compelling conversations with the biggest names in American history are presented for all to learn and enjoy.

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.