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Ian Pickus

News Director

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.

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Sen. Schumer and GlobalFoundries CEO Tom Caulfield
Jesse King

Saratoga County got some big economic news Monday when semiconductor giant GlobalFoundries announced it will move its headquarters from Silicon Valley to its Malta, New York campus. The move is being hailed by local officials who say it could lead to economic growth and related industries making the Capital Region home.

Sen. Schumer and GlobalFoundries CEO Tom Caulfield
Jesse King

The chair of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is cheering news that semiconductor manufacturing giant GlobalFoundries will move its headquarters from California to Malta, New York. The company’s CEO made the announcement Monday alongside U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, a Democrat who says the federal government plans to boost investment in the industry by up to $50 billion.

New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell
New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell / New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell

There are just about six weeks left before New York state lawmakers wrap up the legislative session in Albany. It comes after majority Democrats checked off a laundry list of priorities in the state budget passed earlier this month. Manhattan Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, from the 69th district, says there’s plenty left to do.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the first virtual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

South Station in Albany
Lucas Willard

With fencing in place around Albany police stations and protestors camped outside South Station for a sixth day, Mayor Kathy Sheehan would not say Thursday how long the demonstrators will be allowed to remain.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
WAMC

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is pushing back against claims from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson that a recent referral to the state attorney general is politically-motivated piling on.

NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

The leader of the New York State Senate gave an overview of the remaining weeks of the legislative session Tuesday.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has so far been able to ride out the storm, resisting calls to resign amid multiple investigations into his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes, sexual harassment allegations, and potential wrongdoing in the production of his pandemic memoir last year.

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court
WAMC/Ian Pickus

Democrats last week introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court from 9 seats to 13. The move comes after President Donald Trump appointed three conservative justices while in office, one of whom was confirmed days before the 2020 election.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

There are mixed results for embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the latest poll from the Siena College Research Institute.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a turn at trivia's most famous lectern.

Tim Mead
NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

The President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is resigning after less than two years on the job. In a statement Friday, Tim Mead cited family responsibilities in announcing he’ll step down in May.

Mead was named president in 2019 after a 40-year career working for the Los Angeles Angels. He spoke with WAMC just before joining the Hall.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Price Harry
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A scaled-down funeral is set for Saturday for Britain’s Prince Philip, who died last week at age 99. Queen Elizabeth’s husband lived through a tumultuous century including World War II and the decline of the British Empire. Philip’s death also comes at an unsettled time for the monarchy itself — with Prince Harry, Philip’s grandson, returning home for the first time since leaving the royal family in a highly public and messy split.

Dave Parker's new memoir "Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood."
Dave Parker's new memoir "Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood."

Dave Parker spent 19 years in the major leagues, racking up three Gold Gloves, more than 2,700 hits, two batting titles, seven All-Star games, two World Series rings and the 1978 MVP Award.

Paul Raci in "The Sound of Metal"
Amazon/ "The Sound of Metal"

Over the past several decades, Paul Raci grew frustrated with his screen career. He was convinced he had more to offer as an actor than the bit parts and one-off roles that make up his IMDB credits. So Raci largely channeled those creative efforts into stage productions at the Deaf West Theater and his heavy metal bands. Now, the rest of us are getting to know Raci and his work.

The Rivers Sportsbook opened with 14 kiosks.
WAMC/Jesse King

The $212 billion New York state budget passed in recent days includes the legalization of mobile sports betting. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it could generate up to $500 million in tax revenue a year. Part of that is winning back mobile sports betting business from neighboring New Jersey. The Gaming Commission is expected to issue sports betting licenses this year. David Schwartz of The University of Nevada Las Vegas studies gambling and casinos, and he previously served as Director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about another public media titan.

Ernie Tetrault, courtesy of WRGB
Ernie Tetrault, courtesy of WRGB

A titan of Capital Region broadcasting has died. WRGB says Ernie Tetrault died at age 94 after an illness.

Lee Zeldin
Fox News

 

Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin says he will run for governor in 2022. The Republican, who has been a fierce critic of third-term Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, made the announcement on Fox News this morning.

Ron Kim
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The race for Saratoga Springs mayor is taking shape. Former Democratic Public Safety Commissioner Ron Kim is set to kick off his campaign for mayor Wednesday morning in High Rock Park. The lawyer also ran for Congress in the 21st district in the 2018 campaign.

Albany County Legislator George Langdon in a YouTube screen grab.
Albany County Legislator George Langdon in a YouTube screen grab.

An Albany County Legislator says he will resign after making homophobic comments late last month, leading to widespread condemnation. Republican George Langdon of the 37th District spoke about gay relationships at a conservative gathering in Voorheesville.

Medical Marijuana
Jesse King / WAMC

The legal recreational marijuana era is upon us in New York state.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all mixed up.

Schenectady City Councilor Marion Porterfield
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Today is the last day before municipalities across New York must submit police reform and reinvention plans to the state, under a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo last year. In Schenectady, the final plan passed the city council last week. The lone “no” vote came from Councilor Marion Porterfield, a Democrat and the council’s only Black woman.

Mike and Denise Reiss travel the world
Bleav Podcast Network

If The Simpsons are among the most well-traveled families in TV history, one of the key figures behind the show isn’t far behind. Mike Reiss has been to 134 countries are counting. The Emmy and Peabody recipient is a long-time writer for "The Simpsons," which was just renewed through its 34th season, and was co-showrunner way back in season three and four.

Albany County Legislator George Langdon in a YouTube screen grab.
Albany County Legislator George Langdon in a YouTube screen grab.

An Albany County Legislator is facing calls to resign after making homophobic comments on video earlier this week.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are on the "lam" this week.

Mike Lawlor
University of New Haven

Mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia in recent days are once again spurring calls for new gun control measures. U.S. Senate Democrats say they are pushing toward a vote this week, and President Joe Biden said Tuesday “we have to act,” urging Congress to close loopholes in the background check system.

The man who wrote Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation “red flag” gun law in 1999 says such measures work to prevent gun violence.

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate briefed reporters Tuesday on the status of the budget and embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark St. Patrick's Day with a show about shades of green.

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