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Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered his third State of the County address last night in Troy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin delivered his third State of the County address last night in Troy.

The clock is ticking for residents of Schodack, New York who oppose a $100 million dollar Amazon distribution center planned for the town.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14] in an appearance on Instagram
Composite photo Dave Lucas / Instagram

When Democrats took control of the House in November’s elections, a New York woman in her 20s quickly became a key voice in the party. But what do voters in the 14th House district think? A new Siena College poll out this week aims to answer that question.

Comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician Paul Reiser who has spent the last 30+ years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows will be in Albany for two events this week.

On Thursday, April 4, he'll be at Page Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus for for an evening of conversation with WAMC's Joe Donahue as part of "The Creative Life: A Conversation Series." "The Creative Life" series is a major arts initiative of the University Art Museum, New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with regional public radio station WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

On Friday, April 5, he'll perform an evening of stand-up comedy at The Egg.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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With an April 1 budget deadline, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says talks are proceeding in “good faith” with the legislature. But the Democrat says many differences still remain. The governor indicated that lingering resentments over the failed Amazon deal might be coloring the discussions.

  Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss tech jobs.

With a great deal of to-do, Amazon looked for a new headquarters to add to its home base in Seattle. They wound up selecting northern Virginia and Long Island City, but soon after the selection of Long Island City, Amazon decided not to pursue it. Much was made of the loss of potentially 25-40,000 jobs.

What were these job and the other jobs that the new corporations offer to communities? Rather than think of the raw numbers of jobs (sometimes classified as "well-paying jobs"), Jesse looks at the jobs that these companies are trying to fill. 

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His apps include Minutes Machine Plus which helps you manage agendas and minutes for organizations as well as The Nonprofit Risk Book and App. He wrote the Saranac River Trail app and is launching its successor, Trails & Places which lets you build location-based apps without writing code. His apps are available on the Apple App Store.

The New York State capitol in Albany
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A week after the Amazon deal in Queens died, New York lawmakers want states to agree to stop using taxpayer money to lure big businesses.

 NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
Office of Senator Michael Gianaris

Amazon has announced it is pulling its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City, citing opposition by some state and local politicians.

NYS Assemblyman John McDonald is also a licensed pharmacist.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Saying he's "not exactly a fan" of the online retail giant, New York state Assemblyman John McDonald, a Democrat from the Capital Region, is calling Amazon's decision not to base a new headquarters in Queens "terribly unfortunate." McDonald spoke with WAMC News Thursday about the Amazon news and state budget negotiations. He called the Amazon project a "once in a century opportunity, and unfortunately it looks like it's been blown."

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the sentencing of Michael Cohen. Dr. Chartock also discusses New York State Senator Michael Gianaris' push back against the Amazon HQ2 deal.


An upstate county executive says while Amazon has decided on New York City for one of its new East Coast headquarters, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration should now try to bring Amazon’s drone development and testing to New York. 

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about outgoing Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. The pair also discuss New York state Senator Michael Gianaris' opposition to the Amazon deal.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about critics of the new Amazon deal to build part of its second headquarters in New York City. The pair also discuss an international conference being held in New York City focusing on regulating home-sharing sites.

Gov. Cuomo On WAMC's Roundtable 11/16/18

Nov 16, 2018
File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called into WAMC's Roundtable program on Friday and spoke with Dr. Alan Chartock about a variety of issues, including: Amazon, the snowstorm, presidential politics, pay raises for the legislature, single-payer health care and more.

Why Amazon Chose The East Coast For New HQs

Nov 14, 2018

After an intense competition from cities and regions in the U.S. and Canada, Amazon has announced its new East Coast headquarters will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and in Arlington, Virginia. New York state offered the online retail giant $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives to come to New York. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the surge in dismissals in the Trump Administration. Dr. Chartock also discusses Amazon's new split headquarters in New York City and Virginia.

Internet retail giant Amazon may be facing a legal battle in its quest to build a fulfillment center in Rensselaer County.

A proposed 1 million-square foot Amazon distribution center is on the agenda for the Schodack Planning Board meeting tonight. 

Internet retail giant Amazon is eyeing a Rensselaer County site to build a fulfillment center.

The upstate New York proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters are not on the online retailer’s list of 20 finalists released Thursday. 

Westchester Pitches To Land Amazon Headquarters

Sep 27, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

County Executive Rob Astorino is making a pitch to try and land Amazon’s second headquarters in Westchester. He stood outside the Westchester County Center in White Plains Tuesday with several elected officials and business and education leaders, saying Westchester has a number of locations at the ready and is the smartest choice for the e-commerce giant.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino plans an announcement Tuesday morning about his pitch to try and land the second global North American headquarters for Amazon.

Garry Trudeau, the iconic cartoonist who created Doonesbury and has been skewering our political lives for over four decades has also worked in theater and television.

In an event last night, presented by Oblong Books and Music at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, we spoke with Trudeau about his career, politics, and his new book is Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

  Our tech guru, Jesse Feiler from North Country Consulting joins us to talk about home automation.

The big three are here: Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, Apple HomeKit, and Google has announced Google Home.

What are they all about? What features do they share? What can they do? Do you need one? Do you need all three?

  Corporate attorney, Rich Honen, pays us a visit once a month with some thoughts on headlines from the business world.

This month we'll speak with him about Jeff Bezos and Amazon and The Iran Deal.

Rich Honen is with Phillips Lytle LLP where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

  From her debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall to the Broadway pits of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has played with some of the biggest names in classical music for twenty-five years. She was the principal oboe in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, based in Poughkeepsie, for 13 years.

In her memoir, Mozart in the Jungle, Tindall exposes the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators who inhabit the insular world of classical music.

The 2005 book shook things up and the book became an Amazon Instant Video series about love, ambition and jealousy backstage at the symphony.

    The Mahaiwe 2014 Gala on October 12th will honor Jane Iredale and feature a performance by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.

Star of stage and screen, Peters is likely best known for her film roles in The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven and from the stage for her Tony nominated performances in Sunday in the Park with George, Gypsy, and Follies - and her Tony Award winning turns in Annie Get Your Gun and Song and Dance. She received the 2012 Isabelle Stevenson Award for her work with her charity, Broadway Barks which she co-founded in 1999 with Mary Tyler Moore.

5/27/14 Panel

May 27, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Post-Vote
CIA oops
Trade Recognition
California Shooting
Amazon v. Hachette
VA Groups


  Naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon is a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.

In his new book - Mother of God, Rosolie relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. He will be doing a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

The Supreme Court has refused to consider throwing out New York State's taxes on Internet purchases on websites like, a move that could change the way Internet commerce works.

The high court on Monday refused to hear appeals from LLC and Inc., in their fights against a state law that forces them to remit sales tax the same way in-state businesses do.