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National Grid recently announced it will ask New York state’s Public Service Commission to raise electricity delivery prices beginning in April 2018. The change would add $22 a month to average utility bills.

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When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

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A bipartisan push for a tougher animal rights law is on in New York state.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
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One of the most closely watched New York state Senate races in the Capital Region was the at-times fierce battle for the 43rd District. The district that hugs the eastern border of the state stretches from Saratoga to Columbia County.

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In a rematch of 2014, Republican Pete Vroman is challenging Democratic incumbent Angelo Santabarbara in tomorrow’s race for New York’s 111th state Assembly District seat.

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Since 1996, the Amsterdam Police Department has used its indoor shooting range as a storage area.

Chief Greg Culick gave a tour of the facility Thursday and pointed out the potential for the space.

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With hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage having already spilled into the Mohawk River from the city of Amsterdam's wastewater treatment system, an area Assemblyman is calling on the state of New York for emergency funding.

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On Thursday, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced $600,000 in state funding to make recreational and safety improvements at the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam.

Officials including Nelliston Mayor Douglas Bathrick, Monolith's Tim Carr, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and David Ziskin cut the ribbon at the solar array.
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This week, officials flipped the switch on a 200-kilowatt solar garden in Montgomery County. The array is expected to save a local district $10,000 in its first year.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today visited  Wildwood Programs in the town of Guilderland, promoting legislation he says would  empower disabled people.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today visited  Wildwood Programs in the town of Guilderland, promoting legislation he says would  empower disabled people.

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Every dog has its day, and when it comes to police and military dogs, two New York lawmakers say that day should be March 13.

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The New York State Veterans App is designed to connect users with information about federal and state benefits, help them find a job, or locate housing.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione commended the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs for developing the free mobile app.

Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, an army veteran, said connecting veterans with services has been a main topic of conversation in Albany.

The app is available on Android and iOS devices.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the U.S. is born with autism. It’s recognized as one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the country.

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In a rematch of a razor-thin race four years ago, Mayor Gary McCarthy has been elected to a second term in Schenectady.

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Some newer Assemblymembers are using the selection of a new Assembly Speaker to push for change, and have written a letter to the candidates vying to replace Sheldon Silver.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, along with more than 20 other more recently elected Democrats, are credited with helping push Speaker Silver out of his leadership post, when long time veteran members initially resisted.

Santabarbara says ideas include whether there should be limits on how long someone can be speaker. Silver held the post for 21 years before his arrest on corruption charges.

Schenectady's planning commission has approved zoning changes that will help pave the way for construction of the new $330 million dollar Rivers Casino project.

The panel met Wednesday night, giving the go-ahead for development by changing rules to allow casino developers to put up buildings as high as 110 feet and 20 square feet of signage at the former Alco site, between Erie Boulevard and the Mohawk River.

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As extreme cold rocks upstate New York, one legislator is calling on the state to create an independent consumer advocate to help bring down high-energy costs for residential customers.

111th District Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is supporting a measure that would establish the New York State Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate, similar to offices that exist in 40 other states in the nation.

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The mills and factories of Upstate New York were often the first step toward a new life for immigrants to America many years ago. Companies such as General Electric in Schenectady and the rug-makers of Amsterdam provided the work for the Irish, Germans, Italians and others who came to stake their claims in America. Many of those factories and mills are gone, but there's new high-tech manufacturing under way in upstate highlighted again by Tuesday's announcement of a $500 million consortium involving the state and General Electric.