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The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
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Public health and social justice organizations are calling for pharmacists to be allowed to administer all CDC recommended vaccines.

Funding will address the cost burden for municipalities that are required to maintain state touring routes
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Elected officials from around the Capital Region gathered in Cohoes Thursday to discuss new capital funding in the state budget meant to help municipalities absorb the cost of maintaining state routes.

Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County member Roz DiNardo administers a COVID-19 vaccination to one of 60 local residents, January 25, 2021
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The federal government is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

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Cities and counties across New York are trying to gauge the economic impact of legal recreational marijuana.

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
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New York state expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 30 and older Tuesday, and those 16 and up can start receiving shots April 6th. Pharmacists are ready.

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Area residents started receiving COVID-19 vaccines at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany this morning.

Democratic State Assemblyman John McDonald speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency pandemic powers could be rolled back as soon as Monday as the Democrat faces increasing scrutiny about his leadership. Capital Region State Assemblyman John McDonald is a Democrat from the 108th district. He was on the high-profile call with lawmakers and top Cuomo administration officials when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa acknowledged withholding information about COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents, citing a possible federal probe.

Cohoes residents were joined by activists and advocates on a Thursday morning Zoom meeting.
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Already under intense scrutiny from environmental advocates and local elected officials, the Norlite plant in Cohoes is facing new clean air violations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. But environmentalists are also taking aim at the DEC.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his 2021 agenda includes addressing a $15 billion budget deficit partly by legalizing recreational marijuana. Some area lawmakers have concerns.

The Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill banning the burning of aqueous film forming foam containing PFAS chemicals in cities designated Environmental Justice areas. The new law is tailored specifically for Cohoes.

Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
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There were no apparent upsets in Capital Region state legislature races, and an apparent winner has emerged in the race for the 46th state Senate district race.

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In New York’s 108th state Assembly District, a Cohoes Republican is hoping to unseat a former city mayor going for a fifth term in Albany.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off an initiative in the former Livingston Park aimed at involving West Hill residents in the process of building a community center.
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Albany's equity agenda got a boost Friday at Black Lives Matter Park.

Officials cut the ribbon opening the South End Connector to bike/ped traffic.
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In Albany Tuesday, officials hailed the completion of Phase One of the South End Connector, which links two popular bike trails.

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The Albany Housing Authority is getting a new Executive Director.

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Absentee ballot counting began today as four candidates in two Democratic primaries in the Capital Region await the final tally.

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A new survey takes a look at health coverage during the COVID-19 recession, finding more people uninsured, with many furloughed workers holding onto employer coverage.

Democratic State Assemblyman John McDonald speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
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New York State Assemblyman John McDonald says he expects to maintain his lead in the 108th district Democratic primary when absentee ballots are counted. McDonald, a former Cohoes mayor, is going for a fifth term in the district that includes parts of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. He faces Albany County Legislator Sam Fein.

John McDonald, Sam Fein
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Albany County legislator Sam Fein is looking to unseat incumbent John McDonald in today's Democratic primary to represent the 108th district in the New York state Assembly.

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Albany County legislator Sam Fein is looking to unseat incumbent John McDonald in the Democratic primary to represent the 108th district in the New York state Assembly. The two recently debated ahead of June 23rd’s election.

Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler, Assemblymember John McDonald
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A bill banning the burning of AFFF firefighting foam has passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate. The legislation was crafted specifically for Cohoes, as the prohibition would only impact cities with populations between 16,000 and 17,000 people.

State lawmakers representing the Capital Region say it will be long way back for local businesses now that phase one of reopening has begun.

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Concerns remain over environmental pollution from burning toxic materials at the Norlite site in Cohoes.

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Democratic New York state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald hosted a virtual town hall Thursday on health disparities found among communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reopening the economy is an important step to a return to some degree of normalcy, according to two New York state Assemblymembers who held a virtual town hall Thursday to brainstorm with business leaders.

Fahy kicked off the Zoom session, dubbed "Moving Forward: Adapting Your Job Search and Career Transitioning During COVID-19."
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With much of the American economy effectively shut down, Albany area state Democratic Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual town hall Thursday on career transitioning during the pandemic.

Democratic state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual town hall Thursday morning over the Zoom video app to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Capital Region's nonprofits.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt daily life as elected officials scramble to mobilize for the day normalcy returns.

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Capital Region state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual public town hall Wednesday on New York's new $177 billion budget.

Democratic State Assemblyman John McDonald speaking Feb. 25, 2020.
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State lawmakers are returning to Albany Monday for one of the strangest budget seasons in memory, with the coronavirus pandemic impacting virtually all aspects of everyday life. New York State Assemblyman John McDonald, a Democrat from the 108th district, says the business of government must go on. He spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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With the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state on the rise, local officials are preparing and educating the public.

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