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Assemblywoman Pat Fahy

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.

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
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New York Attorney General Tish James has received a referral from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo from two former staffers.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at the podium, with officials at the Port of Albany.
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Officials are celebrating the selection of the Port of Albany as the first offshore wind tower manufacturing site in the United States.

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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.

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One thing 2020 will be remembered for: the emergence of the face mask as a way to help protect against COVID-19.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy holds up an emergency order he signed Monday capping the fee that third-party apps can charge to deliver food in the county at 15%.
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Some relief is on the way for Albany County restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic.

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.

Robert Porter
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In New York’s 109th state Assembly District, Republican Robert Porter is challenging Democrat Pat Fahy, who is going for a fifth term in Albany.


The idea of a state-run program modeled on the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration that would create jobs for unemployed and underemployed residents to stimulate the economy is catching on in some quarters.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is rolling out a new budget today, including a plan to revitalize Lark Street.

Democratic 109th district Assemblymember Pat Fahy says the academic future of a "whole host of children" is uncertain.

Capital Region state lawmakers gathered outside the New York State Education Building Wednesday to call for more federal funding to rescue schools on the eve of an already difficult school year.

School bus
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As high-need school districts begin to see devastating impacts of a 20 percent cut in state aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, state lawmakers are trying to find ways to redirect funding to struggling schools.

One-third (33%) of U.S. adults reported stress, anxiety, and great sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, compared to about a quarter or less in other countries.
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A new survey finds COVID-19 is taking a toll on Americans' physical and mental well-being.

Pat Fahy
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With the U.S. economy in tatters, two New York state lawmakers have come up with a plan inspired by the economic crisis brought by the Great Depression.

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

File: Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has held briefings for 75 straight days during the pandemic, but the legislative session in Albany – scheduled to run through June – has slowed to a crawl after the budget passed in early April. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with 109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy about what comes next.


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.


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."

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.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt daily life as elected officials scramble to mobilize for the day normalcy returns.

File: New York State Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy
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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.

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You've seen them during the coronavirus pandemic: ordinary people on the streets wearing surgical masks or other face-coverings.

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Consumers, businesses and localities are getting ready as New York state's plastic bag ban takes effect March 1st.

Bethlehem, NY Town Supervisor David VanLuven
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Bethlehem, New York Supervisor David VanLuven gave his State of the Town address Wednesday night.

NY Assemblywoman Pat Fahy steps off a CDTA Electric Bus
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The Capital District Transportation Authority unveiled its first four zero-emission, electric buses today.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed changing New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control law to make it easier to allow alcohol sales at movie theaters. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the proposal is gaining momentum.

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
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New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany Wednesday for the start of the new legislative session. 109th District Assemblywoman Pat Fahy sat down this morning with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas for a preview of what’s ahead. The Democrat says she anticipates "a lot of challenges on a host of issues."

New York state Capitol
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The 2020 New York state legislative session is about to begin.

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Awards have been announced in the ninth round of New York state Regional Economic Development Council funding.

Royal Meadery was started by Gregory Wilhelm to further pursue his passion for beekeeping and brewing.
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New York state's first farm meadery license was celebrated today at an Albany County business.