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The outcome in New York’s 49th state Senate district is yet to be determined.

From left to right: New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Senator James Tedisco, State Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh
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A group of Capital Region lawmakers is again pushing for an independent review of nursing home-related deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

Sen. James Tedisco shows an enlarged image of a document sent to his office by an anonymous source
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A Capital Region State Senator says a newly uncovered document may lead to more answers as to why over a thousand employees of a closed Schenectady hospital had their pensions reduced or eliminated.

Saratoga County D.A. Karen Heggen, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and State Senator Jim Tedisco.
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New criminal justice laws will be on the books in New York next year. But several Saratoga County state and local Republican officials are pushing for a delay.

Attorney Victoria Esposito and Albany Law Professor David Pratt on the steps of the Schenectady County Judicial Building.
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Former St. Clare's Hospital employees whose retirement plans have been thrown into chaos assembled Tuesday on the steps of the Schenectady County Judicial Building as attorneys filed a lawsuit over their lost pensions.

Employees of the former St. Clare's Hospital rally on the Million Dollar Staircase.
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Employees of the former St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady took their fight to get their pensions back to the state capitol today.

Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Angelo Santabara with St. Clare's pensioners.
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Lawmakers met with Bishop Ed Scharfenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany at the capitol Friday in an effort to address the pension collapse involving the former St. Clare's Hospital.

Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco, Democrat Michelle Ostrelich
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On this Election Day, there has been a big development in one New York state Senate race.

Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco, Democrat Michelle Ostrelich and forum moderator Ann Kril
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Two candidates vying for New York’s sprawling 49th state Senate district seat met for a voter forum last night in Clifton Park.

Michelle Ostrelich
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Michelle Ostrelich,a Democrat from Schenectady County, is seeking Republican Jim Tedisco’s 49th state Senate district seat.

The 49th District stretches from the Capital Region into the central Adirondacks.

Both candidates stressed the importance of the 2018 election, as the makeup of the Senate hangs in the balance. 

You can hear from both of the candidates below:

Jim Tedisco

An off-duty Albany Police officer was killed Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in the Albany County town of Knox.

An upstate New York lawmaker is calling for a new way to fund school security in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida.

Office of Senator James Tedisco

State funding to build a new rescue boat launch for a local fire department along the Mohawk River has been secured.

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Glenville’s police station is need of an upgrade. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the police department in Schenectady County was awarded $1.5 million in state funding to make major upgrades.

Superintendent Larry Spring says the extra funding will empower the district to hire more teachers, expand services and roll out new programs.
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One day before voters decide school budgets across New York state, Schenectady School District officials welcomed elected leaders to Mont Pleasant Middle School to discuss the impact of a significant funding increase.

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The area is mourning Capital Region Chamber of Commerce President, Chuck Steiner.

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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.

The Santabarbara Family's Yorkie, Muffy is pictured with Michael
Angelo Santabarbara

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

New York State Capitol
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  Post updated 12/29/16

A Capital Region lawmaker has pledged to introduce a bill to require Governor Andrew Cuomo to stay in Albany when he delivers his State of the State message next month. The governor plans to bring his annual address on the road.

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Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has served the Capital Region for 33 years. He’ll go onto represent New Yorkers in retiring Senator Hugh Farley’s 49th district this January after securing 70 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

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With the retirement of longtime GOP State Senator Hugh Farley, 112th District Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is seeking to fill his shoes in a campaign against Democratic challenger Chad Putman.

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The makeup of New York state Senate hangs in the balance this year. It’s currently led by Republicans and a coalition of breakaway Democrats.

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STORY UPDATED 9/14/16 11:10 a.m.

The sprawling 49th Senate district that stretches from Schenectady deep into the Adirondacks has been held by Republican Hugh Farley for four decades.

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A candidate for New York’s 49th State Senate district is withdrawing from the race.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday marked the Sixth Annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day at the capitol.

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Nancy Nugent said something that’s been a common theme in the race for New York’s 49th Senate District.


Eleven porcupines recently found clubbed to death in Albany and Schoharie counties have alarmed elected officials.

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After he announced his intention to run for State Senate in 2015, Republican Christian Klueg says that he contacted party officials across the 49th Senate District. Klueg says he experienced a lack of communication from GOP committees, saying many had already endorsed Senator Hugh Farley, now retiring after 40 years in the legislature.

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“My name is Chad Putman and I am running to be the next senator from the 49th District. Are you with me?" Putman asked his supporters.

Democrat Chad Putman marked the beginning of his journey across the sprawling district Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Park in Schenectady. The pocket park, which Putman helped revitalize with his husband Spero Zoulas, is just around the corner from their home.

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It's official. Capital Region Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, first elected in 1982, is joining the race for retiring Republican Senator Hugh Farley's 49th District seat.