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New York will begin to open certain regions of the state on Friday. Right now, leaders from each designated region are coming together to plan for Phase 1 of reopening.

Positive COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County have more than doubled in the last week. With warm weather coming and religious holidays here, officials are urging residents to comply with social distancing in communities that have not yet reached peak spread of the virus.

Officials in rural Montgomery County, New York updated the public on the spread of COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort
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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort delivered his annual State of the County address today, but it wasn’t the speech he was planning to give even earlier this week.

Attorneys for the families of seven crash victims speak in Fonda
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Lawyers representing the families of several of the victims of last year’s deadly limousine crash in Schoharie have filed lawsuits against the operators of the vehicle involved, a repair shop, and the State of New York.

A billboard is installed atop the former Beech-Nut factory in Canajoharie, NY
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If you’re traveling on the New York State Thruway by Exit 29, you’ll notice a new billboard atop the former Beech-Nut baby food factory.

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The former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie, New York has been dormant for years. But it could be home to a new industry: hemp processing. That’s the goal of Sheldon Roberts of Arouca Holdings, Inc., who is seeking a state grant to transform a 60,000 square-foot space at the site.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
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Twenty-five of New York state’s local governments are in some form of fiscal stress, according to a new report by the state comptroller.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara
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An upstate New York Assemblyman is joining with a state Senator on a proposal that would place a moratorium on the annexation of farmland for industrial use.

Road signs over Route 5 in Amsterdam
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced more than $144 million in infrastructure funding across the state. The funding is intended to support roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the City of Amsterdam was awarded millions to support two projects.

Matt Ossenfort
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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort gave his sixth State of the County address Thursday. Now in his second four-year term, the Republican talked about how the Mohawk Valley county has changed during his time in office.

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Officials celebrated the new section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Pattersonville
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A new connector in the trail system that traverses New York state was celebrated Wednesday in Schenectady County.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort speaks to Canajoharie residents
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Residents of Canajoharie are again being asked their ideas for redevelopment of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at a crowded meeting Tuesday night.

From left to right: State Senator George Amedore, State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Amsterdam Mayor Mike Villa, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort
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The City of Amsterdam has won a transformative grant from New York state to make major upgrades to its downtown.


Five schools in the greater Capital Region have reported cases of "hand, foot and mouth" disease, also known as Coxsackievirus.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the sheriff's race in Montgomery County.  The pair also discuss Schnectady County Community College's name change.

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Authorities say two members of an upstate New York sheriff's office have been put on paid administrative leave for failing to report an off-duty hit-and-run accident one of them was involved in.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara with Citizens Against Local Landfills
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A New York state Assemblyman is calling for a moratorium on sewage sludge facilities in New York.

Residents of Canajoharie gathered last night to brainstorm ideas about possible re-use of the former Beech-Nut factory site.

The Canajoharie village firehouse was packed Wednesday night with local residents eager to share their ideas for the future of the factory complex that anchored the community for more than a century.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the former owners of a shuttered baby food factory in the Mohawk Valley to clean up the site. But the former owners say it’s not their problem.

The mayor of a Montgomery County community has resigned after serving less than two months in office.

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Montgomery County, New York Executive Matt Ossenfort was scheduled to deliver his State of the County address Wednesday night.

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The Village of Canajoharie and Montgomery County are hoping to demolish certain structures at the shuttered Beech-Nut factory. An upcoming court date could move things forward as the officials await a half-million dollar grant.

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A ceremony was held Tuesday morning in the Fireman’s Home in Fort Plain, located on a block that was underwater in June of 2013. The storm dumped 8 inches of rain and swelled a nearby creek beyond its banks. Homes and businesses were damaged and one person died.

The Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge In Amsterdam
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A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the opening of the $17.5 million Gateway Overlook in Amsterdam.

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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with residents in Canajoharie Wednesday night to discuss his vision to redevelop the massive, former Beech-Nut plant that sits beside the Mohawk River.

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Canajoharie, in New York’s Mohawk Valley, is home to an enormous eyesore that once served as its economic engine. The shuttered Beech-Nut plant employed thousands throughout the 20th Century. Now, local officials are hoping to reclaim the site and redevelop it. A Washington, D.C.-based architectural organization took a tour with the hope that it can offer new ideas for the old factory. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard went along.


Montgomery County Town of Palatine Supervisor Sara Niccoli has kicked off a campaign to unseat Republican George Amedore  in the 46th State Senate District. 

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Weeks after news of a potential distribution center for Dollar General fell through in Saratoga County, the company is eyeing a new site in Montgomery County. Proponents are viewing the project as a job creator.

Officials in Montgomery County are wondering what to do about a former factory that was once the cornerstone of a community.