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New York Congressman Paul Tonko

U.S. Senators have unveiled their $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. New York Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy have high expectations as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the bill could be passed "in a matter of days."

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's "disaster emergency" over gun violence is drawing mixed reaction from local and federal officials.

Shana Davis, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko & Dr. Leigh Wedenoja at Tonko's Albany office, July 12, 2021.
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Advance federal Child Tax Credit payments begin Thursday as part of the federal COVID relief package. Advocates want every eligible family to receive them.

Congressman Paul Tonko, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko was in Troy today for a firsthand look at plans to reimagine the Congress Street Bridge and surrounding areas. The Democrat is touring the Capital Region during a local infrastructure week as talks continue in Washington.

U.S. Senator Kiresten Gillibrand was joined by fellow Democrat Congressman Paul Tonko at Saddlewood Elementary School.
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U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Colonie today, pushing to make the Universal School Meals program permanent.

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Three bills intended to upgrade U.S. drinking water systems and address toxic pollutants took a step forward Wednesdsay as the conversation in Washington D.C. focuses on a wide-ranging infrastructure package.

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The city of Albany celebrated local hero Henry Johnson on Saturday.

Orange ribbons handed out in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day
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The city of Albany recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day today.

Cohoes Reservoir
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The city of Cohoes in Albany County is proposing a $5.9 million solar panel project to float on its water reservoir. 

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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko held a telephone town hall Thursday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, participants were eager to ask their representative and experts about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Congressman Paul Tonko and RISSE Operations Director Francis Sengabo
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko of the 20th district is explaining why he joined calls from fellow House Democrats for embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks Thursday over Zoom
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A group of bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would support research to investigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. 

Rep. Tonko at the inauguration of President Joe Biden Jan. 20, 2021
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Joe Biden took the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States. He takes charge in a deeply divided nation, inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. WAMC has been speaking with members of Congress from the Northeast who attended the inauguration. New York Rep. Paul Tonko is a Democrat from the 20th House district. 

Paul Tonko appeared Election Night on Zoom
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Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko has declared victory in New York’s 20th House District as he heads to a seventh term.

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A group of New York’s federal representatives is sponsoring legislation to reauthorize a commission to support the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks at Saratoga Race Course
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A bill aimed at improving safety in thoroughbred horseracing has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

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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.

Horseracing at Saratoga Race Course
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The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, a version of which has been promoted for years by Capital Region House Democrat Paul Tonko, now has a path forward in the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced Monday in Lexington that he will introduce the bill in the Senate, after getting support from The Jockey Club, Keeneland and Churchill Downs. 

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Even as they scrambled to establish curbside takeout and outdoor dining options, restaurants were turned upside down by the pandemic. Now, lawmakers are considering ways to help out the food and beverage industry as the colder weather approaches.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators were in Troy today, pushing for public support for the postal service. The Democrats are calling for swift approval of emergency pandemic relief funding as the House prepares to bar the USPS from cutting services.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar,  Congressman Paul Tonko
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon calling on Washington to provide local governments with direct federal relief.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks at a press conference in Amsterdam detailing new proposed limousine safety regulations
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As the second anniversary of a fatal crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie nears, a slate of limousine safety measures is moving forward in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Paul Tonko
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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko held a telephone town hall Wednesday night with experts to answer questions about response efforts to COVID-19.

Upstate New York’s Congressional representatives gathered for a televised virtual town hall about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday night. 

New York Congressman Paul Tonko
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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko is criticizing the Trump administration for mixed messages on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Democrat from New York’s 20th District spoke to constituents on a telephone town hall Wednesday night. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was on the line.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with RISSE  Director Rifat Filkins
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Albany County is applying for Census 2020 grants to target specific communities where it is anticipated further outreach will be necessary.

Congressman Paul Tonko met with reporters at his Albany office Sunday morning, March 19, 2017.
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Several House Democrats walked out of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. New York Democrat Paul Tonko of the 20th district stayed for the duration. But Tonko says he is disappointed with the substance of the speech and the tone of the evening. He spoke with WAMC News on Wednesday. 

Tonko, a Democrat, spoke Tuesday in Albany, with the 2020 Census looming.
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Representative Paul Tonko continues to press for a fair and accurate census count of New York's 20th congressional district.

Rep. Paul Tonko joins those who traveled along the Erie Canal for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor's Canalway Challenge
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A group of bikers, paddlers, walkers, and others who traveled along New York’s Erie Canal were celebrated today. But the governmental organization that runs the 360-mile route across the state is in danger of losing federal funding.

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The weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, and violence here in the Capital Region, are leading to discussion and soul-searching.