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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In February, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey introduced a Green New Deal resolution: a set of proposed economic stimulus programs to address climate change and racial and social economic inequalities. Over the weekend, about 100 people attended a Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.
WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a bipartisan pitch by lawmakers to amend the federal stretch limo law. The propsed changes follow the limo crash, which killed 20 people in Schoharie, N.Y. in October. The pair also discuss a lawsuit between two prominent housing developers in the area.
There is a rematch in the race for New York’s 20th House district seat. Paul Tonko, a longtime Democratic incumbent, is again facing a challenge from Republican Joe Vitollo. The two candidates for the Capital Region seat discussed the issues at a debate last night in Clifton Park.
Many of the victims killed in Saturday’s limo crash in Schoharie had close ties to Amsterdam, New York, about 25 miles away. Monday night, the city came together for a candlelight vigil and memorial service honoring the 20 people killed.
Once again, a Supreme Court nominee is facing 11th hour questions about his past. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.
New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th District, held a town hall forum Thursday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, high prescription drug prices were a hot topic of conversation.