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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.

Pleasure craft lined up for the annual opening of the locks at Waterford
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Congressman Paul Tonko from New York’s 20th District on Monday became the latest Democrat to support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Congressman Paul Tonko at Hudson Valley Community College
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New York Congressman Paul Tonko held a town hall on the climate Tuesday in Troy.

Green New Deal forum at the Albany Public Library.
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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.

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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko will lead a House subcommittee on climate change.

Those gathered at the Amsterdam vigil heard words of scripture from the Reverend Kent McHeard.
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It was a stunning tragedy with ripple effects across the Capital Region: the death of 20 people in a limo crash in Schoharie in October. It may be the biggest area news story of the year.

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.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Donald Trump and what's coming to Capitol Hill in the new year.

Republican Joe Vitollo and Democrat Paul Tonko
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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.

Those gathered at the vigil heard words of scripture from the Reverend Kent McHeard.
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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.

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In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Democratic primary voters in New York decided to stick with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks at Schenectady County Community College
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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.

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