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Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about New York's decision to allow in-person proms and graduation ceremonies under strict COVID-19 guidelines this spring. 

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

First-term Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton is entering the race for mayor.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Criminal justice advocates say they hope to build on victories in recent weeks like the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana to gain more reforms for members of minority communities who are incarcerated at higher rates than white New Yorkers. 

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday for an update on the coronavirus pandemic in New York. They also discuss reports that the state is seeking to suspend or revoke the licenses of about 20 real estate agents in Long Island, following a Newsday investigation of discrimination in the industry. 

An image of the Ingenuity helicopter on the Martian surface captured by NASA's Perseverance rover on April 8th, 2021
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

In 1903, the first successful powered flight was accomplished by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

118 years later, NASA is preparing for the first powered flight on another planet.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

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.

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about the $212 billion budget passed by New York state lawmakers earlier this week. 

Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about why one attorney says those hoping to enter New York's upcoming marijuana industry shouldn't wait. 

Ron Kim speaks in Saratoga Springs
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Another candidate for mayor of Saratoga Springs has officially entered the race. And as he’s a veteran of city politics.

Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Queens Democrat, spoke at a rally to celebrate the inclusion of new taxes on the wealthy and increased school funding in the state budget, at a rally outside the State Capitol on April 7, 2021.
Karen DeWitt

Progressive Democrats in the New York state legislature took a victory lap Wednesday, after passing a $212 billion budget that achieves many of their long-term goals, including a substantial increase in taxes on the wealthy and the fulfillment of a 15-year-old court order to fully fund schools. Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, embroiled in several scandals, put the best face on items that did not go his way.  

Heidi Owen West
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The race for mayor of Saratoga Springs is shaping up. Well-known city business owner Heidi Owen West will appear on the Republican line in the race to replace outgoing Democrat Meg Kelly.

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York state budget includes a $3 billion increase in school funding, as part of a plan to fulfill a 15-year-old court order that required the state to spend significantly more on its schools to guarantee every child’s constitutional right to an education.  

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about an agreement by New York state lawmakers to fully fund the state's core education aid formula over the next three years. 

The New York State Capitol
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Nearly a week after it was due, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s legislative leaders have announced final agreement on a $212 billion budget deal. 

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen (left) and WAMC's Jackie Orchard (right) at the Times Union Center COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

As many of us wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering what the experience will be like. WAMC’s Jackie Orchard recently toured the Albany Times Union Center mass vaccination clinic.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about why New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging state transportation officials to adopt protocols recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with Hoosick Falls residents
Lucas Willard / WAMC

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders and advocates Monday in Hoosick Falls where she provided details on new legislation intended to address PFAS contamination and require medical monitoring for those affected by pollution. 

A New York State Police trooper adjusts a body-worn camera
New York State Police

New York State Police are rolling out body-worn cameras to roughly 3,000 troopers statewide, starting with those in the Albany area. The statewide program, being instituted under legislation signed into law last June, will cost about $7.5 million a year.

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday about reports that New York state lawmakers are nearing a budget deal that would increase taxes on top earners and some corporations. 

Senator Chuck Schumer, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Rachel Seeber, and Glens Falls Mayor Dan Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer paid a visit to Glens Falls today to tout the benefits of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package signed by President Biden.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could have violated state ethics laws, according to allegations in newspaper accounts that he used his staff to help him write a book on how he managed the COVID-19 pandemic, and gave his family and politically connected associates priority access to coronavirus tests. But, the state’s ethics commission, which has the power to investigate the allegations, has a poor track record investigating claims of corruption.

Father Bob Longobucco of St. Kateri’s Catholic Church in Niskayuna gives communion to masked parishioners during a socially distanced service.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented challenge for religious leaders, forcing most services to go remote and fragmenting once tight-knit communities. The logistics may have been a challenge, but their faith is stronger than ever.

The marquee outside the Spectrum 8 in Albany on Wednesday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Albany movie buffs will be able to catch up on their Oscar shortlist today, as the Spectrum 8 Theater on Delaware Avenue is reopening after a year-long shutdown. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a sneak preview as the arthouse theater came back to life.

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about what's holding up the New York state budget. 

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

April 1 has come with no agreement on the New York state budget. For the first time in over a decade, there’s no clear indication of when a spending plan might be passed. The state comptroller warns if the impasse lasts beyond Monday, the paychecks of some essential state workers might be delayed.  

Melissa Mangini
Provided by Melissa Mangini / Albany Business Review

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about two developers who hope to transform a prominent section of Saratoga Springs, New York into a resort. 

Members of the Saratoga Springs City Council met Wednesday over Zoom
Zoom/City of Saratoga Springs/Image capture by WAMC

In accordance with a state mandate, the Saratoga Springs city council adopted a police reform plan Wednesday night ahead of an April 1st deadline.

A slide from Tuesday night's presentation on the idea to relocate homes on Ingersoll Avenue to a neighboring parcel
City of Schenectady/Image capture by WAMC

As the City of Schenectady continues to ponder ways to mitigate flooding in one riverfront neighborhood, one idea would move several homes out of the flood plain entirely. 

The Town of Niskayuna approved a police reform plan on Tuesday
Town of Niskayuna/Image capture by WAMC

The Town of Niskayuna has approved its police reform plan under a New York State mandate. 

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about a plan to move some homes in Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood out of a floodplain by the Mohawk River. 

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