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Niskayuna Central School District administrators
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Discussion continued in the Niskayuna Central School District last night following an hours-long lockdown earlier this month that distressed some parents and students.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about what is believed to be the first lawsuit in the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y. The pair also discuss the legal limbo of fantasy sports companies that operate within New York.

Bill McGee with Consumer Reports, UAlbany Coach Will Brown, Senator Chuck Schumer, Albany Firefighter Dave Gallati
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

During one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Albany International Airport today.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about critics of the new Amazon deal to build part of its second headquarters in New York City. The pair also discuss an international conference being held in New York City focusing on regulating home-sharing sites.

Karen DeWitt

New York state Senator John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday afternoon, surviving a challenge to his leadership from upstate Senator Cathy Young of Olean. But, come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party, after Democrats took control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century.

Albany City Hall
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

People in the Northeast are digging out from a rare November snowstorm that triggered a multitude of closings, delays and commuter woes.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos at an appearance in Plattsburgh early 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is leaving his post. First appointed by Governor Cuomo in 2015, Seggos previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment for the governor. Seggos is stepping aside at a critical time for environmental issues in New York.

The Niskayuna Board of Education
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Niskayuna Central School District in Schenectady County has scheduled additional dialogue following a lockdown last week that kept students and staff in their classrooms hours after the final bell.

Facebook: Amazon.com

After an intense competition from cities and regions in the U.S. and Canada, Amazon has announced its new East Coast headquarters will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and in Arlington, Virginia. New York state offered the online retail giant $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives to come to New York. 

Morning Headlines With Miles Reed Of The Daily Gazette

Nov 14, 2018
Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about Saratoga Springs, N.Y. parents who are continuing to push for armed guards at local schools. The pair also dicuss the pension crisis at the former St. Clare's hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. 

Robert Flacke
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Robert Flacke, the only person to serve as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and as Commissioner of the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, died over the weekend.

One week after Election Day, a hard fought congressional race in Central New York has now gone before a judge. A hearing is expected today after a state Supreme Court judge last Friday ordered absentee ballots impounded in New York’s 22nd House District. Democrat Anthony Brindisi, who leads Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney by just under 1,300 votes, made the request. 

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about an Albany Bishop who has outlawed same-sex marriage in the Episcopal churches he oversees. The pair also discuss commercial vehicle inspections, and the state's failure to follow up on repairs, in the wake of the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

American Flag
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Albany's 63rd annual Veterans Day Parade begins Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and Ontario Street. 

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the possibility of the legalization of recreational pot in the state. They also discuss the Child Victims Act.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A small upstate New York museum known for its fine arts collection is displaying two copies of late 15th century German books and a rare page from the Gutenberg Bible.

Scott Davidson/Flickr

An investigation is underway after a man was struck and killed by a police cruiser in the Village of Cobleskill.

Robert Flacke
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Robert Flacke, who served as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and later was appointed commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has died at his home in Lake George. He was 85.

Scott Davidson/Flickr

The YWCA has issued an apology to an upstate New York police department after accusing it of "blatant racism and brutality" over a recent arrest.

Wikimedia Commons/Diego Grez

New York State Police have ruled a pair of suspicious deaths that occurred earlier this week in Schoharie County to be a murder-suicide.

Albany Medical Center Hospital is investigating the death of a patient who died in the emergency room.

More public dialogue will be held after two threats were discovered at the Niskayuna Central School District in Schenectady County in one week.

New York has a plan to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes, which the Cuomo administration is calling an "emerging public health issue" among young people.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who will become the first woman and African American woman to lead the New York state Senate come January, says she hopes to take action quickly on long-stalled measures in the Senate. She predicts that by the 2020 presidential election, New Yorkers will finally have early voting.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in Plattsburgh on January 31, 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Although there has been no official announcement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has confirmed to the Times Union newspaper that the state commissioner of Environmental Conservation will leave his post.

The Saratoga Springs 2018 Charter Review Commission (file photo)
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The second proposal to change Saratoga Springs’ city charter in as many years has failed at the ballot box.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
Karen Dewitt

With Democrats now set to control both houses of the New York State Legislature, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has laid out a framework for the term ahead.

Rep. John Faso talks with reporters in Valatie at his campaign-watch headquarters.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As Democrats were celebrating a new beginning with Antonio Delgado’s win in the 19th House district, a longtime New York official was met with the potential end of his political career.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the midterm election results.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Democrats are claiming control of the New York State Senate, with several seats now leaning toward the party’s candidates. 

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