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Lake George
Lucas Willard / WAMC

As multimillion dollar upgrades are being made at the Lake George Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect water quality, a new partnership between local banks and the FUND for Lake George is aimed at upgrading old septic systems in the Lake George basin. 

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
Composite Image by Dave Lucas

New tobacco control measures are now in effect across New York.

A situation where confidential employee information from the non-profit Shelters of Saratoga was uploaded to the Saratoga Springs city website is being chalked up to human error.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

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Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, for an update on some Capital Region businesses that received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Champlain Centre mall logo on a podium
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Many malls in New York state will be reopening on Friday.  Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead as long as an enhanced air filtering system is installed.

Former Rep. Claudia Tenney
Former Rep. Claudia Tenney

Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney has won a Republican primary in central New York to earn a rematch with Democrat Anthony Brindisi, who ousted her from office in 2018.

heart with stethoscope

Health insurance companies regulated by New York state are waiting to hear back about their requests for 2021 rate changes for premium holders. The companies, like nearly every other industry, face many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schenectady Police headquarters
Lucas Willard / WAMC

After video of an arrest Monday led to protests outside police headquarters hours later, Schenectady officials announced changes to several police protocols Thursday. 

Joseph Spector - Politics on the Hudson

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is renewing warnings about the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local governments.

Tensions between Saratoga Springs residents of color and the city police department were put on full display in an online forum Wednesday night.

Letitia James
Facebook: New York State Attorney General

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a preliminary report Wednesday on the investigation into NYPD interactions with Black Lives Matter protesters following the death of George Floyd.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says shopping malls will be allowed to open in New York beginning July 10, if they meet certain conditions. At the same time, the governor says any remaining county fairs still planned for this year are canceled, citing ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.  

Erica Miller

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about new footage from a Monday arrest in Schenectady, New York that shows a city police officer repeatedly punching a man in addition to placing his knee on the man's neck.  

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Chief of the Schenectady Police Department is urging patience as authorities continue their investigation into a Monday incident where it appeared an officer placed his knee on a man's neck while making an arrest.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

A coalition of government reform groups say the New York state legislature should consider limiting some of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers gained during the pandemic, and return, at least remotely, to meeting in session to set policy for New York.

Black At St. Rose Instagram Account
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Prompted by claims of racism on campus chronicled on an Instagram account called “Black At St. Rose,” interim president Marcia White is promising to hire a Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the private Albany college.

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about an online video that appears to show a Schenectady police officer pinning a man to the ground by placing his knee on the man's neck. 

Protesters outside Schenectady Police HQ on Monday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Protesters gathered outside Schenectady Police headquarters Monday night hours after a video circulated online of what appears to be a police officer holding a man to the ground with his knee on the man’s neck. Now, the mayor says the incident is under review. 

Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how museums and other venues can welcome visitors. That’s the case for the Iroquois Indian Museum in Schoharie County, New York, which is offering a special outdoor exhibition. 

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Jul 6, 2020
Yancey Roy
Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, for an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Long Island and New York City. 

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Once the epicenter of the pandemic, New York City will enter Phase Three of reopening Monday but indoor dining will not immediately return.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jul 3, 2020
Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about a potential affiliation between the Center for Economic Growth and the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce.  

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday.

Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV or convertor box to find all the available channels in your area.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some TV stations in the Northeast are switching frequencies this week.

New York State Assemblyman David Gantt, who served the Rochester area for decades, has died at age 78. 

New York State Capitol

New York’s fiscal crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to temporary funding reductions for some cities and postponed planned pay raises for state workers. It has also led to reductions to some smaller programs, including an organization that has helped New Yorkers with intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. The program is slated for significant cuts this month. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the rate of the COVID-19 virus continues to be low in New York, with 11 deaths on June 30, but he says he worries that compliance with safety rules is slipping. Because of that, the governor says he’s postponing permission to allow indoor dining in New York City.  

Peter Barber

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about a heated altercation between protesters and the owner of Bumpy's Polar Freeze in Schenectady, New York Tuesday afternoon. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is adding eight more states to a travel advisory list for states with high levels of the coronavirus. Visitors from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee will now be required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed governments across the globe by increasing their spending in some areas at the same time revenues are plummeting due to business shutdowns. The MRB Group surveyed 40 upstate New York governments – counties, cities, towns and villages – to learn how they are faring.