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Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Two decades after a stinging corruption scandal, the Schenectady Police Department has updated and implemented new policies and procedures. After a years-long effort, the department received statewide accreditation.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking September 24, 2020
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Saying he does not trust the federal government, Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York state will conduct its own review of any COVID-19 vaccines that are deemed to be ready for use.

Clinton Correctional
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In mid-August, the union representing corrections officers in New York state said the state Department of Corrections had stopped testing for contraband materials sent to inmates in correctional facilities.  A northern New York state representative is also taking up demands to reinstate protocols for inspection and prevention of contraband drugs entering the prisons.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
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After the recent discovery of an invasive forest pest near Lake George, a new effort is being launched to prevent the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that hundreds of students in Schenectady, New York are without computers a week into the largely-virtual school year. 

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Today is national voter registration day and voting rights groups are encouraging people to register and make a plan for how they will cast their ballot.

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union for an update on the ongoing perjury trial of former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove. 

A woman suspected of sending an envelope addressed to the White House containing the poison ricin has been arrested at the New York-Canada border.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is dismissing as “political” the Justice Department’s move to classify New York City, Seattle and Portland as “anarchy” jurisdictions, and withhold billions of dollars in federal funds.

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Sep 21, 2020
Yancey Roy
Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, to learn how President Trump's judicial appointments compare to those of past presidents. 

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A decision by New Jersey leaders to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents has given new hope to advocates who want to tax the rich in New York. But Governor Andrew Cuomo and his budget director are throwing cold water on that proposal.

Several leading New York elected officials held a Zoom session to launch "Vote WFP"
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Several leading New York elected officials held a Zoom session to launch "Vote WFP" in a bid to keep the Working Families Party on the statewide ballot after November’s election.

The Troy city council met for the first time Thursday night after the killing of an 11-year-old boy on Sunday.

The pandemic could create challenges for emergency relief programs this winter. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Saratoga County is hoping to provide additional space for Code Blue Saratoga.

Gantries mounted with sensors and cameras will replace toll booths on the Thruway within the next year.
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Thruway system will transition to cashless tolling in November. All of its tollbooths will go dark, and a network of electronic tolling monitors will switch on.

Brothers Garrett and Nick Bernardo at NOVUS headquarters in Albany, NY.
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At a time when most small businesses are struggling, one Albany sports apparel company is hitting its stride during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayshawn Davis
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The City of Troy is reeling from the shooting death of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis Sunday night. So far, authorities have yet to identify a suspect or suspects in the killing — the 12th homicide the Collar City has experienced this year, as violence has increased across the Capital Region during a pandemic and economic downturn. 

From left to right: New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Senator James Tedisco, State Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh
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A group of Capital Region lawmakers is again pushing for an independent review of nursing home-related deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers COVID-19 update during April 6, 2020 press briefing
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New York’s fiscal year is nearly half over and the state budget remains billions of dollars out of balance, largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been relying on temporary measures to keep the state afloat, but fiscal experts say it’s time to make some hard decisions.

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Authorities in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park say they have found a body believed to be that of a New York man who was reported missing on Thursday.

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Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th grade students, though some students will learn remotely. Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19.

farm tractor in field
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New York’s Farm Workers Fair Laborers Practices Act mandates that all farmworkers, including foreign visa employees, receive overtime after working 60 hours in a week.  A wage board created as part of the legislation is now considering lowering the overtime threshold to 40 hours.  But some legislators and farmworkers say it’s too soon to make changes to a law that has been in effect for less than a year.

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Sep 14, 2020
Yancey Roy
Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about why county jail populations are down across New York state. 

Opponents of a proposed apartment complex in the northern-most section of Troy, New York packed an hours-long city council meeting Thursday night.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Sep 11, 2020
Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

Saratoga Race Course wrapped its annual summer meet this week — an unusual season made quiet by the coronavirus pandemic. WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, for an update on how businesses in Saratoga Springs are faring. 

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A suburban school district in Schenectady County will move to all-virtual instruction until further notice after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. 

Ron Kim speaks at a press conference organized by It's Time Saratoga
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Saratogians seeking to change the Spa City’s system of government started their campaign today in support of a new city charter ahead of Election Day.

September is suicide prevention month, and it may be more important than ever this year. The COVID-19 pandemic is making people feel isolated, spurring a rise in gun sales and creating new boundaries to medical care. WAMC brings you this firsthand account of what it feels like to hit a low point – and how to bounce back.

Democratic 109th district Assemblymember Pat Fahy says the academic future of a "whole host of children" is uncertain.

Capital Region state lawmakers gathered outside the New York State Education Building Wednesday to call for more federal funding to rescue schools on the eve of an already difficult school year.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about the obstacles facing local schools as they try to comply with New York's new online COVID-19 dashboard.