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NY 19th CD write-in candidate Ola Hawetmeh
Ola Hawetmeh

Although Poughkeepsie fashion designer Ola Hawatmeh lost the Republican primary to Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook in New York’s 19th Congressional district, she hasn’t stopped campaigning this fall. She spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her write-in effort.

The union representing more than 600 workers at the Remington firearms plant in Ilion, New York says most of its members have been laid off. The United Mine Workers of America says the workers are losing their health coverage at the end of the month, and other contractual benefits will end. 

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who faces sentencing Tuesday after being convicted on sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, and racketeering charges last year. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to take issue with comments by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who said over the weekend that the federal government does not plan to get control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union leaders say almost 600 furloughed employees at the Remington Arms plant in Herkimer County, New York were told that they would be terminated effective Monday. 

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Environmentalists are calling on New York state to end fossil fuel subsidies.

General Manager of The Linda, Carl Blackwood, gives guidance to The Nellies before the show starts.
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic seven months ago, many performance venues have had to completely change their business strategy. Our own Performing Arts Studio, The Linda, is no exception. But Monday nights are becoming a bright spot again.

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Oct 26, 2020
Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about the weekend's large turnout for early voting in New York. 

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The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany will resign in February, resolving a disciplinary matter after he directed clergy not to perform same-sex marriages in 2018.

Early voters lined up in Bethlehem, New York Saturday morning
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Many voters around the region waited for an hour or more to vote on Saturday, the first day of early voting in New York. 

Hear from several voters waiting outside one polling location in Albany County today: 

Early voting runs through November 1st. 

Claudia Braymer
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Democrat Claudia Braymer is running for New York’s 114th State Assembly District seat, currently held by Dan Stec. Stec, a Republican, is running to replace Republican State Senator Betty Little, who is retiring.

Elizabeth Warren
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Minor parties in New York state face strict new rules this year to keep their candidates on the ballot without having to resort to petitioning for thousands of signatures. One party, the progressive Working Families Party, is making an all-out effort to boost votes on their party line.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Oct 23, 2020
Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about reports that Pyramid Management Group is suing fashion department store Lord & Taylor for $20 million over its plans to close its location at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, New York. 

New York State Senator Daphne Jordan speaking prior to her election in 2018
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New York State Senator Daphne Jordan is seeking a second two-year term. The Republican from the 43rd District is facing a challenge from Democratic candidate Patrick Nelson.

Local officials speak at Wednesday's press conference outside the Greene County office building
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Visitors will now be restricted at two upstate New York correctional facilities after recent COVID outbreaks among inmate populations.

NYS Assemblywoman Pat Fahy holds a copy of her newsletter.
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New York state Assemblywoman Pat Fahy is vying for a fifth term in the 109th district. The Democrat spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Steve Greenfield is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District.
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Two years after garnering 1.5 percent of the vote, Steve Greenfield is once again the Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th District. Greenfield spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.
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With 43 states and territories now qualifying New York State’s banned list, Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s talking to health experts about a possible testing regimen that could end the mandatory quarantine period.

County Executive Matt Ossenfort shows Rep. Delgado a map of the Beech-Nut site inside Building 17
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The location of a sprawling former factory in Montgomery County received a visit from New York Congressman Antonio Delgado Tuesday as local officials continue work to redevelop the site.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about the latest public hearing in Saratoga Springs, New York, where residents voiced their frustration with proposed cuts to the city's recreation programs. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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Forty three states and territories have landed on New York’s COVID-19 quarantine list, including three of the state’s neighbors. 

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about the spike in gun violence in the Capital Region. Albany Police are investigating a drive-by shooting where two men were injured on Mount Hope Drive Monday night. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 20, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says his COVID-19 vaccination plan for New York, released over the weekend, is preliminary, and that much more information is needed to finalize the distribution of the vaccine throughout the state.

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other elected officials at Hudson’s Public Square/7th Street Park, October 19, 2020.
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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined other elected officials at Hudson’s Public Square/7th Street Park Monday to promote legislation to help small businesses recover from months of limited operations.

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Oct 19, 2020
Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to distribute a future COVID-19 vaccine in the state. 

Louise Kerr
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During one of the most challenging years for cultural organizations on record, Saratoga Arts has a new Executive Director.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
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County leaders in New York say they are frustrated over delays by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to make major decisions about the state’s multi-billion dollar budget gap. And they are asking for more cooperation in carrying out key functions during the COVID-19 pandemic -- like testing and tracing.

Gary Greenberg
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The race for New York’s 46th state Senate District seat, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster Counties, and all of Montgomery and Greene Counties, includes a write-in candidate. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Gary Greenberg.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.
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The coronavirus infection rate has been creeping up in New York, but Governor Andrew Cuomo is arguing that the 20 COVID-19 hotspots should not count against the state’s overall numbers.

Chris Tague
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New York state Assemblyman Chris Tague, a Republican from the 102nd District, is running for a second full term. Tague, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Betsy Kraat, is a former dairy farmer, and touts his perspective from rural New York. The district includes parts of Albany, Schoharie, Delaware, Catskill, Otsego and Ulster Counties.

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