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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Protesters in Brooklyn clashed with police Friday night, marked by images of a police vehicle set on fire and a video shared thousands of times on social media of a woman being violently shoved to the ground by a New York City police officer. 

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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Seemingly in defiance of New York state orders, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is telling most county business, that they can open.

The marquee outside Proctors in Schenectady (file photo)
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The Capital Region could enter Phase Two of reopening as early as next Wednesday. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, businesses are sharing their stories of how they pivoted to stay afloat during the pandemic.

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May 29, 2020
Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about why Novel Coworking is still investing $6.5 million in downtown Albany. 

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With planting season underway and guest workers arriving at New York farms, the New York Farm Bureau is encouraging farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance.

Those who follow business agree rebuilding New York's post-pandemic economy will be a major challenge.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that allows businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing a mask. He says it’s intended to improve public health and reduce fights.

Rep. Paul Tonko
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Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko held a telephone town hall Wednesday night with experts to answer questions about response efforts to COVID-19.

Cooperstown Main Street
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com, about how the coronavirus pandemic made for a rather quiet Memorial Day weekend in Otsego County. 

From left to right: Pete Bardunias, Cathy Medick, and Todd Shimkus
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The Capital Region could enter Phase Two of reopening next week. On Wednesday, Saratoga County business leaders answered questions from the public about what to prepare for in the days ahead.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo took his plea for more federal relief to Washington Wednesday. Speaking at the National Press Club, the Democrat said New York and other states hardest hit by the coronavirus also pay billions more dollars in taxes to the federal government than they get back. 

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

New York state lawmakers returned to session this week, with plans to vote on bills aimed at helping New Yorkers cope with the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The deadline for New York voters to register for the June 23rd primary is this week.

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Most New Yorkers believe the state should not reopen too quickly, according to a new Siena Collge poll.

Jeff Wilkin
Jeff Wilkin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jeff Wilkin of The Daily Gazette for an update on the coronavirus pandemic in the Capital Region. They also discuss a 200-person gathering at the Canajoharie Creek that was broken up by three separate police agencies Tuesday.  

The currently shuttered Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.
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With some new precautions, public libraries in New York are preparing to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic forced their shutdown in March.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he believes New York state has finally “turned the page” on the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s time to focus on restarting the economy. The Democrat will meet with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss federal funds for state projects - including repairing commuter rail tunnels in New York City.

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that New York state and local governments will pay death benefits to the families of frontline workers who died of COVID-19. 

A plague reading "Land of the free, because of the brave."
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Memorial Day ceremonies will look very different this year because of restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is limiting commemorations for the nation’s fallen military members to 10 people. 

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, May 23rd.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

While Governor Andrew Cuomo has held daily briefings on the coronavirus and issued more 250 executive orders, the New York state legislature has been absent from the Capitol for six weeks. Now, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins say they plan to hold committee meetings on May 26, and convene in session in the following days to vote on legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to allow all “non-essential” gatherings of up to ten people.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released on update on a remedial action for Little Thunder Brook, in the Rensselaer County Town of Nassau. The 1,900-foot tributary is in the drainage-way of the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

May 22, 2020
Melissa Mangini
Melissa Mangini

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Cookie Therapy ALB, which has seen orders skyrocket since opening during the coronavirus pandemic. 

With New York’s Capital Region under Phase One of reopening, officials are busy preparing for the second round. But many unknowns remain.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 20, 2020.
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Memorial Day weekend begins with beaches opening up and other tentative steps to restart New York state’s economy. But Governor Andrew Cuomo said today from New York City that other recreational activities will be based on the number of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Unionized nurses held a town hall with New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com, about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Otsego County — particularly on its tourism industry. 

The New York State capitol in Albany
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to face questions over New York’s nursing home policies pertaining to COVID-19. The Democrat is responding by pointing to federal guidance. 

The City of Saratoga Springs, whose economy relies on its thunderous summer tourism season, is taking steps to brace for impact during an uncertain recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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