New York News | WAMC

New York News

A photo of Lake George in New York
Jim Levulis / WAMC

newly formed coalition is joining with key state lawmakers to campaign for a ballot measure to give New Yorkers a constitutional right to clean air and clean water.

Mike Goodwin
Provided by Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about the latest spike in violence in Albany, and the expected sentencing of NXIVM's Lauren Salzman on Wednesday. 

Nurses "pulling vaccine" at a mass vaccination clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New York City and the state of California announced Monday that government workers will have to get vaccinated or submit to weekly tests for the coronavirus. Teachers in New York City, beginning in September, will need to follow the same requirements, as worries about the increasing Delta variant grow. 

The Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit runs through October 17th at UPH
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A new family-friendly exhibit at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs puts life-size sculptures of dinosaurs into motion.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
WSKG/Vaughn Golden

Governor Andrew Cuomo is responding to complaints by New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, about the state’s rate of distributing federal rent relief dollars. Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, says a new streamlined application process for tenants beginning Tuesday.   

File: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public appearance since being questioned by the state Attorney General’s office about allegations of sexual harassment, cast doubt on the motives of the investigators, saying it’s likely that “politics” are involved.

An entrance to the GlobalFoundries plant in Malta
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries announced on Monday it plans to build a second fab in the Saratoga County Town of Malta. GF also plans to build out its existing Fab 8 facility at Luther Forest. The announcement brought top company officials and the U.S. Commerce Secretary to the region.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has declared a State of Emergency over gun violence.

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

A member of the New York State Assembly committee carrying out an impeachment inquiry into Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Democrat’s administration might be trying to intimidate potential witnesses in an ongoing investigation by the state Attorney General concerning sexual harassment allegations against the governor. Meanwhile, remarks by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie drew fire from the attorney representing one of the women who say Cuomo harassed them.

A federally-funded study is examining the human health effects of PFAS exposure. The University at Albany and New York State Department of Health are working to study those affected in Hoosick Falls and surrounding area, and the City of Newburgh. Meantime, some in the Rensselaer County Town of Petersburgh feel regulators need to do more to address PFAS contamination.

Marina Villeneuve
Provided by Marina Villeneuve

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about reports that New York state has sent out just $117,000 in rent relief to landlords and tenants so far. 

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

 

Three companies blamed for the pollution of water supplies in and around the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls have agreed to pay $65 million to settle a federal lawsuit. The deal, first reported by the Times Union, still needs court approval. It would provide money and medical monitoring for thousands of property owners and residents, according to the newspaper. 

The cover of the AARP caregiving report
WAMC screen capture

AARP finds nearly 80% of New York’s 2.5 million unpaid family caregivers pay a significant amount of their own money to help care for their loved one. The group is pushing for federal and state tax credits to help ease that growing burden.

A week after Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested in Saratoga Springs, angry demonstrators and local residents packed Tuesday’s city council meeting. A public comment period devolved into a shouting match, with some calling for moderated discussion between demonstrators and city leadership.

Miles Reed
Provided by Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about an air quality advisory issued across New York state Tuesday.

Alberto Cardelle
SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Alberto Cardelle has been named president of SUNY Oneonta. The appointment announced by the SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Jim Malatras is effective September 6. Cardelle is currently the provost at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.

Mike Goodwin
Provided by Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about the latest rise in COVID-19 cases in the Capital Region. 

Voting booths
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Over the weekend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a package of voting reforms including ones that ease the rules and restrictions on mail-in absentee balloting. But a leading voter access advocate says the state still has more to do before mail-in balloting is universally accessible. 

GlobalFoundries headquarters in Malta
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Malta-based semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries announced this morning it will move to meet the global demand for computer chips by building a second chip plant in Saratoga County.

Former Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann
Former Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann

The former police chief in the Village of Chatham has been sentenced to pay nearly $93,000 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service for defrauding the New York State pension system.

Yancey Roy
Provided by Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday about the New York state attorney general's investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo was set to take questions from investigators on Saturday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
WSKG/Vaughn Golden

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to be interviewed Saturday by the state Attorney General's office about allegations from multiple women that he sexually harassed them.  

Marina Villeneuve
Provided by Marina Villeneuve

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is to be questioned Saturday by investigators from the state attorney general's office. 

File: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be interviewed Saturday by investigators with the state attorney general's office who are looking into sexual harassment allegations as the probe nears its conclusion.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The chair of the state Senate Ethics Committee says even though hearings to fix New York’s dysfunctional ethics panel have been delayed, she’s hopeful that solutions can be reached by the end of the summer.

Fans filled the backyard at Saratoga Race Course
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Fans returned to Saratoga Race Course Thursday for the first time in two years. 

The front gates at Saratoga Race Course pictured Tuesday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

After a 2020 season closed to spectators, fans are returning to Saratoga Race Course today for the 2021 summer meet. 

Officers in riot gear arrested five protesters in Saratoga Springs
Photo courtesy Patrick Dodson / Albany Proper

Five arrests were made after police in riot gear pushed a crowd of protesters out of the roadway in downtown Saratoga Springs Wednesday night on the eve of the summer tourism season. 

The Saratoga Springs Assistant Police Chief has released a statement addressing controversial remarks he made during a June 28th press conference.

File photo: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the state’s death count during the COVID-19 pandemic, following a report by the Associated Press that says New York may have undercounted the number of deaths from the disease by as many as 11,000.

Pages