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Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday about the New York legislature, which is poised to extend the state's eviction ban to August 31. 

El Loco owner Patrick Noonan, along with Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, at the restaurant's outdoor dining space on Madison Avenue in Albany
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo says dining in New York City can operate at 75% of capacity beginning May 7, bringing rules in the city in line with the rest of the state. COVID-19 restrictions are easing for dining at restaurants and drinking at bars across the state, but the industry, hit hard by the pandemic, says more needs to be done. 

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about why it could be tricky for New York to sue over the results of the 2020 census. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing resistance to lingering COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, says the virus is not yet conquered, and is urging caution on reopening up society too quickly.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at Binghamton University April 27, 2021.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s facing allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women, said today that he’s eager to tell his side of the story. But, the Democrat says he is refraining from that out of respect for two ongoing investigations into his alleged behavior.

Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about GlobalFoundries' decision to move its headquarters from Santa Clara, California to Malta, New York. 

A bartender makes a drink at the Savoy Taproom in Albany, NY.
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Legislature for the first time on Wednesday rescinded some of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a rule that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving alcohol unless the customer also ordered food. Lawmakers say with the infection rate going down and vaccinations increasing, they are no longer needed. Cuomo said he was planning to end the orders anyway. 

The former armory on Bannerman's Island
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Owned by New York state and maintained by the Bannerman Castle Trust, Bannerman’s Island is quite a sight for anyone riding the train past Beacon. There, on a 6.5-acre rocky island, stand the ruins of a Scottish castle in the Hudson Highlands. 

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson is introduced as Siena College's president Feb. 14, 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Siena College President Chris Gibson is calling on New York state to revise its rules for in-person graduation ceremonies. The private college in Loudonville plans to hold commencement at the Times Union Center in Albany May 30th with the arena’s capacity capped at 10 percent. But if it was a sporting event, the downtown venue would be allowed to fill 25 percent of its seats. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Gibson, a former Capital Region Republican Congressman, about the college’s plans.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about a sergeant in the Schenectady County Sheriff's Department who was fired Tuesday following a DWI arrest earlier this week.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under fire for limiting the media’s access and ability to ask him questions as he faces a number of scandals. So far the strategy has delivered some benefits to the embattled Democrat.

Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Dr. Alice Green
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Civil rights leaders in Albany are calling for changes following the forced removal of protestors outside a city police station last week. 

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to wear masks outdoors, and state-run vaccination sites will no longer require advance appointments, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about new data from Albany County that shows COVID-19 vaccination rates are lagging in rural areas and among Albany's communities of color. 

United States Census 2020 logo
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By the slimmest of margins, just 89 fewer people, New York will slip from 27 to 26 congressional districts after next year’s elections, now that the 2020 census figures show the state’s population is not growing as fast as most other states.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Syracuse April 26, 2021.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday denied all allegations of sexual harassment, made by multiple women, and predicted that a probe of his actions by the state Attorney General will find that he did nothing wrong. In his first in-person session with reporters in several months, the third-term Democrat also defended the way his administration reported the number of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, something federal prosecutors are looking into.

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday about why some health officials are concerned by the COVID-19 vaccination rate in New York. 

Child Killed In Troy Fire

Apr 25, 2021
Structures photographed Sunday morning at the corners of Fourth and Madison Streets in South Troy
Photo provided by City of Troy

Multiple people were displaced and a child was killed by a fire that destroyed homes in the City of Troy Sunday morning. The fire occurred near the corner of Fourth and Madison Streets in South Troy.

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

The New York State Attorney General’s Office is among those asking the Rensselaer County Board pf Elections to provide additional early voting sites in the City of Troy. 

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's retreat from open news briefings, amid a mounting number of scandals faced by his administration. 

Lee Zeldin
Fox News

Several Republican officeholders who are interested in running for governor New York next year made their case to the state’s GOP county leaders at a meeting in Albany this week. The meeting came as Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to run again, has been weakened by a series of scandals.  

The New York State Capitol
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Supporters of a measure to ensure more workplace safety during future pandemics are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill, which was passed by both houses of the legislature this week. 

A render of the proposed E29 Labs cannabis production facility
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Officials are hoping the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory off New York State Thruway Exit 29 in Canajoharie will soon be home to another industry: cannabis production.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The leader of the New York State Assembly’s impeachment inquiry gave a brief update Wednesday regarding several investigations of actions by Governor Andrew Cuomo, including accusations of sexual harassment.

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

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified new permanent water sources for the Village of Hoosick Falls. 

DEC Researcher Chris Bowser holds a cup of glass eels and elvers
Lucas Willard / WAMC

For the 14th season, volunteers up and down the Hudson River estuary are searching creeks and streams for juvenile American eels. It’s part an effort coordinated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about some of the local reaction to Tuesday's verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about plans by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region to open a grocery store in Albany's South End. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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A new poll finds that scandals surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo have taken a toll. While New Yorkers continue to believe the Democrat did a good job leading the state through the COVID-19 pandemic, most believe the multiple women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and do not think the governor should run for office again.  

Credit: New York NOW

Next year’s race for governor in New York has officially begun.

Republican leaders in New York gathered in Albany Monday to hear from potential gubernatorial nominees, who would go on to compete next year against either Gov. Andrew Cuomo, or whichever Democrat lands on the ticket in his place.

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