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Rep. Richard Neal

With Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote, Democrats in the U.S. Senate early Friday took action to move forward a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. State and federal officials provided updates on the bill on Friday.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding the list of New Yorkers who will be eligible to receive vaccinations.  He says on February 15 people with co-morbidities, as defined by the CDC, will be able to sign up for appointments. The governor also says that African-Americans and Latinos are getting vaccinated at a lower rate than whites or Asians, and he wants to correct that.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden speaks during his 2021 State Of The City address.
City of Troy/YouTube image captured by WAMC

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden delivered his State of the City address Thursday night.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Feb 5, 2021
Melissa Mangini
Provided by Melissa Mangini / Albany Business Review

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Jahnel Group, a Schenectady software firm that created an in-house recruiting department to handle an extensive hiring effort last year.

School bus
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Governor Andrew Cuomo continues his push to win several billion dollars in aid in the next federal COVID-19 relief package. The Democrat has sent a letter to New York’s Congressional delegation, saying the funding is “paramount” to the state’s recovery. Meanwhile, New York Education Commissioner Betty Rosa says she’s against a proposal by Cuomo to use money from a previous federal bailout to offset state funding. She says it wasn’t meant for that purpose.  

Jackie Orhcard / WAMC

The New York State Senate has passed a bill relating to the aftercare of retired racehorses. 

The State Senate on Wednesday voted on the bill that among other provisions prohibits the slaughter of race horses or breeding stock, requires all racehorses be microchipped, requires breeding funds have a dedicated set-aside for aftercare programs, and provides tax credits for accredited aftercare facilities.  

Schenectady City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

As a state mandated committee reviews police policies and procedures in Schenectady, the city’s existing Civilian Police Review Board is suggesting its own improvements.

Ted Minissale, Cindi Lizzi and Phil Minissale, on a Zoom press conference, recount the final days of their mother, Agnes, who died in a hospital last April after contracting COVID-19 in a nursing home.
Karen DeWitt

Republican New York State Senators and some family members of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 say they are still looking for answers from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The calls come a week after a scathing report from the state Attorney General found twice as many nursing home residents died of the disease than what the state had been reporting. They are urging majority party Democrats to subpoena the governor’s health commissioner for more information and calling for a thorough investigation of the over 12,700 deaths.  

The New York State Capitol in Albany
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials in the City of Saratoga Springs are once again lobbying the state legislature to restore aid funding from New York’s video lottery terminal gambling facilities.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New York state Senate Republicans are calling on the state’s health commissioner to release more data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

Miles Reed
Provided by Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that one of the two FBI agents killed during an investigation in Florida Tuesday had ties to the Capital Region. 

File: NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Local governments in New York collected $1.8 billion less in sales tax last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 2019, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Tuesday, signaling a major loss for municipalities that rely on that revenue to fund services.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.

Restaurant workers, taxi drivers, and developmentally disabled people living in congregate settings will now be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as long as local governments allow them to be added to the list.

Mike Goodwin
Provided by Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that some companies in the Capital Region are offering incentives for their employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a briefing Feb. 1, 2021.

The winter storm caused COVID-19 vaccination sites in New York to close downstate, but others upstate remained open Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a briefing, blamed the federal government for ongoing glitches in the state’s vaccine rollout.

Yancey Roy
Provided by Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about new data depicting the racial disparity among those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in hospitals and New York City. 

NYRA CEO David O'Rourke inside the new 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course in 2019
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Due to the pandemic, the New York Racing Association in 2020 held races at its three tracks — including Saratoga Race Course — without fans in the stands. In Saratoga, it made for an eerie summer, with the normally packed picnic grounds and finish line desolate.  

NYRA recently announced the schedule for the 2021 meet at the Spa, with live racing scheduled from July 15th to Labor Day, but word is still out if fans will be allowed back on the historic grounds. 

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke about his hopes for bringing cheering crowds back to Saratoga Race Course this summer.

Albany Police Headquarters on Henry Johnson Boulevard
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A woman was killed and four others injured in a shooting Saturday night on Central Avenue in Albany. 

Thearse McCalmon and William Rivas
Photos provided to WAMC by Thearse McCalmon and William Rivas, composite image by WAMC

With five seats on the ballot this fall, two new candidates have entered the race for Schenectady City Council.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to blame what he says is an “ongoing political attack” for the controversy over the number of nursing home deaths in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, that led to a critical report by the state’s attorney general.

A concept for a proposed apartment development along the Hudson River in Troy has hit a snag after a decision from the city’s planning commission Thursday night.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 29, 2021
Melissa Mangini
Provided by Melissa Mangini / Albany Business Review

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Transfinder, a Schenectady software development company marking its 23rd consecutive year of growth. 

Ballston Spa Mayor Larry Woolbright (file photo)
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Village of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County has taken politics out of its local elections.

A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes
A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report Thursday finding that the state health department may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The New York Farm Bureau has identified its priorities for the state legislative session, saying lawmakers must support the agricultural sector in 2021.

Mohawk Ambulance's new mobile vaccination trailer
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Mohawk Ambulance may soon be bringing a coronavirus vaccine to a location near you. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a look at the company’s new mobile vaccine distribution trailer Wednesday afternoon.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 20, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying the COVID-19 transmission rate in New York has started to decline, is lifting some restrictions in nearly all orange and yellow micro cluster zones that were aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. The Democrat is also developing a plan to allow limited indoor dining in New York City.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly presents her 2021 State Of The City address
City of Saratoga Springs/Zoom / Screen grab by WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly and members of the city council delivered the 2021 State of the City address Tuesday night. 

Miles Reed
Provided by Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that a Glens Falls man has been charged with participating in the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. 

A file photo of a snow-covered Central Avenue in Albany.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Snow continues to fall this hour, making a messy ride home and prompting warnings about a slow start to Wednesday morning’s commute.