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Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is close to a power-sharing agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Doug Hovey, with Independent Living Inc., speaks of the need for WiFi service for state run homes for New Yorkers with disabilities. At left is State Senator James Skoufis, behind him and to the to the right is Alex Thompson of the New York Association on
Karen DeWitt

Several New York state Senators and Assembly members say they were surprised to learn that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration does not provide internet access to people living in state-run group homes and other congregant settings, and they want that fixed immediately. 

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, for an update on the coronavirus pandemic in New York. They also discuss some key flashpoints for Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers as they debate the 2021 budget. 

Main Street, Lake Placid, NY
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Upstate New York has seen a migration of sorts caused by the pandemic, with evidence of people moving north out of the New York City area, in search of more space, the great outdoors, and a lower cost of living. The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is a destination marketing firm based in Lake Placid. ROOST recently partnered with EDC Warren County on a survey to try understand the impact of new year-round residents in the Adirondack Region. 

State Police: Teen Killed In Duanesburg Crash

Jan 24, 2021
The seal of the New York State Police
New York State Police

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a crash in the Schenectady County Town of Duanesburg Saturday evening.

Seal of the Newburgh Police Department
City of Newburgh, NY

The City of Newburgh has released a draft plan to reimagine policing in accordance with a New York State directive.

Schenectady DA Bob Carney, March 2017.
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A Schenectady County foster parent has formally been charged with killing a four-year-old boy placed in his care.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

The hospitalization rate in New York due to COVID-19 has steadily dropped in recent weeks, according to state data, with two consecutive days of significant declines Wednesday and Thursday.

Representatives for Claudia Tenney and Anthony Brindisi gave their final arguments before Oswego County Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte on Friday.
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Lawyers for Democrat Anthony Brindisi and Republican Claudia Tenney met on Friday to give their final arguments in the neck-and-neck race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

From left to right: Steven Skoda, Christian Koch, Daniel Prial
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The NY National Guard has released the names of the soldiers killed in Wednesday’s crash of a Blackhawk UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter near Rochester.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 22, 2021
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 Colonie's Shepherd Communication & Security has developed a new thermal imaging system to detect elevated body temperatures during the coronavirus pandemic. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo in his budget plan proposed imposing new higher income taxes on New York’s wealthiest residents if President Joe Biden and Congress do not come through with enough federal aid to close the state’s budget deficit. But, at the same time, Cuomo offered a contradictory message, saying it might hurt the state’s competiveness and cause the rich to flee the state. 

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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With her party now holding a slim majority, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a lifeline for community health centers in the next COVID-19 relief package. Speaking with reporters Thursday afternoon, the Democrat also gave her predictions for working with Republicans in the new session.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
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Facing an April deadline under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive, the Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force met Wednesday evening to discuss some proposed revisions to policing policy.

New York Army National Guard
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Three National Guard members on a training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in western New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a close ally of President Joe Biden, says it’s a “new day” with the inauguration of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but says he remains concerned about the slow manufacture of vaccines that could finally end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Charles Schumer and the Friends of Grant Cottage pose for a photo
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After a years-long push, the cottage where former U.S. President and Union general Ulysses S. Grant spent the last days of his life has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frustration over New York’s coronavirus vaccine rollout continues to dominate discussion at the municipal level. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on Tuesday night’s city council meeting in Saratoga Springs…

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about some of the details of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's $193 billion budget proposal. 

overnor Andrew M. Cuomo presents his Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget in Albany.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, said New York state’s fiscal future is dependent on how much aid it receives from Washington under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden and the Democratic-led Congress. Cuomo, also a Democrat, is seeking $15 billion to plug two years of state budget gaps, and he’s threatening to sue if he doesn’t get it. 

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New polls are shining a light on two of the most pressing social issues of our time: COVID and race relations.

A U.S. Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard provides security support in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2021.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni

Roughly 1,300 soldiers and airmen of the New York National Guard are among the thousands of troops providing security for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The show of force follows the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on January 6. And it comes as the New York Army and Air National Guard units – which have 16,000 members – help operate COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites across the state.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that the surge of coronavirus cases sparked by the holiday season has started to level off in the Capital Region.

Speaking in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Albany’s Lincoln Park, Democrat Beroro Efekoro of the 7th district says he would not be allowed to hold public office if it weren’t for MLK.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany County officials marked Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a wreath-laying Monday morning.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning of a dangerous second wave of the COVID-19 virus, as new, more contagious strains have begun to infiltrate the U.S. And as New York State struggles with its vaccination rollout, Cuomo says he’s asking one of the major vaccine manufacturers if the state can buy doses directly.

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Jan 18, 2021
Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, for an update on the coronavirus pandemic in New York. 

Schenectady Police headquarters
Lucas Willard / WAMC

During his State of the State address last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised a reform by the Schenectady Police Department to establish a citizen panel to review potential hires. 

Leaders in the City of Schenectady credit community activist and Executive Director of the COCOA House William Rivas for pitching the idea. 

Police in Albany on Sunday
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WAMC News Director Ian Pickus was at the New York State Capitol in Albany Sunday morning, where he saw a heavy police presence but no crowds. Pickus spoke with WAMC's Lucas Willard on Midday Magazine. 

The FBI Albany Field Office
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The FBI has arrested a Capital Region resident for his role in the January 6th insurrection in Washington D.C.

Bill Tryon filmed on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th
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A YouTube video that contains footage of the January 6th mob attack at the U.S. Capitol features an interview with prominent Albany-area conservative activist Bill Tryon.