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Montgomery County launched a vaccine hotline on Thursday
Montgomery County

Montgomery County has set up a hotline to address non-stop calls from county residents seeking answers about New York state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 15, 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 Latham's Plug Power is partnering with Groupe Renault in France to produce fuel cell-powered vehicles in Europe.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Antoinette Bacon
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While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. 

A police officer gets vaccinated
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One day after announcing that five new state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites are opening this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office is warning that appointments for the limited number of vaccines at those sites are already booked through April.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the last of four speeches outlining his 2021 plans, detailed billions of dollars in new and ongoing infrastructure projects that the Democrat says can provide jobs in the post-COVID economy.

A photo of a vegetarian bratwurst and cheese curd fries
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Schenectady County is the latest in New York to cap third-party delivery fees at restaurants during the pandemic. 

wind turbines
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a plan to bring more green energy and what the Democrat says will be thousands of jobs to New York. Plans include new solar farms, offshore wind turbines and more transmission lines across the state.

The Saratoga Springs City Center
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With limited COVID-19 mass vaccination sites around the state, Saratoga County leaders say they are developing a plan to locate one in the City of Saratoga Springs.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that New York State Police have increased security at the State Capitol in Albany, to due to a warning from the FBI of possible "armed protests" in all 50 states in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. 

Sandra Lindsay, left, a registered nurse and Director of Critical Care at Northwell Health, is the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, December 14, 2020
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New Yorkers 65 and older and those who are immunocompromised can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement as the state’s vaccine rollout continued to be plagued with problems.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday detailed his plans to use rapid COVID-19 testing to reopen restaurants, theaters and arts venues, including New York City’s Tribeca Film festival in June, even before most New Yorkers are vaccinated. The Democrat, in a second State of the State speech, also says he’ll push for legislation to require internt providers to offer deep discounts to low-income residents.

New York State Senator Luis Sepúlveda
New York State Senator Luis Sepúlveda

A New York lawmaker in charge of the state senate's crime victims committee was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking his wife, police said.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about the launch of New York's COVID-19 vaccine hotline Monday, and why local officials are frustrated by the vaccine rollout so far. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his 2021 agenda includes addressing a $15 billion budget deficit partly by legalizing recreational marijuana. Some area lawmakers have concerns.

WAMC screenshot of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address delivered January 11, 2021
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday gave what he says is the first of four State of the State speeches. The Democrat says fighting the COVID-19 pandemic will be the top priority.  

WAMC screenshot of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address delivered January 11, 2021
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a 2021 State of the State address January 11, 2021 in Albany. Below is a transcript of the Democrat's prepared remarks.

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Jan 11, 2021
Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about the start of Phase 1B of New York's COVID-19 vaccination program.

Reid Kisselback's Midday Forecast 1/9/21

Jan 9, 2021
Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the forecast for Saturday, January 9th, 2021. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after nearly a week’s delay, is scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech on Monday. The Democrat says in the midst of a worsening pandemic and economic losses, the message will be a bit brighter, now that Democrats are set to control both houses of Congress and President-elect Joe Biden says he’ll push for a bailout for states like New York hard hit by the pandemic.

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A new survey finds consumer sentiment among New Yorkers was largely unchanged from the third to fourth quarters in 2020.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
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Governor Andrew Cuomo, bowing to pressure from local governments, is agreeing to expand New York’s COVID-19 vaccination sites for frontline health care workers. 

Saratoga County seal
Saratoga County

The new year brings changes to the leadership at Saratoga County, and as WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the moves are highlighting divides within county government.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 8, 2021
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about reports that an effort to redevelop the former Tobins First Prize Center meatpacking plant in Albany is moving forward. 

Barricades in front of the New York State Capitol
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Multiple people have been arrested following a fight and stabbings during protests at the New York state Capitol Wednesday. It occurred as state lawmakers were convening for the start of the 2021 legislative session and as a mob formed in Washington, D.C. while Congress met to certify the results of November’s presidential elections.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly has decided not to seek a third term. The Democrat, now entering her fourth year as mayor, spoke to WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard.

New York state Capitol
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The New York state legislature began the 2021 session Wednesday, with a strengthened Democratic base and intensifying challenges, including the pandemic and a growing budget deficit.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for the third time in as many years, threw his support behind legalizing marijuana for adult, recreational use in New York Wednesday, saying the state’s massive budget deficit should be an impetus to reach a deal on the issue with the Legislature this year.

Saratoga Spings officials met Tuesday for the regular city council meeting
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Saratoga Springs officials are complaining of a lack of communication between Saratoga County and the city as COVID cases continue to rise.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about why some county leaders are frustrated by New York's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The New York Department of Labor’s Farm Wage Board held three meetings in late December to determine if the overtime threshold for farm workers should be lowered. Their decision to wait at least a year was issued on New Year’s Eve.

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