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Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about why New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging state transportation officials to adopt protocols recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with Hoosick Falls residents
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders and advocates Monday in Hoosick Falls where she provided details on new legislation intended to address PFAS contamination and require medical monitoring for those affected by pollution. 

A New York State Police trooper adjusts a body-worn camera
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New York State Police are rolling out body-worn cameras to roughly 3,000 troopers statewide, starting with those in the Albany area. The statewide program, being instituted under legislation signed into law last June, will cost about $7.5 million a year.

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday about reports that New York state lawmakers are nearing a budget deal that would increase taxes on top earners and some corporations. 

Senator Chuck Schumer, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Rachel Seeber, and Glens Falls Mayor Dan Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer paid a visit to Glens Falls today to tout the benefits of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package signed by President Biden.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany Dec. 2, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could have violated state ethics laws, according to allegations in newspaper accounts that he used his staff to help him write a book on how he managed the COVID-19 pandemic, and gave his family and politically connected associates priority access to coronavirus tests. But, the state’s ethics commission, which has the power to investigate the allegations, has a poor track record investigating claims of corruption.

Father Bob Longobucco of St. Kateri’s Catholic Church in Niskayuna gives communion to masked parishioners during a socially distanced service.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented challenge for religious leaders, forcing most services to go remote and fragmenting once tight-knit communities. The logistics may have been a challenge, but their faith is stronger than ever.

The marquee outside the Spectrum 8 in Albany on Wednesday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Albany movie buffs will be able to catch up on their Oscar shortlist today, as the Spectrum 8 Theater on Delaware Avenue is reopening after a year-long shutdown. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a sneak preview as the arthouse theater came back to life.

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about what's holding up the New York state budget. 

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

April 1 has come with no agreement on the New York state budget. For the first time in over a decade, there’s no clear indication of when a spending plan might be passed. The state comptroller warns if the impasse lasts beyond Monday, the paychecks of some essential state workers might be delayed.  

Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about two developers who hope to transform a prominent section of Saratoga Springs, New York into a resort. 

Members of the Saratoga Springs City Council met Wednesday over Zoom
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In accordance with a state mandate, the Saratoga Springs city council adopted a police reform plan Wednesday night ahead of an April 1st deadline.

A slide from Tuesday night's presentation on the idea to relocate homes on Ingersoll Avenue to a neighboring parcel
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As the City of Schenectady continues to ponder ways to mitigate flooding in one riverfront neighborhood, one idea would move several homes out of the flood plain entirely. 

The Town of Niskayuna approved a police reform plan on Tuesday
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The Town of Niskayuna has approved its police reform plan under a New York State mandate. 

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about a plan to move some homes in Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood out of a floodplain by the Mohawk River. 

Bill Tryon filmed on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th
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As WAMC first reported, the FBI arrested a Selkirk man for his role in the deadly January 6th riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about Carla B. Freedman, who is expected to be President Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York. 

Kyle Belokopitsky, executive director of the New York State PTA, speaking March 29, 2021.
Karen DeWitt

Opponents of legalizing marijuana in New York are making a last-minute pitch to derail an agreement reached between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to allow the sale of the drug to adults for recreational purposes.  

Gloria Allred and Sherry Vill on a Zoom press conference
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A tenth woman has come forward with allegations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo behaved inappropriately toward her. The woman, from the Rochester suburb of Greece, says Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her without her consent when he was touring her home after a flood. 

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday about the New York legislature's bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bill Tuesday. 

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's regional forecast for Sunday, March 28th, 2021. 

A medical marijuana dispensary in Plattsburgh, NY
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New York is set to legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use after Democrats struck a deal on the issue Saturday, with a vote expected next week from the state Legislature.

New York state Capitol
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Survivors of alleged sexual harassment by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and disgraced ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have joined with state lawmakers to call for a law that would give victims a platform to bring their alleged abusers to court. 

Remembrance Day press conference in Albany March 25, 2021
Karen DeWitt

Critics of some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic marked the anniversary Thursday of the controversial March 25, 2020 order that required the homes to take back from hospitals residents who were ill with the disease. They say an ongoing federal probe does not go far enough in investigating all that may have gone wrong in the Democrat’s management of nursing homes during the pandemic.   

Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Spice Malabar, a new restaurant in Clifton Park, New York.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

With one week to go before the New York state budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are at odds over key points of the spending plan, including whether to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations by $7 billion. Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker is refuting a claim by Cuomo that the speaker’s COVID-19 diagnosis might make the budget late.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about a vigil held in Schenectady, New York Tuesday to honor the Capital Region's first victim of COVID-19.  

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that, starting Tuesday, people age 50 and older can begin signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine in New York state. 

Elected officials, business and labor leaders gathered in Rosemont Park.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Elected officials, business and labor leaders are pushing to include $750 million in the New York State Budget for the Wadsworth Lab consolidation.

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Newsday's Yancey Roy about New York Rep. Tom Reed, who apologized Sunday for sexual misconduct following allegations made against him by a former lobbyist last week. 

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