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Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the sheriff's race in Montgomery County.  The pair also discuss Schnectady County Community College's name change.

dairy cow

New York’s junior U.S. senator is calling for assurances that the state’s dairy industry will be protected in any NAFTA renegotiation with Canada. In a conference call Tuesday, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand said the president should reject any plan with unfair quotas and tariffs or that prevents producers from selling milk products in Canada.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about New York State Health Department grants, which were awarded to an Orange County- based private medical coporation.  The pair also recap the 2018 Saratoga horse racing season.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Buearu Chief for The New York Daily News, about the 2018 gubernatorial race.  The pair also discuss state Attorney General candidate Letitia James.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening a lawsuit over the federal government's response to the hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico last year.

A series of public hearings on legalizing recreational marijuana in New York will begin this week in Albany.

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The Chief of the Saratoga Springs Police Department has released his first public statement following a report that the city did not conduct an investigation into potential police misconduct following a late night foot chase in 2013 that eventually led to death of a Malta man.

Challenger Antonio Delgado and Rep. John Faso
Composite photo by Allison Dunne & Dave Lucas/WAMC

First-term Republican Congressman John Faso holds a slim lead in New York’s 19th Congressional district, according to a Siena College/Spectrum poll released Thursday night.

The Dunn facility viewed from Partition Street Ext. in the City of Rensselaer
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced actions including a fine against the operator of a landfill in the City of Rensselaer.

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Tops Markets is closing 10 of its 169 grocery stores as part of a financial restructuring. 

A sign outside the 35 acres placed under conservation easement in the Town of Bethlehem
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Thirty-five acres of open space is now protected from development in suburban Albany County. The land abuts a popular outdoor education center.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs
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Proposed tariffs on Canadian paper products by the Trump administration have been struck down. That’s good news for the newspaper industry and others that rely on cheap paper.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon squared off in the only debate before the September 13 election in a testy and contentious hour-long discussion broadcast by CBS2 in New York City from Hofstra University on Long Island on Wednesday.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

The dangerously high heat and humidity have prompted several agencies to implement emergency measures.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about regional police and fire department salaries.  The pair also discuss a new brewery and taproom coming to Schenectady, N.Y.

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The end of August used to be considered a slow season in politics, but television ads released by New Tork Governor Andrew Cuomo, and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, are getting heated. Molinaro says Cuomo insulted his pregnant wife while the governor’s campaign tried to bar the GOP candidate’s spot on state corruption from airing on television stations.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

In a likely blow to New York’s Capital Region, GlobalFoundries has announced a new round of layoffs.

The Democratic candidates for New York governor, incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon, have different views on spending money on the state’s schools.

Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

WIth heat advisories issued for many regions across the Northeast, some municipalities are opening cooling stations.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about expected layoffs at GlobalFoundries in Malta, New York. The pair also discuss a T.U. report that Saratoga Springs police misled the public about an internal investigation into a police encounter, which led to the death of a 21-year-old black man.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the death of Arizona Senator John McCain.  The pair also discuss the state's 2018 race for Lieutenant Governor. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (right) at Hudson Valley Community College
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a town hall in her home county Sunday evening, speaking to hundreds of constituents at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Gillibrand, a Rensselaer County resident, is running for a second full term in November and her message carried a call to action.

A panoramic view of Saratoga Race Course
Lucas Willard / WAMC

With yesterday’s 149th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, it is one of the busiest weekends of the year for Saratoga Springs. The Spa City’s population doubles during the summer months.

Saratoga Springs City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Contrary to what the chief said publicly at the time, the Saratoga Springs Police Department did not conduct an internal investigation into potential police misconduct related to the events of Labor Day weekend 2013 that led to the injury and later death of Malta resident Darryl Mount, Jr. That’s according to a new report in the Albany Times Union by the former longtime editor of The Saratogian newspaper.


Catholic Boy proved he could win on turf. With jockey Javier Castellano aboard in the Travers Stakes, Catholic Boy proved he's not too shabby on dirt, either.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York:

“As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller - never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain.

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold a community engagement meeting in New York to hear directly from those affected by PFAS chemicals – the classification of pollutants found in water supplies in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

The Greater Amsterdam School District initiated a district-wide lock out Friday morning after a student reportedly made threats against Amsterdam High School.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks at Schenectady County Community College
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th District, held a town hall forum Thursday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, high prescription drug prices were a hot topic of conversation.

Cynthia Nixon speaks to voters at the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church in Albany
Karen DeWitt

There are three weeks until primary day in New York, and the Democratic underdog for governor, Cynthia Nixon, is laying out her plans for the final stretch of campaigning, saying there is a potential path to victory.