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The COVID-19 P.1 variant – also called the Brazilian variant – has been detected for the first time in a New York resident.

Saratoga County officials speak Wednesday on Facebook Live
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Saratoga County is among the New York counties that are ahead of the statewide average in coronavirus vaccine distribution. 

But the county is still without its own state-run vaccination center, though officials have been ready for weeks to use the Saratoga Springs City Center as a mass vaccination site when enough supply is available. 

For an update on this and other matters in the county, WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Board of Supervisors Chair and Town Supervisor of Moreau, Todd Kusnierz.

Environmental activist Joe Ritchie was born and raised in what he calls “the shadow of the Norlite plant” in the Saratoga Sites public housing neighborhood in Cohoes
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Capital Region residents are suing the Norlite facility in Cohoes and its parent company, alleging hazardous dust is settling in their neighborhoods.

Painting of Governor William Sulzer in the Hall of Governors at the NYS Capitol
Karen DeWitt

When New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie earlier this month began an impeachment investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, over sexual harassment and other allegations, he was the first Speaker to do so in 108 years. In 1913, Governor William Sulzer became the first and, so far only governor in New York’s history to be removed from office by the legislature.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of the group tasked with reviewing police standards and practices in Saratoga Springs are objecting to a recently released draft police reform plan.

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press for a review of the week in New York state politics, including reports that the state Assembly has retained a law firm to lead the impeachment investigation against Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors has approved recommendations to improve policing under an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The fate of legislation that would severely limit the use of solitary confinement in New York’s prisons is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has opposed the bill in the past over what his office projected as the cost of the measure.

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The state legislature took another step this week in its impeachment investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, when the Assembly announced it’s hired a private law firm to assist the Judiciary committee in its inquiry. But that choice was immediately condemned by a lawyer for one of the alleged victims, who says the firm has ties to Cuomo that could taint the investigation.

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Like other Capital Region cities, Saratoga Springs is set to receive an influx of federal funding after President Biden signed the latest COVID relief bill. But the city is only expecting about half the amount it was hoping for in a previous bill. 

Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about how Albany's commercial real estate market is faring during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner
Lucas Willard / WAMC

An upstate New York state Assemblywoman is seeking an aid payment from the parent company that operates Rivers Casino in Schenectady to an organization that represents the harness racing industry in Saratoga Springs. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo receives the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine from Dr. Jacqueline Delmont of SOMOS Healthcare at a pop-up vaccination site in Harlem in March.
Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo forged ahead with a normal schedule Wednesday, leading a campaign-style rally and publicly receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a church in Harlem. His actions come amid stronger statements from President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the governor’s political future amid a sexual harassment scandal.

Sap is boiled at the Radix Center in Albany
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Maple syrup season is underway, as sap flows through taps on trees throughout the Northeast – including within the City of Albany.

Photos and collage by Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Like back in 2020, it’s anything but a normal St. Patrick’s Day this year. With Albany’s parade canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic for a second straight year, WAMC’s Jackie Orchard reports the holiday might serve as a way to reflect on the immigrant story and what it means to conquer hardship.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about the unofficial results of Tuesday's village elections in Ballston Spa, New York. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The pressure against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations reached the White House on Tuesday, with President Joe Biden saying Cuomo should resign if the state attorney general's investigation confirms the claims against him.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in 2014
Karen DeWitt

The growing calls for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal, has focused attention on the state’s number two in command, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

New York State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says she’s determined to steer the chamber through budget negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo, even though the governor has ignored her calls to resign over a sexual harassment scandal. 

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that the New York Board of Regents has canceled all but four of this year's Regents exams. 

Siena College Research Institute

A new poll finds 50 percent of New York voters feel Governor Andrew Cuomo should not immediately resign.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaking March 15, 2021.
Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he expects state budget negotiations to continue as “normal,” despite his decision to authorize an impeachment inquiry of Governor Andrew Cuomo over allegations from multiple women of sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

A Siena College poll out Monday offers some hope for the political survival of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has seen most elected Democrats in New York call for his resignation over sexual harassment and nursing home scandals. The poll finds half of voters think Cuomo should stay, for now. The Democrat once again, tried to put the scandals behind him, appearing at a state COVID-19 vaccination site, and saying he wants to stay on to complete the state budget.   

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, for an update on the New York legislature's budget proposals, and the multiple scandals faced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Culinary students at SUNY Schenectady
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SUNY Schenectady, non-profit organization Feed Albany, and the Schenectady Police Department are starting a new partnership to provide meals to those in need during the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 20, 2020.

The pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign from office reached a higher level of intensity Friday, as nearly all of New York’s Congressional delegation called on the governor to leave office after allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

Speaker Carl Heastie
Karen DeWitt

Saying the accusations concerning the governor are “serious,” Democratic leaders of the New York State Assembly say the chamber’s Judiciary Committee will have subpoena powers as it begins an impeachment investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo. The move comes after new allegations, reported in the Albany Times Union, that Cuomo “aggressively groped” a female aide. Five other women have said the governor either sexually harassed or inappropriately touched them.

Lake George, NY
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Two conservation organizations dedicated to protecting the waters of Lake George are planning a merger.

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks Thursday over Zoom
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A group of bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would support research to investigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. 

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (right) discusses economic issues with North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas
Screenshot of virtual meeting

The North Country Chamber is hosting a series of virtual conversations with New York’s legislative leaders.  Wednesday afternoon Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul discussed the state budget and the latest federal COVID relief package.