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A concept image for a Saratoga Hospital medical office complex
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Saratoga Hospital has designs for a new medical office complex near its main campus in Saratoga Springs. After a similar effort failed in 2016, the hospital pitched a new concept to the city’s planning board Thursday night.

Saratoga County IDA Chair Rod Sutton
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Saratoga County officials are encouraging business owners to take advantage of available grant funding to assist small companies during the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals; the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations that the Democrat sexually harassed a former staffer. 

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force met Wednesday night over Zoom
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In compliance with a state mandate to “reimagine” policing, the Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force has approved a list of policy recommendations to be reviewed by the city council.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Feb 25, 2021
Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about why the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. is suing New York state. 

A Winter of Hope ice sculpture at the Hyde Collection
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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has paused public visits inside its buildings until May. But the museum has found an alternative way to display one type of art and honor frontline workers.

Schenectady City Hall
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Three newcomer candidates have been endorsed by major parties in contests for Schenectady’s city council, where five seats will be chosen this Election Day.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that flu cases in New York are down 96 percent this season.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.
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For a time in 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic for his steady and focused daily briefings when many considered national leadership to be lacking. But recently, the Democrat has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration. Now a new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers think the governor did something wrong.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about the varying COVID-19 vaccination rates in Capital Region counties.   

At a protest outside the state Capitol, Mary Beth Delarm displays pictures of her mother, who died in a nursing home in May during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Residents of nursing homes in New York will be able to receive visitors again starting February 26, under new rules laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state health officials. 

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about reports that the New York State Senate could vote to roll back Governor Andrew Cuomo's pandemic powers as soon as Monday. 

Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle (file photo)
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Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle recently announced his run for a fourth term. 

Schenectady City Hall
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Five of seven Schenectady City Council seats will be up for grabs this fall. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Feb 19, 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 CoLab, a coworking space in downtown Albany, is closing next month. 

Matt Ossenfort delivers his 2021 State of the County address
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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort delivered his eighth State of the County address this week. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the Republican reflected on the sacrifices made over the last year.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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The New York State Senate is poised to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of some emergency pandemic powers and create an oversight commission to review the decisions the governor makes. There’s growing support for the moves as the Democrat has said that he was wrong to withhold for months the true number of deaths from COVID-19 at the state’s nursing homes. There are also reports of two federal probes into the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

Saratoga County officials speak Wednesday on Facebook Live
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Officials in Saratoga County provided updates Wednesday on a number of efforts related to assisting residents during the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday launched an attack on one of the critics of his nursing home policies – Assemblyman Ron Kim, who lost his uncle to COVID-19 in a nursing home. Cuomo says Kim’s disagreements over policies is really about an old feud over a bill to regulate nail salons.

Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY
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Another COVID-19 mass vaccination site is opening up in Albany. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the Washington Avenue Armory will receive doses from the federal government and be partially staffed by the New York National Guard.

Tyson Davis is a 20-year-old Black composer
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The classical music world often focuses on long dead masters, who tend to be white and European. But one composer who is not even old enough to legally drink alcohol is trying to change that. He started over the weekend with the Albany Symphony.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about a class action lawsuit targeting Beech-Nut Nutrition in Montgomery County over the presence of potentially dangerous metals in its baby food. 

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that the New York state Department of Health has ordered Albany Medical Center to change its COVID-19 protocols on the oncology floor, following a third outbreak in three months. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo broke days of silence over escalating accusations that he and his top aides deliberately withheld for months key COVID-19 death numbers of nursing home residents who succumbed to the virus. He apologized to families of residents who died in the homes during the pandemic for the anxiety that the withholding of those numbers created.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton
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Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton announced this past week she’s running for a second two-year term on the city council, but she’s leaving the Republican Party first. 

A self-described moderate, Dalton says she no longer fits in with the party, and will seek re-election without a party affiliation. 

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Dalton about her announcement. 

A screen-captured image of the racial bias audit report completed by firm CNA
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An outside audit of the Schenectady County Town of Niskayuna’s police department has been released. The audit reveals a racial disparity in arrests in the mostly white community.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa
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New York political leaders on both sides of the aisle are calling for actions, including a criminal investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his top aides, and an end to the Democrat’s emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outcry follows a New York Post report that the governor’s chief of staff said during a private meeting that the administration deliberately withheld key data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Feb 12, 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 Hugh Johnson Advisors and Bender Lane Advisory are rebranding under the name Graypoint. 

An archive photo of the former GE plant in Fort Edward. Advocates claim that PCBs released from GE's former facilities in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls have led to elevated instances of cancer in the region
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Advocates are challenging the findings of a 2019 New York State Department of Health assessment of cancer patterns in Warren County.

Electric vehicle with charging station
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Many states and communities are working to adapt their infrastructure to carbon free technologies including electric vehicles.  A recently released report ranks states on how well they are enabling the use and building infrastructure for EV’s.

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