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The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for New York attorney general, Tish James, says if she’s elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Activists have long insisted that the terrorism case against two Albany residents in 2004 was more of a frame-up than a sting.  The two were given 15-year federal prison sentences for their involvement in an alleged money-laundering incident tied to the sale of a fake shoulder-fired missile. The local Muslim community is hosting an annual rally Saturday, the anniversary of the arrests.

A map showing concentrations of PFOA detected east of Bennington, Vermont
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Researchers at Bennington College have released data that may show how far a toxic chemical has spread through the air from a closed factory in southern Vermont.

Congressman Paul Tonko and RISSE Operations Director Francis Sengabo
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Volunteers and staff at an Albany organization that provides assistance to refugees and immigrants are struggling to keep up with the demand for services. Today, the organization got a visit from their member of Congress, Democrat Paul Tonko.

Sen. Schumer in Menands, NY (May 2015)
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has launched a push to expand railroad bridge inspections and increase the number of federal bridge safety specialists nationwide.

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Federal prosecutors say an engineer at General Electric's upstate New York turbine manufacturing plant has been charged with stealing the company's trade secrets.

An aerial view of Fort Ticonderoga
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Built in the 1750s by the French as a defense against the British, what is known today as Fort Ticonderoga stood at the center of two wars and five battles. Today the fort on Lake Champlain welcomes more than 75,000 visitors a year to northern New York. 

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Aug 1, 2018
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about new revelations in the story of a secret recording involving Denocratic Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb of NY-21. The pair also discuss a claim filed against the Schenectady police chief.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will pay any fees associated with a 7-year-old boy's lemonade stand after it was shut down by a state health inspector for not having a permit.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about New York's lawsuit challenging Charter Communications. They also discuss "lemonade-gate."

New York officials say the state had nearly 244 million visitors in 2017, helping boost the state's tourism industry to record levels for total visitation, economic impact and direct spending.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has ordered his Department of Financial Services to reject requests by health insurance companies to raise rates in response to actions by the Trump administration to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

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An update on the downtown revitalization program in the city of Oneonta will be provided tonight at 7 o’clock at City Hall. Mayor Gary Herzig spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields prior to the meeting.

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has announced the creation of a new program that will provide funding to for law enforcement agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

Ken Lovett
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about November's elections.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout
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Zephyr Teachout, one of four candidates running in the Democratic primary for New York Attorney General, says battling corruption in state government would be a top priority if she’s elected. In the past few months, several former associates of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo have been convicted of bribery and bid rigging, and both former legislative leaders were found guilty on corruption charges. 

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Food stamp recipients will be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets across New York state under an agreement the state and the Farmers Market Federation have reached with a mobile application vendor.

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Two years after a young girl was killed on Lake George, officials have again taken steps to prevent the annual party that preceded the fatal boat crash from happening.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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Republican congressional candidate James O’Donnell and a group of residents in the 18th Congressional District have filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Albany seeking to prevent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney from running for both re-election and state attorney general simultaneously.

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Following its own year-long investigation, New York's state attorney general's office will convene a grand jury to review the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old Bronx man who stopped breathing in a Schenectady police car after being stopped for a traffic violation.

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New York regulators have revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state.

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The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday, after being convicted for a second time on federal corruption charges.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is touting the newly created state Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force as the nation's first strategy to eliminate the viral infection being exacerbated by the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Aaron Gladd is the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for New York's 43rd State Senate District
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Democrat Aaron Gladd is running for New York’s 43rd State Senate District that includes portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Counties and all of Columbia County.  This November, Gladd, an army veteran and former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, is running against Republican Daphne Jordan for the seat held for the last six years by retiring GOP Senator Kathy Marchione.

Daphne Jordan speaks at her campaign kickoff event in Troy
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The Republican candidate in the race for New York’s 43rd State Senate District officially kicked off her campaign Thursday. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, she got a boost from a fellow officer-seeker.

A vehicle parked outside a Milton town board meeting earlier this year
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This story has been updated 7/27/18 3:30 p.m.

A local scouting organization is moving on after it failed to sell a former Cub Scout camp to the Saratoga County Town of Milton.

Milton’s plan to purchase Camp Boyhaven stretched on over several months and two town supervisors. But Twin Rivers Council, the local organization that owns the camp, is done moving deadlines. Mark Switzer is the council executive.

Frank Rossi Jr. speaks to the Ballston Planning Board on July 25th, 2018
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In a saga that dates back more than a decade, development may be coming to a hotly debated property in the Saratoga County town of Ballston.

A newly formed group is reaching out to public sector union members in New York, informing them of their rights, under the recently decided US Supreme Court Janus case, to opt out of their unions. Union leaders say the organization is a front group for anti-union billionaires.

The Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals met on July 23rd, 2018
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The owners of a popular Saratoga Lake restaurant that closed earlier this year due to a fire are seeking an expansion before the business is reopened. But nearby residents are objecting to the size of the project.

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An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune has been released on $100 million bond after pleading not guilty to racketeering charges related to a New York self-help group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.

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