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Snowplow with salt/sand (file)
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As part of an effort to reduce the use of road salt in the Adirondacks, the FUND For Lake George has released a film to demonstrate how communities in the Lake George Basin have been able to use new technology to save money and protect the environment.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and officials from President Joe Biden’s administration say they will open mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in medically underserved areas, beginning in Queens and Brooklyn, and later upstate.

Jerry Ford speaks at Monday night's meeting of the Troy Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative
City of Troy, Zoom, image captured by WAMC

Troy has begun public meetings of its Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. Tonight, city residents will have the chance to share their thoughts in a public forum. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a coalition of the city’s Black leaders offered recommendations this week.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that voters in Niskayuna have approved nearly $80 million in improvements across the Niskayuna Central School District. 

New York state Capitol
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The New York State Senate has advanced several bills that would address problems in the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, as outlined in a recent Attorney General’s report which also found that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration undercounted nursing home deaths.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipment
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About one in every 10 New Yorkers has now received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the federal government is expected to boost the state’s supply of the injection over the next three weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about new data from the New York state Department of Health that raises the COVID-19 death toll connected to long-term care facilities by 58 percent in the Capital Region. 

A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes
A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes

For the first time, the New York State Health Department has released data showing that nearly 15,000 nursing home residents and others living at adult long-term care facilities died of COVID-19. The data was released following a court order demanding its disclosure.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites will begin accepting appointments for immune-compromised New Yorkers, beginning February 14.

Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney and U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi
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Democrat Anthony Brindisi has conceded to Republican Claudia Tenney in the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. It comes after state elections officials on Monday certified Tenney’s razor-thin victory, more than three months after Election Day.

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A January report from the New York attorney general found missteps in how the state’s nursing homes responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation detailed that failure to comply with infection control protocols put nursing home residents at increased risk during the pandemic. It also said homes that entered the pandemic with low staffing rates had higher COVID-19 fatality rates. The New York Association on Independent Living says the report is the latest piece of evidence that no person should live in a nursing home.

The Price Chopper and Market 32 logos
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Two major Northeast grocery store chains are merging. Price Chopper and Tops Markets announced an agreement today involving nearly 300 stores and more than 30,000 employees across six states.

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, for an update on the coronavirus pandemic in New York. They also discuss reports that a record number of teachers retired in the state in 2020.

Kierra Allen visits Shanita Thomas’ vigil on Central Avenue in Albany, NY every day. She is pictured here with her son.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany Police continue to investigate a shooting last weekend that killed a pregnant woman and injured four others. 32-year-old Shanita Thomas was killed in the 200 block of Central Avenue in the latest gun homicide to rock the city. In recent days, a vigil has sprung up near the site of the shooting.

Former Rep. Claudia Tenney
Former Rep. Claudia Tenney

A New York judge ruled Friday that Republican Claudia Tenney defeated U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 109 votes in the nation's last undecided congressional race.

Rep. Richard Neal

With Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote, Democrats in the U.S. Senate early Friday took action to move forward a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. State and federal officials provided updates on the bill on Friday.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding the list of New Yorkers who will be eligible to receive vaccinations.  He says on February 15 people with co-morbidities, as defined by the CDC, will be able to sign up for appointments. The governor also says that African-Americans and Latinos are getting vaccinated at a lower rate than whites or Asians, and he wants to correct that.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden speaks during his 2021 State Of The City address.
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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden delivered his State of the City address Thursday night.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Feb 5, 2021
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Jahnel Group, a Schenectady software firm that created an in-house recruiting department to handle an extensive hiring effort last year.

School bus
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Governor Andrew Cuomo continues his push to win several billion dollars in aid in the next federal COVID-19 relief package. The Democrat has sent a letter to New York’s Congressional delegation, saying the funding is “paramount” to the state’s recovery. Meanwhile, New York Education Commissioner Betty Rosa says she’s against a proposal by Cuomo to use money from a previous federal bailout to offset state funding. She says it wasn’t meant for that purpose.  

Jackie Orhcard / WAMC

The New York State Senate has passed a bill relating to the aftercare of retired racehorses. 

The State Senate on Wednesday voted on the bill that among other provisions prohibits the slaughter of race horses or breeding stock, requires all racehorses be microchipped, requires breeding funds have a dedicated set-aside for aftercare programs, and provides tax credits for accredited aftercare facilities.  

Schenectady City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

As a state mandated committee reviews police policies and procedures in Schenectady, the city’s existing Civilian Police Review Board is suggesting its own improvements.

Ted Minissale, Cindi Lizzi and Phil Minissale, on a Zoom press conference, recount the final days of their mother, Agnes, who died in a hospital last April after contracting COVID-19 in a nursing home.
Karen DeWitt

Republican New York State Senators and some family members of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 say they are still looking for answers from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The calls come a week after a scathing report from the state Attorney General found twice as many nursing home residents died of the disease than what the state had been reporting. They are urging majority party Democrats to subpoena the governor’s health commissioner for more information and calling for a thorough investigation of the over 12,700 deaths.  

The New York State Capitol in Albany
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials in the City of Saratoga Springs are once again lobbying the state legislature to restore aid funding from New York’s video lottery terminal gambling facilities.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New York state Senate Republicans are calling on the state’s health commissioner to release more data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that one of the two FBI agents killed during an investigation in Florida Tuesday had ties to the Capital Region. 

File: NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Local governments in New York collected $1.8 billion less in sales tax last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 2019, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Tuesday, signaling a major loss for municipalities that rely on that revenue to fund services.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at his briefing May 5, 2020.

Restaurant workers, taxi drivers, and developmentally disabled people living in congregate settings will now be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as long as local governments allow them to be added to the list.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that some companies in the Capital Region are offering incentives for their employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a briefing Feb. 1, 2021.

The winter storm caused COVID-19 vaccination sites in New York to close downstate, but others upstate remained open Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a briefing, blamed the federal government for ongoing glitches in the state’s vaccine rollout.