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Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about new data depicting the racial disparity among those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in hospitals and New York City. 

NYRA CEO David O'Rourke inside the new 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course in 2019
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Due to the pandemic, the New York Racing Association in 2020 held races at its three tracks — including Saratoga Race Course — without fans in the stands. In Saratoga, it made for an eerie summer, with the normally packed picnic grounds and finish line desolate.  

NYRA recently announced the schedule for the 2021 meet at the Spa, with live racing scheduled from July 15th to Labor Day, but word is still out if fans will be allowed back on the historic grounds. 

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke about his hopes for bringing cheering crowds back to Saratoga Race Course this summer.

Albany Police Headquarters on Henry Johnson Boulevard
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A woman was killed and four others injured in a shooting Saturday night on Central Avenue in Albany. 

Thearse McCalmon and William Rivas
Photos provided to WAMC by Thearse McCalmon and William Rivas, composite image by WAMC

With five seats on the ballot this fall, two new candidates have entered the race for Schenectady City Council.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to blame what he says is an “ongoing political attack” for the controversy over the number of nursing home deaths in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic, that led to a critical report by the state’s attorney general.

A concept for a proposed apartment development along the Hudson River in Troy has hit a snag after a decision from the city’s planning commission Thursday night.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 29, 2021
Melissa Mangini
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about Transfinder, a Schenectady software development company marking its 23rd consecutive year of growth. 

Ballston Spa Mayor Larry Woolbright (file photo)
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Village of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County has taken politics out of its local elections.

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

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report Thursday finding that the state health department may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The New York Farm Bureau has identified its priorities for the state legislative session, saying lawmakers must support the agricultural sector in 2021.

Mohawk Ambulance's new mobile vaccination trailer
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Mohawk Ambulance may soon be bringing a coronavirus vaccine to a location near you. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a look at the company’s new mobile vaccine distribution trailer Wednesday afternoon.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 20, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying the COVID-19 transmission rate in New York has started to decline, is lifting some restrictions in nearly all orange and yellow micro cluster zones that were aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. The Democrat is also developing a plan to allow limited indoor dining in New York City.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly presents her 2021 State Of The City address
City of Saratoga Springs/Zoom / Screen grab by WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly and members of the city council delivered the 2021 State of the City address Tuesday night. 

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about reports that a Glens Falls man has been charged with participating in the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. 

A file photo of a snow-covered Central Avenue in Albany.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Snow continues to fall this hour, making a messy ride home and prompting warnings about a slow start to Wednesday morning’s commute.

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about reports that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is close to a power-sharing agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Doug Hovey, with Independent Living Inc., speaks of the need for WiFi service for state run homes for New Yorkers with disabilities. At left is State Senator James Skoufis, behind him and to the to the right is Alex Thompson of the New York Association on
Karen DeWitt

Several New York state Senators and Assembly members say they were surprised to learn that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration does not provide internet access to people living in state-run group homes and other congregant settings, and they want that fixed immediately. 

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 some key flashpoints for Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers as they debate the 2021 budget. 

Main Street, Lake Placid, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Upstate New York has seen a migration of sorts caused by the pandemic, with evidence of people moving north out of the New York City area, in search of more space, the great outdoors, and a lower cost of living. The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is a destination marketing firm based in Lake Placid. ROOST recently partnered with EDC Warren County on a survey to try understand the impact of new year-round residents in the Adirondack Region. 

State Police: Teen Killed In Duanesburg Crash

Jan 24, 2021
The seal of the New York State Police
New York State Police

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a crash in the Schenectady County Town of Duanesburg Saturday evening.

Seal of the Newburgh Police Department
City of Newburgh, NY

The City of Newburgh has released a draft plan to reimagine policing in accordance with a New York State directive.

Schenectady DA Bob Carney, March 2017.
Dave Lucas / WAMC

A Schenectady County foster parent has formally been charged with killing a four-year-old boy placed in his care.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

The hospitalization rate in New York due to COVID-19 has steadily dropped in recent weeks, according to state data, with two consecutive days of significant declines Wednesday and Thursday.

Representatives for Claudia Tenney and Anthony Brindisi gave their final arguments before Oswego County Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte on Friday.
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Lawyers for Democrat Anthony Brindisi and Republican Claudia Tenney met on Friday to give their final arguments in the neck-and-neck race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

From left to right: Steven Skoda, Christian Koch, Daniel Prial
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The NY National Guard has released the names of the soldiers killed in Wednesday’s crash of a Blackhawk UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter near Rochester.

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 22, 2021
Melissa Mangini
Provided by Melissa Mangini / Albany Business Review

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about reports that Colonie's Shepherd Communication & Security has developed a new thermal imaging system to detect elevated body temperatures during the coronavirus pandemic. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo in his budget plan proposed imposing new higher income taxes on New York’s wealthiest residents if President Joe Biden and Congress do not come through with enough federal aid to close the state’s budget deficit. But, at the same time, Cuomo offered a contradictory message, saying it might hurt the state’s competiveness and cause the rich to flee the state. 

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Jesse King / WAMC

With her party now holding a slim majority, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a lifeline for community health centers in the next COVID-19 relief package. Speaking with reporters Thursday afternoon, the Democrat also gave her predictions for working with Republicans in the new session.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Facing an April deadline under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive, the Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force met Wednesday evening to discuss some proposed revisions to policing policy.

New York Army National Guard
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Three National Guard members on a training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in western New York.