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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.

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.

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
Photos provided by Tyson Davis / Composite image made my Jackie Orchard / WAMC

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
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

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

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.

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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.

Snowplow with salt/sand (file)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.

Mike Goodwin
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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
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

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.