New York State Capitol

109th district Assemblymember Pat Fahy commended the "Albany Youth Climate Strike" for their awareness of climate change.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Supporters of clean energy and residents worried about the impact of climate change are planning a big lobbying push to encourage New York lawmakers to wean the state off fossil fuels.

Andrea Stewart-Cousins is now Majority Leader of the NYS Senate.
Karen DeWitt / Andrea Stewart-Cousins

The New York State legislative session began with ceremonies and excitement as Democrats claimed their solid majority in the State Senate, and made history with the election of new female leader. They promised to act quickly on a long list of progressive issues, including strengthening abortion rights and expanding voter access. 

 Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse?
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The annual Capitol Hauntings tours are getting ready to begin in Albany, and this year they'll start two weeks earlier than in the past because of popular demand.

Protesters with the New York State Poor People's Campaign marched to the capitol, blocked entrances and snarled traffic Monday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police say a protest today could tie up traffic in downtown Albany.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.