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Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
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There were no apparent upsets in Capital Region state legislature races, and an apparent winner has emerged in the race for the 46th state Senate district race.

Incumbent Assemblyman Phil Steck, Challenger Dave Feiden
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In New York’s 110th Assembly District, Republican Dave Feiden is trying to unseat fourth-term Democrat Phil Steck on Tuesday.

Democratic 109th district Assemblymember Pat Fahy says the academic future of a "whole host of children" is uncertain.
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Capital Region state lawmakers gathered outside the New York State Education Building Wednesday to call for more federal funding to rescue schools on the eve of an already difficult school year.

Lawmakers: Close NY Budget Gap With Stock Tax

Dec 14, 2019
New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

New York is facing a $6 billion budget deficit, mainly due to an increase in spending on Medicaid, and Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are trying to come up with ideas on how to close it. One idea gaining support among some Democrats in the legislature is reinstating a decades old stock transfer tax changed during the Reagan era that its sponsor says could net the state billions of dollars a year. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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If you’ve voted in New York state, you may have been able to vote for the same candidate on multiple ballot lines. But it could be the last election with so-called fusion voting in New York.

Assemblyman Phil Steck, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and State Senator Neil Breslin.
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An Albany County town is getting funding for a new mobile command center.

Nurse Jennifer Bejo
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Hundreds of unionized Albany Medical Center nurses picketed Wednesday outside the hospital. 

New York State Capitol ~ Albany New York ~ Major General Philip H Sheridan ~ Equestrian Statue
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November’s elections are behind us, and Wednesday, their consequences will be felt when the full state legislature convenes in Albany.

Colonie Center
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The owners of Colonie Center may be looking to sell the mall as online retailing continues to threaten traditional brick and mortar stores.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

The training center streetscape resembles a Hollywood movie set.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local officials gathered Thursday at a public showing of the new "Streetscape" at the Town of Colonie's Municipal Training Center in Latham.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York State Department of Transportation officials say work is nearly completed on the replacement of two critical bridges on one of the busiest stretches of highway upstate.  The $22 million project in the town of Colonie is on track to be finished by the end of the month.

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New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of  the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.

The movement to put the brakes on the national education standards known as the Common Core is gaining momentum across New York State.

Some are calling for a one-year delay while others want a two-year hold on using Common Core-based tests to evaluate teachers and place students. And there are those on the fringe calling for more drastic measures including completely eliminating the tests or withdrawing New York entirely from the standards.

Last week the New York State Assembly voted to impose a statewide moratorium on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, following reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering lifting the current ban on the practice now in place.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, Democrat of the 110th district, which includes Colonie, Niskayuna and part of Schenectady. Steck voted for the fracking moratorium, despite his district not being targeted for natural gas development.