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Trump taped talking hush payment

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President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney said on…

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Will there be a televised debate for Democratic AG candidates?

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ALBANY — With New York's primary for attorney general less than two months away, some are calling for a televised debate between the four Democratic contenders, most of whom are largely unknown upstate.

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Capital Region counties push for real-time data on opioid deaths, hospitalizations

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ALBANY — New state data published this week show that, outside of New York City, fewer people died from opioids in 2017 compared to 2016.

Friday, Jul 20

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New York adopts updated vision for Adirondack High Peaks region

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ALBANY - The first major overhaul of the popular Adirondack High Peaks region in nearly 20 years has been green lit by state regulators.

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Steam pipe explodes in NYC

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An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was…

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Cuomo, transportation advocates press Senate on speed cameras

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday joined advocates and family members of children who died in traffic accidents to make a last-minute push for the state Senate to return to Albany and pass a bill that would extend and expand New…

Thursday, Jul 19

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State's political elite seek leniency for Percoco

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ALBANY — A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo should receive a sentence of no more than two years in prison, his attorneys argued in federal court papers submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni on Wednesday.

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State offers resources to combat Albany violence

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ALBANY – The city of Albany's recent spate of violence prompted a meeting at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Wednesday afternoon during which the administration pledged to assign more state troopers to city streets and help develop a long…

Several possible avenues for appeal after Kaloyeros verdict

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NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors in Manhattan convinced 12 jurors that SUNY Polytechnic Institute founder Alain Kaloyeros and three upstate businessmen rigged the bids on lucrative state contracts and were guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy.

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Fundraising in the state Senate could foreshadow control of the chamber

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ALBANY - The political winds in the state Senate may be shifting if recent campaign contributions are a barometer.

Wednesday, Jul 18

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Molinaro says Cuomo team broke privacy laws for political ad

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ALBANY — Small catch for recipients of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's free college tuition program: they may get a phone call from the governor's campaign office.

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Cuomo team pushed for small donors in fascinating ways

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's campaign bragged of his growing pool of small contributors ahead of the release of his July campaign finance filings on Tuesday, reporting that nearly 60 percent — or more than 1,100 contributions — were for…

Tuesday, Jul 17

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State to fund cyber-protection of voting systems

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ALBANY — The state will begin soliciting contracts from companies that will assess the cyber-security risks of New York's voting systems and help improve internet firewalls for county boards of elections.

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A new tick species ID'ed in NY

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State and federal health officials are warning New Yorkers to take renewed precautions against ticks after a new species was recently discovered.

Cuomo says he didn't know of Percoco campaign calls

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains he was unaware that a government phone line assigned to former top aide Joe Percoco was routinely used to make calls related to the governor's re-election campaign.

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New York sues federal government over tax law

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ALBANY - New York and three other states are filing a lawsuit in Manhattan to block a national cap on state and local tax deductions that was included in last year's federal tax law.

Monday, Jul 16

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Regents want more civic engangement in the classroom

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If educators want a role model for how schools can integrate civic engagement into their curricula, Hoosick Falls would provide a good example.

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Teachout campaign blasts Maloney for past support of anti-choice Republican

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ALBANY — Zephyr Teachout is hitting back at one her fellow Democratic opponents for state attorney general, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, after he gained national attention for taking the House to task for declining to reimburse his…

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Cuomo and Senate Dems push GOP to return to Albany

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Senate's Democratic Conference on Monday called for Senate Republicans to return to Albany for a special session to consider legislation that the Democrats said would establish state-level…

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Cuomo's campaign fund holds $31 million

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's massive campaign account holds more than $31 million, far exceeding the combined totals of his political opponents, according to records filed with the state Board of Elections on Monday.

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Schumer sounds alarm on drownings

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The federal government should investigate why the number of toddler drownings, especially boys, has gone up, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday.

Sunday, Jul 15

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State resources went to Cuomo campaign effort, records show

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For eight months in 2014, a longtime top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Joe Percoco, left the state payroll to manage the governor's re-election campaign.

Saturday, Jul 14

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Recreational marijuana makes gains

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Proposals to permit recreational marijuana use in New York state took a big step forward Friday when state health officials issued a long-awaited report concluding that the benefits of legalization outweigh the risks.

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Smart School Bond Act money is flowing at a trickle

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ALBANY — It’s been almost four years since voters approved $2 billion worth of bonded indebtedness for technology upgrades in schools across the state. So far, though, just $444 million in expenditures at 356 of nearly 700 school districts…

Friday, Jul 13

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Kavanaugh opponents warn of views on executive power

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats led by Charles E. Schumer are looking for something against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that will stick, whether it be the prospects of overturning Roe v. Wade or shredding Obamacare.

Percoco, Kaloyeros convictions overshadow election season

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ALBANY — The conviction this week of former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros in a bid-rigging case that centered on one of the state's signature economic programs delivered another blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an…

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AG candidate Teachout gets Ocasio-Cortez endorsement

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Newly minted Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday endorsed Zephyr Teachout for New York state attorney general in front of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue.

Rift erupts with Cuomo, de Blasio

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are in a standoff to see whose budget will get busted for fixing the dilapidated subway — and their already-nasty feud is getting even uglier.

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Upstate voice Matt Ryan

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This week on "New York Now," the award-winning coproduction of WMHT and the Times Union, Matt Ryan goes on the hunt for some of the invasive species that are remaking the flora of New York in ways the human residents might not appreciate.

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Lt. governor candidates say their positions on social issues have evolved

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ALBANY — Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul used a social media ad released Thursday to attack her insurgent Democratic opponent in September's primary, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, for his inconsistent statements on abortion and…