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Local elections officials mull expanded early voting hours amid high demand

By Amanda Fries ALBANY — As communities across New York continue to see long lines at the polls for early voting, some local elections officials are expanding hours to meet the demand. The need was quickly apparent in Onondaga County, ...

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After state’s leftward shift, outside spending spikes in 2020

By Chris Bragg ALBANY – New York state government seemed poised for a relatively quiet 2020 election season. But in a twist, wealthy individuals and interest groups have ended up spending more heavily on state legislative races than they did ...

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Judge halts RPI sexual misconduct hearing

By Rachel Silberstein TROY — A federal judge has blocked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from proceeding with a campus sexual misconduct hearing, ruling that the Troy college must decide the case using Title IX procedures enacted over the summer by U.S. ...

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State says Saranac Lake airport contaminated by PFAS

By Ry Rivard, Adirondack Explorer SARANAC LAKE — The state last week labeled the Adirondack Regional Airport, a town-owned airfield near Saranac Lake, a hazardous waste site. Like hundreds of other airports across the country, Adirondack Regional over the years sprayed firefighting foam that ...

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Legislative aide charged with sex abuse is fired from Capitol job

By Brendan J. Lyons ALBANY — State Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr., on Monday announced he terminated his longtime legislative director, Joseph P. Brady, who was arrested over the weekend on charges of sexually abusing an 18-year-old girl at his residence ...

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Kanye West registered as write-in candidate for president in New York

By By Emilie Munson WASHINGTON — After gaining ballot access in several states, Kanye West registered as a write-in candidate for president in New York allowing votes for the rapper to count in the state. The American rapper announced his ...

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Trump administration sends 5.8 million rapid COVID-19 tests to New York

By Capitol Bureau ALBANY — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending an additional 5.85 million COVID-19 rapid test kits to New York, the White House announced Monday afternoon. The tests can diagnose coronavirus infection in as ...

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Liquor license suspended at Celtic Hall in Colonie

By Amanda Fries ALBANY – A cultural center that regularly holds cash bingo nights had its liquor license suspended after police found hundreds of patrons packed into Celtic Hall “drinking, and mingling, with several patrons smoking marijuana and all ignoring ...

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Tonko appears safe for re-election despite energetic challenge from Joy

By By Emilie Munson and Ed McKinley ALBANY — In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 65,000, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, is expected to handily defeat his Republican challenger Liz Joy, although she’s proved a more formidable ...

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