Category Archives: Up in Albany

Susan Sarandon weighs in on Wawayanda power plant

Actress Susan Sarandon has released a video urging people to call Gov. Andrew Cuomo and tell him to stop a $900 million natural-gas fired power plant that’s being built Wawayanda. The Academy Award winning actress and environmental activist  has released a video saying that although Cuomo has put a ban hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, [...]

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Republican George Amedore wins Green Party line, is blasted by Green Party co-chair

Incumbent Republican state Sen. George Amedore has beat out his Democratic opponent, Palatine Supervisor Sara Niccoli, in a write-in campaign for the left-leaning Green Party line. Amedore, R-Rotterdam, secured the Green Party ballot line as a write-in candidate in the primary, according to state Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin. According to Conklin, Amedore won [...]

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Niccoli calls on Amedore to return “tainted” money

Democrat Sara Niccoli is calling on GOP Sen. George Amedore to return more than $30,000 in campaign contributions she says he’s received that are tied to Schenectady-based developer Joseph Nicolla, who was implicated in a corruption scandal last week by the state Attorney General’s Office. In a press release, Niccoli urges Amedore to return the [...]

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NRA PAC hands out grades to local politicians in state, federal races

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has handed out grades for local politicians running for office this year. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates based on voting records, public statements and their responses to a questionnaire, according to its website. Here’s the grades for our local races: U.S. House of Representatives: New York’s 19th Congressional [...]

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First debate between Teachout and Faso is next week

Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso will square off in their first of three debates next week in Albany as they vie to fill New York’s 19th Congressional District. The first debate is scheduled for Sept. 15 and will be held at The Linda, the performing arts center of WAMC, a regional public radio [...]

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Colin Schmitt avoids primary on Reform Party line

The state Board of Elections has invalidated an effort to force a Reform Party primary in the race for the 99th Assembly District. An opportunity-to-ballot petition carried by a member of Assemblyman James Skoufis’ staff has been invalidated. The  decision will stop a Reform Party primary against Republican challenger Colin Schmitt, who’s facing off against [...]

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Sunday telephone poll dives deep on race for State Sen. Bill Larkin’s senate seat

Voters in the region were hit with a new poll on Sunday that asked a series of probing questions about GOP Sen. Bill Larkin, his Democratic opponent Chris Eachus and several issues in the race for the 39th Senate District. But Larkin supporters say the poll is no indication that Larkin will be switched out [...]

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Anti-gun group gives mid-Hudson Valley state lawmakers poor marks on gun safety votes

Mid-Hudson Valley state lawmakers have earned poor grades for their past votes on gun-related issues, according to new rankings released byNew Yorkers Against Gun Violence, an anti-gun group. The advocacy group, that says its aim is to reduce gun violence, released the rankings Tuesday. The rankings are based on legislators’ votes on gun bills since [...]

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Tkaczyk gives “no comment” over alleged investigation into de Blasio fundraising operation

Former Democratic State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk had no comment Wednesday when asked if she has been subpoenaed by federal authorities as part of an expanding probe into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising efforts back in 2014. On Wednesday The New York Times reported that a federal probe of de Blasio’s campaign fundraising [...]

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Gibson’s choice in GOP prez primary: None of the above

Rep. Chris Gibson said Thursday he won’t be supporting any of the GOP presidential nominees in the April 19 primary election next week and may instead write in the governor of Maryland or Oklahoma. Gibson, R-Kinderhook, made the comments while speaking with Alan Chartock on WAMC’s Congressional Corner Thursday. Gibson is not running again in [...]

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