Steve McLaughlin sworn in as Rensselaer County executive, vows to

The Rensselaer County Courthouse was packed Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, for the swearing in of County Executive Steve McLaughlin, county legislators, Troy City Council members and others. The Rensselaer County Courthouse was packed Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, for the swearing in of County Executive Steve McLaughlin, county legislators, Troy City Council members and others.

Rally against federal tax overhaul held in Albany

This is the time to make your last minute, end-of-year , tax-deductible gift to NCPR, and here are three great ways to do it: Thanks so much for including us in your holiday gift-giving plans! Here's to happy holidays and a joyful, peaceful New Year for all! The Rev. Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, speaks against the federal tax overhaul measure at a rally Friday at the State Capitol.

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should’ve resigned over sex affair

In this Oct. 26, 2006 file photo, former President Bill Clinton holds up the hand of Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic lawyer who is running against three-term Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., at a rally in Albany, N.Y. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said, in an interview in The New York Times, that former President Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago.

Schumer, Cuomo call for rejection of SALT deduction removal in tax plan

Speaking in Albany County Monday, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called on the state's Republican delegation in the House of Representatives to reject the repeal of state and local tax deductions proposed in the GOP tax reform plan. The senator and the governor said eliminating the SALT deduction could be devastating to the state, and especially harmful to the north country, as it would drive from the region residents and businesses that rely on the tax deductions to make a living.

The Latest: School board hopes ouster ends distractions

In this June 22, 2017 file photo, Carl Paladino, right, walks with his lawyers outside the state Department of Education building in Albany, N.Y. The one-time Republican candidate for New York governor whose insults of Barack and Michelle Obama preceded calls for his ouster from the Buffalo school board has been removed from the post. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced her decision Thursday, Aug. 17, following a five-day hearing in June.

NYC billionaire suggests black NY senator is worse than KKK

In this April 27, 2015, file photo, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. Billionaire hedge fund executive Daniel Loeb has apologized for an online post saying Stewart-Cousins has done "more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood."

N.Y. lawmakers devise law to see President Trump’s taxes

The proposed law requires the state to release five years of state tax information for any President or vice president who files a New York state return. ALBANY - New York Democrats have hatched a plan to get a look at Donald Trump's taxes by crafting legislation designed to get at his state returns that does everything but mention the President by name.

New York has a budget after Senate approves

Senator John DeFrancisco, Deputy Majority Leader, addresses the members of the Senate at the Capitol on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Senator John DeFrancisco, Deputy Majority Leader, addresses the members of the Senate at the Capitol on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Senators make their way to their desks before the start of the session at the Capitol on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Senators make their way to their desks before the start of the session at the Capitol on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Senator James Tedisco, left, stands on the floor of the Senate as he waits for the start of the session on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Senator James Tedisco, left, stands on the floor of the Senate as he waits for the start of the session on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Some Senators and Senate staff are seen on the floor of the Senate ... (more)

Teamsters face 31 percent pension cut

Ed Oleski, president of the Teamsters Local 294 retirees, rolls up a Teamsters banner following a meeting about a proposed 31% cut to their pension plan on Monday, March, 6, 2017, at the Labor Temple in Albany, N.Y. less Ed Oleski, president of the Teamsters Local 294 retirees, rolls up a Teamsters banner following a meeting about a proposed 31% cut to their pension plan on Monday, March, 6, 2017, at the Labor Temple in Albany, ... more A trailer carries the logo for Teamsters Local 294 on Monday, March, 6, 2017, outside the Labor Temple in Albany, N.Y. They are facing a proposed 31% cut to their pension plan.

Trump co-chair wishes death on Obama, calls 1st lady male

California's attorney general is pursuing new charges against the operators of a website advertising escort services two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case. California's attorney general said Friday that she was pursuing new pimping charges against the operators of Backpage.com, a website that advertises escort services, just two weeks after a judge tossed an earlier case.

The Latest: Gingrich says Trump dislcaims ‘drain the swamp’

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... A leader of Donald Trump's transition says the president-elect is no longer interested in his catch phrase "drain the swamp" of Washington.

The Latest: Gingrich says Trump dislcaims ‘drain the swamp’

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... A leader of Donald Trump's transition says the president-elect is no longer interested in his catch phrase "drain the swamp" of Washington.

The Latest: Gingrich says Trump dislcaims ‘drain the swamp’

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private ... A leader of Donald Trump's transition says the president-elect is no longer interested in his catch phrase "drain the swamp" of Washington.

Activists call on city officials to make Albany a sanctuary city

Capital Region residents hoping to make Albany a sanctuary city flooded City Hall on Monday to encourage city lawmakers to consider the capital community as a safe haven for undocumented immigrants. More than 50 people involved with New Sanctuary for Immigrants of the Capital Region rallied before the Albany Common Council meeting discussing the threats to immigrants' rights and resources that may be available.

Attorney general to Trump Foundation: Stop fundraising in NY

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York attorney general's office has ordered the Trump Foundation to immediately stop fundraising in the state, saying it isn't registered to do so. James Sheehan, head of the attorney general's Charities Bureau, wrote in a letter dated Friday that the failure to stop immediately and answer demands for all delinquent financial reports within 15 days "shall be deemed a continuing fraud upon the people of the state of New York."

Women officeholders find making change slow

JULY 30: Sen. Kristen Gillibrand embraces End Rape on Campus co-founder Andrea Pino, a survivor of sexual assult at the University of North Carolina, during a news conference about new legislation aimed at curbing sexual assults on college and university campuses at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. With strong bipartisan support in the Senate, the bill would require schools to make public the result of anonymous surveys about campus assaults and impose significant financial burdens on universities that fail to comply with some of the law's requirements.

Sanders faults NY voting rules, giant Wall Street banks

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., delivers his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., delivers his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures while giving his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures while giving his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., line up before his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., line up before his "Where We Go From Here" ... (more)

NYC Mayor Still At Odds With Albany

It's not easy being New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio these days in Albany. The mayor faces five investigations into his political spending, which has complicated his efforts to receive an extension of mayoral control of New York City schools.