U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet, stopped in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region on Monday to strengthen services and address issues burdening U.S. servicemembers and reacted to the death of Gen. Colin Powell.

MALONE — Local businesses remain cautiously optimistic they will soon be able to welcome Canadian visitors to their establishments, as Canada reopened its border to fully vaccinated Americans for nonessential travel on Monday.

WASHINGTON — The House approved President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan early Saturday and sent it to the Senate, as Democrats defied united GOP opposition to advance the massive relief package aimed at stabilizing the economy and boosting coronavirus vaccinations and testing.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s mother called to check on the New York Democrat within minutes as a mob of hundreds of angry President Donald Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, forcing all federal officials, staff and media to take cover.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo refused to comply with the White House’s request for states to release a patient identification number for every person who receives a coronavirus immunization, pending the approval of a safe vaccine, he said, as the federal government’s appeal for personal data…

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This weekend, several dozen people will arrive at secret locations in West Virginia and Colorado to ride out the election and its aftermath. If Tuesday’s vote sparks unrest, Drew Miller’s customers at Fortitude Ranch will be secure behind walls patrolled by armed guards.

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Health care is once again a big issue in the race for the NY-21 Congressional District seat, as the nation grapples with a pandemic and the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear a case that could strike down the Affordable Care Act.

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ALBANY — The federal government is wrong to believe state governments and officials cannot control the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday, citing New York’s detailed scientific data and the need to expand testing and contact tracing nationwide.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted federal officials Thursday after reports the nation’s Health and Human Services secretary plans to fire the U.S. Food & Drug Administration chief as President Donald Trump’s administration clashes over the nation’s approval standards to promptly authori…

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WATERTOWN — The candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District, Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, and her Democratic opponent Tedra L. Cobb, faced off for the first time this election season in a contentious debate Monday afternoon.

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ALBANY — President Donald Trump helped facilitate division that fueled violent Brooklyn protests this past week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said, after releasing a robocall Friday that, after referencing Trump’s campaign, encouraged hundreds of people to rally against the state’s new coronavirus m…

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Food pantries and dairy and produce giveaways are part of our COVID-19 new normal. But the numbers of folks applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has been holding steady, at least in Franklin and Essex counties.

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WATERTOWN — The U.S.-Canadian border has been shut down to nonessential travel since March 21 due to the pandemic, but on Thursday more Canadian citizens in this country may get a reprieve, allowing visits to their home country.

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WATERTOWN — The House of Representatives adjourned last week so members could return to their home districts to campaign as the election season wraps up, even though congressional Democrats and White House officials have yet to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus relief package.

North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said on Tuesday she supports President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Justice’s plan to cut federal funding from New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington –– three cities the DOJ designated as “anarchist jurisdictions” earlier th…

ALBANY — New York state officials stand ready to sue President Donald Trump and the federal government, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday while snapping back at administration officials after the U.S. Department of Justice made a motion to label New York City an anarchist jurisdiction.

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is actively trying to kill New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said before announcing an executive order Tuesday expanding where New Yorkers can submit ballots to cast a vote in the upcoming presidential election.

ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James will take legal action against President Donald Trump if he follows through with his threat to defund New York City, she said Thursday.

As U.S. farm bankruptcies reach an all-time high and farmers struggle to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand urged federal officials Wednesday to make changes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to ensure small farms receive adequate relief.

The morning after U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik spoke at the Republican National Convention, her Democratic challenger in the race for the 21st Congressional District condemned the speech.

ALBANY — New York will not implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s sudden about-face on COVID-19 testing guidelines, which discourage coronavirus testing for individuals exposed to the virus.