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Lack of buzz hurting farmers

Agriculture is a three and-a-half billion-dollar industry in New York. With over 35-thousand farms, food producers need as much help as they can get to produce an abundant crop. However, some say a key component in fruit and vegetable farming is experiencing a population decline, causing the state to create a task force to study the health of pollinators. This week our Jenna Flanagan heads to Cornell University to find out why there has been such a decline in honeybees across the country....
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Comptroller DiNapoli examines economic development initiatives

Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs have come under the microscope in 2016, most recently due to the underwhelming performance of Start-Up NY.
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Veteran Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) will debate Republican challenger Joe Vitollo on October 20th at WMHT.   The hour-long affair will be broadcast live in the North Greenbush studio and live-streamed on WMHT.org. 

Karen DeWitt

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign. The head of Trump’s New York campaign say he expects the state to be in play.

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino says even though New York has many more Democrats than Republicans, Trump wants to compete against Hillary Clinton in his home state.

“We’re going to win big in Long Island and in Upstate,” Paladino said. “We’re going to get cross over like you’ve never seen before.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a speech to New York’s delegates, assailed Hillary Clinton for her husband’s extramarital affairs when he was President in the 1990’s, saying Hillary tried to shut the women up.

Giuliani, who dropped out of a race to challenge Clinton for the 2000 Senate race in New York, which she ultimately won, focused on a topic that so far has been avoided even on the convention floor- whether Hillary was culpable in covering up her husband’s sexual dalliances. He called Bill Clinton the “predator President”, and says his wife “enabled him”.

Karen DeWitt

How will Trump play in Long Island? There are several crucial Senate races there that could determine whether the GOP keeps control of the upper chamber. Casey Seiler and Karen DeWitt talk with Mike Gormley of Newsday, and Larry Levy of the Hofstra Center for Suburban Studies about how Trump will fare in the suburbs. Also, we hear part of Rudy Giuliani's speech to NY delegates delving into the past of Hillary Clinton's husband, and using that against her.
 

Bonus, check out Mike Gormley's secret service pic:

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

New York’s delegates have high hopes for their nominee Donald Trump’s speech tonight, but some also want him to tone down some of his rhetoric and act more presidential.

State GOP Chair Ed Cox says a “great acceptance speech” will help to unite the party and fire everyone up for November. He defines that as something more serious than the sometimes rambling addresses that are very popular at Trump rallies.

Karen DeWitt

The Republican candidate for US Senate running against Chuck Schumer, Wendy Long, faces great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third term Senator.  Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

Karen DeWitt

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins talks to Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump and run interference when the presumptive Republican nominee made some of his more controversial comments.

The New York State delegation has mixed reactions to charges that Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

Karen DeWitt

New York’s delegation at the Republican National Convention heard from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at their breakfast meeting Monday, where Gingrich offered them a game plan for winning in New York in November.

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