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The Times
Updated at 4:46 PM

ALBANY (AP) — An empty seat and swing districts loom large as Republicans and Democrats look to pick up House seats in New York this year.Eight months before the general election, a half-dozen or more of the state’s 27 seats show signs they could become spirited races. Key challenges are shaping up across the state, from the eastern Long Island district of Democrat Rep. Timothy Bishop to the Southern Tier, where Republican Rep. Tom Reed is seeking a third term.

Updated at 4:11 PM

ALBANY — State Sen. James Seward joined Senate colleagues to unveil the Young Farmers NY plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.

Updated at 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON — With heroin usage on the rise across New York, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he wants a database established to assist law enforcement officers in their efforts to combat the drug and for funds to be available to help addicts.

Updated at 3:55 PM

HERKIMER — Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES has announced the registration dates for the pre-kindergarten program located at several school districts in Herkimer County for the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Updated at 3:51 PM

FRANKFORT — The Herkimer County Fair has announced the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople’s Association will award seven $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and students already enrolled in...

Updated at 3:30 PM

CLINTON — Nanotech is more than a buzzword around the Mohawk Valley — it is a movement that is reaching fever pitch.

Updated at 2:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature proposal, a tax increase on the wealthy to pay for universal prekindergarten, appears to be on life support, blocked by a governor and state lawmakers who stubbornly oppose such a tax in...

Updated at 2:49 PM

BUFFALO (AP) — With New York state about to take bids for its first non-Indian casinos, tribes looking to hold their ground have been upgrading their existing casinos and exploring new ones.

Updated at 2:43 PM

UTICA — Officials say an infant has died in a fire that caused heavy damage to the second-story of a Utica residence.

Updated at 2:34 PM

HERKIMER — Ghost stories and haunted destinations are not strange to the Mohawk Valley, and a class at Herkimer County Community College is helping fulfill the dreams of prospective ghost hunters.

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