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Albany correspondent Betty Flood, 83

ALBANY — Elizabeth Flood Morrow, owner of an independent news service who was one of the first female correspondents to cover New York’s statehouse, has died at 83.

Flood Morrow died Wednesday at an Albany hospital, where she underwent surgery after being injured in a fall at her home in Loudonville.

Known to New York governors, lawmakers and fellow reporters as Betty Flood, the Albany native worked out of a small office amid larger media outlets on the Capitol’s third floor. She owned and ran the Cuyler News Service, which provides statehouse stories for financial and trade publications.

She bought the business in 1961, a few years after she began covering state government during Gov. Averell Harriman’s administration. Flood Morrow co-founded the Women’s Press Club of New York in 1966.

Funeral services are Tuesday at a church in Loudonville.

— AP

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