New York News

Former aide to New York Gov. Cuomo faces corruption sentence

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide Thursday whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for fraud and accepting bribes. Joseph Percoco's conviction last spring was an ...

State official arrested on child endangerment charges

COEYMANS, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested a high-ranking official with New York state's mental health agency on charges of child endangerment. Authorities in the town of Coeymans (KWEE'-mihnz), just south of Albany, say 61-year-old John Allen was arrested and arraigned Wednesday. Allen is ...

Cornell review finds academic misconduct by food researcher

NEW YORK (AP) — Cornell says a prominent professor of food research has resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct. The school says Brian Wansink will retire at the end of the school year next June and that he has been removed from his teaching positions. ...

NY to send more college students to help Puerto Rico recover

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that another 500 students from public schools around the state will head to the island territory this school year. Cuomo also says a memorial to ...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops’ new proposals

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year. The initiatives, announced ...

NY offering $4k rebates for electric car charging stations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is offering rebates to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $4,000 rebates to employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profits to install so-called ...

Petition calls for resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop Malone

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An online petition is calling for the resignation of the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York — who has so far resisted all calls to resign. Weeks after elected local and state officials called for Bishop Richard Malone to resign, some parishioners are ...

Police arrest suspect in rape at hospital following chase

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a man suspected of raping a woman at gunpoint has been taken into custody at a hospital after he eluded police. City of Newburgh police say 35-year-old Andre Sims was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with felony rape. He will be ...

Judge OK’s NY inmate-artist’s release from murder sentence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has approved the withdrawal of murder and other charges against a prison inmate who's become known for his art while serving what could've been a life sentence for a slaying authorities now say he didn't commit. An Erie County Court judge on Wednesday ...

CNN’s Cuomo getting daily radio show on SiriusXM

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Chris Cuomo is adding a radio show to his television work. The prime-time host will start his own two-hour radio show next Monday at noon on SiriusXM. The company said Wednesday that Cuomo's weekday show will air on its nonpartisan P.O.T.U.S. channel. It's expected to ...

Actress Diane Neal wins appeal, gets on congressional ballot

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent congressional candidate in a sprawling upstate New York district after winning a court case over her petition signatures. The state Board of Elections last month rejected over 1,800 of the more than ...

GOP officials: Indicted Rep. Chris Collins to stay on ballot

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins of New York will remain on the November ballot despite previously suspending his campaign, confounding Republican Party leaders in his district Monday who had counted on Collins' cooperation to ...

Cuomo: Mayor accused of domestic violence must resign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other top New York state Democrats have weighed in on domestic abuse allegations leveled at the mayor of an upstate city, saying the fellow Democrat must resign from office. Cuomo issued a statement Sunday calling on Shawn Morse to resign as mayor of ...

Republican ad uses old rap video to discredit House hopeful

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican attack ad against a former rapper turned Democratic candidate in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races uses clips from a 2007 rap video to portray him as unfit to represent the sprawling district just ...

NY fuel manufacturer found guilty of violating probation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A judge says an upstate New York fuel manufacturer is guilty of violating probation by having emissions that could create a threat to public health. Tonawanda Coke Corporation was found guilty on Monday in federal court of violating probation from a 2013 conviction for ...

Teacher in upstate NY resigns over syllabus controversy

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A teacher in upstate New York has resigned after he handed out a syllabus that contained profanity and language some considered offensive. Cesar Olivares faced backlash at Poughkeepsie High School for including "if you can afford your phone bill/expensive sneakers ...

More than just glass boxes: Modernist homes vary by region

By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press Anyone who imagines that modernist houses across the United States are a homogeneous collection of sleek glass boxes may want to look again. At its best, modernism has always meant to commune with the landscape and reflect the lifestyle of each homeowner. ...

Visa, Mastercard in new settlement of credit card fee suit

NEW YORK (AP) — Visa and Mastercard say they and several banks will pay $6.2 billion to settle part of a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over fees on credit card transactions. Visa says it's paying $4.1 billion and Mastercard is paying about $900 million. The two companies say ...

Police: Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years. The man, identified by Cape and Islands Assistant District ...

$500k in grants for New York state parks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Organizations that support New York state parks have another chance to apply for grants to help improve them. The advocacy group Parks & Trails New York says $500,000 in state grants is available to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public ...