New York News

YWCA apologizes for accusing police of ‘blatant racism’

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — The YWCA has issued an apology to an upstate New York police department after accusing it of "blatant racism and brutality" over a recent arrest. The Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reports the YWCA says in its apology to the Binghamton Police Department that it ...

Man found guilty in woman’s fatal fentanyl overdose

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A federal jury has found an upstate New York man guilty of a woman's fatal fentanyl overdose. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Dontrell Wise, of Buffalo, was convicted of several charges Thursday, including possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and ...

Former principal pleads guilty to sexually abusing teen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former middle school principal in upstate New York has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. Syracuse.com reports 42-year-old Mark Trabucco entered his plea Thursday to felony criminal sexual act. Trabucco was the former principal for the Adirondack ...

NY eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration says New York state is taking steps that could make it the first state to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes. A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Friday that the Democrat is concerned about the rise in e-cigarette among young ...

Minority candidates see both success and veiled racism

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the many successes among candidates of color, the midterm elections also proved to some the enduring power of racism, with minority politicians' intelligence and integrity called into question by their opponents and ...

‘Mommy blogger’ pleads not guilty in death of 2-year-old

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A self-proclaimed mommy blogger in upstate New York has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of a 2-year-old girl. Brianna Valenti entered her plea Wednesday in connection with the toddler's death in September. WKBW-TV reports Valenti was watching the ...

Man found guilty of murder in fatal road rage shooting

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A jury has found a western New York man guilty of murder in a fatal road rage shooting. The Monroe County District Attorney's Office says 29-year-old Theotis Davis Jr. was convicted Wednesday in the death of 26-year-old Willie Curry. Prosecutors say Davis and Curry ...

Magic 8 Ball, Uno, pinball inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Magic 8 Ball and Uno fans can count on infinitely more fun, along with pinball players whose quarters have powered the arcade classic through the rise of gaming apps. The three make up the National Toy Hall of Fame's class of ...

Former NY attorney general won’t face abuse charges

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that she couldn't bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part, because ...

Still no winner in 2 House races in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's still no official winner in two Congressional races in upstate New York. As of Thursday afternoon, Democrat Anthony Brindisi was nearly 1,500 votes ahead of Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in one race in central New York. Further west near Buffalo, Democrat ...

James makes history: 1st black woman to win NY-wide office

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Letitia James made history Tuesday night, becoming the first black woman elected to statewide office in New York. The Democrat will also be the state's first black attorney general. James defeated Republican lawyer Keith Wofford, a ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wins third term

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Andrew Cuomo easily defeated Republican challenger Marc Molinaro on Tuesday to win a third term and an opportunity to create a legacy as one of New York's longest-serving and most dominant governors. Cuomo had sought to portray ...

The Latest: Collins-McMurray race in NY too close to call

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's election (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The western New York congressional race between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Nate McMurray was too close to call, but the challenger appeared to realize that only after initially ...

Driver charged in death of actress’ toddler kills herself

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a woman who lost control of her car and fatally struck the child of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and another toddler in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide. Forty-four-year-old Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her Staten Island home ...

UK man pleads guilty in US to role in investment scam

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in western New York say a man from the United Kingdom has pleaded guilty to being part of an international boiler room operation that scammed 250 investors out of nearly $3 million. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo says 47-year-old David Cole of ...

Cops: Detroit man stole $400K in Rolex watches from NY store

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police have charged a Detroit man with stealing multiple Rolex watches worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a New York jewelry store. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo says 23-year-old Davonta Hill is charged with Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy to commit ...

Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program’s name change

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Tuesday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word "boy" from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. In the complaint filed in ...

NY Senate win gives Democrats a lock on Albany. So now what?

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Universal health care, marijuana legalization and early voting are just a few of the priorities for the Democrats who have won control of the New York state Senate. Democrats scored a number of big wins in Tuesday's election to seize power ...

Collins and McMurray battle on in race for NY House seat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The race between indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins and Democratic challenger Nate McMurray in western New York remains too close to call and might not be decided for days. Collins and McMurray have scheduled Wednesday news conferences to talk about where things ...

Cuomo seeks 3rd term as GOP foe looks for last-minute boost

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrat Andrew Cuomo aims to win a third term Tuesday as governor, while his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, hopes a late surge of support will help him beat the odds in a state where Democrats heavily outnumber members of the ...