New York News

Promoter of failed event pleads guilty to new fraud charges

NEW YORK (AP) — The promoter of a failed music festival has pleaded guilty to charges that could result in a prison sentence of over a decade. The plea entered Thursday by Billy McFarland came after prosecutors brought new charges alleging he was selling fraudulent tickets to fashion, music ...

Judge: Ex-official gave $85K to daughter instead of state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York state official imprisoned for financial crimes has been hit with an $85,000 judgment by a federal judge for transferring money to his college professor daughter instead of paying restitution owed to the state. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the judge ...

Family receives copy of Civil War medal earned by ancestor

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York family has received a Civil War medal for their ancestor who died before the military decoration was created. State Sen. David Carlucci presented Viola Silverman with a replica of the Civil War Campaign Medal on Wednesday at his office in Rockland ...

Immigrant held after Army base pizza delivery released

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation walked out of an immigration detention center house hours after a judge ordered his immediate release. Pablo Villavicencio ...

Fundraiser launched for family who lost 3 children in fire

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of a couple who lost three of their four young children in a fire at the family's central New York home have started an online fundraising effort. So far, $8,600 has been raised on the gofundme.com website for Patrick and Gabrielle Croad and their 1-year-old ...

Parkland shooting students to appear before US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will perform at the 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day before the start of the U.S. Open. The students will join the entire cast for a performance of "Shine." Members of the school's drama club performed ...

Pregnant again! April the giraffe’s calf is due in March

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't need to stick your neck out to predict that this bundle of joy is going to get some attention. April, the giraffe whose YouTube pregnancy in 2017 made her famous, is due again around next March. Jordon Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, ...

Cuomo: More state aid for displaced Puerto Rico residents

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is providing another $2 million in aid to the thousands of Puerto Rico residents living in the state since being displaced by Hurricane Maria. The Democrat announced at a Manhattan news conference Wednesday that the funding will go to ...

Longtime NY politician-power broker Guy V. Molinari has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York politician and power broker Guy V. Molinari has died at the age of 89. His son-in-law, former Congressman Bill Paxon, says Molinari died of pneumonia on Wednesday in a Manhattan hospital. The Staten Island Republican served as a state assemblyman, five-term ...

Cuomo pardons 7 facing deportation for past convictions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned seven people who had faced deportation because of crimes committed years ago. The Democrat announced the pardons on Monday, saying the state must protect its residents as the federal government wages what he calls an un-American ...

Meghan McCain a feisty new presence on ‘The View.’

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan McCain's first instinct when approached to join "The View" was to say no — until her father, Sen. John McCain, convinced her to look past her trepidation to see the opportunity. In less than a year, she's become a reason to watch ...

Bail revoked for man charged in crash deaths of 3 people

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A man free on bail after being charged with causing an alcohol-related crash that killed three young people in central New York is back in jail. An Onondaga County judge revoked 31-year-old Anthony Saccone's bail Monday, a day after sheriff's deputies charged him with ...

NY Daily News slashes newsroom staffing in half

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York tabloid Daily News cut half of its newsroom staff Monday including and Jim Rich, the paper's editor in chief. The paper was sold to tronc Inc. last year for $1, with the owner of the Chicago Tribune assuming liabilities and debt. In an email sent to staff ...

Robin Williams artworks, memorabilia to be auctioned

NEW YORK (AP) — Artworks owned by Robin Williams and memorabilia from his career including autographed scripts, awards and props will be auctioned in the fall. Sotheby's announced Friday that the collection of Williams and his wife, Marsha, will be auctioned in New York on Oct. 4. The sale ...

Teen arrested in vandalism at Navy SEAL memorial site

LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager who police say vandalized a stone memorial in New York commemorating a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan has been arrested. Suffolk County police say a 14-year-old boy was arrested early Friday in the vandalism at Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in ...

Rapper Common goes back to school to help teachers

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award but a recent visit to a New York City school was "humbling" — mainly because many of the students were too young to know his music. The award-winner showed up at ...

Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for death of infant

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge called the upstate New York man who was convicted of killing a 1-year-old boy a "monster" as he handed down a sentence of 25 years in prison. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough told 23-year-old David Bridges that he was a "wolf let loose amidst the ...

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model

By ERIC TUCKER and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a possible payment to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with him, a person familiar with an investigation into the attorney ...

Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen and Rev. Al Sharpton meet ‘n tweet

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the Rev. Al Sharpton have met to renew a long acquaintance — and they've made a point of letting the public know. Both tweeted about their Friday get-together but left the subject of it a cliffhanger: "I bet ...

Teen dies during high school band practice

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl has died during band practice at a Long Island high school. Police say the girl was at practice at Sachem East High School in Farmingville when she appeared to have a medical emergency around 9:15 p.m. Monday. The girl was transported to a nearby ...