New York News

State agency for disabled let unlicensed staff drive clients

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state agency that cares for the disabled has racked up hundreds of unpaid traffic tickets and thousands of dollars in fines. According to a new audit released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Office for the Protection of People with Disabilities ...

Watchdog group: Water contamination statewide challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report finds that many public drinking water systems around the state have elevated levels of potentially harmful industrial containments. The New York Public Interest Research Group looked at federal data on water systems around the state. It found eight with ...

Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, ...

Cancer hospital employee swapped syringe meds for water

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo cancer hospital says one of its employees replaced drugs in syringes with water and may have caused several patients to develop infections. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is releasing few details Friday but says the person no longer works ...

JetBlue will offer fewer frills on its cheapest tickets

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue is following the lead of larger rivals by offering a stripped-down ticket with fewer options than regular economy fares. The airline says customers who take the cheapest fare might have to accept limits on when they board, their seat, and whether they can change or ...

Police: Single-car crash on central NY road kills 1, hurts 2

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say one person was killed and two have been injured in a single-vehicle crash in upstate New York. Troopers say 18-year-old Miller Wade was driving in Smithfield in Madison County when he drove off the shoulder and crashed into a tree Thursday. ...

Former county Democratic chair admits to bribing judge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A political consultant from western New York has pleaded guilty to bribing a judge with hockey tickets and job promises in exchange for favors in legal cases. G. Steven Pigeon pleaded guilty Friday in Erie County Court in Buffalo. The state Supreme Court judge who ...

Public housing residents decry bugs, rodents and danger

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of the 400,000 residents of the nation's largest public housing system emotionally told a judge Wednesday what it's like to live with rats and cockroaches and mold in buildings where elevators, heat and running water are ...

For teens, a real-life study in staying power of mistakes

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press The drama surrounding President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court over the nominee's behavior in the 1980s has reinforced a warning today's social media-savvy high school students have grown up hearing: What they say and do now will live well past ...

Dozens of county jail employees accused of crime since 2010

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — The arrest and resignation of an upstate New York county corrections officer brings to about 50 the number of employees who have left the Schenectady County jail after being accused of a crime since 2010. The Times Union reports that Colonie police say a 30-year-old jail ...

State and US government continue spat over ‘I Love NY’ signs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The deadline for removing New York's famous "I Love NY" signs is fast approaching, and neither the state nor the federal government seems to be backing down. Federal highway regulators say they believe Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is working to take down ...

Bill Murray defends Hoffman over harassment allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Appearing on the same stage where months earlier Dustin Hoffman faced repeated questions about alleged sexual harassment, Bill Murray praised the actor as a "really decent person." Murray spoke Wednesday night at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. He was interviewing his former ...

Bill targets ‘Kushner loophole’ allowing false filings

By BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman plans to introduce a bill to close the "Kushner loophole" that fails to check up on landlords if they file false documents with the city. The move follows an Associated Press report earlier this year that ...

Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump

By DAVID EGGERT and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax ...

Oh, baby! Buffalo Zoo rhino pregnant, due in 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Zoo says a new addition is coming to join its rhinos. The zoo says Tashi, a greater one-horned rhinoceros, is pregnant and expected to give birth in the summer of 2019. Tashi was artificially inseminated by Suru, who makes his home at Zoo Miami. The zoo ...

Woman seeks stolen necklace containing grandmother’s ashes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A woman is asking for help to find a necklace containing the ashes of her grandmother that was stolen from her home in Buffalo, New York. University of Buffalo student Haley Lang says her grandmother died last year, and it feels like a piece of her is gone. WIVB-TV ...

Police: Mommy blogger prime suspect in death of toddler

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a 2-year-old girl has died and a self-proclaimed mommy blogger is a suspect in the girl's death. The Erie County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Brianna Valenti faces several charges in the death of the toddler, who died Saturday. ...

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen providing info in Mueller probe

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer said Thursday he is providing "critical information" as part special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination ...

That won’t fly: Fanny pack used in assault contained pigeon

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Police say a woman at a Social Security Administration office outside Washington smacked a security guard in the head with a fanny pack and then pulled a knife on him. Inside the fanny pack, a pigeon was found. Citing a statement from Fairfax County police, The Washington ...

NY school district closed over threat posted on social media

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — All five schools in an upstate New York district are closed for the day because of a threat made over social media. The Monticello Central School District announced Thursday night that its schools would be closed Friday while authorities investigate the online ...