New York News

King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

By ELANA SCHOR and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, ...

Bitter cold prompts NY school closings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bitter cold temperatures compounded by sub-zero wind chills have caused school closings and delays around western New York. According to WKBW , AAA for western and central New York says service calls tripled on Monday. Although the temperature was inching upward on ...

Airbnb critics say blocked law would save housing NYC units

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report from critics of Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms claims New York City could lose nearly 11,000 housing units if new regulations on the companies don't go forward. A federal judge this month blocked a New York City law that would have subjected Airbnb and ...

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That ...

Protester interrupts start of New York women’s march rally

By REBECCA GIBIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A clash over inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism spilled onto the stage at one of two competing women's march rallies in New York City on Saturday, with a protester co-opting the podium to declare the movement's backers "the real Nazi ...

Multiple women eyeing 2020 hands Dems ‘wonderful challenge’

By ELANA SCHOR and JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that ...

NY lawmakers to review spending on environmental protection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are kicking off their budget work for the year by examining state spending on environmental protection. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled a joint budget hearing on Wednesday to examine funding for programs relating to water quality, land ...

Gillibrand, in Iowa, highlights family, children issues

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced herself to Iowa Democrats as a commonsense fighter for family and children issues as she made her first visit to the early-voting state as a 2020 presidential prospect. Unlike some of ...

1 killed, 1 hurt in wrong-way crash; car goes through wall

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman was killed and a man injured after a car driving the wrong way crashed through a wall and off an embankment. Authorities responded to Riverside Drive and 155th Street around 4 a.m. Sunday to find an overturned vehicle on fire inside a cemetery. The woman driving the ...

Suspect sought in statue damage at Buddhist temple

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are looking for a man accused of damaging multiple statues at a Buddhist temple. Authorities say the man entered the Chinese Buddhist Temple on 39th Avenue in Queens around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. He then threw a large concrete stone at the statues, causing the ...

Cuomo urges New Yorkers to prepare for sub-zero conditions

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning residents to prepare for potentially dangerous conditions as an arctic cold front brings wind chill temperatures below zero for most of the state. Cuomo on Sunday urged New Yorkers to refrain from going outside over the next couple of ...

NY governor wants to limit pre-employment credit checks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to prohibit pre-employment credit checks for most jobs. The Democrat's proposal would prevent employers from requiring credit checks of as a hiring requirement. Cuomo announced the measure Tuesday. Cuomo argues the checks can create ...

Tighter economic development rules included in Cuomo budget

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After a pair of high-profile corruption trials ending in convictions for two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top advisers, the Democrat is proposing tighter oversight of New York state's economic development funding, something good-government ...

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign. Michael Cohen tweeted that "what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" ...

Ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves to challenge severance denial

NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company's decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations. Moonves is demanding binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision, CBS announced in a filing Thursday ...

For ‘Miracle’ flight survivors, a decade of thankfulness

By DEEPTI HAJELA and TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Children they've gotten to see grow up. Grandchildren they've been able to meet. New jobs and adventures. For the people who were on US Airways flight 1549 on that cold January day in 2009, it's been 10 years full of ...

Rochester man convicted of killing 101-year-old neighbor

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A jury in western New York has convicted a 55-year-old man of murder for stabbing his 101-year-old upstairs neighbor to death in her apartment. Gregory Jesmer was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing Marcia Morrison in her Rochester apartment in July. ...

In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The local news industry hasn't been the subject of much good news itself, lately. Newspaper circulation is down sharply, and so is employment in the newspaper industry. Financial cutbacks have led to the shutdown of nearly 1,800 daily and ...

Small business revenues fall as govt shutdown persists

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baked by Yael isn't getting its usual flow of customers who stop in after visiting the nearby National Zoo; the popular Washington, D.C., tourist spot remains closed by the government shutdown. Owner Yael Krigman gets half her ...

The Situation due to report to federal prison for tax fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is trading life on the beach for time behind prison bars. The 36-year-old is scheduled to report to Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in upstate New York on Tuesday to begin serving an eight-month ...