New York News

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

By TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was gunned down outside his home, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, the custom-tailored tabloid regular John Gotti. Francesco ...

Hospitals eligible for program for sexual assault victims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hospitals in cities and smaller communities in parts of upstate New York are eligible for a program that expands services for victims of sexual assault. Albany-based St. Peter's Health Partners announced Tuesday the launching of a new telemedicine program in partnership ...

Plans to crack down on drivers speeding near schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo city leaders say they have a plan to crack down on drivers speeding through school zones. Officials say the city speed limit is 30 mph, while near schools there are 15 mph signs. WGRZ-TV reports that there is no actual current law enforcing the speed limits in ...

Guilty plea likely in sex slave case against self-help group

NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of an embattled upstate New York self-help organization is expected to plead guilty in a case featuring sensational claims that some followers became branded sex slaves. Nancy Salzman is due in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon for a plea hearing. ...

Judge won’t let unvaccinated children back in school

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge, citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak" in suburban Rockland County, New York, has denied a request to let 44 unvaccinated children return to school. Parents of students in the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge have sued the county ...

Cuomo doubles down on permanent property tax cap in budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doubling down on his vow to refuse to sign the next New York state budget if it doesn't make the 2 percent property tax permanent. The Democrat told an audience at a Long Island community center on Wednesday that there's no way he'll sign off on a new ...

Congressmen seek ‘doomsday’ plan for rail tunnel failure

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Two congressmen announced Monday they are filing legislation to force federal rail authorities to issue a contingency plan in the event the century-old tunnel between New Jersey and New York has a major failure, the latest attempt to gain ...

Fundraiser to issue refunds over team hotel stay

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — The organizer of a fundraising campaign to help New York state college swimmers stay in North Carolina for a national competition says he will issue refunds. The GoFundMe campaign raised about $7,000 to allow 10 athletes from State University of New York at Geneseo stay ...

Man who wrongly spent 30 years in prison plans half marathon

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was wrongfully incarcerated for 30 years plans to celebrate his freedom by running a New York City half marathon this month. Forty-eight-year-old Mark Denny was convicted at the age of 17 in 1988, and maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. The Wall ...

State comptroller: 2 companies agree to climate change plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The office of New York state Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli says it has reached agreements with Dollar General and Under Armour under which the companies will release plans for what they're doing to address climate change. The reports are intended to show shareholders what ...

Next round of NY state’s farm grants announced

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Another round of funding is available for New York farmers to help them reduce their impact on the environment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $2.3 million is available in the fourth round of the state's climate-resilient farming grant program. The Democrat says the funds can ...

Lawmakers push to ban sales of pets from commercial breeders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Democratic state lawmakers from New York City are pushing to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits from large commercial breeders. The bill sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan would require pet ...

Cuomo: Regulators will investigate power substation damage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate damage to power substations outside Buffalo after nearly 27,000 utility customers lost electricity service over the weekend. The Democrat made the announcement Sunday in Hamburg, where damage to three ...

Summer reburial for sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a New York sailor killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 will be brought home for reburial. Charles Stern, nephew of Charles M. Stern Jr., says Friday that his uncle's remains will be buried at Beth Emeth Cemetery outside Albany sometime this ...

New George Soros book will be a summation of core beliefs

NEW YORK (AP) — George Soros' next book will be a summation of his core beliefs. PublicAffairs announced Friday that "In Defense of Open Society" will be published Sept. 24. Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and frequent target of conservative and anti-Semitic attacks, will cover ...

NY lawmakers: Let minors get vaccinated even if parents balk

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new bill in the New York state Legislature would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent. The legislation announced Friday by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and Sen. Liz Krueger would authorize anyone 14 or older to get immunizations even if their parents ...

Former Long Island official Mangano convicted at retrial

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, once among the most powerful Republicans on Long Island, was convicted on Friday at a federal corruption retrial of helping a businessman get millions of dollars in loans in exchange for lavish gifts and his wife's ...

Feds probe alleged prison cellphone use by ‘Pharma Bro’

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating claims that Martin Shkreli has been running his pharmaceutical company from behind bars. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Friday that it has opened an inquiry into whether the so-called "Pharma Bro" used a contraband smartphone inside a ...

Child in stroller rides New York City subway alone

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a 1-year-old boy in a stroller rode alone on a Manhattan subway train after his caregiver became ill. Authorities say the caregiver, a family friend, somehow exited the southbound "1'' train at 96th Street about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The ...

NY state comptroller releases state budget revenue forecast

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state comptroller has come up with a state budget revenue forecast that's $190 million above what the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has predicted for New York's coffers over the next two years. Thomas DiNapoli released his projections Tuesday night, several days ...