NY State News

Ex-CIA worker charged with disclosing classified information

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA employee was charged Monday with stealing classified national defense information from the agency that emerged publicly in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began releasing some of the CIA's hacking tools. Joshua Adam Schulte, of ...

Senate Democrats push property tax bills at end of session

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Senate Democrats have introduced legislation they say would alleviate the increased tax burden many New York property owners face under the new federal tax plan. Democratic lawmakers discussed the package of five bills Monday, two days before the Legislature is ...

In Ice Cube’s BIG3, the champion defends, but doesn’t reload

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Winner stays. That's the norm on the playground, where a team playing pickup ball remains on the court until it is beaten. And that's the way Ice Cube insisted it had to be in the BIG3. Win a championship, come back the next season ...

Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he ...

Legislature enters final days of 2018 session

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Proposals to overhaul teacher regulations and add more school zone speed cameras in New York City are on the table as New York state lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session. The Senate and Assembly hope to adjourn for the year on Wednesday. High-profile ...

Musical about Michael Jackson being written by Lynn Nottage

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A musical about the King of Pop is moonwalking its way to Broadway. The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage on Tuesday unveiled plans for a stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. They hope it will be ready ...

NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will issue criminal summonses to most people caught smoking marijuana in public instead of arresting them starting Sept. 1. Officers will still arrest people with prior arrests for violent crimes, parolees, drivers and some others under the ...

Corruption retrial begins for ex-New York Senate leader, son

NEW YORK (AP) — A retrial has begun for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) and his son on corruption charges. Jury selection started Tuesday in Manhattan as Judge Kimba Wood questioned jurors to ascertain who can be fair. Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted in 2015 of ...

Rare NY sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug. The area's cicada (sih-KAY'-duh) brood emerges once every 17 years. The Post-Standard says the eastern U.S. is one ...

Nixon: Raise taxes on rich to fund $7.3B plan for NY schools

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has laid out a $7.3 billion plan to boost education from preschool through college. Nixon said Wednesday that her plan would be paid for by increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers and corporations. The former "Sex ...

Pennsylvania man gets probation for New York mall shooting

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A 27-year-old man Pennsylvania man who accidentally fired a gun in a crowded Hudson Valley mall has been sentenced to three years on probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community service. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that Michael Perez-Rodriguez of ...

Billionaire loses goose poop-based property tax challenge

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of pooping geese didn't get billionaire Tom Golisano a property tax break. The founder of payroll company Paychex challenged the assessment on his western New York lakefront home last month, saying hundreds of Canada geese have decreased the property ...

Lawmakers vote to provide free tampons to female prisoners

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is poised to provide free tampons and other feminine hygiene products to women serving time in state and local correctional facilities. Legislation laying out the new requirement is awaiting action by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo following a final ...

AP Investigation: Sustainable seafood dealer sold fishy tale

ROBIN MCDOWELL, MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press MONTAUK, New York (AP) — Caterers in Washington tweeted a photo of maroon sashimi appetizers served to 700 guests attending the governor's inaugural ball last year. They were told the tuna was from Montauk. But it was an ...

Kim Kardashian West the star is now also the reformer

By LEANNE ITALIE, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Kim Kardashian West put it to her 60 million-plus followers on Twitter, the call she made to Alice Marie Johnson "will forever be one of my best memories." It was the reality star and makeup mogul who brought the 63-year-old ...

Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer writes he has ‘weeks to live’

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer says he has "only a few weeks to live" because of an aggressive form of cancer. Krauthammer disclosed his doctors' prognosis in a letter released Friday to colleagues, friends and viewers. Krauthammer wrote ...

Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles rely on each other for Tony gig

By JOHN CARUCCI and MARK KENNEDY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles face a daunting task at Sunday's Tony Awards — anchor the telecast as first-time hosts, show off Broadway's season without a clear juggernaut like "Hamilton" and articulate the theater ...

Man’s death in state facility spurs call for 911 legislation

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a 34-year-old man who died at a state-run facility for the disabled in April are urging New York lawmakers to require such facilities to report cases of abuse, neglect, medical emergencies or unexplained deaths to ...

Belmont trainer prevents woman from choking at Mets game

By MIKE FARRELL, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the Belmont Stakes. It's already been a remarkable week for trainer Dale Romans. He potentially saved a woman from choking to death by performing the Heimlich maneuver during a New York Mets' game at Citi Field. "It was interesting, ...

State worker files discrimination complaint against agency

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who says she was sexually harassed by the former head of the New York state forensics office has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the state. The Albany Times Union reports Kimberly Schiavone says she was harassed and subjected to gender- and ...