NY State News

SUV crashes into home, injures 3

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in western New York say three people were injured when their SUV crashed into a home. WGRZ-TV reports the crash happened Tuesday night in Cheektowaga. U-Crest Fire Chief Brian Chapman says the "medical condition" of someone in the car caused the vehicle ...

Rochester judge facing removal says she has a good heart

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge facing removal after a DWI conviction and inappropriate comments from the bench says she has a "smart mouth" but a "good heart." Embattled Rochester city court Judge Leticia Astacio (uh-STAH'-see-oh) says she hasn't decided whether to appeal a decision ...

Judge seeks update on raids of Trump’s personal lawyer

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge wants more information from prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump and personal attorney Michael Cohen to help speedily analyze materials seized from Cohen. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set a hearing for Thursday. She said she wants prosecutors ...

NY advocates renew push for law banning ‘conversion therapy’

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates made another push Wednesday for New York to join several other states in enacting a law banning therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors. Dozens of social workers joined students, ...

NY appeals court asked to overturn Trump businesses’ ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York has been asked to reinstate a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. Lawyers for restaurant workers and restaurants that compete with Trump's businesses asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit ...

Cuomo urges rogue Democratic senator to end pact with GOP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging a rogue Democratic lawmaker to end his alliance with Republicans and allow Democrats to lead the state Senate. Cuomo, a Democrat, released a public letter to Brooklyn Sen. Simcha (SIHM'-kuh) Felder on Wednesday, a day after Felder ...

Power-sucking Bitcoin ‘mines’ spark backlash

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border a couple of years ago to tap into some of the nation's cheapest hydroelectric power, offering an air of ...

Voters to decide key New York state Senate races

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Voters in Westchester County and the Bronx are heading to the polls to pick two new state lawmakers. Tuesday's special Senate elections could decide whether Democrats wrest control of the chamber from Republicans, who now have a one-seat majority. Polls opened at 6 a.m. ...

Central NY driver shot before 2-vehicle crash has died

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in central New York say a woman who was shot in her vehicle has died. Syracuse police say the driver crashed into another vehicle after she was hit by gunfire at around 10:30 p.m. Monday. She was taken to a hospital, where she died. The investigation continues.

Columbia teaching assistants strike, seek union contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have walked off the job to try to pressure the university to recognize their decision to unionize. The graduate students set up a picket line outside the main campus administration building Tuesday. They say ...

Officials call for removal of NY judge repeatedly in trouble

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York judicial officials say a judge should be removed for violating her drunken driving conditional sentence and telling a sheriff's deputy in court to punch a defendant. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct said Tuesday that the totality of Rochester city ...

Hillary Clinton out of politics, star of GOP midterm plan

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Almost 18 months have passed since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party's 2018 midterm ...

Convoys of huge wind turbine parts move through western NY

ARKWRIGHT, N.Y. (AP) — There will be some traffic slowdowns in southwestern New York as daily convoys of huge wind turbine parts are trucked along more than 45 miles of roadway to a new wind farm. State police say up to four convoys will occur each weekday through June 12 between 9 a.m. and ...

Town bids farewell to iconic, 200-year-old copper beech tree

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a western New York town are bidding a sad farewell to an iconic 200-year-old tree. A public ceremony is planned Monday evening to commemorate the tree that towers over Copper Beech Park in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. It's dying from a devastating ...

18 Syracuse students out of classes after offensive videos

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Eighteen Syracuse University students face disciplinary charges after videos emerged showing fraternity members using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person. Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado announced Sunday that investigators ...

WWII POW from US identified, being buried at Arlington

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City soldier who died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II is being buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The burial will be conducted Monday afternoon for Army Pvt. Raymond Sinowitz of the Bronx. The Pentagon announced last week that his remains ...

Cynthia Nixon plans to join climate change march, rally

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — "Sex and the City" star and Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon plans to participate in a public rally of environmentalists critical of incumbent Andrew Cuomo's climate change policies. Monday's event includes a march that will start in downtown ...

Sarah Jessica Parker calls Cynthia Nixon’s run ‘exciting’

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cynthia Nixon's quest for the governorship of New York state has at least one high-profile fan excited — Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker said Thursday her former "Sex and the City" co-star would be "right for New York." The actress spoke ...

‘This is my real life’: Where Trump’s travel ban hits home

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his yearslong effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month ...

Suspended fraternity: Offensive video was ‘satirical sketch’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fraternity suspended at Syracuse University over an offensive video said in an apologetic statement on Friday that the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch" depicting an uneducated, intolerant person. "Each semester our new members are given the opportunity ...