NY State News

Airline ‘condemns’ alleged actions of arrested crew member

NEW YORK (AP) — Fly Jamaica Airways says it "condemns" the alleged actions of a cabin attendant accused of taping four packages of cocaine to his legs. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Hugh Hall was arrested at New York's Kennedy Airport on Saturday when agents seized about 9 pounds ...

Criminal justice official fired for remark during meeting

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say a top New York forensic science administrator found to have sexually harassed co-workers has been fired from his job for an inappropriate remark made during a meeting. The Department of Criminal Justice Services told the Times Union of Albany that ...

China’s lobster imports keep US price high, but no tariffs

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — China's hunger for American lobsters is helping keep prices high to U.S. consumers, but a tariff on the seafood does not appear imminent. The Asian country imported more than 17.8 million pounds of lobster from America in 2017, ...

Rep. Slaughter praised as champion for women and district

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Congressional colleagues of the late New York Democrat Louise Slaughter are praising her as a patriot and champion of women and her western New York district. Speaking at her funeral Friday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said two planeloads of congressional ...

SUNY college of environment and forestry president resigns

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse is stepping down amid criticism from faculty and staff about his hiring, personnel and financial practices. Quentin Wheeler announced Wednesday that he will resign June 30. He said in a ...

Great Lakes Commission hires new executive director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Darren Nichols has been hired as executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. Nichols succeeds Tim Eder, who left last year to work for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The commission is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It represents the interests of the eight ...

US poet laureate Tracy K. Smith to serve second term

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith will serve a second term. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday that Smith has been reappointed for 2018-2019. The library said that Smith would continue her focus on bringing poetry to rural communities. She has also edited ...

Public wake will be held for autistic teen found in river

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A public wake will be held for an autistic New York teen who walked away from his school and apparently drowned. WHEC says calling hours for Trevyan Rowe will be Thursday night at Bethel Christian Fellowship in Rochester. The 14-year-old went missing on March 8. His ...

Nor’easter rolls into New England as millions begin cleanup

By TED SHAFFREY and MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The latest nor'easter lost some punch as it rolled into New England on Thursday, as millions of people elsewhere in the Northeast dug out from the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, knocked out power ...

State: Fiscal stress ‘relatively low’ among 529 villages

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state comptroller's office says it found fiscal stress is "relatively low" among the more than 500 village governments across New York. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's says his agency evaluated 529 villages and identified 10 villages as being in some level of fiscal ...

Magic, expertise and service help independent toy retailers

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When a young customer returned to Mary Arnold Toys a few days after an Easter egg decorating event, store owner Judy Ishayik asked the child, "How is your egg?" The little girl responded with a big smile, and her mother thanked ...

Actresses urge New York Gov. Cuomo to raise tipped wage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sixteen actresses, including Jane Fonda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the wage paid to tipped workers. The women signed onto a letter to the Democratic governor as his administration examines ...

Allegations from women in his past shadow Trump

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chorus of women from President Donald Trump's past is getting louder. Accusations about Trump's past sexual exploits bubbled up on three fronts Tuesday, with two women pressing court cases and a porn actress publicly needling the ...

Woman accused of lying about rape denied school records

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut college student charged with lying about being raped by two university football players has lost a bid to obtain their school records. The Connecticut Post reports a state judge in Bridgeport on Wednesday denied the records request by former ...

Nixon’s entry into NY gov’s race put gay rights in spotlight

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's one issue in New York's already tense governor's Democratic primary race on which the candidates unquestionably share common ground and deep histories: gay rights. "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is bidding to become the ...

Hillary Clinton, Pelosi to speak at Rep. Slaughter’s funeral

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will be among the speakers at the funeral of New York Congresswoman Louis Slaughter. Slaughter's office announced Wednesday that the dignitaries will join ...

State officials launch probe after autistic student’s death

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A civil investigation has been launched to determine how an autistic teen was able to walk away from his school and apparently drown, New York state officials said on Monday. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said the probe ...

State officials help deliver meals to older New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Cuomo administration are helping deliver meals and serving food in local communities to raise awareness of the nutritional needs of older New Yorkers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the effort is part of this month's national March for Meals campaign tied to ...

Flags to be lowered for New York Rep. Slaughter’s funeral

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor has ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff to honor the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter on Friday, the day of her funeral. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) calls the fellow Democrat from the Rochester area a "trailblazer" ...

Scandal-hit Weinstein Co. files for bankruptcy protection

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday with a buyout offer in hand from a private equity firm, the latest twist in its efforts to survive the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down co-founder Harvey Weinstein, ...