NY State News

Bill Murray defends Hoffman over harassment allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Appearing on the same stage where months earlier Dustin Hoffman faced repeated questions about alleged sexual harassment, Bill Murray praised the actor as a "really decent person." Murray spoke Wednesday night at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. He was interviewing his former ...

Bill targets ‘Kushner loophole’ allowing false filings

By BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman plans to introduce a bill to close the "Kushner loophole" that fails to check up on landlords if they file false documents with the city. The move follows an Associated Press report earlier this year that ...

Many states’ governor’s races become proxy battle over Trump

By DAVID EGGERT and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax ...

Oh, baby! Buffalo Zoo rhino pregnant, due in 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Zoo says a new addition is coming to join its rhinos. The zoo says Tashi, a greater one-horned rhinoceros, is pregnant and expected to give birth in the summer of 2019. Tashi was artificially inseminated by Suru, who makes his home at Zoo Miami. The zoo ...

Woman seeks stolen necklace containing grandmother’s ashes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A woman is asking for help to find a necklace containing the ashes of her grandmother that was stolen from her home in Buffalo, New York. University of Buffalo student Haley Lang says her grandmother died last year, and it feels like a piece of her is gone. WIVB-TV ...

Police: Mommy blogger prime suspect in death of toddler

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a 2-year-old girl has died and a self-proclaimed mommy blogger is a suspect in the girl's death. The Erie County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Brianna Valenti faces several charges in the death of the toddler, who died Saturday. ...

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen providing info in Mueller probe

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer said Thursday he is providing "critical information" as part special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination ...

That won’t fly: Fanny pack used in assault contained pigeon

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Police say a woman at a Social Security Administration office outside Washington smacked a security guard in the head with a fanny pack and then pulled a knife on him. Inside the fanny pack, a pigeon was found. Citing a statement from Fairfax County police, The Washington ...

NY school district closed over threat posted on social media

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — All five schools in an upstate New York district are closed for the day because of a threat made over social media. The Monticello Central School District announced Thursday night that its schools would be closed Friday while authorities investigate the online ...

Girl, 4 others shot during memorial service expected to live

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police searched Friday for suspects who witnesses said opened fire on dozens of people gathered for a memorial service outside a Syracuse home, wounding an 8-year-old girl and four other people. All five victims were in stable condition at Upstate University Hospital ...

Tonawanda Coke to remain open with additional monitoring

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge says an upstate New York factory found guilty of violating probation stemming from emissions violations can remain open with additional monitoring. U.S. District Judge William Skretny also ordered Friday that Tonawanda Coke Corp.'s plant north of Buffalo ...

Mother of suspected MS-13 victim remembered as ‘warrior’

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A mother recognized by President Donald Trump for turning grief over her daughter's suspected gang killing into a crusade against MS-13 was remembered at her funeral Friday as a hero and a warrior. Tim Sini, the district attorney ...

Former aide to New York Gov. Cuomo faces corruption sentence

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide Thursday whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for fraud and accepting bribes. Joseph Percoco's conviction last spring was an ...

State official arrested on child endangerment charges

COEYMANS, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested a high-ranking official with New York state's mental health agency on charges of child endangerment. Authorities in the town of Coeymans (KWEE'-mihnz), just south of Albany, say 61-year-old John Allen was arrested and arraigned Wednesday. Allen is ...

Cornell review finds academic misconduct by food researcher

NEW YORK (AP) — Cornell says a prominent professor of food research has resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct. The school says Brian Wansink will retire at the end of the school year next June and that he has been removed from his teaching positions. ...

NY to send more college students to help Puerto Rico recover

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that another 500 students from public schools around the state will head to the island territory this school year. Cuomo also says a memorial to ...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops’ new proposals

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year. The initiatives, announced ...

NY offering $4k rebates for electric car charging stations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is offering rebates to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $4,000 rebates to employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profits to install so-called ...

Petition calls for resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop Malone

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An online petition is calling for the resignation of the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York — who has so far resisted all calls to resign. Weeks after elected local and state officials called for Bishop Richard Malone to resign, some parishioners are ...

Police arrest suspect in rape at hospital following chase

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a man suspected of raping a woman at gunpoint has been taken into custody at a hospital after he eluded police. City of Newburgh police say 35-year-old Andre Sims was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with felony rape. He will be ...