NY State News

Labs still lead but French bulldogs leap in popularity in US

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation's flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights. Labs remain the country's most popular purebred dog for a 27th year, while German shepherds and golden retrievers have ...

Lawmaker pay raise idea emerges during state budget talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The possibility of a pay raise for state lawmakers has emerged as a bargaining chip as Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders work to pass a new budget ahead of a deadline. Sunday is the start of a new state fiscal year and the deadline for a new budget. But ...

Students at NY’s Hofstra want Jefferson statue removed

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Some students at New York's Hofstra University want a Thomas Jefferson statue removed because Jefferson was a slave owner who believed black people were inherently inferior to whites. Student Ja'loni Owens started a Change.org petition demanding that administrators of ...

Clout of young voters uncertain; A real force or a fad?

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Despite their enthusiasm now, it's far from certain that the young people behind the exploding "March for Our Lives" movement will be a political force at the ballot box this fall. Republicans are skeptical. Democrats are hopeful. And ...

Writers for The Washington Post and BuzzFeed win Lukas award

NEW YORK (AP) — Staff writers for The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News won awards on Tuesday for investigative nonfiction books. The Post's Amy Goldstein won the $10,000 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for her portrait of a Wisconsin community and the residence of Republican House Speaker Paul ...

JetBlue chooses firms for proposed JFK terminal expansion

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways Corp. has selected Vantage Airport Group and RXR Realty LLC to lead its proposed multibillion-dollar terminal expansion at New York's Kennedy Airport. According to The Wall Street Journal , JetBlue's planned expansion would cost between $2 billion and $3 ...

Charges in Mexico-NY fentanyl smuggling case

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An alleged drug trafficker was accused on Tuesday of flooding the New York City area with large quantities of fentanyl from Mexico at a time when overdoses related to the powerful opioid have skyrocketed. Francisco Quiroz-Zamora faced ...

Heineken pulls light beer commercial after racism complaints

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist. The ad featured a bartender sliding a bottle of Heineken light. The bottle passes several black people before it arrives to a lighter-skinned woman. The tag line: ...

Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data

By TOM KRISHER, AP Business Writer On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica ...

Officials: 69-year-old woman killed in house fire

MARSHALL, N.Y. (AP) — Fire officials in upstate New York are investigating a house fire that killed a 69-year-old woman. Firefighters responded to the Marshall home Sunday morning. Authorities say Mary Lou Buschor's relatives tried unsuccessfully to rescue the woman, and firefighters ...

Cynthia Nixon takes campaign for NY governor to Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Cynthia Nixon is holding her first campaign event in Albany since announcing her campaign for New York governor. The "Sex and the City" star and public education advocate is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September's Democratic primary. Her campaign says she ...

Comptroller: Wall Street average bonus topped $184K in ’17

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's top elected fiscal officer says the average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City rose by 17 percent last year as Wall Street profits soared for a second consecutive year. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) says Monday ...

Gov. Cuomo jokes at Harlem church: Jews have no rhythm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joked during a speech at a predominantly black New York City church that Jews lack rhythm when dancing. The Democrat seeking a third term in office made the awkward crack Sunday at Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem. Noting he was Catholic, Cuomo ...

Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has gotten nowhere in his push to kill federal support for cleaning up some of the nation's most prized waterways, as Congress voted to keep funding at current levels — and in some cases, boost ...

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 ...