NY State News

Police: Man told Jewish co-worker she was in ‘gas chamber’

By CHRIS CAROLA Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The arrest of a New York man on charges of harassing a Jewish co-worker at a health food store is the latest in a rising number of anti-Semitic episodes reported in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. The Democrat joined state police ...

2 Adirondack hikers die in 3 days, medical issues cited

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Two hikers have died over three days in the Adirondack Mountains after suffering medical episodes. The state Department of Environmental Conservation reports a 51-year-old man from Plattsburgh died on the Blueberry Hill trails Friday, and a 52-year-old man from Glen ...

NY high schoolers to protest school surveillance technology

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — High school students opposed to the use of surveillance equipment in public schools are planning an event to let New York Gov. Andrew Como know about their concerns. The group plans to gather outside the Democratic governor's Manhattan office on Thursday for a press ...

Names of slave owners coming off 6 buildings at NY college

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — The State University of New York board of trustees has approved renaming six buildings on a Hudson Valley college campus that are named after slave owners who settled the region. SUNY officials say the board on Wednesday approved the name changes for the buildings that ...

Photographer of iconic 9/11 image chosen as resident artist

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A photographer who captured one of the iconic images from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack has been appointed to a prestigious Hawaii artist-in-residence program. Photojournalist Stan Honda will be the 2019 artist in residence at Haleakala National Park in eastern Maui, ...

David Letterman: I stayed on network TV for too long

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he stuck around on network television about 10 years too long. He made that admission during an appearance Thursday on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. Letterman quit in 2015 after 33 years as a late-night host on CBS and NBC, and is beginning his second ...

Cuomo: Big divide in state budget talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this year's state budget negotiations are particularly difficult because of revenue declines, the threat of big federal funding cuts and disputes with lawmakers over spending priorities. The Democrat told reporters Tuesday there's still ...

School officials don’t want pot part of New York budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process. Several groups sent representatives to Albany Tuesday, including the PTA, Rural Schools Association and Association of School Business ...

Critics question policy on photos of climbable sculpture

By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Days after a climbable sculpture called the Vessel opened at New York's Hudson Yards megadevelopment, critics are questioning a policy that grants the attraction's owners broad rights to use photos posted by visitors. Terms and conditions ...

Cuomo says no dice on plan for new NYC-area casinos

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the odds of opening new casinos in the New York City area any time soon are not good. The Democrat told reporters Tuesday that he's "skeptical" about casino deals put together by operators "promising billions of dollars and everybody is ...

Hearing scheduled after teen targeted with racial slurs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Amateur Hockey Association says it will hold a hearing within the next 10 days on a teen who was allegedly subjected to racial slurs during a game. WGRZ-TV reports the association's statement comes after the teen's family says no action was taken for ...

Beto O’Rourke says nothing in his past will hinder 2020 run

By SCOTT BAUER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. The former ...

NY village holding mayoral election with no candidates

POLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York village is holding a mayoral election with no candidates. The Observer-Dispatch of Utica says the election on Tuesday is supposed to choose a replacement for village of Poland Mayor Mary Paul, who has decided to step down for personal reasons. Since ...

Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find original reporting. The service, launched last year, is ...

Program aims to boost faculty diversity at NY state colleges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, ...

NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group has pleaded not guilty to new charges accusing him of possessing child pornography. Keith Raniere entered the plea on Monday at a hearing where it became clear that his four co-defendants are taking steps to avoid ...

Appeals court panel sympathetic to Sheldon Silver’s claims

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's quest to avoid prison got a boost when a panel of appeals judges heard his appeal Wednesday, questioning whether his actions were crimes or politics as usual. The Democrat wasn't at oral ...

Guilty plea, new charges in New York sex slave case

By TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A case featuring sensational claims that followers of a New York self-help organization were forced to become sex slaves took a new turn on Wednesday with one key defendant pleading guilty and another being hit with child pornography ...

Double jeopardy? New York law could trump a pardon backstop

By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Paul Manafort's indictment on state-level charges in New York could offer a blueprint for keeping President Donald Trump's associates behind bars if he pardons them on federal charges stemming from the Russia ...

New York inaugurates its $25 billion mini-city, Hudson Yards

By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A towering sculpture called Vessel — made up of 2,500 twisting steps the public can climb — is scheduled to open Friday as the visual centerpiece of Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex on Manhattan's West Side that is the city's ...