NY State News

Roles reduced, Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s fate uncertain

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — They spent their first year in Washington as an untouchable White House power couple, commanding expansive portfolios, outlasting rivals and enjoying unmatched access to the president. But Jared Kushner and Ivanka ...

NY Gov. Cuomo proposes changes to state parole system

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's parole system to help formerly incarcerated individuals adjust to life outside prison walls. The Democrat on Monday announced several legislative measures that now go to lawmakers for consideration. One ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber, turning 70, looks back and forward

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday is coming up and it turns out there is something the composer really wants on his special day. More work. The man behind such blockbuster shows as "Cats," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "School of ...

Utica College on lockdown from threats; no injuries reported

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Students locked themselves in classrooms and hid under desks at a college in upstate New York Monday after the school received a threatening message about someone armed with a weapon. Authorities said there were no reports of shots or injuries. Utica College in central New ...

Judge orders ‘Pharma Bro’ to forfeit $7.3M in fraud case

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli will have to forfeit more than $7.3 million in assets that include his one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album as part of his punishment in his securities fraud case, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto ...

Should schools be required to tell parents about bullying?

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Richard and Christine Taras knew their soft-spoken son had been picked on by a school bus bully. But they were unaware of the more extensive torment Jacobe endured in school hallways until the day the 12-year-old middle schooler killed ...

Teen accused of central New York school threats

CATO, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager has been charged with threatening a New York school district and its students on social media. The Post-Standard says the 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday night by the Cayuga County sheriff's office. The Cato-Meridan School District alerted parents and ...

Russian election assault poses quandary for 2018 campaigns

By TOM LoBIANCO and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Encrypted messages. Two-factor authentication. Real-time monitoring of social media for malicious internet bot activity. This is the new reality for candidates running in 2018, scared of email hacks and elaborate ...

Mattel to report political spending to NY state pension fund

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says Mattel is the latest major corporation to agree to the state public pension fund's request to publicly report all corporate political spending. Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) announced Thursday the El Segundo, California-based toy ...

Trial begins in New York for nanny accused in kids death

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The trusted nanny of a well-to-do Manhattan family planned and executed the most unthinkable of crimes, according to prosecutors: She waited until she was alone in the apartment, selected two knives from the kitchen and then led two of the ...

Town justice suspended following larceny charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban Albany town justice has been suspended after being charged with stealing more than $4 million from the family trusts of three sisters. The New York Court of Appeals suspended 57-year-old Richard Sherwood on Tuesday. Sherwood and 59-year-old Thomas Lagan were ...

Cuomo, Rochester mayor name panel for downtown river project

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have come up with a 12-member panel that will oversee a proposed $50 million revitalization of the city's downtown. The fellow Democrats announced Tuesday that they've chosen a dozen community members to serve on the ...

$10M in NY state funding awarded for detox programs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A total of $10 million in state funding has been awarded to five providers who will offer detox programs for New Yorkers suffering from addiction withdrawal. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 84 beds for the Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization ...

Poughkeepsie closes schools due threat on social media

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — The Poughkeepsie City School District says all schools are closed due to a threatened shooting at its high school. The superintendent says in a message posted on the district's website that schools are closed Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution." The district ...

Former NY priest, a convicted sex offender, dies in jail

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — New York's state Commission of Correction says a former Long Island priest and convicted sex offender has been found dead in a jail cell. The Times Union reports that 51-year-old Michael L. Hands was found dead in the Saratoga County jail on Tuesday. Authorities ...

Democrats in NY Legislature aim to force vote on gun control

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in the New York state Senate say they'll try to force a vote on gun control legislation. Wednesday's effort is likely to fail, as Republicans lead the 63-seat chamber and have the power to prevent a vote. But the move could put GOP lawmakers in the ...

Fox News wins appeals ruling over media monitoring company

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court says a media monitoring company is cheating Fox News out of revenue by failing to pay for some content it resells. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against TVEyes Inc. The company distributes television clips and snippets of ...

Prosecutor: Gov. Cuomo’s ex aide’s own words can convict him

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former top aide to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo proved his guilt by repeatedly quoting from the mob drama "The Sopranos" as he described bribes he was receiving from three businessmen, a prosecutor told jurors as closing arguments ...

Lewinsky calls Clinton affair a ‘gross abuse of power’

NEW YORK (AP) — Monica Lewinsky says the affair that led to impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton "was not sexual assault" but "constituted a gross abuse of power." Lewinsky writes in the March issue of "Vanity Fair" that she is "in awe of the sheer courage" of women who've ...

Group interrupts environmental conservation budget hearing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental conservation activists calling for passage of proposed climate change legislation interrupted the start of a joint public hearing on New York state's budget proposal. State Senate and Assembly were about to hear testimony Tuesday in Albany on the ...