NY State News

What started as death penalty case ends in 15-year sentence

HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty in a case that prompted Delaware's Supreme Court to overturn a death penalty law in the state has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The News Journal reports 29-year-old Benjamin Rauf was sentenced Thursday in the 2015 drug-related killing ...

Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute as swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York's Madison Square Garden is the ...

Ale from 1886 shipwreck yields new brew and conflict

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — News that an upstate New York brewer planned to recreate ale from a bottle salvaged from a 133-year-old shipwreck took the wind out of the sails of a scuba-diving Long Island brewer who has already done it. Jamie Adams, owner of Saint ...

Feds propose rules for scallop fishery with season coming

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year's Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery. The fishing season for scallops begins on April 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says ...

Woman who exposed self at Virginia protest held without bail

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New York woman who mimicked Virginia's state seal by exposing her breast outside the Capitol during a protest in support of the Equal Rights Amendment is being held without bail. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a magistrate initially set bail for 45-year-old ...

31 NY airports splitting $23.6M from state for upgrades

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than two dozen airports statewide are splitting $23.6 million in infrastructure funding provided by New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state funding has been awarded to 31 airports to support safety enhancements and modernization efforts. ...

After Amazon flop, NY lawmakers rethink corporate subsidies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York lawmakers are proposing a ban on subsidies for particular companies in the wake of Amazon's decision not to build a new campus in Queens. State Assemblyman Ron Kim and Sen. Julia Salazar on Wednesday proposed legislation that would stop the state from ...

NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union's argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record ...

New York state plans 6 public hearings on 2020 US Census

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials have scheduled a series of public hearings to discuss the upcoming federal Census and how to ensure all New Yorkers are counted. The state Complete Count Commission, appointed last month, says the first hearing on the 2020 Census will be held March 4 in ...

Mayor has his police detail pull over texting driver

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he was happy to be a "citizen patrol" when he directed his police detail to pull over a texting driver. The Democratic mayor says the traffic stop occurred Saturday while he was heading to a legislative event in Albany. The New York ...

Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. The longtime Columbia University professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital, according to a spokesman for the ...

16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump ...

Mug shot proposal pits privacy versus the right to know

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor doesn't want state police to routinely release mug shots of criminal suspects, or booking records about exactly what they're being arrested for. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal is the latest by states aimed ...

NY Gov. Cuomo wants all back-seat passengers to buckle up

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state's seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a ...

‘Carer-feeder’: Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand had a flurry of pots on the stove and steak, haddock, peas, steamed vegetables and rice on the menu. She had a cable news appearance coming up in a few hours, but for now, her 10-year-old son entertained the family ...

Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Julia Roberts will be this year's recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema. The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the "Pretty Woman" and "Steel Magnolias" actress on May 2. Past recipients ...

NY lawmakers push for recognition for National Comedy Center

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Members of New York's congressional delegation are pushing for official recognition for the recently opened National Comedy Center. Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the Senate has passed legislation designating the western New York ...

Archaeologists work at NY site where human bones were found

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeology work continues at an upstate New York construction site where the skeletal remains of several people have been found at what's believed to be a Revolutionary War burial ground. State archaeologists led by the New York State Museum were at the site this ...

Cuomo extends tax deadline for areas hit by winter storm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is extending a property tax deadline for residents in certain areas that were especially hard hit by recent winter storms. The Democratic governor announced an executive order Thursday that will give a 21-day extension to residents in dozens ...

Amazon’s exit could scare off tech companies from New York

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company's ...