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Voting machine company sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

WASHINGTON — Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Friday, arguing the cable news giant, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, falsely claimed that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election. The lawsuit is part of a growing body of ...

Impeachment probe to examine COVID tests for Cuomo relatives

ALBANY — The impeachment investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expanding to examine whether the governor unlawfully used his office to provide his family members with special access to scarce coronavirus tests a year ago, a state lawmaker said Thursday. The office of Attorney ...

Reports: Cuomo’s family got scarce COVID testing a year ago

ALBANY (AP) — Relatives of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others with connections to him received special access to coronavirus tests a year ago when testing was scarce, according to published reports in newspapers. Members of Cuomo’s family including his brother, CNN journalist Chris ...

Stec backs sexual harassment bills

ALBANY — State Sen. Dan Stec is cosponsoring four bills aimed at deterring and addressing sexual harassment in state government workplaces. The “Employees in the Workforce Protections Package” would allow state employees to bring sexual harassment complaints to an employer within ...

Cuomo quiet on how office protects aides amid allegations

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to say Wednesday what his office is doing to ensure a safe work environment for two female aides who have accused him of sexually harassing or groping them. Speaking to reporters from his Manhattan office, Cuomo said “there are rules” ...

NY lawmaker says deal on pot legalization ‘imminently close’

ALBANY — New York lawmakers are finalizing an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, a state legislative leader said Wednesday. Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the chamber, said the bill ...

Flowers and food at Saranac Lake trustee’s last meeting

SARANAC LAKE — Trustee Zelda Newman’s last village board meeting on Monday was full of emotion, food and flowers. Newman held a short term on the board, but she said she learned a lot, and village Mayor Clyde Rabideau said she contributed to the board during a challenging ...

Jones explains why he voted against bill limiting solitary confinement

MALONE — The State Senate last week passed the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term, or “HALT” solitary confinement act, legislation designed to limit the use of the conditions for all incarcerated inmates to 15 days. The legislation was passed in order to implement “alternative ...

Fox News meteorologist becomes fierce Cuomo critic

NEW YORK — To Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a liar and a criminal. He blames others for his “disastrous decisions.” He needs to resign — no, that’s not enough. “He needs to go to jail!” she thundered on “Fox & Friends.” Dean ...

New York Times: Current aide accuses Cuomo of sex harassment

ALBANY — A woman who currently works in the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he looked down her shirt and made suggestive remarks to her and another aide, according to a newspaper report published Friday. Alyssa McGrath told The New York Times that Cuomo called her beautiful ...

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Reed accused of sexual misconduct

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican from western New York, is accused of rubbing a female lobbyist’s back and unhooking her bra, without her consent, at a networking event in a Minneapolis pub in 2017. The lobbyist, Nicolette Davis, told The Washington Post that Reed appeared to be drunk ...

House OKs Dems’ immigration bills for ‘Dreamers,’ farm workers

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to unlatch a gateway to citizenship for young “Dreamers,” migrant farm workers and immigrants who’ve fled war or natural disasters, giving Democrats wins in the year’s first votes on an issue that once again faces an uphill climb to make ...

Sen. Gillibrand addresses regional business priorities

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., highlighted provisions of the recently signed American Rescue Plan that seek to address regional business priorities during a virtual conversation hosted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. Chamber President Garry ...

Devlin wins LP mayor race

LAKE PLACID — Art Devlin is Lake Placid’s new mayor. Voters chose Devlin, a local motel owner and longtime village trustee who ran on the Republican and Teamwork party lines, as the village’s new mayor on Tuesday. He ran against former Mayor Jamie Rogers to succeed longtime Mayor ...

Stefanik capitalizes on Cuomo crisis by selling merch

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign is selling T-shirts, hats and other merchandise that calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign or be impeached. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, is selling a variety of items on the Elise for Congress website, including 2- by 3-foot posters of the governor for ...

Assembly hires top law firm for Cuomo investigation

ALBANY — New York’s Assembly has hired a Manhattan law firm to assist in its impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders announced Wednesday in a pick that was quickly criticized by at least two women accusing the governor of sexual harassment. The Manhattan ...

Art Devlin elected Lake Placid mayor

LAKE PLACID — Art Devlin is this village's new mayor. Lake Placid voters chose Devlin, a local motel owner and longtime village trustee who ran on the Republican and Teamwork party lines, as the village's new mayor on Tuesday. Newcomers Marc Galvin and Jacquelyn "Jackie" Kelly, who ran ...

Stec asks feds to take over New York vaccine program from Cuomo aide

State Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, has joined his Republican colleagues in asking the federal government to take over the vaccine distribution program in response to the allegations that a health aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo called county leaders to gauge their support for the embattled ...