NY News

NY Gov. Cuomo’s favorability, re-election ratings tumble

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability and re-election ratings falling just a month after a survey of registered New York state voters gave the Democrat some of the highest ratings during his two terms. The Siena College poll released Monday found 53 percent of ...

Prosecutor seeks to control damage over arrested witness

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor is seeking to control the damage over the arrest of the government's star witness in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Prosecutor Janis Echenberg (EHK'-ehn-burg) said Monday she wants a jury to be told only that ...

NY police stun gun death probe could take months

ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) — The New York attorney general's office says its investigation into the death of a man shocked with a police stun gun in Oneida could take several months. According to the Observer-Dispatch, Police Chief Paul Thompson says officers involved in the incident have not been ...

Protesters drape museum lawn jockeys with Confederate flags

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Police are searching for five people who draped Confederate flags on more than a dozen lawn jockeys in front of an upstate New York horse racing museum. Authorities say surveillance video captured people hanging flags on jockeys at the National Museum of Racing ...

Big Apple Circus clown resigns over sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) — A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos. The circus's chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that Barry ...

Move over, Dolly: Monkeys cloned; a step closer to people?

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create two healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly's birth in 1996, ...

Amazon sweepstakes is narrowed down to 20 competitors

By JOSEPH PISANI and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. Or it could be in the Midwest, say, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio. Or the company could go outside the U.S. ...

Flu shots urged as hospitalizations rise across NY state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State health officials say a drastic rise in flu cases has hospitalized more than 1,600 New Yorkers this past week alone. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Thursday that all New Yorkers six months of age and older over who haven't received a flu shot yet should get vaccinated as ...

American Express posts $1.2 billion loss due to new tax law

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card company American Express posted a $1.2 billion loss in its latest quarter after booking large one-time charges related to the new tax law. The company also announced it would suspend its share buy-back program for six months to ...

Data breach at testing vendor Questar exposes 52 NY students

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press A data breach at testing vendor Questar Assessment exposed personal information of about 52 students in five New York schools, state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Thursday. Questar, headquartered in Apple Valley, Minnesota, reported that ...

Homebuyers get help buying Schenectady ‘zombie properties’

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A program to help new homeowners buy and renovate so-called "zombie properties" has been expanded to Schenectady County. The program helps low- and middle-income residents buy vacant and distressed properties. Similar efforts have already begun in communities ...

Ex-employee: Michael Douglas fondled himself in front of her

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who worked for Michael Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her — an allegation the actor has vigorously denied. Susan Braudy appeared Friday on NBC's "Today" show. Braudy, a journalist and author, says the actor unbuckled his belt, put his ...

NY lawmakers vote to ease propane deliveries in severe cold

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers have passed legislation that aims to ensure timely propane deliveries during cold weather. The state Assembly voted Wednesday to enact new rules on propane sales that would allow dealers to sell or deliver propane to customers who rent propane ...

Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company's international options open. The online retailer said ...

Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

By JENNIFER PELTZ and FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that canceled flights, froze equipment and ...

NY man sentenced for lying about fire that killed 4 people

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for lying to a grand jury after a fire that killed four people. Bryan Fish also will undergo three years of supervised release under the sentence handed down Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in May to lying under oath ...

Catskills casino to open in Borscht Belt on Feb. 8

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — The Resorts World Catskills casino northwest of New York City is set to open on Feb. 8 Resorts World Catskills will be the fourth of four Las Vegas-style casinos to open in upstate New York under an amendment to the state constitution approved by New York voters. The ...

Goldman Sachs exec’s employee charged in $1M wine theft

NEW YORK (AP) — A former domestic employee of Goldman Sachs President David Solomon has been arrested in Los Angeles on charges he stole over $1 million of rare wine from his boss, authorities said Wednesday. Charges against Nicolas DeMeyer, arrested Tuesday night, were in a federal ...

Run by women, Prototype Festival showcases diverse composers

By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In an art form dominated by men, a small organization run by four women is transforming opera with cutting-edge work. The Prototype Festival is presenting its sixth edition this month in venues around New York. Two years ago it premiered Du ...

World’s largest sea turtle could come off ‘endangered’ list

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals. An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has received a petition from a ...