NY News

1st black woman on state’s highest court found dead by river

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The first black woman appointed to the state's highest court has been found dead on the bank of the Hudson River. Sheila Abdus-Salaam's body was discovered along the riverside near Harlem on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing, ...

Clinton lauds free NY tuition plan as a progressive first

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton says the nation's first free college tuition plan approved by New York state lawmakers can be a model for other states and can eventually pave the way for nationwide reforms that were championed by Democrats during the 2016 presidential election. The former ...

Crash that sent pilot to closed runway prompts FAA changes

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — When pilot Joseph Milo reported engine trouble, an air traffic controller directed him to a nearby airfield. But the airfield had actually closed 25 years earlier, and industrial buildings occupied its former runway. Milo crashed a ...

US Sikhs launch ad campaign that looks to push back on hate

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Sikhs in the United States are launching a million-dollar awareness campaign that aims to stop hate-fueled attacks by explaining more about who they are and what they believe. The "We are Sikhs" campaign was years in the making, funded by ...

Anti-hunger groups praise NY farm-to-foodbank tax credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Anti-hunger advocates in New York are cheering the passage of a new tax credit for farmers who donate fruits and vegetables to foodbanks. The initiative was included in a $153 billion state budget that won final legislative approval on Sunday. Farmers already donate ...

Postal worker critically injured after crash

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a postal worker is in critical condition after being struck by a car while delivering mail on Long Island. It happened at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in North Babylon. Suffolk County police say the postal worker standing outside his vehicle loading mail into a ...

NY State Police mark centennial at original training site

MANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) — The 100th anniversary of the New York State Police has been commemorated at the upstate site where the first group of troopers began their training. State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II and Troop D Acting Commander Captain Mark Lincoln led Tuesday's ceremony at ...

‘Charging Bull’ sculptor accuses NYC of violating his rights

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue is accusing New York City of violating his legal rights by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed facing the bronze beast, without his permission. Attorney Norman Siegel ...

21st Century Fox investigating O’Reilly harassment claims

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's nightly talk show amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News parent 21st Century Fox is investigating one of those claims against its popular TV host. The investigation is in response ...

Police: 18-year-old man dies while swimming in hotel pool

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager has drowned while swimming in the pool at a suburban Buffalo hotel. Police in the town of Cheektowaga say an 18-year-old man was swimming with a group of people around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Millennium Hotel on Walden Avenue. He was taken ...

Donald Trump Jr nixes 2018 NY bid, but maybe later

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr., rumored to be eyeing a move to follow his father's footsteps into politics, will not be a candidate for governor of New York next year but is not ruling out a possible run for office in the future. The younger Trump, in ...

NY makes tuition free, but students must stay after college

By ANNA GRONEWOLD and DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a big string attached to New York's free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that ...

The awful, odd downfall of the school librarian of the year

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The path that took Deven Black to his bloody death in a gritty homeless shelter was as baffling as it was tragic. This was a suburban dad, a nationally recognized school librarian. In just three years, he had become destitute. He had ...

New York hunters killed about 214,000 deer in 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation says New York hunters killed about 214,000 deer in 2016, up about 5 percent from 2015. That includes an estimated 109,000 adult bucks -- a 10 percent increase from 2015 -- and 105,000 antlerless deer. The numbers are ...

NY man pleads guilty in fatal hunting accident

CALEDONIA, N.Y. (AP) — A 50-year-old upstate New York man accused of shooting his sister-in-law accidentally while hunting has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide. The Livingston County District Attorney's Office says John Lander of Rochester agreed to a plea Tuesday that will ...

Longtime operator of NY State Fair’s Milk Bar pulling out

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The dairy group that has run the popular Milk Bar at the New York State Fair since 1952 says it's pulling out because of funding issues with the Cuomo administration. The nonprofit New York State Dairy Exhibits, Inc. tells The Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/2nDpgMg ) that ...

Man charged in ‘road rage’ wreck that killed truck driver

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been charged with causing what police called a road rage crash that left a New York City man dead. State police say 41-year-old Mitchell Savard, of Woonsocket, cut off a tow truck on Interstate 295 in Johnston last week then abruptly stopped his ...

Supreme Court rejects bid to revive ballot selfies ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Hampshire voters can keep taking pictures of themselves and their completed ballots. The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the state's bid to revive a law prohibiting voters from taking such pictures. The justices left in place lower court rulings that struck down the ...

Justice Sotomayor talks to law students; no Gorsuch mention

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talked to law students about her family, the collegial relationship among her fellow justices and the roles of passion and empathy in a legal career, but she made no mention of the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch ...

New York avoids government shutdown with budget extension

By ANNA GRONEWOLD and DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state avoided a government shutdown Monday when reluctant lawmakers passed an emergency two-month spending measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he and the Legislature failed to strike a deal ...