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NY Gov. Cuomo unveils budget plan, calls for tax changes

By DAVID KLEPPER and CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight back against Washington Republicans on Tuesday with a $168 billion state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater ...

Supreme Court won’t take case of ex-NY assembly speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for a re-trial of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The high court declined to take up the case. That lets a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed. The 73-year-old Democrat was sentenced to 12 years in ...

Some details of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a look at some of the details from the $168 billion state budget proposal released by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday: ___ TAXES: The spending plan is short on details, but Cuomo says he wants lawmakers to consider big changes to the state's tax system to ...

New book details lives of NY authors’ foremothers

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authors from around New York state are relating the lives of their foremothers in a new book. Editor Patricia Nugent, of Hadley, tells The Post-Star in Glens Falls that women's stories have been "silenced or drowned out" too often. The idea for the anthology, "Before ...

Early voting supporters in NY watching Cuomo’s next move

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is one of the last remaining states in the nation that doesn't allow early voting. Groups that want to change that are now calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include money in his state budget proposal to allow for the change, which they say could cost ...

A top lawmaker seeks investigation into sex harassment claim

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Allegations that an influential New York state senator forcibly kissed a former staffer are "extremely disturbing," the fellow Democrat who leads the party's primary caucus in the chamber said Thursday. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea ...

Sexual misconduct allegations topple many state lawmakers

By The Associated Press State lawmakers across the country have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct over the past year as part of a national reckoning on the topic. A look at those who have resigned or faced other consequences: RESIGNED FROM OFFICE 1. Alaska: Rep. Dean Westlake, ...

Collection bins in NY disclose whether they’re for charity

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says more than 4,700 clothing donation bins statewide now disclose whether they're being used for charitable or for-profit purposes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) says bins that take in clothing and other items must make ...

Professor at center of misconduct complaint apologizes

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press The University of Rochester professor at the center of a sexual misconduct complaint that divided a prominent department and led the university president to resign apologized Friday to his students and colleagues for the distress and disruption it has ...

Man sentenced to 20 years to life for killing wife with ax

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man who killed his wife with a hatchet during an argument has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Norton was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in October to second-degree murder in the death of Sherry ...

Unwanted kiss allegation against lawmaker roil NY Senate

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A sexual harassment claim against an influential state Senator who leads a breakaway Democratic faction has come as a potential power struggle looms in the legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo gird for battles on numerous topics, including ...

Dems say Trump action on Florida drilling guided by politics

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling mounted Wednesday as Democrats from coastal states accused President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asked ...

New York halts $9.6M incentive package to move Aetna to city

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is halting a $9.6 million incentive package offered to Aetna to move its headquarters to the city. The insurance giant announced in June that it would move its headquarters to New York City beginning in late 2018 after nearly two centuries in Hartford, ...

Immigration agents descend on 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to wait outside. A federal ...

19 localities split nearly $10M from state for consolidating

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say 19 local governments across New York are splitting nearly $10 million for consolidating. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state funding through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit has gone to towns that have dissolved a village within their ...

Report examines invasive species in NY’s Lake George

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — There's a slight improvement in the number of boats requiring decontamination to remove invasive species around New York's Lake George. The Post-Star says a report by the Lake George Park Commission 17 finds percent of the boats inspected there in 2017 required the ...

For moms of boys, mixed emotions over sexual misconduct saga

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Of the many American women dismayed by the wave of sexual misconduct scandals, there's a subgroup with distinctive hopes and fears: mothers of boys. Among them are women who have sought to raise their sons, sometimes from infancy, to shun sexist mindsets ...

Ice falls from building and crushes 18-year-old’s car

NEW YORK (AP) — An 18-year-old man says he was walking toward his car and wrestling with his own mortality when a large chunk of ice and snow fell off a New York City building and crushed his car. The New York Police Department briefly shut down the SoHo neighborhood street after the ice ...

Veterans behind bars: US jails set aside special cellblocks

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The military veterans playing cards in the Albany County jail wear the same orange uniforms as everyone else, with "INMATE" printed down the legs. But their service offers one distinct privilege: a special cellblock where they can work ...

Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Luis Fonsi, SZA to perform at Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who recently collaborated on the upbeat song "Finesse," will perform together at the Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that "Despacito" hit makers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha will also take the stage at the Jan. 28 ...