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Lawmakers unveil new anti-corruption measures

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York unveiled new measures Tuesday intended to address chronic corruption problems in a state where 30 lawmakers have left office facing criminal or ethical allegations since 2000. A proposed state constitutional ...

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, CHAD DAY and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Russian lawyer who attended the Trump Tower meeting that is a focus of the special counsel's investigation into possible collusion was charged with obstructing an unrelated tax-fraud case, federal ...

New York lawmakers return to take up pot, tolls, sports bets

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legalized marijuana, sports betting and new traffic tolls in Manhattan are just some of the measures Democrats believe they can push through the New York Legislature in a 2019 session that begins this week with their party in control of ...

Couple reunited with engagement ring dropped in sewer

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City say they helped a couple ring in the new year by reuniting them with their missing engagement ring. NBC New York reports the diamond ring was dropped down a sewer grate Thursday near Times Square. Officers noticed the ring in a grate on Eighth Avenue ...

Police seize multiple limo plates after crash that killed 20

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say they began seizing plates from unauthorized limousines after an October crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people. The Times Union of Albany reports police seized the plates of 59 vehicles after the Oct. 6 crash in Schoharie County, west of ...

Ginsburg misses Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said. Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. ...

No words: Mastercard to drop its name from logo

By MATT OTT, AP Business Writer What's in a name? For MasterCard, not enough to keep it in the logo. The company is removing the word Mastercard from the pair of interlocking red and yellow circles where it has resided for more than 50 years. Mastercard Inc. joins a small stable of brands ...

Woman arrested over fatal injections served 2 prison terms

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City woman accused of killing a patient at an illegal cosmetic surgery clinic has previously served two prison terms for unlicensed silicone injections. The New York Times reports that 44-year-old Whalesca Castillo served a year in prison in 2011 and nine months in ...

Buffalo bishop’s mansion being sold to compensate abused

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says the sale of the bishop's mansion is moving forward as part of efforts to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse. Bishop Richard Malone announced in April that he would put the E.B. Green-designed property, worth more than $1 ...

Central NY woman charged with fatally running over boyfriend

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in central New York say a 33-year-old woman accused of running over her boyfriend with a van is facing a manslaughter charge. Forty-eight-year-old Michael Garrett was struck in Syracuse on Nov. 23 and died of his injuries on Dec. 18. According to Syracuse.com , ...

NY police chief credited with saving man’s life after crash

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York police chief saved a man's life after he was critically injured in a two-car crash. State police say 54-year-old Robert P. Gelinas Jr., of Ithaca, was driving on Route 13 in the Tompkins County town of Ithaca around 2:40 p.m. Thursday when he ...

Company reaches $9M settlement with state over student loans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials say they've reached a $9 million settlement with a federal student loan servicing company accused of harmful practices. Attorney General Letitia James and Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo announced Friday the settlement was reached ...

NY naturalization program aided 6,100 immigrants in ’18

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say 6,100 immigrants living in New York state participated in a government program last year that helps them on the path to naturalization. The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the numbers for the NaturalizeNY program on Wednesday. It's a ...

Police: Man robbed people he lured through online sales

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse police say a 32-year-old man arranged sales online in order to rob the sellers when they met with him. Police say Tito Bynum was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of first-degree robbery and five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a ...

For-profit college owner agrees to end $500M in student debt

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press A for-profit college company has agreed to clear nearly $500 million in debt incurred by former students as part of a settlement with 48 states and Washington, D.C. The Illinois-based Career Education Corporation announced the deal Thursday but denies any ...

Cuomo vows New York will lead nation with progressive agenda

By STEPHEN R. GROVES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Sounding like the presidential candidate he insists he is not, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed an energetic attack against President Donald Trump's policies Tuesday, pledging New York will lead the nation forward with the most ...

7 groups splitting $3M to combat gun violence in cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Seven organizations across New York state are splitting more than $3 million in state funding to curb gun violence and help people impacted by shootings. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the funding will go to not-for-profit groups in Mount Vernon, ...

Union calls on school system to create potty training system

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo teachers' union is calling on the public school system to create a potty training policy, arguing teachers are not contracted to change diapers. The Buffalo Teachers Federation says teachers are too often stepping away from class to change diapers. WIVB-TV ...

Rochester-based Army National Guard unit set for deployment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester-based unit of the New York Army National Guard is being given a send-off as it prepares for its eventual deployment to Afghanistan. A farewell ceremony is being held Wednesday afternoon at the National Guard's aviation support facility at Rochester ...

Cuomo: Biden makes ‘best case’ for president among Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says former Vice President Joe Biden makes the "best case" to be president of all the Democrats considered potential 2020 candidates. The Democratic governor said Wednesday on WAMC radio that the former vice president demonstrates the ...