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NY Thruway to get $66M upgrade near Buffalo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state of New York has announced a $66 million plan to repair and upgrade a stretch of the Thruway near Buffalo. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the work will entail the rehabilitation and reconstruction of three miles of roadway between exit 54 and the Lackawanna ...

New York budget includes money for ’80 Winter Olympic sites

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Aging Winter Olympic facilities in the Lake Placid area could soon be modernized. The state budget just approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers includes $62.5 million for Lake Placid's winter sports venues. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that ...

Police: Vandal toppled headstones in cemetery

MEXICO, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police are searching for the person who vandalized several headstones in an Oswego County cemetery. WSTM-TV reports multiple headstones in the historic area of the Mexico Village Cemetery were pushed over and damaged. State police believe the vandalism ...

Top Democrat: ‘Intramural politics must end’ in NY Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The executive director of the New York Democratic Party is calling on Democrats in the state Senate to set aside what he calls their "intramural politics" and unify. Geoff Berman on Tuesday blamed the Senate's Republican leaders for the recent failure of several liberal ...

Exhibit looks at history, influence of French parks, gardens

By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Just in time for spring, a section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been transformed into a sort of 19th century palm garden encircled by colorful galleries featuring still lifes, landscapes and other works — complete with ...

Police agencies now required to video suspect interrogations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across New York state are now required to video record interrogations of people accused of serious crimes such as homicide and sexual assault. A new state law that went into effect last Sunday requires police agencies to record all custodial ...

States, cities sue US government over census question

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities have sued the U.S. government, saying plans to add a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit said adding the ...

NY officials schedule meeting on wilderness management

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) — State officials are conducting a public meeting on management plans for the recently expanded Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness. The meeting Tuesday night in Newcomb will deal with the classification of over 11,000 acres of the Boreas Ponds tract as wilderness, 9,118 ...

Cellphones gaining acceptance inside US schools

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents' wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to work them into lessons. The ...

GOP hopeful formally kicks off campaign for NY governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican county executive from New York's Hudson Valley has formally kicked off his campaign for governor. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro launched his campaign late Monday morning at the village hall in his hometown of Tivoli. His second campaign stop will be ...

Left out of the NY budget: early voting, Child Victims Act

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Several high-profile proposals didn't make the cut for New York state's new budget, but supporters aren't giving up. The proposals include measures to authorize advance voting, extend the statute of limitations on child molestation and ...

Trump lawyers launch appeal in ‘Apprentice’ contestant suit

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers are asking a New York state appeals court to throw out or freeze a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who has accused Trump of unwanted kissing and groping. Notice of the appeal was filed Sunday. Trump's lawyers are ...

Judge accused of entering woman’s home, stealing underwear

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island judge who police say entered a neighbor's home and was later found to be in possession of stolen female underwear has been arrested on burglary charges. Police say a 23-year-old East Islip woman was home alone Thursday morning when she heard a noise and ...

Teacher fired amid accusations of inappropriate behavior

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York high school teacher has been fired amid accusations she had inappropriate relationships with two students. WHAM-TV reports West Irondequoit School District officials said the Irondequoit (uh-RAHN'-duh-kwoyt) High School teacher was fired after ...

Central New York judge gives CPR when man collapses at gym

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York judge is credited with helping a man who collapsed at a gym. The Post-Standard says Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon sprang into action with CPR on Monday. McMahon began chest compressions while a YMCA worker ran to get help and a ...

Woman struck, killed by police car answering call

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by one of its cruisers as an officer responded to a call. Capt. Jeff Rinaldo says the accident happened about 6:30 a.m. Friday. A six-year veteran officer was alone in a marked police car when he struck a ...

How an “Apprentice” contestant’s lawsuit could haunt Trump

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Summer Zervos, a California restaurant owner who appeared as a contestant on "The Apprentice," isn't asking for much in her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. She wants less than $3,000 and an apology for what she said were ...

New York Assembly speaker blames senator for budget holdup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State budget talks broke down Friday over a dispute concerning oversight of private Jewish schools, raising the possibility that state government could shut down Sunday if no agreement is reached. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said lawmakers have reached agreement on ...

Destructive beetle found in Albany Pine Bush Preserve

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York environmental officials say a beetle that poses a significant threat to pine forests has been found in Albany, the farthest north it has been detected in the Northeast. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a single southern pine beetle was caught in ...

Cuomo plan for Penn Station area added to state budget talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to take over a large chunk of midtown Manhattan real estate around Penn Station so it can be redeveloped. The Democrat's inclusion of the plan into ongoing state budget talks comes as he and lawmakers attempt to agree to a new spending ...