New York News

US approved thousands of child bride requests

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for ...

Episcopal Church allows same-sex marriage in NY diocese

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Episcopal Church on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where they were barred by a bishop who claimed the church had been "hijacked by the "Gay Rights Agenda." The Rev. William Love now ...

Upstate New York city mayor admits stealing postage, resigns

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York mayor has resigned after admitting he used City Hall's postage meter for personal mail and then falsified records. Dayton King pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct Wednesday. He had originally been charged with a felony. ...

Man sentenced for blowing up his house in suicide attempt

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 73-year-old New York man has been sentenced to prison for blowing up his house in what police said was a suicide attempt. Santo Cok of Buffalo was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in prison. Prosecutors say Cok disconnected a gas line at his home in April ...

Security guard fired for leaving gun in high school bathroom

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York school district has fired a high school security guard who they say left an unloaded gun in a restroom at the school. Superintendent Linda Rozzi said in a letter to parents the unloaded, holstered weapon was found on a countertop in a school bathroom at ...

Judge dismisses part of Judd’s lawsuit against Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has reportedly dismissed part of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that the actress' sexual harassment claim does not fall within the scope of a ...

Fugitives wanted by Louisiana police arrested in upstate NY

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Police in the Hudson Valley say they've arrested two fugitives from Louisiana, one who was wanted on a second-degree murder charge. Mount Hope police officers received a report of a suspicious couple looking into cars outside Otisville on Wednesday afternoon. The Times ...

New York youth jobs program accepted 62-year-old

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state audit has found lapses at a program that rewards employers who hire young workers — including a 62-year-old who was deemed eligible for the program. The review, published Thursday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, found several problems in the state-run program, ...

Ex-New York state Senate leader due to report to prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos is due to report to prison Tuesday to begin serving his four-year and three-month prison term for a corruption conviction. Skelos, a 70-year-old Republican, is expected to report to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, by ...

9 new Republican Assembly members are sworn in

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nine new Republican members of the Democrat-controlled New York state Assembly have been officially sworn in during a ceremony being held in downtown Albany. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, of Canandaigua, presided over the ceremony held Tuesday afternoon in Hearing ...

Arbitration panel: Seneca Nation should share casino revenue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An arbitration panel has sided with New York state in its bid for more than $100 million a year in proceeds from the Seneca Indian Nation's three casinos. The western New York tribe stopped making payments to the state in 2017, saying its revenue-sharing obligation under ...

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 ...