New York News

Voters to decide key New York state Senate races

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Voters in Westchester County and the Bronx are heading to the polls to pick two new state lawmakers. Tuesday's special Senate elections could decide whether Democrats wrest control of the chamber from Republicans, who now have a one-seat majority. Polls opened at 6 a.m. ...

Central NY driver shot before 2-vehicle crash has died

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in central New York say a woman who was shot in her vehicle has died. Syracuse police say the driver crashed into another vehicle after she was hit by gunfire at around 10:30 p.m. Monday. She was taken to a hospital, where she died. The investigation continues.

Columbia teaching assistants strike, seek union contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have walked off the job to try to pressure the university to recognize their decision to unionize. The graduate students set up a picket line outside the main campus administration building Tuesday. They say ...

Officials call for removal of NY judge repeatedly in trouble

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York judicial officials say a judge should be removed for violating her drunken driving conditional sentence and telling a sheriff's deputy in court to punch a defendant. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct said Tuesday that the totality of Rochester city ...

Hillary Clinton out of politics, star of GOP midterm plan

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Almost 18 months have passed since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party's 2018 midterm ...

Convoys of huge wind turbine parts move through western NY

ARKWRIGHT, N.Y. (AP) — There will be some traffic slowdowns in southwestern New York as daily convoys of huge wind turbine parts are trucked along more than 45 miles of roadway to a new wind farm. State police say up to four convoys will occur each weekday through June 12 between 9 a.m. and ...

Town bids farewell to iconic, 200-year-old copper beech tree

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a western New York town are bidding a sad farewell to an iconic 200-year-old tree. A public ceremony is planned Monday evening to commemorate the tree that towers over Copper Beech Park in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. It's dying from a devastating ...

18 Syracuse students out of classes after offensive videos

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Eighteen Syracuse University students face disciplinary charges after videos emerged showing fraternity members using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person. Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado announced Sunday that investigators ...

WWII POW from US identified, being buried at Arlington

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City soldier who died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II is being buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The burial will be conducted Monday afternoon for Army Pvt. Raymond Sinowitz of the Bronx. The Pentagon announced last week that his remains ...

Cynthia Nixon plans to join climate change march, rally

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — "Sex and the City" star and Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon plans to participate in a public rally of environmentalists critical of incumbent Andrew Cuomo's climate change policies. Monday's event includes a march that will start in downtown ...

Sarah Jessica Parker calls Cynthia Nixon’s run ‘exciting’

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cynthia Nixon's quest for the governorship of New York state has at least one high-profile fan excited — Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker said Thursday her former "Sex and the City" co-star would be "right for New York." The actress spoke ...

‘This is my real life’: Where Trump’s travel ban hits home

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his yearslong effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month ...

Suspended fraternity: Offensive video was ‘satirical sketch’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fraternity suspended at Syracuse University over an offensive video said in an apologetic statement on Friday that the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch" depicting an uneducated, intolerant person. "Each semester our new members are given the opportunity ...

Judge sets May 24 for next date in Cohen-government showdown

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has set May 24 for the next court appearance by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as he fights to limit what criminal prosecutors can see from raids on his home and office. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set the date Friday. The April ...

The Latest: Trump lawyer told to file statement to slow suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by porn actress Stormy Daniels seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:40 a.m. A federal judge in Los Angeles has told lawyers for President Donald Trump's attorney ...

Doc series revisits death of Trayvon and birth of a movement

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Six years after his death, Trayvon Martin's name is known throughout the country as a symbol of social injustice and a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement his killing helped forge. But that Trayvon, the 17-year-old killed in 2012, ...

Cuomo tax returns show $55K in taxes, $11K in donations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released his tax returns for last year showing a combined federal and state tax bill of nearly $55,000. The Democratic governor also made $11,000 in charitable contributions in 2017. The donations went to HELP USA, a charity he founded years ...

NY attorney general launches inquiry into virtual currencies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general is launching an inquiry into the operations of several leading virtual currency trading platforms. The office of Democrat Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that it has sent letters to 13 virtual currency exchanges seeking information ...

Olympian, Nassar victim McKayla Maroney trying to move on

NEW YORK (AP) — McKayla Maroney's gymnastics career brought her a pair of Olympic medals and widespread fame. It also brought her into close contact with former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who Maroney says abused her for years and left her wondering if the heights she reached ...

Free food for thought: Campus food pantries proliferate

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Free food pantries are becoming nearly as common as the campus bookstore at a growing number of colleges. More than 570 campus food pantries nationwide are registered with the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which formed in ...