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Cuomo aide: NY won't consider slashing budget until election

Sep. 16, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor's budget director said Wednesday it's “premature” for some school districts to have laid off workers, and said New York will wait until after the November election to decide whether to slash state spending. Budget director Robert Mujica told The Associated...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, de Blasio announced that he and about 500 other city employees will take one-week, unpaid furloughs from their jobs in the coming months as the city grapples with a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC mayor orders staff furlough amid COVID financial crisis

Sep. 16, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he and about 500 other city employees will take one-week, unpaid furloughs from their jobs in the coming months as the city grapples with a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The furloughs, which would start in...

NYC woman fatally struck by Amtrak train in Hudson Valley

Sep. 12, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

GREENPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City woman was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in the Hudson Valley region, authorities said. Fifty-four-year-old Anna Podgorbunski was walking north along train tracks in the town of Greenport shortly before 8 p.m. Friday when she was hit by a southbound train, the...

Probe reopened in off-duty cop's 911 call about Black youths

Sep. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State police have reopened an investigation into a white police officer suspected of making up a story about getting into a gunfight with a group of Black youths, officials said. The Cohoes police officer, Sean McKown, is under scrutiny for an incident June 6, when he was off duty at...

SUNY campus to shut for 2 weeks after spike in virus cases

Aug. 30, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — One of the State University of New York's campuses will shut down for two weeks after more than 100 people in the college community tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Sunday. The positive cases at SUNY Oneonta represent about 3% of the students and faculty on...

NTSB: Limo owner evaded safety rules before fatal crash

Aug. 26, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of the stretched limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York repeatedly changed the listed number of seats in the vehicle and took other steps to avoid safety regulations, according to documents released Wednesday by federal investigators. The National...

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, Rachael Ray attends the Food Bank of NYC Can Do Awards Benefit Gala on in New York. Officials said Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, that a fire that tore through celebrity chef Ray's upstate New York home started in a fireplace chimney. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control said the Aug. 9 fire at the house in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was accidental. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File )

Fire that tore through Rachael Ray's house began in chimney

Aug. 21, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A fire that tore through celebrity chef Rachael Ray's upstate New York home started in a fireplace chimney, state officials said Friday. The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control said the August 9 fire at the house in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was accidental. The blaze sent flames...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Cuomo used a Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, appearance on public radio to offer the failure of New York to institute a statewide mask mandate earlier as an example of a lesson for other states.

Cuomo dismisses undercount concerns in NY care home deaths

Aug. 20, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed concerns that his state’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be a significant undercount, saying it makes sense to include only those residents who died on the home’s property. Unlike the federal government and every other state...

CEO in scheme that left workers without paychecks pleads

Aug. 12, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The former head of payroll company pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges related to a scheme that caused more than $100 million in losses to banks and businesses and left thousands of workers at small businesses without paychecks. Former ValueWise CEO Michael Mann faces from 17...

Report: 97% of people busted for pot in Albany were Black

Aug. 2, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A year after Albany's police chief vowed to examine racial disparities in marijuana arrests, 97% of people arrested or ticketed for pot offenses in the city since then have been Black, according to a review by the Times Union. Only four white people were charged with marijuana crimes...