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NEW YORK (AP) — The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that she couldn’t bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part, because current state law doesn’t explicitly outlaw such behavior.

In closing the six-month investigation, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas implored lawmakers to pass legislation to criminalize slapping, shoving and other violence committed for sexual gratification.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Universal health care, marijuana legalization and early voting. Stronger gun control laws, protections for abortion rights and higher taxes on millionaires.

Democrats say those are just a few of their priorities after seizing control of the state Senate from Republicans. With Democrats already in charge of the state Assembly and occupying all four statewide offices, Tuesday’s big wins in the Senate could clear the way for liberal proposals long blocked by the GOP.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t show, but his four challengers swapped ideas and joined together to criticize the incumbent in a largely amiable debate Thursday night in Albany.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the five candidates for governor in New York are set to participate in the last scheduled debate before election day — though Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t expected to show up.

Republican Marc Molinaro, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, independent Stephanie Miner and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins all plan to participate in Thursday evening’s exchange at the College of St. Rose in Albany. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to four years and three months in prison Wednesday after his conviction on public corruption charges.

U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood announced the penalty for the longtime Republican powerbroker, citing his health challenges at age 70 as reason to reduce his sentence from the five years she gave him previously.

She said she would have given him only four years in prison, except he lied and distorted truth on the witness stand.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After weeks of balking at requests to debate his opponents, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed Friday to face off against his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The city of Syracuse is getting help from New York state in combatting a spate of gun violence that has killed two children and wounded several other youths and adults in recent weeks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that state police will expand patrols and operations and boost intelligence sharing with local law enforcement agencies in Syracuse. The Democrat says the plan also includes meetings with community leaders and elected officials to come up with ways to stem violence in the city’s crime-plagued neighborhoods.

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CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (AP) — First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney was an early supporter of Donald Trump who has drawn comparisons to the president by brashly claiming some people who commit mass murders are Democrats and promoting a petition to lock up Hillary Clinton.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is putting up $40 million to support solar projects that include energy storage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the NY-Sun program will make the money available in early November to jumpstart the development of at least 50 megawatts of energy storage paired with solar. NY-Sun is Cuomo’s $1 billion investment to build the state’s solar industry.

The Democratic governor has set a target of 1,500 megawatts of energy storage by 2025. That’s equivalent to the electric demand of one-fifth of all New York state homes.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned Sunday why state Republicans would have invited the founder of a far-right group to speak in Manhattan, and he blamed them and President Donald Trump for violent clashes that took place after the speech.

In a conference call with reporters, the Democratic governor called the invitation to Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club a "political tactic because what they’re trying to do is fire up their base" ahead of the midterm elections.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York state health officials say 39 children have been found to have a virus that in rare cases, causes a polio-like condition.

Authorities say they have no confirmed cases of the nervous system condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in New York. But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy.

Doctors at Oishei Childen’s Hospital said Friday the boy suddenly lost strength in his legs in September and remains hospitalized.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a 12-year-old Syracuse boy who was hit by a stray bullet from a nearby fight that erupted into gunfire.

Police Chief Frank Fowler says Alberto Pinet was arrested Friday for the shooting Wednesday night of sixth-grader James Springer III. Springer was hit in the stomach and was driven to a hospital by a woman at the scene. He later died. Springer was the second child fatally shot on a Syracuse street in a week.

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states.

Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has reversed that trend and improved the local economic situation.

A leading medical journal has retracted six food research articles by a Cornell University marketing professor, saying the results can’t be verified.

The papers under question include a 2005 study that said people eat more when served food in large bowls and a 2013 article that said hungry grocery shoppers buy foods with more calories but not more food. They appeared in journals published by the JAMA Network, which include the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a year awash with liberal challengers aiming to retire establishment Democrats, Andrew Cuomo was an obvious target.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.

Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to 1, seldom mentioned Nixon by name during an often-nasty campaign, instead touting his experience, achievements in two terms as governor and his work to push back against President Donald Trump.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo travels in taxpayer-funded aircraft far more than other big-state governors, according to an examination of travel records by the New York Times.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state Thursday as part of a broadening civil investigation into the handling of sex abuse allegations by church leaders.

The subpoenas seek documents relating to abuse allegations, payments to victims or findings from internal church investigations, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon swapped insults and clashed over policy Wednesday in their only scheduled debate before the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he was “inartful” when he said earlier in the week that America “was never that great,” a comment that was widely condemned and mocked by critics on the right and left.

“I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always been great,” Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters on a conference call. “My family is evidence of American greatness.”

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America “was never that great” and won’t be great until all Americans share true equality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sheldon Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before corruption charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.

The punishment, announced by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni, was five years less than the 12-year sentence she gave to Silver after he was initially convicted in the case in 2015.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support.

A jury in federal court in Manhattan deliberated over the course of four days before reaching the verdict at the trial of Dean Skelos and his son, Adam. The top count, extortion, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison but they are likely to receive far less time.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cynthia Nixon has collected more than 65,000 signatures on a petition to secure her place on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor, the candidate announced Thursday.

The number of signatures collected by the former “Sex and the City” star and political activist is more than four times the amount required under state election law. More than 3,500 volunteers helped collect the signatures around the state before Thursday’s deadline for signatures.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.

The jury in Manhattan returned its verdict Thursday after a month-long trial put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars were awarded for redevelopment projects aimed at revitalizing upstate New York, particularly Syracuse and Buffalo.

Prosecutors maintained the bidding process was corrupt and that deals were steered to favored developers. Defense lawyers said it was not.

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ERWIN, N.Y. (AP) — A state trooper responding to a call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border early Monday was fatally shot along with the man, a school principal, officials said.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities must provide information on the estimated 700 immigrant children sent to foster care agencies in New York state after being separated from their parents, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as he continued to bash the Trump administration’s handling of the humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will sue the federal government over the Trump administration’s policy of separating families accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally, a practice that violates the constitutional rights of thousands of immigrant children and their parents, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

“We believe this practice is illegal,” the Democrat said in a conference call with reporters. Cuomo said that he expects the lawsuit to be filed within two weeks in a court yet to be determined.

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Police in western New York are searching for a 14-month-old boy after his mother’s body was found in a bag hidden in the woods.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s office said 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s body was found Thursday at a farm in Sodus where she reportedly had worked. She had been missing for a week.

Her boyfriend, Everardo Reyes, was arrested on charges of tampering with physical evidence.

Police say the child, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, has not been found. Police were to continue searching the area east of Rochester on Friday.

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