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Prosecutor Investigated for Berating Officer During Stop

'I'm the DA,' Sandra Doorley said after refusing to pull over

(Newser) - A New York state prosecutor under investigation for her behavior when police tried to pull her over—repeatedly telling an officer "I'm the DA"—apologized on Monday. "I failed you and the standards that I hold myself to," Monroe Country District Attorney Sandra Doorley said...

NY Moves to Strike Down Post-Prohibition Booze Bans

Alcohol sales are still banned in 7 communities

(Newser) - New York towns and villages that have post-Prohibition bans on alcohol sales would be forced to lift such restrictions under a bill moving through the state legislature. The bill, which is up for a state Senate vote after advancing out of a committee last week, would strike down a 1934...

Niagara Falls Victim's Body Was Found 140 Miles Away

Vincent Stack's remains likely drifted for 16 months

(Newser) - Remains found on the shores of Lake Ontario 32 years ago have now been identified as those of a New York man who's believed to have gone over Niagara Falls. CBS News reports the "badly decomposed and mostly skeletal" remains were found some 140 miles from the falls...

Inmates in Prime Eclipse Path Sue for a Viewing

New York state prisoners say lockdown violates religious rights to witness the celestial event

(Newser) - Inmates in New York are suing the state corrections department over the decision to lock down prisons during next Monday's total solar eclipse. The suit filed Friday in federal court in upstate New York argues that the April 8 lockdown violates inmates' constitutional rights to practice their faiths by...

Adulterers in NY Aren't Just Cheaters—They're Criminals

State legislature is looking to repeal 1907 law that made cheating on your spouse a misdemeanor

(Newser) - For more than a century, it's been a crime to cheat on your spouse in New York. But as the AP reports, adultery may soon be legal in the Empire State, thanks to a bill working its way through the Legislature that would finally repeal the seldom-used law that'...

New York Takes a Step Toward Seizing Trump Property

State filing could mean Westchester County property is a target for seizure

(Newser) - The New York attorney general's office may have found something in Donald Trump's real estate portfolio it likes. New state filings in Westchester County could be a sign that it's moving toward seizing Seven Springs, Trump's golf course and private estate north of Manhattan, CNN reports. If...

National Guard Deployed to New York Subways

They'll patrol, check bags amid spate of violent incidents

(Newser) - New York's governor is deploying the National Guard to New York City's subways. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that 750 members of the state's National Guard will start patrolling stations amid a spate of violent crimes, reports the New York Times . They'll join an additional force...

NY Murderer Freed Because He Was Held in Wrong Prison

Terrence Lewis, who was serving 22-year sentence, gets out on technicality

(Newser) - A man convicted for a 2015 killing in western New York has been freed and his indictment has been dismissed solely because he was held at the wrong prison according to an interstate law on detainees. Terrence Lewis was released earlier this month from a maximum-security prison in Seneca County,...

5 Takeaways (Including Trump's) on Suozzi's Win in NY
5 Takeaways
(Including Trump's)
on Suozzi's
Win in NY

5 Takeaways (Including Trump's) on Suozzi's Win in NY

Ex-president insists Dem congressman-elect 'can be easily beaten' in November, plus other perspectives

(Newser) - A Democrat has taken back disgraced former Congressman George Santos ' Long Island seat—and among those weighing in on Tom Suozzi's win Tuesday was former (and possibly future) President Trump. "Just watched this very foolish woman, Mazi Melesa Pilip, running in a race where she didn't...

Cuomo Gets Some Bad News From the DOJ

Agency finds former New York governor sexually harassed 13 employees over 8-year period

(Newser) - Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far escaped any criminal charges related to accusations of sexual misconduct against him, but he likely won't be pleased with the upshot of a now-concluded Department of Justice probe. As part of a Friday civil rights settlement with New York state,...

Long Island Midwife Gave Kids Pellets, Not Vaccinations

Jeanette Breen hit with $300K fine for giving 1.5K children homeopathic pellets, falsifying records

(Newser) - A midwife from Long Island has been hit with a $300,000 fine, accused by the New York State Department of Health of writing up false vaccination records for hundreds of children. News 12 Long Island reports that the inoculation scheme run by Jeanette Breen began in 2019, via her...

FBI: No 'Nexus to Terrorism' Found in Deadly NY Crash

Police say suspect was stockpiling gas cans in days before fiery crash

(Newser) - The driver who crashed an SUV loaded with gas cans outside a western New York concert venue appeared to have been aiming at a pedestrian crossing, but there's no evidence of a terror motive in the fiery wreck that killed him and two ride-hail passengers on New Year's...

States With Highest, Lowest 'Unsheltered' Rates

California has the most, at nearly 70%, but most of New York's homeless are in shelters

(Newser) - Homelessness in the US is increasing, and more details are surfacing from the latest batch of federal numbers . The big takeaway stat is that an estimated 653,000 were homeless on a single day in January 2023, the largest figure since that "point in time" method of counting began...

NY Court's Decision Could Decide Control of the House

Court orders state to draw new congressional districts

(Newser) - New York's highest court on Tuesday ordered the state to draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2024 elections, giving Democrats a potential advantage in what is expected to be a battleground for control of the US House. The 4-3 decision from the New York Court of Appeals could...

Jewish Doctor Fired for Anti-Hamas Posts Sues

Dr. Benjamin Neel accuses NYU Langone of wrongful termination, religious discrimination

(Newser) - Pilots , journalists , professors , and doctors have been fired or otherwise disciplined for comments supporting and condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza, and now, in what will add to a nationwide debate over what's considered protected speech amid the Israel-Hamas war, one doctor is suing in response. Dr. Benjamin...

Report: Border Crash Killed Couple Leaving NY Casino
Couple Killed in
Border Bridge Crash

Couple Killed in Border Bridge Crash Identified

Police say Kurt, Monica Villani of Grand Island, New York, died in fiery crash

(Newser) - The Niagara Falls Police Department has identified the couple killed when their Bentley exploded in a crash at the American side of the US-Canada border on Wednesday. Police said Kurt Villani and Monica Villani, both 53 years old, were residents of the Buffalo suburb of Grand Island, the AP reports....

Two NY Hospitals Turn Away Patients After Cyberattack

Health care network is taking its IT systems down

(Newser) - Two hospitals in New York were hit with a cyberattack and are diverting patients to other facilities, hospital officials said Friday. The cyberattack affected computer systems at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston along with Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center—all part of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, the...

Lawsuit Contests New York Law on Gas Stoves

State legislation would prohibit using fossil-fuel equipment in new construction

(Newser) - Gas and construction trade groups are suing to block New York's state ban on gas stoves and furnaces in new buildings. The organizations argue that the law violates the federal government's rules around how gas appliances are regulated, and they filed the case against New York on Thursday...

Bus Rolls Off Road on High School Band Trip
Students Hurt in Crash
Are Recovering: Official

Students Hurt in Crash Are Recovering: Official

Two adults are killed in New York bus accident, dozens injured

(Newser) - A New York school superintendent said he expects all the students hurt when their bus crashed on Thursday during a high school band trip to recover from their injuries. Paul Defendini of Farmingdale schools said some of the students are still struggling, the AP reports. "I know that they...

This Is the Most Diverse State in America

California ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list; West Virginia is in last place

(Newser) - If you're looking to set down roots in a true melting pot—in a place that WalletHub notes features "a complex tapestry of backgrounds"—there are some places in America that thrive when it comes to diversity. The site wanted to determine "where idea and identity...

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