New York state

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Days After His Suicide, GOP Politician Wins Primary

NY voters are sticking with Bill Nojay

(Newser) - The loyal Republican voters of New York state's 133rd District re-elected Assemblyman Bill Nojay on Tuesday, undeterred by accusations of corruption—or the fact that he's dead. The 59-year-old, who killed himself at his family's burial plot on Friday, won the Rochester-area district's GOP primary with... More »

Pokemon Go Sex-Offender Ban Raises Eyebrows

Civil liberties advocates have issues with NY parolee mandate

(Newser) - Sex offenders in New York state will find a new restriction they'll have to agree to before they're granted parole: no playing Internet games like Pokemon Go, the New York Times reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed the policy through earlier this month after two Democratic state senators conducted... More »

Cops Accused of Running Down Groundhog With Golf Cart

They could lose their jobs

(Newser) - Two police officers in upstate New York are being investigated over allegations that they used a golf cart to run down and run over a golf course groundhog, NBC reports. The incident took place during a union event for the Rensselaer City Police Department at the Frear Park golf course... More »

Cops: Man Held Veteran, 81, Captive in Motel for Years

Suspect accused of stealing ex-Marine's benefit checks

(Newser) - A man held an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in his squalid motel room for at least four years in order to steal his benefits checks, authorities say. Perry Coniglio was arrested Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim's at a motel in Highlands, NY. The motel sits next... More »

Pair Rescued as Boat Teeters Near Edge of Niagara Falls

Only a section of engine kept the boat from drifting

(Newser) - A man and woman got closer to Niagara Falls than they probably ever wanted on Sunday. The US Coast Guard was called in to rescue the pair from Buffalo after their boat became disabled and drifted "very close" to the Canadian side of the falls, reports the Niagara Gazette... More »

Cops: Officer's Baby Son Was Left in Car, Died

He was left for 'an extended period of time'

(Newser) - "As a police family, we have experienced a terrible tragedy," the chief of police in Rome, NY, says of the death of an officer's baby son. Cops say Rome officer Mark Fanfarillo called 911 on Monday afternoon after finding his 4-month-old son dead in his vehicle outside... More »

Key to Inmates' Storied Escape: 'Lazy' Guards

Sweat managed to get out of cell 85 nights in a row

(Newser) - Guards at Clinton Correctional Facility were supposed to carry out overnight rounds, observing "skin and breathing or other movement," but "we got lazy," Officer Ronald Blair says in a 154-page report on the institutional flaws that enabled the brazen escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt... More »

Cops: NY Woman Admitted Sabotaging Lover's Kayak

She was strangely calm after capsizing, officer testifies

(Newser) - The New York woman accused of murder in her fiance's kayaking death confessed to sabotage even before the body of Vincent Viafore was found, a police investigator testified at a pretrial hearing. Senior investigator Aniello Moscato told the hearing Monday that during a trip to lay a wreath for... More »

Sinead O'Connor Rages Online: 'You Left Me to Die'

The singer writes scathing Facebook post

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor was found Monday after an apparent disappearance , but all isn't well. The singer wrote a seething, expletive-filled Facebook post Monday night accusing family members of casting her aside as she struggles with a suicidal condition, the New York Daily News reports. "You all abandoned me... More »

Cadets' Raised-Fist Photo Sparks Anger, Debate

Some say West Point seniors made political statement

(Newser) - Were cadets raising their fists to sisterhood, Beyonce, Black Lives Matter—or just taking pride in their pending graduation? A photo of 16 black female cadets raising their fists in traditional military dress at West Point was posted online in April, sparking debate and spurring the military academy to investigate,... More »

Corrupt NY Dem Leader Gets 12 Years

Sheldon Silver was one of the state's most powerful politicians

(Newser) - Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars. Silver, a 72-year-old Manhattan Democrat,... More »

New York Announces $15 Minimum Wage

But they'll have to wait awhile for it upstate

(Newser) - Thursday was a great day for low-wage workers on both coasts: Just hours after California lawmakers approved a statewide minimum wage of $15 for 2022 , New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the minimum would hit $15 in his state sooner—at least in parts of it. The budget deal... More »

DA: Teens' Mom Kidnapped Them With Lesbian Lover

Cindy Fortner, 46, pleads not guilty of kidnapping

(Newser) - The mom of two teen girls who went missing for 11 months is accused of kidnapping them with help from a female lover, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports. Cindy Fortner, 46, wept heavily at an arraignment Friday in New York state when she pleaded not guilty to second-degree kidnapping.... More »

Cops: Missing Sisters Held Captive for 11 Months

Woman charged with kidnapping NY teens

(Newser) - A happy ending in a case where cops feared the worst: Two teenage sisters who vanished in upstate New York have been found alive and well in the home of a woman who is accused of kidnapping them. Shaeleen Fortner, 14, and her sister, Kylea Fortner, 16, were found in... More »

Relive Your Dorm Days Via Airbnb

Unless the schools catch on first

(Newser) - From a night in the Paris catacombs to a 1920s mansion in California, Airbnb provides the opportunity to bunk in some unique locations. Case in point: Eduardo's dorm room in New York City. For $80 a night, the not-fully-identified student from the not-fully-identified school provides a twin bed in... More »

NY Sheriff Urges Gun Owners to Start Carrying

Request made 'in light of recent events'

(Newser) - In light of "recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world," it's time for people to stop leaving their guns at home, according to the sheriff of Ulster County, NY. In a Facebook post , Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum encourages "citizens of... More »

'Most Feared' NY Politician Guilty of Corruption

Sheldon Silver earned $4m from shady schemes

(Newser) - US Attorney Preet Bharara has won a massive victory in his quest to get rid of what he calls a "cauldron of corruption" in New York's state capital. Sheldon Silver, the former longtime New York State Assembly speaker, has been found guilty of federal corruption charges and faces... More »

Ex-Rikers Inmate Killed on Eve of Huge Payout

Robert Hinton had just eaten Thanksgiving dinner with his family

(Newser) - Robert Hinton had a chance to move on with his life. But the former inmate of Riker's Island—whose savage beating there by guards spawned a pending $450,000 settlement—was shot and killed Thursday night outside a housing project in Brooklyn, the Daily News reports. Hinton had just... More »

Psychic Sues NY for $100K: My 'Gifts' Helped Find Inmates

Texas man wants reward money for 'helping' in case of escaped inmates

(Newser) - On June 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted that the state of New York had $100,000 for anyone with info that would lead to the arrest of two escaped prison inmates. Now a Texas psychic wants Cuomo to pay up and has filed a lawsuit to demand the... More »

Guy Killed Mom, Lived With Body in Motel for 7 Weeks: Cops

Charles Cole charged with murder in NY

(Newser) - A man strangled his mother in the motel where they lived, kept her body there for nearly two months and then dumped it in South Carolina, police said Saturday. Charles R. Cole was arrested Friday in the death of 76-year-old Betty Cole. Police launched an investigation on Oct. 6 after... More »

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