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Brother Beaten In Church Testifies Against Family

Oct 22, 2015
Kevin Montano

The surviving brother in that brutal church beating in New Hartford made his first appearance in court yesterday. Christopher Leonard testified he and his brother were beaten by family members and others in the church. Lucas Leonard died from his injuries. The hearing was to determine whether the assault charge against their half-sister should go to a grand jury. Our story comes from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.

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Political and private sector leaders from around the state are spending three days at the Capitol, making their best case to win a share of $1.5 billion dollars in economic development monies for their region. Critics have called the competition the “hunger games,” because, under the rules, three regions will win, but four others will lose out on the funds.

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Two young men have been arrested following the death of a 19-year-old New York state university student who drank an excessive amount of alcohol.

Authorities are investigating the death of a man found in a Glens Falls parking lot Wednesday morning.

After a busy racing season in Saratoga Springs, the New York Racing Association predicts profit for the second year in a row.

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With two-year terms and a unique structure of government, Saratoga Springs’ candidates for city government often face fierce political opposition. New to this year is Saratoga PAC – an organization that has raised more than $50,000 and has endorsed a bipartisan slate of candidates.


  The ride sharing service Uber, which already operates in New York City, is making a big push to move into upstate and Long Island. But that would require state lawmakers to take action.

Uber officials, armed with a study that says 13,000 new jobs could be created if Uber is allowed in all of New York, came to the State Capitol to make their case. They have started an online petition and ad campaign to help convince the state legislature to pass laws to allow the service to operate .


New York's attorney general says $550 million will be released from an escrow account, ending a decade-long dispute with tobacco companies under the 1998 agreement requiring they compensate states for public health costs from smoking.

Albany, NY

New York will soon have a new top judge, now that the current Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals is approaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.  Westchester District Attorney and Cuomo ally Janet DiFiore, is on the list as a potential replacement.   

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It’s a new era for one of the Albany skyline’s most famous buildings. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was joined by downtown business officials and community members this morning to cut the ribbon on the recently renovated SUNY Plaza front lawn and main entrance.