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Capital District News
7:59 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Cuomo Takes the Reins at NYRA

Governor Cuomo has taken the reigns of the troubled New York Racing Association Board, saying he needs to “restore the public trust” in a rapidly changing gaming industry.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

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New York News
7:54 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Three Arrests in Westchester, NY Home Invasion

Police say three Bronx men have been arrested in connection with a January home invasion in Westchester County. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

Brandishing weapons, the trio burst into the home of a Hastings restaurant owner and tied family members' hands behind their backs. One robber claimed they were the police and flashed a badge.

They got away with about $5,000 in cash.

Hastings Police Lt. David Dosin tells the Journal News that the May 9 arrests were not made public at the time because the investigation is continuing. More arrests are expected.

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New York News
7:48 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Seven-Year Sex-Abuse Sentence for NY Karate Teacher

A kung fu grandmaster has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing girls during martial arts lessons in the New York suburbs. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

Frank DeMaria of Ossining was convicted in February of sexual abuse, sexual conduct with children and endangering children.

Four girls aged 6 to 11 claimed that DeMaria had them grab and pull his genitals during lessons at his school in Croton-on-Hudson between 2009 and 2011.

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New York News
7:54 am
Mon May 21, 2012

For NY Farmers, Fracking Means Salvation — Or Ruin

Some New York farmers look across the Susquehanna River, see the flares of Pennsylvania gas wells and think of the money they're losing as heated debate keeps hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, out of New York.

Others worry that the natural gas drilling process that blasts wells with chemical-laced water could ruin rich farmlands and dramatically harm growers.

New York state has blocked Marcellus Shale gas development for four years while it completes an environmental review. Meanwhile, thousands of wells have gone into production in Pennsylvania.

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New York News
7:41 am
Mon May 21, 2012

NY Politicians, Parents Denounce al-Megrahi

U.S. Senate

Senator Charles Schumer says it's a "grave injustice" that the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was allowed to die in freedom rather than behind bars.   

The plane crash in Lockerbie, Scotland, took a heavy toll on New York, with 35 Syracuse University students among the 270 victims. Susan Cohen, the mother of one of those students, says the death of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is no reason to stop investigating who was behind the blast. Al-Megrahi's death was announced Sunday.

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Capital District News
8:25 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Cuomo Rescinds Food Stamp Fingerprint Requirement

Governor Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s rescinding a state regulation that requires food stamp recipients be fingerprinted, saying the poor and hungry are not criminals.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

Governor Cuomo, speaking by phone to a gathering of advocates for the poor, says he’s rescinded a 14-year-old state regulation that required food stamp recipients be subject to fingerprinting before receiving benefits. 

“Poverty and hunger are not crimes,” said Cuomo. “So we shouldn’t treat the poor or the hungry as criminals.”

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New York News
8:21 am
Fri May 18, 2012

NY Court OKs New Legislature Lines for Fall Elections

A panel of federal judges says the new election district lines drawn by the Senate and Assembly majorities will be used in the fall elections. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

The decision is a critical win for Senate Republicans hoping to secure their slim majority in the chamber despite a Democratic voter advantage of nearly 2-to-1 in the state.

Good-government groups have criticized the Senate GOP redistricting plan. They say it continues a tradition of twisting district lines to protect the power of the majority parties.

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New York News
7:59 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Ex-NY Senator Espada Found Guilty of Embezzlement

Former New York State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. has been found guilty of embezzlement charges. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

A jury delivered the partial verdict Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.  It was the 11th day of often tumultuous deliberations. The jury is still deliberating on charges against Espada's son and on four remaining counts against him.

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Capital District News
7:51 am
Tue May 15, 2012

NYS Ethics Commission Pursues Complaint against Libous

On the heels of former New York State Senate leader Pedro Espada’s conviction, the state’s ethics commission is pursuing a complaint against one of Albany’s most prominent lawmakers.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...  

The Albany-Times Union reports (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Libous-the-target-of-ethics-inquiry-3558178.php) that the recently-created Joint Commission on Public Ethics has sent a letter to Deputy Senate Majority Leader Thomas Libous.   

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Capital District News
7:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Anti-Fracking Rallies, Concert Coming to Albany

Opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing are planning a big day of action in Albany, culminating with a star-studded concert at the Empire State Plaza.  WAMC's Ian Pickus reports...

New Yorkers Against Fracking, a new coalition of organizations calling for a fracking ban, plans a rally and multi-media concert Tuesday afternoon and evening. The event features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo acting as hosts of the concert at the Egg Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $40 to $150.

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