NY Board of Regents member quits night before vote
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Regent representing the Albany area for the state Education Department has resigned amid the drama surrounding the re-election of the Board of Regents.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Westchester says the plan on Tuesday is to vote on the nomination of Josephine Finn, a village justice for Monticello and former associate professor at Sullivan County Community College, in place of James Jackson, who resigned Monday night.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly typically has the 107 votes needed for a majority to elect Regents members, but due to vacancies in the chamber it only has 99 seats and needs help from the Senate to elect the Regents.
Typically, Regents elections go unnoticed but due to the poor rollout of the Common Core, lawmakers are feeling pressure from parents and educators to bring some new blood to the policymaking board.
Donald Trump headlining upstate NY GOP event
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump is set to head upstate for a Republican Party event.
The reality TV star is scheduled to be in Syracuse Tuesday for a $100-per-person reception arranged by the Onondaga County Republican Committee.
Several GOP county leaders have been courting Trump to challenge Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November. Trump hasn't ruled out a run but has been quiet on the subject in recent weeks. He's said repeatedly that he doesn't want to be involved in a primary.
Last week, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino declared his candidacy for governor.
Supporters of Trump see him as having the name recognition and money needed to successfully challenge Cuomo.
WINTER STORM-UPSTATE NY
Winter storm warning issued for much of upstate NY
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of upstate New York ahead of a system that's expected to dump up to two feet of snow on some areas.
The warnings are in effect starting early Wednesday morning and continuing through Thursday morning from western New York to the Mohawk Valley, and from Wednesday morning through Thursday night across the Adirondacks.
Forecasters say snowfall totals are expected to range from 14 to 18 inches in the Buffalo area and north-central New York, with winds gusting to 45 mph later Wednesday. Areas along Lake Ontario, including Rochester, could get 18 to 24 inches.
Albany and areas farther south in the Hudson Valley and Catskills are expected to get a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain.
NY nuclear plant shut down again after restart
SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) - A nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in central New York is shut down again after being brought back online following a six-day outage caused by a problem with an off-site power supply.
Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, owner of Nine Mile Point Unit 2 in Scriba (SKRY'-buh), tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse the plant automatically shut down at 4:30 p.m. Monday after a worker inadvertently contacted a highly sensitive plant component. The worker wasn't hurt.
The company says the contact set off an automatic shutdown of the plant. The shutdown doesn't present a risk to public safety.
The shutdown isn't related to the one that occurred last Tuesday after the loss of off-site power to the plant's control and alarm electrical circuits. The plant had returned to service on Sunday.
Somali community mourns death of infant in NY fire
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say the 6-month-old baby who died in an apartment fire last weekend was the daughter of parents who emigrated from Africa.
The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that Marian Omar was buried Monday in the cemetery owned by the Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica.
Fire officials say the girl died Sunday when a blaze broke out late Sunday morning at her family's second-floor apartment in Utica. Her parents and four siblings escaped the flames.
The girl's parents are from Somalia. Relatives and members of Somali-Bantu communities from as far away as St. Louis drove to Utica to attend the funeral and help the family through the ordeal.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
BERKSHIRE BANK ROBBERY
Suspect in Mass. Bank robbery caught in NY
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Authorities in New York have apprehended a man police say robbed a bank in Stockbridge.
Witnesses told police the man who robbed a Lee Bank branch at about 4 p.m. Monday drove away in a late model blue Chevrolet pickup truck with orange New York plates.
New York State Police spotted the truck later Monday and arrested 34-year-old Christopher Blair of Hillsdale, N.Y., which is right across the state line.
WRGB-TV reports that Blair was arraigned Tuesday as a fugitive from justice and held without bail.
Stockbridge Police Chief Robert Eaton Jr. tells The Berkshire Eagle that Blair will face robbery, assault and battery, and larceny charges in Massachusetts.
New York authorities say Blair was motivated by drug addiction. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.
Western NY repeat embezzler gets more prison time
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York woman who served prison time for embezzling $120,000 in the 1990s has been sentenced for stealing more than $90,000 from two Buffalo companies where she worked.
Local media report that 60-year-old Marilee Leach of Cheektowaga was sentenced Monday in state Supreme Court to one to three years in prison. She pleaded guilty in November to stealing about $92,000 while working as a bookkeeper for two Buffalo companies starting in 2007.
Leach's defense attorney says she has paid back all but $27,000 of the funds she stole from the companies.
Leach served a year in prison after being convicted in 1996 of stealing $120,000 from a Buffalo construction company.
Cops: NY trooper uses Taser to save man on bridge
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a trooper had to use a stun gun to subdue a distraught man threatening to jump off a bridge over the Hudson River in Albany.
Officials say Trooper Matthew Rufa responded last Saturday night to a report of a man threatening to jump off the Patroon Island Bridge, which carries Interstate 90 over the river between Albany and Rensselaer counties.
Police say a passenger riding in a vehicle with the distraught man was struggling to keep him away from the railing after he had pulled over on the bridge's eastbound lanes.
Rufa and the other person managed to pull him away, but he broke free and approached the railing again. Troopers say Tufa then used his Taser to subdue the 51-year-old man.
He wasn't injured but was turned over to health authorities for mental evaluation.
DUAL DWI-SAME PLACE
NY man charged twice with DWI for 2 accidents
ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) - State police say they twice charged a 31-year-old man with driving while intoxicated for accidents that occurred just hours apart at the same upstate New York fast-food restaurant.
Troopers say Zachary Boynton of Oneonta drove his car into the back of a vehicle ahead of him in the McDonald's drive-thru around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Boynton was charged with DWI after troopers say his blood-alcohol content was .25 percent, more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent. Police say he was released to a sober third party, who took him home.
Troopers say Boynton later left home, walked back to the same McDonald's and struck the building while driving away around 5 a.m. He was arrested again and charged with a second DWI. It couldn't be determine if he has a lawyer.
NY college students charged after dog's beer photo
BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say two students at a New York state college were charged with animal abuse after a dog was held upside down over a keg and forced to drink beer.
Police say one of the College at Brockport students held the black Labrador retriever over a keg and apparently forced the animal to drink from the tap during an off-campus party Saturday at a house in the village, located 17 miles west of Rochester.
Another student took a photo and posted it on a Twitter account featuring stories and pictures from parties thrown by students enrolled at state colleges in New York.
The two men, both 20, were charged with torturing and injuring an animal. They were issued appearance tickets for town court.
The dog was taken by the local dog warden.
Belfast mayor is in Albany for Irish museum event
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - With St. Patrick's Day less than a week away, the mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland will be joining local officials for the dedication of the clock welcoming visitors to the Irish American Heritage Museum in downtown Albany.
Museum officials say Lord Mayor of Belfast Mairtin O Muilleoir (mar-SHEEN' oh muhl-YEHR') is joining Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, other elected officials and tourism leaders for this afternoon's dedication ceremony.
Schenectady-based Price Chopper supermarkets donated a kelly-green street clock that now stands outside the museum. The 12-foot-high clock is topped by a sign with "Failte" (FAWL'-shah), the Gaelic word for welcome, on one side and the English version on the other.
The grand marshalls of Albany's 64th annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday will be introduced at the event.
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