NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT-CUOMO
Cuomo orders safety upgrades for NYC trains
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told New York City transit officials to adopt several safety changes following the deadly derailment of a commuter train.
Cuomo directed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Friday to expedite speed controls for areas vulnerable to crashes on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road commuter systems.
Cuomo also wants to accelerate efforts to install technology called "positive train control," which can automatically bring a train to a stop if it's exceeding a speed limit.
Cuomo says federal investigators have made it clear that the actions of the engineer, William Rockefeller, were the "initiating cause" of Sunday's accident and that the train's speed, estimated at 82 mph on a 30-mph curve, was a key factor.
Albany man charged after apt. tenant found slain
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 41-year-old man has been charged in connection with the slaying of an Albany apartment tenant whose body was found by police responding to a report of a broken window.
Albany police say they received a report around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday that a window had been broken at a residence. When officers arrived, they determined a burglary had occurred and entered the apartment.
Inside they found the body of a 27-year-old man. Police say he had died as a result of injuries suffered during what appeared to have been a physical altercation.
Police say they've charged Oscar Valcarcel of Albany with burglary. Officials say his involvement in the victim's death remains under investigation.
The victim's name hasn't been released.
Valcarcel is being held in the county jail. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.
Comptroller to audit NY hate crimes reporting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York comptroller's office is auditing hate crime reporting statewide after a legislator earlier this year cited an apparent spike in incidents.
Auditors will examine the state Division of Criminal Justice Services handling of annual reports culled from police data. The report last month showed 720 hate crimes statewide in 2012, up almost 30 percent. Most of the increase was in New York City and Suffolk County, which made changes in their reporting.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there's a need to ensure police report the incidents correctly and are trained to handle hate crimes appropriately.
The audit was by requested state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat. In August, he cited incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the city and increases in anti-Semitic incidents statewide.
PEARL HARBOR-SURVIVING PLANE
Rare Pearl Harbor warplane returning to US
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo-built American fighter that's one of the few remaining still-airworthy planes to survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being donated to a Massachusetts-based organization that flies World War II aircraft at living history events across the nation.
Robert Collings of the Stow, Mass.-based Collings Foundation tells The Associated Press Friday that the purchase of the Curtiss P-40B Warhawk from an aviation museum in England was completed this week. He says the plane will be disassembled and shipped to the U.S. He says eventually the plane will fly over Buffalo and other cities, with plans to participate in the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in 2016.
Collings says a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous bought the plane for several million dollars and will donate the aircraft to his organization.
Iconic Saratoga Springs, NY, restaurant for sale
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - An iconic restaurant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., whose owners include "Entourage" actors Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon has been put up for sale.
Amy Sutton, a real estate agent for Roohan Realty of Saratoga Springs, tells the Daily Gazette of Schenectady (http://bit.ly/1blaorA ) that the 75-year-old Siro's (SEER'-ohs) restaurant has an asking price of $1.85 million.
The restaurant located next door to Saratoga Race Course was sold in 2010 to Racing Restaurants of America, a New York-based partnership that includes jockey John Velasquez and Connolly and Dillon, two of the stars of "Entourage," the HBO series that ended its eight-season run in 2011.
Sutton says the restaurant, which typically opens only during Saratoga's summer racing season, will be open for the 2014 season whether it sells or not.
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