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  • NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality and empowering the less fortunate, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour. The liberal mayor made his call in front of a group that broadly supported his predecessor, billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, and...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York University has enrolled 36 inmates in English classes at Wallkill Correctional Facility in the Hudson Valley. Backed by a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant, NYU's new program began this semester and can lead to an associate's degree. "By expanding access to a university education to incarcerated students, the NYU Prison Education Program...

  • SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— New York will transform its aging system of public parks and historic sites by investing $900 million by the end of the decade to upgrade facilities and replace crumbling infrastructure, the state parks commissioner said Monday. "We are going to change this park system," reversing years of neglect that saw it deteriorate into nearly "total...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Robert Benmosche, who headed insurer American International Group after a massive government bailout at the height of the financial crisis, died on Friday at 70, the company said in a statement. Benmosche, who was president and chief executive officer of AIG between August 2009 and September 2014, died at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York...

  • Democrat: veto override still on despite GOP bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:36 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Lawmakers' efforts to overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey got a jump-start on Friday, but the prospects for passing legislation are still uncertain. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie vetoed an overhaul passed unanimously in both legislatures, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. is introducing a new bill aimed at reforming the...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The state's casino location board on Friday moved forward with new bidding from developers for a license in New York's Southern Tier. That resulted in December recommendations for new casinos in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes. Tioga Downs, the racino in Nichols, was one applicant from the state's Southern Tier in the earlier bidding.

  • Andrew Cuomo plans to visit Cuba this spring for a state trade mission to the communist nation. Cuomo and Jose Ramon Cabanas, chief of the Obama administration's Cuban Interests Section, say Thursday that the New York Democrat will lead a delegation to Cuba on April 20. Cuomo said when he released his state budget proposal last month that he planned trade...

  • Correction: Mental Health-Housing story Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— In a story Feb. 25 about funding for mental health programs, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount New York allocated last year to train police in handling confrontations with people in mental health crises. New York mental health advocates say more housing is needed. New York mental health advocates say funding is needed for housing...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Mayor Bill de Blasio, faced with a shifting leadership in the Legislature and an uncertain alliance with the governor, implored lawmakers in Albany on Wednesday to give New York City its fair share in funding and him more control over its schools and housing laws. "It will only be possible for the city with a strong, sustained partnership with Albany," de...

  • The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services said housing is its top priority. Andrew Cuomo's administration has proposed a $17 million increase in the upcoming fiscal year, including 4 percent cost-of-living increases for some staff authorized by law last year. The association said there's a need for 35,000 more state-supported...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in New York will soon make $7.50 an hour before tips, a big raise for thousands of workers and a significant increase in labor costs for business owners. Currently, servers in New York make $5 per hour, compared to a minimum wage of $8.75. The old pair has holes; a significant problem in the...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the state's recent casino selection process for potential conflicts of interest, according to a developer whose bid for a license fell short. A state selection board in December recommended three winning casino proposals in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Most state lawmakers in New York make little or no money from outside jobs, and the state needs tight restrictions on the income of those who do, according to a new report from a coalition of government watchdog groups. The analysis released Monday by the New York Public Interest Research Group, Common Cause-New York and Reinvent Albany is the latest...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A nonprofit trade group that paid just $10 for the exclusive right to use the World Trade Center name will turn over some of its future revenue to end a New York State probe into how the name was sold so cheaply. Under a settlement announced on Friday, the nonprofit agreed to repay $184,000 of membership fees paid by the Port Authority from 1991 to...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A nonprofit group that paid just $10 for the exclusive right to use the World Trade Center name will turn over some of its future revenue to end a New York State probe into how the name was sold so cheaply. Under a settlement announced on Friday, the nonprofit agreed to repay $184,000 of membership fees paid by the Port Authority from 1991 to 2011. It...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Wells Fargo& Co has agreed to pay $4 million for violations on credit card accounts at a former affiliate, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Wells Fargo will pay a $2 million penalty and $2 million in restitution to consumers after the affiliate illegally took interests in borrowers' homes, in exchange for extending credit for routine credit card...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- With a scheduled trial just four weeks away, the former chairman of American International Group Inc said New York's attorney general should abandon his nearly decade-old fraud case against him, calling it a waste of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of a hollow "trophy" victory. The non-jury trial, scheduled for Feb. 24 in Manhattan before State Supreme...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend's advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products. E-cigarette makers in the United States are barred from explicitly marketing the products as smoking cessation devices, but have found ways to appeal legally to smokers who...

  • MARSHFIELD, Mass., Jan 28- Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, the day after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water...

  • New England digs out from massive blizzard Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:32 AM ET

    In Massachusetts, which was hit particularly hard, a record-breaking 34.5 inches of snow fell in Worcester, and the 24.4 inches at Boston's Logan International Airport approached record proportions, NWS officials said. Boston- area trains, buses and subways were set to resume normal service, although delays were predicted for the morning commute.