NY CORRUPTION COMMISSION
Cuomo: NY Legislature has the corruption problem
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is defending his corruption commission's focus on the Legislature rather than the executive branch, saying New York's long run of corruption cases involved lawmakers.
But state Republican Chairman Ed Cox says that since 2008, Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in scandal and Democratic Gov. David Paterson paid a hefty fine for an ethics violation involving World Series tickets from the New York Yankees. In 2006, Democratic Comptroller Alan Hevesi resigned in disgrace amid state investigations.
Cuomo referred to the Legislature when he told public radio's "Capitol Pressroom" that "we know where we have a problem."
The interview Wednesday came a day after a member of the Moreland corruption commission said the panel appointed by Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman never probed those Democrats or their offices.
LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS
Enviros: Withdraw NY liquefied natural gas plans
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - As the public comment period on new liquefied natural gas regulations concludes, environmental groups have delivered thousands of comments critical of the regulations and demanded that they be withdrawn.
New Yorkers Against Fracking and other organizations were in Albany on Wednesday to deliver what they say are more than 50,000 comments on the regulations that would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time in 40 years.
New York is the only state that bans such facilities. Its moratorium followed an LNG facility explosion on Staten Island that killed 40 workers in 1973.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says the main reason for the new rules is to allow fueling stations. But the environmental groups say they pave the way for much larger facilities and lack sufficient safeguards.
NY jury to get case of 3 charged in triple slaying
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Jury deliberations are set to begin in the federal trial of three men charged in the drug-related slayings of three other men inside a suburban Rochester apartment in 2010.
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that the jury is scheduled to receive instructions and begin deliberations Wednesday.
The murder trial for Richard Emanuel Anderson, Andrew Wright and Aston Johnson started two months ago. Prosecutors say the men shot three other men in an apartment in the town of Greece in March 2010.
Authorities say the defendants and the victims were involved in a large marijuana-trafficking network and that the killings were the result of a drug dispute.
Anderson, Wright and Johnson are also charged with conspiring to traffic more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.
2 events tied to anniversary of Webster ambush
WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - Two events are planned later this month to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of two firefighters and the wounding of two others who were ambushed while responding to a fire in suburban Rochester.
WHEC-TV reports that the West Webster Fire District will dedicate its Fallen Firefighter's Memorial on Dec. 22 at Station No. 1. Two days later, a candlelight vigil will be held at 6 a.m. by members of the volunteer fire department and emergency services members who responded to the scene of the Christmas Eve shooting.
The families of the victims have requested privacy for the vigil, but public is invited to view the memorial the morning of Dec. 24.
The vigil will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage by William Spengler Jr. outside his Lake Ontario home.
CAR IN CANAL
Woman pulled from Erie Canal after car crash
SULLIVAN, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a woman is in serious condition at a Syracuse hospital after she was pulled from her vehicle after it crashed into the Erie Canal.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse that the woman was driving her car around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when she hit a slippery stretch. Deputies say the car left the road and overturned into the canal in the town Sullivan, 15 miles east of Syracuse.
Emergency crews freed her from the car and she was taken to Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse.
The woman's name hasn't been released.
Deputies are continuing their investigation into the crash.
ATV HITS DEER
Upstate NY teen hurt when ATV hits deer in road
HOPKINTON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a teenager is recovering from injuries suffered when his all-terrain vehicle hit a deer on a road in northern New York.
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office tells WWNY-TV in Watertown (http://bit.ly/1aztHKe ) that 18-year-old Alex Hanson was driving the ATV Tuesday when he hit the deer on Route 72 in the town of Hopkinton, on the northern edge of the Adirondack Park 135 miles northeast of Syracuse.
Deputies say Hanson was ejected from the vehicle and suffered a broken collarbone and bruises to his left hip and wrist. He was treated at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and released.
COLLEGE GRAD GOAL
Initiative aims to boost US college graduate ranks
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Twenty U.S. communities have been chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at increasing the ranks of college graduates.
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation on Wednesday promised as much as $200,000 to the communities over three years. The foundation's goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.
In several communities, the Lumina support will boost existing efforts like Louisville, Ky.'s 55,000 Degrees program and Say Yes in Syracuse and Buffalo.
Also chosen were Albuquerque, N.M.; Boston; Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Columbus and Fort Wayne, Ind.; Greensboro, N.C.; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Memphis, Tenn.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Quad Cities, Iowa/Ill.; Santa Ana, Calif. and South Seattle, Wash.
Brandon: Bills to review benefits of Toronto games
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon is expressing concern over whether his team loses a competitive edge by playing annual home games in Toronto.
During his weekly show on Buffalo's WGR-AM on Wednesday, Brandon said "nothing comes above winning," before adding the benefits of the "Bills In Toronto" series will be "reviewed in a grand manner."
Brandon stopped short of saying whether the Bills would consider canceling the series or can opt out of the four remaining years of their deal with Rogers Communications.
Brandon's comments came after Buffalo dropped to 1-5 in regular-season games at Toronto following a 34-31 overtime loss to Atlanta on Sunday. The warm-weather Falcons played inside the domed Rogers Centre and avoided the wintry conditions in Buffalo.
HALL OF FAME-INDUCTION
De La Hoya headlines 2014 boxing Hall class
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe head the class of 2014 to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Also to be enshrined are George Chaney, Charles Ledoux and Mike O'Dowd in the old-timer category, while Tom Allen is the lone honoree in the pioneer category.
The 25th class includes promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer in the non-participant and observer categories.
De La Hoya won 10 titles in six weight classes and an Olympic gold medal in his career, while Trinidad was a three-time world champion and Calzaghe retired unbeaten in 46 professional bouts.
Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Induction ceremonies will be held June 8 at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y.
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