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Unaccompanied immigrant children reaching NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Immigration Coalition says close to 3,300 unaccompanied immigrant children have arrived in New York since January, with almost 7,000 more expected to reach the state in coming months.

Camille Mackler, director of legal services for the advocacy group, says most are fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The coalition's number agrees with statistics released Thursday by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Mackler says most are coming to live with members of their extended families - aunts, uncles, cousins, adults who can take custody - in the greater New York City area, including parts of Westchester and Rockland counties and Long Island.

Advocates plan to help match children with attorneys this weekend in Manhattan.

Tens of thousands of Central American children have arrived at the southern border in recent months.


AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A person close to the situation says a Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto.

The person says the study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto, including one on the waterfront, and another in the suburb of Mississauga. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because Bon Jovi and his partners, Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, have not publicly revealed details of their plans to purchase the team.

Andy Bergmann, responsible for overseeing the Bon Jovi group's stadium plans, confirmed Thursday in an email to the AP that his company has conducted stadium studies "but nothing related to specific sites."


Report: 1,803 public workers paid more than Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year.

The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.

According to the report, topping them all is Charles Ewald, a jail warden paid $414,527 by Suffolk County.

The 22 police officers of the village of Kings Point are the highest-paid group of local government employees in the state, with average pay of $196,143.

Westchester County employees show the highest pay on average, with $184,865 for police and $76,652 for other workers.


2 dead, 1 injured in Adirondack Mountain crash

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a collision between a pickup truck and car during a high-speed chase on a highway in the Adirondack Mountains has killed a husband and wife and critically injured their daughter.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon on state Route 86 in front of the state Adirondack Park Agency offices and near the entrance to the state police barracks in Ray Brook.

State police say the pickup driver had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run collision and was fleeing police when he struck the car, killing a 42-year-old man and his 38-year-old wife. Their 11-year-old daughter was airlifted to a hospital where she underwent surgery for multiple injuries.

Trooper Jennifer Fleishman tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise the pickup driver was not injured and is in police custody.


Police ID man who drowned in upstate New York lake

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have relased the name of a man who drowned in an upstate New York lake.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office tells local media that 49-year-old Daniel Gurnett of Clifton Park drowned in Saratoga Lake. The manager of a private campground spotted the body floating around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff Michael Zurlo says it appeared Gurnett went swimming while visiting people at Lee's Park campground, next to a state boat launch in the town of Saratoga, on the lake's northern end.

An autopsy determined he drowned and police say no foul play is suspected.


NY man admits to fraud in failed airport project

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - An owner of a failed small airport project in central New York has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Fifty-eight-year-old David Pizio of Jamesville faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million.

Pizio admitted Thursday in federal court he and his partners bought a 93-acre airport site in 2004 in the rural Oswego County town of Hastings for $350,0000.

Over the next five years, they received five federal grants totaling about $2.9 million to develop the airstrip, which was never completed.

The airport received a line of credit to be used for expenditures and Pizio instead invested $125,000 in a Texas real estate project without consent of the bank and also opened an investment brokerage account and funneled money into it.


NY reports $16.4M recovered in wage thefts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York labor officials say investigators recovered and disbursed more than $16.4 million in wages, interest and damages in the first half of this year to 21,050 workers cheated out of proper pay and benefits.

The Department of Labor says it completed investigations of nearly 5,000 cases in those six months, 45 percent more than in the same period last year, while the disbursements are 16 percent more.

The department says the reduction in open cases comes from policy and operational changes like referring more cases to compliance conferences to resolve them.

It reports completed investigations for 78 percent of cases opened in January 2014, 99 percent of cases opened last year, and nearly all opened before 2012.


NY awards $55M to 8 projects with CUNY campuses

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Eight projects have been awarded $55 million for projects involving 20 CUNY campuses in economic development efforts.

According to the governor's office, the projects have been selected by CUNY and Empire State Development through a competitive process.

Awards include $7.7 million for the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay for a new center and research vessel focused on climate change.

Another $9 million is for the Transportation Technology, Sustainable Fuel and Product Development in New York City examining automotive technology.

Funding of $15 million is for the Big Data Consortium for analytics and $10 million for the Center for Allied Healthcare Education and Workforce Development for a teaching clinic in northern Queens.

Others awards are for health care employment training, small business education, new media and advanced manufacturing.


NY officials give tips to keep away nuisance bears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season.

Black bears generally avoid people, but they are notorious for taking advantage of any available food source.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recommends keeping food out of sight and secured in a vehicle, if possible, when camping. Hang food and garbage from a tree and keep it at least eight feet high.

Also, dispose of garbage frequently and do not leave dirty diapers or diaper pails outside.

It's against the law to feed bear, as well as deer and moose.

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